All Blacks scrumhalf TJ Perenara will join Osaka-based NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes in the Japan Top League from early 2021 in a move which may ...
The study found climate scientists take around five flights a year on average while other researchers took just four. Climate change professors also take around nine flights while others took eight.
A big week for South Australia as solar delivers 100 per cent of its demand one day - the first time ever in any large grid - and wind does the same thing a few days later.
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China’s informal verbal prohibitions on Australian imports of coal and cotton could breach rules set out by the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as the free trade deal between the two nations, according to trade lawyers.Directing state-owned enterprises not to trade with Australian suppliers is viewed as a de facto barrier to trade, and contravenes WTO trading rules that stop members from discriminating trade with any country.The moves against coal and cotton, which both emerged in quick…
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today called for a "holistic nationwide approach" to reducing marine litter, calling it one of the Trump administration's top environmental priorities.
Tropical Depression 27 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Epsilon with winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Polar Bear Study by USGS Scientists Shelved for Three Months
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Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a coral?
Despite Shared Membership, US Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable at Odds Over Climate Policy Comments | Add Comment | Print U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. Photo by APK/Wikimedia Commons CEOs recently issued a strong message to policymakers around the country that addressing climate change is a business imperative.
The Business Roundtable (BRT), representing more than 200 of the country’s largest employers and most influential chief executives, made headlines last month when it launched a set of policy principles that go further in addressing climate change than any other major trade association to date. The new statement clearly supports the goals of the Paris Agreement and, even more notably, calls for a price on carbon to be the...
EPA has finalized its "scientific integrity" rule, at a time when scientists inside the agency have questioned its commitment to scientific research.
Tropical Storm Epsilon is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength by early Thursday. It is the 26th tropical storm in this historic season.
Tropical Depression 27 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Epsilon, the 26th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season. It could become a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Thursday.
Measurements from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that this year’s ozone hole over the Antarctic is one of the largest and deepest in recent years. A detailed analyses from the German Aerospace Center indicates that the hole has now reached its maximum size.
North Korean hackers who have attacked South Korean nuclear power operators could be going after Russia's defense industry, according to a Russian press report.
[Namibia Economist] Ecosystem based adaptation strategies for rural communities in the face of climate, started last week with an inception workshop organised in Otjiwarongo by the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF).
This week will see a change from the mostly dry, cloudy, chilly weather to increasing wind and rain for many and an upturn in temperatures, particularly in the south early in the week.
No Deadline "You’ll be Head of Product in a startup working on solving climate change. Looking for an experienced person with the ability to lead a team in shipping high quality software products to customers. Nori is a two-sided marketplace with various external stakeholders, and two customer types: demand-side and supply-side customers. You’ll be leading the team in building a platform that helps these customers to easily and verifiably buy and sell digital certificates of carbon removal." LINK
Deadline: 16. December 2020 "Reflection on the ethical and social implications of the governance of CDR technologies is vital for informed decision-making within research and public policy. The discussion of these questions - and more - from an ethical point of view is a central step in navigating the balance between technological possibilities, political demands and moral requirements. This Research Topic aims to contribute to this task by analysing the ethical and social implications in governing CDR technologies, and discussing the fairness of potential implementations in practice." LINK
"Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, the two Climeworks founders, are here to tell us more about their entrepreneurial journey and their innovative subscription model that allows people to remove CO2 from the atmosphere to contribute to reversing climate change." LINK
"Twelve leading companies and organisations across the Humber have jointly submitted a public and private sector funded bid worth around £75 million to accelerate decarbonisation in the UK’s most carbon intensive industrial region, helping to support clean growth, future-proof vital industries and protect and create new jobs." LINK
"Scientists look to geoengineering to pull carbon from the atmosphere and cool the planet. (Premiering October 28 at 9 pm on PBS)" LINK
The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm Monday and be at or near hurricane strength by early Thursday.
Biden plans to use California as a template for a frenzy of advancements in clean energy and environmental justice. The state would reap big benefits.
Turkey's president has announced the discovery of an additional 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea.
Federal authorities are asking questions about a fire earlier this month at Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas export terminal in Louisiana.
Climate change is likely to cause solar panels in some parts of the world to produce power more intermittently, complicating efforts to preserve the electric grid's reliability, according to new research.
Nearly 200 countries are nearing a legally binding agreement to reduce pollution from the world's cargo ships, a step forward after two years of talks on how the industry should clean up its emissions.
Buried in frozen soil across the Arctic, billions of tons of carbon lies trapped in the ground. Just a few degrees of warming could unleash it into the atmosphere.
