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

Strong argument for renovating homes in America’s Great Lakes region

Increasingly, arguments are being made that strategies to encourage renovation of buildings to address climate change. Nicholas Rajkovich, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York explains in an article on The Conversation website the many benefits from renovating buildings.   To protect people in the Great Lakes … Continue reading Strong argument for renovating homes in America’s Great Lakes region

The buildings sector is essential for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis

The construction sector is essential for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. It can rapidly create large amounts of jobs and involves far-reaching value chains of small and large businesses. At the same time, the building sector presents a massive – and largely unused – opportunity to respond to the climate crisis. Christiana Hageneder … Continue reading The buildings sector is essential for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis

The current coronavirus crisis shows us how ill prepared we are for the disruptive potential of climate change

The current coronavirus crisis is spurring a lot of thoughtful articles that make links to climate change and/or the low carbon energy transition. In this article on The Conversation website, Kate Guy, PhD Candidate and Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Oxford explains how unprepared we are for the security threat of climate … Continue reading The current coronavirus crisis shows us how ill prepared we are for the disruptive potential of climate change

Story telling in the low-carbon energy transition

Derek Gladwin, Assistant Professor, Language & Literacy Education, and Sustainability Fellow at the University of British Columbia writes on The Conversation website that stories matter and those for the new energy transition will be different than those when fossil fuels dominated. Importantly he writes: “If we start to communicate and educate about energy transition through … Continue reading Story telling in the low-carbon energy transition

Discussing “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells

EiD doesn’t know whether you have read this book yet. If not, you should. It really looks at what the future will look like if we do not make drastic changes to life. This is particularly important now as we try to get through the coronavirus crisis and then have to more seriously address climate … Continue reading Discussing “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells

What will the coronavirus crisis mean for how we travel in the future?

There are many now commenting on what the future will bring to various aspects of our lives. Marcus Enoch, Professor in Transport Strategy at Loughborough University and James Warren, Senior Lecturer, Engineering and Innovation at The Open University look at the opportunities for reshaping travel once the coronavirus crisis is over in an article on … Continue reading What will the coronavirus crisis mean for how we travel in the future?

Environmental racism exists and that the rhetoric of “conservation” and “saving the planet” does not only come from what is called the left

There appears to be “fake news” that is intentionally seeding confusion as we address the coronavirus while also needing to keep a long-term focus on addressing climate change. Marc Hudson, Researcher on Sociomaterial Transformations at Keele University, explains in an article on The Conversation website.   Beware far-right arguments disguised as environmentalism Posters in the … Continue reading Environmental racism exists and that the rhetoric of “conservation” and “saving the planet” does not only come from what is called the left

2020 is an iconic year and a tipping point for our low carbon energy transition

If we had to have a worldwide closedown, at least it is occurring during the tipping point year of 2020, argues Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation and a friend of EiD, in a column on the Business Green website.   Coronavirus Response: 2020 has become a watershed year in more ways … Continue reading 2020 is an iconic year and a tipping point for our low carbon energy transition

Airlines are demanding the rewriting of a global agreement designed to cut aviation carbon emissions in wake of coronavirus crisis

Should we be surprised? The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for airlines, claimed a scheme to offset any rise in emissions would place an “inappropriate economic burden” on operators already struggling with the impact of the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown. But climate campaigners have said any bailouts should come with environmental strings … Continue reading Airlines are demanding the rewriting of a global agreement designed to cut aviation carbon emissions in wake of coronavirus crisis