Tagged: Fossil Fuels

Climate explained: how much of the world’s energy comes from fossil fuels and could we replace it all with renewables? - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Sep 15, 2021

How are fossil fuels formed, why do they release carbon dioxide and how much of the world’s energy do they provide? And what are the renewable energy sources that could replace fossil fuels? Fossil fuels were formed over millions of years from the remains of plants and animals trapped in sediments and then transformed by heat and pressure. Most … Read More

Fossil fuel misinformation may sideline one of the most important climate change reports ever released - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Aug 12, 2021

Christian Downie, Australian National University   This week’s landmark report on the state of the climate paints a sobering picture. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that, without deep and immediate cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, the world is very likely headed for climate catastrophe. In November, world leaders will gather in Glasgow for the latest round … Read More

Way to go: Electrifying advice from the Climate Change Commission - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Feb 05, 2021

The Climate Change Commission’s draft advice on how to decarbonise New Zealand’s economy is refreshing, particularly as it calls on the government to start phasing out fossil fuels instead of relying on offsets and carbon trading. Until now, New Zealand has relied heavily on its Emissions Trading Scheme, but the evidence is clear that it has failed … Read More

We (still) need to talk about cars - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Dec 16, 2020

To address climate change, we need to phase out the burning of fossil fuels. The largest share of fossil fuels is burnt in cars and trucks. So it seems clear that fossil-fuelled vehicles need to stop being designed, made, imported, and driven. But anyone who has visited a road or seen a car ad recently knows that that isn’t happening, … Read More

Will the COVID-19 lockdown slow the effects of climate change? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Jul 03, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown will slow or possibly reverse the effects of climate change (due … Read More

Could the world stop using fossils fuels today? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Jun 03, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If we stopped oil, gas and coal extraction immediately – what would happen? What would we need to … Read More

Blood oil: more than half of the oil traded across the world has been stolen - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 18, 2018

Leif Wenar, King’s College London This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Donald Trump tweeted something true recently. Responding to the protests in Iran, the US president stated that “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered.” Trump’s point is … Read More

Why New Zealand should not explore for more natural gas reserves - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 28, 2018

Ralph Sims, Massey University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. New Zealand’s new coalition government has committed to introducing zero-carbon legislation that would set the country on a course to be carbon neutral by 2050. At the same time, it is not ruling out new permits for coal … Read More

Global Warming is causing a reduction in the Northern Hemisphere’s wind energy resource - News

Jean Balchin Dec 12, 2017

As the climate warms, it is expected that the amount of wind available for converting into electricity will decrease in the Northern Hemisphere. The study, published this week in Nature Geoscience, finds that this projected decline will particularly affect the central United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the northern Middle East, and central, northern and far eastern Asia. In … Read More

Phasing out fossil fuels for renewables may not be a straight forward swap - Guest Work

Guest Author May 02, 2016

By Anthony James, Swinburne University of Technology To have any chance of preventing dangerous climate change, the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or even negative by mid-century. Many experts suggest this means we need to completely phase out fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources such as solar and … Read More

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