UK citizens’ assembly wants ‘fair’ path to 2050 net-zero emissions goal

LONDON: Taxes on frequent fliers, more wind and solar power, and better protection for nature should be key policies in Britain’s push to meet its promise to cut emissions to net zero by 2050, a citizens’ assembly advised the country’s lawmakers on Thursday.But its final recommendations in a report to parliament did not back nuclear […]

Debt swaps could free funds to tame climate, biodiversity and virus threats

While Britain no longer holds much developing-country debt after forgiving most of it decades ago, as host of next year’s major U.N. climate summit it could put pressure on creditors in London’s financial center to participate in such swaps, he said.

Cooperate on climate or ‘we will be doomed’: UN chief

He said much now rests on the actions of major emitters, China, the US, Europe, Russia, India and Japan, in interviews with AFP and other members of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets committed to increased climate coverage.   

Greens grow in Europe, but politicians can’t take all the credit

Despite these green shoots, the party is “still very much a north-western phenomenon”, said Pascal LeTendre-Hanns, who monitors European politics at Hanbury Strategy. “In southern Europe the focus has been so much on the economy and jobs, it has been hard for green parties to get much of a foothold,” he said, adding these countries […]

Fijian PM urges island nations to work together to fight climate change, contagion

“Be inspired by the stories of innovation that will be shared, and take the initiative to implement real and meaningful change at home. Be the voices that urge leaders around the world to pursue an inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19, one that puts our planet on the path to net-zero global emissions,” he said.

Switch to clean energy could employ 5mn north Indians by 2050: Report

New Delhi: Finland’s Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT) and Delhi-based ‘Climate Trends’ in a new report on Tuesday established how northern India’s energy systems, comprising the world’s largest metropolitan area — Delhi-NCR — can be switched to 100 per cent clean energy by 2050.The study finds that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in northern India can […]

‘Life-altering’ changes needed to avoid the worst of climate change

“It’s not enough to do a few key policy changes in a few sectors. We are really looking at what we call systemic or system-wide change to try and create more climate resilience for communities.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs G7 declaration about ‘existential threat of our time’

Pelosi and her counterparts also assured that their respective countries would maintain contact with each other to “ensure a high level of mobilization” while battling the coronavirus pandemic – as nearly one million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide and countries have reported 28 million confirmed cases.

Google commits to run using carbon-free energy by 2030

“Companies from around the world of all sizes and stages will be considered, from pre-product startups to well-established enterprises. Each prospective investment will be judged on its potential to accelerate the path to zero carbon and help protect the planet for future generations,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said.