New McKinsey report says reaching net zero is vital to avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of global heating and the transformation becomes more expensive the longer action is delayed

In a new report by McKinsey, the global management consulting company, they look at the economic transformation that a transition to net-zero emissions would entail—a transformation that would affect all countries and all sectors of the economy, either directly or indirectly. Damian Carrington discusses the report in an article on The Guardian website.   McKinsey: … Continue reading New McKinsey report says reaching net zero is vital to avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of global heating and the transformation becomes more expensive the longer action is delayed

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

The potential for pairing wind turbines with technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the air and stores it in natural reservoirs under the ocean

The marine geophysicist David Goldberg, Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University writes on The Conversation website about how wind farms could help capture carbon and store it long-term. What are your views?   Offshore wind farms could help capture carbon from air and store it long-term – using energy that would otherwise go to waste … Continue reading The potential for pairing wind turbines with technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the air and stores it in natural reservoirs under the ocean

The energy transition to net zero needs improved energy efficiency to succeed

In a recent event for the World Economic Forum, Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA and Björn Rosengren, CEO of sustainability technology company ABB, discuss what needs to happen to improve energy efficiency and reach net zero. Their discussion is in an article on the European Sting website by Kate Whiting.   Energy efficiency … Continue reading The energy transition to net zero needs improved energy efficiency to succeed

The construction sector is a major GHG emitter, so what can the industry do to cut CO2?

Millions of homes will need to be built for booming city populations in the coming decades. There are major challenges to minimise environmental damage and meet long-term energy and climate objectives. Some argue that tackling the climate crisis and meeting housing demands in cities will require a rethink of how space is used.  Natalie Muller … Continue reading The construction sector is a major GHG emitter, so what can the industry do to cut CO2?

Key principles to electric vehicle programmes that help low- and moderate-income customers install chargers at home

Sara Gersen and Ona Porter write on the Earth Justice website to give their views to help expand at-home charging for low- and moderate-income electric vehicle drivers. While they write about New Mexico, how useful are these principles in other jurisdictions? Would they work for you?   What the Electric Vehicle World Can Learn from … Continue reading Key principles to electric vehicle programmes that help low- and moderate-income customers install chargers at home

Reaction to IEA’s review of Canada’s energy policies

Bruce Campbell, Adjunct professor, faculty of environmental and urban change, at York University in Canada writes on The Conversation website about the praise the IEA gave Canada’s policies only weeks after the government’s Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner released a scathing report on Canada’s climate record. Well, no one said the carbon-neutral energy transition would … Continue reading Reaction to IEA’s review of Canada’s energy policies

India must pursue a deep decarbonisation strategy encompassing all pathways

India will need to contend with goals across sectors that are at odds with each other, and resolve the contradictions. Deepak Gupta, former secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Kollura Krishnan, chairman of CVC India Infrastructure, provide their views in an article on the Financial Express website.   Getting it right … Continue reading India must pursue a deep decarbonisation strategy encompassing all pathways

Germany’s new economy and climate protection minister calls for accelerating action to create a climate neutral country

Kate Connolly writes on The Guardian website about the call of the new German climate minister for a threefold increase in the speed with which carbon dioxide emissions are reduced. The minister, Robert Habeck, warned Germany was currently “dramatically behind” in its aim to achieve a goal for 80% of energy to come from renewable … Continue reading Germany’s new economy and climate protection minister calls for accelerating action to create a climate neutral country

The “architectural rebound effect” – new technology has often encouraged extravagant forms of consumption

Bashar Al Shawa, PhD Student in Architecture at the University of Bath writes on The Conversation website that new technology has made many buildings less climate friendly. However, architects can keep pushing the limits of design without making the planet pay.   Technology has made buildings less climate-friendly: but we can look back in time … Continue reading The “architectural rebound effect” – new technology has often encouraged extravagant forms of consumption