Our energy future and why it matters: How do existing energy resources inform climate change mitigation?
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Issue 92, August 2022
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Our energy future and why it matters

How do existing energy resources inform climate change mitigation?

The hype around hydrogen as a clean fuel isn’t exactly new, but latest research tells a different story. Scientists from the Environmental Defense Fund have been studying the global shift to hydrogen to decarbonize the environment. While hydrogen is certainly part of the solution to get to net zero, they find that this fuel of the future may not be as clean as we think. In fact, the near- and medium-term warming impacts of hydrogen emissions are far higher than widely perceived.

Researcher in energy transition under climate change Jarmo Kikstra tells us about the delicate intersections between social and natural sciences. Jarmo says the big question is not “will climate mitigation lead to more poverty” but rather “what pathways exist to both eradicate poverty and meet ambitious climate goals.” Find out more on this insightful discussion in EGU’s Geotalk blog.

On World Biofuels Day, EGU Media Officer Gillian D’Souza examined the commercially available biofuels around the world and lists some new ones under development. But can these new biofuels be economically viable and still not compete with food crops to create a global food crisis? Only time will tell.

In other news, the EGU Biodiversity Task Force has made seven key recommendations to the EU Nature Restoration Law which will now be amended and either passed or rejected by the European Parliament and The Council of the European Union. The Task Force aims to bridge the gap between science and policy, delivering scientific information and expertise to where it is most needed.

Science Policy

GeoPolicy: Responding to the EU Nature Restoration Law

On 22 June 2022, the European Commission presented its proposal for the EU Nature Restoration Law with the aim to recover biodiverse and resilient nature across the EU.

This month’s GeoPolicy blog by EGU Policy Manager Chloe Hill provides a summary of the key recommendations provided by the EGU Biodiversity Task Force to the EU Nature Restoration Law.

Credit: Lightfall in golden deeps by Julien Seguinot (from imaggeo.egu.eu)

What is Science Diplomacy?

Are you a scientist curious about science diplomacy and how to engage with it? Do you know the difference between Science in diplomacy, Diplomacy for science and Science for diplomacy?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out our recent EGU blog to know more about science diplomacy, the different types and how to better engage with it.

Journal Watch

Credit: Wilson et al (2022)

“The primary goals of this study were to design, build and validate a low-cost transmitter-receiver FDEM system for under USD 400 that is of comparable size and signal transmission strength to commercial grade systems… This proof of concept device provides a foundation for the future development and use of low-cost FDEM systems for near-surface geophysical and other related investigations.”

Wilson et al, 2022 Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems


August EGU journal highlights


Apply to EGU’s Policy Pairing scheme and spend a week in Brussels with an MEP!

To promote evidence-based policymaking and encourage stronger science-policy partnerships, EGU will sponsor a scientist to work alongside a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for one week in November 2022. This year’s pairing is with Norbert Lins. Deadline is 12 September 2022. Apply now!

Resource of the month

Instrument Development for Geoscience Research

Dr. Veronica Escobar Ruiz dispels the myth that developing instruments can be a difficult or intimidating process. Dip into the archives and watch our free EGUwebinar to know more!

Upcoming Dates

EGU Science for Policy Hangout

Join us at 16:30 CEST on 1 September to engage with policymaking and discover new science for policy opportunities. Click here to know more.

What can EGU do for you? Funding, fellowships, and more!

Our EGUwebinar at 12:00 CEST on 7 September covers outreach activities, science education, policy, and monetary support to work with the Union and its collaborators. Register now!

Nominations for ESA-EGU Award for Earth Observation Excellence

The European Space Agency (ESA) and EGU jointly announce the ESA-EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award. Nominations open from 7 September.

Last call for the next EGU Treasurer!

The Treasurer will chair the Finance Committee and be responsible for the Union’s budget. Nominate yourself or someone you know by 15 September 2022.

To accept or not to accept: what makes a good scientific editor?

Come find out at 12:00 CEST on 21 September led by editors from EGU’s open access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Register now!

EGU Blogs

EGU Climate Division presents: Outreach Team 2022 edition

Climate: Past, Present & Future Division blog

Summer 2022: A perfect storm for Alpine glaciers

Cryospheric Sciences Division blog

Sedimentary Rocks – Insight Into The Past And Future Climate

Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology Division blog

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