[SNA] Khartoum -The Federal Ministry of Health has announced that the number of victims of floods and rains that swept the country recently increased to 62 and injured 98 people.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A tropical storm warning is now in effect for several islands in the Eastern Caribbean as Tropical Storm Dorian continues to trek towards the chain of islands.At 5:00 pm (local time) the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said tropical storm warnings had been issued in St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Martinique.
In Australia's climate policy void, an ever increasing number of corporations are stepping up to show leadership on this critical financial risk. IFM is the latest.
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To IEEFA’s contrarian perspective, Indian investors in the main are not looking to replicate the Australian thermal coal graveyard.
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Oil prices fell on Monday, pushing U.S. crude to the lowest in more than two weeks, as an intensifying trade war between the U.S. and China undermined confidence in global economic growth.
During a hurricane briefing, Trump asked if it were possible to disrupt hurricanes forming off the coast of Africa by dropping nuclear bomb.
August 26, 2019 8:33 AM WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Donald Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes before they made landfall in the United States, Axios reported Sunday (Aug 25).
Farmers want credits for carbon stored in trees and soils
PARLIAMENT is under increasing pressure to let farmers claim credit for carbon stored in trees and soils on their land.
August 26, 2019 7:26 AM In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore is considering extending its shorelines and building polders as a means of adapting to rising sea levels. The Straits Times looks at five other cities where rising sea levels and flooding are an issue and the adaptation measures being considered.
Most emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) are linked to the use of nitrogen (N) fertiliser in agriculture, highlighting a need for agricultural management practices that reduce emissions while maintaining agronomic productivity. A new study has assessed the long-term impact of conventional tillage (CT — where soil is prepared for agriculture via mechanical agitation) and no-tillage (NT) systems on soil N2O emissions and crop productivity in rain-fed Mediterranean conditions. The findings show that, over a period of 18 years, mean yield-scaled (i.e. per unit grain yield) soil N2O emissions (YSNE) were 2.8 to 3.3 times lower under NT than CT. The researchers therefore recommend NT as a suitable strategy by which to balance agricultural productivity with lower soil N2O emissions in rain-fed Mediterranean...
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G7 can’t turn a blind eye to ecocide in the Amazon
Leaders must ask themselves if Jair Bolsonaro’s destructive attitude to the forest and its peoples should be considered a crime
The fires in the world’s largest rainforest have triggered a global outcry and are dominating the G7 meeting in Biarritz in southern France. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/Getty
hen G7 leaders sit in judgment on Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro this weekend, the question they should ask themselves is whether the rape of the natural world should finally be treated as a crime. The language of sexual violence...
A massive 150 sq km raft of floating rock seen heading towards Australia in the Pacific Ocean, could help to save the Great Barrier Reef by restoring millions of marine organisms that attach to it along the way.
PM will announce extra aid amid Amazon fires crisis but critics dismiss it as a PR stunt Boris Johnson will call on his G7 colleagues to do more to combat mass extinctions as he seeks to strengthen his environmental credentials. Speaking in Biarritz, as discussion turns to the Amazon rainforest fires , the prime minister will call for more ambitious targets on biodiversity alongside measures to tackle the climate crisis, and reinforce the UK’s bid to host the COP26 climate change summit, due to be held next year. Continue reading...
Oil prices fell on Monday, pushing U.S. crude to its lowest in more than two weeks, as a ratcheting up of tensions in the U.S.-China war knocked confidence in the global economy.
Donald Trump suggested firing nuclear weapons into hurricanes to prevent them hitting the US, reports in Washington claim.The president is said to have raised the idea of bombing hurricanes with senior Homeland Security and national security officials on numerous occasions, dating back as far as 2017.
Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is one of three nurses, in addition to an administrator, expecting to be charged in connection with the deaths after Hurricane Irma, which blew through Florida on Sept. 10 of that year. The storm knocked out a transformer linking the main air-conditioning unit to the power grid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, sending temperatures soaring .
Australia Institute argues that South Australia would receive few benefits and would be exposed to huge risks The South Australian government needs to prepare itself for decades of subsidies if it wants to develop an offshore oil and gas industry in the Great Australian Bight, according to a new report. Analysis by the progressive thinktank the Australia Institute draws on industry modelling to argue South Australia is unlikely to receive any noticeable benefit from tax payments as a result of oil and gas production in the Bight, with the benefits mostly flowing to the Commonwealth. It says in the exploration phase, production would be minimal, paying no royalties or taxes. Continue reading...
The Saskatchewan Government has said the carbon tax is killing jobs, but one expert says job losses in the energy sector are not the result of any sole factor, but a confluence of different issues.
A deal with Iran would be welcomed in New Delhi. Similarly, India would be happy if the G7 can find a way to include Russia, as Trump has promised to do, in the teeth of EU resistance. India is in Biarritz as a special invitee by Macron, who really wants India by his side on both the environment and climate change discussions.
Some experts say not enough time has passed and not enough research has been done to know what impact federal carbon pricing is having on jobs.
Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday, forecasters said Sunday as the tempest barreled toward the Caribbean. The eye of the storm, which was about 430 miles east-southeast of Barbados on Sunday afternoon, is already packing 40 mph winds and is expected to grow more fierce as it closes in...
Tropical Storm Dorian was likely to strengthen into a hurricane during the next two days as it churned westward in the Caribbean Sea, putting Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands on alert, forecasters said on Sunday.
Iran wants to export a minimum of 700,000 barrels per day of its oil and ideally up to 1.5 million bpd if the West wants to negotiate with Tehran to save a 2015 nuclear deal, two Iranian officials and one diplomat told Reuters on Sunday.
August 25, 2019 10:24 AM BIARRITZ, FRANCE (DPA) - The Group of 7 summit will start its formal working sessions on Sunday (Aug 25), as the leaders of the world's leading democratic economies focus on jobs, inequality, climate change, and women's empowerment.
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Dorian, the fourth tropical storm of the season, has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with Florida Aquarium's lead coral scientist Keri O'Neil about getting stone coral to repeatedly reproduce in a lab setting. This could help save global coral populations.
Even in retirement, the former Senate majority leader is calling to change the rules. Reid tells NPR the filibuster is obstructing the Senate from tackling big issues like climate change and gun laws.
Cuadrilla reports ‘mico-seismic event’ at Preston New Road facility on Saturday night A tremor measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale has been recorded at the UK’s only active fracking site – the largest detected at the facility. The energy firm Cuadrilla said the “micro-seismic event” at its site near Blackpool occurred at 11.01pm on Saturday. Continue reading...
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The thousands of fires burning in the Amazon don't look like the major forest fires of Europe or North America — instead, they are fueled mainly by branches, vegetation, and other byproducts of deforestation in cleared areas, experts say.
Berkeley City Council bans gas in new residential buildings. Transport, the biggest source of GHG emissions in California, is next in line for restrictions and/or conversion to electric.
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Democratic National Committee members on Saturday voted down a resolution that would have resulted in single-issue debates among candidates -- including on the issue of the climate crisis.
Exclusive: Senior official says pursuit of resources groups over offshore projects has brought forward tax revenue by a decade The Australian Taxation Office has hit the British-Dutch oil giant Shell with a bill estimated at $755m as it continues to pursue multinational resources giants over claims they have avoided paying tax on offshore gas projects. Court documents reveal Shell’s main Australian company, Shell Energy Holdings Australia, has been fighting the ATO for six years over tax on the company’s stake in the $30bn Browse gas project off the coast of north-west Western Australia. Continue reading...
An Iranian oil tanker that's been at the center of a diplomatic drama between the United States and Iran is back on the move six weeks after being seized off the coast of Gibraltar. The Grace 1 was seized by British authorities in July at the request of the U.S. due to suspicions that it was bringing oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. Iran denied that the ship was bound for Syria and gave assurances to a court in Gibraltar that the tanker would not proceed to the war-torn nation, according to Bloomberg . The U.S. sought to keep the tanker impounded in Gibraltar, but authorities in the semiautonomous British territory released the ship last week after rejecting a push by American officials to keep it detained. The ship's original destination before it got stuck in Gibraltar...
