Still Insufficient Progress in Making Transport Fuels More Climate Friendly

The European Union is behind its objective to reduce the greenhouse gas emission intensity of fuels sold for road transport to 6 percent below 2010 levels, as set out in the EU’s 2020 climate and energy targets. According to the EEA’s fuel quality data indicator, the emission intensity decreased by …

Taxing Carbon May Sound Like a Good Idea But Does It Work?

Exxon Mobil is backing a proposal to tax oil, gas and coal companies for the carbon they emit and redistribute the money raised that way to all Americans. It’s also giving a group urging Washington to enact a tax on carbon US$1 million to advocate for this policy. The carbon …

Climate Change Could Displace Half a Million Atoll Residents Within Decades

A new study published in Science Advances Wednesday has bad news for the residents of low-lying atolls: If current greenhouse gas emission rates continue, climate change will render most of these islands uninhabitable by mid-century, not by the end of the century as previously believed. This could turn the more …

General Mills Signs Wind Power Pact

Global food giant General Mills said last week it has signed a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for 100 megawatts (MW) of power from its Cactus Flats wind farm. The project will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills that can be applied toward the …

Metro Mayors Urged to Turn UK Cities Green

Across the UK yesterday voters go to the polls to elect the first six ‘Metro Mayors’ to take charge of some of the country’s largest city regions. The Mayors, who together will create a new tier of political leadership in Britain, are being urged by green groups to harness their …

Humans Causing Climate to Change 170 Times Faster than Natural Forces

Researchers behind ‘Anthropocene equation’ say impact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds that of natural events spread across millennia. For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are causing the climate to change 170 …

EU Hails Clean Energy ‘Year of Delivery’

The European Union is on track to meet its renewable energy, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emission targets for 2020 following a ‘year of delivery’ across the renewables sector, according to a wide-ranging new report from the European Commission. The Second State of the Energy Union report details how the …