After more than 150 years, Germany's last black coal mine will close in the Ruhr region, posing a gigantic geological and environmental challenge to the former industrial heartland.
Stay of execution for coal subsidies has been heavily criticised by climate analysts An EU deal to slowly phase out coal subsidies is “completely inconsistent” with the bloc’s Paris climate agreement commitments, analysts say. Marathon negotiations ended early on Wednesday with a benchmark CO2 emissions standard of 550 grams per kWh for all European power plants by 2025. But coal-dependent Poland secured a loophole allowing countries another year to negotiate new “capacity mechanisms” that would be exempted from the deadline. Continue reading...
"Climate gentrification" is driving up prices in high-ground areas, pushing people out of working-class neighborhoods.
Global equity and crude oil markets attempted on Wednesday to claw their way out of a three-day long plunge that saw investors seek out the safety of bonds amid mounting pessimism over world growth.
Many studies over the past decade have claimed to find a pause or slowdown in global warming and have typically posited this as evidence that is inconsistent with our understanding of global warming.
Climate disasters lead to more intimate partner violence. We need to address both.
As leaders like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro call global warming a hoax, a new study shows the link between climate change denial and nationalism. DW spoke to its author, Martin Hultman.
Germany will close its last black coal mine on Friday, turning the page on two centuries of mining history in the Ruhr region that helped fuel the country's post-war "economic miracle".
PTOLEMAIDA, Greece (AP) — If earthquakes struck in slow motion, the results might be visible in a place like the Greek village of Anargyri, a hardscrabble enclave in a black landscape gutted by coal mining.The village in northern...
NSW energy minister Don Harwin said he was ‘very disappointed’ with federal minister Angus Taylor heading off a Coag vote The New South Wales energy minister has blasted his Coalition colleagues in the federal government for blocking his attempt to debate emissions reduction at an energy ministers meeting. Don Harwin said he was “very disappointed” with the outcome of the Council of Australian Governments energy council on Wednesday because an obligation to reduce emissions is “absolutely critical” to encourage investment in new power generation and lower prices. Continue reading...
Elon Musk on Tuesday took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic. The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX late Tuesday put the spotlight on the a 1.14 mile (1.8 kilometer) tunnel created by his Boring Company for about $10 million. The sample tunnel is part of Musk's vision to have an underground network that cars, preferably Teslas, can be lowered to by lifts then slotted into tracks and propelled along at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kmh).
Oil prices clawed back some ground on Wednesday as global equity markets showed signs of stabilizing, but crude was still under pressure from worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy that had driven sharp losses in the last three sessions.
Elon Musk took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic.
The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX late Tuesday put the spotlight on the a 1.8km (1.14 mile) tunnel created by his Boring Company for about US $10 million.
The sample tunnel is part of Musk’s vision to have an underground network that cars, preferably Teslas, can be lowered to by lifts, then slotted into tracks and propelled along at speeds...
( University of Waterloo ) Scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a powder that can capture CO2 from factories and power plants.The powder, created in the lab of Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, can filter and remove CO2 at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is released into the atmosphere and is twice as efficient as conventional methods.
Lyon Group and big Japanese partner say they will begin construction in early 2019 of solar and battery storage project that will act as the country's first "solar peaking plant".
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Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques fielded question from elementary school students.
EnviroBuild, a sustainable building materials company, paid $25,000 (£19,800) at an auction for the right - and decided to use it to draw attention to the US president's view on climate change.
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. authorities say a German engineering company has agreed to plead guilty and pay $35 million for its role in the Volkswagen vehicle emissions scandal.The Justice Department said Tuesday that IAV has agreed to...
December 19, 2018 5:00 AM BRUSSELS • The European Union has agreed to a goal of cutting carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 per cent in a decade, finally settling differences between vehicle-producing countries and environmentally-conscious lawmakers.
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian lawmakers have voted to buy a floating liquefied natural gas terminal that has been providing gas to the Baltic nation as it tries to reduce its reliance on Russian energy.In Tuesday's 99-1 vote...
Sabella, a pioneering tidal and ocean stream turbine developer, has partnered with QOS Energy to improve the performance monitoring of its ground-breaking Ushant tidal energy project.
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Analysts predict the federal government's $1.6 billion announcement to help struggling oil and gas companies won't get out-of-work Canadians back into the workforce,.
The species’ tendency to bury its head in the sand drew parallels to Trump’s persistent denial of climate change.
Don Harwin urges Coalition to ‘put science, economics and engineering ahead of ideology’ The New South Wales energy minister has urged the federal government to end its “climate wars” and provide certainty on reducing emissions, ahead of a meeting with his colleagues from across Australia. Don Harwin made the plea in an opinion piece published in the Australian Financial Review, in which has suggested the federal Liberal-National coalition is out of touch on energy and climate policy. Continue reading...
