These 5 countries plan to slash their CO2 emissions. But how will they do it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Around the planet, countries are announcing ambitious plans to cut their emissions and decarbonise their economies. But once you’ve talked the talk, how do you walk the walk (no polluting car journeys allowed)? Here’s […]

What is carbon offsetting?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content A growing number of organizations, cities, and even entire countries are talking about becoming carbon neutral. And many such plans are likely to have one thing in common – the presence of a […]

These countries create most of the world’s CO2 emissions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Just two countries, China and the US, are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions. With CO2 levels still on the rise, being able to track the global emissions hotspots […]

This is what happened to CO2 emissions in the EU last year

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content The European Union reduced its CO2 emissions by 2.5% last year, with all but eight of the EU’s 28 nations emitting less of the greenhouse gas in 2018 than the year prior. […]

Europe plans to send satellites into space to monitor CO2 emissions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The world’s first constellation of CO2-monitoring satellites is being planned by the European Space Agency (ESA). Once in orbit, they will track CO2 hotspots across the world, making it possible to determine the […]

The UK is on a record-breaking run of coal-free power

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The UK is close to powering itself without coal for two straight weeks. That’s remarkable when you consider it’s just two years since the UK National Grid’s first coal-free 24 hours. It […]

Scientists in Iceland are turning carbon dioxide into rock

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content The climate change clock is ticking. In 2018, global carbon emissions reached a record high and the United Nations warned we could have just 12 years left to prevent the catastrophic effects of […]

MEPs approve new CO2 emissions limits for trucks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The first ever EU regulation on CO2 emissions for trucks and lorries was approved by Parliament on Thursday, in an effort to curb rising road transport emissions. The new legislation, informally agreed between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council in February, was […]

3 charts that show how global carbon emissions hit a record high in 2018

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content A power-hungry world is consuming energy at an ever-faster rate. Mounting demand for heating and cooling combined with a robust world economy meant global energy consumption grew last year at double the average […]

An economist explains how to go carbon neutral in our lifetime

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicholas Stern, President, Royal Economic Society & Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum Fear and despair are an understandable reaction to climate change. Unless we radically change the way we live, we’re on the path to a […]

Dieselgate: Parliament calls for mandatory retrofits of polluting cars

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Member states and carmakers must be held accountable and coordinate on urgent action needed to tackle the car emissions scandal, said MEPs on Thursday. Emergency measures should be taken by member states to recall or withdraw the large number of highly polluting cars from […]

Climate change: Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. In a non-binding resolution, adopted with 369 votes to 116 and 40 abstentions, MEPs say that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European […]

CO2 can be a valuable raw material, not just a climate killer. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Markus Steilemann, Chief Executive Officer, Covestro The world is off track on climate action, with global warming heading towards 3°C this century, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We used to think […]

How each country’s share of global CO2 emissions changes over time

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content While it’s still technically possible to limit global warming to within the limits set by the Paris Agreement, rising carbon emissions present a grave threat to the planet. Less than 200 years ago there […]

Chart of the day: These countries have the largest carbon footprints

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henry Bewicke, Formative Content How much CO₂ does your country emit per capita (person)? And how does it compare with the rest of the world? This chart by Statista highlights the enormous variations between the major world economies in […]

Increased levels of carbon dioxide could reduce brainpower, study finds

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Climate change could affect our ability to think, according to new research that found a link between rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and reduced cognitive abilities in humans. Scientists at University College London (UCL) […]

OECD, UN Environment and World Bank call for a radical shift in financing for a low-carbon, climate-resilient future

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD, UN Environment and World Bank Group today called on leaders of G20 countries to do more to enable a radical shift of investment into low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure as a way to limit the impact of climate change. Delivering a new report, Financing Climate Futures: […]

European Parliament backs CO2 emissions cuts for trucks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the European Parliament has backed plans for lorries to cut CO2 emissions by 2030. MEPs adopted a higher target (35%) than the European Commission (30%) for new lorries to reduce the EU´s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with an intermediate target of 20% […]

We can build a carbon-neutral world by 2050. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emily Farnworth, Head of Climate Change, World Economic Forum Is a carbon-neutral world possible by 2050? Yes. Will it happen? Again, yes. No politician will be able to ignore the social and economic pressures as climate impacts become […]

“A sustainable economy, low-carbon, resource-efficient, resilient and more competitive on the global stage”, EU Commissioner Vella in a Sting Exclusive

EU Commissioner Vella’s exclusive opinion editorial is published in response to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General Erik Solheim’s cutting-edge article on renewable energy investment and sustainable finance exclusively published at The Sting on 13 April 2018. The opinions expressed in this Sting Exclusive belong to the EU Commissioner. Environmental risks to the economy cannot be ignored. The […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “CO2 is not the problem, it is the symptom”, the pilots who crossed the world using solar energy cry out from Davos

The World Economic Forum 2016 in Davos opened its doors earlier this morning with the first major session of the day and of the Forum being on Climate Change. Its title was “Around the World without Fuel or Fear” and it took place in the Congress Hall of the Davos Congress Centre. The stimulating session […]

EU sets ambitious targets for the Warsaw climate conference

The UN climate conferences are the kind on international tribunes, where the European Union can present its opinions with pride. It’s not only that the EU has unilaterally set a target to cut down green-house emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, but also because this programme is on track to achieve targets. On […]

EU Council: The US airlines may freely pollute the European air

The European Union dignitaries could at least have waited for the American Secretary of State, John Kerry, to leave Brussels before offering him yesterday our European dignity as a gift, for his first official visit to the EU capital city. The day that Kerry set his foot on Brussels, the European Council revoked the obligation […]

European Commission: the LED lights of your Audi A6 shall save our planet

How many of you took your stunning black Audi A6 3.0 liter for a ride on the evening of the 11th of April? Do you remember the moment you switched on the LED driving lights and you felt an unprecedented bliss thinking that you are not only rich but you are also protecting the environment? […]

European car industry: The Germans want it all

That the German cars are gas guzzlers is a fact beyond reasonable doubt, not because they are badly engineered, that they are not, but simply because they are usually powered by engines of many thousands of cm2 cylinders. Those powerful Mercedes, BMWs, Porsches, Audis and even Volkswagens produce hundreds of PSIs, but at the same time they […]