Climate News of the Week Roundup: New UN Climate Report Updates Warnings of Dangerous Climate Impacts

This week’s roundup covers the publication of the second part of the new assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, new global installation figures and forecasts for solar PV, publication of last year’s verified emissions in the EU emission trading system, and Germany’s latest energy policy decisions.

Climate impacts ‘overwhelming’ – UN. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the second of three parts of its new assessment report, this part dealing with climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The overall message is that climate change is already having clear impacts on the Earth’s natural systems and human society and will pose increased and potentially disastrous risks in the future if the world does not sharply reduce emissions and make a more concerted effort to adapt. Matt McGrath from the BBC summary with several graphs here. The IPCC’s own summary for policy-makers is here and an FAQ here.

IHS upgrades 2014 solar PV market forecast to 46 GW on strong Asian demand. SolarServer covers a new forecast by analysts IHS according to which China and Japan will account for nearly half the solar PV market in 2014, installing 12.8 and 9 GW respectively. The overall market is projected to reach 46 GW, 22% higher than in 2013.

Soaring solar PV growth set to hit new highs in 2014-15. RenewEconomy covers new installation figures and projections from analysts NPD Solarbuzz. The normally slow first quarter of 2014 saw a record 9 GW installed worldwide, which Solarbuzz takes as indication that the market will indeed meet or even exceed their projected total of 49 GW for the entire year.

Sluggish economy causes European carbon emissions to drop 3.1 percent. PointCarbon has estimated that emissions in the EU ETS dropped 3.1% last year. Total emissions were higher but the scope of the scheme was extended last year, making a year-on-year estimate difficult. Main drivers of the drop were slow economic activity, efficiency improvements, nuclear, renewables and the mild winter.

EEG 2.0: Federal Government and Federal States Reach Agreement on Important Issues of EEG Reform. The German federal government and the 16 state governments met this week to reconcile the differences over the reform of Germany’s renewable policies. The German Energy Blog summarises the main results here. One result was to worsen conditions for wind energy not as much as the government had initially planned. Craig Morris nonetheless thinks that Germany is still on a path to missing its targets.

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