When Hurricane Irma slammed across the Lower Keys as a Category 4 storm last year, it hammered what passes for affordable housing — mobile homes and older structures that weren't elevated. For people who are left with a piece of land but not a lot of money to rebuild, Monroe County plans to commission four tiny homes as a pilot project.
The bear market in oil keeps getting worse as worries about global growth and a supply glut ratchet higher.
Oil prices tumbled more than 5 percent on Tuesday in heavy trade due to fears of oversupply and deteriorating demand, extending a selloff that has taken major crude benchmarks down more than 30 percent from an October peak.
One of the topics at this year's U.N. climate talks: transforming farms into carbon sinks
With Ambitious New Program, States Unite to Fight Climate Change by Cutting Transportation Emissions WASHINGTON (December 18, 2018)—Today, nine states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, along with the District of Columbia, announced they will launch a new “cap and invest” system to reduce...
The climate conference delivered a rulebook but nations failed to pledge to do more to cut emissions
A "treasure trove" of dinosaur footprints — from at least seven different species — that date back about 100 million years have been uncovered by storm surge in the United Kingdom, researchers from the University of Cambridge revealed on Monday.
German and other European automakers warned Tuesday that EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 are "totally unrealistic" without a network to recharge electric cars and more effort to retrain workers.
The case for hydrogen as a fuel has been well made but there has been little investment to bring it to scale If Australia wants fair dinkum power, there is a new energy carrier on the block to ensure the supply of reliable renewable electricity. And if Australia gets its act together, it will lead a new global export industry for this clean energy carrier, be at the forefront of a new economy, and become a trailblazer in new technologies. Continue reading...
The auto industry is pushing back on new EU targets that would slash carbon emissions produced by cars and vans.
A German automotive company will pay $35 million for its role in Volkswagen AG's massive vehicle emissions scandal.
Conservatives and the energy industry are laying out their own path forward on climate change, as a growing coalition of progressives increasingly give the issue a refreshed public face.
U.S. stocks gave up their gains on Tuesday as energy stocks were weighed by a steep drop in oil prices and as the possibility of a partial government shutdown loomed.
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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The "Paris Rulebook" was completed at the U.N. climate negotiations this month in Katowice, Poland - a framework for how the Paris Agreement on climate change will be implemented. While the rulebook is a step forward for the global climate regime, it is not nearly enough to match the scale and urgency of the climate crisis.
[IPS] Katowice -When the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) Director General Frank Rijsberman's son was looking for a job following graduation, he saw that oil companies were paying the highest salaries. But Rijsberman, who has been working in the sustainable development sector for decades, knew better. He told his son that those very same oil companies would soon go broke. And instead advised him to seek employment with renewable energy companies as they would soon be the ones making money.
Exxon Mobil Corp sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in support of methane gas emission rules put in place under the Obama administration, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters.
Last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Public Service Commission approved two initiatives to increase New York's energy efficiency and energy storage targets.
Researchers from the University of Washington tested how CO2 affects the salmon's sense of smells by placing different fish in tanks with three different pH levels to see how they reacted.
Government confirms anyone who adds solar from April 2019 will not be paid for excess electricity exported to grid The government has said households that install solar panels in the future will be expected to give away unused clean power for free to energy firms earning multimillion-pound profits, provoking outrage from green campaigners. The mayor of London , big energy firms and environmentalists had urged ministers not to end the “export tariff” for solar panels under the feed-in tariff scheme, which is closing next year . Continue reading...
Schools in many parts of Atlantic Canada were closed and travel was slowed today by a sloppy storm that brought rain, snow and wind to the region.
Westmoreland Coal Co. asked a federal bankruptcy court last week to eliminate obligations to retired miners.
EPA's inspector general is examining how the agency's handled a key aspect of its hazardous air pollutant program.
Coal lobbyist Fred Palmer is joining the conservative Energy & Environment Legal Institute as a senior legal fellow.
Marty Durbin, a longtime oil and gas official and former Capitol Hill aide, is leaving the American Petroleum Institute.
EPA offered a steady defense today of Obama-era ozone standards the agency previously considered scrapping.
Exxon Mobil Corp filed a letter with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday in support of methane gas emission rules put in place under the Obama administration.
