Glass bottles are more than four times as damaging to the planet as plastic ones

A recent study that shows how damaging glass bottles are. The total environmental impact for glass bottles is much higher when factors such as their contribution to climate change through energy use and damage from mining for key ingredients is factored in, finds the study. Tom Bawden explains in an article on the inews website. … Continue reading Glass bottles are more than four times as damaging to the planet as plastic ones

The European Academies Science Advisory Council Perspective on Transformative Change

This pandemic reminds us how vulnerable this planet, and in particular humanity, really are. Another striking reminder is the latest publication of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) available on its website. For more on the report see also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q90lDeis7-o and https://youtu.be/5Gk9prsjmEg.   Resistance and Challenges to Green Deals should not be underestimated “Scientific knowledge of climate … Continue reading The European Academies Science Advisory Council Perspective on Transformative Change

Fire safety should be integrated into Europe’s buildings energy policies

MEPs TANJA Fajon (Slovenia) and Sirpa Pietikäinen from Finland have joined forces with Fire Safe Europe in calling upon the European Union and national policymakers to integrate fire resilience within the EU Green Deal’s initiatives on buildings. This is an article on the Fire Safety Matters website.   MEPs support inclusion of fire resilience within … Continue reading Fire safety should be integrated into Europe’s buildings energy policies

New EEA report on impacts of climate change on our health and well-being

Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA).   Tackling … Continue reading New EEA report on impacts of climate change on our health and well-being

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, but this year’s temperatures have still taken scientists by surprise

When we see events such as these temperatures in the far north, it only adds to the argument that we have to significantly accelerate our efforts to mitigate GHG emissions. Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website about the current situation.   Arctic Circle weather: What a record 38C temperature in the far north means … Continue reading The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, but this year’s temperatures have still taken scientists by surprise

An 11-year study in Sweden has found that older people exposed to air pollution are more at risk of dementia

EiD has had many posts over the years on the impact of air pollution. Harry Cockburn write on The Independent website about an 11-year study in Sweden on the impact of air pollution. Its findings added more reasons to reduce emissions from sources such as transport, and to optimise treatment of cardiovascular disease – particularly … Continue reading An 11-year study in Sweden has found that older people exposed to air pollution are more at risk of dementia

Warning labels, like those on cigarette packets, could be used to show the health risks of fossil fuels

Labels could connect the dots between the 'abstract threat of the climate emergency with the use of the fossil fuels in the here and now'. Louise Boyle writes on The Independent website that a group of health experts are suggesting that they be used. What are your views?   Fossil fuels should have cigarette-style warnings, … Continue reading Warning labels, like those on cigarette packets, could be used to show the health risks of fossil fuels

G20 finance ministers included reference to the economic threat of climate change

The inclusion of the term “climate change” in a statement from the Group of 20 finance ministers appeared to be a notable, but subtle, acknowledgment by the United States that the threat from rising temperatures was a valid economic concern. Alan Rappeport and Lisa Friedman write about the G20 joint statement in an article on … Continue reading G20 finance ministers included reference to the economic threat of climate change

JP Morgan report on the economic risks of human-caused global heating said climate policy

JP Morgan has financed many fossil fuel projects. Since the 2015 Paris climate agreement it has continued to finance such projects. Now, a leaked internal document warns clients that the climate crisis threatens the survival of humanity and that the planet is on an unsustainable trajectory. Jonathan Watt explains in an article in The Guardian. … Continue reading JP Morgan report on the economic risks of human-caused global heating said climate policy

The rise in global malnutrition shows that those least responsible for climate change will suffer most

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland who now has the title of adjunct professor of climate justice at Trinity College Dublin, said that climate change had begun to severely affect poorer countries where people are at risk of malnutrition. Paul O’Donoghue explains in an article in The Times.   Mary Robinson says climate change hits … Continue reading The rise in global malnutrition shows that those least responsible for climate change will suffer most