Urban rooms: where people get to design their city’s future

Tim Dixon, University of Reading and Lorraine Farrelly, University of Reading Despite the strong Utopian traditions of urban planning, there has often been a reluctance to think beyond the short term. Long-term planning is complex; electoral cycles are short and it’s easier to focus on the everyday challenges than those of the far-off future. For […]

Britain’s electricity away from fossil fuels

Britain has shifted 30% of its electricity away from fossil fuels in just nine years By Joe Dunckley / shutterstock Grant Wilson, University of Birmingham and Iain Staffell, Imperial College London Nine years ago, Britain generated nearly 75% of its electricity using natural gas and coal. In 2018, this dropped to under 45% – a […]

What if we engineered the world’s climate!

Rob Bellamy, University of Manchester and Matthew Watson, University of Bristol wrote that Nations may soon be desperate enough about global warming to consider deliberately engineering the world’s climate. Should we engineer the climate? A social scientist and natural scientist discuss Ekaterina Karpacheva/Shutterstock.com Rob Bellamy, University of Manchester and Matthew Watson, University of Bristol This […]

Progress in Greening the Global Construction Industry

Noting some progress in greening the global construction industry, the United Nations environment agency (UNEP) co-released a report on Friday at the COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, sounding the alarm on the need for “dramatic action” to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. “It’s critical we have a big change over the nextcouple of […]

Taking bold climate action now, could help

The United Nation in its December 5, 2018 blog recommends : Taking bold climate action now, could help save a million lives and a lot of money by the middle of the century, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, launching a special report as part of the ongoing COP24 climate conference in Katowice, […]

COP24 : to negotiate the World’s response to Climate Change

World leaders are gathering in Katowice, Poland (above image of COP24 venue Spodek arena in Katowice, Poland. Milosz Maslanka/Shutterstock), to negotiate the world’s response to climate change. The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) will last from December 3-14 and its primary aim is to reach agreement on how the Paris Agreement of 2015 will […]