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Buildings consume lots of energy – here’s how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

Although the coronavirus pandemic has dominated recent headlines, climate change hasn’t gone away. Many experts are calling for a “green” economic recovery that directs investments into low-carbon energy sources and technologies. Charles F. Kutscher, University of Colorado Boulder The Conversation Buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption in the U.S., compared to 32% for […]

September 17th

Why clouds are the missing piece in the climate change puzzle

How much our world will warm this century depends on the actions we take in coming decades. In order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and avoid dangerous levels of warming, governments need to know how much carbon they can emit, and over what timeframe. Paulo Ceppi, Imperial College London and Ric Williams, University […]

September 12th

Learning from the contentious history of carbon removal

Large-scale carbon dioxide removal (CDR), also referred to as “negative emissions”, is increasingly seen as a key component of climate change mitigation pathways that limit warming to 1.5C or 2C. By Dr Wim Carton  and Prof Jens Friis Lund Carbon Brief Its prominence in global pathways derived from technologically focused integrated assessment models has spurred a growing scientific […]

September 9th

NOAA: Aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of climate change

New research that provides the most comprehensive calculations of aviation’s impact on the climate finds that global air travel and transport is responsible for 3.5 percent of all drivers of climate change from human activities. The study, published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, evaluated all of the aviation industry’s contributing factors to climate change, including emissions of […]

September 8th

Short film from Extinction Rebellion and Keira Knightley: “Climate Crisis and Why We Should Panic Now”

Editor’s note: Today, actor Keira Knightley has unveiled a short animation film entitled “Climate Crisis and Why We Should Panic Now”. Translated into 14 different languages, it’s the second of a two-part explainer video series for Extinction Rebellion, focusing on the climate and ecological crisis. In this article, we will have a look at evidence of the […]

September 2nd

Renewable Roundup: GOP Convention week and the Stanford prison experiment

Clearly the big political and social shift of this year is Black Lives Matter, after centuries of systemic racism: enslavement, Jim Crow with ceremonial Klan lynchings, and lately community-sanctioned police lynchings. And Law and Order demonization, and multiple Wars on Drugs since opium in the 19th century, and all the rest, including the associated bigotry, […]

August 24th

The global coal fleet shrank for first time on record in 2020

The world’s fleet of coal-fired power stations has got smaller for the first time on record, with more capacity retired in the first half of 2020 than the amount opened. This is according to the latest Global Coal Plant Tracker (GCPT) results by Global Energy Monitor (GEM), which we completed last month and report for the first time here. […]

August 23rd

Columbia University’s new model for pricing carbon will help meet net-zero climate change goals

An article released today by researchers at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy in the journal Nature Climate Change introduces a new approach for pricing carbon — Near-term to Net Zero. As policymakers and advocates increasingly focus on net-zero emissions by midcentury, the Near-term to Net Zero approach is a method of setting carbon prices that could […]

August 19th

New guide to diversity In STEM deals with racism in academia and science

Back in 2017, we discussed why racism matters for science, in 2018 we explored the intersectionality of hate and climate denial, and in January of 2019, pointed you to now-rather-busy Professor Ibram X. Kendi’s anti-racism research. Since then, we’ve explained how racism is driving air pollution, highlighted the NAACP’s report on fossil fuel propaganda, spotlighted Nazis in conservative media and white nationalists in Oregon, reminded the environmental community of its own failings, […]

Data! 10 charts show the economic benefits of US climate action

The United States made substantial progress towards a low-carbon economy over the past several years. Low-carbon technologies became more efficient and affordable compared to fossil fuels, while U.S. clean energy investment and deployment grew to new heights, creating millions of jobs. All this progress could be in jeopardy due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and government […]

August 4th