A California energy startup has designed windows with built-in solar panels, which they hope will hasten the widespread transition to carbon-free electricity sources the state is encouraging.
REFORMING the Emissions Trading Scheme remains a priority for the Government, despite disruption caused by the covid-19 pandemic, says climate minister James Shaw.
March 31, 2020 5:00 AM Japan has kept unchanged its 2030 carbon emission target in its climate change pledge submitted to the United Nations yesterday, disappointing observers who have urged more aggressive action from one of the world's top emitters.
A federal appeals court today rejected the Trump administration's request to reconsider a ruling forcing EPA to set temperature standards for the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
Saudi Arabia said on Monday it will raise its oil exports to a record 10.6 million barrels per day starting from May despite a global supply glut, escalating a price war with Russia. Oil prices are languishing at 17-year lows as the coronavirus pandemic threatens a painful global recession that could further sap demand. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter which already announced a sharp production increase for April, said it would add additional supplies to the global market, deepening a glut.
It's something we've heard again and again from health authorities in the coronavirus pandemic. Wash your hands. Frequently. With soap and water. For at least 20 seconds. That's an effective way to eliminate viral particles on your hands. But for the 2.2 billion people in the world who lack safe drinking water — mostly in low- and middle-income countries — that advice will be difficult to heed. In these places, water is scarce for a number of reasons. It could be due to drought or climate change. Or local water supplies could be contaminated. Or the nearest source of water may be far away from home. Aid groups and public health officials are doing all they can to help people in these communities overcome the obstacles and wash up. Washing your hands, they say, is a small action that can make...
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Today Japan announced the national climate plan — its nationally determined contribution (NDC) — that it will submit to the United Nations. Unfortunately, it is no stronger than the one submitted five years ago, keeping in place a top-line target to reduce emissions 26% by 2030 from 2013 levels. Japan is doing so despite its status as a major...
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Royal Dutch Shell PLC said today it is exiting a gas export facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast due to weak market demand, leaving pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners to move forward alone.
The Supreme Court today determined an oil refiner is responsible for $140 million in damages from a 2004 spill in the Delaware River.
Eleven EPA employees now have been infected by the novel coronavirus, the agency confirmed today.
President Donald Trump Trump told Fox News interviewers Monday his next call was to Russian President Vladimir Putin, with an oil price war and trade on the agenda.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council oil spill response staff have been working to contain an oil spill at Sulphur Point in Tauranga.
An estimated 2000 litres of oily sludge is believed to have been discharged ...
March 30, 2020 11:50 PM TOKYO - Japan has kept unchanged its 2030 carbon emission target in its climate change pledge submitted to the United Nations on Monday (March 30), disappointing observers who have urged more aggressive action from one of the world's top emitters.
Global equity benchmarks rose slightly on Monday despite a drop in oil prices to their lowest levels since 2002, as central banks and the United States tried to contain damage from the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has upended the global economy.
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt found a visit to Antarctica made him emotional, and ultimately hopeful.
Air pollution in Delhi has dropped to record low levels, in stark contrast to record highs of 2019. Over 90 other cities across India also recorded minimal air pollution during the Covid-19 lockdown.
What if every window in your house could generate electricity? One Redwood City, California-based startup thinks its technology can achieve that by transforming the way solar power is collected and harnessed.
The falling cost of producing hydrogen from renewable power offers a promising route to cutting emissions, but governments need to step in and provide $150 billion of subsidies over the next decade to scale up the technology, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
A newly published study notes that the ozone layer is continuing to heal and could recover completely, thanks to the global actions from the 1987 Montreal Protocol.
Proposals criticised amid fears countries may use coronavirus crisis to rein in commitments Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Japan has laid out new plans on greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris agreement ahead of vital UN climate talks later this year, becoming the world’s first major economy to do so. But its proposals were criticised by campaigners as grossly inadequate, amid fears the Covid-19 crisis could prompt countries to try to water down their climate commitments. Continue reading...
Russia's Rosneft has transferred its assets in Venezuela to a company fully owned by Vladimir Putin's government, a move apparently intended to shield Russia's largest oil producer from U.S. sanctions while Moscow continues showing support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the wake of a U.S. narcotics indictment.
California utilities must vastly expand wind and solar power, and battery storage, to keep the state on course to meet stringent carbon reduction targets in 2030 and 2045, the state's power regulator has ordered.
Pipeline companies have begun turning away oil shipments in some parts of Texas as the impact of the coronavirus outbreak spreads through the energy industry.
The carbon market's automatic stabilizers are set to kick in, softening the blow of the economic slump in the European Union caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Climate's star treatment on the campaign trail is over. Now it's the coronavirus election.
As oil floods the market just when the world needs it least, only producers with deep pockets or storage tanks will be able to keep pumping.