[Seychelles News Agency] Coral reefs in the lagoon of the Seychelles' remote Aldabra atoll recovered faster after the 2015-2016 bleaching event due to tolerance to heat stress, new research found.
Nature, Published online: 19 October 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02927-9Our special report examines the role of renewables, nuclear power and carbon capture in reaching this ambitious goal.
[Daily Maverick] Achieving climate crisis objectives to a net-zero carbon-energy system will involve a complete transition of the global energy system to technologies such as renewables, batteries, carbon capture and storage, or even some future version of nuclear power, and to deploy all these at unprecedented rates. This means that even within two decades, our energy systems would need to be transformed beyond recognition.
[Dalsan Radio] The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has released US$9.26 million to scale up priority life-saving assistance to nearly 300,000 people affected by floods in Somalia. These critical funds, part of the SHF 2020 Reserve Allocation, will support national and international non-governmental partners operating in Banadir, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle and Lower Shabelle regions through integrated and Cluster-specific interventions.
PARIS: The United States presidential election will be "make or break" for the planet after four years during which Donald Trump frustrated global efforts to slash emissions, climate experts warn, fearing his re-election may imperil the world's chances of avoiding catastrophic warming.
TrueGreen and Nexport commit to building a $700 million plant to make electric vehicles - including cars, buses and trucks - at 51 hectare site in Southern Highlands.
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One morning in early October, a now-familiar scene unfolded on a beach in Western Australia.
Who will be New Zealand's next climate minister? Carbon News canvasses the options and comes up with four names.
India has all but lost the ONGC Videsh Ltd-discovered Farzad-B gas field in the Persian Gulf after Iran decided to prefer domestic companies over foreign firms for development of the field, sources said.ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas investment arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), had in 2008 discovered a giant gas field in the Farsi offshore exploration block.
The derecho, which raced through the Midwest and focused its attention on Iowa, led to $7.5 billion in damage. That's more expensive than some hurricanes.
oil, oil pipeline Islamic State tells supporters to target westerners, oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia
Ecuador's Galapagos Islands face threats from illicit industrial fishing, climate change and a drastic drop in tourism dollars, which fund conservation efforts in the park.
Who next occupies the White House could be decisive in the battle to limit global warming.
A reversion to a less in-your-face style of U.S. leadership would lead to a steadier, albeit duller, oil market.
Big wins for parties with ambitious climate change and clean energy, as Jacinda Ardern returned in New Zealand, while the Greens win big in the ACT.
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An Atlantic disturbance near Bermuda is on its way to forming into a cyclone sometime soon, while another disturbance in the Caribbean is far less likely to see action, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Highlights of this day in history: Arab oil embargo fuels energy crisis; Americans clinch revolutionary victory at Saratoga; Deadly quake hits northern California; Mobster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion; Playwright Arthur Miller born. (Oct. 17)
This is the first of a three-part series on the push for electrification in the world’s largest vehicle market, looking at the challenges of selling so-called new energy vehicles in rural China where manufacturers must balance between performance and price in a market of limited charging infrastructure.An assembler of cheap compact cars and minivans running on internal combustion engines has emerged as the unlikely victor – at least for the time being – in the vicious battlefield of the world’s…
October 17, 2020 5:00 AM Data, in particular personal data, is often described as the "new oil" powering the information economy. It's an attractive metaphor - evoking transformations under way in a fourth industrial revolution, heralding a world of artificial intelligence and limitless possibilities.
More than half of 18 to 24-years-old in the UK are worried that climate change has been neglected because of coronavirus.
Whiting River headwaters glaciers in 1984 and 2020 Landsat images. The red arrows indicate 1984 terminus positions, yellow arrow the 2020 terminus locations, pink arrows locations of glacier detachment and purple dots the snowline. In Northwest British Columbia on the northeast side of the Stikine Icefield the Whiting Rver drains a series of glaciers, many unnamed. Here we are focusing on a pair of glaciers just west of Whiting Lake …
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October 16, 2020 7:27 PM MANILA - The Philippines is confident that it can resume searching for oil and gas in the South China Sea unhampered, as China signals it is willing to help a friendly neighbour with dwindling energy sources.
What Farmers Need to Survive a Changing Climate: Transformative Adaptation Comments | Add Comment | Print Growing millet in India. Photo by CGIAR Climate In India, as in many countries where agriculture is key, farmers are facing serious challenges from climate change. New climatic conditions are undermining the livelihoods of millions of farmers in India, raising doubts about whether farmers can continue to grow the same crops they are currently producing. Small changes won’t do. These farmers need new options, information and technology to help them transform how they farm to survive in a changing climate.
This kind of transformation is being powered by enhanced climate services – defined as systems to develop and provide climate information to help farmers make...
