climate change

The Trump administration: from climate Scylla to energy Charybdis

It was expected that the Trump administration would not waste time in implementing his campaign promises. In fact, within a few months, a handful of decisions are breaking down regulatory provisions that would have helped the United States meet the energy and climate challenges of the coming decades. Under the guise of restoring optimal conditions [...]

By |June 8th, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Global laws and policies by focus areas, pre-1994 to 2016

In its 2017 update, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change provided a graph showing the repartition of climate-centered laws passed during the 20 last years. We can see that the peak was between 2010 and 2013 when nearly 80 framework laws were passed.


Global laws and policies by focus areas, pre-1994 to 2016


Source: Climate Change [...]

By |May 17th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , |

Torrential rainfall in Peru: what does Climate Change cost to Latin America

Since the beginning of the year, South America has been severely hit on its Western side by a phenomenon with a falsely kind name: El Niño. The irregularly periodical phenomenon, which corresponds to a change in Pacific Ocean circulation, with an increase of the sea temperature alongside the Western coast, has been responsible for torrential [...]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

Agricultural impact of climate change and beyond

Will this new year reach a new temperature record? While some (rarer and rarer, though) science dissenters are still doubtful of the evidence, claiming for one extra tenth of percentage of certainty (reminding some psychological denial in front of the disaster more than sane scientist dubiety), year after year – nearly month after month – [...]

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

Good night and good luck

On Friday afternoon, Donald Trump will officially become the United States 45th President. This came as quite a shock when the elections took place in early November. However, the buzz is gone now and everybody will have to deal with it. So be it. As many Democrats, such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the [...]

By |January 20th, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , , |

2017 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)

Germanwatch recently released its 2017 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI):

“The CCPI 2017 results illustrate the main regional differences in climate protection and performance within the 58 evaluated countries around the world. Despite decreasing growth rates in CO2 emissions, still no country performed well enough to reach the category “very good” in this year’s index.

For the [...]

By |November 24th, 2016|Categories: Map|Tags: , , , , |

Global greenhouse gas emissions under different scenarios and the emissions gap in 2030

UNEP just released its latest Emissions Gap Report. The report shows that: “Pathways for staying well below 2 and 1.5°C require deep emission reductions after, and preferably also before, 2020 and lower levels of emissions in 2030 than earlier assessed 2°C pathways”. In addition: “The emissions gap for 2030 is 12 to 14 GtCO2e compared [...]

By |November 9th, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , , |

The first major green finance shift?

A little less than a year after the COP21 was held in Paris, two major French banks, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole, announced today that they would from now on stop funding coal mines and coal-fired power plants worldwide. This decision was made in the wake of the Carbon Finance Day that will be held [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lifetime emissions of existing global infrastructure and proposed coal pipeline by region

A recent ODI report assessed the impact that planned coal-fired power plants would have in addition to existing infrastructure, and how this would increase the probability of exceeding a 2°C carbon budget:
“If one third of the planned coal-fired power plant construction goes ahead (Edenhofer, 2015), the new emissions, combined with the lifetime emissions of existing [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , , , |

Agricultural dependence by ethnic group settlement area and location of armed conflict events

According to researchers from Sweden and Norway, the conflict potential of drought should not be underestimated:

“Understanding the conflict potential of drought is critical for dealing effectively with the societal implications of climate change. Using new georeferenced ethnicity and conflict data for Asia and Africa since 1989, we present an actor-oriented analysis of growing-season drought and [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Categories: Map|Tags: , , , |