“But what do we know about how people impact energy use in buildings they don’t occupy?”

Recent analysis shows that empty buildings consume more than previously estimated. Buildings consume more energy when empty or partially occupied for extended periods because they are designed to depend on human interactions. Since the pandemic, many buildings are only partially used. There are ways to help reduce consumption. Farzam Kharvari, PhD Candidate, Building Engineering at … Continue reading “But what do we know about how people impact energy use in buildings they don’t occupy?”

The three most prevalent myths about tackling climate change through increased deployment of renewables

Aled Jones, Professor & Director, Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University discusses three myths about tackling climate change in an article on The Conversation website. As he says, the current approach to making climate policy is hindered by the prevalence of these myths. The truth is that investing in a green transition will lower … Continue reading The three most prevalent myths about tackling climate change through increased deployment of renewables

Over recent years, Paris has implemented an array of measures to prioritize pedestrians, cyclists and transit while bringing car use screeching to a halt

The share of journeys made by car in the city has fallen by nearly half, and the trend is only accelerating. Peter Yeung discusses the trend in Paris in an article on the Reasons to be Cheerful website.   Cars Are Vanishing from Paris Bright parasols, wooden sun loungers and expanses of golden sand suddenly … Continue reading Over recent years, Paris has implemented an array of measures to prioritize pedestrians, cyclists and transit while bringing car use screeching to a halt

A Harvard report published Tuesday highlights rampant greenwashing by leading companies on social media

An AFP news item on the France 24 website discusses a report commissioned by Greenpeace Netherlands that analysed the text and images of 2,300 posts by 22 of Europe's largest carmakers, fossil fuel producers and airlines this June and July. Two-thirds of companies' social media posts painted a "green innovation" sheen on their operations, the … Continue reading A Harvard report published Tuesday highlights rampant greenwashing by leading companies on social media

A new study finds that extreme weather can make the internet an even more unpleasant place

By analysing about four billion tweets from the United States, researchers found that both extremely cold weather and extremely hot weather led to more hate speech, with a higher rate for extreme heat. Ethan Freedman discusses the findings in an article on The Independent website.   Extreme heat is fuelling hate speech in America, according … Continue reading A new study finds that extreme weather can make the internet an even more unpleasant place

How solar power can help your gardening

With the rising price of groceries, gardening is becoming more important than ever. Many households are creating gardens in their backyard to grow their own food and cut down on some of their spending. Jane Marsh writes on the Renewable Energy Magazine of the benefits of solar panels in your garden. What is your experience? … Continue reading How solar power can help your gardening

“Change can take time, but I believe this latest declaration of human rights will support climate and environmental justice across the world”

The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on July 28, 2022, to declare the ability to live in “a clean, healthy and sustainable environment” a universal human right. It also called on countries, companies and international organizations to scale up efforts to turn that into reality. In an article on The Conversation website, Joel E. Correia, … Continue reading “Change can take time, but I believe this latest declaration of human rights will support climate and environmental justice across the world”

Understanding the core determinants of anti-science attitudes help us understand what is driving rejection of diverse scientific theories and innovations, ranging from new vaccines to the evidence for climate change

Why are so many people anti-science? Three experts on attitudes, persuasion and how humans are impacted by scientific innovations discuss their recent research that showed that there are four key reasons people reject scientific information in an article on The Conversation website. The experts are: Aviva Philipp-Muller, Assistant Professor, Marketing, Simon Fraser University; Richard Petty, … Continue reading Understanding the core determinants of anti-science attitudes help us understand what is driving rejection of diverse scientific theories and innovations, ranging from new vaccines to the evidence for climate change

To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question

Magda Osman, Principal Research Associate in Basic and Applied Decision Making at the Cambridge Judge Business School writes on The Conversation website about the value of the nudge theory now evidence shows it doesn’t work.   Nudge theory doesn’t work after all, says new evidence review – but it could still have a future t … Continue reading To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question

“The legacy of all that climate disinformation remains”

David Klepper from The Associated Press writes on the National Newswatch website about the role of climate disinformation. Starting in the 1980s and 1990s, as public awareness of climate change grew, fossil fuel companies poured millions of dollars into public relations campaigns denouncing the accumulating evidence supporting the idea of climate change. We are paying … Continue reading “The legacy of all that climate disinformation remains”