March 30, 2020 4:10 PM TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan has maintained its carbon emissions reduction target in its updated emissions plan submitted to the United Nations as part of an international process to address climate change.
Barclays bank has set a goal of becoming a 'net zero bank' in terms of its own carbon emissions and the activities it finances by 2050, the lender said on Monday.
Japan has kept unchanged its target, set in 2015, of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by the year ending in March 2031 from levels seen in the year ended March 2014, the environment ministry said on Monday.
While the public is stuck at home, fossil fuel projects carry on.
Air pollution across the upper North remains at critical levels with authorities monitoring almost 400 active hotspots in Chiang Mai alone on Sunday. The air quality did not improve on Monday morning, with IQAir recording "very unhealthy" air quality and hazardous, ultra-fine PM2.5 dust levels at 170.1 microgrammes per cubic metre (μg/m³) at 10.30am in the so-called "Rose of the North".
Report out of Norway warns full extent of impact of Covid-19 on global renewables market is "just beginning to reveal itself;" Covid restrictions hit Tilt Renewables NZ wind farm.
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Perfect weather conditions, mandatory leave, school holidays and zero kids activities have created a 'perfect storm' for selfish Aussies to hit the beach.
The rise of primary energy use and CO2 emissions over four decades across 70 countries is not closely correlated with increases in life expectancy, a new study finds.
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NSW Berejiklian government quietly waves through planning approvals for coal mine expansion under Sydney drinking water catchment, ignoring criticism from environmental groups.
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March 30, 2020 5:00 AM Beyond the awful numbers on deaths and economic damage, there's another impact from the pandemic that can be seen from space: A big drop in air pollution.
The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst environmental conditions across the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale”, according to a new report. The index of environmental conditions in Australia scored 2019 at 0.8 out of 10 – the worst result across all the years analysed from 2000. Continue reading...
How much damage has the coronavirus and the oil price collapse inflicted on global financial markets this year? Put simply, it has probably been the most destructive sell-off since the Great Depression.
The global Covid-19 pandemic is expected to hit planned wind and solar projects in Australia and other countries particularly hard, and wipe out any anticipated growth in renewables deployment in 2020, according to a new study. The Norway-based Rystad Energy says it had expected global solar additions to grow 15% to 140 gigawatts in 2020,...
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The COVID-19 crisis is throwing off the complex logistics of a year-long Arctic research expedition. A team of researchers set to rotate out may have to stay on board an ice-breaker for another six weeks.
March 29, 2020 5:00 AM WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump has made rolling back environmental regulations a centrepiece of his administration, moving to erase Obama-era efforts ranging from landmark fuel efficiency standards and coal industry controls to more routine rules on paint solvents and industrial soot.
The winter of 2019-20 was one of the warmest on record in the lower 48 states
It should have been a productive year for relations between Asia’s biggest economy and Europe.China had secured an interim truce in its protracted trade war with the United States in January. And it had turned its focus back to the European Union, seeking to reassure Brussels that its interests would not be damaged by the trade deal with Washington.EU leaders meeting in Brussels in December had discussed an ambitious agenda on climate change and the economy, calling for cooperation from Beijing…
With workers and businesses around the planet suddenly shut down, scientists are getting an unexpected glimpse at a world with less carbon.
In a world desperate for good news about the coronavirus, a dip in global carbon emissions caused by the outbreak’s economic downturn might be seen as a silver lining. But climate scientists and policy experts aren’t encouraged.
Australia's unprecedented fire season scorched sections of rare, ancient rainforests. It's another signal that climate change is intensifying and expanding wildfires globally.
"The administration should be giving its all toward making our country healthier right now. Instead, it is taking advantage of an unprecedented public health crisis," said former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
March 27, 2020 9:51 PM BRASILIA (REUTERS) - Brazil will cut back on efforts to fight environmental crimes during the coronavirus outbreak, an official at environmental agency Ibama told Reuters, despite concerns that reduced protection could lead to a spike in deforestation.
March 27, 2020 8:46 PM KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Indonesia is set to weaken rules on timber products it exports, undermining measures adopted by other countries to fight illegal logging and deforestation, green groups said on Friday (March 27).
Lockdowns and distancing won’t save the world from warming. But amid this crisis, we have a chance to build a better future.
Group calls for independent review of project it says would permanently damage Kosciuszko national park Engineers, economists, energy specialists and environmentalists are calling for a final decision on the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project to be delayed to allow an independent review, claiming it will cost far more and deliver far less than has been promised. The group of 30 said the 2,000-megawatt pumped hydro storage project in the Snowy Mountains would permanently damage the Kosciuszko national park. Continue reading...
