Almost a sixth of the entire global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is now covered by net zero carbon emissions targets, according to a report. The claim, made in analysis by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), reveals 16% of GDP is now covered by net-zero carbon emission ambitions, with fifteen nations, states and regional areas intending to reach the target by 2050. Many of the countries have made commitments in policy documents, with two countries – Norway and Sweden – setting the target into law. Other countries aim to also make legally binding declarations with only two – Bhutan and Suriname – already absorbing more greenhouse gases than they emit. The nations are joined by 11 states and regions, including California, Catalunya and Scotland, and at least 23 cities including Barcelona, Los Angeles and New York on the net-zero map. The report was launched at the UN climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, alongside the ECIU’s net-zero tracker, which collates information on countries, regions, cities and states that have set net zero targets, and countries that are planning to do so.
Edie 25th June 2019 read more »
An interactive map highlighting the potentially devastating effects of global warming to the world’s coastlines has provided a scary insight into the potential future of Edinburgh. Developed by Climate Central, an independent organisation of leading scientists and journalists, the interactive tool known as Surging Seas allows users to input their hometown and observe the impact a rise in temperature could have on sea levels. At the Paris agreement 194 states and the European Union signed an agreement which would set the long-term goal of keeping temperature rises down to 2C – despite this the rise could still see large parts of Edinburgh submerged by rising sea levels.
Edinburgh Evening News 25th June 2019 read more »