Inequality is part of the answer as to why there is little action on climate change

Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town and Anda David, Agence française de développement (AFD) argue in an article on The Conversation website that inequality is part of the answer as to why there is little action. Furthermore, reducing inequalities allows us to shift from the gridlock of only talking to the established elite. In turn, … Continue reading Inequality is part of the answer as to why there is little action on climate change

Ukrainian climate scientists will try to take part in global talks to produce the next major climate change report even while they shelter from missile attacks and prepare to fight for their country

Climate scientist Svitlana Krakovska and her colleagues are sheltering from bombs in Kyiv but still trying to work on the upcoming IPCC report. One has to admire their dedication, given the situation. Madeleine Cuff explains in an article on the inews website.   ‘We still exist and resist’: Ukrainian climate scientists to press on with … Continue reading Ukrainian climate scientists will try to take part in global talks to produce the next major climate change report even while they shelter from missile attacks and prepare to fight for their country

New study highlighting “vast energy inequality” between rich and poor countries points to “climate hypocrisy”

A recent study found that each Briton produces 200 times the climate emissions of the average Congolese person, with people in the US producing 585 times as much. Yet, as recently as COP26, there was lots of hand-wringing by rich countries about the extent to which aid and other development finance should finance fossil fuels … Continue reading New study highlighting “vast energy inequality” between rich and poor countries points to “climate hypocrisy”

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

Gathering better data to address energy justice

Jeff Brady writes on the NPR website about recent research that focus on energy justice in the US. The researchers reflect on the importance of more and better data.  What are your views?   Tackling 'Energy Justice' Requires Better Data. These Researchers Are On It Poor people and people of color use much more electricity … Continue reading Gathering better data to address energy justice

Human development is not only a matter of economic justice but also climate justice

Marta Baltruszewicz, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Earth and Environment at University of Leeds raises some important issues in an article on The Conversation website, showing that there is an important counter-intuitive finding showing that lower levels of deprivation were linked to lower levels of energy demand, not higher levels.   Reducing poverty can actually lower … Continue reading Human development is not only a matter of economic justice but also climate justice

Media corner – upcoming podcasts on access to energy as a basic human right

Next week the ‘ENGAGER Energy Rights Forum: Would a Right to Energy end Energy Poverty?’ will take place between the 15th and 19th of March 2021, entirely online. While registration is now closed, there is still much to learn and there will be more podcasts produced after the event. European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and … Continue reading Media corner – upcoming podcasts on access to energy as a basic human right

The emissions attributable to the richest 1 percent of the global population account for more than double those of the poorest 50 percent

No one said the carbon neutral energy transition would be simple but we have a major challenge finding a more equitable balance in our carbon footprints. This is simply not sustainable. Brady Dennis, Chris Mooney and Sarah Kaplan discuss the issues arising from a new UN emissions gap report in an article on the Washington … Continue reading The emissions attributable to the richest 1 percent of the global population account for more than double those of the poorest 50 percent

The energy transition and an emerging energy justice concern

The energy transition is complex and affects many social issues. Jason Byrne and Tony Matthews from Griffith University in Australia raise the concern about energy justice since there are disproportionate impacts of energy poverty. This is a good article you should read. It is available on The Conversation website. What about the people missing out … Continue reading The energy transition and an emerging energy justice concern