President Trump and his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, are set to quarrel over climate change in next week's presidential election debate.
Umurangi Generation is one of five games featured at this year's Night of the Indigenous Devs at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
"For a long time, farmers have realized that soil organic matter improves the quality of soils, by improving water-hold capacity, friability, and nutrient content. But, however we do it—fertilization, irrigation, manuring, reduced tillage, and planting cover crops—increasing soil organic matter doesn’t look like such a good idea to mitigate climate change. The chemistry of humus substances includes a substantial amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that will limit our efforts." LINK
RELEASE: New analysis finds subnational action critical to global approaches to climate change
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A new paper released today in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications demonstrates how combining existing sub-national climate action with expanded national strategies in the United States will be critical to reach scientifically informed climate goals—and finds that such a comprehensive approach could reduce emissions up to 49% by 2030, relative to 2005 levels. The paper, entitled " Fusing subnational with national climate action is central to decarbonization: The case of the United States ," also illuminates how the significant scale of action driven by subnational actors can form a critical part of national strategies—not only in...
Militants ambushed a convoy of Pakistani oil and gas workers escorted by paramilitary troops in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan yesterday, killing 15 people, intelligence officials said.
EPA yesterday closed a floor in its Chicago office after an employee had symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus.
Under pressure from federal courts, EPA plans to require coal-fired power plants in a dozen states to make fresh cuts in ozone-forming emissions that contribute to downwind Clean Air Act compliance problems.
Joe Biden has vowed to reverse many of Trump's foreign policy decisions – from immigration, to climate change to North Korea and Russia.
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A new Labour Government could bring in carbon tariffs at the border, says Trade Minister David Parker.
[The Point] Stakeholders from the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR) alongside other sectors recently validated four technical studies and a proposal for the pilot programme for climate resilience.
The Philippine president has approved the lifting of a ban on oil and gas exploration in or near disputed areas of the South China Sea that was imposed six years ago because of escalating territorial tensions with China, an official said yesterday.
Orlando, Fla.'s electric company will be coal-free by 2027 as it presses ahead with plans to meet net-zero carbon emissions targets by 2050.
A geologist who worked on the Mariner East 2 pipeline said he was ordered to ignore potentially dangerous problems with construction of the natural gas liquids line and was booted from the project when he didn't.
The nation's top energy regulators yesterday paved the way for states to incorporate a carbon tax into regional power markets in an unprecedented move that is garnering mixed reviews, including pushback from conservatives and progressive environmentalists.
European Union leaders agreed yesterday they need to raise their climate ambition above the existing target but stopped short of endorsing a proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared with 1990 levels.
Joe Biden would face huge obstacles as president in taking steps to slow climate change because Republicans in states and Congress would move aggressively to stop such efforts, an expert climate panel said yesterday.
Joe Biden last night said the U.S. will need to capture emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants in order to meet his climate goals. His comments promise to cause dismay among far-left voters.
Canberra’s response to China’s ban on Australian coal exports has hinted at more conciliatory engagement with Beijing, but former diplomats and analysts said it was too early to tell if tensions have eased.Chinese steel mills and state-owned utilities revealed at the weekend that Beijing had verbally ordered them to stop buying Australian coking and thermal coal, sparking concern about a new dispute in an increasingly testy diplomatic relationship.Relations have nosedived since Canberra called…
Audrey Zibelman says "facts and reality" are focus of AEMO, which is leading creation of new global partnership pushing "rapid clean energy transition of unprecedented scope."
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Indian capital’s air quality levels have plunged to “very poor,” days after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution
Campaigns to encourage corporations to up their anti-climate change game are great, of course. But environmental activists say voluntary campaigns remain a hard sell on Wall Street.
Research published this week finds that home sales volume and prices have declined in coastal census tracts vulnerable to sea level rise, relative to coastal areas less threatened by climate change.
Around the world, governments have committed more than $12tn to kickstart economies that have been...
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We were just lucky we made it last time climate change threatened our species.
While colleges pre-COVID-19 were already designing and implementing courses for online instruction, the pandemic has pushed entire academic course offerings into this rapidly evolving virtual environment. A new article in the Bulletin of the AMS about an online climate science course for undergraduates, which was developed, offered, and honed to near-perfection based on postcourse surveys before […]
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the incoming chairman of the Midwestern Governors Association, plans to focus the group on helping local communities rebound from coal plant closures and to expand the region's power grid.
