Anti-climate spin campaign focuses on rolling back “prohibitive climate laws” in Germany

Stuart Braun writes on the Deutsche Welle website about an investigation that has uncovered attempts to upend the climate consensus in Germany.   In denial: The spin machine upending the climate consensus Climate law rollbacks in the US and Australia have origins in libertarian think tanks that trade in climate denial. Investigative journalists have exposed … Continue reading Anti-climate spin campaign focuses on rolling back “prohibitive climate laws” in Germany

The climate crisis is not in the future, it is here now

The climate crisis can’t be averted, it’s here. And with human suffering now a reality, governments can no longer stand idly by. Damian Carrington provides his opinion in an article in The Guardian.   There's no 'deadline' to save the world. Everything we do now has to pass the climate test You may have read … Continue reading The climate crisis is not in the future, it is here now

Europe-wide poll on attitudes to flying and climate change has revealed a large majority of people now support a ban on short-haul flights

The European Investment Bank polled 28,088 people, across all 28 European Union member states (including Britain, which was a member at the time) with 62 per cent stating they supported a ban on short-distance flights, and 72 per cent said they would support a carbon tax on flights. Harry Cockburn explains more results in an … Continue reading Europe-wide poll on attitudes to flying and climate change has revealed a large majority of people now support a ban on short-haul flights

As with climate change, our collective ability to confront the pandemic is shaped by our brains. We are bad at thinking about tomorrow

As our activities change almost hourly because of the coronavirus, Somini Sengupta writes on the New York Times about the lessons learned between climate change and addressing the pandemic.   What Climate Change Can Teach Us About Fighting the Coronavirus “Alarming levels of inaction.” That is what the World Health Organization said Wednesday about the … Continue reading As with climate change, our collective ability to confront the pandemic is shaped by our brains. We are bad at thinking about tomorrow

New EEA briefing on need for EU member states to accelerate actions to reach GHG effort sharing targets

Emission cuts in the European Union’s (EU) Effort Sharing sectors need to accelerate considerably from 2018 onwards to achieve the current EU 2030 targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week. In particular, the large amount of emission reductions from planned measures in the transport sector need to materialise through concrete … Continue reading New EEA briefing on need for EU member states to accelerate actions to reach GHG effort sharing targets

Brussels: “in the city of the EU Green Deal, new plans aim to give the streets back to pedestrians and help residents counter the crisis of a warming planet”

For anyone traveling through the centre of Brussels recently, you notice so many road works to create car-free zones.  Martin Kuebler writes on the Deutsche Welle about how the city is transforming itself. Let us know how you see the changes?   Greening the city: How Brussels is planning for climate change The Belgian capital … Continue reading Brussels: “in the city of the EU Green Deal, new plans aim to give the streets back to pedestrians and help residents counter the crisis of a warming planet”

Ireland not on track to meet its long-term decarbonisation goals

Fossil fuel use in sectors a threat to Ireland’s long-term green energy goals. Kevin O’Sullivan discusses Ireland’s energy transition situation in an article on the Irish Times website.   Transport and heat emissions holding back progress on decarbonising Significant progress in decarbonising power generation in Ireland is being undermined by increases in carbon emissions from … Continue reading Ireland not on track to meet its long-term decarbonisation goals

An influential group of investors is for the first time demanding that all UK-listed companies disclose how the climate emergency will impact their business

The Investment Association is giving UK companies three years to explain how they will adapt to the climate emergency.  Kalyeena Makortoff explains in an article in The Guardian.   Leading investor group tells companies to set out climate crisis plans An influential group of investors is for the first time demanding that all UK-listed companies … Continue reading An influential group of investors is for the first time demanding that all UK-listed companies disclose how the climate emergency will impact their business

Rather than debating the causes of climate change or assigning blame, the US military focuses on how climate change undermines security, and on practical steps to slow its advance and minimise damage

Michael Klare, Professor Emeritus and Director, Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College writes on The Conversation website about the role the military can play in addressing climate change, especially when so many in the US are sceptical   A military perspective on climate change could bridge the gap between … Continue reading Rather than debating the causes of climate change or assigning blame, the US military focuses on how climate change undermines security, and on practical steps to slow its advance and minimise damage

Just how ready is each of us to undertake radical steps in our own lives to address climate change?

There’s overwhelming public acknowledgement that action has to be taken on climate change. But only a minority want to make changes to our lifestyle.  Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation provided his views in the February issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry.   How Far Are You Prepared To Go? No … Continue reading Just how ready is each of us to undertake radical steps in our own lives to address climate change?