Temperatures across Britain are set to plunge as a result of a weaker than normal jet stream which will allow in colder polar air, bringing with it snow and ice.
A major winter storm was expected to clobber a large swath of the northern United States with heavy snow, gusty winds and frigid temperatures making travel difficult and dangerous starting on Friday and through the weekend, forecasters said. The storm system will dump 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) of snow in the Plains and Midwest on Friday night and Saturday and as it moves east at least a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in several advisories. The system was expected to also bring freezing rain, wind gusts of 35 miles (56 km) per hour and quickly dropping temperatures that will to dip into the teens and even below zero Fahrenheit in several areas, the service said.
People concerned about climate change are posting before and after photos of glaciers, coral reefs and drought.
It’s a reaction to the Government Accountability Office recommendation that the department quit ignoring climate change.
A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others.
Television footage showed the pipeline gushing fuel earlier in the day and people queuing with containers An explosion in central Mexico has killed at least 20 people and injured more than 70 after people carrying water jugs and fuel containers gathered at a pipeline gushing gasoline. Video footage showed people getting covered in petrol as they tried to fill their containers on Friday in the town of Tlahuelipan, Hidalgo state, to the north of Mexico City. Screams could be heard later as a fireball shot to the sky. “Hit the ground!” one person yelled at those fleeing. Continue reading...
[IPS] Rome -According to UN statistics, approximately 40 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall the world's coastal population is increasing faster than the total global population. At the same time, global warming is causing sea levels to rise and increasing extreme weather incidents on coastlines.
A Queens man was poisoned to death in his home on Friday night when carbon monoxide gas leaked out of his boiler, sources said. The victim, identified by police as 63-year-old Lorenzo Benedetto, was found by a relative at his home on 256th Street near 87th Avenue in Belrose, according to police sources. Medics responded...
[ISS] Senegal's Casamance region was once the breadbasket of this West African nation, known for its rich vegetation, biodiversity and expansive forests. But these woodlands are rapidly disappearing, forming a silent crisis that has now reached a critical level. In a region where climate change poses a serious threat, this loss spells long-term disaster.
( Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST) ) An international team of researchers, including Professor Sarah Kang and DoYeon Kim in the School of Urban and Environmental Engineering at South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), has unveiled local drivers of amplified arctic warming.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up spilling fuel from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold.It...
Dozens of people were scrambling to steal some of the leaking oil when they were engulfed in flames.
Three workers were injured when an explosion occurred at a compressor building at an oil and gas industrial site in northwestern Alberta, the RCMP said on Friday.
January 19, 2019 10:00 AM WASHINGTON (AFP) - Many of the US military's key installations are facing increasing difficulties due to climate change, the Pentagon said Friday (Jan 18) in a report critics slammed as understating the scope of the problem.
Alberta’s NDP government claims a UCP plan to scrap the carbon tax would pull all provincial funding from Calgary’s Green Line LRT expansion project.
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing an increase in the state excise tax on real estate transfers to help Massachusetts communities better prepare for the effects of climate change.Baker said Friday the plan will be included...
Malaysia has filed a lawsuit against an opposition-run state for infringing on an indigenous tribe’s land rights by handing out licences to plantation companies to cut down timber, the first such action by a sitting government.
Deforestation over the decades has displaced some of the dozens of indigenous groups in Malaysia from their customary land. Property development and palm oil, rubber and more recently durian plantations have also encroached on their land.
Activists have criticised...
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...
Saying the road ahead was "very difficult," Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the company would be cutting its staff by about 7 percent.The electric car and solar panel maker notified its employees about the staff cuts and...
A researcher says that as the climate changes, “winter is shortening, but you’re getting these more intensive periods in that shorter winter.”
MEXICO CITY — A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 20 people and badly burning 60 others as locals collected the spilling gasoline in buckets, officials said. The leak was caused by fuel thieves illegally tapping the pipeline in a small town in the state...
Researchers managed to drill into the lake for the first time earlier this year. According to Nature, researchers found crustaceans and a tardigrade, or 'water bear' in the icy depths.
Latest Defense Report Aims to Get Military Climate Ready, But Key Information Also Missing WASHINGTON (January 18, 2019)—The Department of Defense (DoD) released a report today examining the risks of climate change to a sample of 79 U.S. military sites. The report, mandated by Congress in...
Researchers were surprised to find vestiges of what appear to be tiny animals in mud from Antarctica’s ice-covered Lake Mercer.
A federal court judge on Friday ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore oil drilling during the ongoing government shutdown, dealing a blow Trump administration's energy agenda.
Firms say 800 renewable projects ready to plug gap left after Wylfa nuclear plant scrapped Ministers have been urged to drop their block on subsidies for onshore windfarms, as industry figures showed that nearly 800 renewable projects are ready to plug much of the power gap left by the abandonment of the Wylfa nuclear project. Related: Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales Continue reading...
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Climate change impacts
Mortality risk from heat stress expected to hit poorest nations the hardest
Migration as a human affair: Integrating individual stress thresholds into quantitative models of climate migration (open access)
Dynamical malaria forecasts are skillful at regional and local scales in Uganda up to 4 months ahead (open access)
Climate change: thinking small islands beyond Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Global assessment of the effectiveness of adaptation in coastal areas based on RCP/SSP scenarios (open access)
Strengthening the science-policy interface for climate adaptation: stakeholder perceptions in Cameroon (open...
Ice fishing remains closed at the conservation area following an advisory from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.
The military walks a fine line between the White House's official climate denialism and the stark realities of a warming planet.
Draft environmental measures include proposal that would impose motorway speed limit The days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast autobahns could be over if the government adopts draft proposals on climate protection put forward by its committee on the future of transport. Charged with devising recommendations on reducing the environmental harm caused by transport, the committee also proposed fuel tax hikes and electric vehicle quotas to help Germany finally meet European Union emissions targets . Continue reading...
The weather agency said the system will move across New England on Sunday, hitting the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on Monday.
Daniel Mittler is the Political Director of Greenpeace International and is on the steering committee of the global Fight Inequality alliance.The post Davos, Inequality & the Climate Emergency appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Continue Reading Hiking cabin withstands extreme weather north of the arctic circle
A perfect storm of snow and sleet will make the Big Apple a wintry mess over the weekend — then turn it into an ice-skating rink when single-digit temperatures freeze it all over. Friday morning’s light dusting is only a preview for the larger storm on the way, which is expected to barrel into the...
Heavy snows, strong winds expected from the Corn Belt to New England, with up to 40 inches of snow in some parts.
Tellurian Inc's proposed Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Louisiana took a major step forward on Friday as the federal energy regulator issued a final environmental report for the export terminal.
Winter Storm Watches have been issued as we prepare for a winter wallop, which is expected to bring snow, rain and ice to different parts of our region.
A central Iowa landowner who claims she wasn't paid enough by oil pipeline builder Dakota Access to compensate for the value of her farmland has won a $250,000 jury verdict.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, resuming a battle that began a decade ago, is suing EPA over a recently revived interpretation of a key aspect of the New Source Review permitting program.
