July 12th, 2020 | by Jesper Berggreen
If you think about the goal of the Paris Agreement to halve global carbon emissions in the next 10 years to keep the world on track to limit temperature rise to 1.5C, it in itself might seem, and frankly might actually be, impossible. But you don't get points for not trying, we are all in this together, and the sooner a small country like Denmark can show concrete results from functional climate legislation, larger countries just might follow
July 8th, 2020 | by Brad Rouse
What does the US need to do to help the world prevent the worst of climate change? End the use of fossil fuels fast. Many are stepping up to the challenge with aggressive goals. The EU wants to be fossil free by 2050. Joe Biden’s campaign wants the US to be fossil free by 2050 as well, based on his stated climate policy
June 24th, 2020 | by Jesper Berggreen
Finally something is getting real in the big plan of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Denmark by 70% by 2030. The Danish national media outlet reports this week that a majority coalition of the parties in parliament has agreed to introduce a tax on emissions of greenhouse gases for all sectors
April 23rd, 2020 | by Barry A.F.
Both Norway and Alberta, Canada are economies that gain huge profits from selling oil. They have huge natural reserves of it and make ginormous profits from feeding our "need" for oil powered transportation. However, their method of deploying those profits is in sharp contrast, and interestingly it even guides their philosophies and how they view climate change
April 20th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson
In the second half of this interview for our CleanTech Talk podcast series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to continue a conversation with Ed Dolan, economist, writer, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center, about climate change communication and action across political divides
April 19th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson
In the first half of this interview for our CleanTech Talk podcast series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to talk with Ed Dolan, economist, writer, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center, about climate change communication and action across political divides
March 14th, 2020 | by Jesper Berggreen
On March 9th, the Danish Climate Council presented a number of recommendations aimed at achieving Denmark's 70% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030. The transition requires both rapid implementations of known clean technologies as well as a long-term strategic effort. Is it going to be hard? Of course it is! Do we have to do it? Of course we do!
March 14th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.
When I first read about the $10 billion from Jeff Bezos to fight climate change, my first thought was, "Where will it be spent?"
February 10th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan continues his discussion with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, about the climate action plans (and other political matters) of current presidential candidates. This second part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and the evolution (or devolution) in the Democratic Party and Republican Party
February 9th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about the climate action plans of current presidential candidates. This first part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing the Kamala Harris campaign (RIP) and Mike Bloomberg's unique entry and position
December 15th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan
As some act to stall progress, the forward motion provided by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and all she represents is a remarkable step forward. Presenting a Green Deal plan for Europe at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, she and her colleagues took a seed from US progressives and gave it the watering and care it needed in the fertile ground of Europe
December 13th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan
One of CleanTechnica's first rate, well written, most fascinating articles this year was one by Maarten Vinkhuyzen, who wrote, "A perfect storm is brewing above the automotive industry. Three hardly grasped phenomena are working together. Just like a real storm, when the conditions align in the best/worst way, we get a devastating superstorm. These phenomena (or events) are the Osborne effect of delayed demand, the technology (cost) curve of battery prices and other technology, and the S-curve that describes market acceptance of new technologies."
December 3rd, 2019 | by Ciara Gillan
Last month, the IMF released its Fiscal Monitor, a biannual report on how to mitigate climate change. The report argued that it is possible to switch from a reliance on fossil fuels to cleaner energy and still sustain vigorous economic growth and generate employment. However, for this to take place, countries needed to distribute the costs and benefits in a manner that supported those that really needed it.
November 8th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
With Buttigieg surging, and CleanTechnica’s deep dives into the front runners (and Yang’s) plans completed, it’s time for the overview comparison, now with Mayor Pete added
November 7th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Pete Buttigieg's climate action plan is not nearly as strong as Warren's, and the lack of funding puts it close to the level of Biden's at the bottom of the heap. The major saving grace is the price on carbon
October 24th, 2019 | by Ciara Gillan
According to a yearly in-depth report from the World Bank in June 2019, 57 countries have committed to implementing or scheduling carbon pricing initiatives, including a carbon tax. So far, 46 national and 28 subnational jurisdictions have adopted carbon pricing to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and keep in line with their 2030 objectives and the Paris Agreement. And since last year’s report, 11 more countries have committed to scheduling carbon pricing for implementation
October 18th, 2019 | by Jesper Berggreen
In the beginning of September the newly elected Danish government, comprised of the parties Socialdemokratiet, Radikale, Socialistisk Folkeparti, and Enhedslisten, started its work on a new climate law. Denmark already has a climate law in place from the former Venstre led government, but it was not overly ambitious and not legally binding
October 8th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Canada has been a global leader for decades. We are part of the G7 and G20. Canada and the world can't afford a return to Conservative leadership until they join us in this century
October 1st, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
BC's climate action plans are excellent, but the province can't go it alone. At 5 million people and $240 billion CAD in GDP, it's too small
September 8th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Warren's climate plan is a progressive patriot's dream plan. Unions, supply management, the moonshot and WWII are all present. And jobs. Lots of jobs