New EEA analysis on Europe’s actions on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

A vast majority of the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) 39 member and cooperating countries are putting in action United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those focused on climate action, water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy, according to a pan-European assessment, published recently, of how the SDGs are being implemented.   European countries … Continue reading New EEA analysis on Europe’s actions on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Blog from John A. “Skip” Laitner – As the Climate Warms, the Economy Cools—Both Driven by the Same Scale of Resource Inefficiencies

I call it the Blue-Green-Red Resource Squeeze on the American economy. It is neither a perfect nor a straightforward comparison, but it does result in what I think is a rather eerie warning. It is the kind of warning we typically do not read in any number of the emerging climate strategies which we are … Continue reading Blog from John A. “Skip” Laitner – As the Climate Warms, the Economy Cools—Both Driven by the Same Scale of Resource Inefficiencies

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

World’s publicly financed development banks pledge to use their financial muscle to rescue the global economy from the Covid-19 crisis and the climate emergency

The goal must be to build economies that are sustainable, resilient and inclusive says one head of a development bank. Encouragingly, we are seeing development banks take a more co-ordinated, integrated approach to address recovery plans and the need to ensure the Paris climate objectives are met.  Fiona Harvey explains in an article on The … Continue reading World’s publicly financed development banks pledge to use their financial muscle to rescue the global economy from the Covid-19 crisis and the climate emergency

Shift to construction with wood could lead to a cleaner, greener future

Harry Cockburn writes on The Independent website that there are many environmental benefits from using wood as the construction material of choice, according to researchers at Aalto University in Finland, and the Finnish Environment Institute.   Cities made of wood 'could store huge amounts of carbon and cut construction emissions' The construction material of choice … Continue reading Shift to construction with wood could lead to a cleaner, greener future

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

World’s largest investment banks provided financing linked to destruction of ecosystems

Phoebe Weston writes on The Guardian website about the world’s largest investment banks provided more than $2.6tn (£1.9tn) of financing linked to the destruction of ecosystems and wildlife last year, according to a new report.   Banks lent $2.6tn linked to ecosystem and wildlife destruction in 2019 – report The world’s largest investment banks provided … Continue reading World’s largest investment banks provided financing linked to destruction of ecosystems

The importance of designing climate policies that are equitable and improve people’s lives

Simone Abram, Professor in the Dept of Anthropology, Co-Director of Durham Energy Institute, at Durham University and Tom Pegram, Associate Professor in Global Governance and Deputy Director of UCL Global Governance Institute at University College London discuss that any transition to a net-zero society must take into account social conditions in an article on The … Continue reading The importance of designing climate policies that are equitable and improve people’s lives

Irish president calls for new approach to economics that incorporates the “radicalism” of climate activism

Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins was speaking at an event in Ireland this week where he called for an entirely new approach to climate activism. James Ward explains in an article up to the event on The Times website leading.   Economic plans must include climate radicalism, says Michael D Higgins Michael D Higgins will … Continue reading Irish president calls for new approach to economics that incorporates the “radicalism” of climate activism

As regions struggle with storms and wildfires, microgrids puts communities on the path to self-reliance

Whether it is Australia or western United States or many other global regions, disasters have meant a struggle in providing needed electricity. Jeanie Chin, Manager, Centre for Grid Innovation at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology writes on The Conversation website about the benefits of microgrids.   Storms and wildfires can cut electricity, but microgrids … Continue reading As regions struggle with storms and wildfires, microgrids puts communities on the path to self-reliance