Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment, Chile and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC at the Host Country Agreement signing ceremony (c) UNclimatechange

Have I got the Bonn blues? Time to look forwards to COP25 in Chile

Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment, Chile and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC at the Host Country Agreement signing ceremony (c) UNclimatechange Trish O’Beirne, student on the MSc in Environmental Technology, reflects on her experience at the UNFCCC’s Climate Change Conference in Bonn, and looks ahead to the forthcoming Conference of the Parties (COP25), in Chile. Having spent most of my academic career in the happy … Continue reading Have I got the Bonn blues? Time to look forwards to COP25 in Chile

Who’s responsible for tackling climate change? – COP 20 outcomes

By Dr Flora Whitmarsh, Grantham Institute An agreement produced by the 20th Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru, noted ‘with grave concern’ that countries’ current pledges on emissions reductions are insufficient to keep global temperature rise within either 2°C or 1.5°C of pre-industrial levels. This is indeed a serious concern because temperature changes of just a few degrees are enough to change the climate significantly. Rising … Continue reading Who’s responsible for tackling climate change? – COP 20 outcomes

Climate change: positive messages on the international scene

By Dr Flora Whitmarsh, Grantham Institute This blog forms part of a series addressing some of the criticisms often levelled against efforts to mitigate climate change. The Twentieth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) – the latest in a series of meetings of the decision making body of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change –began in Lima this week. Many in the media are … Continue reading Climate change: positive messages on the international scene

Why subsidise renewable energy?

by Ajay Gambhir, Grantham Institute This blog forms part of a series addressing some of the criticisms often levelled against efforts to mitigate climate change. It is often claimed that intermittent renewable sources of electricity (mainly wind and solar photovoltaics), are too expensive, inefficient and unreliable and that we shouldn’t subsidise them. What are the facts? Last year, governments spent about $550 billion of public money … Continue reading Why subsidise renewable energy?