For all its green talk, the IEA still gives comfort to oil and gas producers. Under Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency leads talk of a green recovery, yet dodges hard questions about phasing out dirty energy.
Climate Home News 27th July 2020 read more »
Huge plumes of methane spewed from energy infrastructure and coal mines at least 790 times last year, according to satellite-based technology.
FT 28th July 2020 read more »
Richard Dixon: There has been increased concern about the role of methane in causing climate change in recent weeks. We all know that the main greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide, which comes mainly from burning fossil fuels. But the second most important greenhouse gas is methane. We know it mostly as the natural gas that is in use in many people’s homes. Methane emissions come mainly from the agricultural, waste and fossil fuel sectors. We used to think that methane was 20 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide but more recently research has concluded that the reality is it is more like 30 times as potent.
Scotsman 27th July 2020 read more »
Policymakers are underestimating the challenge posed by phasing out coal, with detailed roadmaps needed to carefully plan coal plant retirement accompanied by a range of policy measures and funding to support affected workers and communities, a group of leading energy experts have warned. In a new research paper published in the journal Nature yesterday, the authors – which comprise 13 experts and academics from the UK, Germany, India, Australia and the US – outline the scale of the challenge involved in weening the world off coal.
Business Green 28th July 2020 read more »