Addressing climate change: “Mothers are the “sweet spot” for inspiring social change”

Sarah Kaplan writes on the Washington Post website about the important role that mothers play in educating the public about climate change. Five fellow climate scientists who are also mothers, she has teamed up with Potential Energy, a nonprofit marketing firm, to launch Science Moms, a $10 million campaign to educate and empower mothers to … Continue reading Addressing climate change: “Mothers are the “sweet spot” for inspiring social change”

The tipping points for climate action

The rapid decline of coal-fired power in the UK and petrol cars in Norway indicate how small policy changes can lead to dramatic climate action, researchers argue. Daisy Dunne writes on The Independent website that “tipping points” can really bring about faster action on the climate crisis.   Activating ‘tipping points’ in human society could … Continue reading The tipping points for climate action

Few people would stop to consider if their sporting activities damage the environment

Reducing GHG emissions is not simple and, as we know, there is no single solution. Tim Breitbarth, Adam Karg and Kasey Symons, all of Swinburne University of Technology, write on the Conversation website about the impact of driving to and from sport events each year. The solution is not simple.   Drive to football? Take … Continue reading Few people would stop to consider if their sporting activities damage the environment

Citizens from around the world will be recruited at random to form a global ‘Climate Assembly’

One thousand people will be selected at random to reflect the gender, race, age and economic make-up of the global population, organisers said. They will meet online next year to learn about climate change from international experts, before drawing up advice for world leaders ahead of a major UN climate summit in Glasgow in November … Continue reading Citizens from around the world will be recruited at random to form a global ‘Climate Assembly’

Pick a topic and it’s increasingly easy to predict what someone might think about it based on their opinion about another topic in that same political basket of ideologies

Peter Ellerton, Senior Lecturer in Critical Thinking; Curriculum Director, UQ Critical Thinking Project at The University of Queensland writes on The Conversation website trying to answer three questions related to how people address climate change. What are your views?   Climate explained: why do humans instinctively reject evidence contrary to their beliefs? Why do humans … Continue reading Pick a topic and it’s increasingly easy to predict what someone might think about it based on their opinion about another topic in that same political basket of ideologies

Making telecommuting sustainable

Hannah Budnitz, University of Oxford, Emmanouil Tranos, University of Bristol and Lee Chapman, University of Birmingham write on The Conversation website what it will take for the transition of working from home if we are to make it sustainable.   A transition to working from home won't slash emissions unless we make car-free lifestyles viable … Continue reading Making telecommuting sustainable

Do smart energy products unintentionally reproduce gender inequalities?

Charlotte Johnson, Senior Researcher in urban communities and resources at University College London raises an important issue in an article on The Conversation website about critical gender issues that affect all our lives.   The world is designed for men – but smart energy systems don't have to be Air conditioned offices often take average … Continue reading Do smart energy products unintentionally reproduce gender inequalities?

What do Canadians think about the role oil and gas should play in Canada’s energy future, and how polarised is the conversation?

A University of Ottawa survey finds opinions polarized by party affiliation more than ideology, with party rhetoric amplifying ideological differences. Rafael Aguirre, Stephen Bird and Monica Gattinger discuss the survey on the Policy Options website.   What Canadians think about the future of oil and gas The past 12 months have roiled the global oil … Continue reading What do Canadians think about the role oil and gas should play in Canada’s energy future, and how polarised is the conversation?

Strong consumer protections are necessary in Scotland as energy efficiency measures for homes become more complex

A news item on the Scottish Housing News website explains the steps that are taken to protect consumers as renovations become more ambitious. What is the situation in your country?   Citizens Advice Scotland outlines plans to protect consumers in move to net-zero There remains a significant risk consumers who invest in energy efficiency measures … Continue reading Strong consumer protections are necessary in Scotland as energy efficiency measures for homes become more complex

At a meeting last year, oil industry leaders contradicted public claims that emissions of climate-warming methane are under control

Do oil companies have emissions under control or not? Hiroko Tabuchi writes on the New York Times website about a recording of a meeting of a group of energy company representatives that reveal their real views.   A Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives’ Private Views on Climate Change Last summer, oil and gas-industry groups were … Continue reading At a meeting last year, oil industry leaders contradicted public claims that emissions of climate-warming methane are under control