Renewables outshine natural gas

A new study from the Rocky Mountain Institute shows that new natural gas-fired power plants cannot compete with clean energy systems that combine renewable energy with energy storage, efficiency improvements, and demand management. Smart energy storage systems are the key to fully unlocking the potential of intermittent renewable energy. Read More

More bang for the buck? Oil trains and pipelines

The oil train disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, happened five years ago. As pipeline capacity tightens, oil companies are choosing trains to move their petroleum products. Flammable and volatile, these cargoes are an enormous risk for communities situated along the tracks. But building more pipelines is not the solution. The modern world is going electric--powered by renewable energy. Fossil fuels are the also-rans. Read More

Talanoa dialogue and the climate story

The Talanoa Dialogue, to be held next week in Bonn, Germany, is the first formal review of progress under the 2015 Paris Agreement. But we already know that emissions of greenhouse gases have continued to rise--and with them global warming. It's time for action--not words. Forceful action on renewable energy, electric vehicles, and improving energy efficiency can cut emissions by over 50% by 2030. If we stop telling stories and get a move on. Read More

The disaster files – 2017

2017 was not a record a year for disasters. Not in terms of fatalities at least. The devastating hurricanes that flattened so many Caribbean islands and caused massive damage in the US thankfully caused far fewer deaths than many other disasters in the recent record. But the impact on many small Caribbean islands was catastrophic. The numbers show that the 51 Small Island Developing States are hugely vulnerable to climate change. Read More

Canada’s Paris Agreement target looks unattainable

The report notes that Canada has committed to four separate targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The country failed to reach the first two targets: the 2000 Rio target  and the 2008-2012 Kyoto target.  Moreover, according to the report, Environment and Climate Change Canada has admitted that current provincial and federal policies and regulations mean that Canada will also fail to meet its 2020 target set at Copenhagen in 2009. Read More

CO2 emissions are on the rise–yet again

Emissions of carbon dioxide are once again on the rise after having flatlined for almost three years, and encouraging the hope that global emissions of the gas were finally peaking. That hope has now been dashed. The Paris Agreement was a good start but the countries' proposed emission reductions in their NDC submissions are nowhere near strong enough. At the next COP meeting in Poland in December, it's time for some serious action. First on the agenda: eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. Second: declare coal a global health hazard. Read More

Consensual climate inaction

The Commonwealth has issued a statement about climate change which simply echoes the language of the Paris Agreement. When we know that much stronger global action is required to bring down emissions of greenhouse gases and many commonwealth contries are hugely at risk, we would have expected a much stronger statement. It's hugely disappointing when scientists who know fact from fiction refuse to speak out strongly. Read More