New EEA studies on the most environmentally friendly modes of motorised passenger transport in Europe

Train travel remains overall the most environmentally friendly mode of motorised passenger transport in Europe — in terms of GHG emissions — as compared to travelling by car or plane, according to two transport and environment studies published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) this week.   Motorised transport: train, plane, road or boat — … Continue reading New EEA studies on the most environmentally friendly modes of motorised passenger transport in Europe

Incoming OECD Secretary-General presented with opportunity to change his record on climate change

If former Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann is to match the climate ambition of the OECD’s biggest member states, his future behaviour will have to be very different to that of his past behaviour. Christian Downie, Associate professor at the Australian National University discusses how Cormann can change in an article on The Conversation website. … Continue reading Incoming OECD Secretary-General presented with opportunity to change his record on climate change

Australia’s Mathias Cormann elected OECD chief despite climate record

The surprise result is a diplomatic triumph for Australia, whose prime minister, Scott Morrison, had promoted Cormann’s OECD credentials in calls with international counterparts in recent months. Cormann narrowly defeated the Swedish former EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström in the election to lead the 37-member Paris-based organisation, which gives advice to member governments on economic … Continue reading Australia’s Mathias Cormann elected OECD chief despite climate record

The challenges Britain faces in hosting COP26 in November

Larry Elliott provides a good account of the challenges that Britain faces for ensuring COP26 this November resets global climate policies to ensure that our long-term climate and energy objectives are met. It certainly helps that the US is back but there is no guarantee that the conference will end in success.   If Johnson … Continue reading The challenges Britain faces in hosting COP26 in November

Outgoing Secretary-General of OECD says action on environmental crises must be defining focus of wealthy countries after Covid

The outgoing Secretary-General of the OECD Ángel Gurría said the coronavirus crisis must be dealt with as a matter of urgency, but that the biggest task after that would be tackling the world’s environmental emergencies. Fiona Harvey reports in The Guardian about the views of Mr. Gurría on the climate crisis. In a separate article … Continue reading Outgoing Secretary-General of OECD says action on environmental crises must be defining focus of wealthy countries after Covid

New report argues that the only way to offset the socio-economic devastation resulting from the pandemic is to make “smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience”

The SDG Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development discusses a new UN report that underscores role of SDGs in emerging from the pandemic. The report depicts resilience as going hand-in-hand with sustainable development, noting that one cannot exist without the other.   World Economic Situation and Prospects Report Underscores Role of SDGs in … Continue reading New report argues that the only way to offset the socio-economic devastation resulting from the pandemic is to make “smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience”

The Green Climate Fund is by design a learning institution

The Green Climate Fund, the biggest multilateral climate fund, is a good example of an institution whose built-in learning structures and accountability have allowed it to remain relevant. Archi Rastogi discusses what the fund can teach us about multilateral organisations. In an article on the Policy Options website.   What the Green Climate Fund can teach us … Continue reading The Green Climate Fund is by design a learning institution

New EEA report on better air quality throughout EU has led to significant reduction in premature deaths but almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution

Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across the continent.   Marked improvement in Europe's air quality over past … Continue reading New EEA report on better air quality throughout EU has led to significant reduction in premature deaths but almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution

Some of the challenges for a carbon-neutral energy transition

International trade agreements are important. However, investor-state dispute-settlement provisions are blamed for impeding government action and that can have a negative impact on environmental policies.  An article in The Economist gives a good account of many of the issues at stake.   How some international treaties threaten the environment In use for over six decades, … Continue reading Some of the challenges for a carbon-neutral energy transition

Looking back at the 30 years of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

You probably know colleagues who are involved in the IPCC process that is currently underway. It is a daunting task involving a wide range of experts globally. Marc Hudson, Research Associate in Social Movements at Keele University gives us some background about how things have evolved over the 30 years the process has been underway … Continue reading Looking back at the 30 years of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change