Blog from Jane Marsh: The first half of 2022 marked by renewables generating over 25% of electricity in the US

A shift toward renewable power is more evident than ever amid calls to reduce energy consumption and bolster energy security in the United States. According to recorded data by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy from sun, wind and heat resources enabled a 25% increase in electricity generation in 2022 — a feat the U.S. … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: The first half of 2022 marked by renewables generating over 25% of electricity in the US

While keeping the global average temperate rise below 1.5C may not be achieved, “we need to knuckle down as much as we can to prevent every 0.1C rise”

In an article on The Guardian website, Bill McGuire, professor emeritus of geophysical and climate hazards at UCL, argues that the goal of 1.5C by 2030 is arbitrary and now unachievable – yet working to prevent every 0.1C rise can still give us hope. What do you think?   Why we should forget about the … Continue reading While keeping the global average temperate rise below 1.5C may not be achieved, “we need to knuckle down as much as we can to prevent every 0.1C rise”

The city of Copenhagen, often celebrated as one of the world’s greenest for its cycling culture and other initiatives, recently defaulted on its pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2025

Since 2012, when Copenhagen launched its plan to become the first carbon-neutral city in the world by 2025, the city has enjoyed international recognition and a significant branding boost. The early failure in the global race to net zero emissions (a balance between CO₂ emitted and absorbed) may foreshadow backtracking by other target-setters. In an … Continue reading The city of Copenhagen, often celebrated as one of the world’s greenest for its cycling culture and other initiatives, recently defaulted on its pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2025

New EEA report on need to ensure soils are no longer a net source of GHG emissions in Europe

Soils can both remove carbon from the atmosphere or emit greenhouse gas emissions. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published recently, European soils are currently a net source of greenhouse gas emissions and, if not addressed, this could pose a risk to the EU climate targets. Mitigation actions can reduce the loss of … Continue reading New EEA report on need to ensure soils are no longer a net source of GHG emissions in Europe

Carbon capture’s role has been rejigged as a climate solution in recent years

A new report discusses the benefits of using carbon capture and storage technology to help address climate change. The report states that CCS is a 50-year-old technology with variable results in capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Project developers have almost always reused the captured carbon for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), producing oil and gas and … Continue reading Carbon capture’s role has been rejigged as a climate solution in recent years

India providing mixed signals in setting the tone for emerging economies to show leadership in climate action

India has the potential to set the tone for emerging economies’ climate action over the coming decade. However, its NDC commitments significantly understate the ambition in its own national climate policies. Tarun Gopalakrishnan, Junior Fellow, Climate Lab at Tufts University, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses India’s climate policies.   A tale of … Continue reading India providing mixed signals in setting the tone for emerging economies to show leadership in climate action

During our current energy crisis, there are concerns that if sufficiency is not accepted, then rationing will be the inevitable solution

In an editorial on the Le Monde website, three leaders of energy companies called for reducing energy consumption. But the French government has been too slow in its efforts to encourage people to truly change their behaviour.   The need for public leadership on energy sufficiency It is quite rare for companies to encourage their … Continue reading During our current energy crisis, there are concerns that if sufficiency is not accepted, then rationing will be the inevitable solution

The pace of the transition is inadequate compared to the level necessary to address the worst risks of climate change

Today’s disruptive world, resulting from Covid-19 and the Ukraine-Russia war, presents the option to us – to gear up concrete actions on the ground to increase clean energy capacity and reshape end-use energy demand to phase down conventional energy sources and reduce external price shocks. Shafiqul Alam, an environmental economist, provides his views in an … Continue reading The pace of the transition is inadequate compared to the level necessary to address the worst risks of climate change

New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for the greenhouse gases emitted by their sheep and cattle

Bernard Lagan writes on The Times website about the plans New Zealand has to to have farmers “pay for burps and other gaseous releases from their animals from 2025.   Pardon ewe! Farmers will pay for methane emitted by cows and sheep New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for … Continue reading New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for the greenhouse gases emitted by their sheep and cattle

To beat the climate crisis and mitigate its impacts, we need to unleash the power of digitalisation

Pekka Lundmark, President and Chief Executive Officer at Nokia provided this article at the World Energy Forum, currently underway. There are important messages on the role of digitalisation.   Why digitalization is our best shot at saving the planet To beat the climate crisis and mitigate its impacts, we need to unleash the power of … Continue reading To beat the climate crisis and mitigate its impacts, we need to unleash the power of digitalisation