Switching to lower-carbon or renewable energy, such as ground-source heat pumps, would make an even bigger difference, but this would require infrastructure investment and incentives from the government to make the alternatives affordable and widely available. If the UK wants to have a double-win on air pollution and climate, another option would be action on transport, including tighter controls on car emissions, more investment in public transit, greater support for electric vehicles and a levy on aviation fuel (which is currently tax-free). Compared with that, the restrictions on domestic coal use and wet wood are a drop in the ocean. … [Read more...] about Coal and wet wood burning: how will restrictions work?
Divestment of fossil fuels
La Camera said the huge spending planned by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic must support green initiatives rather than fossil fuels. “In responding to today’s crisis, governments may be tempted to focus on short-term solutions,” he said. “Yet distinctions between short-, medium- and long-term challenges may be deceptive. The pandemic shows that delayed action brings significant economic consequences.” … [Read more...] about New renewable energy capacity hit record levels in 2019
How to combat corona cabin fever Learn a new skill These days, you can learn almost anything online. If you've been thinking about learning to code, or perhaps even picking up a language like German (hint hint), online providers have made it easy and often free, so there's no excuse not to put your free time to good use. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Can we still live sustainably?
In a statement to Guardian Australia, the environment minister, Sussan Ley, said: “It is deeply concerning the reef has suffered another bleaching event and our focus has to be on the ways that we can reduce the pressure on the reef and strengthen its resilience. … [Read more...] about Great Barrier Reef’s third mass bleaching in five years is the most widespread ever
Above right is a graph of carbon loss traditional measurement at 150 meters compared to carbon loss measurement where the depth of sunlight penetration actually is. 'Carbon loss' refers to the amount of carbon that is sinking out as 'marine snow particles' - the downward flow of plankton fecal matter and their decay products. Carbon losses are therefore higher when depths of individual euphotic zones are taken into account … [Read more...] about World’s oceans are capturing twice as much carbon as previously thought thanks to microscopic carbon-loving plankton that float down to the ocean depths, study claims