Watch the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica — it’s cracking and melting faster than anyone predicted. Its collapse into the sea would raise worldwide sea levels by 45 cm. See the recent article in Science journal.
Economic inequalities have been behind the failure of many efforts to develop international cooperation to reduce carbon emissions and save the climate. At COP 26 in Glasgow, just as at COP 21 in Paris and COP 3 in Kyoto, poor countries insisted that they had the right to burn fossil fuels in order to endContinue reading “Unsustainable Inequality”
From 7pm to 9pm on Thursday December 16th, join our Big Christmas Climate Quiz. In the first hour, there will be four rounds of questions, not all totally serious, presented by four quizmasters, and in the second hour the tables are turned and you, the public, get to ask questions of the quizmasters about theirContinue reading “Big Christmas Climate Quiz”
Assessments of COP26 are now coming thick and fast. Here’s one from Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs); there are others from Climate Home, Greenpeace and Climate Action Tracker. Rather than posting them one after another, we are creating a page on our website with links to all of the ones we canContinue reading “Assessments of COP26”
Disagreements between the rich and poor worlds have long got in the way of climate agreements and climate action, from Kyoto in 1997 all the way to COP26 this month. From Fixing Climate Finance, a recent article by Jeffrey Sachs in the online magazine Social Europe: “Finance was at the heart of the COP26 ruptureContinue reading “Rich vs Poor – while the world burns?”
The Climate Change Committee has issued its assessment of the UK government’s plan to reach net zero carbon emissions. The assessment itself is a downloadable 1 MB document, available here; the CCC’s summary of its assessment is generally very positive. For example “Our overall assessment is that it is an ambitious and comprehensive strategy thatContinue reading “Climate Change Committee Approves Government’s Planning for Net Zero”
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, writes in the New York Times about the success of the movement to divest from fossil fuels, and points to some impressive figures and heartening trends. Endowments, portfolios and pension funds worth just short of $40 trillion have now committed to full or partial abstinence from coal, gas and oil shares. PensionContinue reading “Divestment is working!”
The New Scientist magazine has published this useful guide to some of the key issues at November’s COP26 meeting in Glasgow. It’s a useful quick read, and highlights what to look out for.
The UK government has released its strategy for reaching net zero carbon emissions, Build Back Greener. We will be commenting on it, and posting links to others’ comments, over the next weeks, as COP26 approaches and the world waits with bated breath to see if our leaders are able to agree a route out ofContinue reading “Finally — a net zero strategy”
The report was sent to councillors and to the council officers responsible for the environment on October 12th. Read it here. Very quick summary: the County’s Emergency Action Plan leaves a lot to be desired. Among its weaknesses: It sets no interim targets for carbon reductions. 2. It does not allow public scrutiny of itsContinue reading “Warwickshire Climate Alliance releases report on the County Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan”