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Hyped and expensive, hydrogen has a place in Australia’s energy transition, but only with urgent government support
The Guardian view on a non-proliferation treaty: fossil fuels are weapons of mass destruction | Editorial
The planet faces an existential threat if we do not transition from the current extractive model of growth to a low-carbon economy
Colombia’s economy is dependent on fossil fuels, which account for about half of its exports. But at the UN climate summit this weekend, Gustavo Petro, the country’s president, committed to stop the expansion of coal, oil and gas exploitation and reorient his nation away from such “poisons”. Colombia is the first big economy to endorse a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. This is a sensible, globally significant step – which raises the question of why other carbon-exporting OECD members, such as Britain, shouldn’t follow suit.
What is crazy is that governments plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 that is consistent with a “safe” global temperature rise of 1.5C. The paradox the treaty seeks to address is that the Paris agreement does not mention the fossil fuels responsible for global heating. But a handful of nations could show how phasing out fossil fuels can lead to sustainable green development and rebut the absurd denialism of Sultan Al Jaber, the oil boss and Cop28 president. There are precedents: the 1997 mine ban treaty began with few backers, but was later ratified by 164 countries.Continue reading...
COP28: Republic of Congo punts for Article 6 over voluntary carbon, developing roadmap towards readiness
Director, Africa Origination & Deal Lead, Conservation International – Nairobi/Cape Town/Johannesburg
Lack of public chargers blamed for decision to be only ‘zero-emissions capable’ by April 2024
London’s biggest minicab company has U-turned on plans for all its cars to produce zero emissions this year, blaming a lack of public chargers in the capital.
Addison Lee said it had spent £30m on new Volkswagen Multivans, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), which combine a small battery with a polluting internal combustion engine, and admitted that the switch to electric cars had been harder than it had expected.Continue reading...
Thousands of activists to attend conference in UAE which has a poor record for demonstrations
Cop28 organisers and the UN body that oversees the annual climate conference have failed to clarify whether activists who travel to Dubai are safe to demonstrate outside the conference area, putting civil society at risk in a country where protest is normally prohibited.
At least 70,000 people are registered to attend the conference, including thousands of activists and members of civil society, who normally hold protests around the conference area.Continue reading...
COP28: Gore highlights shortfalls in methane pledge, urges use of global inventory to monitor progress
COP28: India’s green credit program “empty shell” without private sector investment, markets expert cautions
COP28: Voluntary carbon coalition to spin out forestry standard in early 2024, launch first REDD+ credits by 2025
Tolkien’s hostility to rampant industrialisation should chime with nations represented in Dubai
Back in the 1960s, no self-respecting hippy would be seen dead without a well-thumbed copy of the Lord of the Rings. Along with a copy of Sgt Pepper and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, it came to epitomise the counterculture.
Times change. Tolkien’s most prominent fan at present is Giorgia Meloni, the most rightwing prime minister Italy has had since the second world war. That has set alarm bells clanging.Continue reading...
COP28: US Energy Transition Accelerator to launch April, mobilise $200 bln in carbon credit finance by 2035
Exclusive: UAE’s Sultan Al Jaber says phase-out of coal, oil and gas would take world ‘back into caves’
The president of Cop28, Sultan Al Jaber, has claimed there is “no science” indicating that a phase-out of fossil fuels is needed to restrict global heating to 1.5C, the Guardian and the Centre for Climate Reporting can reveal.
Al Jaber also said a phase-out of fossil fuels would not allow sustainable development “unless you want to take the world back into caves”.Continue reading...
The world leaders’ summit is over, and the negotiators take centre stage. Sunday’s official themes are health, relief, recovery and peace
The British prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has been facing criticism at home for the brevity of his visit to the climate conference, having visited for less than a day. He has also been accused of hypocrisy for pushing for a phase-out of fossil fuels only weeks after approving new oil and gas licences in the North Sea.
Al Gore, the former US vice-president, said: “I am not impressed with prime minister Sunak’s climate policies. I think they’re terrible. They’re very disappointing.”Continue reading...