Date: November 2021
Short description:

Small modular reactors are being pitched as an affordable and fast way to decarbonise power grids but questions about the technology abound.

Authors:
Adam Vaughan
Journal:
NewScientist
Tags:
Climate Change
Date: November 2021
Short description:

Despite the promises made at COP26, the world is still on track for a dangerous amount of warming.

Authors:
Steve Hanley
Journal:
CleanTechnica
Tags:
Cicero Center For Climate Research
Climate Change
Climate Modeling
COP26
Date: November 2021
Short description:
Building off a House of Commons declaration from 2019, Independent Sen. Rosa Galvez wants the upper house to declare a national climate emergency.
Authors:
John Woodside
Journal:
Canada's National Observer
Date: November 2021
Short description:

Modellers look at how climate policies might change with time — and find a wide range of possible outcomes, none of them good.

Journal:
Nature
Tags:
Climate Change
Date: November 2021
Short description:

During the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, many analysts rushed to report on the ambition of nations, predicting a future as predicted by climate pledges announced. A new study, that the National Technical University of Athens took part in, raises serious questions, estimating the predictions made entail great uncertainty, despite the pretext for reassurance.

Journal:
Ecopress
Tags:
COP26
Climate crisis
Date: November 2021
Short description:

During the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, many analysts rushed to report on the ambition of nations, predicting a future as predicted by climate pledges announced. A new study, that the National Technical University of Athens took part in, raises serious questions, estimating the predictions made entail great uncertainty, despite the pretext for reassurance.

Authors:
Newsroom
Journal:
Energymag
Date: November 2021
Short description:

Paris (AFP) – UN projections of how much current climate policies and national pledges to cut carbon pollution will slow global warming are more uncertain than widely assumed, researchers reported Monday.

Authors:
AFP
Journal:
France 24
Date: November 2021
Short description:

In the aftermath of the United Nations’ annual climate conference earlier this month, scientists have a sobering message: The world still is not on track to meet its international climate goals.

Authors:
Chelsea Harvey
Journal:
Scientific Αmerican
Date: November 2021
Short description:
The COP26 climate talks in Glasgow ended with some progress, though not enough to ensure the world avoids catastrophic climate impacts. If countries meet their pledges, greenhouse emissions in 2030 will be slightly lower than previously projected. But a new report warns that the decline doesn’t mean we’re safe.
Authors:
Akshat Rathi
Journal:
Bloomberg
Date: November 2021
Short description:

A new analysis by researchers from the EU Horizon 2020 project 'Paris Reinforce', including Imperial College London's Dr Ajay Gambhir, has found that the impact of climate policies is more uncertain than is often assumed by policymakers.

Authors:
Conrad Duncan
Journal:
Imperial College London
Tags:
Climate Change
Environment
Sustainability
Date: November 2021
Short description:

Despite the commitments made by the signatory countries of the Paris agreement, the authors of a study published in the journal "Nature Climate Change" estimate that the average temperature on Earth could increase from 2.2 ° C to 2.9 ° C by 2100.

Journal:
Franceinfo
Date: November 2021
Short description:

A new analysis casts doubt on whether scientists can precisely estimate how much nations' combined emissions-cutting pledges will stem global warming, instead showing a wide range of potential outcomes.

Authors:
Andrew Freedman
Journal:
AXIOS
Date: November 2021
Short description:

Researchers have calculated the most likely course of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century, based on today's climate policy. A temperature rise of less than two degrees is almost impossible.

Journal:
SPIEGEL
Tags:
Climate crisis
Carbon Dioxide
Global Warming
Date: November 2021
Short description:

Confident claims that promises made by world leaders will drastically reign in global warming could be wildly off the mark, according to a major new international study.

Authors:
David Vetter
Journal:
Forbes
Date: June 2021
Short description:

The overwhelming percentage of 98% of citizens in our country recognizes climate change as a major issue and specifically associates it with contemporary natural disasters (92%). They also believe that in order to deal with climate change we need to invest in solar (78,4%), wind (60%) and hydroelectric energy (32%).

Authors:
Thodoris Panagoulis
Journal:
Energypress
Tags:
Greece
Renewable energy
Climate Change
Date: June 2021
Short description:

According to Zacharias Zoupis, survey director in Opinion Poll, "the survey received input from 1001 households, which is a respectable sample with proportionate representation across Greece."

