CO2 & Methane

04/05-2022: The Conversation

Relying on carbon capture to solve the climate crisis risks pushing our problems into the next generation’s path

Research shows large-scale reliance on carbon capture risks postponing climate action too far into the future

28/04-2022: The Conversation

We found a hidden source of greenhouse gases – organic matter in groundwater

When groundwater comes to the surface, sunlight and air convert organic molecules to greenhouse gases. That’s going to be a problem awe will need this water more as the world warms

26/04-2022: The Guardian

Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes

Number of new plants planned fell last year, but coal-generated electricity rose by 9% to record high

24/04-2022: The Conversation

Now we know the flaws of carbon offsets, it’s time to get real about climate change

After 25 years of carbon market experiments, it’s clear climate policy should not rely on offsets

08/04-2022: The Guardian

Methane in Earth’s atmosphere rose by record amount last year, US government data shows

Climate scientists say plugging methane leaks and phasing out fossil fuels are necessary to avert catastrophic global heating

01/04-2022: Nature

Tropical forests have big climate benefits beyond carbon storage

Study finds that trees cool the planet by one-third of a degree through biophysical mechanisms such as humidifying the air

14/03-2022: EurekAlert

Permafrost peatlands approaching tipping point

Researchers warn that permafrost peatlands in Europe and Western Siberia are much closer to a climatic tipping point than previous believed

19/02-2022: The Conversation

There’s a massive bubble in the price of carbon – and yet it won’t bring down emissions any faster

Emissions trading systems are supposed to speed up decarbonisation, but they are not yet capable of doing so in practice

14/02-2022: EurekAlert:

How climate change is destroying Arctic coasts

Future land loss calculated for the first time

08/02-2022: Nature

Scientists raise alarm over ‘dangerously fast’ growth in atmospheric methane

As global methane concentrations soar over 1,900 parts per billion, some researchers fear that global warming itself is behind the rapid rise

03/02-2022: EurekAlert

Massive methane emissions by oil and gas industry detected from space

An international study involving CNRS and CEA researchers and the company Kayrros has uncovered hundreds of major methane releases linked to global oil and gas extraction activities

28/01-2022: The Guardian

West accused of ‘climate hypocrisy’ as emissions dwarf those of poor countries

Average Briton produces more carbon in two days than Congolese person does in entire year, study finds

26/01-2022: The Conversation

Methane in the atmosphere is at an all-time high – here’s what it means for climate change

Recent estimates put atmospheric methane at 1,900 parts per billion  close to triple its pre-industrial average

26/01-2022: The Guardian

Carbon offsetting is not warding off environmental collapse – it’s accelerating it

Wealthy companies are using the facade of ‘nature-based solutions’ to enact a great carbon land grab

10/01-2022: Inside Climate News

US Emissions Surged in 2021: Here’s Why in Six Charts

The nation’s carbon dioxide emissions headed back to pre-pandemic levels after years of small but steady declines, powered by freight and coal

08/12-2021: The Conversation

Australian forests will store less carbon as climate change worsens and severe fires become more common

Climate change threatens the crucial storage of carbon in Aussie forests. Victoria’s national parks alone store almost 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

22/11-2021: The Conversation

Electric cars aren’t enough to hit climate targets: we need to develop better public transport too

From buses in Bogotá to cycling through Cambridge, we can learn valuable lessons from how countries across the world deliver sustainable transport

20/11-2021: RealClimate

Net Zero/Not Zero

At the COP26 gathering last week much of the discussion related to “Net-Zero” goals

18/11-2021: The Conversation

We must rapidly decarbonise road transport – but hydrogen’s not the answer

We need to rapidly reduce global emissions before 2030. Developing hydrogen for low-emissions road transport won’t happen fast enough

18/11-2021: The Guardian

Revealed: the places humanity must not destroy to avoid climate chaos

Tiny proportion of world’s land surface hosts carbon-rich forests and peatlands that would not recover before 2050 if lost

17/11-2021: Eurekalert

Natural feedback or human activities? A new study points to agricultural and industrial sources as the main cause to the soaring atmospheric methane

Climate change is causing rapid warming in the arctic and tropical regions where natural wetland store large pools of carbon and emit methane

16/11-2021: The Conversation

We can’t let markets decide the future of removing carbon from the atmosphere

Removing carbon from the atmosphere raises political questions that should be addressed by democratic institutions

04/11-2021: The Coversation

Global emissions almost back to pre-pandemic levels after unprecedented drop in 2020, new analysis shows

Most concerning is the long-term upward trends of CO₂ emissions form burning fossil fuels, which are far from trending towards net-zero by 2050

03/11-2021: Inside Climate Nerws

New Report Expects Global Emissions of Carbon Dioxide to Rebound to Pre-Pandemic High This Year

Coal use is resurging, particularly in China and India, pushing emissions toward the all-time high, despite the Covid-driven drop in oil consumption

13/10-2021: The Guardian

Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’

International Energy Agency says $4tn investment needed over decade to reach net zero target