The growth of South Korea over the six decades following the Korean War has been nothing short of remarkable. After the war ended South Korea was one of the poorest countries on the planet, but rapid industrialisation and an extreme focus on economic growth allowed it to become one of the most technologically advanced countries … Continue reading How the Most Innovative Country in the World is Still Addicted to Energy of Old
This year marked 50 years since the first Earth Day when 20 millions went to the streets to protest a lack of environmental protection in the country. We've come a long way since 1970 with regards to environmental protection and pollution control, but we're an even bigger distance away from where we need to be … Continue reading Planet of the Humans: Landing a Long Way Wide of the Mark
The Pacific Islands Forum took place last week in Tuvalu with 18 countries coming together to discuss tackling the climate emergency. After hours of discussion and work on a joint statement that would reiterate commitments to the Paris Agreement and move away from fossil fuels, a limp, vaguely worded communique was released and it was clear … Continue reading The Australian Economy vs the Survival of Nations
100% global renewable energy. A utopic dream or a future reality? If we are to limit average global temperature rise to the maximum of 2℃ in the Paris Agreement, or 1.5℃ as many scientists argue, ensuring that everyone around the world receives energy produced from renewable sources is vital and will go a … Continue reading Does Renewable Energy have a Viable Future?
I seem to be starting so many of my recent blogs the same way at the moment, but when there is so little being done to tackle climate change, even with a 12-year deadline from scientists, it's hard not to find yourself continually repeating the dangers if we don't act. Climate change is fast becoming … Continue reading Does the Fossil Fuel Industry have too much Influence?
Reports by the IPCC and climate scientists around the world paint a print stark picture of what the future will be like if we don't act on climate change. In 2018, climate scientists warned that we have just 12 years to stop global temperatures rising above 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels and prevent a climate … Continue reading Breaking Down the Green New Deal
Last week it was revealed that the chief executive of fracking giant Cuadrilla penned a letter to UK MPs calling on them to relax regulations on the strength of earthquakes that are allowed during the fracking process. Despite heavy opposition from locals and environmental activists, Cuadrilla was given a licence to begin drilling at their … Continue reading The Nerve of the UK Fossil Fuel Industry
The release of the IPCC special report just a few days ago has highlighted the disaster we find ourselves barreling towards. The IPCC report found that 1.5℃ of warming above pre-industrial levels could have catastrophic consequences for millions around the world, and without urgent action, we could reach that milestone in just 12 years. In … Continue reading There’s Still No Urgency to Tackle Climate Change…
Fracking for natural gas in the UK has been on the minds of the Conservative Government for a number of years now. According to the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the government believes that 'shale gas has the potential to provide the UK with greater energy security, growth and jobs'. They definitely … Continue reading Natural Gas Exploration should Frack Off
The EU has also recently increased its target for the percentage of energy generated by renewables by 2030. Whilst the UK only wanted to raise the target to 30%, a number of countries, including France, argued for the 32%, whilst some feel that the targets could have been increased further (Spain and Italy). Environmental groups … Continue reading Renewable Energy in Europe is Looking Positive!