Energy and Commerce Republicans are only making a few changes to the lineups for subcommittees with an energy and environment focus.
Federal judges will not revisit a closely watched ruling that found the Clean Water Act does not apply to pollution linked to a Tennessee coal ash site.
[UNEP] Heba Al-Farrah has a goal: to spread environmental awareness and climate action among women across the Middle East and North Africa.
Dr Anne Jones is a former postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool, now at...
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Doctors say climate change is deadlier than we thought. But the health sector can play a big role in changing that.
[Nyasa Times] Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has said the recent floods which wrecked havoc in Lilongwe can be attributed to human activities which could be avoided.
Four baby lion cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo's owner said on Friday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum wants to know why the federal Environmental Protection Agency opted against filing formal comments with Minnesota regulators when the state was considering whether to issue a key water...
Heavy snows, strong winds expected from the Corn Belt to New England, with up to 40 inches of snow in some parts.
On this week's Eco Africa, we learn about a new nontoxic shoe polish, see how solar powered taxis can help reduce pollution in big cities and find out how prisoners are helping their environment.
Oil prices rose early Friday trailing equity gains late Thursday that followed a report about possible concessions ahead in U.S. trade talks with China.
The Paris-based International Energy Agency on Friday cast doubt on whether Russia would meet its agreement with OPEC to cut crude oil output to support prices.
Two of America’s best-known green investors are reassessing their stakes in global insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co’s after a Reuters investigation into the company’s lucrative side-business in “clean coal”.
Coffee farmer Masumi Kondo wrapped himself in a cozy blanket on cool nights in the 1970s when he began growing the crop in the Franca region of Brazil's São Paulo state. Now, thanks to persistently warmer weather, he needs an air conditioner.
Glaciers in the snowy mountains of western Canada are melting faster than they were a decade ago, according to scientists.
An extreme heatwave already breaking records across Australia is expected to peak in many parts of the country Friday, with temperatures forecast to stay above 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) for the sixth day in a row.
The Trump administration's plan to sell oil and gas leases in the Beaufort Sea late this year drew conflicting reviews in comments submitted by the oil industry, Alaska Native groups and environmental activists.
A federal judge this week issued a sweeping decision affirming the Bureau of Land Management's handling of two 2017 oil and gas lease sales across 198,000 acres of public lands in Nevada.
Vaccine hesitancy, where people are reluctant or refuse to have themselves or their children vaccinated, is a growing movement among those fearing negative health outcomes from immunizations, such as the (non-existent) risk of autism. This collective uncertainty has now gathered such momentum that the World health Organization (WHO) sees fit to list vaccine hesitancy as one of its 10 threats to global health in 2019, alongside other more established dangers such as air pollution and drug-resistant bacteria...
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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -The world's population must drastically change diets in order to prevent "potentially catastrophic" damage to the planet, scientists have warned.
A 336MW Victoria wind farm inspired by local landowners, and then selected by the state government's renewable energy auction scheme, has begun construction.
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Readers responded to our request for images of hot weather across Australia as temperature records tumbled Continue reading...
Snow accumulations could exceed two feet in some areas, and a thick glaze of ice could cause power failures.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to to quadruple New York’s offshore wind target from 2.4GW by 2030 to 9GW by 2035.
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With the beginning of the new year what better time to replace the batteries in your Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas, and contributes to a high rate of Alaskan resident deaths. Due to the cold climate Alaskans depend heavily on combustion heat (wood, fuel oil, and natural gas) to stay warm during the winter months. - PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 1:41:15 AM - SOURCE: Delta Wind
About 25,000 years ago, ice age hunters in what is now Poland threw a light spear known as a javelin at a mammoth. Now, the discovery of that javelin has revealed a major surprise.
On the fifth day of a record-breaking heatwave, temperatures in parts of NSW and ACT are forecast to soar above 40C Relief has finally arrived for South Australians but extreme temperatures are persisting – and even peaking – in Victoria and New South Wales on the fifth day of Australia’s extraordinary, record-breaking heatwave . On Friday, parts of NSW and the ACT were again forecast to soar above 40C – for the fifth day in a row. Continue reading...
As a member of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the USGS as the authorized user selects a Project Manager to access and coordinate the flow of available satellite data during major storms. It often pulls those managers from the ranks of AmericaView, a nationwide consortium largely funded by the USGS that advances the widespread use of remote sensing data and technology. Such was the case for both hurricanes Florence and Michael.
One important way they did that was through their remote sensing ties to a global consortium called the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters.” Comprised of 17 participating space agencies and 34 contributing satellites from around the world, the Charter makes remotely sensed information and products available at no cost during emergencies...
January 17, 2019 11:07 PM BRASILIA (REUTERS) - A high-profile dispute between supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Brazil's agriculture minister over deforestation escalated this week, coming as activists worry about new President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.
Back when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, there was a lot of talk about how President Trump was taking it a lot less seriously than two other hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, which hit areas that were, um, a little whiter than Puerto Rico. But according to the Washington Post, it was actually a […]
Kingston will receive $100,000 for two fast-charge electric car stations to open in the fall.
Electric cars might be the future, but you wouldn't know that from the debuts at the 2019 Detroit auto show.
A coast-to-coast study finds Canadians aren't keeping up with the need to protect their homes against catastrophic events made more common by climate change.
Climate change can't wait. Neither can the next president.
A federal grand jury in Detroit on Thursday indicted four managers at Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi unit as part of the U.S. government's investigation into the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to court documents.
Natural gas and oil firm Gulfport Energy Corp said it would buy back $400 million of shares on Thursday, just hours after a public demand to that effect from hedge fund investor Firefly Value Partners.
The Carbon Capture and Storage facility at Boundary Dam Power Station exceeded its daily capture rate targets for 2018, according to a report from SaskPower.
The climate data for 2018 is now mostly in, though the ongoing shutdown of the...
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Navy divers have found a body of one of the 15 trapped miners in the rat-hole coal mines in Meghalaya East Jaintia Hills district. The Naval personnel spotted the decomposed body of one of the miners about 200 feet along the horizontally dug small hole and managed to pull it about half way to the bottom of the shaft, operation spokesperson R Susngi said.
Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power has been appointed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council as a supplier on the four-year Decentralised Energy Network Frameworks. This is the first phase of frameworks to support decentralised energy networks and will cover the technical and professional consultancy element. The management of the frameworks will be undertaken by an arms' length company called Sinfra (UK), a franchise of the Swedish purchasing body Sinfra. Significantly, the frameworks will be...
Parents of children who go to schools in the LBPSB say they were furious to find out there are no carbon monoxide detectors in any of the buildings.
How green is nuclear power and what are the other options?
Model attacks rising Amazon deforestation and sets out her environmental credentials The Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen has rebutted an extraordinary attack by Brazil’s agriculture minister, who called her a “bad Brazilian” for her environmental activism and said she did not know “the facts”. Bündchen said the “bad Brazilians” were those responsible for Brazil’s worst deforestation figures in a decade. Continue reading...