Beijing has added American crude oil to its tariffs list for the first time and will resume applying duties on cars from the US in its latest retaliation against Washington, a response observers called restrained but with a clear focus.The measures announced late on Friday were nowhere near the scale of the US tariffs, but items on the list were carefully chosen to inflict pain on American businesses while avoiding an impact on the Chinese economy, the observers said.According to China’s…
World powers are racing to exploit the vast untapped resources of the Arctic as global heating opens up a new frontier Donald Trump’s cack-handed attempt to buy Greenland , and the shirty response of Denmark’s prime minister, provoked amusement last week. But it was mostly nervous laughter. The US intervention shone a cold light on a rapidly developing yet neglected crisis at the top of the world – the pillage of the Arctic. Like the late 19th-century “scramble for Africa”, when European empires expanded colonial control of the continent’s land mass from 10% to 90% in 40 years, the Arctic region is up for grabs. As was the case then, the race for advantage is nationalistic, dangerously unregulated, and harmful to indigenous peoples and the environment. Continue reading...
Iranian state media did not acknowledge the new reported destination of the Adrian Darya, which carries 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some US$130 million.
Here’s my summary of the climate change plans from all of the top-tier Democratic candidates. My assessment is based mostly on three things: How practical is the plan? I’m not interested in kitchen sinks. It’s easy to propose a plan that does everything, but if it has no chance of gaining public support then it’s […]
The government is accused of ignoring illegal deforestation and burning in the Amazon.
August 24, 2019 4:34 PM DUBAI (AP) - An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the US amid heightened tensions between Teheran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday (Aug 24) after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it.
An electric taxi can travel 150 kilometers on full charge. As the Kenyan capital struggles with air pollution, electric taxis are seen not just as an opportunity for cleaner transport, but also to make money.
Bill Maher (left) opened his HBO show with a series of dark jokes referencing the Kochs' anti-climate change research donations and billionaire David Koch's (right) prostate cancer death.
United States President Donald Trump on Saturday arrived in France for a G7 summit that will likely expose deep rifts over a clutch of issues such as global trade, climate change and taxing big tech.He landed in Biarritz, southwestern France, a day after lashing back at a new round of Beijing tariffs by imposing an additional 5 per cent duty on some US$550 billion in targeted Chinese goods in the latest tit-for-tat trade war escalation by the world’s two largest economies.Trump also repeated…
The Council President warned Jair Bolsonaro's rampant deforestation agenda will likely prevent the agreement with the South American Mercosur bloc being struck.
The Hong Kong Observatory will consider issuing the typhoon signal No 1 as tropical cyclone Bailu moves into the Taiwan Strait this afternoon, according to a notice issued on Saturday morning.The Guangdong region, including Hong Kong, experienced very hot weather under the influence of the tropical cyclone, with temperatures in the city rising to 33 degrees Celsius at noon.At noon, Bailu was 120km southeast of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan and was forecast to move northwest towards the region…
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Aug 18 through Sat, Aug 24, 2019
How teen Greta Thunberg shifted world's gaze to climate change
“Instead of worrying about how that future might turn out, I’m going to try to change that future while I still can,” the teen told NBC News.
Greta Thunberg is the driving force behind a movement that has seen more than 2 million teens around the world take part in school strikes against climate change. Eleanor Taylor for NBC News
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Staring through a swarm of photographers and television crews, self-described introvert Greta Thunberg took the stage at a Swiss university last week to...
Lancashire-based operation, Britain’s only active fracking site, has magnitude 1.05 tremor The UK’s only active fracking site experienced a magnitude 1.05 tremor on Friday night. It came two days after a magnitude 1.55 tremor , which was the largest ever tremor at the site run by Cuadrilla in Preston New Road, Lancashire. Continue reading...
A wildfire burning north of Anchorage, Alaska, has destroyed 51 homes and three businesses, officials said Friday. Another 84 buildings between the communities of Willow and Talkeetna, about 70 miles north of the state's largest city, also have been destroyed, fire information manager Kale Casey said. Hundreds of people have been evacuated because of the fire that started Sunday night along the Parks Highway, the main thoroughfare that connects Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve and Fairbanks.
Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters Our collective response to the burning of the Amazon—the Earth’s most valuable carbon dioxide-sucking asset—has made clear it’s time for a new geopolitical handbook to address the climate emergency. When Iran threatened to develop nuclear weapons, the U.S. applied crippling sanctions that forced the Iranians to the negotiating table. When Iraq ignored Kuwait’s sovereignty and the Russians seized land from the Ukrainians, we responded militarily and economically . Even the Trump administration applied an arsenal of soft power when Venezuelan elections called into question the legitimate leadership of the country. But as the world approaches a 2035 “point of no return” for the climate reaching a dangerous and irreversible temperature rise, when one of our...
The new material's already hard at work cooling ice cream and office buildings, and it's doing it with a lot less electricity than traditional AC.
U.S. President Donald Trump landed in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz in southwestern France on Saturday for a G7 summit that will likely expose deep rifts over a clutch of issues such as global trade, climate change and taxing big tech.
Emissions of a likely carcinogen emitted by a nearby plant have been recorded at levels hundreds of times above the safe limit Local officials in Reserve, Louisiana, are examining the prospect of removing pupils from an elementary school situated a few hundred feet from a chemical plant that presents the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins anywhere in America, the Guardian has learned. The Fifth Ward elementary school, which educates close to 500 students aged up to 10 years old, has become a focal point in environmental activism in Reserve after emissions of a likely carcinogen, chloroprene, emitted by the nearby plant have been recorded at the school at levels hundreds of times above the safe limit recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Continue reading...
Taiwan braced for typhoon Bailu on Saturday, shutting businesses and schools as airlines canceled hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides, floods and high seas on the island.
Scientists suspect heat stress killed thousands of salmon in Alaska's Koyukuk River last month.
The president comes bearing more complaints than guidance for global powers facing challenges including climate change and a looming global recession.
An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mesrin, Turkey, a port city in the country's south and home to an oil terminal.
( Tokyo Metropolitan University ) Scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University and Ritsumeikan University have found a link between the 'roundness' distribution of tsunami deposits and how far tsunamis reach inland. They sampled the 'roundness' of gravel from different tsunamis in Koyadori, Japan, and found a common, abrupt change in composition approximately 40% of the 'inundation distance' from the shoreline, regardless of tsunami magnitude. Estimates of ancient tsunami size from geological deposits may help inform effective disaster mitigation.
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China announced plans to impose additional tariffs on $75 billion of American goods including soybeans, automobiles and oil, with the retaliation for President Donald Trump’s ...
Attendees and candidates at Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention summer meeting in San Francisco were met by more than 200 demonstrators making their presence and position on climate change known.
Scientists recently dug into salt marshes and discovered abundant amounts of a"good guy gas" that helps cool Earth's climate. (Credit: JuneJ/shutterstock)
The tangy smell of the sea may seem like nothing more than salt in the air, but in fact it comes courtesy of a specific chemical. And dimethyl sulfide, or simply DMS, not only defines that airy aroma, but it also helps cool the climate. In a study published Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers say they’ve discovered vast
A low pressure system located about 1,100 miles (1,770 km) east-southeast of the Windward Islands has a 60% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday.
Leaders of the G7 nations arrive in France on Saturday for a summit as a brewing U.S.-China confrontation over protectionism highlighted President Emmanuel Macron's tough task in delivering meaningful results on trade, Iran and climate change.
