August research links

Our work involves ongoing research into divestment, investment, climate change, the energy transition (or lack thereof), and related issues. Henceforth, we’ll be publishing these each month as a list of links. You can locate all past research under its own category tag.

Global Gas Lock-in. Bridge to nowhere
http://www.rosalux.eu/publications/global-gas-lock-in-bridge-to-nowhere/

NY Times: How much hotter is your home town? (Yes, this works for many SA cities).
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/30/climate/how-much-hotter-is-your-hometown.html

The SA’s long-awaited draft IRP 2018 [electricity resource policy): still way too much coal and gas, but at least demand projections are more reasonable and nuclear is deferred
http://www.energy.gov.za/IRP/irp-update-draft-report2018/IRP-Update-2018-Draft-for-Comments.pdf

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/08/07/1810141115#sec-1

Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/27/air-pollution-causes-huge-reduction-in-intelligence-study-reveals

For years, it’s been clear that scientists are understating the overall urgency of the climate crisis. Now there’s a vital new report about this.
https://www.breakthroughonline.org.au/publications

Guest post: Why BECCS might not produce ‘negative’ emissions after all

Guest post: Why BECCS might not produce ‘negative’ emissions after all

Germany’s Failed Climate Goals: A Wake-Up Call for Governments Everywhere
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-germany-emissions/

Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/16/capitalism-climate-change-risks-profits-china

How 139 countries could be powered by 100 percent wind, water, and solar energy by 2050
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/cp-h1c081717.php

Carbon pricing can spur economic growth more than we thought, says new research
https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/news/2018_news_carbonpricing_economy

Roadmaps for 139 countries to use 100% wind-water-solar in all energy sectors
https://www.cell.com/joule/abstract/S2542-4351%2817%2930012-0

A Canadian church concludes that investors needn’t sacrifice investment returns to own a portfolio that’s aligned with their values and helps build a low carbon future.
http://www.trinitystpauls.ca/category/justice/climate-justice/

Lord Nicholas Stern: Economic reasons to act immediately on climate change
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/07/here-are-the-economic-reasons-to-act-on-climate-change-immediately/

‘Peak coal’ is getting closer, latest figures show

Guest post: ‘Peak coal’ is getting closer, latest figures show

Global carbon tax in isolation could ‘exacerbate food insecurity by 2050’

Global carbon tax in isolation could ‘exacerbate food insecurity by 2050’

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/06/domino-effect-of-climate-events-could-push-earth-into-a-hothouse-state

The economic cost of climate change: time for new math
https://theconversation.com/the-economic-cost-of-climate-change-time-for-new-math-36401

Shareholder activism in SA – a shuffle rather than a shift
http://www.inceconnect.co.za/article/shareholder-activism-in-sa-a-shuffle-rather-than-a-shift

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