Sustainability in the building industry gaining momentum in the US

Ben Ikenson writes on the Washington Post website discussing developments to ensure buildings in the US become more sustainable. Are you seeing the same developments in your country?   'Cool’ roofs, cooler designs as the building industry embraces energy sustainability The southwestern New Mexico town of Columbus, site of a 1916 raid by Pancho Villa, … Continue reading Sustainability in the building industry gaining momentum in the US

Lessons from conflict and environmental pressures in the Eastern Mediterranean region

Andrea Duffy, Director of International Studies at the Colorado State University and an environmental historian discusses the lessons learned from episodes in Mediterranean history that share key features that offer a warning for the future in an article on The Conversation website.   What the Ottoman Empire can teach us about the consequences of climate … Continue reading Lessons from conflict and environmental pressures in the Eastern Mediterranean region

An alternative white paint for buildings containing barium sulphate could be more effective at reflecting the solar radiation than traditional gypsum paint

We are always interested in new innovations. Andrew Parnell, Research Fellow in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield discusses the impact of using an alternative white paint containing barium sulphate (BaSO₄) that could be even more effective at reflecting the solar radiation hitting buildings back into space. The article is on The Conversation … Continue reading An alternative white paint for buildings containing barium sulphate could be more effective at reflecting the solar radiation than traditional gypsum paint

“Let 2021 be the year when the issue of loss and damage from human-induced climate change is recognised with utmost urgency and importance”

Saleemul Huq, a global expert on the links between climate change and sustainable development, particularly from the perspective of developing countries and a friend of EiD, gives his views on the loss and damage from climate change. In an article on the Daily Star website. Saleem is Director of the International Centre for Climate Change … Continue reading “Let 2021 be the year when the issue of loss and damage from human-induced climate change is recognised with utmost urgency and importance”

Environment campaigners in Italy are suing the government for failing to sufficiently tackle the climate crisis

Plaintiffs want court to order Mario Draghi’s government to adopt more ambitious climate policies. In 2019, Italy set itself a 33% target for carbon emissions reduction by 2030. Campaigners say the ecological objectives outlined in Italy’s recovery plan, which was submitted to the European commission in late April, are not ambitious enough. Angela Giuffrida discusses … Continue reading Environment campaigners in Italy are suing the government for failing to sufficiently tackle the climate crisis

Disappointment in new climate information hub for SMEs in Britain

Opened to great fanfare, the UK government-backed Business Climate Hub has come in for criticism from small businesses that hoped it would help them to cut their carbon emissions and provide a simple reporting guide. Richard Tyler explains in an article on The Times website.   Climate hub ‘sends small firms on wild goose chase’ … Continue reading Disappointment in new climate information hub for SMEs in Britain

Miami hires the first official in the US appointed to focus solely on heatwaves

Having been to Miami, one certainly understands extreme heat and it is getting worse. The city and Dade county have hired a chief heat officer  to focus attention on what can be done to address the problem. Oliver Milman discusses recent developments in an article on the Guardian website.   Miami’s chief heat officer calls … Continue reading Miami hires the first official in the US appointed to focus solely on heatwaves

International Maritime Organization accused of repeatedly delayed and watered down climate regulations

Behind closed doors, shipbuilders and miners can speak on behalf of governments while regulating an industry that pollutes as much as all of America’s coal plants. Matt Apuzzo and Sarah Hurtes discuss the organisation in an article on the New York Times website.   Tasked to Fight Climate Change, a Secretive U.N. Agency Does the … Continue reading International Maritime Organization accused of repeatedly delayed and watered down climate regulations

Human development is not only a matter of economic justice but also climate justice

Marta Baltruszewicz, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Earth and Environment at University of Leeds raises some important issues in an article on The Conversation website, showing that there is an important counter-intuitive finding showing that lower levels of deprivation were linked to lower levels of energy demand, not higher levels.   Reducing poverty can actually lower … Continue reading Human development is not only a matter of economic justice but also climate justice

Energy efficiency at heart of global push to net zero

This is a good summary from Energy in Buildings & Industry about the recent IEA report outlining the roadmap to net zero.   Energy-efficiency measures are “front-loaded” in the IEA’s new roadmap to net zero The International Energy Agency’s new roadmap to net zero by 2050 has identified energy efficiency as its' first “key pillar … Continue reading Energy efficiency at heart of global push to net zero