Welcome to Envirobeat, an environmental news service covering climate change and global energy developments.
We covered the COP21 in Paris.
Our news roundup contains links to relevant stories of the day, while our field reports feature in depth video coverage of important speakers, events and conferences, both internationally and within the United States. Examples include:
• COP21 Paris Climate Change Conference (Dec 2015)
• COP15 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (Dec 2009)
• Copenhagen Climate Congress (March 2009)
• SEMI/SolarCon India 2009 in Hyderabad
• SEMI/SolarCom Intersolar in San Francisco, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
• World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil
The San Francisco Bay Area could aptly be described as an important green metropolis, with frequent presentations by visiting specialists in both alternative energy and climate policy. Envirobeat reports on many such events in San Francisco, often at the Commonwealth Club’s notable ClimateOne climate forum led by Greg Dalton. Across the Bay at the University of California, Berkeley, we cover presentations by guest lecturers and local scientists.
Climate change is an issue of such breadth and magnitude that it draws countless other environmental, social, political, and economic issues into its wake for reconsideration. And the climate change story is far from over. Despite two decades of international climate negotiations, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are still increasing. China’s dramatic emergence as an industrial powerhouse has come with environmental costs, including increasing global coal consumption. Coal has a higher carbon footprint than other fossil fuels, and China has in recent years surpassed the United States as the world’s greatest annual GHG emitter, while the US remains highest as the leader in cumulative historic emissions.
The story of energy remains key to climate change. From a climate perspective, the eventual destination of the carbon in fossil fuels is not the merely the refineries, the countries that import them, or even consumers who use them – carbon fuels ultimately become carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere and carbonic acid in the oceans. On the bright side, these are exciting times for renewable energy development – the green energy revolution continues to unfold rapidly, with ongoing technological innovations and increasing deployments of wind and solar energy around the world.
Going forward, Envirobeat will continue to explore climate change issues and events, and hopefully clarify the conversation in the process.
“The evidence on the seriousness of the risks from inaction or delayed action is now overwhelming..The problem of climate change involves a fundamental failure of markets: those who damage others by emitting greenhouse gases generally do not pay..” ~ Lord Nicholas Stern