There is nothing controversial about asking richer countries to cut their emissions and allowing poor countries to burn fossil fuels for their development needs until they reach middle-income status, researchers argue in a new study.
The mostly Chinese-financed coal project was to begin construction in 2016, but its proponents must now get a new impact assessment after judges criticised efforts to force the project on the local community.
Silvia Ribeiro –
For fossil-fuel companies, the promise of geoengineering is the ideal excuse to continue with business as usual. Rather than allow the industry to continue to act in its own interest, the world must establish a strong, democratic regulatory mechanism, which includes the option to ban certain technologies outright.
Xiaolang Yang and Kevin Kennedy –
To achieve both its economic ambitions and climate commitments, China must radically seek a green growth model that converts today’s environmental pressures into new economic benefits, write experts at the World Resources Institute.
Johan Rockström –
At a certain point, renewables will be so cheap, effective, and reliable that fossil fuels will no longer make logistical or economic sense. But, while that point may come sooner than one might expect, it will not come soon enough, unless governments act—beginning at the G20 summit in Osaka.
After leading by example to clinch the Paris climate agreement in 2015, the European Union must step up again as it revisits its initial target for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The latest scientific findings show that the world is confronting a climate emergency that demands leadership that only Europe can now provide.
For decades, most of the major economies have relied on a form of capitalism that delivered considerable benefits. But systems do not work in isolation. Eventually, reality asserts itself: global trade tensions reemerge, populist nationalists win power, and natural disasters grow in frequency and intensity.
Urbanisation cannot be stopped, but this does not excuse governments for failing to address air pollution. With considerable resources and capacity for nationwide policy coordination, China should be leading the way in developing a sustainable approach to urbanisation that can serve as a regional and even global example.