Climate change seen as one of the factors for loss of many of the world’s languages

It is amazing that there are about 7,000 languages spoken globally.  However, many are expected to die out this century. Anastasia Riehl, Director of the Strathy Language Unit at Queen's University in Ontario explains in an article on The Conversation website why many of them will be lost because of the impact of climate change. … Continue reading Climate change seen as one of the factors for loss of many of the world’s languages

Impact of carbon emissions on our concentration and decision-making

There is much concern that rising levels of carbon dioxide could affect concentration and decision-making of global workforce according to new research. Adam Forrest explains in an article on the Independent website.   Climate change likely to make us more stupid, study finds Rising carbon dioxide emissions could cause a decline in the brainpower of … Continue reading Impact of carbon emissions on our concentration and decision-making

Reviewing climate change and employment impacts

Garth Heutel, Associate Professor of Economics at Georgia State University assesses the impact on employment by climate change policies (or the lack of them). He provides this article on The Conversation website.   Do climate policies ‘kill jobs’? An economist on why they don’t cause massive unemployment Climate change will hammer the U.S. economy unless … Continue reading Reviewing climate change and employment impacts

Serious health impact of air pollution on children

We forget how vulnerable young, growing bodies are. We are increasingly understanding the health impact of air pollution for the population as a whole but now we are better understanding what it is doing to children. Josh Gabbatiss explains in an article in The Independent what is happening in London.   Air pollution: Low emission … Continue reading Serious health impact of air pollution on children

New research on the benefits of improved energy efficiency

It is always good to see new analysis undertaken to show the benefits of improved energy efficiency.  The UK’s University of Manchester has recently reported on its university website about the results of several projects.   Manchester research reveals the benefits of energy efficiency investment Several projects at The University of Manchester’s Urban Institute are … Continue reading New research on the benefits of improved energy efficiency

Impact of expansion of renewable energy on vulnerable people

We take it for granted that greater deployment of renewables is good for all of us. Ronald Bailey writes on the Reason website that this is not necessarily true, that poor people are actually made poorer in many circumstances. What is your experience?   Renewable Energy Mandates Are Making Poor People Poorer Escalating electricity prices … Continue reading Impact of expansion of renewable energy on vulnerable people

National security and the implications of climate change

While this article is about Australia, it is an important message for all countries. Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations at The University of Queensland writes about a new Australian report that notes that climate change has a range of important security implications, both domestically and internationally.   Senate report: climate change is a … Continue reading National security and the implications of climate change

Impact of energy efficiency policies on energy consumption

We are always looking for more evidence of the impact of energy efficiency policies and programmes. Kevin Jarzomski and Nicholas Chase write on the American Journal of Transportation Website review scenarios developed in the US Energy Information Administration’s recent Annual Energy Outlook. Would you agree?   Changing energy efficiency and fuel economy standards affects energy … Continue reading Impact of energy efficiency policies on energy consumption

Understanding the benefits in switching to renewable energy

Ben Smee discusses in The Guardian about a new report in Australia that explains what the benefits will be by a shift to renewable energy. Hopefully the energy transition also included significant improvements in energy efficiency. It would be good to know.   Shift to renewables would save Australians $20bn a year – report A … Continue reading Understanding the benefits in switching to renewable energy

New study shows increased vulnerability of low-lying tropical islands

Rising sea levels are of concern, as we better understand the impacts of climate change. If any of you have been to the annual global UNFCCC climate conferences, representatives from island states have been vocally raising concern, as their futures are increasingly vulnerable. In a different view of the problem, Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis … Continue reading New study shows increased vulnerability of low-lying tropical islands