Technologies To Manage Climate Change Already Exist

Technologies To Manage Climate Change Already Exist
When it comes to tackling climate change the UK is still taking baby steps. A lot more needs to be done – and fast – to hit the 2050 net zero carbon emission targets, which involves offsetting any emissions by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere.

What Is Carbon Capture And Storage?

What Is Carbon Capture And Storage?
The Energy Technologies Institute recently reported that without carbon capture and storage (CCS), the cost of reaching the UK’s climate change targets will double from around £30 billion per year in 2050. So how does it work?

A 100% Renewable Grid Is Within Reach But Needs Government Funding

A 100% Renewable Grid Is Within Reach But Needs Government Funding
In a speech to the National Press Club, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared that the key requirements for Australia’s electricity system are that it should be affordable, reliable, and able to help meet national emissions-reduction targets.

How Coal Mines Can Be Closed Without Destroying Livelihoods

How Coal Mines Can Be Closed Without Destroying Livelihoods
Countries across the globe are trying to wind down coal production. While this will help in the battle against climate change, those communities that have specialised in coal mining may see their local job market decline or be eliminated entirely.

Could Future Buildings Be Made With Bone and Eggshells?

Could Future Buildings Be Made With Bone and Eggshells?
As the world grapples with climate change, we urgently need to find ways of reducing our CO₂ emissions. Sectors which rely heavily on fossil fuels, such as energy and aviation, are commonly held to be the worst offenders.

Three Steps to Cut Your Carbon Footprint 60% Today

Not all carbon is created equal. Writer Jackson Carpenter argues that the power to stop climate change rests on recognizing different kinds of carbon – a shift in perspective that allows us to change

Why Don't We Have Electric Aircraft?

Why Don't We Have Electric Aircraft?
Electric cars, trains, trams and boats already exist. That logically leads to the question: why are we not seeing large electric aircraft? And will we see them any time soon?

Vegan Food's Sustainability Claims Need To Give The Full Picture

Vegan Food's Sustainability Claims Need To Give The Full Picture
The IPCC special report, Climate Change and Land, released last night, has found a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the “land”: largely farming, food production, land clearing and deforestation.

How To Change The World And Solve Global Problems With Cash Prizes

How To Change The World And Solve Global Problems With Cash Prizes|
Challenge prizes – which offer a cash incentive to those working to solve a particular problem – are becoming a force for change by allowing entrepreneurs and innovators, often overlooked by existing grant and procurement systems, to develop solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Wicked Problems and How To Solve Them


Wicked problems are issues so complex and dependent on so many factors that it is hard to grasp what exactly the problem is, or how to tackle it.

Are Shared E-scooters Good For The Planet?

Are Shared E-scooters Good For The Planet?
Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars.

How Rejuvenating Nature Could Help Fight Climate Change

Natural climate solutions let nature do the hard work in the fight against climate change by restoring habitats such as forests and wetlands. This could absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help biodiversity thrive.

How Planting Trees Can Improve Water Quality

How Planting Trees Can Improve Water Quality
New research offers a hard link between reforestation of marginal, degraded, or abandoned agricultural land and significant benefits in water quality.

Want Citizens To Care About Climate Change?

Want Citizens To Care About Climate Change?

Climate scientists insist in a recent report that fundamental changes in how energy is consumed and supplied are urgently required to avoid serious damage to life and property

Green Bonds Are Taking Off – and Could Help Save The Planet

Green Bonds Are Taking Off – And Could Help Save The Planet

The “tragedy of the horizons,” a term coined by Canada’s Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been haunting the financial sector ever since climate change began posing serious threats to the planet.

Why Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer To The Climate Crisis

Why Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer To The Climate Crisis

In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire scorched nearly 100,000 acres of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, destroying forests, fields and more than 1,500 structures, and forcing the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people over 14 days.

The Carbon Tax That Would Leave Households Better Off

The Carbon Tax That Would Leave Households Better Off

Today, as part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality, we release a study entitled A Climate Dividend for Australians that offers a practical solution to the twin problems of climate change and energy affordability.

How To Pay For A Green New Deal

How To Pay For A Green New Deal

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey are calling for a “Green New Deal” that would involve massive government spending to shift the U.S. economy away from its reliance on carbon.

The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet

The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet

The ideas behind regenerative farming are simple and ancient. The way to stop climate change might be buried in 300 square feet of earth in the Venice neighborhood of Los ­Angeles, amid kale and potatoes.

How Carbon Taxes Can Work

How Carbon Taxes Can WorkA carbon tax makes fossil fuels like oil and coal more expensive. That, in turn, leads consumers and industries to use less of them.

How The World Is Progressing On Clean Energy

progree towards clean energy 1 4Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.

How Cheap Oil Is Blocking Progress On Climate Change

How Cheap Oil Is Blocking Progress On Climate ChangeThe relationship between supply and demand, a fundamental economic concept, holds that when the price of something rises, people use less of it. Similarly, when prices fall, they use more.

The Surprising Way Plastics Could Actually Help Fight Climate Change

The Surprising Way Plastics Could Actually Help Fight Climate ChangeWhat do your car, phone, soda bottle and shoes have in common? They’re all largely made from petroleum. This nonrenewable resource gets processed into a versatile set of chemicals called polymers – or more commonly, plastics. Over 5 billion gallons of oil each year are converted into plastics alone.

