Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Climate Change

Transcript of Archbishop Tutu’s remarks on climate change: “The destruction of the earth’s environment is the human rights challenge of our time. Over the 25 years that climate change has been on the world’s agenda Global emissions have risen unchecked while real world impacts have taken hold in earnest. Time is running out. We are…

Stefan Rahmstorf: The critical threshold, the “tipping point” in West Antarctica has now passed

The Climate State staff interviewed Stefan Rahmstorf, Head of Earth System Analysis, at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Robert Bristow: To get CO2 emissions under control – do you think some form of geoengineering (i.e CO2 scrubbing) will be desirable? Stefan Rahmstorf: The term geoengineering or climate engineering, encompasses a wide range…

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…

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…

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…