“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

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

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

Our society has come to believe that technology is the solution to our climate crisis – it isn’t

With the climate crisis, Peter Sutoris argus this moment calls for humility – we cannot innovate ourselves out of this mess. The problem with believing technology is the solution is that it focuses on the symptoms, not the causes of environmental decay.  Peter Sutoris, is an anthropologist of development and the environment, and the author … Continue reading Our society has come to believe that technology is the solution to our climate crisis – it isn’t

Highlighting some of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change

Jessica Omukuti, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of York discusses many of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change in an article on the Conversation website. What are your views?   Climate adaptation finance is ineffective and must be more transparent In 2019, an international climate fund approved a ten year US$9.3 million … Continue reading Highlighting some of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change

CEN and CENELEC held a webinar on Connecting European Sustainable Finance to Standardisation

On Tuesday 20 April, CEN (the European Committee on Standardization) and CENELEC (the European Committee on Electrotechnical Standardization) held an online webinar dedicated to exploring the role standards can play in scaling up the implementation of sustainable finance for the transition to a climate neutral economy and a more sustainable world. The desired outcome of … Continue reading CEN and CENELEC held a webinar on Connecting European Sustainable Finance to Standardisation

Carbon performance a necessary complement to energy performance: EU buildings’ policy should address the carbon footprint of construction, says BPIE

The EU’s forthcoming revision of legislation for buildings and construction is a critical opportunity to create policy and investment certainty on how energy performance requirements will be supported by carbon performance rules, says BPIE. New research from BPIE shows that while some EU Member States have introduced comprehensive policy action to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings … Continue reading Carbon performance a necessary complement to energy performance: EU buildings’ policy should address the carbon footprint of construction, says BPIE

Climate change: “We see a growing gap between the rhetoric and what is happing in the energy markets”

The International Energy Agency says massive investment shift is needed in the next decade to get to net zero in 2050. Steven Mufson discusses the recent IEA study in an article on the Washington Post website.   A ‘narrow’ pathway to a net zero future for greenhouse gases, IEA says To limit climate change, by … Continue reading Climate change: “We see a growing gap between the rhetoric and what is happing in the energy markets”

Germany’s energy transition: government reacts to pressure from climate activists and chastened by its highest court

The proposed 2030 climate change targets for Germany are a "gigantic" task that will push the export-reliant economy to hasten its phase-out of coal-fired power plants and cars that run on fossil fuels. Ajit Niranjan discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Germany's more ambitious climate goals pressure industry to … Continue reading Germany’s energy transition: government reacts to pressure from climate activists and chastened by its highest court