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World Temperature Rise Nears Danger Level >> 23 May 2018

With world temperature rise already 1°C above pre-industrial levels, new research shows that there is only a 0.5°C safety margin left in the system before the most vulnerable groups of people suffer severely.
The current political target, agreed in Paris more than two years ago, of aiming to prevent temperature from rising more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial [...]

What Are Climate Models and How Accurate Are They? >> 18 May 2018

By Lauren Harper

Temperature projections based on a climate model. Source: NOAA

There’s a famous saying that “The climate is what you expect; the weather is what you get.” As a native Texan moving to New York, I had an idea of what to expect, but was not fully prepared for what I would get. Because New York’s [...]

Rise of renewables begins to reshape global energy giants >> 16 Mar 2018

Seven years after an earthquake off Japan’s eastern coast led to three meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, the aftershocks are still being felt across the world. The latest came last Saturday when E.ON and RWE announced a huge shakeup of the German energy industry, following meetings that ran into the early hours.
Under [...]

Mapping Renewables to the Sustainable Development Goals >> 28 Feb 2018

In September 2015, the UN member states agreed to a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which represent the global agenda for equitable, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable economic development through 2030.
The renewable energy industry is instrumental to the success of the SDGs. Renewable energy is core to the implementation of SDG 7, on access to affordable, reliable, [...]

World petrol demand ‘likely to peak by 2030 as electric car sales rise’ >> 17 Oct 2017

World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted.
UK-based Wood Mackenzie said it expected the take-up of electric vehicles to cut gasoline demand significantly, particularly beyond 2025 as the battery-powered cars go mainstream.
Combined with car manufacturers forced by regulations to produce [...]

Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels >> 03 Oct 2017

More than 40 Catholic institutions are to announce the largest ever faith-based divestment from fossil fuels, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi.
The sum involved has not been disclosed but the volume of divesting groups is four times higher than a previous church record, and adds to a global divestment movement, [...]

Globale CO2-Emissionen am Wendepunkt? >> 31 Jul 2017

Weltweite Emissionen des Treibhausgases auf hohem Niveau aber nicht weiter ansteigend
Ein kürzlich erschienener Report der Niederländischen Umweltagentur PBL, welcher zusammen mit dem Joint Research Center der Europäischen Kommission erstellt wurde, kommt zu der bemerkenswerten Aussage, dass der Anstieg der globalen CO2-Emissionen 2015 zum Stillstand gekommen ist. China, als das Land mit dem größten Treibhausgasausstoß, spielt [...]

Statistical Review of World Energy 2016: Von Energiewende keine Spur! >> 10 Jul 2017

Die Weltenergiezahlen 2016 von BP zeigen, dass die Entwicklungen in Richtung eines sorgsameren Umgangs mit den energetischen Naturressourcen nicht richtig begonnen hat. Auch wenn der Kohleabbau nochmals etwas abnahm, lässt dies keine Rückschlüsse auf ein grundsätzliches Umdenken zu. Der Anstieg des Verbrauchs von Primärenergie zeigt, dass der Lernprozess noch nicht begonnen hat.

‘Spectacular’ drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost >> 07 Jun 2017

Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data – although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell.
The greater “bang-for-buck” resulted from plummeting prices for solar and wind power and led to new power deals in countries [...]

MEPs vote to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels >> 04 Apr 2017

MEPs say a ban, which needs approval from the European commission, is needed to avoid renewable targets contributing to deforestation.
MEPs have voted overwhelmingly to ban biofuels made from vegetable oils including palm oil by 2020, to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets from inadvertently contributing to deforestation.
A new palm oil regulation, minimum sustainability criteria, [...]

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