[ANGOP] Lubango -Studies of the food Resilience and Nutrition Security Programme in Angola (FRESAN) conducted in 2018 indicate that over 1.1 million Angolans living in the southern provinces of Huíla, Namibe and Cunene are affected by drought as a result of the climate change phenomenon.
A fast-moving storm will dump an inch of snow an hour on the city starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and possibly into Sunday, when rain — and then an arctic blast — will turn the Big Apple into a treacherous tundra. Flakes will fall “hard and quick” before turning to rain sometime between midnight and...
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The options remaining, with three projects shelved and old plants reaching end of road Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales Does Hitachi decision mean the end of UK’s nuclear ambitions? Britain’s old nuclear power stations supply around a fifth of electricity supplies and are a key part of the energy system’s backbone. However, their share of the mix has been gradually shrinking as renewables have grown and energy demand has fallen. Continue reading...
[Government of Mauritius] A two-day workshop focusing on the RE-SAT energy analytics platform in Mauritius which aims to improve renewable energy planning through high resolution power estimates opened, this morning, at Voilà Hotel in Bagatelle. RE-SAT is a project funded by the UK-Space Agency and led by the Institute for Environment Analytics, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of six Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), including Mauritius.
With the annual legislative session nearing, lawmakers and education leaders likely will have to grapple with the fallout of Hurricane Michael on Northwest Florida school districts and continued questions about how to bolster school safety throughout the state.
Conservation groups are going back to court over a Montana coal mine's environmental impacts.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone and other Democrats today expressed concern that the partial government shutdown is being used to "undermine" a central energy efficiency program.
Retired EPA staffers are banding together to collect donations for furloughed agency workers during the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The combustion waste from Texas coal-fired power plants has contaminated groundwater with arsenic, boron and other toxic pollutants, according to a new report by an environmental group that calls for stricter controls.
Climate change is once again a forefront issue on Capitol Hill after years of being out of the spotlight when Republicans controlled the House. This week alone, top economists are endorsing a plan to reduce emissions, Democrats on Capitol Hill are working to craft their message on warming, and activists staged a protest to push more action on the issue.
Mudslides and flooding closed roads in California as heavy rains and snow were forecast.
"The company Climeworks specializes in capturing carbon-dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Climeworks has partnered with the sparkling water brand Valser to sell beverages containing CO2 that's captured from the air." LINK
Filed under: News, Sports, NFL The NFL has a rich history of unforgettable foul-weather games, which is no surprise since its schedule begins during hurricane season and ends in the heart of winter. The NFL playoffs are no exception. With the AFC and NFC championship games set for this weekend, here are the six most memorable NFL playoff games in which Mother Nature took the field.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
A new study of the animals living in polar oceans reveals which are most at risk from climate change. The study is published today (17 January) in Frontiers in Marine …
The German government wants to extend beyond 2020 CO2-related compensation for companies that are heavy energy consumers as Europe's largest economy shifts towards renewables, several sources close to a government coal commission told Reuters.
January 17, 2019 11:49 AM BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - As high-quality face masks to protect users against dangerous smog are in short supply, research found that common facemasks with several levels of additional tissue papers or a folded handkerchief inside may suffice to protect Bangkok residents from small airborne dust particles.
NASA's Cassini orbiter has been dead for well over a year now, but its incredible discoveries continue to trickle in as researchers pore over data and images it collected while it was active.
Consequently, studies focused on the orbiter's findings continue to crop up on a regular basis, such as a recent study from University of Idaho in Moscow doctoral student Rajani Dhingra, who, along with her colleagues, found evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in an image taken on June 7th, 2016. This indicates that summer had arrived on the moon's northern hemisphere later than climate models had predicted.
"The whole Titan community has been looking forward to seeing clouds and rains on Titan's north pole, indicating the start of the northern...
Gasoline prices have been dropping steadily for months; they're averaging right around $2.25 per gallon nationally. Enjoy, but don't get used to them, analysts say.
About 60 percent of the world's wild coffee species are at high risk of extinction, a new study suggests.
As a Bitcoin maker who covered the oil industry as a journalist, I see parallels between the two that may haunt cryptocurrency I make Bitcoin, and in a previous life, I covered the oil industry as a journalist. Increasingly, I’m realizing the two worlds are alike. Bitcoin is oil. And one day, Bitcoin will become big oil, and all who dabble in it will be reborn as enemies of the environmental movement, seen as plunderers of the planet and the bad guys in the fight against climate change – just like oil. Continue reading...
Six years after Hurricane Sandy, Hoboken, New Jersey, is redesigning itself with an eye toward the storms of the future.
Japan's Hitachi Ltd put a $28 billion nuclear power project in Britain on hold on Thursday, dealing a blow to the country's plans for the replacement of aging plants.
The Department of Energy will launch a research center on lithium battery recycling and introduce a lithium battery recycling prize, in efforts that may reduce U.S. dependence on foreign source of energy and boost national security, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Thursday.
Many of the big economic questions in coming decades will come down to just how extreme the weather will be, and how to value the future versus the present.
U.S. stocks dipped at open on Thursday, retreating from one-month highs, hit by losses in financial stocks after Morgan Stanley's weak results and energy shares hurt by a drop in oil prices.
In the welter of daily demands upon physicians, it might be easy to imagine that weaning the world off its reliance on fossil fuels is asking a bit too much. But preventing sickness and averting premature death are squarely in a physician’s wheelhouse. And dramatic increases in both are projected...
A trio of senators eyeing a presidential run grilled Andrew Wheeler.
“I couldn’t plant my cornfield in May, because it rained too early. I lost everything,” lamented Marcos Canté, an indigenous farmer, as he recounted the ravages that climate change is wreaking on this municipality on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. The phenomenon, caused by human activities related especially to the burning of fossil fuels, has altered the […]The post Climate Change Threatens Mexico’s Atlantic Coast appeared first on Inter Press Service.
There are fears work on Wylfa Newydd will stop, dealing a "tremendous blow" to the economy.
Japanese giant unable to agree deal with UK as fears grow for Anglesey atomic plant Hitachi is expected to scrap plans to build a nuclear power station in Wales, becoming the second firm in two months to abandon a major nuclear project. The £16bn Wylfa plant on Anglesey was meant to be the next in a line of new nuclear plants behind Hinkley Point C but the Japanese conglomerate has been unable to agree a deal with the UK government. Continue reading...
China’s General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) will bring forward plans to build a nuclear plant in Britain, it said on Thursday, helping plug a gap left by the failure of two Japanese projects.
With its famously bitter winters growing milder, Minnesota is one of the fastest-warming states in the country, according to scientists.
Climate change is the biggest threat to the planet, the World Economic Forum said yesterday in a sweeping catalog of global risks.
Democrats are making climate change a top campaign slogan.
The Seabrook Station nuclear power plant in New Hampshire is a step closer to receiving its 20-year license extension from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration plans to join other states in addressing climate change and cutting emissions from the energy sector.