Experts fear efforts to protect field agents from virus could lead to further deforestation Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Brazil will reduce efforts to fight environmental crimes during the coronavirus outbreak, despite concerns that reduced protection could lead to a surge in deforestation. The director of environmental protection at Ibama environmental agency said the outbreak had left little choice but to send fewer enforcement personnel into the field. Continue reading...
March 27, 2020 4:30 PM ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (REUTERS) - Fossil fuel-rich Russia has for the first time set out a greener economic path for the coming three decades, in a long-term, low-carbon development plan released this week.
A pair of oil state Republican senators have introduced legislation to withdraw U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia, which is increasingly coming under congressional fire over the longtime Middle Eastern ally's oil price war with Russia.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday unveiled measures to help oil refineries cope with fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, including waiving anti-smog requirements for gasoline and extending the deadline for small facilities to show compliance with the nation's biofuels law.
It makes sense that city dwellers are itching to flee urban areas, but there are a number of reasons why they should suppress that urge, and climate change is one of them.
The first oil refinery shutdowns in India and Europe were announced on Friday while global refinery runs drop like a stone in response to plunging demand as countries worldwide implement lockdowns.
[Namibian] THE ministry of environment has appointed Timoteus Mufeti as the new environmental commissioner effective from 19 March.
Citing potential worker shortages and the effects of restricted travel and social distancing, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a "sweeping suspension" of environmental regulations that...
[Namibia Economist] Selma Nampila, a traditional and bridesmaids dressmaker based in Windhoek's informal settlement, Havana recently received solar power installation at her business worth N$28 400, to increase the efficiency of her tailoring business.
Air pollution from nitrogen dioxide has fallen by an estimated 40% in three European cities, according to new satellite data released by the European Space Agency (ESA), coinciding with a widespread lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Equinor will leave industry the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) lobby group over a disagreement on climate policy, the energy producer said on Friday.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suspended its enforcement of a variety of environmental laws on Thursday, saying that industries could have trouble complying with them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agency added that it won’t expect “to seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.” “EPA is committed to protecting human health...
Public transport and active travel will be the "natural first choice", the Transport Secretary says.
Africa is crying out for debt relief to weather a perfect storm of coronavirus, plummeting oil and commodity prices, mounting budget deficits and weaker currencies.
BUSINESSES struggling to complete a 2019 emissions return because of the state of emergency in New Zealand must apply for an extension before Tuesday.
Calluqueo Glacier in Landsat images from 1986 and 2020. Yellow arrow is the 2020 terminus location, red arrow the 1986 terminus location, purple dots indicate the snowline. Point A-D indicate bedrock areas that have expanded with glacier thinning. Calluqueo Glacier is the largest glacier of the Monte San Lorenzo range on the Chile-Argentina border. This Chilean glaciers flows west from the border and in 1986 terminated in Lago “Calluqueo”. From …
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Air quality in big cities is likely to improve even more in coming weeks, say scientists Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The nationwide shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak has led to big drops in air pollution across the UK’s major cities, new data analysis shows. Levels of toxic pollutants are likely to fall even further, scientists said, as traffic remains off the roads but prevailing westerly winds from the Atlantic return. Current easterly winds are bringing additional pollution from continental Europe to Britain. Continue reading...
Oil producers need to resume cooperation in an effort to stabilize the global market, Russian and OPEC officials said, as the industry reels from a demand and price collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic and an emerging price war.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public-health and environmental protections, saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nestle, the world's biggest food company, says it has made significant progress removing cocoa produced in protected forests in West Africa from its supply chain as pressure builds from consumers and governments for ethically sourced cocoa.
Officials want to help Americans enjoy the outdoors during the coronavirus outbreak. But social distancing is difficult on narrow trails.
Brazil will cut back on efforts to fight environmental crimes during the coronavirus outbreak, an official at environmental agency Ibama told Reuters, despite concerns that reduced protection could lead to a spike in deforestation.
With the state's oil industry in free fall, candidates for a key regulatory seat in Texas are staking out different positions on how to stabilize the price of crude.
The far-reaching societal responses to the novel coronavirus could mean worldwide oil demand drops by as much as 20% this year, a top international energy adviser predicted yesterday.
The novel coronavirus has presented the solar industry with an unsavory smorgasbord of problems all at the same time.
Oil prices were mixed on Friday as the market weighed the potential benefits of stimulus efforts by policymakers around the world against the demand destruction caused by fallout from the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday expressed concern over massive damage caused by a bushfire in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park in Chiang Mai, which also sent air pollution in the northern province to record highs.
A new OPEC+ deal to balance oil markets might be possible if other countries join in, Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund said, adding that countries should also cooperate to cushion the economic fallout from coronavirus.
The crash in oil prices exacerbates the uncertain future of gas as Origin Energy hits pause on fracking plans in the NT.
