Here’s a collection of some of recent good and bad news about climate change that Al Slavin has compiled from around the web.
Some bad news
While some technological and political progress is being made to slow the rise in greenhouse-gas emissions, almost all the climate science news is bad, showing an accelerating problem that is worse than earlier predicted. There is no way the world can stay within below the “dangerous” 2° C rise in temperature without rapid and radical reductions in our energy use.
February, 2017. Environment and Climate Change Canada predicts Canada will have almost no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 below the 2005 level, contrary to Canada’s target of a 30% reduction.
September 30, 2016. Forget Paris, Scientists Say ‘Radical Change’ Only Way to Stay Below 2 Degrees.
Some good news
Do not despair, there’s also good news of changes that will make a difference. Mostly it’s news of changes that take us in the right direction, but are they fast enough to avoid serious degradation?
March 17, 2017. Energy carbon emissions in 2016 flat for third year: IEA.
March 13, 2017. Wind power blows through nuclear, coal as costs drop at sea.
January 1, 2017. Battery Storage Poised to Expand Rapidly.
October 25, 2016. Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year.
September 6, 2016. EU hits energy reduction target six years early