Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 04:55:29 PM EST
In March there were joyful reactions in fossil fuel lobby community when sanctions on Russian natural gas were announced and the European powers were left without a diversion but coal, LNG and nuclear power. The wreckage of green transition to solar and wind power. Quite unreliable sources for fuel consuming industrial processes and transport sector. The politicians in EU HQ Brussels and member states were caught napping as Joe Biden crossed Europe in his Blitzkrieg boasting promises America couldn't meet.
Enduring Long-term American Energy Leadership
Of course the other growing sector as always the US prime contractors for the Pentagon claiming a powerful market across Europe with the urgency of a hot war. Easy salesmanship as the EU is under siege from high energy costs, losing the competition with MAGA business.
EU Leadership Failure to Reach Emissions Goal
Carbon emissions from energy to peak in 2025 in `historic turning point', says IEA
UN: No Credible Pathway to 1.5C Limit
No surprise to me ... for Western Europe there will be no real Winter in next decade, unless the Gulf Stream fails to move warm water into the Northern Atlantic.
'Staying as close as possible to 1.5 C' | The Guardian |
The response to calls in Glasgow for strengthened 2030 NDCs have not led to significant improvements, and many of the national plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 are also often "not credible," according to John Christensen, international senior advisor at Danish green think tank Concito, and a lead author the UNEP report.
Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine and resultant energy crisis is partly to blame for what the UNEP report calls a "wasted year."
With EU nations relying in the short-term on highly polluting coal or imported liquid natural gas to make up for a shortfall in Russian gas, this needs to be quickly reversed via a big shift to renewables to avoid major climate damage, said Christensen.
Loss of coral reefs and polar ice sheets due to temperature rise cannot be reversed in the medium term once they are gone, even if temperatures fall again, he explained.
While vulnerable countries like Pakistan are feeling intense climate impacts like huge flooding, more extreme temperatures are now also a feature of the changing weather cycle in much less vulnerable Europe, the researcher noted.
The continent saw unprecedented heat, drought and floods over the last year as a consequence.