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

Understanding carbon-free construction

Buildings and construction generate nearly 40% of global carbon emissions. As urbanisation skyrockets, the sector needs to find ways to rapidly decarbonise through net-zero building as required under the EU Energy Performance In Buildings Directive and to meet our long-term climate and energy objectives. Stuart Braun provides a good account to understanding carbon-free construction in … Continue reading Understanding carbon-free construction

Global action Is very far from what’s needed to avert climate chaos

New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less a fraction of what is needed, the UN announced. Fiona Harvey explains in an article on The Guardian website.   CO2 emissions: nations' pledges 'far away' from Paris target, says UN The first assessment of countries’ pledges to cut their … Continue reading Global action Is very far from what’s needed to avert climate chaos

The pledges countries made to reduce emissions as part of the 2015 Paris agreement are woefully inadequate

The commitments to meet our 2015 Paris agreement are simply not enough, according to a new study published this week. The study found that even if countries were to meet their existing pledges, the world has only about a 5 percent chance to limit the Earth’s warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius over preindustrial … Continue reading The pledges countries made to reduce emissions as part of the 2015 Paris agreement are woefully inadequate

GM’s electric car goal blindsides rivals

Every carmaker is trying to figure out how to make the leap before governments force it and Tesla and other start-ups lure away drivers. Now Neal E. Boudette and Coral Davenport write on the New  York Times about the news that GM is making the transition to electric vehicles and shaking up the car industry. … Continue reading GM’s electric car goal blindsides rivals

Britain’s energy transition: creating jobs requires effective policies to promote energy efficiency

The potential for jobs creation in energy efficiency is immense. But this will only be realised if it is matched by government enthusiasm behind effective policies. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, discusses the situation in Britain in the January issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry.   Jabs and jobs go … Continue reading Britain’s energy transition: creating jobs requires effective policies to promote energy efficiency

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

Is the train era in Europe starting a new carbon neutral chapter?

A joint report from environmental organisations in Germany, Poland, Spain and France, and financed by the German environment ministry, says direct connections between capitals such as Paris and Berlin could make a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions. The study notes that a flight from Paris to Berlin causes at least six times the CO2 … Continue reading Is the train era in Europe starting a new carbon neutral chapter?

A growing chorus of experts caution carbon capture technology may not be that effective and in some cases could even add to GHG emissions

Molly Segal writes on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website about the growing doubts of the expected effectiveness of carbon capture technology in addressing our climate and energy concerns. What are your views?   How carbon capture technology can add to the emissions problem Carbon capture is often talked about as a climate solution, but a … Continue reading A growing chorus of experts caution carbon capture technology may not be that effective and in some cases could even add to GHG emissions

Working at the district level will bring many benefits to combat climate change

It is good to see an article on the important role of districts. Laurie Stone & Matt Jungclaus,  from the Rocky Mountain Institute write on the CleanTechnica website discuss released report, A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities. It reminds EiD of a recent report by Sophie Shnapp for the EC … Continue reading Working at the district level will bring many benefits to combat climate change