Tag Archive for 'carbon emissions'

Boost production and market for renewable energy technologies to build energy security

September 10th, 2014 by Nature

In a comment piece in this week’s Nature, Professor John Mathews and Dr Hao Tan write that countries should follow China’s lead and boost markets for water, wind and solar power technologies to drive down costs. The authors argue that by placing the emphasis on production scale and market growth, China is driving down costs […]

Improving human well-being while relying on fossil fuels drives up carbon emissions worldwide

February 23rd, 2014 by Nature Climate Change

Growing economies across the world have seen the average life expectancy at birth rise since 1970, but at a significant cost to the environment, reports a paper, The Carbon Intensity of Human well-being, published on 24 February 2014 in Nature Climate Change. Past research has confirmed that economic development improves the quality of life. However, […]

No business plan for a world where temperatures could increase by 2°C

November 14th, 2013 by PwC

Jonathan Grant, director, PwC, said of the latest Climate Change Committee latest report “Fourth carbon budget Review” that “the Committee is right to highlight the danger of changing tack or rolling back regulations, as it could undermine business and investor confidence that long term UK government policy will deliver what is needed to tackle climate […]

The longer we wait to tackle carbon emissions the more costly it will be

September 12th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The short-term costs of climate change mitigation could substantially increase if there is a further delay in the implementation of comprehensive international climate policies. Global economic growth would be cut back by up to 7% within the first decade after climate policy implementation if the current international stalemate is continued until 2030 – compared to […]

University of Exeter publish report on Guernsey’s renewable energy & strategy recommendations to 2050

June 27th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Third year University of Exeter Renewable Energy students visited Guernsey for ten days in the later part of May 2013 to study Guernsey’s current energy sources and uses, and Guernsey’s renewable energy potential. Forty-six students divided into teams to study offshore wind energy, onshore wind energy, wave energy, biofuel potential, energy from waste, solar energy, […]

Working out how a capital city can be climate neutral by 2050

April 15th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Berlin aims to be climate neutral in the year 2050. A team of experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), on behalf of the Berlin Senate, the executive body governing the city of Berlin, will work to show how this goal can be achieved. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, PIK director, said “if the German […]

WWF report on EU achieving 100% renewable energy supply by 2050

February 14th, 2013 by WWF

The WWF has produced the report ‘Putting the EU on Track for 100% Renewable Energy‘, which shows where Europe needs to be by 2030 in order to reach a fully renewable energy system by 2050. It is comes just as the European Commission is beginning to consider post-2020 climate and energy plans. By 2030, the […]

Current atmospheric C02 level must be reduced to protect coastal cities

January 3rd, 2013 by National Oceanography Centre

By comparing reconstructions of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and sea level over the past 40 million years, researchers based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton have found that greenhouse gas concentrations similar to the present of nearly 400 parts per million (ppm) were systematically associated with sea levels at least nine metres above current levels. The […]

OECD report looks at ways to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation

November 27th, 2012 by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is […]

Energy & Climate Change Secretary hopes more countries will pledge at Doha to reduce carbon emissions

November 26th, 2012 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

Speaking in advance of the UNFCCC COP18 climate change negotiations in Doha, starting on Monday 26 November 2012, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said “a global effort is needed if we are to achieve our climate goals – we need to pave the way for the new global deal while delivering more action […]