Tag Archives: Carbon emissions

Electric car supplies are running out – and could drastically slow down the journey to net-zero

Shutterstock/ALDECA studio Tom Stacey, Anglia Ruskin University The road map to replacing old fashioned carbon emitting cars with electric vehicles is well developed – at least in theory. All the major car makers (and even some of the smaller ones) are publicly committed to electric. But actually buying a new electric car? That’s another matter entirely. Volkswagen, the largest car …

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How the world’s militaries hide their huge carbon emissions

Christian Cachola / US DoD flickr Doug Weir, King’s College London; Benjamin Neimark, Lancaster University, and Oliver Belcher, Durham University Climate change leadership requires more than stirring speeches. It means facing up to hard truths. One truth that governments around the world are struggling with is the immense contribution their militaries are making to the climate crisis. For example, the …

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Shipping is tough on the climate and hard to clean up – these innovations can help cut emissions

Shipping is responsible for a large portion of global emissions. William William/Unsplash, CC BY Jing Sun, University of Michigan Ships carry more than 80% of world trade, and they rely heavily on some of the least environmentally friendly transportation fuels available. There are no cheap, widely available solutions that can lower the shipping industry’s planet-warming carbon emissions – in fact, …

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G7: why major economies are delaying a break with the fossil fuel industry

Glovatskiy/Shutterstock George Ferns, Cardiff University and Marcus Gomes, Cardiff University The climate crisis is certain to be a hot topic at the G7 summit in Cornwall. While the leaders of the world’s richest countries agree in theory on the need to reach net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, they remain faithful to a fossil fuel industry reluctant to …

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Bitcoin: China’s crackdown isn’t enough – only a global effort can stop crypto’s monstrous energy demand

Anucha Cheechang/Shutterstock Peter Howson, Northumbria University, Newcastle Huge concrete data centres, permanently plugged into power plants and telephone exchanges, maintain much of online life. But the infrastructure behind internet-based cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, dogecoin and ethereum is more like a rusty travelling circus. And right now, that circus is on the road. Bitcoin relies on a network of millions of …

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Emissions inequality: there is a gulf between global rich and poor

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jag_cz / shutterstock Nicholas Beuret, University of Essex American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently shook up environmental politics by releasing a broad outline of a Green New Deal – a plan to make the US a carbon-neutral economy in the next ten years, while reducing both poverty and inequality. Lauded by many as a radical and necessary step, president Trump responded …

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