By Megan Rowling | Just Transition Editor
Climate scientists and government officials are gathered in Switzerland this week to agree the final summary for policymakers in the latest blockbuster series of reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on global warming and how to keep it in check.
Coming before an important review of global progress on climate goals at the end of this year, it doesn’t take a PhD to work out that the key message will be along the lines of “must do better”.
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BrandSpark International announces its 15th annual 2023 Best New Product Awards winners, honoring the Best New Food, Beverage, Beauty, Health, Personal Care, and Household products, based on a nationwide survey of American consumers
BrandSpark has also released some key highlights from its BrandSpark American Shopper Study – health & wellness, value for money and sustainability are top of mind with Americans. 56% of consumers say they don’t mind spending a lot to get health products that really work, sleep is number one priority in health management, and almost half say they want to be leaders in reducing environmental impact. 66% believe that research and development is continuously leading to better household care products. Not surprisingly, 8 in 10 believe taste remains the most important factor in their food purchases. Continue reading
Drivn: Blockchain Startup Enables Users to Earn an Income While Saving the Planet
Transport accounts for around 33% of global carbon emissions, but 48% of people are not aware of their individual carbon footprint. Drivn, the brainchild of three Danish founders, aims to change the world’s travel behavior towards a more sustainable future. Continue reading
Epson Survey Shows Global Attention Focused on Climate Change – Despite Conflicts and Economic Woes – as People Act to Avert Disaster
Across the world, people are stepping up personal efforts to avert climate change, according to the latest findings from Epson’s second Climate Reality Barometer. Research from the global technology leader suggests that while the world economy proves to be a distraction from efforts to address climate challenges, climate change remains a primary concern for many. Continue reading
Three reasons a weak pound is bad news for the environment
Katharina Richter, University of Bristol; Alix Dietzel, University of Bristol, and Alvin Birdi, University of Bristol
The day before new UK chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget plan for economic growth, a pound would buy you about $1.13. After financial markets rejected the plan, the pound suddenly sunk to around $1.07. Though it has since rallied thanks to major intervention from the Bank of England, the currency remains volatile and far below its value earlier this year.
‘Dark data’ is killing the planet – we need digital decarbonisation
Tom Jackson, Loughborough University and Ian R. Hodgkinson, Loughborough University
More than half of the digital data firms generate is collected, processed and stored for single-use purposes. Often, it is never re-used. This could be your multiple near-identical images held on Google Photos or iCloud, a business’s outdated spreadsheets that will never be used again, or data from internet of things sensors that have no purpose.
Land Sector Can – and Must – Reach Net Zero Annual Emissions by 2030. Where, What and How Food is Grown is Critical
To avoid catastrophic climate change, the land sector – including agriculture, forestry and natural land protection and restoration – must reach net zero emissions by 2030, according to new research from Conservation International. Continue reading
Will Pakistan floods spur better climate disaster planning?
- Disasters globally worsened by lack of planning
- Cash shortages, lack of political will contribute to risks
- Disasters often share causes, pointing to ideas for action
By Laurie Goering
LONDON, Aug 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A third of Pakistan is underwater, with at least 1,100 people dead – including 380 children – but monsoon rains “on steroids”, likely fuelled by climate change, are not the only cause of the nation’s misery.
James Lovelock: the scientist-inventor who transformed our view of life on Earth
James Lovelock, the maverick scientist and inventor, died surrounded by his family on July 27 2022 – his 103rd birthday. Jim led an extraordinary life. He is best known for his Gaia hypothesis, developed with the brilliant US biologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970s, which transformed the way we think of life on Earth.
OPINION: Why is it so hot? Climate change is here
Bob Ward is policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Heatwaves are growing in frequency and intensity around the world due to climate change.
Scientists have been warning for some time that the rise in global average temperature, as greenhouse gas levels mount in the atmosphere, is causing an increase in the risks of hot weather.