Homotherium, a sabre-toothed cat that lived in the Americas and Eurasia during the most recent ice age, was a swift and social predator, according to its genes
"Compensation is a central issue in considering the possible future deployment of solar geoengineering  for two reasons. First and most obvious, corrective justice would require compensating those who are harmed. Second, without a credible compensation mechanism, many states would likely oppose deployment by imposing high short-term costs such as trade or financial sanctions on would-be deployers." LINK
Avondale hopes electric cars will reduce its carbon footprint, so they're installing EV charging stations to reduce driver's 'range anxiety.'
New research published Thursday in the journal One Earth suggests climate change likely drove the earliest human species to extinction.
Filed under: News, Politics, Supreme Court Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg had strong words for the noncommittal stance on climate change that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett expressed during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing earlier this week. This article originally appeared on HuffPost.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Experts say this summer may have been an anomaly, but climate change and the urban heat island effect are combining to make Phoenix summers hotter.
Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution data and interviews with physicians, health authorities and researchers.
Putting coal miners back to work was a central campaign promise for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. But here in 2020, those jobs haven't materialized, and coal has virtually disappeared from Trump's reelection messaging.
"Warming ocean contributes to sea level rise and to more extreme weather such as hurricanes." LINK
"Today, Microsoft enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northern Lights consortium, which will store CO2 offshore on the Norwegian continental shelf." LINK
Manley, Kyle; Salles, T.; Müller, R. D. (2020): Modeling the Dynamic Landscape Evolution of a Volcanic Coastal Environment Under Future Climate Trajectories. In Front. Earth Sci. 8, p. 437. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2020.550312. "Olivine weathering is a natural process that sequesters carbon out of the atmosphere, but is now being proposed as a strategy that can be artificially implemented to assist in the mitigation of anthropogenic carbon emissions. We use the landscape evolution model Badlands to identify a region (Tweed Caldera catchment in Eastern Australia) that has the potential for naturally enhanced supply of mafic sediments, known to be a carbon sink, into coastal environments." LINK
[Monitor] Businesses are at a standstill in some parts of Teso region as floods wreaked havoc in the area and cut off Ajeleik Bridge that connects Kapelebyong and Katakwi districts.
The Philippine president has approved the lifting of a ban on oil and gas exploration in or near disputed areas of the South China Sea that was imposed six years ago because of escalating territorial tensions with China
Forestry's role under the Emissions Trading Scheme would be reviewed under a National Government and agricultural emissions would not face a carbon price until other countries do the same.
[Seychelles News Agency] Students from five schools in Seychelles shared their concerns about climate change through black and white drawings as they participated in this year's 'Big Draw' - a visual literacy charity event.
A man in Mexico sheltered about 300 dogs from the strong winds and heavy rain of Hurricane Delta, which made landfall south of Cancun, blowing down trees and knocking out power in some of the area’s resorts
[SNA] Khartoum -- Ministry of Energy and Mining pumped, today, three million seven hundred seventy-three thousand liters of petrol (3.773, 000) to meet the fuel needs of Khartoum State.
October 15, 2020 8:46 AM NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are intertwined: Storms and wildfires are worsening while as many as 1 million species are at risk of extinction.
Democrats expect the Supreme Court to be crucial in allowing future administrations to confront climate change.
[The Conversation Africa] Many would argue that the global financial crisis of 2007-09 taught us not just the irrelevance but the dangers of economic theory. Yet the Nobel committee has awarded its economic prize for 2020 to two high theorists - Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom -- for advances in game theory, and specifically auctions.
Enbridge Inc. officials said yesterday they have completed a small section of its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement project in North Dakota, leaving only the Minnesota stretch that has been challenged by state officials and others.
During the first eight months of 2020, the number of large methane leaks tied to oil and gas activity jumped more than 30% compared to the same period last year, according to satellite data released yesterday.
Pollution overall remained well below the 2020 climate target, which the state hit four years early, in 2016.
More than 20 months after a Venezuelan oil tanker carrying nearly 55 million gallons of crude oil was abandoned off the country’s northern coast following tightened U.S. sanctions, inspectors from neighboring Trinidad and Tobago will finally get a chance to see for themselves if the idle vessel’s cargo could lead to a major ecological disaster off the Caribbean coast of South America.
Nexport plans to offer Australian made buses, trucks and passenger vehicles, after announcing a $700M investment in a NSW manufacturing facility.
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Tropical Storm Epsilon formed this morning in the central Atlantic, the latest in what has been a very active hurricane season.
CARBON markets have barely reacted to the general election, which returned Labour to power with an absolutely majority and arguably an endorsement of its actions on climate change.
emissions, methane The U.S. has failed to reduce methane emissions
A brewing storm of major financial institutions divesting from Arctic and oil sand drilling signals a dark future for oil and gas, finds a new investigation from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The investigation, published today, quantifies the scale of shifts among large investors. The World Bank, BPN Paribas, Goldman Sachs,...
