New research reveals nearly 9,000 ‘energy crisis hotspots’ in England and Wales

Environmental group Friends of the Earth has found there are 9,000 energy crisis hotspots in England and Wales. These are places where communities are at highest risk of financial hardship because energy use is high and the typical household income is below the national average. In most cases, energy use is high in these areas … Continue reading New research reveals nearly 9,000 ‘energy crisis hotspots’ in England and Wales

“Google has airbrushed a huge chunk of the aviation industry’s climate impacts from its pages”

With Google hosting nine out of every 10 online searches, Google’s change to reduce airline emissions could have wide repercussions for people's travel decisions. Justin Rowlatt discusses in an article on the BBC News website. Let us know your reaction.   Google change reduces airline emissions calculations Your flights now appear to have much less … Continue reading “Google has airbrushed a huge chunk of the aviation industry’s climate impacts from its pages”

Blog from Jane Marsh: How to Prevent Solar Panels From Having Negative Impacts on Stormwater Runoff

Solar energy has boomed in the United States as more Americans race to cut electricity costs and reduce energy consumption at home. About 4% of U.S. homes are solar-powered, with 13% of homes expected to tap into solar energy by 2030 – nearly triple the amount we're seeing now. Of course, this comes as little … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: How to Prevent Solar Panels From Having Negative Impacts on Stormwater Runoff

Many benefits but expanding solar power in Africa also brings some risks

In an article on The Conversation website, Ben Radley, Lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath provides a thoughtful consideration about risks of financialisation and rising inequality in some models of renewables rollout in Africa.   Expanded access to solar power in Africa can stimulate economic development – but there are risks UN … Continue reading Many benefits but expanding solar power in Africa also brings some risks

New McKinsey briefing: governments can act now to accelerate the energy transition in Europe to both improve the continent’s long-term energy security and reduce emissions

An executive briefing discusses how climate action can help Europe improve its energy security. The five McKinsey authors are Jesse Noffsinger, Nadia Christakou, Hamid Samandari, Humayun Tai is a senior partner and Dickon Pinner.   How climate action can help deliver EU energy security Europe is currently facing two major energy challenges. The first is … Continue reading New McKinsey briefing: governments can act now to accelerate the energy transition in Europe to both improve the continent’s long-term energy security and reduce emissions

Historical data on global warming subject to misrepresentation

Every time there is a heat wave in France, the same copy-and-paste text about precedents since 1152 is circulated online. Although extreme heat events did indeed take place, they were much less intense and frequent than those in the 21st century. Romain Geoffroy discusses in an article on Le Monde website.   Global warming: Beware … Continue reading Historical data on global warming subject to misrepresentation

Pilot quits his dream job because of aviation’s impact on climate change

A pilot, Todd Smith, could no longer deny that he'd been in denial. And that changed everything. He delved deeper into climate science and the carbon footprint of flight. He learned that the industry is responsible for more than 2% of global emissions and that of the 80% of people who have never been on … Continue reading Pilot quits his dream job because of aviation’s impact on climate change

“What will come after net-zero?”

In the long-term, the best target global temperature for the planet might be something akin to a pre-industrial climate, with the human effect on Earth’s climate receding. So argue Andrew King, Celia McMichael, Harry McClelland and Jacqueline Peel, all from The University of Melbourne in an article on The Conversation website. The authors review a … Continue reading “What will come after net-zero?”

How will the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) work and what will it achieve in terms of reining in global temperatures?

Matt McGrath writes on the BBC News website about what will be achieved by the landmark US climate bill both in the US and globally.   US climate bill success masks scale of warming challenge Many are hailing a landmark US bill approved by the US Senate as a game changer for American and global … Continue reading How will the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) work and what will it achieve in terms of reining in global temperatures?

Today the legend of autobahns is associated with Germany’s failure to meet its climate obligations

Germany's long love affair with its high-speed freeways could hit a dead end as calls grow to stop autobahn extensions to combat climate change. Stuart Braun discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Autobahns speed up climate crisis When German electronic band Kraftwerk released the iconic song "Autobahn" in 1975, … Continue reading Today the legend of autobahns is associated with Germany’s failure to meet its climate obligations