Domino-Effect of Climate Events Could Move Earth into a ‘Hothouse’ State

A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned. This grim prospect is sketched out in a journal paper …

5,500 UK Churches Switch to Renewable Energy

More than 5,500 churches including some of the UK’s most famous cathedrals have converted to renewable power to help tackle climate change. Church of England places of worship, along with Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Quaker and Salvation Army congregations, have made the switch to 100% renewable electricity, and faith leaders are …

Ireland Becomes World’s First Country to Divest from Fossil Fuels

The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament. The state’s €8bn national investment fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas …

‘Carbon Bubble’ Could Spark Global Financial Crisis, Study Warns

Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found. A sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels before 2035 is likely, according to the study, given …

2017 Was a Record Breaking Year for Renewables, But More Needs to Be Done

2017 broke the record for increased renewable energy capacity, Reuters reported Sunday. But it still isn’t enough to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in line with the goals of the Paris agreement. These are the conclusions of the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report, the most recent annual report from Renewable Energy …

Electric Vehicle Sales More Than Doubled in 2017

A record number of electric vehicles (EVs) were sold in 2017, more than doubling the number of EVs on the road, a report released Wednesday by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found. The report, Global EV Outlook 2018, gave a summary of the state of EVs today and estimated their …

Proposed Future EU Budget Embraces Increased Climate Action

Today the European Commission has published its proposal for the post-2020 EU budget, kicking off the political battle over the rules and priorities that will govern EU spending in the period 2021-2027. The Commission has chosen climate action to be one of the top priorities for future EU funding. The …