Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks. This is coming in the form of extreme weather conditions, amongst other phenomena. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit, according to scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
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By Yershen Pillay, CEO, CHIETA
There is ongoing excitement in South Africa about the prospect of the Hydrogen Economy – we are one of just two African countries gearing up for it. The ability to turn chemical energy into electrical energy without emitting greenhouse gases is certainly something to be celebrated and invested in.
With 25% of Europe’s greenhouse emissions coming from buildings, scientists suggest fundamental policy changes. To live up to their climate pledge under the Paris agreement, EU lawmakers must ensure all 250 million existing, as well as new buildings in the EU become nearly zero greenhouse gas emitters.
Three Imperial College London initiatives are among 11 new UKRI-funded projects aimed at decarbonising the heating and cooling of buildings. Heating is one of the largest contributors to the UK’s carbon emissions, with nearly 13% of greenhouse gases a result of home heating using fossil fuels, a similar level to emissions from cars.