Carbon emissions from the energy sector are on track to grow for the second year running, in a major blow to hopes the world might have turned the corner on tackling climate change. Preliminary analysis by the world’s energy watchdog shows the industry’s emissions have continued to rise in 2018, suggesting that an increase last year was not a one-off. The finding comes as the world’s leading climate scientists issue a landmark report on whether the world can meet a tougher global warming target, of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C. Overall, the IEA’s forecast is more optimistic than last year for renewables in the next five years, owing to policy changes and market developments in key countries. But prospects for the UK were revised downwards. The country is expected to increase its renewable electricity capacity more than a quarter by 2023, driven largely by new offshore windfarms. Solar has an incredibly cloudy outlook, with total new additions by 2023 expected to be around half what the UK installed in a sing le year in 2017.
Guardian 8th Oct 2018 read more »
Using gas boilers to heat homes could be abandoned as governments are set to face renewed calls for dramatic action to tackle climate change. Limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels would put an end to burning fossil fuels to generate power. This would mean replacing petrol and diesel cars with electric vehicles or other clean alternatives and scrapping the use of gas boilers in homes in just a few decades.
Telegraph 7th Oct 2018 read more »
Alan Simpson: If there are seminal moments in politics, Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the 2018 Labour conference will go down as one of them. This was when the planet took centre stage. From the Kerala floods to the Saddleworth moorland fires and from California to Scandinavia, 2018 has been a roller coaster of extreme weather events. This is the shape of things to come, but it took Corbyn to make “one-planet economics” the centrepiece of tomorrow’s politics. This couldn’t have come at a better moment. The Conservatives are tearing themselves apart, with their crazies loving every moment. We need a better plan. It was into this maelstrom that Corbyn pitched his leader’s speech — a bold vision, promising that Labour’s “programme of investment and transformation, to achieve a 60 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030, will create over 400,000 skilled jobs.” Pretty unequivocal stuff. But that is just the start. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell was no less uncompromising. The next government will have to deliver carbon reductions of 15 per cent per year. To do so, Britain will need a much more circular economics — not one that makes do with less but one that certainly wastes and pollutes less. And as Corbyn stressed, it is in “green jobs” that tomorrow’s transformative economics will be rooted. For most people, a more circular economy would deliver real improvements in their quality of life — from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the homes we live in to the jobs and skills the country needs. This will come not just in the accelerated shift into renewable energy but in using less energy in the first place. Tackling the scandal of “cold homes” will save lives as well as cutting carbon. Clean transport systems offer the same opportunities. These are a world away from the triple absurdity of the GMB trade union sharing a platform with the Taxpayers Alliance at the Tory Party conference in support of fracking. Science tells us we are now at the edge. We can embrace the Corbyn vision of a smarter, cleaner, more secure and equitable future or just “shop till we drop” with the Tories. The choice is still ours … but only just.
Morning Star 6th Oct 2018 read more »