Bans on diesel cars in Munich

Bans on diesel cars in Munich

In response to worsening air pollution problems in many of Europe’s largest cities, Barcelona (Spain) and Munich (Germany) have been moved to action. In Barcelona’s case, voluntarily, and in Munich’s case, as the result of a court order.

From 2018 there will be bans on diesel cars in Munich. 

The court order in Munich follows legal action taken by Transport and Environment’s German member DUH to force action on Bavaria’s breaching of EU air pollution limits in some locations.

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Gates invests $1 Billion in Breakthrough Energy Tech

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Bill Gates is launching $1 billion fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to invest in new forms of clean energy. 

He said that there is an urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies for renewables.

In July 2016, Gates considered 2 billion.   Read More

Climate Change Quiz

Climate Change Quiz

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Do you understand global warming? This quiz from the Guardian is a real challenge. What do you know about climate change? 

According to a new analysis, which country has the most ambitious pledge at COP21? In this Quiz, you will find the answers. Please share in your network. Read More

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

Trump may disrupt the transition towards renewables, but he can not reverse it. The revolution to clean energy is irreversible.

With Trump as the new president, the world is worrying about the climate damage, he will cause.

Still we hear an increasingly interviews with relativizations.

Jan Rotmans, professor transition science and international authority in the field of transition and sustainability, gave his reaction. Read More

Port of Amsterdam relies on fossils

Port of Amsterdam relies on fossils

Why anticipate? The world will not change that fast.

The Amsterdam Port Authority is taking big risks. The harbor still relies entirely on fossils.

As soon as it turns out that the Port Authority were sleeping, the municipality has to pay all the costs. 

Drs. Rens van Tilburg, an economist and member of the Sustainable Finance Lab Utrecht University, has warned the City of Amsterdam.  Read More

Paris signed, what’s next?

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At the North Pole, the temperature is so high that the mass of sea ice is much smaller than normal. In many places, the Greenland ice is covered with a layer of water. Fortunately, the United States and China are the major drivers behind the Paris agreement.

The Paris COP21 agreements have been signed by 160 countries. 

This many signatures in one day have been a record for an international UN document.

The treaty aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, which gives it a symbolic boost.

This is needed because the last few months, climate changing has again assert worldwide. Read More

US Supreme Court freezes Climate Power Plan Obama

US Supreme Court freezes Climate Power Plan Obama, Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said the supreme court decision was “an unfortunate setback and short sighted.”

Coal plants account for a majority of US greenhouse gas emissions. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said the supreme court decision was “an unfortunate setback and short sighted”

The Clean Power Plan from Obama to green the energy production in the United States, does not need to be performed. That is the ruling of the US Supreme Court.

By 2030, Obama wants the US power plants, to decrease with 32 percent greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

Are fossils lucrative for investors?

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G20 Summit: India and Saudi Arabia rejected world climate ambitions

Are fossils still lucrative for investors? Does the divestment campaign have a material effect on the industry that they are attacking, and thus the transition to sustainability and the reduction of CO2 emissions? Read More

Climate deal Paris a success

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We should be grateful to them, because without them, Paris would not have been such a success.

The Paris Climate Agreement will change the world into a green era. Already, smart investors ignore the fossil industry.

They started to move because of the brutal pressure from activists 350.org and their divestment movement.

A portrait of the most successful climate campaign ever. Read More

MultiNationals reduce 15% emissions

MultiNationals

These multinationals are supporting the 1.5 degree global warming with ambitious carbon reduces

These multinationals have made a commitment to go 100% renewable. Update: 58 companies with 50 million MWh of renewable energy! And the list is growing fast.

Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM in the Huffington Post: “Our children and their children will thank us for finally stepping up.” 

MultiNationals and carbon pricing

Royal DSM is applying an internal carbon price of €50 per ton CO2 equivalent when reviewing large investments. They call on business to do the same: it will make your business more future proof.
Facilitated by the World Economic Forum, around 80 CEOs voiced their support for a meaningful carbon price in the run-up to COP21. The current low oil price creates the right moment to introduce a price on carbon.

Read about the actions they are taking. Read More

Climate summit: the final

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Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a doubling of the US payments on climate aid from 430 to $ 860 million in 2020. With this gesture of goodwill the White House hopes for a possible signal from the developing countries.

