When the Australia Pavilion at COP26 opened on Monday morning, it had at its heart a large bright blue model showcasing a purported climate change solution, complete with information panels and flashing lights. By Wednesday morning, the display was gone. So what happened? The display showed carbon capture and storage in action. CCS is a… Read More COP26 Observer Blog Day 5: is there a place for CCS and hydrogen in our net-zero society?
I get a little bit angry every time I see the physical science basis for climate change being presented at high-level fora on climate change. My immediate reaction is that whilst it is of course important that we keep updating and refining our knowledge, we know enough now to know that human activity is causing… Read More COP26 Observer Blog: Day 4: the Politics of Evidence
One of the big talking points at COP26 so far is the lack of representation of Pacific Islands. Travel from small island states in the Pacific is challenging and costly at the best of times, but COVID restrictions coupled with the uneven distribution of vaccines globally has made it extra difficult for delegations to make… Read More COP26 Observer Blog Day 3: the Tuvalu Pavilion
Early today, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida touched down at Edinburgh Airport in a Japanese Government jet, his first overseas visit since winning an election at the weekend. Less than eight hours later, after a speech at the World Leaders Summit and a meeting with Boris Johnson, he was back on the plane for the… Read More COP26 Observer Blog: Day 2: Japan Focus
Today was my first day at COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference – where I will be an Observer for the duration of this week. As a newcomer to COP and to being an Observer, there’s a lot to be said for just taking it all in and seeing what’s happening, but it can… Read More COP26 Observer Blog: Day 1
On Saturday 2 October, 2021, I was a guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s Off the Ball programme to talk about climate change and Scottish football, and my team Raith Rovers. Here’s a few notes on climate change and Scottish football, based on what I talked about. First thing’s first – going to watch the football,… Read More Scottish football and climate change
Originally posted on Urban Green Adaptation Diary 2021 is a big year for international climate change science and policy. The next United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly known as COP26, is due to be held in Glasgow in November. At COP26, it is hoped that the countries of the world will agree on legally-binding… Read More What might a ‘just transition’ mean for biodiversity?
On the coast, local environmental problems meet with national-level political goals and international ideas of economy, trade and development in very apparent ways. The coasts and seas have significant potential to solve some of the big problems we face globally, by acting as sites for renewable energy, new international industries or even sustaining our own… Read More Coastal communities and changing environments: case studies from Asia-Pacific
Note: this post was originally published in October 2020, as plans to release treated water progressed towards approval. The explainer was updated in April 2021 to reflect the confirmation of the Japanese Government’s decision to release the treated water. I will continue to add more information as and when it becomes available. The purpose of… Read More Explainer: Fukushima Dai’ichi and water releases – science and society
This is a virtual field trip I’ve pulled together for the Marine Pollution class at SAMS to understand the effects of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster on fisheries and fishing communities on the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Anyone who wants to use it for teaching or their own learning is very welcome… Read More Fukushima fisheries: virtual field trip