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).

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
https://www.carbonbrief.org/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
https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-peak-coal-is-getting-closer-latest-figures-show

Global carbon tax in isolation could ‘exacerbate food insecurity by 2050’
https://www.carbonbrief.org/global-carbon-tax-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