If we want to limit global warming to below 2°C, most of our untapped fossil fuel reserves need to be kept in the ground.
China has a tendency to underpromise so it can overdeliver. The UN climate summit in Glasgow may have been the crossroad where it chose a more sustainable path.
Labor has released their much anticipated “Powering Australia” climate policy, committing to reduce emissions by 43%.
The US has required motor fuels to contain 10% biofuels since 2005. As this program nears a key milestone in 2022, farm advocates want to expand it while critics want to pare it back or repeal it.
Morocco treats wind and solar farms in Western Sahara as if they were in Morocco.
How and where people spend their money and use energy can influence corporate behavior.
A set of studies found people prefer incentives to disincentives, especially for individuals but also for businesses. They have views on clean energy and efficiency, too.
Humanity’s biggest challenges are not technical, but social, economic, political and behavioural. Effective actions are still possible to stabilise the climate and the planet, but must be taken now.
Canada must move away from using fossil fuels, but a transition that comes too fast could harm the economy. Policy-makers must strike a balance between energy security and economic growth.
Research suggests that corporate leaders can be encouraged to lobby for climate action by personally experiencing the effects of climate change.
Heading into the final days of the Glasgow summit, the goal of limiting heating below 2℃ looks attainable, and 1.5℃ is still within reach. There is still room for hope.
South Africa’s renewable energy procurement programme has the potential to restore energy security and eventually reduce power prices.
Women’s climate knowledge is often overlooked, despite it being a vital resource for adapting to a warming world.
At COP26, governments will have to consider how climate policies help them achieve their emissions targets and affect economies.
Subsidies could help kickstart cost cutting and innovation in this prohibitively expensive industry.
Continuous growth of energy production and consumption, even from low carbon energy sources, could create more problems than solutions.
We already have most technologies Australia needs to make the clean energy transition. What’s missing is a plan to deploy them at huge scale.
If we fail to balance the social impacts of climate change with responsible climate action, we risk substituting one kind of harm for another – and this would be a disaster of another kind.
Clean energy innovation, giving up coal, cutting methane and getting China and India on board for net-zero can deliver progress at COP26.
Here are four ways the current electricity system favours existing, higher emitting technologies. These must be overcome to rapidly cut Australia’s emissions.