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As many as one-half million abandoned underground mining sites might exist on U.S. public lands, and at least 215,000 are considered hazardous, according to a new government report. Cleaning them up could cost billions.
The Australian Government is investing $149 million in climate and environmental science targeting plastic waste, threatened species, climate systems and a range of key environmental issues. Interested organisations are welcome to submit...
Oil prices rose on Friday as governments around the world pledged a huge injection of funds and other measures to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, despite fears the outbreak will destroy demand for oil.
The rise of primary energy use and CO2 emissions over four decades across 70 countries...
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Meteorologist from Accuweather, including top forecaster Dan Kottlowksi, are anticipating between 14 to 18 storms during the season this year. Up to nine of those will be hurricanes.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Under the watchful eye of Beijing’s energy hawks, China’s oil and gas majors have splurged for more than a decade, first on deals abroad and then drilling at home. Yet with crude prices at less than half where they were at the start of the year and demand battered by a coronavirus epidemic, they’re preparing to cut back.Cnooc Ltd. signaled Wednesday it might reduce its 2020 capital expenditure budget, which was set at as much as $13 billion, the highest since 2014. PetroChina Ltd., the country’s largest oil producer with a market value of $117 billion, suggested Thursday that it would do the same. Given the delicate politics involved, it’s a welcome hint of rational frugality.Energy security has always been a top concern for China’s leadership. Overseas deals peaked at...
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public health and environmental protections, saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the coronavirus pandemic. The oil and gas industry were among the industries that had sought an advance relaxation of environmental and public health enforcement during the outbreak, citing potential staffing problems. The EPA’s decision was sweeping, forgoing fines or other civil penalties for companies that failed to monitor, report or meet some other requirements for releasing hazardous pollutants.
First it was commercial cruise ships that became floating petri dishes for the coronavirus. Now the U.S. Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has been diverted to the U.S. island territory of Guam, the first American warship to have confirmed cases of COVID-19. "There were three [crew members who] initial[ly tested positive], there were five more that were flown off the ship or in the process of being flown off the ship, and then there are several others that are in isolation right now," Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said Thursday at the Pentagon. "But the ship is going to be pulling into Guam, and they're going to figure out from there who needs to come off, who can stay on, looking at the level of symptoms and things like that. " Other U.S. officials...
The Trump administration has decided to ease enforcement of environmental regulations covering polluting industries to help them cope with impacts from the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would decide as soon as Friday whether to allow sales of winter-grade gasoline into the spring and summer to help the fuel industry deal with a massive supply glut, after a source said several states already unilaterally waived the anti-smog requirements.
California on Thursday adopted a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double the state's clean energy capacity over the next decade and close the door to development of new natural gas plants, but green groups said the goal was not aggressive enough.
A former Energy Department and Small Business Administration official has been tapped to run EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.
The leading coal labor union is calling for new federal safety standards for miners during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 26, 2020 4:24 PM CANBERRA (BLOOMBERG) - Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef has suffered its third mass coral bleaching in five years, according to early results of aerial surveys over the World Heritage site.
The Trump administration will ease back on environmental enforcement and compliance requirements to help U.S. businesses cope with the coronavirus outbreak, according to an Environmental Protection Agency memo dated Thursday and seen by Reuters.
Climate change is leading to lower numbers of marine life towards the equator – including mammals, birds, fish and plankton – while populations nearer the poles increase
Oil storage levels across the world’s storage facilities have climbed to about three-quarters full on average as demand dries up.
More than a third of British electricity was generated by renewables in 2019 The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell for a seventh consecutive year in 2019 after a record year for renewable energy, according to government figures. The provisional data, published by the government on Thursday, revealed a 3.6% fall in greenhouse gas emissions compared with 2018 and almost 28% from 2010. Continue reading...
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Six weeks after he was abruptly fired, a former EPA political appointee has been tapped for a new post in the Trump administration.
NASA analyzing data from the Voyager 2's 1986 visit to Uranus and found the magnetic bubble surrounding the planet is allowing bits of its atmosphere to leak into space.
As a weekend standoff over oil shipments emerged between Texas pipeline operators and shale producers, a state energy regulator has renewed his controversial call for mandated 10% cuts to address a growing a crude glut.
The White House is likely to finalize plans to weaken fuel-economy standards, undoing the biggest single step the U.S. has taken to fight global warming.
Long-term exposure to air pollution may increase a person's risk for developing dementia, an analysis published Monday by JAMA Neurology has found.
EPA implements sweeping relaxation of environmental regulations
A newly published study notes that the ozone layer is continuing to heal and could recover completely, thanks to the global actions from the 1987 Montreal Protocol. The research, published in Nature, notes that chemicals that caused the depletion of the ozone layer, known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), also triggered a change in atmospheric circulation. However,...
