The chemicals sector has largely slipped under the radar when it comes to climate

The chemicals sector is quite complicated. Only about half of the fossil fuels that the industry consumes are burned for their energy. The rest is used as feedstock for products such as plastics with the emissions released only when these products reach the end of their lives, for example, when waste plastic packaging or an … Continue reading The chemicals sector has largely slipped under the radar when it comes to climate

In Sweden, a movement advocating avoiding flying has gained influence since 2016 and has started to change the way travel is portrayed in the Swedish media

Recent research shows that there are shifting ideas and assumptions about holidays by plane in Swedish society. While flying is still widely presented as desirable, changes in some media coverage show the influence of the flight-free movement and illustrate that different perspectives of what constitutes a good life under climate change are gaining some influence. … Continue reading In Sweden, a movement advocating avoiding flying has gained influence since 2016 and has started to change the way travel is portrayed in the Swedish media

New EEA report on creating an economy that can deliver prosperity and sustainability

Creating a more resilient and sustainable future will require Europe to reimagine its economic model, according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report published this week. The report highlights opportunities for Europe to go further in creating an economy that can deliver prosperity and sustainability.   Creating a resilient economy within environmental limits Reducing … Continue reading New EEA report on creating an economy that can deliver prosperity and sustainability

Circular economy: no silver bullet but the benefits could be significant

Tim Schauenberg writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the issues relating to moving to a circular economy. What are your views?   Circular economy: Could rethinking design transform the world? Some argue that switching to a "circular economy" is crucial when it comes to climate protection and sustainability. But what would it entail? And … Continue reading Circular economy: no silver bullet but the benefits could be significant

To meet long-term carbon emissions targets, we must stop demolishing buildings should start using the carbon spent in the past to avoid the emission of more in the present

Meeting net zero targets for buildings, an entirely new approach is needed. Charles Gillott, PhD student in Engineering at University of Sheffield, in an article on The Conversation website, says we must stop demolishing buildings and replacing them with new ones. What are your views?   We have reusable cups, bags and bottles: so why … Continue reading To meet long-term carbon emissions targets, we must stop demolishing buildings should start using the carbon spent in the past to avoid the emission of more in the present

Five key elements to watch over the coming year as countries move forward on their climate promises

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University writes on The Conversation website about what it will take to make commitments at the Glasgow climate talks achievable. What are your views?   After COP26, the hard work begins on making climate promises real: 5 things to watch in 2022 How much the world … Continue reading Five key elements to watch over the coming year as countries move forward on their climate promises

New EEA report shows cleaner air could have saved significant number of lives in Europe

Air pollution continued to cause a significant burden of premature death and disease in Europe in 2019. A European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published this week, shows that improving air quality to the levels recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) could prevent more than half of the premature deaths caused by exposure to … Continue reading New EEA report shows cleaner air could have saved significant number of lives in Europe

New EEA interactive report providing updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions

As extreme weather events and other climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe, solid information is needed for assessing climate risks and planning for adaptation. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new interactive report, published this week, gives an updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions.   Climate … Continue reading New EEA interactive report providing updated overview of how climate hazards are changing across Europe’s different regions

There is little chance of the aviation industry meeting any climate targets if it aims for a return to its pre-pandemic rate of growth

Just before the pandemic, aircraft engines were burning one billion litres of fuel a day. But then the number of daily civil aviation flights fell from 110,000 to less than 50,000 during 2020, on average. With the easing of travel restrictions, air traffic is increasing back towards its pre-pandemic peak. Milan Klöwer, Postdoctoral Researcher in … Continue reading There is little chance of the aviation industry meeting any climate targets if it aims for a return to its pre-pandemic rate of growth

Pinning hope on “modern” energy as the solution for Zimbabwe is overly simplistic

Currently, SDG7 as a global agenda for energy development is tinkering on the periphery, according to Ellen Fungisai Chipango, Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg. She explains in an article on The Conversation website.   Global energy targets don’t deal with people’s real problems in Zimbabwe Thirty years ago, ending energy poverty wasn’t among … Continue reading Pinning hope on “modern” energy as the solution for Zimbabwe is overly simplistic