In 2018, Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited the Middle East and completed tours of all the national laboratories. This year, he could be making more treks to Capitol Hill as newly empowered House Democrats vow to investigate everything from the Energy Department's solar grants to its connections with coal moguls.
Britain is committed to the nuclear power sector, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Thursday, after Japan's Hitachi Ltd froze a 3 trillion yen ($28 billion) nuclear power project in Wales.
Paris agreement for the sea recommended as rates of plastic pollution to skyrocket A new global agreement to protect the seas should be a priority for the government to stop our seas becoming a “sewer”, according to a cross-party group of MPs. Plastic pollution is set to treble in the next decade, the environmental audit committee warned, while overfishing is denuding vital marine habitats of fish, and climate change is causing harmful warming of the oceans as well as deoxygenation and acidification . Continue reading...
January 17, 2019 6:08 AM WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - Andrew Wheeler, a former fossil fuel industry lobbyist whom US President Donald Trump nominated earlier this month to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, told a key Senate panel on Wednesday (Jan 16) that he would continue the administration's aggressive reversal of environmental rules even as Democrats asked him why he wasn't doing more to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change.
It's the quintessential test of character and leadership.
OpenSC venture, which will track Patagonian toothfish, developed by WWF and BCG Digital A new project that uses technology to track the movements of food through the supply chain will aim to inform consumers whether items such as fish they buy at a restaurant were produced legally and sustainably. The new venture is called OpenSC and uses product QR codes that consumers can scan with a smartphone to automatically display information on where the product was caught, when and how it was produced, what its journey through the supply chain looked like, and even its carbon miles and what temperature it was stored at. Continue reading...
Hoping to escape traffic on her way home from Los Angeles International Airport, Susan Hough found herself driving down La Cienega Boulevard through the heart of the Inglewood Oil Field. It was a jarring scene: Scores of black pump jacks nodded lazily in the scrubby hills, like a herd of mechanical...
Japan's Hitachi Ltd decided on Thursday to freeze a 3 trillion yen ($28 billion) nuclear power project in Wales as Britain scrabbles for a way to exit the European Union, dealing a blow to UK plans for the replacement of aging plants.
Since a Chinese-flagged fishing vessel grounded at Taka Atoll two weeks ago, the RMI government has taken steps to identify and deal with the environmental effects caused by the stranded 308-foot vessel. Ou Ya Leng No. 6 hit the reef at Taka, an uninhabited atoll next to Utrok, on January 3 and remains stuck on […]
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Nine years ago, Britain generated nearly 75% of its electricity using natural gas and coal. In 2018, this has dropped to under 45%.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local):9:30 a.m.President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is describing himself as a champion...
Australia reported its hottest day on record for December and it was also the warmest December ever, during a heatwave that began last month and has continued into January, the country's Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday.
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the world's permafrost is getting warmer, with temperatures increasing by an average of 0.3 degrees Celsius (0.54 Fahrenheit) over a decade.A study published Wednesday found the biggest rise in Siberia,...
Australia could become a test ground for another of Elon Musk's massive infrastructure projects after the maverick billionaire tweeted a "bargain" price to build a tunnel through a mountain to solve Sydney's traffic woes. Musk in 2017 made a Twitter pitch -- and followed through with the offer -- to build what was the world's biggest battery in an Australian state to solve its severe energy crisis. The entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla has most recently turned his sights on tackling city traffic via low-cost tunnels created by his Boring Company, and in December unveiled a sample project near Los Angeles.
China put just over 43 gigawatts (GW) of new solar generation capacity into operation in 2018, down 18 percent from a year earlier, an industry group said on Thursday, after a government move to curb new capacity and ease a subsidy payment backlog.
China put just over 43 gigawatts (GW) of new solar generation capacity into operation in 2018, down 18 percent on a year earlier, an industry group said on Thursday, after a government move to curb new capacity and ease a subsidy payment backlog.
‘Planetary health diet’ would prevent millions of deaths a year and avoid climate change The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised. It requires huge cuts in red meat-eating in western countries and radical changes across the world. The “planetary health diet” was created by an international commission seeking to draw up guidelines that provide nutritious food to the world’s fast-growing population. At the same time, the diet addresses the major role of farming – especially livestock – in driving climate change , the destruction of wildlife and the pollution of rivers and oceans . Continue reading...
The first systematic analysis of world wave energy spelled trouble for coastal communities.
Ocean waves are growing stronger, which could pose a problem for coastal communities already threatened by climate change.
Climate change could "halt and reverse" progress made in human health over the last century.
Filed under: Impact, US, Weather To many, the massive and mysterious disk of ice seen floating and spinning atop the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, in January 2018 might have looked like winter's version of a crop circle.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Environment Canada says a low pressure system will approach the region on Sunday, bringing 30 centimetres of snow or more along the way.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government is to table a Bill entitled, an 'Act to Provide for the Compulsory Acquisition of the Shares Held by PDV Caribe in Petrojam and for Connected Matters', at the next sitting of the House of Representatives.This is part of efforts to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam, which are held by the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company, Petr�leos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe.
The former coal lobbyist took over the EPA when his predecessor Scott Pruitt resigned after months of controversy A former coal lobbyist Donald Trump has nominated to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday touted rolling back pollution standards and declined to identify climate change as a crisis requiring unprecedented action from the US. Andrew Wheeler, the deputy administrator who took over when his predecessor Scott Pruitt resigned after months of controversy, said in his confirmation hearing that he is carrying out the president’s “regulatory reform agenda”. Wheeler called the US the “gold standard for environmental progress”. Continue reading...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another Pacific storm was set to hit California on Wednesday, bringing a threat of mudslides to the site of the deadliest wildfire in state history and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada.An evacuation...
Forty per cent of power bought at a fixed price while 60% a market-based price that is renegotiated every two years Melbourne has become the first city in Australia to have all of its council-owned infrastructure powered by renewable energy. The City of Melbourne switched all its operations to renewable energy on 1 January. The power is supplied by the Crowlands windfarm near Ararat in western Victoria, which was funded through a power purchase agreement with the City of Melbourne and 13 other Melbourne councils and institutions . Continue reading...
For all those that rely on that cup of coffee to get you going in the morning, here's another eye-opener: A majority of wild coffee might be going extinct.
That info is courtesy of a new study finding roughly 60 percent of wild coffee species are at risk of going extinct. We don’t drink these wild, unsavory strains often, but they could help our beloved arabica and robusta beans adapt to climate change, resist pests and ward off diseases.
The study on coffee extinction risks, which exa
It's the bean you really want in your morning Joe.
Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather It was 48.9C last Tuesday in Port Augusta , South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests makes solar power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes at night to test the concrete before letting the dogs out. “People tend to stay at home,” she said. “They don’t walk around when it’s like this.” It’s easy to see why: in the middle of the day it takes seconds to blister a dog’s paw or child’s foot. In Mildura, in northern Victoria, last week gardeners burned their hands when they picked up their tools, which had been left in the sun at 46C. Fish were dying in the rivers . Continue reading...
The blast north of Mexico City came amid a crackdown against oil theft.