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Clean Energy Can Help Southeast Asia Recover After COVID-19 Comments | Add Comment | Print This farming couple in Thailand rents out some of their land for a wind turbine. Photo by Asian Development Bank. Prior to the devastating impacts of COVID-19, Southeast Asia was becoming an economic powerhouse. Manufacturing, industry and services expanded across the region in recent decades. Energy demand also grew an average of 6% per year, one of the fastest growth rates in the world. But despite the global decline in renewable energy prices, Southeast Asian countries have largely embraced fossil fuels to meet their growing energy needs.
Close to 60% of Indonesia's electricity supply comes from its 29 gigawatt (GW) coal fleet. An additional 24.7 GW is in the works...
The Trump administration on Saturday approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, making federal assistance available to supplement state and local recovery efforts after Hurricane Delta.
Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today unloaded on the Trump administration's EPA, saying its "entire policy" has been "search and destroy."
For companies around the world and across industries, sustainability has rapidly gone from a nice-to-have to a business imperative. Global brands including Amazon, McDonald's, Ikea and General Motors have announced ambitious plans to eliminate single-use plastics, reduce carbon emissions and otherwise shrink their environmental footprint in various ways.
The United States – which has cumulatively pumped out the largest amount of the carbon emissions blamed for global warming – will on November 4 officially quit the Paris Agreement, the world’s largest coordinated effort to fight climate change.For those ringing the climate alarm bells, the withdrawal represents a government that chooses to ignore science linking the burning of fossil fuels to global warming, even as California grapples with some of the largest wildfires in its history and the…
The storm is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength by early Thursday.
With rising global temperatures and increasingly severe heatwaves, much of the world’s population is vulnerable...
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A state-run Chinese organisation has landed a US$54 million surveying contract in Saudi Arabia, bringing Beijing a step closer to a key energy supplier.The deal, the largest of its kind, is the latest sign of warming relations between Beijing and Riyadh.“It is the beginning of a great cooperative relationship between the two sides and will surely open up new cooperative areas for both countries,” said Zhong Ziran, president of China Geological Survey (CGS) in a video call during the signing…
Nepal’s population of one-horned rhinoceros that survived hunting, a shrinking habitat and wildlife trafficking are now faced with a new threat: changes in their living environment due to a rapidly-warming atmosphere. Eight rhinos have been found dead inside Chitwan National Park since 11 July – half of them due to unprecedented floods on the Narayani River that submerged […]
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Wolf, Martin J.; Zhang, Yue; Zawadowicz, Maria A.; Goodell, Megan; Froyd, Karl; Freney, Evelyn et al. (2020): A biogenic secondary organic aerosol source of cirrus ice nucleating particles. In Nat Comms 11 (1), p. 4834. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18424-6. "Atmospheric ice nucleating particles (INPs) influence global climate by altering cloud formation, lifetime, and precipitation efficiency. The role of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) material as a source of INPs in the ambient atmosphere has not been well defined. Here, we demonstrate the potential for biogenic SOA to activate as depositional INPs in the upper troposphere by combining field measurements with laboratory experiments." LINK
Feng, Dongdong; Wang, Shizhang; Zhang, Yu; Zhao, Yijun; Sun, Shaozeng; Chang, Guozhang et al. (2020): Review of Carbon Fixation Evaluation and Emission Reduction Effectiveness for Biochar in China. In Energy Fuels 34 (9), pp. 10583–10606. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c02396. "As the world’s largest energy consumer (i.e., 24% of the world) and one of the largest biomass resource reserve countries (i.e., total reserves of 73.42 × 108 t a–1), for China, using biomass to prepare for biochar and store it in soil to realize the “carbon sequestration and emission reduction” is of great significance. This paper explores the physical–chemical properties of biochar and finds out its reason–manifestation–influencing factors for “carbon sequestration reduction”." LINK
No Deadline "The oceanographer will be involved in all aspects of our scientific program, including guiding the project team’s decisions, laboratory studies, pilot studies, modeling work, writing papers, and designing new research projects that help us answer essential questions about the safety and feasibility of this approach to carbon dioxide removal." LINK
Bier, Harald; Gerber, Helmut; Huber, Marcel; Junginger, Hannes; Kray, Daniel; Lange, Jörg et al. (2020): Biochar-based carbon sinks to mitigate climate change. EBI Whitepaper. European Biochar Industry Consortium e.V. (EBI). "In parallel with the reduction of emissions, a start must now be made on expanding and further developing the existing options for creating carbon sinks. The magnitude of the task is enormous: in order to achieve climate neutrality in the European Union, the volume of sinks to be created annually must increase to at least 850 million tonnes of CO2 by the year 2050. Three solutions: afforestation/reforestation; biochar/biomass pyrolysis; and the build-up of soil organic matter can be implemented in the short and medium term and there is no reason why they should not be...
