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An Update on Climate Change Legislation

This week the organisation known as GLOBE (The Global Legislators’ Organisation supports national parliamentarians to develop and agree common legislative responses to the major challenges posed by sustainable development) met in London and launched...

Posted January 19, 2013    

Has Climate Change Stopped?

In a report released just before Christmas, the UK Met Office lowered its decadal forecast for the expected average global temperature. The press release noted that: Global average temperature is expected to remain between 0.28 °C and 0.59 °C (...

Posted January 14, 2013    

2012: A Year of Greater Concern, but Limited Action

In a year which saw extreme weather rise up the political agenda and the consequences of a changing climate starting to sink into our collective psyche, action to actually address the issue of rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere remained limited....

Posted January 8, 2013    

Electric cars becoming a reality?

Shortly before Christmas a colleague of mine photographed a busy electric charging point in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Hooked up to the charging point are a Chevy Volt (Opel Ampera in the EU) and a Fisker Karma. Many such charging poles have appeared...

Posted December 27, 2012    

A Major Setback for Carbon Capture & Storage

Perhaps the best thirty minutes I spent at COP18 in Doha was listening to a presentation by Myles Allan, Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford and Head of the Climate Dynamics Group in...

Posted December 19, 2012    

COP18 Climate Talks – The Definition of Insanity?

Albert Einstein once said that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. So it was that I spent the last few days in Doha, perhaps anticipating that something might just be different...

Posted December 11, 2012    

Half Time at COP18 in Doha

After a week of talks in Doha at COP18, it is difficult to draw a clear conclusion about how the conference might conclude. Certainly there is discussion along the lines I discussed last week, but progress is slow and many of the historical...

Posted December 4, 2012    

What To Expect From COP 18 in Doha

This week sees the start of the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, or COP18 for short, in Doha, Qatar. This should be a busy transitional COP, with much on the agenda to resolve and important steps forward being taken toward a long...

Posted November 27, 2012    

Could a Carbon Price Help Us Avoid 4°C Rise in Global Temperatures?

As if following on deliberately from the PWC report which I wrote about last week, come two new initiatives announced this Monday.The first is a report from the World Bank and is the flip side of the PWC finding that a 2°C goal is now...

Posted November 20, 2012    

A grim warning about the 2°C target – but then what?

Last week PWC released the 2012 version of its “Low carbon economy index”, the fourth edition of a publication that started just prior to the Copenhagen COP. The main message delivered by the publication is a grim one, although hardly surprising,...

Posted November 12, 2012    

Simplifying the Planetary Boundaries

I have just got back from the annual Council meeting for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) where it was good to hear the new President, Peter Bakker, talking about a much more focused and serious response from the...

Posted November 2, 2012    

Is technology push sufficient as a policy approach?

I came across an article from the Breakthrough Institute which argues for the benefits of government support for new energy technologies. The story is a few months old, but still highly relevant – in any case a related story is back on...

Posted October 19, 2012