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ING: Consumer not ready to change what they eat to help the environment

ING December 1, 2023

By wasting less food and eating less meat and dairy, consumers can help to slow down climate change. However, consumers in the EU have barely changed their diets.

COP28: All the climate crisis warning lights flashing red – in charts and maps

Ben Aris in Berlin November 29, 2023

The great and good have assembled in UAE’s capital of Dubai for the COP28 conference to hash out a plan to avert the looming environmental disaster, but its probably too late.

COP28 – what will be the main battles?

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles November 29, 2023

As around 70,000 people descend on Dubai for COP 28, the warnings signs of the climate crisis are clear. So far this year has been the hottest ever, and the future looks bleak.

IEA offers five pillars for action at the COP28 climate summit

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles November 29, 2023

Renewable energy should be tripled globally by 2030. That is the first of five pillars of action from the International Energy Agency for the COP28 climate summit starting on November 30 in Dubai.

Hungary bows to pressure from EU to relax tight rules on wind farms

Tamas Csonka in Budapest November 23, 2023

Previous rules made it virtually impossible for developers to set up wind turbines anywhere in the country.

October 2023 capped the hottest 12 months in recorded history

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles November 14, 2023

A new analysis of international data, released by Climate Central, reveals that global temperatures have broken records over the past 12 months.

Cleaner air is accelerating global warming

Ben Aris in Berlin November 8, 2023

The reduction in atmospheric pollution, often associated with burning coal, oil, and fossil fuels, has led to clearer skies and that means more sunshine, which paradoxically is actually exacerbating global warming, not preventing it.

Climate crisis forces Southeast Europe governments to up disaster response spending in 2024 budgets

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2023

Warming in Southeast Europe is set to outstrip the global average while extreme weather events are already becoming more frequent.

Major companies seek COP28 deal on quitting fossil fuels

Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles October 26, 2023

More than 130 companies – including Bayer, eBay, Heineken, IKEA, Nestle, Mahindra Group and Volvo – are calling for a timeline for the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels.

Europe’s war on CO2 emissions goes global

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles October 4, 2023

The EU has launched the first system anywhere to impose CO2 emissions tariffs on imported goods including iron and steel, cement, aluminium, electricity and hydrogen. These are all carbon-intensive goods.

Europe’s toxic air – “severe public health crisis”

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 27, 2023

Europe faces a “severe public health crisis” with dangerous levels of pollution across the continent, according to an investigation by the Guardian newspaper.

Microsoft mulling advanced nuclear strategy

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 27, 2023

Tech giant Microsoft is getting more heavily into small-scale advanced nuclear power for its data centres.

Earth’s energy imbalance – world is starting to cook

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 25, 2023

The earth’s energy is out of balance and the world is starting to cook, says a new report. The authors include James Hansen, who testified to the US Congress on global heating as long ago as 1988.

Planet’s health is in danger zone

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 20, 2023

Six of nine key planetary ‘health boundaries’ have been crossed, said researchers in a new report.

Hungarian government backs down from solar energy regime changes

Tamas Csonka in Budapest September 11, 2023

The government has faced an unusually stern criticism from the Fidesz faction for retroactively altering financial conditions for homes bound by existing contracts

UN report: two years left to reduce emissions and avoid global disaster, and we probably won't make it

Ben Aris in Berlin September 11, 2023

We have two years to fix the climate and reach the Paris accord emission targets, according to a UN global stocktake report, and we are not going to make it.

Only 11 countries are reducing emissions and all will miss Paris targets - Lancet

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2023

Green growth is not yet happening in any advanced economies – and high-income countries are not on track achieve enough emissions reduction without more far profound changes in consumption.

bneGREEN: Carbon offset market shrinks

Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 6, 2023

Carbon offset markets have decreased for the first time since 2016, with companies such as food giant Nestle, the fashion house Gucci and Shell reducing their purchases of such voluntary offsets.