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“Very few countries still have stringent confinement. We expected emissions to come back, but that they have done so rapidly is the biggest surprise”

“Very few countries still have stringent confinement. We expected emissions to come back, but that they have done so rapidly is the biggest surprise”

There was a lot of cheering when we saw CO2 emissions dropping as we all faced a lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis. But they are suddenly rebounding as countries loosen the confinement conditions.  Fiona Harvey discusses latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   ‘Surprisingly rapid’ rebound in carbon emissions post-lockdown Carbon … Continue reading

Over the past decade, the trust that owns the Empire State Building has invested more than $30 million to make it more energy efficient

Over the past decade, the trust that owns the Empire State Building has invested more than $30 million to make it more energy efficient

Steve Hanley writes on the CleanTechnica website about what has happened to improve the energy performance of the Iconic Empire State Building in New York City.. What are your views?   Empire State Building Slashes Carbon Emissions By 40% With Energy Saving Upgrades Construction of the Empire State Building in New York City couldn’t have … Continue reading

If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be that it’s offered a taste of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future

If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be that it’s offered a taste of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future

Since the virus crisis started, air quality has improved because of the drastic drop in GHG emissions. Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester writes on The Conversation website that the pandemic could show us how the future might look with less air pollution, or it may … Continue reading

Skyscrapers are major emitters of GHG emissions

Skyscrapers are major emitters of GHG emissions

There are many studies that show the potential for existing buildings to reduce GHG emissions and we know what their overall impact on emissions is.  It is good to see an article in The Times by Louisa Clarence-Smith about the impact of some of Britain’s best-known skyscrapers. CO2 challenge that towers over tall buildings Six … Continue reading

New data from European Environment Agency show worrying increase in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans

New data from European Environment Agency show worrying increase in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans

According to provisional data published recently by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new passenger cars registered in the EU in 2018 increased for the second consecutive year, reaching 120.4 grammes of CO2 per kilometre. For the first time, the average CO2 emissions from new vans also increased. Manufacturers … Continue reading