There is every reason to expect that the virus crisis will strengthen and accelerate the imperative to transition to a low-carbon world by mid-century

John Hewson, Professor and Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University writes in an article on The Conversation website that the coronavirus crisis strengths the argument that we urgently need to make the low-carbon transition.   Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon … Continue reading There is every reason to expect that the virus crisis will strengthen and accelerate the imperative to transition to a low-carbon world by mid-century

Governments seeking to protect their citizens medically and economically in the short term should also look to the long term and protect the environment

Economists at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says efforts to counteract the Covid-19 pandemic create an opportunity to “tilt to green” the large-scale recovery spending being pledged, making it a key accelerator towards a low-carbon economy. Vanora Bennett explains in an article on the EBRD website.   Spending to counteract coronavirus creates … Continue reading Governments seeking to protect their citizens medically and economically in the short term should also look to the long term and protect the environment

Can an eclectic mix of hundreds of students brought together to work against the clock come up with technological solutions to the world’s environmental problems?

Lucy Sherriff asks this question in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. More than 500 people turned up for the Santa Cruz event, grappling with problems presented at the start in categories such as sustainability and earth conservation technology, mental health and social justice. Now let’s hope they succeed.   Hackathons: An inclusive way … Continue reading Can an eclectic mix of hundreds of students brought together to work against the clock come up with technological solutions to the world’s environmental problems?

Japanese government urged to reconsider its ”disappointing” proposals to cut GHG emissions and adopt a more “ambitious” stance

Samuel Lovett writes on The Independent website about the lack of ambition in Japan’s latest targets that remain unchanged from first commitments made five years ago under Paris Agreement.   Japan’s latest climate change plans criticised as ‘feeble’ and ‘shameful’ Japan’s new proposals for fighting climate change have been described as “feeble” and “shameful”, after … Continue reading Japanese government urged to reconsider its ”disappointing” proposals to cut GHG emissions and adopt a more “ambitious” stance

Warning labels, like those on cigarette packets, could be used to show the health risks of fossil fuels

Labels could connect the dots between the 'abstract threat of the climate emergency with the use of the fossil fuels in the here and now'. Louise Boyle writes on The Independent website that a group of health experts are suggesting that they be used. What are your views?   Fossil fuels should have cigarette-style warnings, … Continue reading Warning labels, like those on cigarette packets, could be used to show the health risks of fossil fuels

The time window for halving global emissions has narrowed: in 2010, the world thought it had 30 years to halve global GHG emissions; today, we know that this must happen in ten years

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, countries set goals that require halving carbon emissions by 2030. In a new piece in Nature, Professor Harald Winkler, from the University of Cape Town (and a friend of EiD), as part of an international team, delivers the bad news that the emissions gap - … Continue reading The time window for halving global emissions has narrowed: in 2010, the world thought it had 30 years to halve global GHG emissions; today, we know that this must happen in ten years

European airlines are demanding relief from environmental taxes because of coronavirus crisis

Laurence Frost and Kate Abnett write on the Reuters website about the efforts by European airlines to demand relief to help them through this crisis. Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, is quoted saying that policymakers need to “sit back, make the right choices and not lock in the fossil-fuel economy.” What are … Continue reading European airlines are demanding relief from environmental taxes because of coronavirus crisis

Analysis of 35 leading investment banks shows financing of more than $2.66tn for fossil fuel industries since the Paris agreement

Patrick Greenfield and Kalyeena Makortoff write in The Guardian that recent analysis shows that the world’s largest investment banks are failing to respond to the climate crisis.   Study: global banks 'failing miserably' on climate crisis by funneling trillions into fossil fuels The world’s largest investment banks have funnelled more than £2.2tn ($2.66tn) into fossil … Continue reading Analysis of 35 leading investment banks shows financing of more than $2.66tn for fossil fuel industries since the Paris agreement

New report assesses the security implications of two future warming scenarios

Leila Mead writes on the SDG Knowledge Hub website of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) about a new report by the National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel of the Center for Climate and Security that assesses the security implications of two future warming scenarios.   Report Warns of Climate Change Induced Global Security … Continue reading New report assesses the security implications of two future warming scenarios

European companies are leading the world in climate action

Encouragingly more than a third of the largest EU companies have targets to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement. Now to get the rest to do so.  Madeleine Cuff explains in an article on the inews website. As we talk about the industrial sector, it is unfortunate that the corona virus crisis has forced … Continue reading European companies are leading the world in climate action