Energy

Investment in Climate Solutions hits a Bump in the Road in the United States

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What is going on here?  The US renewable energy sector is struggling to grow as much as hoped in the aftermath of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – President Biden’s landmark bill to increase growth in clean energy for the United States.  What does this mean?  Earlier this month, Ørsted – the world’s largest offshore wind developer – scrapped two projects in…

The good, the bad, and the (re)Generative – AI as a force for good in sustainability?

Artificial Intelligence is coming…well actually, it’s already here and changing a lot of our working practices (whoever knew ChatGPT could have so many useful and useless applications eh?!). This week, we’re diving deeper into the opportunities and risks that AI poses to  people and our planet, examining how it might help, or hinder, our fight for a sustainable future…

The Golf Game isn’t up to Scratch 

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In August 2022, French climate activists filled in holes at golf courses near Toulouse with cement. In July 2023, Spanish activists followed suit, filling in holes at courses across Spain with soil and planting seedlings on the courses. The reason? Protesting golf’s very thirsty use of water in times of drought. At a time of unprecedented heatwaves and droughts fuelled by the…

Deep-sea mining could get greenlight without rules to protect underwater life

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What’s going on here? The International Seabed Authority (ISA) missed an important deadline last week to agree exploitation regulations for deep-sea mining. The UN authority is now racing to finalise them or find another plan before the mining industry starts applying for exploitation permits. What does this mean?  The missed deadline means companies could rush to the ocean floor to dig up…

Making the Energy Transition Cleaner: Critical Minerals and Circularity Challenges

We live in an age of mass consumption, fuelled by increasing production. We now have an ever-growing ‘anthroposphere’ – a term that encompasses everything that humans have created from raw materials, and how they subsequently interact with the planet.  Such demand obviously puts significant strain on natural resources, but nowhere is this issue more profound than with the critical minerals which underpin…

Nigeria’s massive oil refinery is a climate concern

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What’s going on here? Nigeria’s massive new oil refinery is expected to produce about 650,000 barrels per day in Lagos. It’s a move expected to significantly impact the country’s economy and potentially generate an additional 12,000 megawatts of electricity. But it raises concerns about Nigeria’s net zero commitment for 2060. What does this mean? The refinery signifies a significant investment in the…

Hidden animal products – from Fashion to Fuel

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We all know a plant-based diet is good for the planet – in fact it’s one of the most impactful actions you can take as an individual (alongside greening your finances, and cutting out flying). BUT true veganism is more than just a diet. 

For some areas of our lives this is easy – maybe you even already buy vegan cleaning products, and cruelty-free cosmetics. However, did you know you might be using animal products without even knowing about it? Read on to find out more…

It turns out, animal products are used in everything from Aviation to Zinfandel! (Yep, sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that glass of wine you’re drinking probably isn’t vegan…)

Climate Tech Companies Driving Sustainability

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In the race against climate change, innovative climate tech companies driving sustainability and are stepping up to revolutionise various industries and pave the way for a sustainable future. This spotlight article highlights the exceptional efforts of five remarkable companies, each at the forefront of their respective fields. From transforming CO2 into petrochemicals to reducing food loss, promoting circular economy practices, enabling smart…