"As with other technologies, the risks of solar geoengineering cannot be sensibly evaluated without a scenario for goals and governance." LINK
[Greenpeace] This morning, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Minister Gwede Mantashe gazetted amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity. These will allow municipalities to pursue their own power generation projects. In response, Greenpeace Africa's Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager Happy Khambule has said:
With less than a month to go before a SpaceX Falcon 9 takes Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich into orbit to chart sea-level rise, preparations are forging ahead at the launch site.
Environmental and advocacy groups are hauling the Department of Energy to court again for changing how it sets energy efficiency standards for appliances like refrigerators and water heaters.
Oregon's sole remaining coal-fired power plant shut down for good last week, 20 years ahead of schedule.
Can regulators police a natural gas project with an active FBI inquiry and charges looming?
An array of academics, alumni of past administrations and think tank analysts have been serving the Biden campaign for months as volunteer advisers on climate change.
[Nation] Any person who pollutes the environment will pay a fine of not less than Sh1 million and not more than Sh2 million, states the Nakuru County Waste Management Bill, 2020.
Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker announced that work is now underway to construct a new wind power complex with a capacity of 2,000 megawatts in the Red Sea governorate – of which 500 megawatts will be generated by the German company Siemens. In a Sunday statement Shaker added that this step would … Continued
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It's one myth that just needs to go away, scientists say.
The Australian Government has published the 2018-19 Australian Plastics Recycling Survey which captures the consumption and recycling of plastics in Australia during the 2018–19 financial year.
October 19, 2020 1:01 PM Trump, who has described climate change as a hoax, has doubled down on support for polluting fossil fuels and revoked or rolled back a host of environmental standards.
October 19, 2020 10:31 AM In what it described as a unilateral decision, Manila has lifted a six-year-old moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters believed to be rich in energy and marine resources.
Sydney and Melbourne network companies push into community-level battery storage to boost rooftop PV uptake and defer grid upgrades. Are energy retailers getting nervous?
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Public schools and hospitals could be the key to boosting Queensland's rooftop solar industry, slashing cost and emissions and delivering hundreds of jobs.
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In China, 17-year-old environmental activist Ou Hongyi staged a silent protest on the streets of Shanghai at the end of last month and brought along a new poster: “There is no vaccine for the climate crisis”.She took her cue from Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage environmentalist, who earlier this year said the response to the Covid-19 pandemic showed how world authorities could act during emergencies. But now this needed to be repeated to tackle the economic and livelihood threats posed by…
[The Conversation Africa] Recently, news reports revealed plans by a Canadian oil and gas company, ReconAfrica, to explore for oil and gas in some of Africa's most sensitive protected areas. These areas include the Namibian headwaters of the Okavango delta and a world heritage site, Tsodilo Hills, in Botswana. Plans are afoot to explore inside the Kavango-Zambezi transfrontier conservation area.
Filed under: Finance, Business, Industry DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Damage estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa and some other parts of the Midwest in August are growing, with the total now at $7.5 billion, according to a new report.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Wildfires and floods threaten tens of millions of properties in the U.S. But most Americans get little or no information about climate risks when they move.
The Galapagos marine reserve faces threats from industrial fishing, climate change and a drastic drop in tourism and funding for conservation.
October 18, 2020 5:00 AM Asia News Network writers discuss the steps ahead for stalling climate change. Excerpts:
Nature, Published online: 18 October 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02939-5Banning fishing in warming coastal waters and limiting tourism and construction on land will help to protect marine mammals and seabirds.
Teenagers living in remote Arctic communities share their concerns about the effects of climate change.
The debate, scheduled to take place in Nashville, Tennessee next Thursday night, will mark the final time the two candidates come face-to-face before the election on November 3.
Nakhon Ratchasima, provinces in the Northeast and the South of Thailand are facing floods as a storm approaches.
October 17, 2020 12:25 AM I am very happy to hear that Hyundai will be manufacturing electric cars in Singapore (S'pore-made Hyundai electric cars for local market initially, Oct 14).
Climate change is melting Alpine glaciers and revealing troves of artifacts dating back as far as 9,500 years. Experts are now in a race against time, as the ice is the only thing preserving the objects.
Australia’s strong coal exports to China this year justified a reported import ban as it has exhausted its quotas ahead of other countries, commodities analyst S&P Global Platts said, although political reasons for the ban were not out of the question.In the first half of the year, Australia raced ahead of other nations to become the largest exporter of coking coal to China due to a strong rebound in steel production used to supply the country’s post-coronavirus infrastructure and property…
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology devised a system that could be fitted to industrial machines to cut their emissions and capture carbon.
