Today the legend of autobahns is associated with Germany’s failure to meet its climate obligations

Germany's long love affair with its high-speed freeways could hit a dead end as calls grow to stop autobahn extensions to combat climate change. Stuart Braun discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Autobahns speed up climate crisis When German electronic band Kraftwerk released the iconic song "Autobahn" in 1975, … Continue reading Today the legend of autobahns is associated with Germany’s failure to meet its climate obligations

Claims that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings are often exaggerated

The cement and concrete industry is encouraging the use of cement, by claiming that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings. Alice Moncaster, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at The Open University, in an article on The Conversation website, challenges those claims.   Three reasons concrete doesn’t live up to its environmental … Continue reading Claims that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings are often exaggerated

Australia and its climate and energy transition

Adam Morton writes on The Guardian website about what is known about the new climate legislation and what it means for climate action.   Australia’s climate change targets will become law. What happens now? The Australian House of Representatives has passed the country’s first climate change legislation in more than a decade. The main part … Continue reading Australia and its climate and energy transition

To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question

Magda Osman, Principal Research Associate in Basic and Applied Decision Making at the Cambridge Judge Business School writes on The Conversation website about the value of the nudge theory now evidence shows it doesn’t work.   Nudge theory doesn’t work after all, says new evidence review – but it could still have a future t … Continue reading To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question

Residents need to be involved in achieving urban sustainability and climate change issues

Establishing measurable goals at the city level needs and will result in the engagement of residents. Everybody wins in the long run — quality of life improves, urban governance is more effective, and businesses develop more efficient models. Professors Sylvie Albert and Manish Pandey at the University of Winnipeg in Canada explain their views in … Continue reading Residents need to be involved in achieving urban sustainability and climate change issues

Coping with the crisis in Germany: “If the industry can no longer produce here, the demand doesn’t fade. What we produce here will simply be manufactured in other countries, under worse and less sustainable conditions.”

Not a week goes by without warnings of rising gas prices or renewed calls to save energy any way possible. But how are German companies that are highly dependent on the fossil fuel preparing for a looming shortage? Thomas Kohlmann provides some answers in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   How German industry … Continue reading Coping with the crisis in Germany: “If the industry can no longer produce here, the demand doesn’t fade. What we produce here will simply be manufactured in other countries, under worse and less sustainable conditions.”

James Lovelock: “a nonconformist who had a unique vantage point that came from being, as he put it, half-scientist and half-inventor”

Mark Maslin, Professor of Earth System Science at UCL, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses the extraordinary life of James Lovelock, the maverick scientist and inventory who was best known for his Gaia hypothesis. Do you think Lovelock transformed the way we think of life on Earth?   James Lovelock: the scientist-inventor who … Continue reading James Lovelock: “a nonconformist who had a unique vantage point that came from being, as he put it, half-scientist and half-inventor”

Australia’s new government needs to ensure its legislative foundation for climate follows best practice globally

Anita Foerster, Associate professor, Monash University; Alice Bleby, PhD Candidate, UNSW Sydney; and Anne Kallies, Senior Lecturer, RMIT University write on The Conversation website that Australia’s new Albanese government should be guided by lessons from the design and implementation of existing laws in other countries, to ensure it follows best practice. Failing to learn from … Continue reading Australia’s new government needs to ensure its legislative foundation for climate follows best practice globally

The world’s most influential banks need to substantially accelerate climate efforts

Many of the world's biggest banks are falling far short of aligning their practices with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting the Earth's warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a new report from the IIGCC warns. The report is discussed in an Associated Press news item on The Independent website.   Banks far … Continue reading The world’s most influential banks need to substantially accelerate climate efforts

Secret work to help power companies protect their profits and fight the transition to cleaner forms of energy

Hundreds of pages of leaked internal documents in the US show how power companies are protecting their profits and, worryingly, fighting the transition to clean energy. Miranda Green discusses latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy The CEO … Continue reading Secret work to help power companies protect their profits and fight the transition to cleaner forms of energy