British Antarctic Survey is seeking to purchase a small passenger aircraft to work alongside its de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Series 110 (Dash 7). The aircraft will transport science and support teams and cargo between Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula and Punta Arenas, Chile.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups are suing to block an oil-drilling project in federal Arctic waters.Five groups represented by environmental law firm Earthjustice on Monday asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
Saudi Arabia’s expenditures will hit a record-high in 2019 as the government plans to increase state spending by 7 percent to reach $295 billion despite plunging oil prices
As a new Congress prepares to convene in a deeply polarized capital, many Americans are worried that divisiveness is becoming a national contagion. On social media, as well as in real life, the will to listen to the other side appears to be lost. There's a lot of talk about civility — and incivility — and who gets to define what those words actually mean. So we want to know: how is all of this playing out where you live? We're looking for stories about how people are debating controversial issues in your community: immigration, race relations, policing, workplace disputes, gun control, land use, climate change, etc. Share your thoughts with us below or here. Your responses may be used in an upcoming story, on air or on NPR.org. A producer may reach out to you to follow up on your response...
[This Day] Governments have adopted a robust set of guidelines for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.
Greg Kelly's grandson, Caden, scampers to the tree-shaded creek behind his grandfather's house to catch crawdads, as Kelly shuffles along, trying to keep up. Kelly's small day pack holds an oxygen tank with a clear tube clipped to his nose. He has chairs spaced out on the short route so he can stop every few minutes, sit down and catch his breath, until he has enough wind and strength to start out again for the creek. "I just pray that the Lord give me as much time as I can with him," Kelly said, his eyes welling with tears. "He just lightens my life. I want to be as fun with him as I can. And do as much as I can with him." Caden is 9 years old, and even at his age he knows what happened to his paw-paw at the Harlan County, Ky., coal mines where Kelly labored as a roof bolter for 31 years...
Electricity is rare in the remote Kalunga villages, but diesel and kerosene lamps are dangerous. Could solar power from plastic bottles be the answer?
Oil prices fell on Tuesday after reports of swelling inventories and forecasts of record U.S. and Russian output combined with a sharp sell-off in stock markets as the outlook for global growth deteriorated.
A group of NGOs including Greenpeace and Oxfam have launched a lawsuit against the French state accusing it of taking insufficient action to tackle climate change.
Crude oil prices early Tuesday resumed a sell-off, breaking important psychological levels, in part on concern about the global macroeconomic outlook, an analyst said.
[Capital FM] Nairobi -Emerging Market Investor Actis has acquired 88 percent of Kipeto energy making it the largest shareholder of the 100MW wind power project.
The NGOs allege that France, where greenhouse gas emissions rose again in 2015, has not met its short-term climate objectives
Oil dipped below the $50-a-barrel mark in New York for the first time in almost three weeks as a report of expanding U.S. stockpiles stoked anxiety in a crude market nervous about a potential glut.
A coalition of environmental groups filed suit against the Trump administration yesterday for approving construction of an Arctic offshore oil development project that they say would threaten polar bear habitat and increase the impacts of climate change.
After spending billions of dollars in subsidies for lithium-battery electric cars, China should now shift its focus toward developing vehicles using the competing hydrogen fuel-cell technology, a former top official said.
Climate change webpages appear to have been scrubbed from the Department of Transportation's website.
German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said on Tuesday that new goals agreed by the European Union to slash carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 percent in a decade would help protect the climate and future jobs.
[Guardian] With electricity supply, particularly from the distribution companies remaining at an average of nine hours a day in the first half (H1) of 2018, local manufacturers' expenditure on alternative energy source stood at N43.19 billion during the period.
Oyster harvests in the Gulf of Mexico have declined dramatically. Now scientists are working to rebuild oyster reefs, helped by settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
December 18, 2018 5:00 AM It is no mean feat for almost 200 nations to adopt a global action plan to limit damage from climate change. This was achieved at Katowice, in Poland, the venue of talks to bring countries together in meeting a key challenge to human survival. The Katowice Rulebook will implement the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change reached in 2015. The rulebook sets out a single system for countries to make emissions cuts under national climate plans and for how those plans can be reported regularly, measured, scrutinised and ramped up progressively. The goal is to keep global warming well below 2 deg C above pre-industrial levels - a target set out in the Paris Agreement - and to aim for 1.5 deg C, if possible.
Oil prices fell 4 percent on Tuesday, dropping for a third consecutive session as reports of swelling inventories and forecasts of record U.S. and Russian output combined with a sharp sell-off in global stock markets.
Every year Red Bull events travel to the far-flung corners of the world to show off extraordinary human achievements against truly incredible landscapes. This year was no exception with stunning spectacles including Daniel Riccardo driving an F1 racing car across the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and cliff diver Orlando Duque jumping off a massive iceberg in Antarctica...
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Coalition says new wind and solar will allow it slash electricity emissions by 26% by 2022, after which it expects emissions to rise and new investment to stop.
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Oil prices fell more than $1 on Tuesday, dropping for a third session as reports of growing inventory and forecasts of record shale output in the United States stoked worries about oversupply.
