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Nuclear for Climate speaks at COP25

Nuclear for Climate speaks at COP25

The nuclear industry took part in the UN climate talks this week at a time when the subject is no longer merely climate change, but climate emergency. At a side-event organised by Nuclear for Climate, panellists described how nuclear power is an essential part of the global response to that emergency.

Energy & Environment 06 December 2019


Innovation and the path to sustainable development

Innovation and the path to sustainable development

A discussion held yesterday at COP25 on partnerships in innovation to achieve the United Nations ninth Sustainable Development Goal showed how the various UN agencies and industry are working in an increasingly collaborative manner.

Energy & Environment 04 December 2019


Fossil fuel use continues to push up CO2 emissions

Fossil fuel use continues to push up CO2 emissions

Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry are expected to grow slowly in 2019 due to a decline in the use of coal, according to a study by Global Carbon Project. However, a separate report from the Economist Intelligence Unit suggests the increasing use of renewables in 2020 will not be sufficient to meet targets set in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Energy & Environment 04 December 2019


Guterres calls for end to 'war against nature' as latest climate talks begin

Guterres calls for end to 'war against nature' as latest climate talks begin

UN Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday described current human behaviour as a "war against nature" and warned that, up to now, the efforts of the international community to reach targets outlined by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been "utterly inadequate". Guterres was speaking to reporters on the eve of the twenty-fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, or COP25, taking place in Madrid for the next two weeks.

Energy & Environment 02 December 2019


Nuclear forms part of climate change solution, says European Parliament

Nuclear forms part of climate change solution, says European Parliament

The European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on COP25 - the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - to begin in Madrid next week. The resolution states that all technologies - including nuclear - are needed to combat climate change, for which it has declared an emergency.

Energy & Environment 29 November 2019


United Nations sees no sign yet of GHG emissions peak

United Nations sees no sign yet of GHG emissions peak

Global temperatures are on course to rise by as much as 3.9 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, according to the United Nations Environment Programme's latest Emissions Gap Report. Emissions must now fall by 7.6% each year to stop the worst effects of climate change.

Energy & Environment 29 November 2019


Global CO2 level continues to rise, says WMO report

Global CO2 level continues to rise, says WMO report

Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. The WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin published today shows that globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 ppm in 2017. Global levels of CO2 crossed the 400 ppm "benchmark" in 2015.

Energy & Environment 25 November 2019


Study proposes agenda for US decarbonisation

Study proposes agenda for US decarbonisation

Achieving net-zero emissions in the USA by 2050 will require action across society, a new report from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions has concluded. It recommends the development of innovative technologies including small advanced reactors and strong policies to ensure they are deployed, including a long-term federal framework and an economy-wide carbon pricing programme.

Energy & Environment 14 November 2019


IEA highlights 'deep disparities' in global energy systems

IEA highlights 'deep disparities' in global energy systems

Rapid and widespread changes across all parts of the energy system are needed to put the world on a path to a secure and sustainable energy future, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today on launching the latest edition of its World Energy Outlook.

Energy & Environment 13 November 2019


Nuclear belongs in the global energy future, says S&P Global Ratings

Nuclear belongs in the global energy future, says S&P Global Ratings

Nuclear power generation should remain a part of the global energy mix despite challenges related to tightening regulations, safety concerns, ageing asset bases, and increasingly volatile energy markets, S&P Global Ratings says in two reports published today. Both reports study the 'energy transition', as Nuclear Dead and Alive and Different Nuclear Energy Policies, Diverging Global Credit Trends.

Energy & Environment 12 November 2019