A federal court has agreed to temporarily block developers of the Mountain Valley pipeline from using a streamlined water permit to build sections of the natural gas project in West Virginia and Virginia.
The Philippines’ energy minister said on Friday that the government’s move to lift a moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea was a unilateral decision that China is expected to respect.Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, in a virtual media briefing, also said he did not expect the move to affect a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on a possible joint development in the disputed waters as well as joint venture talks among exploration companies.President…
"In an eye-catching recent deal, a consortium including Amazon and Microsoft invested in CarbonCure Technologies, a Canadian firm seeking to slash the carbon dioxide emissions of concrete. Producing cement, the key ingredient in concrete, creates so much CO2 that if the industry were a country, only China and the United States would emit more over the course of a year." LINK
"Japanese company says used with biomass plant, negative net emissions achievable." LINK
"China’s electricity system would need to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 if the country is to meet its recently announced target of “carbon neutrality” before 2060." LINK
The Indian capital's air quality levels plunged to "very poor" today and a smoggy haze settled over the city, days after the state government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution.
EPA published a rule today allowing utilities to continue operating unlined coal ash dumps if they show there is a low chance of harming public health or contaminating groundwater.
Climate change wiped out early humans, a study has found, as scientists warn that global warming could have a greater impact than previously thought. Cousins of Homo sapiens failed to adapt to the cold tens of thousands of years...
The production of Egypt’s first locally assembled electric car, priced at LE350,000 (US$22,295), is slated to begin by the end of 2021, in partnership with Chinese Dongfeng Motor Corporation, according to the country’s Minister of Public Business Sector, Hisham Tawfik. Tawfik explained, during a phone interview with the “Al-Hekaya” program’s host Amr Adib, that the … Continued
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This year has been full of surprises. Covid-19 still hangs over the world, devastating economies. Elections have been postponed because of the pandemic, including ours in Hong Kong. The coronavirus is also affecting geopolitics – and Hong Kong is in the midst of the ever-widening US-China conflict.
Another major surprise was Chinese President Xi Jinping’s September 22 pledge at the United Nations General Assembly that China would achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Before then, China had never…
New Mexico's largest electric utility has broken ground on a 50-megawatt solar field that will provide power to Western New Mexico University, the city of Albuquerque and other large users that have signed on to a new program officials hope will serve as a model for boosting access to renewable energy.
Environmental groups called on a federal court yesterday to issue an emergency motion to block use of a streamlined water permit for building the Mountain Valley pipeline, citing the natural gas project's pending impact on streams and wetlands.
A Department of Energy advisory board is operating "in secret" and unlawfully promoting the coal industry, conservationists charged in a lawsuit filed yesterday.
Joe Biden last night said the U.S. will need to capture emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants in order to meet his climate goals — a controversial message among progressives that underscores the challenges of rapidly untangling coal and natural gas from the economy.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden was heavy on details on a variety of subjects Thursday night -- including COVID-19, the Supreme Court, racial and LGBT equality and climate change -- at his town hall event in Philadelphia.
A new payload that Elon Musk's SpaceX will deliver into orbit next month will play a pivotal role in measuring sea level increases, potentially helping to spare economies from billions of euros in damages by the end of this century.
Climate migration in America is no longer about small, isolated communities pulling up stakes to avoid floods, wildfires or rising seas.
Every fall, air pollution spikes in India. Doctors worry what it will mean for coronavirus patients with breathing problems.
As a thick quilt of smog wrapped itself around New Delhi on Thursday, signalling ...
First stage of the massive Asian Renewable Energy Hub a step closer after securing state environmental approvals from WA government, and could grow to 26GW.
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Another major US utility unveils plans to replace an ageing coal power plant with solar and storage, via four projects totalling nearly 1GW of new renewable capacity.
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Democratic presidential contender and former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday again said he won't ban fracking
Britain endured its wettest day on record on October 3, when enough rain fell to fill Loch Ness. Scientists are predicting extreme downpours could become more regular as a result of global warming.
The report forecasts a fast expansion of clean energy sources.
An international team of researchers found past Homo species could not survive intense climate change. When their homes became uninhabitable due to climate change, they failed, to find a new one.
The long-awaited oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico next month will offer extended lease terms for operators, the Department of the Interior announced today.