Cheaper oil keeps macroeconomic parameters such as CAD (current account deficit) and inflation in the comfort zone by reducing crude import and subsidy bills. Low oil prices will help boost demand and reduce input cost for farmers who use diesel to run farm equipment.
The Trump administration is considering ramping up biofuel blending quotas in the coming years to assuage anger in the Farm Belt over its recent broad use of waivers for small refineries, but is not planning to rescind any of the exemptions it has granted so far, four sources familiar with the matter said.
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ivo should weaken gradually in the next couple of days as it moves through the Pacific Ocean parallel to Mexico’s western coast without posing a direct threat to land
Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro has responded to growing international condemnation over the fires sweeping through vast swathes of the Amazon Rain Forest by announcing that the army may be sent in to tackle them. His comments mark a distinct shift away from his initial reaction to the crisis in which he downplayed the gravity of the situation, but also caused widespread astonishment by suggesting that non-governmental organizations may have set fires in the forest in order to discredit him. Faced with a spiraling environmental and political disaster, Bolsonaro plans to meet his ministers Friday to discuss how to handle the fires, after government data revealed that there are far more of them within the forest this year than last. Environmental and climate change experts say there is abundant...
2019 marks Formula E’s fifth year of staging races in major cities around the world, and early skepticism around whether electric cars could capture race-fans’ imaginations seem finally to have been dispatched. The chassis, brakes, battery and tires are the same for the 11 teams and 22 cars. It’s a team’s intellectual property – the electric motor, inverter, gearbox, and … Continue reading
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India will achieve most of the COP 21 climate change goals set for 2030 in the next one and half years. "From solar infra to social infra, from technical infra to space infra and from digital infra to defence infra, the India-France alliance is moving forward strongly," Modi said.
Members of Brazil's Mura indigenous tribe painted their bodies with orange-red paint and took up long bows and clubs as they headed into the jungle this week, prepared for battle. Their enemy? The deforestation and destruction of their home, the Amazon rainforest.
Why people should be worried about the blazes and increased deforestation in Brazil Thousands of fires are burning in Brazil, many of them in the world’s biggest rainforest, which is sending clouds of smoke across the region and pumping alarming quantities of carbon into the world’s atmosphere. Continue reading...
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday said linking the production of palm oil to deforestation was “baseless, unfair and unjustified”, and that the industry has grown responsibly.Malaysia is the world’s second-biggest producer of palm oil, a widely consumed commodity used in everything from chocolate spread to lipstick. Several studies have shown that palm oil is a major contributor to deforestation, along with cattle ranching and soybean production. The European Union passed a…
Oil prices fell on Friday after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods including crude oil, another escalation of a protracted trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.
State’s highest court rejects attempt to derail project by opponents who want to force developer to reapply for state approval Nebraska’s highest court lifted one of the last major hurdles for the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday when it rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents who wanted to force the developer to reapply for state approval. The pipeline faces intense resistance from environmental groups, Native American tribes and some landowners along the route who worry about its long-term impact on their groundwater and property rights. But in Nebraska, many affected landowners have accepted the project and are eager to collect payments from the company. Continue reading...
Russia launched its first floating nuclear power plant Friday, with plans to transport the vessel some 3,000 miles to the far eastern autonomous region of Chukotka, the country's nuclear agency said.
The plant's voyage comes at a time of heightened concern over nuclear energy.
Touring Wyoming at a crucial time for the top coal-mining state, the U.S. official who oversees government research into fossil fuels said yesterday it's not too late for new technology to help the coal industry.
The Nebraska Supreme Court removed an obstacle today to the completion of the long-delayed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
Environmentalists scored a major win today as a federal appeals court rejected industry challenges to Obama-era ozone standards and ordered EPA to take a closer look at one part of the requirements that green groups deemed too lenient.
Oil prices fell more than 2% on Friday after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, marking another escalation of a protracted trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.
China on Friday threatened to impose tariffs on U.S. crude oil imports for the first time, sending prices down nearly 4% to two-week lows as the escalating bilateral trade war fed worries over a slowdown in global oil demand.
Thirty-two leading companies in the fashion and textile industry have given themselves a set of shared goals under a “Fashion Pact” aimed at reducing the environmental impact of their business
The surge in deforestation in the Amazon is a direct outgrowth of the nationalist zeitgeist in global politics.
TASIILAQ, Greenland: From a helicopter, Greenland's brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and suicide.
After a 23-year wind farm construction hiatus, work on a 2nd Cherokee County wind farm has begun. Developed by San Diego based EDF Renewables, the 200-megawatt (MW) Glaciers Edge Wind Project north of Marcus is scheduled to be on line by the end of 2019.
A global stock index fell alongside oil prices and U.S. yields after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to further escalate his trade war with China "this afternoon" after a new round of retaliation tariffs from Beijing.
Stung by a global outcry over deforestation and wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil has launched a diplomatic offensive to persuade the international community of its environmental credentials. President Jair Bolsonaro's administration has distributed a 12-page circular to its foreign embassies, outlining data and statistics that diplomats are meant to cite to defend the government's position on the crisis. The circular, reviewed by Reuters and reported here for the first time, attempts to address 59 areas where Brazil has come under fire, by citing various policies and data.
Hemp will be the biggest industry on the planet, says promoter
THE LOW-CARBON future is hemp, says a company dedicated to making the once-banned product the backbone of the New Zealand economy.
Oil prices fell nearly 3% on Friday after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, marking another escalation of a protracted trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.
Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant has sailed to its destination in the nation’s northeast, a project that environmentalists have criticized as unsafe
The haunting pictures of smoke in Brazil this week have made the world aware of the emergency level of Amazon deforestation. Brazil experts here warn South Floridians this crisis is not as distant as it seems.
The threat of mercury in seafood was curbed with regulations, but climate change could drive levels back up.
“It’s not something that’s happened with a short-term mild spell. It’s a longer-term warming which is making these things happen.”
"A team of designers has put forward a proposal for an iceberg-making submarine that could produce 82-foot-wide, 16-foot-thick chunks of ice." LINK
August 23, 2019 10:14 AM MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday (Aug 23), despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region.
Experts say international pressure may be only way to sway Bolsonaro government International pressure may be the only way to stop the Brazilian government from taking a “suicide” path in the Amazon, one of the country’s most respected scientists has said, as the world’s biggest rainforest continues to be ravaged by thousands of deliberate fires. The large number of conflagrations – set illegally to clear and prepare land for crops, cattle and property speculation – has prompted the state of Amazonas to declare an emergency, created giant smoke clouds that have drifted hundreds of miles, and sparked international concerns about the destruction of an essential carbon sink. Continue reading...
Several hundred environmental activists demonstrated on Friday outside the Brazilian embassy in Paris as a clash between the two countries' leaders over the issue of climate change intensified, while similar protests took place in London.
One of the last major hurdles for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline was removed on Friday by the Nebraska Supreme Court, which rejected an attempt to force the developer to reapply for state approval.
[SNA] Khartoum -Prime Minister, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, chaired Thursday at the Council of Ministers a meeting of the committee for warding off the impacts of the heavy rainfall and floods, in presence of a representatives of concerned ministries and organs.
A low pressure system east of the upper Florida Keys has a 40% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday.
[The Conversation Africa] In July Ethiopians planted 350 million trees in a single day. This was part of the country's national green legacy initiative to counter environmental degradation and climate change. The initiative ultimately aims to grow 4 billion trees across the country.
[Vanguard] The Federal Ministry of Environment says 35 per cent of Nigeria's landmass has been eroded by desertification with more areas still threatened.
Capital keeps marching out of Canada's oil industry, with Kinder Morgan Inc.'s sale of its remaining holdings in the country on Wednesday adding to more than $30 billion of foreign-company divestitures in the past three years.
A former energy trade group executive and Capitol Hill aide is joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to lead its Global Energy Institute.
