Compromise, compromise, compromise – that is the watchword for the climate talks now going on in Cancun, according to the United Nations’ top climate change official, Christiana Figueres. Read more
So what is happening at Cancun?
Environment ministers and government officials from around the world are gathering in Mexico to talk about climate change, and how to tackle the problem of increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
Ali Naimi, the oil minister of Saudi Arabia, was in mischievous mood on Monday night, positing an oil price of $70 to $90 for the foreseeable future, and suggesting that oil consumers should be happy with such a settlement – because a price of more than $70 was needed to justify investments in renewable energy. Read more
It has been a busy week for wind energy.
First came the good news – a massive investment in offshore wind in the UK. Although the UK leads the world in offshore wind generation, that is mainly because so little of it has been built anywhere. But a vote of confidence in the UK’s prospects came from three wind turbine manufacturers who announced on Monday they would set up shop on the UK’s north-east and eastern coasts. Read more
So farewell, then, Severn Barrage.
The idea of an electricity-generating barrage across the Severn estuary has been around for nearly as long as electricity generation itself. Writing on the subject several years ago, I was delighted to receive a letter from a reader who had been present at a public meeting to push forward work on such a barrage – in 1929.
On a recent visit to Drax, the biggest coal-fired power station in the UK, Fiona Harvey was struck by the cluster of 12 wind turbines that have sprung up just beside the water-vapour belching cooling towers. But the local peoples’ opposition to the turbines was the biggest surprise. Read more
The world is likely to warm by an average of more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a new report, but climate scientists regard a rise of more than 2 degrees as taking the planet beyond the limit of safety. Read more
A report from the NOAA in the US has found that data from ten key climate indicators all point to the same finding: the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable.
It is the first major piece of new research since the “Climategate” scandals. Read more
Ten exciting new initiatives! Those are the results from the first “Clean Energy Ministerial” summit held in Washington DC on Monday and Tuesday.
The initiatives, we are told, will do all of the following: cut energy waste; help deploy smart grid, electric vehicle, and carbon capture technologies; support renewable energy markets; expand access to clean energy resources and jobs; and support women pursuing careers in clean energy.
If they are all successful, they will “eliminate the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants worldwide in the next 20 years”. Read more
Rumours of the death of the clean energy industry in the recession were exaggerated, it seems: new investment in clean energy technologies, companies and projects “held steady” in the second quarter at $33.9bn globally, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Read more