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news Latest: BrightHouse and Carluccio’s call in administrators More than 4,000 jobs at risk Economists: UK economy faces steep recession One in five people expect a depression Earlier: Introduction: Brent crude hits lowest price since 2002 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 5.34pm BST Time for a recap The economic impact of the coronavirus has driven two UK firms into administration today, with more likely to follow . Related: Carluccio's and BrightHouse collapse into administration Related: Oil rig closures rising as prices hit 18-year lows Related: EasyJet grounds entire fleet of planes because of coronavirus crisis Related: Hammerson shop rent...
West Virginia environmental regulators sued a coal mine operator last week, alleging the company had gotten 160 environmental violations before it laid off all its employees and abruptly abandoned its mines.
Pennsylvania's biggest coal mine shut down today after two workers contracted the novel coronavirus.
Prominent EPA whistleblower Cate Jenkins has reemerged, challenging how federal agencies are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump revealed he'll be speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about, among other things, oil prices. In an interview with Fox and Friends on Monday morning, Trump expressed concern that the recent price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia was endangering the oil industry. "We don't want to have a dead industry that's wiped out," Trump said. "It's bad for them, bad for everybody. This is a fight between Saudi Arabia and Russia having to do with how many barrels to let out. And they both went crazy; they both went crazy." Earlier this month, Russia, which cooperates with OPEC, the oil cartel, declined to cut production in order to boost prices. Saudi Arabia, in response, offered deep discounts on its product, in a move that would potentially flood the oil market...
Barclays , one of the biggest lenders in Europe to the fossil fuel industry, on Monday set itself a target to reach "net zero" for its own carbon emissions and the activities it finances by 2050.
Russia and Saudi Arabia have been engaged in a price war that has driven world oil prices down dramatically.
Finland's center-left government on Monday gave its blessing to majority state-owned Fortum's strategy to cut emissions, but promised to push the company further towards carbon neutrality, the minister in charge wrote.
San Lorenzo Sur Glacier in Landsat images from 1986 and 2020. Yellow arrow is the 2020 terminus location, red arrow the 1986 terminus location, purple dots indicate the snowline. Point A indicates a location at 1400 m where debris cover has expanded. San Lorenzo Sur Glacier is the main eastern outlet glacier of the Monte San Lorenzo range on the Chile-Argentina border. This Argentina glacier flows east from the border …
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Around 60 percent of all diseases in humans originated from animals. Disease experts say we have to prepare for similar outbreaks in the future.
Energy prices continued their slide as forecasts for a global economic recession worsen.
Barclays drew cautious investor support on Monday for setting itself an ambition to reach 'net zero' for its own carbon emissions and the activities it finances by 2050.
Global producers running out of storage for surplus due to coronavirus crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Global oil producers have begun shutting down their oil rigs on the largest scale in 35 years as the coronavirus continues to drive market prices to their lowest level since 2002. Related: More than 4,000 North Sea oil rig jobs cut amid Covid-19 crisis Continue reading...
Bank pledges to align all of its financing activities with goals of Paris climate agreement Barclays has bowed to investor pressure over its climate track record and announced plans to shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050. The bank, which has its headquarters in London, has pledged to align all of its financing activities with the goals and timelines of the Paris agreement, starting with the energy and power sectors, and to publish “transparent targets” to track its progress. Continue reading...
The Trump administration is standing firm that it can greenlight expedited seismic testing in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, reversing restrictions on exploration put in place by President Obama.
The Trump administration assured the coal industry over the weekend that it is one of the sectors required to stay open through the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The fossil fuel industry scored a win Friday after a federal judge upheld the Trump administration's rescission of an Obama-era rule governing oil and gas extraction on public lands.
Economists and environmental advocates have long warned that climate change has the potential to trigger an unprecedented economic crisis.
Lawmakers decided to punt the fight over buying oil for the strategic reserve.
Japan has kept unchanged its target, set in 2015, of a cut of 26% in greenhouse gas emissions by the fiscal year ending in March 2031, from levels seen in fiscal 2013, the environment ministry said on Monday.
Japan has maintained its carbon emissions reduction target in its updated emissions plan submitted to the United Nations as part of an international process to address climate change.
Five companies from Singapore and two from Japan have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore hydrogen as a low-carbon alternative to power Singapore's energy future, the companies said in a statement on Monday.
Oil took another eyewatering 8% tumble on Monday and world shares buckled again as fears mounted that the global coronavirus shutdown could last for months.
UK prime minister’s refusal to criticise Amazon fires and sharp rise in deforestation praised by Brazilian ambassador Boris Johnson was personally thanked by the Brazilian government for refusing to support European action over the Amazon fires, according to documents obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. As the rainforest burned last summer – fuelled by a sharp rise in deforestation that critics blame partly on President Jair Bolsonaro’s agenda – Johnson criticised a threat by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to block the EU’s Mercosur trade deal with Brazil. Continue reading...