It's a familiar story during the Trump administration: The merits of a treasured landscape are pitted against fossil fuel prospects under federal land.
2020 hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders releases a $16T 'Green New Deal' climate change plan. ClimateDepot.com publisher Marc Morano breaks down the impact.
United Airlines and the Environmental Defense Fund this week announced a new partnership to reduce aviation's greenhouse gas emissions via the purchase of offsets.
Climate change is altering the Earth's natural sounds, from birds chirping in the forest to cicadas singing at night, according to a new study.
This week's political maelstrom on the presidential campaign trail has triggered a new round of debate about the role global warming will play in the White House fight.
Utilities have shuttered power plants at breakneck speed, but those units tend to be small and intermittently used. Many of the nation's biggest coal plants will continue to run for years, raising questions about the sector's ability to achieve deep cuts in carbon emissions.
One year after Scott Morrison took the reins as PM – and appointed Angus Taylor federal energy minister – the divide over the country's energy future is as deep and depressing as it ever. How good is that?
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When it comes to saving the world’s rainforests, governments can make a big difference, and fast. Take Indonesia, which in 2012 surpassed Brazil as the world’s leader in tropical rainforest destruction. In 2017, it engineered a 60 percent drop in tree loss from the previous year by strictly enforcing protections in vulnerable regions. On the other hand, governments can reverse course just as swiftly. Take Brazil, where a decade-long trend of improving forest protections has now gone into reverse
Bernie Sanders released his climate change plan today, and Bernie being Bernie it was naturally the biggest, leftiest, most socialist plan out there. And that was the good part. The bad part is that it’s practically designed to fail. If you’re going to propose a massive, $16 trillion plan, the first thing you should do […]
There is uncertainty about the Prime Minister's policy on petrol prices.
With a climate-change lens, her "nuclear-free moment" should see her welcoming price rises. Her ban on new oil and ...
August 23, 2019 4:48 AM RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday (Aug 22) said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation.
We must sound the battle cry before it gets worse.
Report says outlook in India is ‘finely balanced and uncertain’ despite resources industry’s high hopes Thermal coal exporters face “significant risk” that demand from India will decline, a report by the Australian office of the chief economist says. It also warned of long-term uncertainties in the market considered a “great hope” by miners. Continue reading...
August 23, 2019 2:51 AM TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) - From a helicopter, Greenland's brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here - its whole population wouldn't fill a football stadium - are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and suicide.
The state is going through an exercise that the rest of us will have to do at some point: determining how much we are willing to pay, and how much we are willing to change the way we live, to adapt to the threat of natural disasters caused by global warming.
Bernie Sanders released a climate plan on Thursday that would cost $16.3 trillion during his tour of a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire. The presidential hopeful called the town of Paradise a “wake-up call for our entire nation” to the dangers of a warming planet. “It is expensive,” Sanders said at a climate-focused town...
China's coal demand will start to fall in 2025 once consumption at utilities and other industrial sectors reaches its peak, a state-owned think tank said in a new report, easing pressure on Beijing to impose tougher curbs on fossil fuels.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday said linking the production of palm oil to deforestation was "baseless, unfair and unjustified", and that the industry has grown responsibly.
State-owned oil marketing companies on Thursday stopped Air India’s jet fuel uptake at six airports — Kochi, Pune, Patna, Ranchi, Vizag and Mohali — over payment defaults. Last month, Indian Oil had threatened to stop fuel supply to the airline but the matter was resolved following an intervention by the civil aviation ministry. Cash-strapped AI owes about Rs 3,000 crore to oil companies.
If you live in Florida, you know the psychological toll hurricanes have on humans. We panic, we obsess over the latest weather report, we rant about horrendous evacuation traffic. What’s far less known is the effect of hurricanes on non-human residents. One new study shows storms have a surprising evolutionary impact on spiders — producing a more aggressive population of arachnids. That’s the conclusion of a paper published Monday in Nature Ecology & Evolution , which found that aggressive spider colonies survive and reproduce better after storms than docile ones, a finding based on a series of storms that made landfall in Florida and Georgia. The study is part of an emerging field of research aimed at understanding how climate change can alter the way wildlife and bugs evolve. Another hurricane-specific...
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Thursday unveiled a $16.3 trillion climate change strategy on a tour of northern California that included meeting families displaced by deadly wildfires and a rally in the state capital Sacramento.
Greenland and the rest of the Arctic region are taking on new geopolitical and economic importance as warmer temperatures cause the ice to retreat
Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil's Amazon rainforest and scientists warn it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
Scientists in Florida have artificially induced reproductive spawning of an endangered Atlantic coral species for the first time in an aquarium setting, a breakthrough they say holds great promise in efforts to restore depleted reefs in the wild.
The Environment Ministry plans to substantially increase its budget for reducing plastic waste in the ocean in fiscal 2020 starting next April, in line with ...
The Climate Action Network, a global association of more than 1,300 climate groups, issued a report card on the climate plans of the G7 nations ahead of the leaders' summit in France this weekend.
Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation
Climate activists have been pushing the Democratic party to hold a debate on their issue. Most candidates have clear plans to combat climate change, with Bernie Sanders releasing his on Wednesday.
The scientists are calling on Elections Canada to clarify how it interprets issue-based advertising rules in the Elections Act so that groups can communicate on climate change without having to register.
Discussion of some major issues, such as climate change, will take place outside the core group of industrialized democracies.
From Climate Researcher to Climate Spectator: Witnessing a Melting Arctic Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. Photo by Kelly Levin/WRI
Svalbard is sublimely quiet. Unlike my hometown of Boston, in this Arctic region 600 miles from the North Pole, there are no cars honking, no emergency vehicles blasting their sirens, no chatter of people on cell phones. But there is a different, more subtle kind of musical score – a lone auk calling above, a...
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, but he says he’s proud of elevating the climate crisis topic (Aug. 22)
U.S. lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to exempt 31 small refineries from using ethanol in their fuel blends, as is required by federal law.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says his country can’t afford to fight the massive blazes raging across the Amazon rainforest. Bolsonaro, who was elected last year, has faced criticism for not doing enough to contain deforestation as the Amazon faces a record number of wildfires — which are up 84% from the same period last year....
Bernie Sanders releases a $16-trillion Green New Deal plan as he visits fire victims in Paradise, Calif.
Jeering activists interrupted a speech by Ricardo Salles on Wednesday at the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week conference in Salvador, Brazil. Booing protesters virtually drowned out Salles' speech during which one activist held a placard reading: 'Don't you get tired of your own lies?' The minister and the government of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, have come under fire for their policies, which activists say are harming the environment Brazilian minister booed at climate event as outcry grows over Amazon fires Continue reading...
An influential advisory panel will miss next month's deadline for completing independent assessments of several high-profile proposed EPA rules, raising the odds that the agency could issue the final versions before the reviews are complete.
In a setback for environmentalists, a district court has ruled that EPA doesn't need to disclose an analysis relevant to its rollback of Obama-era clean car standards.
Bernie Sanders announced a $16-trillion plan to face climate change during a California visit. Here's a look at Green New Deal proposals out there.
Fires in the Amazon rainforest show up clearly and ominously in satellite imagery, showing the increased deforestation trends that are putting the planet's carbon savings account and bastion of biodiversity at risk.
[The Herald] Government yesterday signed a tripartite funding and implementation agreement for a US$24,3 million grant facility from the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) towards the post Cyclone Idai emergency, recovery and resilience programme.
Cuadrilla, an oil and gas exploration company, said a 'micro seismic event' took place at their site near Blackpool at around 8.46pm last night, which registered at 1.55 on the Richter scale.
“Identifying an abiotic source of deep-sea methane has been a problem that we’ve been wrestling with for many years,” says…
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Monday it may consider decommissioning one or more reactors at its nuclear power plant in Kashiwazaki in Niigata ...
