David Hone

of Shell

David Hone is a senior climate change adviser for Shell International. He also works closely with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and has been a lead contributor to many of its recent energy and climate change publications.

In Durban, Neither Salvation nor Failure

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After two busy weeks, COP17 in Durban was extended by a full day and then went well into a second, with long nights of negotiation along the way. Eventually a deal emerged which has polarized both the media and blogosphere between being the salvation of mankind or the quick route to runaway warming. In reality…

Can Global Emissions Really Be Reduced?

With delegates, energy/environment ministers, business representatives and NGO leaders now in Durban for COP17, attention again turns to the pressing issue of actually reducing global emissions. The current UNFCCC conference comes against the backdrop of two grim statistics of recent weeks — the record year-on-year (2009 to 2010) jump in global emissions just announced by…

Green Growth or Green Confusion?

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I have just been at the inaugural Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen. This was a high level event, opened by the Crown Prince of Denmark and the new Danish Prime Minister, then following the initial panel discussion there was an introductory keynote by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon – in person. The…

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It is not widely discussed, but the United States does, in fact, have a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. In the heady days of January 2010 after the Copenhagen Climate Conference, many nations put pen to paper and wrote to the UNFCCC pledging to reduce emissions by 2020 relative to some baseline. This was a…

As the Apple iPad and a variety of other electronic wonders become entrenched in our daily lives, it is clear that the world is in the middle of a technology boom, and it is even clearer that we all love it. Technology such as the iPad is built on the back of fundamental scientific research…