2050 is too late – we must drastically cut emissions much sooner

Sweden and New Zealand are aiming for 2045, Finland for 2035 and Norway for 2030 – the most ambitious of any government. Extinction Rebellion has called for the UK to eliminate all carbon emissions by 2025. Our recent working paper explores the justification for these various targets. September 15, 2019, The Conversation, Tim Jackson Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding …

1.5°C scenario with a cost-effective, cross-sectoral, technology-rich global 100% renewable energy system that does not build on negative CO2 emission technologies

12 APR 2019 New Study: Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable Energy The new study by the Energy Watch Group and LUT University is the first of its kind to outline a 1.5°C scenario with a cost-effective, cross-sectoral, technology-rich global 100% renewable energy system that does not build on negative CO2 emission technologies. The scientific modelling study simulates a total global energy …

Coal should be phased out before 2025

By 2025 the picture becomes even clearer, with nearly the entire US coal system out-competed on cost by wind and solar, even when factoring in the construction of new wind turbines and solar panels. “We’ve seen we are at the ‘coal crossover’ point in many parts of the country but this is actually more widespread than previously thought,” O’Boyle said. …

Amitav Ghosh – Sept 2019

Excerpt from an interview with the extraordinarily wonderful author Amitav Ghosh, NY Intelligencer, Sept 2019 Anna Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World. It’s amazing. A truly heartbreaking and amazing book. But she’s working with these Matsutake mushrooms — these huge complex organisms that underlie forests. She’s looking at how they allow trees to communicate — the whole ensemble …

Constructing public-facing campaigns around net zero ‘upwards’ from core center-right values, rather than ‘downwards’ from the technicalities of the policy target

This approach – connecting the policy with the more tangible and immediate concerns of people’s lives – will build broader and deeper understanding of the changes underway than could be achieved through facts and figures alone. Grounding the communications strategy in the audience’s values, showing them what is at stake, and forging a bridge between the science-policy discourse and the …

A technology-rich energy system based on 100% renewables can supply secure energy at all times of the year in every region of the planet, at a cheaper cost as compared to today’s system.

“A complete transition to renewable energy sources saves around 65% of all current greenhouse gas emissions.” — Hans-Josef Fell What is for you the most interesting fact from your research, something that you wish everybody knew? HJF: Our research dispels the two most widespread falsehoods associated with renewables: high costs and supply uncertainty. Our newest study shows that a technology-rich …

If this car is driven four days a week for a maximum of 31 miles a day, there’s no need to plug into an outlet (or ever gas up)

Toyota is trying to build a vehicle powered by the sun. “The solar car’s advantage is that — while it can’t drive for a long range — it’s really independent of charging facilities,” said Koji Makino, a project manager at Toyota. Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a …

Leading countries re: decarbonization

HSBC 2019 C-7 (Climate Seven Group of Countries) + top 3 EM countries 1st Germany 36% emissions decline since 1979 peak 1st place for policy outlook and 2nd for potential to respond 2nd place for green opportunities 2nd Sweden Over 60% of primary energy mix ‘clean’ Targeting zero net emissions by 2045 Lowest emissions per capita of C7 Group 3rd …

San José’s proposed reach code aims to make zero-emission electric buildings—where all equipment such as heaters and water heaters are powered by clean renewable electricity—the default in San José

San José’s Proposed Building “Reach Code,” Explained September 04, 2019 Pierre Delforge and Maria Stamas The nation’s tenth largest city, San José is reaching for a modern, more sustainable building energy code this September with an important opportunity before its City Council members: to adopt requirements for builders that will provide residents with clean, affordable energy in new buildings and make …