Jeremy Cronin has gone out of his way to use his standing in the movement to help facilitate the counter revolution, writes Thami Ntenteni.
Some of the most dramatic moments from last week’s G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, turned on the debate about climate change, with US President Donald Trump split from his counterparts on the need for action.
Experts say the carbon tax introduced this week is so low it will have almost no effect in curbing South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions that are increasing at a rate faster than the world average.
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 415 parts per million last week for the first time in 800 000 years.
We can still turn things around, but we need to act immediately and collectively, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Between 2011 and 2015, South Africa’s renewable energy programme brought R193bn of investment into the country from 92 wind and solar projects, says Energy Minister Jeff Radebe.
China stopped absorbing rubbish from developed economies this year, disrupting the $200bn global recycling industry. Countries like the US and Germany are scrambling for solutions as scrap piles up.
Before Eskom’s application for an electricity tariff hike is even considered, it should first demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, says David Le Page of Fossil Free South Africa.
The International Transport Forum wants to act as a catalyst for business action on climate change to show the full potential of a drop in carbon emissions for the industry.
Eskom will not be exempted from the greenhouse gas emission targets as agreed upon in the Paris Agreement, says Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Thompson.
Eskom plans to build its first biomass plant in Mpumalanga in its endeavour to reduce its carbon emissions that contribute over 50% of the country’s total greenhouse gasses.
In France, the National Assembly will discuss its carbon neutral objectives this week. The new proposals will set a 2050 target for the country to be carbon neutral.
The negative impacts of climate change increase as the temperature increase – and the poor suffer the most, say Harald Winkler and Andrew Marquard.
A global surge in energy demand drove carbon emissions up by 1.7% last year to an historic high of 33.1 Gigatons, according to the International Energy Agency.
Activists staged a protest outside the African Energy Week conference in Cape Town on Tuesday, calling on the Development Bank of South Africa to scrap plans to fund a new coal-fired power station.
The energy and chemical company says it does not support the proposed Carbon Tax Bill which it estimates would cost the company R1bn a year.
For the first time, average monthly levels of CO2 exceeded 410 parts per million in April, according to observations from the Mauna Loa Observatory. Human activity has pushed those gas levels into uncharted territory. There will be deadly consequences.
Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers say.
Governments have a key role to play in supporting the air transport industry's plans to reduce the impact of climate change on its operations, says an aviation expert.
A group of companies and non-profit agencies that includes Shell and BHP Billiton says global greenhouse gas emissions could be cut in half by 2040.
China's cabinet has issued a new climate plan targeting an 18% cut in carbon emissions by 2020 compared to 2015 levels.
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