Relentless efforts to combat Covid-19 have shifted the world's focus away from other hot-button issues that had been gaining momentum, such as climate change.
[Nation] A 67-year-old man died after he was swept away by flash floods in Rarieda, Siaya County on Saturday. Hundreds of families have been displaced in various parts of Nyanza and Busia County, following the heavy rains pounding most parts of the country.
A government plan to encourage paper recycling in Hong Kong by stabilising waste paper prices has excluded new business models and could cut recyclers’ profits as mainland China tightens import restrictions, according to industry members and green groups.Hong Kong paper recyclers have struggled to survive in recent years, especially after the mainland announced in 2018 it would ban imports of polluting waste, including paper, plastic, and metals.Since Beijing’s announcement, waste paper in Hong…
Hyundai's Kona Electric and Ioniq can now be booked under subscription model from Northern Beaches auto dealer Col Crawford.
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RESEARCH off the east coast of New Zealand into the link between clouds, phytoplankton and climate change has been cut short because of the covid-19 state of emergency.
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison announced further restrictions on Sunday, including limiting public gatherings to two people. Follow all the latest Covid-19 updates Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus email Follow global coronavirus live updates See all our coronavirus coverage Public gatherings restricted, and rent moratorium 12.46am BST Passengers onboard the Ocean Atlantic have begged Scott Morrison to help bring them home via a YouTube video. The passengers, who include about 150 Australians, embarked on what was supposed to be an Antarctic cruise in February/early March. 12.33am BST Queensland will also be issuing on the spot fines for people who ignore the social distancing rules. As AAP reports: In Queensland thus far, no more...
A city more reliant than most on oil and gas reserves hopes to profit from a shift to net zero Aberdeen is one of the few cities in the world where your taxi driver is almost guaranteed to know the global market price for oil. It is the second week of March in the capital of the North Sea oil and gas industry and Aberdonians have witnessed one of the sharpest oil price slumps in a generation. The Granite City is still one week away from a market collapse even deeper than the 2016 price crash. Continue reading...
A massive, year-long science expedition currently underway on an icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean is having to significantly alter its plans due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Scientists who have been on the ship since late February — in their own form of isolation at the top of the world — were supposed to be picked up by aircraft in early April, with different personnel rotating in. But with travel and other virus-related restrictions , they may now have to remain in the ice until June, essentially doubling their shift. Five such rotations were planned for the expedition over the course of the year. "The flights were planned to go through Longyearbyen, on Svalbard, and right now all non-residents have been asked to leave Svalbard," says expedition coordinator Matthew Shupe, an atmospheric scientist...
With the issue of single-use plastic and pollution evermore present in the public consciousness, local businesses are starting to make adjustments to safeguard the environment.Bottled water company Lifespan has taken up the mantle of going green by adopting environmentally friendly measures; primary among them is the installation of renewable energy systems to lessen their carbon footprint.
Despite coronavirus restrictions, Earth Hour has commenced across the world, starting from New Zealand, followed by Fiji and Australia, with lights switched off on famous buildings and regular homes to boost awareness of climate change.The initiative, started by environmental group the WWF in 2007, asks people, companies and local authorities to turn off lights for one hour from 8.30pm local time in their town or city.In New Zealand’s Auckland, the Sky Tower went dark, while in Palmerston North…
Famous buildings and structures have switched off their lights to highlight change during Earth Hour, plunging landmarks in Moscow, Sydney and Beijing into complete darkness.
Famous buildings and structures will go dark between 8.30pm and 9.30pm tonight as part of an international event organised by WWF to urge action to save the planet.
Now they hope a Democratic president will deliver the final blow.
A storm emerging from the Rockies after burying the region under heavy spring snow will turn to the Upper Midwest with wintry weather this weekend.
March 28, 2020 5:00 AM ST PETERSBURG • Fossil fuel-rich Russia has for the first time set out a greener economic path for the coming three decades in a long-term, low-carbon development plan released this week.
A group scientists in the Arctic are stranded on a research ship after worldwide shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic have prevented them from being replaced by a new team.
Recycling collection will be stalled for two weeks in Brockville in an effort to protect waste collection workers from COVID-19.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Renewable energy is getting so cheap that it doesn’t need subsidies anymore. Yes, well. Renewables live or die by subsidies, in fact. That was proved yet again this week, when Democrats tried (unsuccessfully) to stuff a panoply of Green New Deal measures into the corona-crisis relief bill —...
The California Public Utilities Commission has announced new emissions standards for the state, calling for a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030, and be zero-carbon by 2045.