How We Can Eat Our Fish And Fight Climate Change Too

How We Can Eat Our Fish And Fight Climate Change Too

Kwan Phayao, a large, crescent moon of a lake in Northern Thailand, is home to about 50 fish species, several hundred small-scale farmers and fishers, and the city of Phayao, where 18,000 people live.

What Would A Fair Energy Transition Look Like?

fair energy transition 11 27Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced last week that a federal Labor government would create a Just Transition Authority to overseee Australia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

From German Trains To South Korean Buses, Hydrogen Fuel Is Back In The Energy Picture

From German Trains To South Korean Buses, Hydrogen Fuel Is Back In The Energy Picture
As the price of renewable energy drops and storage technologies mature, hydrogen fuel is drawing fresh attention. Perhaps, finally, hydrogen’s moment has arrived. Japan is planning to use the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to showcase its vision for a hydrogen society and has invested US$348 million in establishing hydrogen refueling stations and other infrastructure. Germany has launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains...

Cows Exude Lots Of Methane, But Will Taxing Beef Cut Emissions?

Cows Exude Lots Of Methane, But Will Taxing Beef Cut Emissions?
Will taxing meat products based on their carbon footprint reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve public health? The answer is maybe, but not notably — and it will come with significant costs.

How A Game Can Move People From Climate Apathy To Action

How A Game Can Move People From Climate Apathy To Action
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been called a “deafening” alarm and an “ear-splitting wake-up call” about the need for sweeping climate action. But will one more scientific report move countries to dramatically cut emissions?

Why The World Needs More Swamps To Fight Climate Change

Why The World Needs More Swamps To Fight Climate Change

“Drain the swamp” has long meant getting rid of something distasteful. Actually, the world needs more swamps – and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands.

Why China Wants To Dominate The World's Green Energy Markets

Why China Wants To Dominate The World's Green Energy Markets
Renewable energy is increasingly inevitable, and those that dominate the markets in these new technologies will likely have the most influence over the development patterns of the future. As other major powers find themselves in climate denial or atrophy, China may well boost its power and status by becoming the global energy leader of tomorrow.

How To Move Energy Policy Beyond Bias And Vested Interests

How To Move Energy Policy Beyond Bias And Vested Interests

The Turnbull government’s flagship energy plan, the National Energy Guarantee, was intended to end a decade-long stalemate on energy and climate policy in Australia. Ironically, since its unveiling in October 2017, the debate has heightened considerably, with the result that the government has now walked away from the emissions-reduction component of the policy.

How Geo-Engineered Crops May Help And Harm

How Geo-Engineered Crops May Help And HarmTo cool the world and also boost plant growth, geo-engineered crops might do the trick. But if they work by dimming the sunlight, the plants will suffer. Proposals to tackle climate change that rely on geo-engineered crops show neatly the double bind that can await remedies which try to do too much.

Why Can't We Just Pull CO2 Out Of The Air?

Why Can't We Just Pull CO2 Out Of The Air?
More people than ever are acutely aware that rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO₂) in the atmosphere are accelerating climate change and global warming.

How Much Money Do Trees Save Your City?

How Much Money Do Trees Save Your City?
Megacities are on the rise. There are currently 47 such areas around the globe, each housing more than 10 million residents.

Hope From Chaos: Can Political Upheaval Lead To A New Green Epoch?

Hope From Chaos: Can Political Upheaval Lead To A New Green Epoch?
Imagine then an enlightened “quantitative easing” transferring resources not to banks, but to mobilise a rapid transformation in energy infrastructure, retrofitting existing buildings, decarbonising transport and constructing zero-carbon power stations.

New Scenarios Show How The World Could Limit Warming To 1.5C In 2100

New Scenarios Show How The World Could Limit Warming To 1.5C In 2100In the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, nearly every country on Earth pledged to keeping global temperatures “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5C”.

Who Are The New Renewable Superpowers

Who Are The New Renewable SuperpowersImagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would such a change affect global politics?

The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t

The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’tRecently, National Geographic published an article called “This Tiny Country Feeds the World,” where the author extolled the innovations of a small European country that has managed to become a global powerhouse in agriculture and technology—the Netherlands.

How This Grocery Store Program Pushed Farmers To Go Green

How This Grocery Store Program Pushed Farmers To Go Green
A program of one of the five largest supermarket chains in South Africa, drove increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level, a new study of the store’s supply chain indicates.

Home Biogas Is Turning Food Waste Into Renewable Energy

home biogas digester 1 14Last night I cooked my family a delicious pasta dinner using biogas energy. This morning we all had eggs cooked on biogas. I’m not sure what’s for dinner tonight, but I know what will provide the energy for cooking

To Slow Climate Change, India Joined The Renewable Energy Revolution

To Slow Climate Change, India Joins The Renewable Energy RevolutionOn June 3 2017, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Paris.

How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C.

Why Americans Are Embracing Climate Change Realities

robert lipton 10 1Robert Jay Lifton was born 91 years ago. Living through the catastrophes of the 20th century — world war, tyrannical regimes, genocide, the nuclear bomb, terrorism — he grappled with their terrible impact on human beings. His work as a psychiatrist, historian and public intellectual forged his reputation as one of the world’s foremost thinkers. 

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