Yesterday, the new concept agreement was finished. Just two hours later than promised.

  • It is 29 pages shorter than the previous one (43)
  • More than three quarters of the discussion have been resolved.
  • The choices are reduced from 200 to 40

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COP21 – 1.5 degrees? Only with CO2 storage and fossil-free by 2030

 

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1.5 degree is only feasible if we take CO2 from the air and store it underground. Alternatives to remain at 1.5 degree are no longer realistic.

While the political will is increased to limit the global warming at 1.5 degrees, scientists point on the technical challenge.

CO2 storage is needed and the world must be fossil free by 2030, say scientists.

At an event on the sidelines of the climate summit, focussing on CO2 emissions in 2015, scientists are warning 1.5 degrees warming will be difficult. Read More

Green energy is cheaper than fossils

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If we continue on the InAction scenario, we will pay 1.8 trillion dollars more

The Paris climate summit has entered its next round. Now leaders from all over the world are trying to agree to limit the global warming.

Enough reason for us to examine what climate change actions actually do cost in hard money.

And guess what: it is even cheaper than fossils! Read More

5 questions about our climate

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COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action

Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.

Five questions about the climate issues. Read More

Climate Paris in Figures

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Berkeley Earth has just released analysis of land-surface temperature records going back 250 years, about 100 years further than previous studies. The analysis shows that the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees in the past 50 years.

With 195 participating countries and 3000 journalists we can expect a lot of news from Paris during the next days.

In advance, a summary of the top in figures. Read More

Will climate agreement be ambitious enough?

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Businesses have a major role to play in driving low-carbon growth

Fear is a bad counselor, when it’s about terrorists and refugees. But it’s a welcome guest at the big climate summit that begins today in Paris. Global warming needs to be stopped, we are running running out of time.

The fear will wrap in many guises: crumbling icebergs, dried-up lakes, burning forests, raging water and millions of people in need. Read More

Paris – Two CEOs stimulate international business climate action

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

Two Dutch CEO’s are firmly stimulating international companies to major climate action: Paul Polman (CEO Unilever) and Peter Bakker (president of the WBCSD) are leading the ‘Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi).

Already 86 large enterprises have signed the LCTPi. Read More

Make Ecocide equal to torture or genocide

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Baltasar Garzón and Polly Higgins are proclaiming that a fifth international crime should be added to these very serious violations of international law: Ecocide

Should destruction of the earth be recognized as a crime against humanity? Polly Higgins thinks so, and presents herself as a lawyer of the earth.

Polly Higgens leads the global campaign for making Ecocide the 5th Crime Against Peace at the United Nations’ International Criminal Court. Why? It will put eco-criminal CEOs, politicians an investors into jail. That’s big!

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It is time to close coal power plants

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In the fight against CO2 emissions, it is now time to close coal power plants In Europe. Investments in renewables and storage are crucial. 

Coal plants are big polluters.

The commissioning of new coal plants in Europe, is the main cause of the fact that the CO2 emissions has increased rather than decreased.

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G7 stops rising temperatures. Call for cities

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Circular Economy: reduces, reuse, recycles and gets green

Just ahead of the major negotiations on an intended climate accord, the G7 reached an agreement on rising temperatures with maximum 2 degrees Celsius, compared with 1990!

A great advantage for Industries, cities, citizens and politics to start emission reductions pledges.

The aim is to continue to strengthen momentum ahead of the climate conference scheduled for Paris in December this year.

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Climate Change Initiatives from Geneva 2015

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45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos

194 countries reached an agreement on climate change in Geneva last February 2015. This blog is about highlights and hundreds of initiatives from all over the world.

 

And – a global award will be given in November 2015 to the most scalable and replicable project that helps tackling climate change. Maybe yours? Read More

Does the world need a climate conference deal in Paris 2015?

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Arctic ice is dwindling, and tens of thousands of walruses have taken notice, “hauling out” on an Alaskan beach in numbers never seen before

Last week in New York many countries, continents, industries and organisaties responded with ambitious goals and initiatives but no firm pledges during the UN Climate Summit 2014. Remember the promise of China who wants to reduce its CO2 emissions. On the fringes, major corporations trading in agricultural commodities grown on former rainforest land joined governments in signing a declaration promising to halve net deforestation by 2020 and end it by 2030! Read More