Authors:
ΤοΒΗΜΑ Team
Journal:
To Vima
Tags:
Climate Change
Date: June 2021
Short description:

98% of Greek citizens recognize climate change as a major planetary issue, while among the young ones, the percentage reaches the absolute 100%.

Authors:
ANA-MPA
Journal:
SKAI.gr
Date: June 2021
Short description:

98% of Greek citizens believe climate change is a serious issue for the planet, while among the young ones, the percentage reaches the absolute 100%, according to findings of the survey ran by Opinion Poll. More specifically 92% of Greek citizens associate climate change with contemporary natural disasters increasing, whereas just 6% disagrees. Also of note that over 68% are not aware of the priorities of the energy design of our country, while only 25% has a rough understanding of it.

Authors:
Ilias Palialexis
Journal:
Athens News Agency - Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA)
Date: May 2021
Short description:

Assoc. Prof. Haris Doukas (National Technical University of Athens) responds to WWF's questions on climate justice, the need for a new and just Climate Law in Greece, and the PARIS REINFORCE project, in an interview in LiFO.

Authors:
Haris Doukas
Journal:
LiFO
Tags:
climate law
Greece
Climate Injustice
Date: April 2021
Short description:

Lignite production and use in Greece has been dropping in the last decade, marking a sharp decline during COVID-19. According to the country’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), lignite must be completely phased out by 2028.

Authors:
Haris Doukas
Alexandros Nikas
Journal:
The Future of Work
Citation:

Doukas, H., & Nikas, A. (2021). The Delignitisation Roller Coaster in Greece: An Old Car and a Steep Slope Ahead. The Future of Work. Available at: https://republic.gr/futureofwork/the-delignitisation-roller-coaster-in-greece-an-old-car-and-a-steep-slope-ahead/

Tags:
Greece
delignitisation
Coal
Date: March 2021
Short description:
The issue of climate justice is fundamental, as the least responsible for climate change are those to suffer its worst consequences. Climate crisis has resulted in “triple injustice”, since it is usually the most vulnerable that are affected by it, who are also the least responsible for its creation and whose already unlivable conditions are made even worse by climate change phenomena.
Authors:
Haris Doukas
Alexandros Nikas
Ioannis Tsipouridis
Journal:
E-mc2 - Energy Matters to Climate change
Tags:
Climate Injustice
Climate Change
Date: March 2021
Short description:

The so-called “fast fashion” entails a cost that is not at all negligible. And the pandemic has highlighted it.

Authors:
Haris Doukas
Journal:
HuffPost
Date: February 2021
Short description:

The latest draft of the working-group report on mitigating climate change is now open for review by governments and scientists, as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment. We think it is now time to include citizens’ views.

Despite some progress since the 2014 assessment, non-scientists are barely represented in the integrated modelling studies that underpin such reports. Their involvement has long been promised.

Authors:
Haris Doukas
Alexandros Nikas
Journal:
Nature
Citation:

Doukas, H., & Nikas, A. (2021). Involve citizens in climate-policy modelling. Nature, 590, 389.

Tags:
Integrated assessment models
Stakeholders
Citizen participation
Date: October 2020
Short description:

As there is no “one model fits all” approach, scientists need to employ a diversity of modelling tools, placing the human factor at the core of all scientific processes, towards enhancing the robustness of model-driven policy prescriptions through participatory frameworks.

Authors:
Haris Doukas
Alexandros Nikas
Michael Saulo
Ioannis Tsipouridis
Journal:
Africa Sustainability Matters
Citation:
Doukas, H., Nikas, A., Saulo, M., & Tsipouridis, I. (2020). How best to achieve a desirable transition to a low-carbon economy: the case of Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa Sustainability Matters. October 24, 2020.
Tags:
Climate Change
Co-creation
Stakeholders
Kenya
Sub-Saharan Africa
Date: September 2020
Short description:

There is no space for “one crisis at a time”. And evidence suggests that behavioural changes have been instrumental in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The climate crisis is no different.

Authors:
Haris Doukas
Alexandros Nikas
Ioannis Tsipouridis
Journal:
New Europe
Citation:
Doukas. H., Nikas, A., & Tsipouridis, I. (2020). Green glimmers of hope in climate action through a European, citizen-led transition model. New Europe. August 27, 2020.
Tags:
Climate Change
Greenhouse gas emissions
Date: June 2020
Short description:

Annela Anger-Kraavi, a senior researcher in climate change policy and economics at the University of Cambridge, highlights three positive and three negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic on climate change.

