Often overlooked as an obstacle to climate action, lobbying has come into the spotlight at COP26

Lobbyists are pushing the climate to dangerous extremes by blocking or diluting policies that would reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Ajit Niranjan provides his views on lobbying in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   COP26: Lobbying threat to global climate action As world leaders meet for a landmark summit to cut carbon … Continue reading Often overlooked as an obstacle to climate action, lobbying has come into the spotlight at COP26

Coming to grips with climate justice

Sonja Klinsky, Associate Professor and Senior Global Futures Scientist at Arizona State University writes on The Conversation website about climate change being a justice issue. What are your views?   Climate change is a justice issue – these 6 charts show why Climate change has hit home around the world in 2021 with record heat waves, … Continue reading Coming to grips with climate justice

Conventional economic analysis approaches have consistently understated the risks from unmitigated climate change and overstated the costs of a low-carbon transition

Fifteen years on from the Stern Review, we can say with great confidence that the risks of action are far lower than the risks of inaction. Dimtri Zenghelis, Special Advisor to the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge and a senior economist on the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change … Continue reading Conventional economic analysis approaches have consistently understated the risks from unmitigated climate change and overstated the costs of a low-carbon transition

How climate change affects Inuit and other Indigenous communities, and why greater inclusion of Indigenous voices is vital in aiding the climate crisis

Having attended many climate conferences in the past where there were many side-events by indigenous communities explaining how climate change was drastically affecting their societies and livelihoods, it brings home how vulnerable so many people are. In many cases, adaptation is not even an option. Cloe Logan interviews Ashley Cummings, a 23-year-old Inuk activist from … Continue reading How climate change affects Inuit and other Indigenous communities, and why greater inclusion of Indigenous voices is vital in aiding the climate crisis

The new heat and buildings strategy boosts the UK’s credentials as a global leader yet it has ignored some critical actions

With much fanfare, the UK government announced its heat and buildings strategy last week. Ran Boydell, Visiting Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Heriot-Watt University discusses the strategy to see if it is fit for purpose to help Britain achieve its net-zero objectives in an article on The Conversation website.   Heat and buildings strategy: the … Continue reading The new heat and buildings strategy boosts the UK’s credentials as a global leader yet it has ignored some critical actions

New joint briefing by EEA and Eurofound on benefits of targeted measures to cut carbon emissions

Recycling revenues from energy and carbon taxes to support low-income groups, investing in renovating buildings and in green mobility are among measures that could ensure public support for Europe’s sustainability agenda and a socially just transition. Vulnerable groups may feel the benefit of these measures more than others, as well as from the broader community … Continue reading New joint briefing by EEA and Eurofound on benefits of targeted measures to cut carbon emissions

The oil industry’s own words show companies knew about the risk of climate change long before most of the rest of the world

Benjamin Franta, Ph.D. Candidate in History at Stanford University has been busy visiting historical archives from the oil industry. What those papers revealed is now changing our understanding of how climate change became a crisis. He discusses his findings in an article on The Conversation website.   What Big Oil knew about climate change, in … Continue reading The oil industry’s own words show companies knew about the risk of climate change long before most of the rest of the world

Classical music is one of the greatest joys on our planet and that we need to make changes in order to keep it that way

Classical concerts consume energy in several ways: patrons traveling to the venue, the concert hall's lighting and heating costs, and the artist traveling via plane, car or bus to venues across the country or even the globe. While environmental activism and support is shown by performers and composers, there are ways in which music appreciators … Continue reading Classical music is one of the greatest joys on our planet and that we need to make changes in order to keep it that way

For business, fighting climate change effectively requires a new mindset to prioritise sustainability over profit

Raz Godelnik, Assistant Professor of Strategic Design & Management at The New School writes on The Conversation website about how integrating climate change concerns is requiring changes by business. It is requiring an entirely new mindset from past practice.   How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business In his 2021 letter … Continue reading For business, fighting climate change effectively requires a new mindset to prioritise sustainability over profit

The environmental impact of construction

The world's cities are growing — and the billions who inhabit them need places to live and work. But how does all that construction affect the planet? Martin Kuebler discusses the environmental impact of construction in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Building: What's the big deal for the environment? Ear-splitting jackhammers and whining saws, unexpected delays and clouds … Continue reading The environmental impact of construction