Technology

UN shipping body rejects EU climate initiative

Head of UN shipping body accused of “siding” with countries obstructing climate pact after penning warning against unilateral action to EU chiefs

Obama’s last climate play: US, Canada agree Arctic oil ban

Over 115 million acres of Arctic will be free from oil and gas exploration under decrees by leaders of US and Canada

Gates hopeful Trump will support green energy

Federal support for research and development into clean tech should appeal to incoming president, says Microsoft billionaire

Beijing limits on car registration boost electric vehicles

Subsidies and regulations make EVs an appealing option, but the charging infrastructure needs to keep up with demand

12 reports to read before the COP22 UN climate summit

Get a rounded picture of the science, technology, policy and economics of the climate challenge

German vice chancellor attacks China’s electric car targets

New proposals to set minimum quota for electric cars in China are “clearly discriminatory” toward German carmakers, says Sigmar Gabriel

Mayday, Mayday: UN’s shipping body needs a climate compass

Talks at the International Maritime Organization ended on Friday with a loose climate roadmap – here we explain what it means

UN to deliver climate plan for shipping in 2023

Envoys agree roadmap to tackle maritime sector’s rising share of global greenhouse gas emissions, but final plan won’t be ready for six years

Technology

Aviation

British Airways: UN aviation deal won’t bite till 2030s

Lack of global coverage means new pact to limit aviation pollution will do little to limit carbon growth in 2020s says sustainability chief of one of world’s top airline groups

A global climate deal for aviation! So what next?

James Beard of WWF outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the carbon offsetting plan agreed for air travel – and work needed to align it with climate goals

Reaction: Aviation climate deal agreed in Montreal

A visionary approach or a green myth? Industry groups and campaigners give their verdict

UN aviation pact will not be aligned with Paris climate goals

Mention of the 1.5C and 2C global warming thresholds has been stripped from the latest text at Montreal talks

Qatar set to opt into UN aviation climate pact

Move by Middle Eastern airport hub boosts chances of a global deal to curb airline emissions in Montreal

EU urges global support for UN aviation climate plan

Leading airlines, US, China and EU all support plans for new UN aviation emissions deal, but green groups say it’s far to weak to limit 1.5C or 2C of warming

EU, Mexico, Marshall Islands back UN aviation pact

In a mini revival of the Paris “high ambition coalition”, developed and developing countries commit to voluntary carbon offsetting scheme

Jet fuel from waste industrial gases nears lift-off

Lanzatech and Virgin Atlantic say their “game changer” process could fuel its first low carbon flight next year

Aviation

Shipping

Whiffs of sulphur: UN shipping talks face climate dilemma

Historic pact to cut sulphur emissions from shipping sector hailed by green groups, but slow progress suggests a climate deal is a long way off

UN faces deadlock over shipping climate deal plans

Emerging economies face off coalition of EU, African and small island states over plans to ratchet up reductions to industry’s CO2 pollution

EU focused on shipping climate deal by 2018

Transport commissioner says bloc will stick to plans to deploy unilateral climate regulations on vessels, but wants to secure global consensus

UN shipping chief warns of industry’s rising climate impact

Existing fuel efficiency measures won’t cut it as shipping demand grows, says Kitack Lim at environmental meet

Crib notes: shipping sulphur cuts offer hidden climate bonus

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Segolene Royal calls for UN action on shipping emissions

France’s environment minister urges members of the International Maritime Organization to support climate goals

Emerging economies don’t want to talk about shipping emissions

China, India and Brazil oppose calls to discuss maritime sector’s “fair share” of global efforts to combat climate change

Shipping industry prepares for looming climate tax

As pressure mounts on shipping to pull its weight in global climate efforts, the sector is anticipating a carbon price on bunker fuels

Shipping

Transport

Statoil chief: rise of electric cars will shrink oil industry

Once regarded as a joke, the electric car sector is growing fast with some predicting it could take a 35% share of car sales by 2035 – bad news for oil majors

Investors warn carmakers to clean up their act

Automobile companies need to get ready for a low carbon future, says $24trn investor network

Climate targets mean an end to oil-fuelled cars by 2035

The world needs to make a paradigm shift to electric vehicles, say experts, predicting that by 2050 half of all cars would need to be “zero-emissions”

Why the hyperloop is no green transport miracle

Electric cars, hydrogen vehicles, solar aircraft and hyperloops all have a part to play in greening transport, but the overall challenge is far more complex

Rich and poor divided over UN aviation emissions deal

As clock ticks down on ICAO aviation talks, proposal from Singapore to delay enforcement adds to air of uncertainty

Revving down: Why Europe’s biggest carmakers are in for a rough ride

Between Dutch plans to ban sales of petrol cars from 2025 and the rapid rise of car sharing, the automotive industry faces some big challenges

Europe’s capitals say diesel cars threaten health of residents

NEWS: Leaders in Paris, Athens, Madrid, Amsterdam, Vienna and Lisbon among those to protest at Brussels’ inability to deliver tougher air pollution laws

To Mars on a sunbeam: NASA bets on solar space travel

NEWS: US agency funds competition to design better solar cells seen as critical to exploration of deeper space

Transport