Professor Jale Tosun has co-written a commentary for the UK In A Changing Europe titled, 'Climate politics and the EU at COP26: a ‘missing’ or a ‘pragmatic’ leader?' Challenging the assessment that the EU was a missing leader at the Glasgow Summit, the post argues that the EU has become more pragmatic, pursuing goals that are more realistic given the current power constellations. It assesses the recent contributions the EU has made in climate diplomacy, and concludes by discussing the main challenges it now faces.
A contribution co-authored by Dr Irene Lorenzoni is featured in the 30th anniversary issue of Global Environmental Change. Progress in understanding and overcoming barriers to public engagement with climate change is one of ten invited commentaries from authors among the highest cited papers from the journal over the period 2001-2019. It follows up on the 2007 publication Barriers perceived to engaging with climate change among the UK public and their policy implications and the new commentary reflects on research published over the past decade and a half on engagement with climate change, from diverse disciplines and perspectives.
The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, UK, is seeking applications for PhD studentships in the Leverhulme Trust’s ‘Critical Decade for Climate Change’ doctoral training programme. These include 3 projects associated with DeepDCarb academics:
In our update last month, we announced details of recent DeepDCarb publications, including Transformations for climate change mitigation: A systematic review of terminology, concepts, and characteristics. Brendan Moore has recently written a blog post outlining the key findings from this paper, and this can be accessed here.
This month, two new peer-reviewed papers were published from the DeepDCarb project.
The first of these 'The Challenging Paths to Net-Zero Emissions: Insights from the Monitoring of National Policy Mixes' features in a special issue of The International Spectator focusing on Europe’s transition to sustainability. Examining data from the last 10 years that member states have reported to the EU on the climate policies that they have or will put in place to achieve collectively agreed EU targets, the analysis reveals that the average expected per-policy-instrument emission reduction has declined, while national policy mixes have remained generally stable over time.
‘DeepDCarb - Deep Decarbonisation: The Democratic Challenge of Navigating Governance Traps’ is a project that seeks to improve understanding of the ‘traps’ holding back society’s attempts at climate change mitigation and contribute to understanding the scope for unlocking the impasse in society’s struggle to deliver deep decarbonisation.
The project - which runs from 2021 until 2026 - was awarded €2.4 million of funding by the European Research Council (ERC) as part of €450 million of new funding for Europe’s most innovative research in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, and social sciences and humanities. Only 185 scientists across all EU member states and countries have won funding as part of the 2020 Advanced Grant competition.