New EEA report on benefits from climate-friendly practices for sourcing raw materials

Climate-friendly practices for sourcing raw materials hold significant potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Europe and globally. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published this week, focusing on raw material extraction and processing, raw material consumers can use their purchasing power to influence suppliers to become more climate friendly. Including sourcing requirements … Continue reading New EEA report on benefits from climate-friendly practices for sourcing raw materials

The challenges for Australia’s industry to reach net zero by 2050

Alison Reeve, Deputy Program Director, Energy and Climate Change at the Grattan Institute explains in an article on The Conversation website the challenges that Australia’s industries face to help the country achieve net-zero emissions. Around 30% of Australia’s emissions come from the industrial sector — from facilities such as coal mines, liquefied natural gas platforms, … Continue reading The challenges for Australia’s industry to reach net zero by 2050

Tony Blair’s experts say achieving net zero does not require transforming our live

Tony Blair’s think tank, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, has recently published a report that states that meeting the net-zero goal – and our arguably more difficult interim targets in 2030 and 2035 – cannot rely on technology deployment alone. It will also require significant behavioural changes from consumers (and voters) across the … Continue reading Tony Blair’s experts say achieving net zero does not require transforming our live

If we want results in addressing climate change, “we may need to go beyond simply demanding action and instead focus on changing the way the global economy is organised and governed”

Nick Bernards, Associate Professor of Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick, gives his views on what it will take to get real action to address climate change in an article on The Conversation website.   Climate change: why government failure to act isn’t the problem The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report … Continue reading If we want results in addressing climate change, “we may need to go beyond simply demanding action and instead focus on changing the way the global economy is organised and governed”

It clearly remains difficult from a business perspective to eliminate coal worldwide

Michael Tamvakis, Professor of Commodity Economics and Finance, City at the University of London provides a sobering view of the trends in the coal sector in an article on The Conversation website.The revival of world demand for energy hopefully means the world economy is recovering from the pandemic, but the surge in coal prices is … Continue reading It clearly remains difficult from a business perspective to eliminate coal worldwide

New report on cutting emissions through fossil fuel subsidy reform and taxation

Earlier this month, the latest IPCC report gave its starkest climate warning yet. As United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, this must sound a "death knell" for fossil fuels, starting with an end to new production and with shifting fossil fuel subsidies into renewable energy. The dire message comes amidst some reasons for hope. We … Continue reading New report on cutting emissions through fossil fuel subsidy reform and taxation

Many Australians feel frustration at the refusal of their government to “turn around” to face what’s clear to everyone else, a galloping climate emergency

It was not that long ago that the world looked on in horror at the disastrous fires in Australia. How much was related to climate change? Does it matter. As the evidence has accumulated, and the new IPCC report reinforces it, Australia has carved out a name for itself as a global laggard. Mark Kenny, … Continue reading Many Australians feel frustration at the refusal of their government to “turn around” to face what’s clear to everyone else, a galloping climate emergency

One German village prepares for climate-friendly future

While Germany mulls over better solutions for a climate-friendly future, one northern village has already made the transition. And its residents say the benefits are worth every penny. Gero Rueter of Deutsche Welle paid a visit to Sprakebüll.   Sprakebüll: A German village embraces a solar future "I am proud of Sprakebüll. It's great to … Continue reading One German village prepares for climate-friendly future

It is through the tidal wave of climate litigation that citizens themselves can trigger rapid decarbonisation — and avert catastrophic global heating

Another IPCC report, another dire warning. Yet world leaders and big polluters are doing little to reduce emissions. Deutsche Welle’s Stuart Braun says climate litigation could be the only way out.   Opinion: Court action could be vital as IPCC confirms climate emergency After a month of unprecedented flooding and wildfires in Europe, it isn't surprising … Continue reading It is through the tidal wave of climate litigation that citizens themselves can trigger rapid decarbonisation — and avert catastrophic global heating

Reaction to IPCC report – “This is not “climate alarmism”. It is, as far as experts can ascertain, fact”

Keith Baker, Researcher in Fuel Poverty and Energy Policy, Built Environment Asset Management Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University explains in an article on The Conversation website that the world has consistently failed to agree and enact concrete actions in response to date, but the stark reality is that we need to focus on actions.   … Continue reading Reaction to IPCC report – “This is not “climate alarmism”. It is, as far as experts can ascertain, fact”