Climate Change and Weather Extremes: Both Heat and Cold Can Kill

Climate change is increasing the frequency and strength of some types of extreme weather in the U.S., particularly heat waves. Last summer the U.S. Southwest experienced life-threatening heat waves, which are especially dangerous for elderly people and other vulnerable populations. More recently, record-setting cold temperatures engulfed much of the country during the first week of …

Climate Action Tracker To Develop Paris-Consistent Benchmarks

The Climate Action Tracker, one of the world’s leading climate science advisories, has announced that it is developing a new series of Climate Action Benchmarks that will serve to highlight the level of emissions reductions governments and sectors must achieve to contribute to the Paris Climate Agreement’s long-term temperature goal. Power plant and visible emissions …

EU Lawmakers Back More Ambitious Renewables, Energy Saving Goals

European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption that envisage more ambitious climate goals, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states. Under the plan backed by the European Parliament, renewable energy would account for at least 35 percent of the EU’s overall energy …

Evian Vows to Become ‘100 Per Cent Circular Brand’ by 2025

Bottled water giant Evian has become the latest high profile brand to announce sweeping plans to crackdown on plastic waste, unveiling a new goal to become a “100 per cent circular brand” by 2025. The brand, which is owned by French food giant Danone, said it will make all its plastic bottles from 100 per …

Good News! Study Claims Global Warming Will Only Be Disastrous, Not Catastrophic

We all know the Earth is getting warmer. Everyone except Republicans knows the increase in temperature is related to carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. Climate scientists don’t agree on how much average global temperatures will rise. Their best guess is they could go up as little as 1.5º Celsius or as much as 4.5º …

European Parliament Votes to Strengthen 2030 Renewables Goals and Set ‘Net Zero’ Emission Target

The European Parliament yesterday voted in favour of proposals to significantly strengthen the EU’s climate package through to 2030 and beyond, backing a higher renewable energy target, more ambitious binding efficiency goals, and a new 2050 ambition to build a ‘net zero’ emission economy. The vote sets up crunch negotiations with the European Commission and European …

Iceland Supermarket Commits to Eliminating Plastic Within Five Years

Iceland Foods has committed to removing all plastic from its brand-name products within the next five years and replacing it with recyclable materials such as pulp and paper. The UK-based supermarket chain is the first major retailer in the country to commit to a complete elimination of plastic. “The world has woken up to the …