Europe ‘Could Cut Energy-Related CO2 Emissions by 90% Before 2050’

Europe could cut energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by 90% by 2050, if it implements ambitious renewables-based electrification plans. That’s according to a new report from WindEurope, which says Europe should transition its industrial processes, buildings and transport to using clean sources of generation – it suggests the level of electrification …

Solar to Become Europe’s Most Competitive Energy by 2030

Solar will become the continent’s most competitive source of energy by 2020. That’s the verdict from Sun Investment Group, which suggests the elimination of the Minimum Import Price (MIP) allowing solar modules to become up to 30% cheaper. It says the decision to lift trade tariffs on the import of …

Air Pollution Shortens Human Life by One Year, on Average

In a summer marked by air quality alerts as wildfires rage in the western U.S., a study has been published finding that air pollution lowers the average lifespan by one year worldwide. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Aug. 22, was the first to assess the impact …

Carbon Emissions ‘Will Threaten Crops and Human Nutrition’

Increasing carbon dioxide concentrations will threaten crops and levels of human nutrition around the world. That’s according to researchers from the Harvard Chan School, which examined the impact of the gas on iron, protein and zinc levels in 225 different foods. The study suggests atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are …

Indonesia’s Deforestation Dropped 60 Percent in 2017

In the midst of the second-worst year for tropical tree cover loss in 2017, Indonesia saw an encouraging sign: a 60 percent drop in tree cover loss in primary forests compared with 2016. That’s the difference in carbon dioxide emissions from primary forest loss equivalent to 0.2 gigatons of carbon …

EU Efficiency Improvements ‘Could Avoid 27,500 Premature Deaths by 2030’

Domestic energy efficiency improvements in the EU could avoid up to 27,500 premature deaths from indoor cold by 2030. That’s according to several new research projects at the University of Manchester – one of these projects illustrates the economic value of these changes could be up to €2.5 billion (£2.2bn) …