‘If we do not change the entire energy system, we are deluding ourselves’

Growth in renewable power needs to be supported by action elsewhere otherwise it will fail to reach its full potential, a hard hitting new report says.

Inertia in areas such as transport and heating means overall, global hunger for energy keeps increasing and eats up progress.

So says REN21’s Renewables 2020 Global Status Report (GSR), released today.

It claims the journey towards climate disaster continues, “unless we make an immediate switch to efficient and renewable energy in all sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Climate Tweets, end of humanity and is Cop 26 our last hope?

Around a quarter of all Tweets about climate change are produced by Bots and skewed towards messages of denial, a report published by The Guardian reveals today. It quotes a draft report from Brown which raises fears over the “substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages”. It raises the prospect of their deployment when world leaders gather for the world’s biggest climate summit in Scotland later this year.

Does anyone doubt how important the Cop 26 summit in Glasgow will be? If so this piece from Wired’s science editor Matt Reynolds should be compulsory reading. In it he argues that our most ambitious emissions target yet – set in Paris back in 2015 – is already in tatters, save for the few optimists quoted who say they is still a very slim chance of hitting the 1.5 degrees target. It makes November in Scotland all the more pressing.

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‘Put Scotland on the path to a zero-carbon future and build on Climate Change Bill’

A LITTLE over years have passed since the first Scottish Climate Change Act was passed.

Yet even then  there was bumping of gums and stroking of chins as to what such a move could ‘really’ achieve. How could a piece of legislation in Scotland help move environmental hearts and minds?

As the Scottish Government prepares a new Climate Change Bill WWF Scotland has released telling new data showing just what has changed since 2009. Continue reading “‘Put Scotland on the path to a zero-carbon future and build on Climate Change Bill’”

Wind generated more than double Scotland’s electricity needs on Monday as WWF Scotland pushes case for Warm Homes Bill

WIND generated enough electricity to power seven million homes on Monday – more than double Scotland’s entire needs.

Data released today shows 86,467MWH of electricity was supplied to the national grid as gusts of up to 86mph hit the country.

Environmental groups said that was enough to outstrip both domestic and business use as the case for moving to renewables grows.

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