"Dismissed a decade ago as far-fetched and dangerous, schemes to tame global warming by engineering the climate have migrated from the margins of policy debates towards centre stage." LINK
At least six states have formally named climate change czars or chief executives over the past year, signalling a new level of crisis in the United States.
A low pressure area located about 280 miles (451 km) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina has an 80% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.
Reforms will oblige Cuba to work more closely with its US neighbours – in spite of US President Trump’s frosty attitude Cuba has introduced sweeping reforms of its fishing laws in a move seen as smoothing the way for possible collaboration with the US on protecting their shared ocean, despite Donald Trump’s policy of reversing a thaw in relations. The move is the first time the text of an environmental law in Cuba specifies the need for scientific research, which experts say will mean greater reliance on state-of-the-art US technology. Continue reading...
"Draft guidelines for how industry fights climate change promote the widespread use of untested technologies that experts fear could undermine efforts to slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, AFP can reveal." LINK
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday said that the inter-ministerial central team is in the state to assess the damage caused due to the floods and will submit a report to the Centre in two days. "The Centre has sent a study team to our state. The team has come to study flood-hit areas here. They will give the report to the Centre in two days. I am sure that the central government will give sufficient funds to the state," he told reporters here.
There is no indication world leaders have reached agreement on dealing with climate change, the world economy or Iran.
Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to strengthen and could be near hurricane strength by Tuesday over the eastern Caribbean Sea, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.
In 2017, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California, were wiped off the map. Now the community is helping residents cope with the trauma The nightmares kept coming and David Leal knew he was in trouble. A navy veteran with a can-do attitude and a solidly middle-class IT job at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, he didn’t think of himself as mentally vulnerable. But when the Tubbs fire snatched his house off the face of the earth in the early morning hours of 9 October 2017, it hit him hard. “Long story short, I went through a lot of PTSD,” Leal says, as we tour his nearly rebuilt home in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood. Wildfires are not uncommon in the mountains outside of this northern California town, but residents can’t remember one like this: the fire jumped six lanes of...
US President Donald Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes before they made landfall in the United States, a news site Axios wrote. During a hurricane briefing, Trump asked if it were possible to disrupt hurricanes forming off the coast of Africa by dropping a nuclear bomb in the eye of the storm, it read.
Building nuclear power stations used to be an effective cover for nuclear weapons programs. So what is it now, with the credibility of nuclear power so very low?
The post Is the push for nuclear power a covert push for nuclear weapons? appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Australia's slow uptake of electric vehicles could blow out the carbon budget, and a target of 50% EV sales 2030 was needed to keep the country on track.
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Last week Donald Trump talked about buying Greenland. Within a day or two the news media was full of stories asking “Can America really buy Greenland?” Today Trump mused about using nuclear weapons to break up hurricanes. I suppose this means that tomorrow we’ll be buried under earnest pieces asking “Are nukes the answer to […]
US president reportedly asked more than once about why national security could not bomb hurricanes Donald Trump has reportedly suggested on more than one occasion that the US military should bomb hurricanes in order to disrupt them before they make landfall. According to US news website Axios , the US president said in a meeting with top national security and homeland security officials about the threat of hurricanes: “I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” “They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?” Continue reading...
US President Donald Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes before they made landfall in the United States, Axios reported on Sunday.During a hurricane briefing, Trump asked if it were possible to disrupt hurricanes forming off the coast of Africa by dropping a nuclear bomb in the eye of the storm, Axios wrote.According to an anonymous source, meeting attendees left the briefing thinking, “What do we do with this?”Axios did not say when this conversation took place.Donald Trump and…
A group of civic leaders say the move should be a key part of Scotland's effort to tackle climate change.
August 26, 2019 5:00 AM It is reassuring that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s most recent remarks on climate change at his National Day Rally speech struck a chord with many Singaporeans. About four in 10 people polled said that they were more concerned about the issue after having listened to the Rally speech.
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Dorian, the fourth tropical storm of the season, has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
Oil prices fell on Monday, pushing U.S. crude to its lowest in more than two weeks, as an intensifying U.S.-China trade war knocked confidence in the global economy.
Nearly 200,000 people have been affected by floods since the beginning of July.
A massive raft made of pumice stones is floating towards Australia, carrying marine organisms that scientists say could help replenish Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Some of the stones are as large as basketballs, and have formed a giant sheet stretching about 58 square miles — nearly the size of Washington, D.C. An explosion from an underwater volcano near the tiny island nation of Tonga is thought to have produced the raft, according to NASA. Michael Hoult and Larissa Brill, an Australian couple that was sailing to Fiji on a catamaran, posted to Facebook about the pumice sheet on August 17 th . They had heard the previous day of "pumice fields," and in a Facebook post, they reported they encountered a "faint but distinct smell of sulfur" when they were near a location "charted as area of...
Those wanting to offset carbon emissions, such as from a plane trip or car journey, can pay for the equivalent amount of charcoal to be stored safely underground.
In the Washington Post today, Jamil Zaki asks a question: About 70 percent of Americans believe that the climate is changing, most acknowledge that this change reflects human activity, and more than two-thirds think it will harm future generations. Unless we dramatically alter our way of life, swaths of the planet will become hostile or […]
The Russian Ministry of Defence said today that it had launched two of its prized ballistic missiles from locations in the Arctic Ocean. They successfully hit a target near the Archangelsk region.
NSW Ports and Southern Cross Station also pledge to reduce emissions in line with Australia’s Paris targets after push by infrastructure fund Ausgrid and Melbourne Airport have committed to emissions reductions targets as part of a push by Australia’s largest infrastructure fund to reduce its carbon footprint. IFM Investors announced on Monday that Melbourne, Brisbane, and NT airports, as well as NSW Ports, the Port of Brisbane, Southern Cross Station, and electricity network Ausgrid, would commit to a carbon abatement plan in an effort to align the fund’s critical infrastructure assets with Australia’s Paris targets . Continue reading...
Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday morning and bring wind, rain and storm surges to the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico over the coming week.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Fayval Williams, says the Government remains committed to empowering the nation's youth through technology. She notes that as countries prepare for the global onset of the technology-driven fourth industrial revolution, “it is absolutely imperative that our youth are prepared and possess the skills needed to participate”.
Rubens Ricupero warns the far-right leader is wreaking havoc on Brazil’s environment and its global standing Jair Bolsonaro’s neglect of the Amazon has made him “the most despised and detested leader” on earth, Brazil’s former environment minister has claimed, as the far-right leader again rebuked French president Emmanuel Macron for challenging his environmental record. Rubens Ricupero warned Bolsonaro was wreaking havoc on both Brazil’s environment and its global standing, as Bolsonaro used Facebook to scold Macron’s “inappropriate and gratuitous attacks” over the Amazon fires and insult France’s first lady . Continue reading...
Filed under: Forecasts, International, Weather Tropical Storm Dorian was likely to strengthen into a hurricane during the next two days as it churned westward in the Caribbean Sea, putting Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands on alert, forecasters said on Sunday.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived in France to attend the G7 Summit where he will speak on burning global issues of environment, climate and digital transformation and also meet the world leaders. Though India is not a member of the G7 grouping, PM Modi has been personally invited by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Leaders of G7 nations failed at a summit dinner on Saturday to make progress in persuading U.S. President Donald Trump to reissue oil sanction waivers, a European diplomat familiar with the discussion said.
Iran wants to export a minimum of 700,000 barrels per day of its oil and ideally up to 1.5 million bpd if the West wants to negotiate with Tehran to save a 2015 nuclear deal, two Iranian officials and one diplomat told Reuters on Sunday. A second official said "Iran's ballistic missile program cannot and will not be negotiated.
Humanity's most dangerous predator is the mosquito. Climate change is bringing new kinds of the bugs to Canada — possibly along with new diseases.