Most Australians are in no doubt about the depressing reality of climate change. How do we cope mentally and emotionally?
A massive fire broke out at an illegal pipeline tap in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and injuring 71 more, just as the government wages a major crack-down on fuel theft. Scores of locals with jerry cans and buckets had been collecting gasoline that was gushing from a leaking pipeline … Continued
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The entire Marine Corps, for instance.
It is believed the blast in central Mexico occurred after the fuel pipeline was ruptured by suspected oil thieves.
The greatest cost of the ongoing Sino-American cold war – better described as a “frozen conflict” – is a shortsighted distraction from the coming anarchy.
With the twin meta-challenges of climate change and hyper-disruptive technology lurking on the horizon, China remains immeasurably central to the preservation of global order.
This is especially true in the Indo-Pacific, where much of humanity’s population, economic activity, conflicts and natural disasters...
Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour takes team to task after sloppy 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans
Satellite images show glaciers in US and Canada, excluding Alaska, are shrinking four times faster then in previous decade Glaciers in western North America, excluding Alaska, are melting four times faster than in the previous decade, with changes in the jet stream exacerbating the longer-term effects of climate change, according to a new study. The retreat hasn’t been equal in the US and Canada . The famous alpine ice masses in the Cascade Mountains in the north-west US have largely been spared from the trend. Continue reading...
CHICAGO (AP) — After leaving slick roads and runways in the Midwest, a winter storm inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow.The National Weather Service issued winter storm...
A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 20 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling petrol in buckets and dustbins, officials said.
The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 100km (62 miles) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 20 people and badly burning 60 others as locals collected the spilling gasoline in buckets, officials said.The leak...
Late monsoon and lack of strong cold fronts cited as main reasons behind back-to-back spells of abnormally hot weather This week’s record-smashing heatwave is over for now in Australia’s south-east, but the reprieve will be short-lived as temperatures build up again in the coming days. A perfect storm, or rather the lack of one, is partly to blame for the extreme temperatures , with neither the northern monsoons nor the southern cool fronts making their usual appearances. Continue reading...
In Central Asia, a warming climate is shrinking many glaciers. The Tuyuksu is losing ice every year. Around the world, vanishing glaciers will mean less water for people and crops in the future. Here, the people need to prepare sooner.
A series of storms moving across the country will bring significant snow and ice to the north and heavy rains to the south Friday and into the weekend.
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate allegations it isn't properly inspecting facilities that emit the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide.U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin...
CHICAGO (AP) — A strong winter storm system is forecast to sweep across the Midwest into New England, bringing double-digit snow accumulations and high winds.The National Weather Service on Friday had winter storm warnings and watches...
Doug Daniels of the U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center speaks to an Osher LIfelong Learning Institute class in Sioux Falls, SD
(Credit: Young, Steven (Contractor) M. Public domain.)
Get them out of the office, and they will shatter myths (no, EROS is not a secret government facility). They will educate (did you know Landsat 8 operates with the same amount of electricity as it takes to run a hair dryer?) And they will offer up unvarnished truths (EROS does not lead the climate change conversation; it just provides the unbiased science that helps inform the discussion).
They do all this through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—or OLLI, for short—in Sioux Falls.
OLLI organizes short-term, non-credit classes that are taken primarily by...
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of students are holding rallies across Germany and Switzerland to protest lack of action against climate change.The demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities Friday were inspired by a Swedish student's...
The event is the fourth stop Trudeau is making in a cross-country town hall tour, the previous three in St. Catharines, Ont., Kamloops, B.C. and Regina, Sask.
Researchers exploring a buried lake "twice the size of Manhattan" drilled through 3,500 feet of ice to learn more about the mysterious body of water — and made a stunning discovery along the way.
O'Rourke went all beatnik on us. What if other potential 2020 hopefuls took a turn at the mic?
The record had been held by a South Australian weather station for almost 40 years.
Global funding for clean-energy projects sagged in 2018 after China’s decision to curb subsidies dragged down installations in the world’s biggest solar market.
The discovery of preserved carcasses of tiny crustaceans and tardigrades beneath Lake Mercer suggests biologically complex life may survive deep beneath the ice
It's the issue of our generation.
Readers respond to news that Hitachi has pulled out of the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant in Anglesey The pulling out of Hitachi from the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant is a good thing for energy policy – not a serious blow as said in the article ( Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales , 18 January). Nuclear power is now one of the most expensive form of electricity there is. But beyond the economics, it no longer fits with the digitalising world that we live in. The global energy system is undergoing change similar to that in telecoms and computers over the last few decades. The energy system is becoming smarter and more flexible and it is on the path to being operated in a completely different way than hitherto because of that. Nuclear – with its huge, inflexible output...
Since 2016, over half of the Great Barrier Reef has died. Katy Kelleher on what it means for Pantone to name Living Coral the color of 2019.
Surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades made in Mercer subglacial lake Scientists have found the remains of tiny, ancient animals in an Antarctic lake that has lain undisturbed for thousands of years beneath a kilometre-thick slab of ice. The surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades, or “water bears”, was made by US researchers on a rare mission to drill into the Mercer subglacial lake which lies nearly 400 miles from the south pole. Continue reading...
January 18, 2019 3:14 PM SYDNEY (DPA) - As Australia's heatwave dragged into its sixth day on Friday (Jan 18), heat records were being broken and roads were melting.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Pacific charm offensive went off course on Friday when he was forced to defend Fiji’s accusations of inaction over climate change.
As Morrison pushed Canberra’s message of a new Pacific focus with increased security and enhanced trade opportunities, he was called out by Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who turned the spotlight onto climate change.
Bainimarama said if Australia shifted away from its coal and mining industries it...
The National Energy Board has rejected Burnaby's request for construction work to stop at the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in the city.
Tellurian Inc's proposed Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Louisiana took a major step forward on Friday as the U.S. federal energy regulator issued a final environmental report clearing the way for the company to seek a permit to build the export terminal.
January 18, 2019 1:36 PM WELLINGTON (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Pacific charm offensive went off course on Friday (Jan 18) when he was forced to defend Fiji's accusations of inaction over climate change.
President Trump attempted to cut off federal disaster aid to Puerto Rico, it has been reported, which may have prompted deputy Housing and Urban Development secretary Pam Patenaude to resign. In October, the president inaccurately tweeted that the Puerto Rican government was planning on using the disaster relief money for Hurricane Maria to pay off old debts. Although untrue, Mr Trump then reportedly attempted to prevent disaster-relief money from going to Puerto Rico, and instead requested the funds be directed to Texas and Florida, according to a Washington Post article detailing Ms Patenaude’s exit from the White House.
The environment needs help. When politicians out themselves as climate change deniers, grassroots and civil society groups get louder. But how much can they achieve?
Police say what was at first described as a live grenade at a Massachusetts recycling plant turned out to be a lighter.
A federal judge in Nevada said yesterday she's unlikely to decide before next month whether to block the Department of Energy from shipping a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site north of Las Vegas.
