If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be that it’s offered a taste of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future

Since the virus crisis started, air quality has improved because of the drastic drop in GHG emissions. Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester writes on The Conversation website that the pandemic could show us how the future might look with less air pollution, or it may … Continue reading If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be that it’s offered a taste of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future

“Hidden emissions” need to be counted as countries move to be carbon neutral

The “hidden emissions” in Britain have grown significantly from 14 per cent in 1990 of overall carbon footprint to 46 per cent in 2019. If Britain intends to be carbon neutral by 2050, these hidden emissions need to be accounted for. Ben Webster explains in an article on The Times website.   Half of UK … Continue reading “Hidden emissions” need to be counted as countries move to be carbon neutral

Experts calling for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned because they are too difficult and expensive to cool

Visiting many capitals in Africa, I was always struck by the new, modern glass office buildings and wondering what their energy performance could be.  One can imagine.  James Tapper writes in The Guardian that experts are calling for a ban on glass skyscrapers to save energy in climate crisis. What are your views?   Air … Continue reading Experts calling for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned because they are too difficult and expensive to cool

Universities need to address their air travel footprint

In a world where we must reduce GHG emissions, it is good to see an article that argues why it should be done by academics.  Milena Buchs, Associate Professor in Sustainability, Economics, and Low-Carbon Transitions at the University of Leeds writes on The Conversation website why academics should lead by example. How about you?   … Continue reading Universities need to address their air travel footprint

Skyscrapers are major emitters of GHG emissions

There are many studies that show the potential for existing buildings to reduce GHG emissions and we know what their overall impact on emissions is.  It is good to see an article in The Times by Louisa Clarence-Smith about the impact of some of Britain’s best-known skyscrapers. CO2 challenge that towers over tall buildings Six … Continue reading Skyscrapers are major emitters of GHG emissions

New data from European Environment Agency show worrying increase in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans

According to provisional data published recently by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new passenger cars registered in the EU in 2018 increased for the second consecutive year, reaching 120.4 grammes of CO2 per kilometre. For the first time, the average CO2 emissions from new vans also increased. Manufacturers … Continue reading New data from European Environment Agency show worrying increase in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans

Plans for public transport buses in some English cities to suck out dirty air

It will be interesting to see how successful these buses will be in cleaning urban air. Corazon Miller writes on The Independent website about this effort planned in several English cities.  Is anyone aware of similar initiatives in other cities?   Buses that suck pollution out of the air to be rolled out in Southampton … Continue reading Plans for public transport buses in some English cities to suck out dirty air

The transition to electric cars, trucks and ships will be dramatically harder that it sounds

David Keith, Assistant Professor of System Dynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Christopher R. Knittel, Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management write on The Conversation website about the difficulties to reduce carbon emissions from cars and trucks. … Continue reading The transition to electric cars, trucks and ships will be dramatically harder that it sounds

A number of major tarsands operations in northern Alberta seem to be emitting significantly more carbon pollution than companies have been reporting

Air samples taken over northern Alberta operations suggest previous figures could be way off. Zach Dubinsky explains in an article on the CBC News website. Will this be a wake -up call to re-think such resource developments?   Oilsands CO2 emissions may be far higher than companies report, scientists say A number of major oilsands … Continue reading A number of major tarsands operations in northern Alberta seem to be emitting significantly more carbon pollution than companies have been reporting

2018 saw the biggest increase in carbon emissions in the US in eight years

We are increasing concerned about the growth in carbon emissions after a period where we thought they had been stymied.  Brad Plumer writes in the New York Times about latest developments in the US.   U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in … Continue reading 2018 saw the biggest increase in carbon emissions in the US in eight years