This summer’s hurricane season could be dangerous

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2024

The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be highly active, according to early projections. The season starts on June 1.

Dark chapter for Turkey as it overtakes Germany to become Europe’s number one for coal-fired electricity

Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 22, 2024

The carbon fuel took a 34% share in Turkey’s power production versus the European average of 13% in the first four months of the year.

“Silent demise” of world’s vast rangelands threatens food supply of billions, warns UNCCD report

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2024

Sixty-plus experts examine degradation caused by land overuse and misuse, climate change and biodiversity loss.

Global warming acceleration at its peak but the La Nina effect this year will reduce temperatures less than expected

Ben Aris in Berlin May 17, 2024

Global temperature is now near its peak due to El Niño aerosol decrease. How far will it fall in the coming La Niña? Less than expected.

Chemical analysis of CO₂ rise over past 50,000 years – current rate is 10 times faster

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles May 14, 2024

The current rate of atmospheric CO2 increase is 10 times faster than at any other point in the past 50,000 years. This is according to scientists who did a detailed chemical analysis of ancient ice in the Antarctic.

Western Balkans urged to embrace renewable energy for district heating

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 14, 2024

Fossil fuels are still being burned in district heating networks across the Western Balkans, despite the pressing need to prepare for the transition to green energy, finds a Bankwatch report.

Renewables surpass 30% of global electricity supply

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles May 13, 2024

Renewable energy made up over 30% of global electricity for the first time last year, driven by a rapid surge in wind and photovoltaic solar power, according to new data from climate think-tank Ember.

Trees are “coughing not breathing” due to climate crisis stress, study finds

bne IntelliNews May 10, 2024

"We found that trees in warmer, drier climates are essentially coughing instead of breathing," a study by Penn State found.

April 2024 sets global moisture record

bne IntelliNews May 8, 2024

April 2024 set a global moisture record for the planet, reports climatologist Ben Noll

Energy transition more likely to be delayed with dire consequences, says WoodMac

by Roberta Harrington May 8, 2024

The world could be heading for a 3-degree C warming trajectory as political headwinds slow the energy transition, says a new report by Wood Mackenzie.

Massive landfill fire in Serbia highlights urgent need for waste management investment in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews May 7, 2024

Emergency crews are working round the clock to put out the landfill fire near Uzice, western Serbia.

Croatian company transforms textile waste into hydrogen

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague May 2, 2024

Successful pilot project for processing waste textiles to produce hydrogen may help to address global fashion industry's annual 92mn tonnes of textile waste.

Romania already exceeded EU’s 2030 green transition target

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 26, 2024

By 2022, Romania had brought its greenhouse gas emissions down by 56% compared to 1990, above the 55% target set by the EU.

Bankers reassessing accelerating climate crisis in anticipation of trillions of dollars of annual damage

Ben Aris in Berlin April 25, 2024

As the climate crisis accelerates, banks are facing increasing financial risks and have begun to try to assess their exposure to the trillions of dollars of damage extreme weather will do every year.

The models are wrong, climate change is accelerating faster than predicted

Ben Aris in Berlin April 25, 2024

Scientists are starting to realise that the climate models they have been using to predict the rate of global warming are wrong as it becomes clear temperatures are rising faster than predicted.

China takes the lead in green technology

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2024

China has taken the lead in green technology. President Xi Jinping highlighting the country's dominance in key segments of this burgeoning industry that has drawn sharp criticiam from the US for non-market practises.

Unstable dams mean Chernobyl-scale nuclear disaster threatens Central Asia’s Fergana valley

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2024

Studies show Soviet-era radioactive waste disposal facilities became unreliable following 2017 landslide.

The 'wet-bulb' set to kill hundreds of thousands of people if temperatures and humidity levels continue to rise

Ben Aris in Berlin April 22, 2024

Temperatures are continuing to rise to new all-time highs as global warming accelerates. People have started to die because of the extreme heat and it’s only a matter of time before the “wet-bulb” effect kills large numbers of people.

Hungary aims to double geothermal energy use by 2030

bne IntelliNews April 19, 2024

Hungary already uses geothermal energy as a clean alternative to fossil fuel in district heating, but has vast untapped reserves.