Air pollution from nitrogen dioxide has fallen by an estimated 40 per cent in three European cities, according to new satellite data released by the European Space Agency (ESA), coinciding with a widespread lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
March 27, 2020 4:42 PM LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - California on Thursday (March 26) adopted a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double the state's clean energy capacity over the next decade and close the door to development of new natural gas plants, but green groups said the goal was not aggressive enough.
Oil prices plunged 5% on Friday and posted a fifth straight weekly loss as demand destruction caused by the coronavirus outweighed stimulus efforts by policymakers around the world.
EPA today said it will temporarily ease some gasoline and biofuel blending requirements in response to market conditions brought on by the novel coronavirus crisis.
I've been self-isolating since I got home from a trip to Grand Bahama, where I was reporting on sea-level rise. I came back through Port Everglades right as it was confirmed there were several COVID-19 cases connected to the port.
by Mary Glackin, AMS President In normal times, our thousands of AMS professionals and colleagues are completely dedicated to helping people make the best possible weather-, water-, and climate-related decisions. In this COVID-19 period, were not just providing critical information; we are also receiving it. We are each of us following guidance from public health […]
Saudi Arabia said on Friday it was not in talks with Russia to balance oil markets despite rising pressure from Washington to stop a price rout amid the coronavirus pandemic and an attempt by Moscow to fix a rift with the de facto OPEC leader.
Extraordinary move signals to US companies that they will not face any sanctions for polluting the air or water Coronavirus – latest US updates C oronavirus – latest global updates See all our coronavirus coverage The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended its enforcement of environmental laws during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, signaling to companies they will not face any sanction for polluting the air or water of Americans. In an extraordinary move that has stunned former EPA officials, the Trump administration said it will not expect compliance with the routine monitoring and reporting of pollution and won’t pursue penalties for breaking these rules. Continue reading...
The Trump administration waived enforcement on environmental rules due to the coronavirus pandemic saying industries may have trouble meeting compliance because of the outbreak.
Norwegian oil and natural gas giant Equinor ASA is leaving the Independent Petroleum Association of America over the group's climate change policies.
Two U.S. government agencies, the DHS and EPA, have announced major policy suspensions due to the spread of the coronavirus disease.
[Foroyaa] Welcome to another Edition of the Environment Column. In this week's Edition of the Column, the Columnist caught up with the EBA Project Manager and adviser to the Environment Ministry Dr. Malanding Jaiteh, who spoke about the impact of climate and the restoration of EBA Project on the country's forest cover. Here is some of the excerpts of their discussion.
Equinor will leave industry lobby group the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) over a disagreement about climate policy, the energy producer said on Friday.
Every aspect of our lives has been affected by the coronavirus. The global economy has slowed, people have retreated to their homes and thousands have died or become seriously ill.At this frightening stage of the crisis, it's difficult...
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has suffered “very widespread” damage after rising sea temperatures caused the third mass coral bleaching events in five years. Its northern reaches suffered an unprecedented two successive years of severe bleaching in 2016 and 2017. Some previously untouched areas had now suffered "moderate or severe bleaching".
Extraordinary move signals to US companies that they will not face any sanctions for polluting the air or water * Coronavirus – latest US updates * Coronavirus – latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended its enforcement of environmental laws during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, signaling to companies they will not face any sanction for polluting the air or water of Americans.In an extraordinary move that has stunned former EPA officials, the Trump administration said it will not expect compliance with the routine monitoring and reporting of pollution and won’t pursue penalties for breaking these rules.Polluters will be able to ignore environmental laws as long as they can claim in some way these violations were...
[VOA] For nearly a decade, herders in Kenya's arid northwest have depended on cash payments from the government to withstand a cycle of recurring severe droughts and floods. But herders say the payments don't always arrive on time, and climate change is making it harder for them to maintain their livelihood.
European Union leaders have agreed that the bloc's coronavirus economic recovery plan should take heed of its aim to fight climate change.
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Oil prices fell on Friday as demand destruction caused by the coronavirus outweighed stimulus efforts by policymakers around the world and the United States faced the prospect of becoming the next global epicenter of the pandemic.
Greenhouse emissions are down. But that’s no silver lining.
New Mexico utility regulators have approved a program that will allow local governments and large businesses to subscribe to a universal solar field to be built by the state's largest electric provider.
The novel coronavirus pandemic is causing mass layoffs in the low-carbon energy sector and imperiling as much as $5 billion in individual companies' revenues, according to two reports this week from industry associations.
The global coal fleet last year grew for the first time since 2015, even as power generation from burning the fossil fuel fell 3%, according to a new report.
An activist group has withdrawn a shareholder resolution urging BP to adhere to the Paris climate agreement after the oil and gas company agreed to work together on a joint resolution.
Last year was a banner year for wind power installations, with growth particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region. But Asian nations are still not on track to lowering their emissions in line with the Paris Agreement's climate targets.
