Tagged: COP21

Removing atmospheric CO2 won’t save us: we must cut emissions now - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 08, 2015

Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen and Pep Canadell, CSIRO Over 190 countries are negotiating in Paris a global agreement to stabilise climate change at less than 2℃ above pre-industrial global average temperatures. For a reasonable chance of keeping warming under 2℃ we can emit a further 865 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). The climate … Read More

Guilt-free tourism: would you pay $11 for a carbon-neutral holiday? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 07, 2015

Colin Michael Hall, University of Canterbury Travelling carbon free for about the cost of a salad in New York? Yes, please. This is the good news that’s emerged from a study that found the damaging effects of tourism emissions could eventually be eliminated if travellers paid an average of just US$11 per trip. Our research, published recently in … Read More

How a global solar alliance can help developing countries - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 07, 2015

Xavier Lemaire, UCL The International Solar Alliance announced by India at the Paris climate conference invites together 120 countries to support the expansion of solar technologies in the developing world. The cost of solar cells has decreased spectacularly over the past four decades, and the trend seems likely to continue. Solar energy has moved from a … Read More

Kiribatian households mull climate migration - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 04, 2015

Andrew Geddes, University of Sheffield The Paris climate summit has come too late for Ioane Teitiota from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, who made history when his case for asylum in New Zealand was rejected in September. His claim for protection was based on the effects of climate change. Kiribati president Anote Tong has argued … Read More

Sea level rise is real: why we need to retreat from unrealistic advice - Unsorted

Guest Author Dec 04, 2015

Mark Gibbs, Queensland University of Technology Coastal communities around the world are being increasingly exposed to the hazards of rising sea levels, with global sea levels found to be rising faster over the past two decades than for the bulk of the 20th century. But managing the impacts of rising seas for some communities is being … Read More

Why we need a ‘space race’ approach to saving the planet - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 03, 2015

Christopher Grainger, UCL In the late 1960s a good chunk of the world’s brightest minds and fanciest labs were devoted to one thing: space exploration. When NASA’s funding peaked in 1966 the organisation employed 400,000 people and consumed more than 4% of the US federal budget. Three years later, after less than a decade of serious … Read More

COP21: The latest - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Dec 02, 2015

Here you’ll find links to posts from our various Sciblogs contributors and guest posters as well as to reports from New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morton and RNZ political reporter Chris Bramwell, who are both at the COP21 meeting in Paris. Sciblogs News – Paris agreement settled Guest Work – Good deal or bad? Emotional turmoil … Read More

Climate change action could be thwarted by ambivalence - News

Erica Mather Jul 30, 2015

A new multi-national study has analysed a number of contributing factors for their impact on the way climate change is interpreted across the globe.  Public awareness and risk perception of climate change were found to be influenced by a combination of nation-specific aspects.  These findings highlight the need to develop better communication strategies that are tailored to individual nations. Read More

NZ emissions target announced: unambitious, ineffective and morally repugnant - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 07, 2015

Climate change minister Tim Groser today released New Zealand’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (pdf) to emissions reductions after 2020 — a 30% decrease on gross emissions in 2005, equivalent to an 11% reduction on 1990 levels. Groser’s press release described this as a “more ambitious climate change target” and “a significant increase on our current […] … Read More