Four Audi AG managers are facing criminal charges stemming from alleged emissions test cheating on "clean diesel" vehicles.
A new report from the Pentagon detailing the impacts of climate change on installations has come under fire for omitting a list of sites most vulnerable to warming and other shortcomings.
The combination of warming, drought and wildfire could turn Yellowstone's forests into grassland by the middle of the century, scientists warn.
DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel were named in a...
Oil prices rallied about 3 percent on Friday, boosted after OPEC detailed specifics on its production-cut activity to reduce world supply, and on signals of progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade war.
Every $1 spent on hazard mitigation saves the nation $6 in future disaster costs, yet billions are still spent on recovery efforts How prepared is the United States for the inevitable next disaster ? Hurricane Florence killed 50 and caused $22bn in damages last year; shortly after, Hurricane Michael killed 36 and left hundreds without homes. The California wildfires erupted the following month, destroying thousands of structures and leaving 89 dead. As climate change causes more intense superstorms and at a higher frequency, things are only likely to get worse . Continue reading...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican legislative leaders unveiled a bill Thursday that aims to stop a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on an oil-rich American Indian reservation in the state.The bill sponsored...
Thousands of students are holding rallies across Germany and Switzerland to protest the lack of action against climate change
Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas
January 18, 2019 9:21 AM BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) - For the second year in a row, some of the planet's most toxic smog has choked Bangkok.
U.S. oil production growth combined with a slowing global economy will put oil prices under downward pressure in 2019, challenging OPEC's resolve to support the market with output cuts, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.
A new set of proposed five-year air quality objectives running up to 2025 may have been pitched overly conservatively to make it easier for major future projects like a large-scale reclamation east of Lantau Island to meet them, according to a Hong Kong environmental advocacy group.
The objectives, revised every five years, set concentration limits for seven key pollutants and the number of times levels can be exceeded in a year, with reference to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines....
The coldest temperature of the year so far was recorded on Friday. NHS England North issued its warning in a tweet along with advice on what to wear in the conditions.
Newly minted Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis yesterday inked an executive order to boost electric vehicles and reduce planet-warming emissions from transportation.
Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is running for president as the climate change candidate. Here's the problem: Despite decades advocating for climate action, he has endured spectacular failures while achieving just a few minor victories.
The Trans Mountain crude pipeline that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government bought from Kinder Morgan Inc. last year is getting interest from some indigenous groups hurt by Canada's oil price crunch.
Delays in the federal permitting of natural gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas terminals are partially due to a desire for orders that are "legally durable" in court, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said yesterday.
January 18, 2019 5:00 AM Here is a rundown of the daily meal plan that dozens of health and environment experts are urging the world to adopt in order to sustain a global population of 10 billion by mid-century while reining in climate change and preventing millions of premature deaths each year.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian coal miners have ended a weeklong strike after the energy minister offered them wage hikes and other perks.Anton Anton met union leaders and miners at the Oltenia Energy Complex in southern Romania...
In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the environmental effects of road salt, the Amazon Book of Codes project and geothermal power worldwide.
The open acknowledgment in the Missile Defense Review of U.S. plans to counter Russian and Chinese technological advances likely will alarm those nations. It marked a departure from the approach taken by Republican Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, to tamp down concerns by major nuclear powers about expanding U.S. missile defenses. "Our goal is simple: To ensure we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States - anywhere, anytime, anyplace," Trump said at the Pentagon.
Here's what's behind the severe winter weather.
As Australian swelters through another record-breaking heatwave, a cautionary tale unfolds in the state of California, where major utility PG&E faces bankruptcy, as the poster child for climate-change dangers.
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It's no secret that the course we're on with food production and consumption is in need of serious correcting, but a major new report from a global team of scientists has laid out the kind of maneuvering needed to set us on a sustainable path. Billed as a planetary health diet for both the Earth and its people, the set of guidelines put forward by the EAT-Lancet Commission gun for nothing short of a "Great Food Transformation," something they say would feed 10 billion people, save lives and avoid large-scale environmental destruction...
Continue Reading How to feed 10 billion people: Landmark report lays out a sustainable diet for the planet
As South Florida communities search for ways to combat sea level rise, efforts to improve flood drainage in the town of Jupiter have saved residents about $500,000 in flood insurance costs over the past year, according to the town’s utility services manager. The National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System reduces flood insurance premiums in municipalities across the country that undertake floodplain management activities. The program most recently recognized Jupiter for removing debris from streams and natural water channels and making other capital improvements. “As long as you have funding and you’re doing things to help improve the drainage systems, you gain more credit for doing those types of jobs,” said David Rotar, the utility services manager. “And that’s what we’ve been...
Why last year proved to be so remarkable across the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere and surface temperature of the planet.
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The United States is likely to extend waivers from sanctions on Iranian oil imports in May but will reduce the number of countries receiving them to placate top buyers China and India and to decrease the chance of higher oil prices, analysts said.
LONDON (AP) — Work on a major new nuclear power station in Britain was suspended after the contracted developer, Japan's Hitachi, said Thursday that it has been unable to agree on financing with the U.K. government.Hitachi said...
Frank Bainimarama says the only way to guarantee the survival of Pacific islands is for Australia to shift away from fossil fuels Australia must not put the interests of the coal industry above the lives of Pacific nations battling climate change, Fiji’s prime minister has told Scott Morrison. At an official dinner in Fiji to mark a newly announced partnership between the two nations, Frank Bainimarama explicitly told Australia to do better. Continue reading...
Thousands of students skip school in Belgium to join a march demanding action on climate change.
Greg Clark knows nuclear cannot compete with the likes of wind and solar – but he is not giving up There was excellent news within Hitachi’s decision to shelve its plan to build a £16bn nuclear plant at Wylfa in Anglesey. Finally, a government minister may have grasped the basic problem with nuclear power. It is being “out-competed” by alternative technologies, especially wind and solar, the business secretary, Greg Clark, had to concede in the Commons. Exactly. So drop the obsession with nuclear, last century’s answer to our energy needs. As Clark also said, the package offered to Hitachi was generous. The price of the power, at £75 per megawatt hour, was lower than in EDF’s Hinkley Point C contract, but on this occasion the government would have taken a one-third stake and committed to...
The U.S. State Department said in a report released by the investigative arm of Congress on Thursday it may recommend President Donald Trump revoke an Obama-era order directing federal agencies to consider climate change in international development programs.
Hitachi’s decision to walk away from two projects, despite hefty subsidies, indicates strongly that the UK’s current policies don’t add up The scrapping of three nuclear power station projects in just over two months should prompt immediate and serious thought about the future of energy in this country. Hitachi expects the axing of the Wylfa plant on Anglesey in Wales to cost it £2.14bn. Around 300 people at its UK subsidiary Horizon will lose their jobs along with around 1,000 in the supply chain, and a second Hitachi power station in Gloucestershire will never be built. That another Japanese company, Toshiba, pulled the plug on another nuclear project in Cumbria in November, after trying and failing to sell it, makes the need for a considered response from policymakers all the more pressing...