Authors:
Annela Anger-Kraavi
Tags:
Coronavirus
Climate Change
Date: May 2020
Short description:

The coronavirus pandemic, like climate change, teaches us about the importance of mitigating risk to ensure our future prosperity. Should we place all our hopes on technology to deliver this safer future?

Authors:
Haris Doukas
Alexandros Nikas
Ajay Gambhir
Journal:
The Parliament Magazine
Tags:
Sustainability
COVID-19
Coronavirus
Greenhouse gas emissions
Date: May 2020
Short description:

This briefing identifies key recovery policies that the UK government could introduce to both respond to the crisis of COVID-19, and support the country in meeting its commitment to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

It has been produced in association with the COP26 Universities Network, a growing group of more than 30 UK-based universities working together to help deliver an ambitious outcome at the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow and beyond.

Authors:
Jennifer Allan
Charles Donovan
Paul Ekins
Ajay Gambhir
Cameron Hepburn
David Reay
Nick Robins
Emily Shuckburgh
Dimitri Zenghelis
Tags:
Coronavirus
COVID-19
Date: March 2020
Short description:

The COVID-19 global pandemic is pushing institutions and governments to their limits. People are worried about their health, their families, losing their jobs and the uncertainty the future holds. The economic fallout of this crisis is still uncertain too, and we may well wake up in a few months to a world completely transformed. While the current focus should be on minimising the loss of life, governments around the world are already responding to support a faltering, if not free falling, global economy. The stimulus packages provided will total in the trillions of dollars, euros, pounds, yen, yuan, pesos and many other currencies.

This crisis has exposed many vulnerabilities that can be traced back to the unsustainable development that has ravaged the environment, and yet failed to eradicate poverty and hunger. Governments should take a moment to reflect, learn from past mistakes and redirect development towards a sustainable future. Medical professionals are putting their lives on the line to contain the virus; decision-makers owe it to them to rebuild the world in a way that makes it more resilient to similar situations in the future. Political and financial leaders, said International Energy Agency head Dr Fatih Birol, should consider directing economic stimulus packages that “shape policies … to step up our ambition to tackle climate change.”

How can the government response to COVID-19 help create a more sustainable, resilient, healthy future?

See the full Commentary on the Grantham Institute blog via the link below.

Authors:
Alex Koberle
Tags:
Climate Change
Coronavirus
COVID-19
Date: March 2020
Short description:

Coronavirus is here. Its impact on our health systems, economies and behaviours cannot yet be understood, but analogies have already been drawn between this immediate challenge and the more chronic, insidious climate change challenge.

Any broader analysis of coronavirus, beyond that which centres around how to minimise and mitigate its impact, arguably risks being insensitive or inappropriate at this time. Millions of vulnerable people of all ages are in danger and the UK’s own perennially optimistic prime minister has said that we must be prepared to lose some loved ones before their time. However, it’s critical to reflect on any lessons we might learn from coronavirus so that we can tackle climate change as effectively as possible.

See the full Commentary on the Grantham Institute blog via the link below.

Authors:
Ajay Gambhir
Tags:
Climate Change
Coronavirus
COVID-19
Date: March 2020
Short description:

Stock markets around the world had some of their worst performance in decades this past week, well surpassing that of the global financial crisis in 2008. Restrictions in the free movement of people is disrupting economic activity across the world as measures to control the coronavirus roll out.

There is a strong link between economic activity and global carbon dioxide emissions, due to the dominance of fossil fuel sources of energy. This coupling suggests we might be in for an unexpected surprise due to the coronavirus pandemic: a slowdown of carbon dioxide emissions due to reduced energy consumption.

Based on new projections for economic growth in 2020, we suggest the impact of the coronavirus might significantly curb global emissions.

The effect is likely to be less pronounced than during the global financial crisis (GFC). And emissions declines in response to past economic crises suggest a rapid recovery of emissions when the pandemic is over.

But prudent spending of economic stimulus measures, and a permanent adoption of new work behaviours, could influence how emissions evolve in future.

Authors:
Glen P. Peters
Tags:
Climate Change
Coronavirus
Air travel
Greenhouse gas emissions
COVID-19