A series of government pledges have little or no detail on how they will be delivered, the Committee on Climate Change said. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy Vague ambitions, such as banning new petrol cars by 2040, must be turned into solid plans, says the Committee on Climate Change
January 17, 2018 — The UK will miss its legally binding carbon targets without urgent government action, official advisers have warned.
Continue reading UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn Angela Merkel (Pic: European People’s Party/Flickr) Reports Berlin will abandon its ambitious carbon-cutting goal with two years to go are “disheartening” and “problematic”, say observers
January 10, 2018 — Germany’s reputation as a green leader is slipping, after reports this week the putative government will give up on meeting its 2020 emissions target.
Continue reading International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse A flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the Yasuní national park in Ecuador. Photograph: Georg Ismar/Alamy State oil company starts second phase of drilling in one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots
January 10, 2018 — Ecuador’s state oil company has begun drilling the first of 97 planned wells inside a new field of the Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Continue reading New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park China’s State Power Investment Corp operates the São Simão dam in Brazil. Credit: NASA/ISS. China is by far the largest force in global clean energy development and its firms are increasingly looking abroad for opportunities, a new report says
January 9, 2018 — The report, released today by the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), details the rising importance of China’s firms and investors for low-carbon projects outside the country.
Continue reading China leading on world’s clean energy investment, says report The Itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant. Brazil gets more than 70% of its electricity from hydropower. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Hydropower policy to be rethought in face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease, says surprise government statement
January 4, 2018 — After swathes of forest clearance, millions of tonnes of concrete and decades of hydro-expansion, Brazil has raised hopes that it may finally step back from the construction of new mega-dams.
Continue reading Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction Pelicans float with an offshore oil platform in the background in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. The government plans to allow drilling in 90% of the outer continental shelf. Photograph: Mark J Terrill/AP Ryan Zinke unveils plan to offer leases in Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic while environmental groups and some Republicans lead outcry
January 4, 2018 — The Trump administration has unveiled a plan that would open almost all US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans.
Continue reading Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies says 50% renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP Chief scientist-commissioned report warns Australia risks missing global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty
November 19, 2017 — Australia’s power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel.
Continue reading Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report Big polluters like China are acting to cut emissions but low rains have reduced low-carbon hydroelectric output this year. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images The rise would end three years of flat carbon emissions – a ‘huge leap backward’ say some scientists, while others say the longer term trend is more hopeful
November 13, 2017 — The burning of fossil fuels around the world is set to hit a record high in 2017, climate scientists have warned, following three years of flat growth that raised hopes that a peak in global emissions had been reached.
Continue reading Fossil fuel burning set to hit record high in 2017, scientists warn Syria’s surprise decision to sign the Paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave
November 7, 2017 — Syria has decided to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the world’s final functioning state to do so. The surprise decision, taken amid a brutal civil war in the country, will leave the US as the only country outside the agreement if it follows through on President Donald Trump’s vow to leave.
Continue reading Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated A sign urging action to combat human-induced climate change. Scientists and policy experts speculated as to why the Trump administration issued a tough climate report last Friday. Credit: Tobias Titz/Getty Images Scientists and policy experts say the White House released the report, which differs from the administration’s stance, without political tampering to avoid potential further controversy
November 6, 2017 — Although the Trump administration is busily rolling back Obama era climate policies, it also allowed the release last Friday of a major report that runs counter to the
Continue reading Experts Ponder Why Administration Released Tough Climate Report