Weltkirchenrat lehnt fossile Investitionen ab

Wie The Guardian berichtete, hat der Weltkirchenrat (mehr als 500 Millionen Mitglieder), sich gegen weitere Investitionen bei fossilen Energien ausgesprochen. Die Dachorganisation umfasst  345 verschiedene Kirchen. Im April diesen Jahres gab Erzbischof Desmond Tutu folgende Stellungsnahme, “Menschen mit Gewissen, müssen Beziehungen zu Unternehmen welche Ungerechtigkeit finanzieren beenden und um den Klimawandel zu brechen, dazu können Veranstaltungen, die von…

Study: 2°C target at risk, without moving subsidies (Updated)

The study, Energy investments under climate policy: A comparison of global models, published in the journal Climate Change Economics (DOI: 10.1142/S2010007813400101 | 2013) explored global energy spending and concluded that low-carbon energy and energy efficiency investments of about 1.1 trillion annually are required, to meet the emissions reduction targets to keep the world below 2°C. In context, additional $0.8…

Canada’s shocking oilsands operation (Aerial footage)

DeSmog Canada published a series of aerial photos from Canada Alberta. Alex MacLean is one of America’s most famed and iconic aerial photographers. His perspective on human structures, from bodies sunbathing at the beach to complex, overlapping highway systems, always seems to hint at a larger symbolic meaning hidden in the mundane. By photographing from above, MacLean shows…

Energiewende: Erneuerbare Energien lösen Braunkohle als wichtigste Stromquelle ab

Manager-magazin.de-Redakteur Nils-Viktor Sorge berichtet am 2. Juli bei SPIEGEL online. Zeitenwende in der deutschen Energiewirtschaft: Im ersten Halbjahr sind die erneuerbaren Energien erstmals zur wichtigste Quelle im Strommix aufgestiegen und haben damit die Braunkohle verdrängt. Dennoch soll die Ökostrom-Umlage nicht weiter steigen. In den ersten sechs Monaten des Jahres 2014 produzierten Windkraft-, Solar-, und Bioenergieanlagen…

Conservative Senator Calls out Hypocrisy of Fossil Fuel Incentives

Published on Apr 3, 2014 Senator Grassley on the importance of renewing the wind energy PTC absent comprehensive energy tax reform. Senator Charles Grassley is known to be a long time fiscal conservative Republican Senator from Iowa. Obviously, the size and scope of the Iowa wind industry belies the anti-renewable propaganda of the science denial…

Private enterprise is beginning to take climate change seriously

Nature Editorial (Nature Climate Change doi:10.1038/nclimate2193): Even if some sceptics consider climate science akin to witchcraft and politicians pursue ineffective policies, private enterprise is beginning to take climate change seriously. Climate protection requires no magic solutions, but it does require boldness and resolve from policy makers. Instead, what we have is the kind of political timidity that…

EU could afford to lead international climate action

Late-comers face a clear trade-off between lower short term costs and higher transitional challenges PIK (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) 03/19/2014 (Translation: Artikel in Deutsch) – This week, the heads of the EU member states will meet in Brussels to discuss the adoption of a 40 percent greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030. Despite…

Why is there no Manhattan Project to Tackle Climate Change?

We must overcome short-termism, inconvenient truths and cuts to R&D and find the Brunels of low carbon technology By Tom Delay (The Carbon Trust): Here’s a thought. If necessity is the motherhood of invention how come we are so far away from the wholesale deployment of low carbon energy technologies that can redeem humanity from…