Energy companies can keep building new coal and gas power stations for only one more year if the world is to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, Oxford university researchers have found. The startling finding dashes the widely-held assumption that climate change is a distant problem that today’s governments can safely leave to their successors. It even shocked some of the Oxford academics who produced it. “I was surprised,” said economist Cameron Hepburn, co-author of a peer-reviewed paper on the findings to be published in the Applied Energy journal.
FT 31st March 2016 read more »
Old coal plants are increasingly lying dormant, yet new ones keep getting built, according to a new report. The analysis by CoalSwarm, which includes researchers from Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, looks at the state of global coal over the last year. Their findings highlight a disconnect between the recent reductions in demand for coal, and the hundreds of gigawatts of new capacity that developers want to build in the future.
Carbon Brief 30th March 2016 read more »
Negotiations are underway to move at least £1m away from fossil fuels and into clean energy, as more than 400 churches across the UK begin to switch to renewable energy providers. The Big Church Switch – launched at the beginning of Lent – has seen 424 churches begin negotiations to switch to renewable energy providers that will cater for their energy needs using clean energy. The initiative, which is being run by charities Christian Aid and Tearfund, has received backing from the Bishop of Manchester, who described the move as a ‘practical’ way to battle climate change.
Edie 30th March 2016 read more »