China to stop funding coal abroad and gas prices rise – Sky Daily Climate Show

This announcement by China, that it will no longer finance coal projects abroad, is certainly a very important development, even more so because it was a bit unexpected. I think is has helped to change the tone of the conversation ahead pf COP26. It was getting to be a bit […]

Trade deal between UK and Australia should uphold the Paris Agreement – Sky News

This trade deal with Australia is really putting a nasty stain on Britain’s otherwise legitimate claim to be a climate change leader. We have done more than most of the rest of the world to show that you can decarbonize your economy and still grow it. Here we are giving […]

Can we have a rapid economic recovery and green investment? – Sky News

If what you want to do is to get your economy to recover really fast, what you have got do to is restore purchasing power. That is your top priory. That means putting people back into jobs right away. The quickest and best way to do that, is to improve […]

Are government targets to tackle climate change ambitious enough? – Sky News

I was actually rather disappointed that there weren’t more announcements this morning. It’s very good to be bringing forward getting rid of the vehicle internal combustion engine. But if we are going to ask the rest of the world to do more about climate change, we have got to meet […]

More power in Britain came from renewables than fossil fuels in 2019 – Sky News

Here are some excerpts of the interview I did for Sky News about the announcement from the National Grid that more power came from renewable sources than from fossil fuels for the first time in Britain in 2019. I think that it is a very important milestone. It means that […]

Global efforts to combat climate change are utterly inadequate – Sky News

This is an excerpt of an interview I did with Sky News about the warnings from scientists that we are approaching a climate change tipping point, and that global efforts to combat climate change are utterly inadequate. The drumbeat of alarm from the scientists is growing louder all the time […]

UN report warns that not enough is being done to avoid catastrophic climate change – Sky News

This is an excerpt from a Sky News piece on the United Nations Environment Programme Report on rising emissions levels: A United Nations report has warned that countries are not doing enough to stop the temperature of the world rising to near catastrophic levels. They say that the time for […]

Greta Thunberg is not being overly pessimistic about the urgency of climate change – Sky News

Here are some excerpts of the interview with Sky News about whether Greta Thurnberg’s speech about climate change was overly pessimistic: The reality is that climate change is nastier, and is happening faster than we thought it would, the dangers that everybody on the planet are facing are worse than […]

What do the wildfires in the Amazon say about the well-being of the planet? – Sky News

Why does the Amazon Rainforest matter so much to us? It matters most immediately because of the impact on climate change which affects every single person on the planet. That’s because as the rainforest burns it puts enormous amounts of additional carbon into the atmosphere. That’s the first impact. But […]

Do we need some base provision from nuclear power if we are to keep the lights on? – Sky News

We don’t need nuclear power to keep the lights on, which is fortunate as nuclear power stations are unplanned offline about 25% of the time. They are also intermittent, as indeed is all generation, so it is fortunate that we don’t actually need base load power. It’s about five years […]