Shunning Nuclear Power Will Lead to a Warmer World

The phasing out and shutting down of the nuclear power industry has become a trend in many countries. This decision seems to be based on irrational fears as environmental and health damage caused by nuclear accidents and nuclear waste is … Continue reading

A set-aside for the EU ETS?

The EU ETS wants to stimulate the development of low-emission energy technologies. The logic behind it is that an auction of a fixed supply of emission allowances – determined by an ambition level – keeps the price of carbon high, … Continue reading

That Crooked Carrot Is Also Food

Annual food waste worldwide: 1.3 billon tons. About one-third of all the food is wasted in industrialised countries like the UK and the USA. The problem is basically a lack of respect for food – at consumer level – partly … Continue reading

The European Public’s opinion about CCS

Public awareness: on average one out of ten knows what CCS is (survey result in 12 Member States of the EU). In the Netherlands over half of the people knew what CCS is, but no other country is anywhere near … Continue reading

CCS Policy: Is the balance right?

The clean energy market will not rise following normal economic rules of innovation – where the size of the existing market and expected price motivates innovation. Carbon is too cheap (so clean energy is not yet an attractive alternative) and … Continue reading

Sun shines on all sources, not just the power of one

Australia’s need for electricity could be met up entirely by renewable energy. A team at the University of New South Wales-Kensington explains which investments it would take. The reason for not conducting so – unfortunately – is of course: money. … Continue reading

You can’t manage emissions until you can measure them, and it’s harder than you think

Carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes are intended to shift our preferences towards lower carbon use. But we don’t know exactly, or even approximately, whether our new choices do in fact mean we are reducing our carbon use.

We should support leadership that tackles climate-change issues

Best Practice: public sector of North American Britisch Columbia goes carbon-neutral. Offset funds must become a source of capital for the promotion of innovative private sector projects aimed at reducing public sector emissions rather than public funds supporting industry projects, … Continue reading

Getting rid of the hot air

The Emissions Trading Scheme – a rough start, but it starts to look more promising. The pitfall however lies in greenwashing practices due to the scheme. Governments should be reluctant to excessive business lobbies to ease the ETS settings. It’s … Continue reading

What Italy’s nuclear referendum means for climate change

Opinion article by Mark Lynas about the negative climate consequences of the new anti-nuclear wave, which spread across Europe after the Japanese tsunami of March 2011 that damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The article was written for the Guardian … Continue reading