As low-lying Pacific nations explore the idea of building artificial land to survive climate change, a country less known as a victim of the phenomenon may be following in their footsteps.Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his annual National Day address on Sunday floated a number of solutions the city state could adopt to address the fallout from global warming.He said about S$100 billion (US$72 billion) would be needed over the next century to make these proposals a success and…
The 150 sq km field of floating rock was created by an underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga A giant raft of pumice, which was spotted in the Pacific and is expected to make its way towards Australia, could help the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef from its bleaching episode by restocking millions of tiny marine organisms, including coral. The pumice raft, which is about 150 sq km, was produced by an underwater volcano near Tonga. It was first reported by Australian couple Michael Hoult and Larissa Brill, who were sailing a catamaran to Fiji, on 16 August. Continue reading...
There may be little relief on the horizon for investors in U.S. energy companies, whose shares moved from darlings to dismal performers during Wall Street's record bull run and now face a shaky global economy, doubts about fossil fuel investments and general market skepticism.
At least if we have the right values, we might change our behavior someday.
Small, private energy firms can’t hope to compete in a global market The possible failure of some smaller energy suppliers might not raise major issues, even for their customers, but clearly illustrates the stupidity of privatisation of such vital national resources (“ Small energy companies risk going bust in financial shock ”, News). Oil and gas prices are determined by global markets, so there is little scope for competition there; in fact, the artificial competitive elements might even contribute to increased prices as British suppliers outbid one another in order to get enough for their needs. The dozens of companies involved, all with shareholders, managers and employees to be paid, inevitably increase costs when compared with the state-run enterprises that successfully ran the businesses...
The spark for the fuse appeared to be an impromptu lunch between Trump and Macron, without any aides Senior aides in Donald Trump’s entourage have accused the G7 host and French president, Emmanuel Macron, of seeking to embarrass his US counterpart by making the summit focus on “niche issues” such as climate change, according to multiple US media reports. Macron’s plan to heal divisions among G7 leaders in Biarritz this weekend apparently did not factor in the need to keep Trump’s aides happy too, a group that began briefing against him within hours of Trump’s arrival. Continue reading...
Property rights have been crucial to society since time immemorial, but as technology evolves, rights too are changing, presenting new challenges.
We are in the throes of the fourth industrial revolution, driven by advances in, and the proliferation of, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. The importance of big data in the new economy is like that of oil in the old one.
But associated with the unprecedented efficiency and convenience of the new economy, one of the biggest challenges we…
Six states in Brazil's Amazon region requested military help on Saturday to combat record fires that are tearing through the rainforest, provoking an international outcry because of the Amazon's central role in combating global warming.
The record wildfires raging in the Amazon region could permanently change the ecosystem there, accelerating climate change across the planet.
MIAMI, Florida (AP) — A newly formed tropical depression is expected to reach the Caribbean as a tropical storm within the next several days.The US National Hurricane Center in Miami says that the storm is moving west and could reach hurricane strength Wednesday.
August 24, 2019 6:50 PM TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Taiwan braced for typhoon Bailu on Saturday (Aug 24), shutting businesses and schools as airlines cancelled hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides, floods and high seas on the island.
The U.S. alleged that the tanker, which was seized in July, was carrying 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to Syria in violation of an international embargo.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Dorian is moving west and could reach hurricane strength Tuesday.
Look who’s trotting up to join climate change, global recession and war… • You can buy your own print of this cartoon Continue reading...
President Trump arrived in France for the annual G7 Summit, with the flagging global economy and ongoing trade war with China framing his visit, and the meeting potentially further exposing deep rifts between the U.S. and other countries over trade and climate change. Just before leaving Washington, D.C., on Friday, Trump increased tariffs on Chinese imports, and threatened to force all American companies to leave China. Upon arriving in Biarritz early Saturday, Trump said, via Twitter, that he had the authority to do so. Trump cited the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977, writing, "For all of the Fake News Reporters that don't have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!"...
Joe Biden has proposed a $1.7 trillion climate plan over ten years that includes the following major components: Net zero emissions by 2050. $400 billion (over ten years) on R&D targeted at: grid-scale storage; small modular nuclear reactors; zero net energy buildings; using renewables to produce carbon-free hydrogen; decarbonizing industrial heat needed to make steel, […]
Two people were injured Saturday when a weakening Typhoon Bailu crossed southern Taiwan. The storm forced the shutdown of businesses and schools, and airlines canceled more than 350 flights as the island braced for landslides, floods and high seas, Reuters reported. Some 34,000 soldiers were deployed in the south amid fears of flooding. The storm,...
An Iranian oil tanker bound for Greece has abruptly changed course and will instead make port in Turkey, according to the Associated Press. The ship Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, is now on track to reach Mersin, Turkey, in roughly a week. U.S. authorities believe the vessel, which is carrying $130...
This week: Rosario Dawson, Boots Riley, a polar bear, and a duo that’s chillin’ their ice cream with space mirrors! (Plus, some boozy lemonade.)
Fires in the Amazon rainforest have prompted concern around the world.
Activist group Extinction Rebellion have announced plans to shut down Brisbane CBD on the Queen's Birthday public holiday with yet another protest.
The GeoSea geothermal sea baths in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, is listed on Time Magazine’s Greatest Places 2019.
U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in France on Saturday for what promises to be a fraught meeting of major industrialized nations, with friction over trade, climate change and Iran likely to snarl the talks.
A 1.05-magnitude tremor has hit Britain's only active fracking site. The quake at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road facility near Blackpool, Lancashire, comes just two days after the largest.
August 24, 2019 5:00 AM KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said linking the production of palm oil to deforestation was "baseless, unfair and unjustified", and that the industry has grown responsibly.
Russia test-fired Sineva and Bulava ballistic missiles from two submarines from the polar region of the Arctic Ocean and from the Barents Sea on Saturday as part of combat training, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
NASA noted that pollutants can travel great distances, and that carbon monoxide in particular can remain in the atmosphere for as long as a month.
Kamala Harris’s climate plan is here. It’s just a placeholder with a few platitudes about fighting big oil, “building a clean economy that creates good-paying jobs for the future,” etc. I’m a little surprised that Harris doesn’t have something more by now, but there’s still plenty of time left. When she releases a plan, I’ll […]
Tropical Storm Ivo is losing strength off Mexico’s Pacific coast as its moves northwestward over cooler waters and is expected to weaken into a remnant low weather system by Sunday night
Management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante, downsized by Trump administration in 2017, criticized as ‘a giveaway to fossil fuel’ A new US government plan had cleared the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land stripped from Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante monument by the Trump administration two years ago. The plan, released by the Bureau of Land Management on Friday, would also open more lands to cattle grazing and recreation and acknowledges there could be “adverse effects” on land and resources in the monument. Trump drastically shrank the southern Utah monument in 2017, as well as the nearby Bears Ears national monument, in what represented the largest elimination of public lands protections in US history. Some 800,000 acres were removed from the Grand Staircase...
The controversial Russian floating nuclear power station will travel over 3,000 miles to the small Arctic town of Pevek.
Levels of the pollutant as high as 18,000 feet above Earth's surface have spiked to 160 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) in some regions, with local values expected to be 'significantly higher.'
Brazilians have taken to the streets in protest over destruction being done to the Amazon through wildfires and tree cutting. They say the new right-wing president is fueling the destruction.
Amid growing global condemnation, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he may mobilize the army to help combat a record number of fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest. The Trump administration said it was "deeply concerned" about the wildfires and European leaders ratcheted up criticism of Brazil's handling of the crisis, which now looks set to be discussed at a summit of G7 leaders in France this weekend. French President Emmanuel Macron's office went so far as to accuse Bolsonaro of lying when he downplayed concerns over climate change at the G20 summit in June, and said that France would now oppose the farming deal struck in June between the European Union and the Mercosur countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Related: The Amazon used to be a hedge against...
