Building smart solar developments on canals in California could bring many benefits

While there have been solar panels installed over canals before in other countries, two academics explain how they could provide many benefits to California’s climate change objectives. Roger Bales, Distinguished Professor of Engineering, University of California, Merced and Brandi McKuin, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Studies, at the University of California, Santa Cruz discuss the benefits … Continue reading Building smart solar developments on canals in California could bring many benefits

Net zero targets are a powerful way to signal common cause between nations but a sense of solidarity requires these targets be consistent with demands for climate justice

The Paris Agreement broke a long-standing political deadlock by allowing each country to develop its own nationally determined contribution to cutting global emissions. Net zero can be an important focus for climate action. Three academics argue that it must not become a set of blinkers that seeks to compel all countries down a single path. … Continue reading Net zero targets are a powerful way to signal common cause between nations but a sense of solidarity requires these targets be consistent with demands for climate justice

Keeping temperature rises below 1.5℃ cannot be guaranteed, given the history of action to date, but the goal is certainly not impossible

From now until COP26 we are going to read more and more about the challenges to keep temperatures below 1.5℃. Some are arguing it is already impossible.  But four eminent academics argue that with the right political action, we can achieve such an objective. Bill Hare, Director, Climate Analytics, Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University (Perth), Visiting … Continue reading Keeping temperature rises below 1.5℃ cannot be guaranteed, given the history of action to date, but the goal is certainly not impossible

The EU is addressing climate change through the potentially potent tool of fine print of financial regulations

Jill Ward, Silla Brush and John Ainger from Bloomberg write on the Washington Post website about the EU embedding environmental goals in standards for banks, money managers, insurers and member states’ public spending plans.   Why EU Climate Weapon Is in the Financial Fine Print The fight against climate change involves more than wind turbines … Continue reading The EU is addressing climate change through the potentially potent tool of fine print of financial regulations

Germany benefits from citizen assembly on environmental ambitions

Inspired by citizens’ assemblies in Ireland and France, Germany is doing the same. One hundred and sixty Germans, four major issues, one goal: for lawmakers to live up to their climate pledges. The Citizen Assembly is set to debate Germany's environmental ambitions and make sure its voices are heard. Martin Kuebler discusses recent developments in … Continue reading Germany benefits from citizen assembly on environmental ambitions

Efforts underway in Germany to increase the demand for energy-efficient buildings

Alice Boldis and Christian Lütkehaus write on the Pinsent Mason website about recent developments in Germany that should increase the demand for more energy-efficient buildings. What are your views?   New carbon price makes energy efficiency in the German building sector even more important Heating oil will soon become more expensive for consumers in Germany … Continue reading Efforts underway in Germany to increase the demand for energy-efficient buildings

Would a carbon border tax be effective as a tool as countries try to slow climate change?

Timothy Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Richmond in the United States discusses on The Conversation website the potential impact of the border adjustment carbon tax that the EU is considering. What are your views?   The EU wants a carbon tax on imports – but would it be the climate solution officials expect? … Continue reading Would a carbon border tax be effective as a tool as countries try to slow climate change?

Incoming OECD Secretary-General presented with opportunity to change his record on climate change

If former Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann is to match the climate ambition of the OECD’s biggest member states, his future behaviour will have to be very different to that of his past behaviour. Christian Downie, Associate professor at the Australian National University discusses how Cormann can change in an article on The Conversation website. … Continue reading Incoming OECD Secretary-General presented with opportunity to change his record on climate change

Guaranteeing that the future of steelmaking will be low-carbon requires action now

Our carbon neutral energy transition requires a lot of effort and imagination and there are many challenges in energy-intensive industries. Stephen Carr, Lecturer in Energy Physics, from the University of South Wales provides his views on how to eliminate emissions in steelmaking in an article on The Conversation website.   Steel is vital to the … Continue reading Guaranteeing that the future of steelmaking will be low-carbon requires action now

In its first economy-wide climate stress test, the European Central Bank assessed the impact of climate change on four million companies and 2,000 banks in the bloc

Gurpreet Narwan writes on The Times website about the first economy-wide climate stress test by the ECB on companies and banks in the European Union.   European Central Bank environment stress test shows polluters at risk Climate change poses “a major source of systemic risk” to the economy, the European Central Bank has warned after … Continue reading In its first economy-wide climate stress test, the European Central Bank assessed the impact of climate change on four million companies and 2,000 banks in the bloc