Oktoberfest ‘Produces 10 Times as Much Methane as Boston’

For the millions of people who descend on Munich for the annual bash, Oktoberfest is a celebration of beer, bands and bratwurst. But as the dust settles for another year on the world’s largest folk festival, and die Bierleichen (“beer corpses”) return to the land of the living, environmental scientists …

IEA Invites You to Have Your Say on Energy Efficiency

The International Energy Agency is inviting input from people around the world on ways to jump-start progress on energy efficiency. The contributions will help to inform the work of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency. Established earlier this year, the Global Commission now has 21 members, including …

Soil Management: Key to Fighting Climate Change?

An important tool for mitigating climate change may lie beneath our feet—soil management could increase our ability to keep carbon out of the atmosphere, a new study shows. A paper published last week in the journal Scientific Reports estimates that by altering land use practices, the top layer of soil …

IEA: World Can Reach ‘Net Zero’ Emissions by 2060 to Meet Paris Climate Goals

Global emissions can be pushed down to “net zero” by 2060 to meet the climate goals of the Paris agreement, said the International Energy Agency (IEA). For the first time, the 29-member intergovernmental group’s annual Energy Technology Perspectives report, the 2017 edition published Tuesday, maps a “below 2°C” scenario. This …

Report: Nearly Half of Fortune 500 Firms Set Carbon Goals

Growing numbers of major corporates across America are making pledges to reduce their environmental impact and boost their energy efficiency, according to a new report. The latest Power Forward research, published yesterday by WWF, Ceres, Calvert and CDP, found nearly half of Fortune 500 companies now have targets in place …

Climate Scoreboard: EU Member States Fail To Convince With Patchy 2050 Plans

Only eleven EU Member States delivered a 2050 emissions reduction strategy by 2015 as required by EU law – and the strategies that were submitted vary hugely in quality. These are the findings of the EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR project from WWF’s European Policy Office. France’s long-term strategy scored highest in …

The Cost of Climate INaction in the Agricultural Sector

This week key policymakers of the European Parliament discuss the EU’s largest climate instrument. Ahead of the debate, five organizations expose how a loophole in the law could significantly increase the costs of post-2030 climate efforts by delaying the required emission reductions in the agriculture sector. The Effort Sharing Regulation …