Sudden climatic changes may have been a significant driver of the extinction of early human species, including the Neanderthals, Homo erectus and Homo heidelbergensis
The federal government says it's investing $20 million in the nuclear industry to help Canada meet its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
[263Chat] Civil society players in Manicaland say climate change mitigation strategies and policies should place communities at the centre of all adaptation measures.
In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at low-carbon ways to stay warm outside during the pandemic and hope versus fear in the discourse around climate change.
Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch its latest high-tech satellite on Nov. 10. It can measure even the slightest changes in sea levels from 830 miles above Earth
A company nearing completion of a short underground motorway for electric cars at the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center wants to widen its scope and build a people mover tunnel system beneath the Las Vegas Strip.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's public calendar has not been updated for more than five months.
A Republican-led Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a proposed policy statement today saying the panel has the authority and willingness to consider potential grid operators' requests to incorporate a carbon tax into its rate structures.
Strassburg, Bernardo B. N.; Iribarrem, Alvaro; Beyer, Hawthorne L.; Cordeiro, Carlos Leandro; Crouzeilles, Renato; Jakovac, Catarina C. et al. (2020): Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration. In Nature. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2784-9. "Here we develop and apply a multicriteria optimization approach that identifies priority areas for restoration across all terrestrial biomes, and estimates their benefits and costs. We find that restoring 15% of converted lands in priority areas could avoid 60% of expected extinctions while sequestering 299 gigatonnes of CO2—30% of the total CO2 increase in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution." LINK
Horton, Joshua B.; Lefale, Penehuro; Keith, David (2020): Parametric Insurance for Solar Geoengineering: Insights from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative. In Global Policy. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12864. "Parametric insurance, which delivers payouts when specific physical indices (such as wind speed) cross predefined thresholds, was recently proposed by two of us as a compensation mechanism for SG with the potential to ease disagreements about the technology and to facilitate cooperative deployment; we refer to this proposal as reduced‐rate climate risk insurance for solar geoengineering, or ‘RCG’. Here we probe the plausibility of RCG by exploring the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI), a sovereign risk pool providing parametric...
[Monitor] Businesses have been paralyzed in some parts of Teso sub region as floods continue to wreak havoc and cutting off main roads in the area.
The new Warradarge wind farm north of Perth will be one of Australia’s best performing, with a capacity factor of around 50%. Bright Energy’s Tom Frood explains why, and we look at the latest network news.
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Mongolia Shows How to Fight for Environmental Justice Comments | Add Comment | Print The people of Erdenetsagaan fought against a mining company that polluted their community. Photo by Munkhgerel Baterdene In Eastern Mongolia near the Chinese border, the people of Erdenetsagaan are furious with the mining companies that have wreaked havoc on their community of 7,000. “Five mountains have disappeared. They are breaking them down and throwing them at us – literally,” says Baatarsukh, a semi-nomadic herder, as he surveys the region’s grasslands.
Pastures that once sustained his family’s way of life for generations are now caked in thick dust and pockmarked by open-pit mines that poison the local environment. “But no one cares about our health,” adds Baatarsukh, who...
Earth sweltered to a record hot September last month, with United States climate officials saying there's nearly a two-to-one chance that 2020 will end up as the globe's hottest year on record.Boosted by human-caused climate change,...
Hyundai Motor Co. will recall more than 25,000 of its fire-prone Kona Electric cars in South Korea beginning Friday.
The Volga River slick is at least the second oil spill reported in Russia this week.
National Geographic Inuit have lived in Inuit Nunaat (our homeland) in the Arctic for millennia, in what many see as one of the most inhospitable areas of the planet. To outsiders, we’re survivors, having managed to beat the odds generation after generation. But that’s not how we see it. Inuit don’t survive in the Arctic—we thrive . Our skilled hunters have knowledge that has been passed down for generations, allowing us to sustainably harvest nutritious meat for our families and communities. We know how to read the weather, navigate the sea ice, find vegetation on the land, and, in 2020, how to connect with one another virtually to share this same information. We adapt and thrive together. But our recent history has been one of immense challenges, brought on not because we live in a polar...
Supreme court nominee called climate change 'very contentious matter of public debate’
Sharp drops in global temperatures helped seal the fate of three extinct hominin species, including our close relatives, the Neanderthals, according to thousands of archaeological specimens and a...
[The Conversation Africa] Weather and climate have far-reaching effects on every part of life. The timing of seasons, range of daily and seasonal temperatures, the amount of rainfall - these all influence things as diverse as food production, disease prevalence and tourism.
Oil refineries and chemical plants in Texas and Louisiana are seeing a drop in production as back-to-back hurricanes have halted some operations for more than a month.
Elevated levels of radioactive particles have been detected in areas close to unconventional oil and gas wells, according to a new study, posing health risks to anybody living and working nearby.
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