Last updated: 01 May 2019

At GreenMatch, we like to keep ourselves updated on what is happening in green energy. Therefore, we have decided to share some of the interesting news and articles we have read with our readers every month.

Read and stay up to date with the latest news on climate change in the UK and abroad.

 

1. EU and China to Collaborate for Clean Energy

 

During the latest EU-China summit in Brussels on the 9th of April, the two parties committed to tackling climate change and promoting clean energy.

Chinas, as the largest greenhouse gas emitter, is urged by Brussel to peak its domestic emissions earlier than 2030.

This collaboration emphasised the “importance of showing resolve on clean energy transition and of assuming greater leadership on the global environmental agenda”.

Furthermore, leaders agreed to reinforce cooperation on green finance and boosting renewables, switching to lower carbon fuels, as well as highlighting the importance of energy efficiency.

For the next summit on 23rd of September in New York, the UN chief is asking from leaders not to bring speeches, but specific action plans.

Read more: EU and China Work Together Towards Clean Energy 

 

2. Queensland’s Rainforest Severely Damaged

 

According to the area’s management authority, the World Heritage rainforest in Queensland has been damaged to the same degree as the level of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

It has been reported that the forest is in a dangerous decline and some of its unique species are at the fast-approaching risk of extinction.

Last summer showed to be the hottest in history, with temperature soaring to 39C, threatening the life of lemuroid ringtail possum (and many other species), as they are unable to survive temperatures above 29C.

The board has outlined an action plan and calls for urgent action to help the threatened areas: “Our political leaders must explain how they will protect places like the wet tropics of Queensland by urgently cutting our climate pollution and showing global leadership to encourage other countries to do likewise. And they must explain how they will invest in building the resilience of our natural world so it is in the best condition possible to handle what warming is already in the system”.

Read more: Queensland's Rainforest Affected by Climate Change 

 

3. UK Switching to All-Electric Cars - When Is It Feasible?

 

Although the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars was originally planned to be implemented by 2040 in the UK, advisers say this could be achieved earlier.

According to the Committee on Climate Change, in 2024-5, the cost of electric cars will be similar to that of petrol or diesel vehicles. However, installing charging points might be challenging, if the increased demand of electric cars is to be met.

The government has been warned by the committee that the installation is going too slow. In response to that, according to a source (Department for transport), the government might consider bringing forward the date, and considering a new plan to subsidise charging points in people’s homes instead of public charging points across the country.

Read more: Switching to All-Electric Cars in the UK

 

4. Mosquito Threat in Europe

 

A study by the University of Florida predicts that climate change will expose millions more people to mosquito-borne diseases in the coming decades, especially in Europe.

According to the scientists behind the study, as the world gets warmer, the mosquitoes that are known to thrive in warm climates will migrate towards the poles, and expose billions of new people to new threats. “By 2080, that number will increase to nearly a billion, under the worst-case scenario,” said R%yan, one of the researchers behind the study.

Furthermore, their predictions show that we will see poleward expansions into some of the densest populations in Europe for the first time, and this leads to rapid increases in novel exposure risks.

Read more: Mosquito Threat in Europe

You can expect to look forward to reading about interesting events, meetings, or conferences and articles in May 2019.