Discussing the concerns about the EU’s net-zero emissions plans

The net-zero emissions plans in the EU have come under fire because they include not only emissions from fossil fuel burning and cement production, but also CO₂ removal by “carbon sinks” like forests or the soil. Wolfgang Knorr, Senior Research Scientist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University reviews on The Conversation website what … Continue reading Discussing the concerns about the EU’s net-zero emissions plans

The lowdown on Australia’s low-emissions roadmap

The recently released first low emissions technology statement by the government flags public investment in five areas: hydrogen, energy storage, low-carbon steel and aluminium, carbon capture and storage, and soil carbon storage. The roadmap is discussed in an article on The Conversation website by Llewelyn Hughes and Jorrit Gosens of Australian National University.   ‘The … Continue reading The lowdown on Australia’s low-emissions roadmap

UK government criticised for lack of women on team organising COP 26 in Glasgow next year

The UK Government has been fiercely criticised for its “implicit failure” to recognise women after it emerged an all-male team would be leading the COP 26 climate summit planned for Glasgow next year. Xander Richards explains in an article on The National website.   Implicit failure': UK Government slammed for fielding all-male Cop26 team Initially … Continue reading UK government criticised for lack of women on team organising COP 26 in Glasgow next year

The first assessment of EU National Energy and Climate Plans raise concerns about how targets will be met

A news item on the renews.biz website highlights the challenges the EU has in achieving long-term climate and energy targets.  The article only discusses renewable energy but one can imagine the same would hold true for energy efficiency. One would think by now that member states would be giving a higher priority to the energy … Continue reading The first assessment of EU National Energy and Climate Plans raise concerns about how targets will be met

Looking back at the 30 years of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

You probably know colleagues who are involved in the IPCC process that is currently underway. It is a daunting task involving a wide range of experts globally. Marc Hudson, Research Associate in Social Movements at Keele University gives us some background about how things have evolved over the 30 years the process has been underway … Continue reading Looking back at the 30 years of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

US risked severe economic harm by withdrawing from Paris climate agreement

Economists from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at the London School of Economics examined the economic case for the US withdrawal and they found that climate breakdown would cause growing losses to US infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth this century. Fiona Harvey explains in an article on The Guardian … Continue reading US risked severe economic harm by withdrawing from Paris climate agreement

Court requires Ireland to come up with more robust and ambitious climate plan

The case was the first of its kind in Ireland and only the second in the world in which the highest national court of law has required a government to increase the ambition of the national climate policy. Brian Mahon explains in an article on The Times website.   Victory for Friends of the Irish … Continue reading Court requires Ireland to come up with more robust and ambitious climate plan

A “systemic change” to society and the economy will be required for Ireland to meet its climate change goals

Brian Mahon writes on The Times website about the challenge facing Ireland as it implements its 2019 climate action plan. Are you having similar challenges in your country?   Ireland’s economy ‘must shift to meet climate goals’ Ireland will be able to meet its climate change goals but a “systemic change” to society and the … Continue reading A “systemic change” to society and the economy will be required for Ireland to meet its climate change goals

Move to have airlines postpone their climate obligations deflated the little ambition of the aviation’s sector climate plan, which was already “far below what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe”

A handful of countries on the council of the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed to change the rules to reduce the sector’s carbon costs. There are serious climate implications. Chloé Farand explains in an article on the Climate Change News website.   Airlines' climate obligations postponed as UN body endorses industry proposal Airlines have wriggled … Continue reading Move to have airlines postpone their climate obligations deflated the little ambition of the aviation’s sector climate plan, which was already “far below what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe”

A carbon reduction incentive could neutralise the current opposition to carbon taxes while reducing carbon-intensive activities in a much more targeted and fair way

The accomplishments of carbon taxes over the last decade have been underwhelming. What if, instead of making fuel and other commodities and services more expensive, we used a financial incentive to make technologies that help reduce emissions – such as solar, wind and geothermal energy – more affordable? Sumedha Basu, PhD Candidate in Sustainability at … Continue reading A carbon reduction incentive could neutralise the current opposition to carbon taxes while reducing carbon-intensive activities in a much more targeted and fair way