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?