The longest shutdown in U.S. history hasn’t stopped the Trump administration from prioritizing fossil fuel development.
Meteorologist Karen Rogers is tracking rain and snow that could impact your Friday morning commute. A much bigger winter storm moves through this weekend.
Here we are in 2019, with more than 100 U.S. cities and 140 large corporations having established 100 percent clean, carbon-free and/or renewable energy goals. In several states, newly seated governors campaigned on goals of 100 percent renewable energy, and congressional representatives have arrived in Washington positioning for a like-minded national proposal.
Gas is relatively cheap these days. Enjoy those low prices, but don't get used to them, analysts say. An oversupply of oil on the world market has triggered a steady slide in gas prices, bringing Americans some of the cheapest gas in years as 2019 kicked off. Nationally, regular was averaging around $2.25 per gallon at the start of January — the lowest price for this time of year since 2016, according to AAA. It's welcome news for drivers. Just last summer, gas prices were at four-year highs. But recently, at a Costco gas station in Washington, D.C., Sylvie Tiadem was delighted that it only cost her $26 to fill up. "Oh, my goodness!" she said. That's down from the nearly $40 it cost her when gas prices were higher. "Expenses are growing everywhere, but when one goes down, I'm happy," Tiadem...
The State Department has nixed climate change guidance from some of its internal documents, part of a larger push by the Trump administration to stop addressing global warming, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
"Even in a low-carbon future, you're going to see a huge demand for petrochemicals and that's good for the future of Alberta and the oil and gas industry,'' he said.
It’s hard to find a common thread between the business models of Gap, Bloomberg, Cox, Salesforce and Workday but today they are announcing that they all have one big thing in common: their desire to clean up their organizations’ energy supply by using renewable energy.
Combining real-life anchors with vivid, digital simulations, the Weather Channel's mixed-immersive-reality clips have been pitched as an educational tool that brings extreme weather events to life. The latest previews an ice storm that is expected to strike the East Coast this weekend.
Hitachi's decision to freeze its $28 billion nuclear power project in Britain strengthens the hand of France's EDF and its Chinese partner in talks with the government on how to finance new reactors.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Heavy rain, snow and wind pummeled much of California Thursday, causing at least five deaths, leaving thousands without power and forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes.
As Hitachi and Toshiba abandon plans for new British nuclear reactors, Damian Carrington assesses the merits of the technology Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales All sources of electricity face the same trilemma in the 21st century: carbon emissions, continuity of supply and cost. The UK government has placed a big bet on nuclear power, but reactors meet only two of the three challenges. Nuclear power is low carbon and a secure source of electricity – but it is hugely expensive. In the era of climate change, generating power without belching out carbon emissions is vital. While building nuclear plants and fuelling them requires concrete, transport and so on, the overall emissions are similar to wind and solar power . All produce far less carbon than coal or gas-powered...
Work on a major new nuclear power station in Britain was suspended after the developer, Japan's Hitachi, said today it had been unable to agree on financing with the U.K. government.
EPA is pushing back against claims from Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth about the agency's failing to monitor releases of a carcinogenic chemical.
A coalition of more than 30 conservation groups pressed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to order his agency to "immediately cease work on any and all oil and gas permitting and planning activities."
A federal judge yesterday sided with environmentalists and said EPA cannot delay releasing more than 20,000 documents because of the government shutdown.
EPA employees working on lead dust hazard standards are back at the office this week, despite the government shutdown, to ensure the agency can meet a court-ordered deadline.
Firefly Value Partners said on Thursday that it wants Gulfport Energy Corp. to buy back $500 million worth of shares, an action the hedge fund argues could help double the stock price of the natural gas and oil company.
Arctic weather front will affect coastal strip between Northumberland and Suffolk The Met Office has issued a new warning for snow and ice for much of eastern England as the unusually mild start to January is brought to an end with an Arctic weather front. The warning covers a strip of England’s east coast from Northumberland to Suffolk , where up to 3cm of snow is forecast in some places later on Thursday and into Friday. The snow will be confined to coastal areas before dying out, the Met Office said. Continue reading...
OPEC cut oil output sharply in December before a new accord to limit supply took effect, it said on Thursday, suggesting that producers have made a strong start to averting a glut in 2019 as a slowing economy curbs demand.
Even with the new plan, more drastic steps would need to be taken to cut carbon emissions in time.
The latest in a series of back-to-back winter storms that have hammered Southern California for days sent soil sliding from beneath a house in the Hollywood Hills, forcing the evacuation of several homes Thursday. No one was injured in the slide, but fire officials evacuated five workers from the...
[Daily News] STIEGLER's Gorge Hydroelectric Power project is set to benefit villagers of Kisaki in Morogoro and Mloka in Rufiji on proper land utilisation and planning.
Possible? Yes. Is it realistic? Not really. Should we try anyway? Hell yes!
Research suggests climate change is going to cause more damage to roads and other infrastructure in Canada's North than previously feared.
Despite the recent scrapping of three nuclear plants experts still believe the energy has a stake in the future Ever since Tony Blair rebooted support for nuclear power 13 years ago , British governments have been committed to a new generation of reactors to secure supplies and cut carbon emissions. But those ambitions have yielded just one project under construction, Hinkley Point C in Somerset, south-west England. Continue reading...
Now that the motion has passed, city staff will come up with new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set new climate change targets
The German government wants to extend CO2-related compensation for companies using a lot of energy beyond 2020, several sources close to the government-appointed coal commission said on Thursday.
Romanian coal miners have ended a weeklong strike after the energy minister offered them wage hikes and other perks
Sustainability and woodlands. It’s an obvious association – trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen and the Scottish Government has set ambitious targets for commercial tree planting. In addition to ensuring that there is no future ‘timber gap’ for industry it also recognises the environmental benefits.
Some of the world's most "charismatic" species are the most at risk due to climate change, a new study says.
A high-profile dispute between supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Brazil's agriculture minister over deforestation escalated this week, coming as activists worry about new President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.
Revolutionary plans to pipe carbon dioxide emitted by coal and gas generation into oil fields have aim of greatly reducing pollution levels.
GREENHOUSE gases emitted by Scottish industry continue to fall, according to the latest annual mass pollutant releases published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
January 17, 2019 8:54 AM LONDON (REUTERS) - Climate change and deforestation are putting more than half the world's wild coffee species at risk of extinction, including the popular commercial coffees Arabica and Robusta, scientists warned on Wednesday (Jan 16).
Oil prices fell early Thursday despite an OPEC report confirming a sizable cut due to bearishness related to rising United States production and inventories.
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Japan's Hitachi Ltd decided on Thursday to freeze a 3 trillion yen ($28 billion) nuclear power project in Britain, dealing a blow to UK plans for the replacement of aging plants.
A new Washington Department of Ecology inventory shows greenhouse gas emissions spiked about 6.1 percent from 2012 to 2015, due in part to increasing fossil-fuel-generated electricity and a booming economy.
The 193 countries of the United Nations will have a chance this month to weigh in on how — and if — the Security Council should deal with climate change.