March 27, 2020 5:00 AM The number of coal-fired power plants under development worldwide fell last year, as climate concerns and competitive renewable energy projects chipped away at coal's viability, a study released yesterday showed.
Oil prices were mixed on Friday as governments took unprecedented steps to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Australia emissions data goes missing as historical data and projections scrubbed from the environment department's website.
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Oil and gas companies are cutting spending plans in response to the coronavirus pandemic and a push by Saudi Arabia and Russia to ramp up output.
March 27, 2020 12:49 AM LONDON (REUTERS) - Global oil demand could drop as much as 20 million barrels per day or 20 per cent of total demand as 3 billion people are currently in a lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak, the head of the International Energy Agency said.
China said on Thursday it extracted 861,400 cubic metres of natural gas from gas hydrates found in the South China Sea during a month-long trial that ended last week.The production process, which ran from February 17 to March 18, also set two world records – one for the largest total volume extracted and another for the most produced – 287,000 cubic metres – on a single day, the Ministry of Natural Resources said on its website.The gas was extracted from an area in the north of the disputed…
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People under 65 will still need to do emissions testing but ADEQ said they are changing the procedures of the testing to lessen the risk of exposure.
Oil prices rose on Friday after world leaders promised a massive injection of funds to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, despite fears the outbreak will destroy demand for oil.
When climate journalist Emily Atkin was asked to pledge to stop flying to help prevent climate change earlier this year, she said no. “I gave my whole spiel about how we put so much pressure on ourselves not to do anything to exacerbate the climate crisis,” she said. “We aren’t asking what airlines are doing or the money that they're putting into political causes, the effort that they've put in to fight any type of climate regulation.” Related: Leon Panetta on coronavirus: ‘We’re paying the price’ of ignoring intelligence reports Atkin said a hallmark of her climate journalism is to focus on the words and actions of the powerful: corporations, governments, very rich people and the media. “I just have felt for a long time that we need to take the responsibility off of the individual and start...
Airlines get $60bn bailout, but Pelosi’s proposal on halving of emissions by 2050 not included Coronavirus – latest US updates Live global updates See all our coronavirus coverage A $2tn US coronavirus relief package will dole out billions to struggling airlines and offer low-interest loans that fossil fuel companies could compete for – without requiring any action to stem the climate crisis. The legislation, passed by the Senate late on Wednesday , includes a $60bn bailout for airlines. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrat-controlled House, had proposed a requirement for airlines to cut their planet-warming emissions in half by 2050, but that provision is not in the bill. Continue reading...
An analysis of more than 300 marine plant, animal, plankton, and fish species found that they’ve increasingly moved towards the poles as the climate grew warmer over the last century. Their abundance has also been changing as the species adapt to shifts in suitable living areas. One of the silver linings of the study is […]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to delay the deadline for oil refineries to comply with the nation's biofuel regulation past March 31, to help the industry cope with fallout from the coronavirus, agency chief Andrew Wheeler said on Thursday.
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EPA's inspector general plans to scrutinize the handling of state implementation plans, a normally mundane facet of Clean Air Act enforcement that last fall provoked a heated dust-up between Administrator Andrew Wheeler and California officials.
EPA today announced new efforts to ease restrictions on manufacturers of disinfectants to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Takayuki Ueno looks out over an empty field along the coast in Fukushima, Japan, and points toward the ocean. "There used to be houses here, and trees," he says, and then points in another direction. "And over there, too." The wind whips across the open space. A small, new graveyard sits in an adjacent plot. Those houses were where his neighbors once lived. This region was devastated nine years ago when the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history triggered a massive tsunami . The giant wave washed away nearly 20,000 people, including thousands in Fukushima. It also hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station right down the coast, causing a partial meltdown that sent plumes of radioactive particles for miles. The area has been trying to rebuild ever since. Signs for the 2020 Olympics...
In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how COVID-19 shutdowns are affecting animals, the role horses can play in protecting the permafrost and how measures to heal the ozone layer have also benefited the jet stream.
Scientists have produced a guide on which tree species are best for combatting air pollution that from our roads - along with suggestions for how to plant these 'green barriers'.
A European Union deadline of April 30 for firms to surrender emissions trading system (ETS) carbon allowances will stand, despite calls for extensions from some industry groups due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Oil prices lost more than $1 a barrel on Thursday as restrictions on travel worldwide slashed fuel demand, with U.S. crude futures plunging more than 6% after the United States scrapped plans to buy domestic oil for its emergency reserve.
EPA and its largest union are inching toward a new contract, but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into negotiations.
At least four EPA employees have tested positive for the potentially fatal respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, or have been presumptively deemed positive, according to an agency spokeswoman and internal email traffic obtained by E&E News.
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