Speaking at a UK-Africa investment summit in London, the UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced that the government will no longer finance coal-mining and coal-fueled power stations in developing countries, in the wake of the adverse effects brought by climate change.
A key publication presented at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid last month suggests transformational actions and milestones towards carbon neutrality in key areas, such as energy, industry, transport, human settlements, water, land use, and resilience to the inevitable effects of climate change.
A study launched in 2019 presented the results of a survey concerning people currently occupying global land below projected high tide lines for 2100 under low carbon emissions, up from 110 M today, for a median increase of 80 M.
While there is a general acknowledgement of the importance of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among organizations, there is room for more concrete action to take place in support of the SDGs if these are to be achieved by 2030, says a recent study by PwC.
According to a recent statement, Shell Geothermal BV together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority are jointly investigating the possibilities for geothermal energy in the Port of Rotterdam’s western section. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has issued the two companies an exploration permit.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) issued a report focusing on the challenges of decarbonization and energy transition, with the latter being linked to the increasing penetration of variable renewable energy along with an increase in the electrification of end-use sectors, both of which are key for long term decarbonization and the achievement of climate goals.
Following the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap on January 1st 2020, a study launched focuses on the importance of new investments into new fuel production, supply chains and a new or retrofitted fleet to achieve the decarbonization in the next three decades.
It is said that a set of predictions in late 2019 informed that the rising sea levels could threaten triple the number of what was previously thought. Wärtsilä now highlights that port cities are due to “bear the brunt of these effects.” Even if all the commitments are met as planned, it won’t stop sea levels from rising over the next two centuries.
In fact, it is said that activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement have blocked an entrance to oil major Shell’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. BBC now reports that activists arrived at the Altens base at about 06:30 on Thursday, January 16, and now plan to remain at the site all day “to hold Shell to account”. The group said the protest was part of its two-week long campaign targeting the fossil fuel industry.
This is the first time in its 15-year history, that the environment is at the top of list of issues likely to have a major impact over the next decade, as a year of extreme weather events and growing evidence of global heating catapulted the climate emergency to the top of the list of issues worrying the world’s elite.
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