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

Agriculture—Meeting the Water Challenge

On average agriculture utilizes 70 per cent of the world’s available fresh water. About 40 per cent of water used in irrigation is wasted through unsustainable practices. This mismanagement – but also an increasing world population, improved affluence and the … 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

A clear and fair incentive to pollute less

All sectors will need to contribute. In the absence of a multilateral agreement on a legal framework for reducing emissions from the aviation sector thus far, the EU has brought the aviation sector into the emissions trading system. This is … Continue reading

Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos

From Holocene to Anthropocene – considering human effect on the planet. Degraded agricultural lands, industrial wastelands, and recreational landscapes become characteristic of Earth’s terrestrial surface. Where wilderness remains, it’s often only because exploitation is still unprofitable. The name change would … 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

Stemming population growth is a cheap way to limit climate change

Better family planning could be a cost-effective start to cut carbon emissions and would contribute significantly to the suggested necessary emissions reductions for the year 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change. If only we were not so afraid of state … Continue reading

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

The real Greek tragedy may be the climate

Greece’s debt crisis threatens more than the collapse of the euro and the European Union – it would also be a climate disaster. An opinion article by David Strahan, a former BBC business correspondent and author of The Last Oil … Continue reading

Britain should welcome climate refugee species

An opinion article by Chris Thomas, biologist at the University of York, UK. The article is adapted from a review in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (vol 26, p 216). He writes: “Some places are ideal havens for species threatened by climate … Continue reading