Too many companies may be relying on offsetting their emissions through carbon credits rather than cutting their own

Emily Gosden writes on The Times website about a recent study that shows most businesses need to go further to improve the credibility of their targets and their plans for meeting them to avoid accusations of “greenwashing”. Out of the 2,000 largest publicly traded companies by sales, 417 have set net zero goals, the report … Continue reading Too many companies may be relying on offsetting their emissions through carbon credits rather than cutting their own

Public transit is hanging by a thread in many cities around the world and that’s a disaster for the world’s ability to address that other global crisis: climate change

Public transit offers a simple way for cities to lower GHG emissions, but the pandemic has pushed ridership, and revenue, off a cliff in many big systems. Somini Sengupta, Geneva Abdul, Manuela Andreoni and Veronica Penney discuss latest developments in an article on the New York Times website.   Riders Are Abandoning Buses and Trains. … Continue reading Public transit is hanging by a thread in many cities around the world and that’s a disaster for the world’s ability to address that other global crisis: climate change

We need to be clear what role nuclear and hydrogen can play in our transition to being carbon neutral

Jonathon Porritt, the environmentalist and founder-director of Forum for the Future provides his comments on our energy transition in an article on the Guardian website. Big industry players pushing techno-fixes are ignoring the only realistic solution to the climate crisis: renewables.   Don't believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net … Continue reading We need to be clear what role nuclear and hydrogen can play in our transition to being carbon neutral

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

Global heating pushes tropical regions towards limits of human liveability

A new study suggests that large swaths of the tropics will experience dangerous living and working conditions if global warming isn’t limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Henry Fountain discusses the study in an article on the New York Times website.   Global Warming’s Deadly Combination: Heat and Humidity Here’s one more reason the world should … Continue reading Global heating pushes tropical regions towards limits of human liveability

By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, “we are creating the conditions in which epidemics flourish …”

Tom Pegram, Associate Professor in Global Governance and Deputy Director of UCL Global Governance Institute, UCL and Julia Kreienkamp, Researcher at the Global Governance Institute at UCL write on The Conversation website about our need to embrace the politics of ecology as our sustainable way forward.   Global obsession with economic growth will increase risk … Continue reading By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, “we are creating the conditions in which epidemics flourish …”

New report argues that the only way to offset the socio-economic devastation resulting from the pandemic is to make “smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience”

The SDG Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development discusses a new UN report that underscores role of SDGs in emerging from the pandemic. The report depicts resilience as going hand-in-hand with sustainable development, noting that one cannot exist without the other.   World Economic Situation and Prospects Report Underscores Role of SDGs in … Continue reading New report argues that the only way to offset the socio-economic devastation resulting from the pandemic is to make “smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience”

Methane is leaking out of the more than 4 million abandoned oil and gas wells in the United States and Canada

While we are appreciating the harm coming from methane emissions, it is of concern that the US and Canada are underestimating the methane coming from abandoned oil and gas wells.  Nichola Groom discusses in an article on the Reuters website.   U.S. and Canada underestimating climate risk from abandoned oil and gas wells Methane leaking … Continue reading Methane is leaking out of the more than 4 million abandoned oil and gas wells in the United States and Canada

How the Trump White House attempted to put its mark on the National Climate Assessment, and why those efforts stumbled

The White House repeatedly attempted to thwart the country’s premier climate science document, one meant to steer policy for years. Scientists got in the way. Christopher Flavelle explains in an article on The New York Times website.   How Trump Tried, but Largely Failed, to Derail America’s Top Climate Report The National Climate Assessment, America’s … Continue reading How the Trump White House attempted to put its mark on the National Climate Assessment, and why those efforts stumbled

An influential group of investors is urging UK regulators to make climate risk reporting mandatory for nearly 500 FTSE-listed firms

Group of investors urges UK regulators to impose measure on premium-listed companies. Kalyeena Makortoff discusses latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   Make climate risk reports mandatory for 480 FTSE firms, say investors An influential group of investors is urging UK regulators to make climate risk reporting mandatory for nearly 500 FTSE-listed … Continue reading An influential group of investors is urging UK regulators to make climate risk reporting mandatory for nearly 500 FTSE-listed firms