African nations continue to hold the unenviable position of being disproportionately vulnerable to climate change

Margaret Kadiri, Lecturer in Physical Geography at King's College London writes on The Conversation website about the challenges faced by African countries in addressing climate change.   Africa faces an uphill battle against western emissions to combat climate change The UN climate summit COP26, held in November 2021, focused the world’s attention on the urgent need … Continue reading African nations continue to hold the unenviable position of being disproportionately vulnerable to climate change

“I think people are going to be thinking about climate change misinformation quite a lot [in 2022]”

Groups spreading misinformation about Covid-19 lockdowns and vaccines are starting to use the same language to spread conspiracy theories about climate change, experts have warned. Covid-19 conspiracy theorists are starting to use terms such as “green lockdowns”. The term refers to the belief that, in future, people will be regularly forced to stay at home … Continue reading “I think people are going to be thinking about climate change misinformation quite a lot [in 2022]”

The cost of abating the carbon impact of a proposed third runway at Heathrow has doubled since parliament approved the idea of expansion

While air travel has been subdued because of Covid-19, that does not mean that plans are not underway for expansion. In Britain, several years ago Parliament agreed to add a third runway to Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports. However, there is a requirement to offset the carbon emissions of the runway. Recent estimates … Continue reading The cost of abating the carbon impact of a proposed third runway at Heathrow has doubled since parliament approved the idea of expansion

“Climate alarmism, government intervention and related ideas promoted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are clearly contrary to business interests”

Matthew Lau, from Canada’s Fraser Institute, writes on the National Newswatch website about the Ontario Chamber of Commerce says that its embrace of climate science and economics are misguided and no help to business. The Fraser Institute is an independent conservative and libertarian Canadian public policy think tank. What are your views? What are the … Continue reading “Climate alarmism, government intervention and related ideas promoted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are clearly contrary to business interests”

New EEA reports on key role of cities in Europe’s transition to sustainability

Most Europeans live in cities and cities are Europe’s economic, cultural, and political hubs. Cities face environmental and climate challenges but also hold keys to realise Europe’s sustainability ambitions. Two new assessments on urban sustainability, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today, combine several environment and climate themes, calling for better integration of policies … Continue reading New EEA reports on key role of cities in Europe’s transition to sustainability

Climate advisers warn UK is not doing enough to meet net-zero promises

The UK is on track to blow past emissions promises made ahead of COP26 in Glasgow unless tougher policies to cut carbon are introduced this decade, official climate advisers have warned. The CCC said the UK does not need to redraw its targets, but does need to come forward with plans to deliver on what … Continue reading Climate advisers warn UK is not doing enough to meet net-zero promises

Five key elements to watch over the coming year as countries move forward on their climate promises

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University writes on The Conversation website about what it will take to make commitments at the Glasgow climate talks achievable. What are your views?   After COP26, the hard work begins on making climate promises real: 5 things to watch in 2022 How much the world … Continue reading Five key elements to watch over the coming year as countries move forward on their climate promises

New EEA interactive report providing updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions

As extreme weather events and other climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe, solid information is needed for assessing climate risks and planning for adaptation. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new interactive report, published this week, gives an updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions.   Climate … Continue reading New EEA interactive report providing updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions

There is little chance of the aviation industry meeting any climate targets if it aims for a return to its pre-pandemic rate of growth

Just before the pandemic, aircraft engines were burning one billion litres of fuel a day. But then the number of daily civil aviation flights fell from 110,000 to less than 50,000 during 2020, on average. With the easing of travel restrictions, air traffic is increasing back towards its pre-pandemic peak. Milan Klöwer, Postdoctoral Researcher in … Continue reading There is little chance of the aviation industry meeting any climate targets if it aims for a return to its pre-pandemic rate of growth

Pinning hope on “modern” energy as the solution for Zimbabwe is overly simplistic

Currently, SDG7 as a global agenda for energy development is tinkering on the periphery, according to Ellen Fungisai Chipango, Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg. She explains in an article on The Conversation website.   Global energy targets don’t deal with people’s real problems in Zimbabwe Thirty years ago, ending energy poverty wasn’t among … Continue reading Pinning hope on “modern” energy as the solution for Zimbabwe is overly simplistic