Edinburgh Science Festival to ban fossil fuel firm sponsorship deals

A seven-year-old girl examines a life like human brain at the Edinburgh Science Festival. Pic: Jon Savage Organisers of the Edinburgh Science Festival are to impose a blanket ban on sponsorship deals with fossil fuel companies - claiming the oil and gas sector is “not moving fast enough” to meet climate change targets. They will … Continue reading Edinburgh Science Festival to ban fossil fuel firm sponsorship deals

World seems ambivalent about swift action on climate change – IPCC chair

Scotland's windfarms have helped it make world-leading reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (Picture: Alan Milligan) Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change will involve answering difficult questions about our lifestyles, and the signs are ambivalent about what action the world will take, write Professor Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on … Continue reading World seems ambivalent about swift action on climate change – IPCC chair

Call for radical change in farming methods to tackle climate challenge

Ireland ‘will miss 2020 targets and is set to miss 2030 and 2050 targets’, committee told There is a need to fundamentally change the model of agricultural production in Ireland as a consequence of climate change and the scale of carbon emissions arising within the sector, an Oireachtas Committee has been told. Prof John Sweeney … Continue reading Call for radical change in farming methods to tackle climate challenge

Indigenous knowledge – ancient solutions to today’s challenges

Indigenous Knowledge Indigenous knowledge, such as the use of ancient grains and traditional agricultural methods, can help to ensure food security while protecting the environment. Photo: UNDP Peru Revitalizing and supporting indigenous knowledge is essential to address many of today’s challenges, including the effects of climate change. Indigenous knowledge is a key resource that needs … Continue reading Indigenous knowledge – ancient solutions to today’s challenges

Country Reports Assess Climate Policies and Mitigation Potential

February 2018: The German Environment Agency (UBA) released the first two studies in a commissioned series examining climate policies and future mitigation opportunities in ten countries. The studies look at: emissions and energy use; current climate mitigation actions with a focus on implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); and emission reduction potential and barriers. Country … Continue reading Country Reports Assess Climate Policies and Mitigation Potential

Four Steps to Build the SDGs into the Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) aims to promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways, in the context of sustainable development, according to GCF’s “Governing Instrument,” its founding document. Such a commitment should be welcome news for the SDGs, and discussions on funding the Goals often point to the GCF’s potential. But has the … Continue reading Four Steps to Build the SDGs into the Green Climate Fund