The company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has won a major victory in Nebraska, where environmental activists, two Native American tribes and some local landowners had sought to derail its construction. The state's Supreme Court on Friday ruled unanimously in favor of an alternate route proposed by TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada. The seven-judge panel decided that Nebraska's Public Service Commission — an elected body designated by the state legislature "as the agency responsible for determining which pipeline route is in the public interest," according to the court — acted correctly in granting a permit for the Mainline Alternative Route put forward by TC Energy. The PSC, a group comprising four Republicans and one Democrat, narrowly certified the alternative route...
Russia will launch the world’s first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of ...
This will be a very contentious area for the G7 summit, because Donald Trump, who is dismissive of the entire science of climate change, will most certainly run a train wreck on this. India, said foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, would support France in all its positions at the G7.
Stung by a global outcry over deforestation and wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil has launched a diplomatic offensive to persuade the international community of its environmental credentials.
(Bloomberg) -- A progressive climate group that is behind the Green New Deal held a large protest inside the hotel hosting the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting Friday in response to the party’s rejection of a debate focused on climate change.Lining the halls of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel, protesters loudly cheered and sang as delegates and staff walked by. On Thursday, the DNC’s resolutions committee rejected a proposal to let candidates appear simultaneously in a debate on climate issues. DNC Chairman Tom Perez has also expressed opposition to any single-issue debates."In the coming days and months, we’ll keep fighting to make sure the DNC and Tom Perez treat the climate crisis like the emergency that it is, and give it the airtime and attention that it...
After historic heat waves in June and July, there will be no cooling of temperatures at the end of August.
China's threat on Friday to slap a 5% tariff on U.S. oil imports could further soften demand for physical crude at hubs along the U.S. Gulf Coast, where exporters already have taken to shipping crude overseas without firm buyers, traders said.
August 23, 2019 3:42 PM Taiwan braced for Typhoon Bailu on Friday, prompting cancellations of domestic flights amid warnings of floods and high seas on the island.
China on Friday said it would impose tariffs on U.S. crude oil imports for the first time, sending prices down nearly 4% to two-week lows as the escalating bilateral trade war fed worries over a slowdown in global oil demand.
Stocks and oil prices fell sharply on Friday while traditional safe havens rose after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to further escalate his trade war with China "this afternoon," following a new round of retaliatory tariffs from Beijing.
The Atlantic hurricane season has been unusually quiet so far this season, but the tropics have finally started to wake up this week.
Rosatom says the plant is safe and can serve as a new power source for the planet's most isolated communities, but environmentalists have voiced concerns.
David Koch used some of his $50 billion to fuel the Tea Party's rise and to oppose climate change policies that could hurt his industrial empire.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' version of the Green New Deal, released this week, said it would find trillions of dollars to combat climate change and grow the economy in part by "scaling back military spending on maintaining global oil dependence" but did not explain exactly where those cuts would be.
The reassignment of a senior EPA career staffer this summer was not politically motivated, newly released emails show.
Air India offered to pay Rs 60 crore which is a drop in the ocean of what oil marketing companies owe.
Brazil’s handling of forest fires set to top agenda of G7 countries at meeting in Biarritz this weekend Amazon fires: what is happening and is there anything we can do? France and Ireland have said they will oppose an EU trade deal with South American countries unless Brazil takes action to stop the burning of the Amazon. On the eve of a meeting of the G7 nations in Biarritz, an Élysée source said Emmanuel Macron thought Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, “lied” to him at the G20 meeting in Osaka in June about his climate commitments and therefore France would oppose the Mercosur treaty. Continue reading...
Trump shocked the world when he said he was serious about wanting to buy Greenland. Just how much is it worth, and how does climate change fit in?
August 23, 2019 12:31 PM KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Aug 23) said linking the production of palm oil to deforestation was "baseless, unfair and unjustified", and that the industry has grown responsibly.
China threatened to impose tariffs on U.S. crude oil for the first time in the escalating bilateral trade war, sending prices to two-week lows on Friday as that compounded worries about a slowdown in global oil demand. China said crude would be among the U.S. products hit by tariffs of 5% as of Sept. 1. U.S. President Donald Trump said he would offer a response later on Friday.
August 23, 2019 12:14 PM CHICO, CALIFORNIA (WASHINGTON POST) - Independent Senator Bernie Sanders proposed a US$16.3 trillion (S$22.6 trillion) climate plan on Thursday (Aug 22), an expansive blueprint meant to enlarge American ambitions when it comes to combating planetary warming in a campaign season already marked by aggressive Democratic approaches.
Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, announced that nine solar projects developed with SolAmerica Energy totaling 14.1 megawatts (MW) have begun commercial operations across central Georgia under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative. These projects bring Duke Energy Renewables, operating through its REC Solar business unit, to 27.4 MW of solar projects in Georgia.
Italy’s National Energy Strategy aims to increase wind and solar power’s share of gross final energy consumption by 2030. The country boasts a track record of meeting past renewables targets, but can it be successful once more? Stefania Belisario, associate director, Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, assesses the factors either driving or impeding progress.
The Trump administration is no longer expected to rescind any of the biofuel waivers already granted to oil refiners after a meeting on Thursday at the White House, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
A U.S. appeals court on Friday mostly upheld Environmental Protection Agency regulations from 2015 that created stricter standards for ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions.
[263Chat] Distributed Power Africa (DPA) has more than doubled its client base as the demand for solar energy soars amid the local power challenges, becoming the largest installer of commercial and industrial solar energy solutions in Zimbabwe.
Wearable technology has made big strides in recent years, from fitness trackers and smartwatches to shoes that vibrate to give you directions, tops that soak up air pollution, and a jacket that doubles as a solar-powered phone charger. Levi's and Tommy Hilfiger are among the brands getting in on the act.
A system of showers and thunderstorms currently over the central Bahamas will douse South Florida over the next few days and chances of it turning into a tropical depression within five days increased to 60% Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. A 30% chance of tropical development is possible during the next 48 hours while the disturbance, which extends east for a few 100 miles, moves northwestward toward Florida’s east coast, according to the center’s 2 a.m. update. If the system develops into a tropical disturbance and grows into a tropical storm it will be the fourth one in the 2019 hurricane season to get a name. It would be Dorian. Read more at the Sun Sentinel .
Huge tracts of the Amazon, which serves as the lungs of the planet by taking in carbon dioxide, storing it in soils and producing oxygen, are ablaze. Smoke from the widespread fires has turned day into night in Sao Paulo, and intensified...
MOSCOW: Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region.
The ongoing study at the University of Kiel in Germany may make the cows look borderline ridiculous but it is a crucial step in mitigating the ongoing climate crisis.
[Radio Dabanga] Otash Camp / White Nile -An 18-month-old infant, an 11-year-old girl, and a 60-year-old woman drowned in Otash camp for the displaced near Nyala in South Darfur. They were washed away by floods that swept through the camp, one of the sheikhs of Otash told Radio Dabanga.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was lying when he played down concerns about climate change at the G20 summit in Japan in June, said French President Emmanuel Macron's office on Friday, as Brazil and France continued to clash over the issue.
Russia's first floating nuclear power plant set sail on Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country's most remote regions, sparking environmental concerns.
Russia's first floating nuclear power plant set sail on Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country's most remote regions, sparking environmental concerns. Developed by the Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, the plant, known as "Akademik Lomonosov", set off on a 5,000 km (3,100 mile) journey through Arctic waters to reach the Chukotka region, which lies across the Bering Strait from Alaska. The plant, loaded with nuclear fuel, will replace a coal-fired power plant and an ageing nuclear power plant supplying more than 50,000 people with electricity in the town of Pevek.
North Dakota regulators have set a Nov. 13 public hearing on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors approved a series of measures yesterday aimed at securing a cleaner energy mix and healthier balance sheet for the federally owned power company.
The numbers are in, and they're not looking good for the plug-in hybrid, a crossbreed vehicle that helped get Americans used to the idea of electric cars but may be falling out of favor as more automakers seek to reduce emissions by going all-electric.
South Africa's Exxaro Resources Ltd. said it's working on a new strategy for its business founded on coal mining amid investor and public concerns about the impact of climate change.
President Trump is prepared for world leaders to press him on climate change during the Group of Seven meeting in France this weekend.
If music is a reflection of a culture's conscience, then America is grieving and worried about climate change.
HOG HAMMOCK, Sapelo Island, Ga. — Everyone was talking about Franny's new double-wide trailer.
[Leadership] It is a known fact that deforestation poses danger to the environment. However, the more worrisome development is the nonchalant attitude of most people towards sustaining efforts geared toward ensuring a better ecosystem. Yahya Sarki in this report diagnoses the OXFAM's tree planting model of not only reawakening public consciousness but making a sustainable environment a priority.
Administration’s move is a ‘head in the sand approach’ that will further imperil creatures threatened by the climate crisis Life as a sea turtle is already harrowing. Emerging alone from a shell to crawl through a deadly gauntlet of predatory birds, dogs and ants, all for the goal of reaching the ocean, a place where fish swallow you whole and fragments of discarded plastic slowly suffocate you. Now climate change – in the form of sea level rise, rising temperatures and fiercer storms – is adding further, existential hardships and in the US a recent weakening of endangered species protections by the Trump administration will further imperil sea turtles and other creatures threatened by the climate crisis. Continue reading...
The Aug. 19 editorial “Global warming is already here” noted President Trump’s unforgivable climate denial. But how about the big corporations that fund top denial and opposition groups, such as the...
For residents of Anchorage, July’s wildfire and unprecedented temperatures plus the current McKinley Fire confirm that global heating has changed life forever Major fires are burning this week in south-central Alaska, lengthening the state’s wildfire season, which has usually ended by the beginning of August. They come after Alaska’s hottest July on record, during which its largest city, Anchorage, had a temperature pass 90F (32C) for the first time. On top of that, the area has seen little rain this summer, resulting in extremely dry conditions. Continue reading...
GE Renewable Energy announced as co-developer and turbine supplier for "largest in the Southern Hemisphere" 800-1000MW Golden Plains wind farm in Victoria.
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“There ain’t no middle ground.” Let’s put that to the people.
National oil and gas firm PTT Plc plans to develop a gas pipeline in the Northeast, expecting to add capacity to the group's existing gas pipeline.
Taiwan braced for Typhoon Bailu on Friday, prompting cancellations of domestic flights amid warnings of floods and high seas on the island.
A $3.1m pilot project to produce green hydrogen via electrolysis at existing BOC gas facility in Queensland wins $950,000 from Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
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Federal fisheries experts are painting a devastating picture of the challenges facing Pacific salmon and point to climate change as the main culprit.
ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Canadian High Commission to Jamaica has assured that Canada is committed to supporting the Caribbean's climate resilience efforts.
Walmart Inc and Tesla Inc are looking to address all issues surrounding the solar installations at Walmart stores, the companies said late on Thursday, two days after the retailer sued the electric carmaker for "widespread negligence" that led to repeated fires at the installations.
Extreme weather brings "extreme challenges," Germany's farmer association said while presenting their report on this year's harvest. The farmers urged the government to help bring in seasonal workers from outside the EU.
Arctic hospital staff did not know that military test victims were irradiated, the BBC learns.
APOLLO BEACH -- After two years and more than $4.5 million, scientists working with the Florida Aquarium have pulled off something no one else ever has: They coaxed imperiled Atlantic Ocean coral into spawning in a laboratory, aquarium officials announced Wednesday. The fact that this can be done in a lab, they said, is a hopeful sign for saving the Florida coral reef that stretches along the state’s Atlantic coast from Martin County south to the Keys. The corals there have been suffering from the effects of warming water and acidification due to climate change, as well as a disease that has left them in danger of extinction. Scientists hope to cultivate enough lab-spawned pillar coral to rebuild the reef. “This is a massive breakthrough,” said Jaime Craggs of the Horniman Museum and Gardens...
The Florida Keys depend on the coral reef tract and marine life for much more than just recreation. They're vital to the economy, contributing billions of dollars in tourism and travel to the region. But pollution, development and a warming ocean have had catastrophic effects on the environment. Hotter temperatures and dryer seasons have disrupted the habitat of sea turtles. The temperature of the sand where turtles nest can impact turtles' gender, causing scientists to worry about the population’s future. And coral bleaching and stony coral loss disease have devastated Florida’s coral reef tract, home to fish and sea life. This week, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary released a new plan that lays out sweeping changes to protect the ocean’s coral reefs, stretching south from Miami...
The Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, roughly half the size of the United States, is key to the health of the entire planet. Its trees produce an estimated 20% of the world's oxygen, while putting an enormous amount of water into the atmosphere at a time when cities are drying up. The Amazon is sucking in carbon and greenhouse gases while slowing the rising temperatures. But it's now burning at a record rate -- with images from space showing the smoke covering much of Brazil.
Filed under: News, Politics, Policy California announced a deal with four automakers Wednesday that would defy the Trump administration’s plan to ease tailpipe emissions standards and increase vehicle fuel efficiency. In response, the president vented his frustration on Twitter.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region. Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia. Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant on ground that is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors abroad.
August 22, 2019 9:41 PM BEKASI (AP) - An Indonesian man is walking more than 700km backwards from his village in eastern Java to the country's capital to raise awareness about deforestation.
The move sparked loud and angry backlash from climate change activists who believe the Democratic Party should change the rules to allow for a debate focused solely on climate issues.
Ivo is soon expected to become the eastern Pacific Ocean's next hurricane as it parallels the western coast of Mexico and unleashes dangerous surf into the weekend.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a 16 trillion dollar climate plan Thursday that builds on the Green New Deal. It calls for the US to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050. (Aug. 22)
Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year. President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. (Aug. 22)
U.S. President Donald Trump, faced with mounting anger in the farm belt over policies that allow oil refineries to use less corn-based ethanol, summoned Cabinet members on Thursday to discuss ways to boost biofuel demand, four sources familiar with the matter said.
Exclusive: Farmers United says ‘we know in our hearts and minds’ experts are wrong about run-off damaging the reef Queensland cane growers’ groups are backing an opaque front organisation working to undermine Great Barrier Reef consensus science, including publishing claims that “we know in our hearts and minds” that the experts are wrong. The group, Farmers United, published full-page advertisements in News Corp Queensland newspapers this week. Continue reading...
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan on Thursday before touring a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire, declaring the setting a "wake-up call for our entire nation" to the dangers of a warming planet. "Climate change is a major, major crisis for our country, and the entire world, and one of the manifestations of that crisis is what happened here," the Vermont senator said as he walked through a burned-out mobile home park in Paradise alongside people who lost their homes in last November's deadly blaze. Sanders' climate plan calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national emergency.
Temperatures are expected to soar in the South-East on Saturday to similar levels to those forecast in Hawaii, with the warm weather anticipated to continue throughout the three-day break.
In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at social media's positive role in climate action and a country that actually has negative carbon emissions.
EPA is backing off its 2016 decision to declare the area around a massive East Texas power plant out of compliance with its sulfur dioxide air quality standard.
Political storm over rainforest devastation as Ricardo Salles attends summit The environment minister of Brazil, where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event on Wednesday as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande joined an international chorus of criticism. Videos of Ricardo Salles being booed by demonstrators as he took to the stage at Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in the north-eastern city of Salvador circulated widely in Brazil. An opposition senator is planning to seek his impeachment at Brazil’s supreme court. Continue reading...
The concept, led by architect Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha, was presented at the Association of Siamese Architects' annual competition, earlier this month.