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.