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

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

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 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

“Hidden emissions” need to be counted as countries move to be carbon neutral

The “hidden emissions” in Britain have grown significantly from 14 per cent in 1990 of overall carbon footprint to 46 per cent in 2019. If Britain intends to be carbon neutral by 2050, these hidden emissions need to be accounted for. Ben Webster explains in an article on The Times website.   Half of UK … Continue reading “Hidden emissions” need to be counted as countries move to be carbon neutral

Experts calling for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned because they are too difficult and expensive to cool

Visiting many capitals in Africa, I was always struck by the new, modern glass office buildings and wondering what their energy performance could be.  One can imagine.  James Tapper writes in The Guardian that experts are calling for a ban on glass skyscrapers to save energy in climate crisis. What are your views?   Air … Continue reading Experts calling for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned because they are too difficult and expensive to cool

Universities need to address their air travel footprint

In a world where we must reduce GHG emissions, it is good to see an article that argues why it should be done by academics.  Milena Buchs, Associate Professor in Sustainability, Economics, and Low-Carbon Transitions at the University of Leeds writes on The Conversation website why academics should lead by example. How about you?   … Continue reading Universities need to address their air travel footprint

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 Skyscrapers are major emitters of GHG emissions

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

Plans for public transport buses in some English cities to suck out dirty air

It will be interesting to see how successful these buses will be in cleaning urban air. Corazon Miller writes on The Independent website about this effort planned in several English cities.  Is anyone aware of similar initiatives in other cities?   Buses that suck pollution out of the air to be rolled out in Southampton … Continue reading Plans for public transport buses in some English cities to suck out dirty air

Learning lessons from trees and plants to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

It sounds like an idea plucked from science fiction, but the reality is that trees and plants already do it. Laura Reiley explains in a good artlcle on the Washington Post website.   The new plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: Bury it. Last month, carbon dioxide levels in … Continue reading Learning lessons from trees and plants to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere