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

NY Times: How much hotter is your home town? (Yes, this works for many SA cities).

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

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

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.

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

Germany’s Failed Climate Goals: A Wake-Up Call for Governments Everywhere

Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks

How 139 countries could be powered by 100 percent wind, water, and solar energy by 2050

Carbon pricing can spur economic growth more than we thought, says new research

Roadmaps for 139 countries to use 100% wind-water-solar in all energy sectors

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.

Lord Nicholas Stern: Economic reasons to act immediately on climate change

‘Peak coal’ is getting closer, latest figures show

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

The economic cost of climate change: time for new math

Shareholder activism in SA – a shuffle rather than a shift