Tag: Greenhouse gas emissions

Weatherwatch: how the humble salp is helping to fight the climate crisis

The gelatinous creature sucks up organisms that absorb CO2 and leaves droppings rich in carbon at the bottom of the sea Salps are jelly-like sea creatures, so humble that few people even know they exist. But there are countless numbers of them swimming in the world’s oceans and they help fight climate change. Salps cruise […]

Prince Charles urges businesses to help lead way on climate

Prince says private-sector innovation and finance is vital, otherwise ‘we just don’t stand a chance’ Prince Charles has said businesses must lead the way alongside governments in tackling the climate emergency. Before the start of the G7 summit in Cornwall on Friday, he told a gathering of political and business leaders that private-sector cash and […]

Pressure on UK as Germany backs ending free carbon permits for airlines

Boris Johnson has pledged to give details of how UK will meet its climate targets before Cop26 The German government is backing an extension of EU carbon pricing that will end free carbon permits for airlines, putting pressure on the UK to put in place a similar package to meet climate targets. The European Commission […]

Johan Rockström: ‘We need bankers as well as activists… we have 10 years to cut emissions by half’

The eminent Earth scientist argues that we cannot just wait for the world order to change when it comes to tackling the climate crisis – we all have a duty to act now Johan Rockström is one of the world’s most influential Earth scientists. As director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, he […]

Record metals boom may threaten transition to green energy

Demand and prices are soaring for minerals essential to the construction of low-carbon infrastructure The commodities boom ignited by China’s post-Covid recovery, and stoked by the global move to green energy, broke price records last week even as fears about inflation stalked the markets. But it also risks triggering a rush on metals and minerals […]

UK banks’ support for coal industry has risen since 2015 Paris climate pact

Lenders including Barclays and HSBC provided services and loans worth £21.9bn in 2019 British banks’ financial support for companies involved in the coal industry has risen since the 2015 Paris agreement, despite their pledges to wind down financing for a sector seen as a significant obstacle to tackling global heating. UK lenders provided loans and […]

‘Citizens’ juries’ deliver climate crisis verdict to Westminster

Four expert-advised panels across UK agree cost of reaching net zero must not fall on low- and middle-income households Katie Lloyd signed up last year to join a cross-section of people in her area of south Wales to learn more about the climate crisis and agree ways to reduce carbon emissions. The impact of the […]

Australian super funds to vote against company directors not tackling climate crisis

Businesses must adopt Paris emissions targets even if the government fails to do so, big investors say Big super funds have threatened to vote against company directors who do not make sure their businesses are committed to action on global heating that includes hitting net zero by 2050. The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (Acsi), […]

Joe Biden to reveal US emissions pledge in key climate crisis moment

President will also call on major economies to join him in bold action at virtual summit of 40 world leaders So what has the rest of the world promised to do about climate change? Joe Biden faces a key test of his commitment to climate action this week, when he sets out his core plans […]

Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows

New paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat into space, reducing need for air conditioning The whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis. The new paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat […]