Many corporations claim their products are “green-friendly.” But how do you know if what they’re selling is truly eco-safe? SciLine interviewed Thomas Lyon, professor of sustainable science, technology and commerce at the University of Michigan, on how to buy environmentally sustainable products, whether carbon credits actually work and the prevalence of greenwashing.
If you’re like most people, you’ve been taught that climate action is a sacrifice. Cutting emissions from fossil fuels, you’ve probably been told, is the economy-squeezing price we must pay for a livable planet. But our research explains why we should look at this issue through a different frame.
The world is increasingly recognising the need to transition away from fossil fuels. This shift is not only crucial for mitigating climate change but also for enhancing global security, as highlighted in recent discussions at COP28 in Dubai.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen’s annual climate change statement to Parliament today has highlighted climate change as a potential national and regional security risk and source of strain for national crisis coordination.
In the face of escalating climate challenges, Australian homes, many of which were constructed before the introduction of energy efficiency standards in 2003, are facing a critical juncture. These homes, often characterized by poor insulation and air leaks, have become energy-intensive, necessitating excessive use of heating and cooling systems. This not only burdens homeowners with high energy costs but also contributes significantly to environmental degradation.
Improving green technologies alone is not sufficient to address climate change. Significant lifestyle and behavioral shifts are also required. The disparity in wealth and resources between the wealthiest and poorest, both within and across nations, is a major obstacle in deploying climate change solutions like electric vehicles, solar power, and heat pumps. An article published in Nature Climate Change delves into why inequality is a major hurdle in achieving net zero emissions.