Imagine if humans stopped using fossil fuels — really soon. The world would have a 64 percent chance of freezing temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, according to new research.
Democrats used Andrew Wheeler's confirmation hearing for EPA administrator as a dress rehearsal for their climate messages in the 2020 presidential primary.
The potential bankruptcy of California's biggest utility threatens the state's efforts to limit climate change, renewable power groups said yesterday.
NextEra Energy Inc.'s top business units have announced plans to significantly expand solar in Florida and other parts of the Southeast.
THE Government is to table a Bill entitled, an 'Act to Provide for the Compulsory Acquisition of the Shares Held by PDV Caribe in Petrojam and for Connected Matters', at the next sitting of the House of Representatives.This is part of efforts to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam, which are held by the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company, Petr�leos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe.
Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is a surprisingly dynamic world, with a thick atmosphere and surface oceans of liquid methane. Like the fictional land of Westeros in Game of Thrones, seasons on Titan last about seven years, and summer was due to hit its northern hemisphere in 2016. But strangely enough, it didn't seem to arrive as expected. Now, astronomers have analyzed Cassini images and found evidence of rainfall, indicating that finally, summer is coming...
Continue Reading Summer is coming: Cassini images show methane rain on Titan
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction in climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school.Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for...
In the coming decades, more than a quarter-million people may die each year as a result of climate change, according to a new review study.
They led to radical change in Ireland’s view on abortion and spurred Texas to get behind wind power. Could a group of ordinary people do for Brexit what Theresa May can’t? In the summer of 1978, George Bishop and a team of researchers in Cincinnati, Ohio, conducted a poll on some of the big political topics of the day. One question went as follows: “Some people say that the 1975 Public Affairs Act should be repealed. Do you agree or disagree with this idea?” It turned out that 16% did agree, and 18% didn’t. This was surprising. There should have been no controversy about the 1975 Public Affairs Act because it did not exist . The study, Pseudo-Opinions on Public Affairs, became a classic of political science. It has been rerun in different versions several times: in 1983, 1984 , 1995 and...
Work on a major new nuclear power station in Britain has been suspended after the contracted developer, Japan’s Hitachi, said it had been unable to agree on financing
Trump nominated EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler last week to run the agency permanently, seeking a strong advocate for his pro-fossil fuels agenda - a choice that cheered business interests and drawn scorn from environmentalists. "I would not call it the greatest crisis," Wheeler said at his confirmation hearing when asked if he believed the increasingly urgent warnings from scientists about the threats from global warming. Wheeler's confirmation is expected to sail through the Republican-controlled Senate despite Democratic opposition.
January 17, 2019 5:00 AM LONDON • The risks of catastrophic weather and flooding from climate change are exercising business leaders heading into next week's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the organisation said yesterday.
Japan's Hitachi Ltd said on Thursday it has decided to freeze a 3 trillion yen ($28 billion) British nuclear power project and will consequently book a writedown of 300 billion yen.
Personal care brand Procter & Gamble has joined forces with several major companies to launch a new organization to tackle plastic waste levels in the ocean. The conglomerate, which owns brands such as Olay, Herbal Essences and Gillette, has co-founded the ‘Alliance to End Plastic Waste' (AEPW) alongside dozens of other global member companies, such as ExxonMobil, Shell and Total. The non-profit alliance has pledged to donate over $1 billion in order to invest $1.5 billion over the next five years to help eliminate plastic waste in the environment.
Impact Investment Group reopens Solar Asset Fund to new investment, to coincide with start of construction on one of its assets – the 35MW Brigalow Solar Farm in Queensland.
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The 275MW Darlington Point Solar Farm will begin construction "shortly" after reaching financial close and sealing a power off-take deal with Trevor St Baker's Delta Electricity.
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After Tarcoola nears 50C, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide forecast to swelter as ‘high intensity’ hot weather enters fourth day Temperature records have been broken in towns across parts of Australia sweltering through a heatwave , which is currently in its fourth day. Nine places in New South Wales broke temperature records on Wednesday – including six all-time records, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Continue reading...
Sixteen coal ash pits in Texas are leaking contaminants including arsenic, boron, cobalt and lithium into groundwater, according to a report released on Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis directed the state Division of Emergency Management to speed money to Panhandle communities that are being swamped financially by “massive” amounts of debris from Hurricane Michael. Emerging from a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long and local officials, DeSantis said that, in addition to upfronting disaster relief money to local governments, he will push the White House to increase federal reimbursements for debris cleanup. “I think that this warrants it,” DeSantis said after the meeting at A.D. Harris Learning Village in Panama City. “Obviously, there is a lot of stuff going on in Washington right now, it’s not the best of times. But I think that would be very good for the local community.” DeSantis and Long later...
According to Net Energy Exchange, the difference between bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate was about US$8.25 per barrel on Wednesday.
He blamed the shutdown for his lack of preparation.
Along with the large amount of snowfall, Environment Canada says some regions could receive more than 50 millimetres of rain
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rain and snow falling across California have forced the closure of a major freeway, snarled commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads Wednesday as wildfire-ravished communities braced for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents faced a "potentially life-threatening" blizzard.
All of 2018's weather systems have been captured in a breathtaking video. The video shows the formation of snow storms, hurricanes and other patches of severe weather in the US.
IMD said annual mean surface air temperature (averaged over the country) during the year was 0.41 degree Celsius above (1981-2010) average. “All the six warmest years on record in India were in the last 10 years. It clearly shows that ‘global warming’ is happening and we need to prepare ourselves to face its consequences,” said secretary of the ministry of earth sciences M Rajeevan.
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Siberia’s Lake Baikal, a UNESCO world heritage site, is imperiled by rising temperatures and pollution.
Lake Baikal is the world's oldest and deepest lake. It's now suffering the devastating effects of climate change.
Researchers found that more than half of all species could vanish from the wild, and the implications for coffee’s survival in the era of climate change are huge.
Kew scientists’ analysis of 124 wild species shows 60% facing possible extinction, risking viability of commercial stock Wild coffee species are under threat, with 60% of them facing possible extinction, including Arabica, the original of the world’s most popular form of coffee , researchers say. Most coffee species are found in the forests of Africa and Madagascar. They are threatened by climate change and the loss of natural habitat, as well as by the spread of diseases and pests. Continue reading...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work for coal companies and other industries regulated by the agency is expected to draw scrutiny Wednesday when a Senate committee considers...
We have barely begun to explore our seas, but our impact is felt on both humans and marine life We know remarkably little about the oceans that cover most of the Earth, provide half of our oxygen and help to regulate the climate. Maps of the ocean floor are less detailed than those of Mars or the moon. Marine biologists have discovered deeply weird and genuinely wonderful species: boxer crabs wielding anemones like weapons; the rope-like Praya dubia , up to 50 metres long; immortal jellyfish, which unlike any other known creature can revert from maturity to an earlier stage of development, akin to a butterfly becoming a caterpillar. But on one estimate we have identified less than a tenth of ocean-dwelling creatures. What we can be certain about is that the extraordinary diversity of...
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