CLEAN ENERGY AND DECARBONISATION
This page contains information about clean energy and decarbonisation projects in Australia and Russia in global context.
An important question is: how can Russia and Australia become climate allies?
Climate policy in Australia has much in common with Russia, where the authorities are trying to promote solutions that somehow use the existing technological potential. However, is this similarity enough for two countries to become allies in international climate negotiations? Read more...
Things on climate change front appear to be way worse than people thought, as some analysts suggest.
A new report released in early March 2022 by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) looks at the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change.
From the melting of the Greenland ice sheet to the destruction of coral reefs, climate related impacts are hitting the world at the high end of what modellers once expected. And much more quickly than previously assessed by the IPCC. Right now, as the new report makes clear, around 40% of the world's population is "highly vulnerable" to the impacts of climate change.
But the burden is falling mainly on those who did the least to cause the problem.
According to the IPCC, the use of some technologies designed to limit warming or reduce CO2 could make matters worse rather than better. There are also worries that machines that suck CO2 from the air could simply trigger the release of more warming gas.
Planting trees is seen as a good solution to climate change but the IPCC cautions that planting in the wrong place can do more harm than good.
While this is a bleak assessment of the impacts now and in the future, the authors remain convinced that the worst impacts can be averted - if we act in time. The IPCC says this opportunity for action will only last for the rest of this decade, as the final sentence in the new report underlines.
ARD strongly supports long-term cooperation between all countries in clean energy, decarbonisation and combatting climate change despite serious disagreements between some governments on various political issues. Those challenging issues should not take us away from addressing the climate change that is endangering the multi-million year history of life on planet Earth.