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Why I think there’s still hope for the climate in 2017 >> 19 Mar 2017

Optimism has always been in short supply in conversations about global warming. Only for the briefest window – after the Paris climate agreement was reached in December 2015 – did the words “climate” and “hope” look reasonable next to each other in headlines. Then came 2016.
And yet, in spite of these past 12 months, I [...]

EU must shut all coal plants by 2030 to meet Paris climate pledges, study says >> 09 Feb 2017


The European Union will “vastly overshoot” its Paris climate pledges unless its coal emissions are completely phased out within 15 years, a stress test of the industry has found.
Coal’s use is falling by about 1% a year in Europe but still generates a quarter of the continent’s power – and a fifth of its greenhouse [...]

Will the internet of things sacrifice or save the environment? >> 12 Dec 2016

The internet of things (IoT) – that ever-expanding ecosystem of digital sensors, home appliances and wearable smart devices – attracts its fair share of attention. Speculation is rife on how the 23bn-odd (and counting) “things” will improve quality of life, streamline business operations and ultimately fuel economic benefits to the tune of up to $11tn [...]

EU declares war on energy waste and coal subsidies in new climate package >> 30 Nov 2016

Plan to cut energy use by 30% before 2030 forms centrepiece of package to help EU meet its Paris climate commitments

Europe will phase out coal subsidies and cut its energy use by 30% before the end of the next decade, under a major clean energy package announced in Brussels on Wednesday.
The 1,000-page blueprint to help [...]

Renewables could lose European power grid priority, documents reveal >> 02 Nov 2016

Industry concern after confidential impact assessment models scenarios for paring back the ‘priority dispatch’ system for clean energy
Windfarms and solar power could soon lose the privilege of getting priority over other energy sources on European electricity grids, leaked documents show.
Paring back the “priority dispatch” system could increase carbon emissions by up to 10%, according to [...]

More than half of all businesses ignore UN’s sustainable development goals >> 07 Oct 2016

One year on from the adoption of the SDGs and most businesses are not engaging, says survey, despite experts pointing to the economic opportunities
The SDGs on poverty and hunger were the least supported by businesses; goals around climate action were the most supported. Photograph: Ken Hermann/Save the Children
Businesses are failing to work on the [...]

Fossil fuel industry’s methane emissions far higher than thought >> 05 Oct 2016

Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas from coal, oil and gas are up to 60% greater than previously estimated, meaning current climate prediction models should be revised, research shows

Map showing global methane concentrations in January 2016 at a pressure of 400 hectopascals, or roughly 6km above the surface. Concentrations are higher in the northern hemisphere [...]

Global trade deal threatens Paris climate goals, leaked documents show >> 20 Sep 2016

Controversial Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa) could make it harder for governments to favour clean energy over fossil fuels as part of efforts to keep temperature rises to 1.5C
Campaigners believe Tisa would increase the power of multinationals to prevent government from taking measures to keep temperature rises to 1.5C. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters
A far-reaching global [...]

Toyota Constructs Zero-Emissions Building >> 13 Sep 2016

Toyota has installed stationary pure hydrogen fuel cells at a zero-emissions facility at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The new building is part of the automaker’s efforts to achieve its 2050 global environmental goal to eliminate carbon emissions in all operations.
The pure hydrogen fuel cells, with rated power output of 3.5 [...]

Investing in off-grid renewables in the developing world: what you need to know >> 24 Aug 2016


Renewables are getting cheaper but there’s still a huge investment gap. Here’s what our expert panel said in a recent debate on clean energy
At the Paris climate talks last December, governments agreed to work towards limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. But the topic of financing developing countries to help them adapt to [...]

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