In September, a website called Space Weather Archive interviewed Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. Mlynczak noted that because the sun is currently in a relatively inactive period, the thermosphere (one of the highest layers of Earth’s atmosphere, more than 300 miles above the surface) could reach its coldest temperatures since records began in the 1940s.
The interview didn’t mention Earth’s surface temperatures, where the past five years have been the five hottest since records began in the late-1800s. However, the British newspaper Metro then ran a story falsely claiming that: “It’s feared this could herald the arrival of a uniquely grim ‘mini Ice Age.’ ”
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Parts of western Alberta can expect to be walloped by a blast of winter-like weather on Tuesday as Environment Canada issued both wind and snowfall warnings for various areas in the region.
But charity vows to ‘fight tooth and nail’ to protect Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire from fracking by Ineos The National Trust has withdrawn its legal opposition to seismic surveying by Ineos at Clumber Park but has vowed to fight to protect the site from fracking. The energy firm Ineos won the right this year to pursue a high court action to gain access to the Grade I-registered country park in Nottinghamshire for surveying, as part of efforts to assess the area for shale gas. Continue reading...
Top prize goes to 90.5%, the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled The environment, Jaffa Cakes and the reality star Kylie Jenner all feature in 2018’s statistics of the year. Among more serious statistics relating to poverty, gender equality and climate change, the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) highlighted the power of social media and McVitie’s slashing the number of Jaffa Cakes in its Christmas tube. Continue reading...
( British Ecological Society ) To counteract the damage hurricanes have caused to their canopies, trees appear to adjust key characteristics of their newly grown leaves, according to a year-long field study presented at the British Ecological Society's annual conference today.
Owners of Vales Point coal generator sign up for 275MW Darlington solar farm in NSW, as a hedge against future emissions and a display of how coal and solar can "work together".
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Loud boos rose from the crowd at any mention of Quebec or free trade after city council passed a resolution declaring its support for the oil and gas industry.
South Korea unveiled a policy package to support its embattled car parts makers industry that includes providing financial support worth over 3.5 trillion won ($3.10 billion) and encouraging the use of electric cars.
New Jersey to Rejoin Northeast Climate Program CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (December 17, 2018)—Today, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a proposal requiring the state to re-enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (...
ExxonMobil Shareholders’ Push for Emissions Targets Shows Investors Want Climate Action, Not Platitudes WASHINGTON (December 17, 2018)—Following the close of international climate talks in Poland, ExxonMobil investors filed a resolution calling on the company to set and disclose carbon emissions...
Oil prices dropped 1 percent on Tuesday, extending losses from the previous session as reports of a big climb in U.S. inventories and forecasts of record shale output stoked worries about oversupply.
This week marks 15 months since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. The storm left a wake of devastation and questions about the future of the island. Thousands fled for a chance at a fresh start. However, many residents could not afford to do so -- or didn't want to abandon their homes and families. NPR reporter Adrian Florido has been covering the state of the island for the past year. He joined Sundial from San Juan. Eating disorders affect millions of Americans everyday. Dr. Lewis Jones is the site director for the West Palm Beach Renfrew Center, which has treated thousands of women with eating disorders for more than 30 years. Dr. Autumn Ning is an Assistant Professor of Psychodynamic psychiatry at Florida International University and Arlene Englander...
Japan needs to put together a meaningful strategy that contributes to the transition to a post-carbon society.
The interior secretary, who is leaving under an ethical cloud, failed to protect America’s treasured public lands.
The chamber says the flexibility offered up by the carbon price makes it the most efficient way to cut emissions.
Chilean law enforcement officials are investigating the delivery of Iranian crude oil to state energy company ENAP as a possible source of the noxious fumes that caused hundreds of people to seek hospital treatment in August, a prosecutors' office told Reuters.
Snowpack in the Sierras is looking pretty good this year, but that’s just a minor blip in the steady yearly decline of snowpack that’s been caused by climate change—a loss that will continue over the next century if climate change continues to get worse. But how much worse will it get? The LA Times writes […]
Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Monday, with U.S. crude tumbling below $50 a barrel, on signs of oversupply in the United States and as investor concern over global economic growth and fuel demand grows.
Santa Claus delivered more coal to Wall Street on Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average shedding more than 500 points and the S&P 500 closing at its lowest level since October 2017. With investors fretting over looming rate hikes and signs of slowing global growth, the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq indices continued their sleigh...
The European Union agreed on Monday to a goal of cutting carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 percent in a decade, finally settling differences between vehicle-producing countries and environmentally-conscious lawmakers.
"Scientists are preparing to test a radical new way of tackling climate change by deliberately dimming the sun. A team of researchers from Harvard University plans to release a balloon into the skies over the southwest United States in the new year. Once it reaches an altitude of 20km, the balloon will release a chalky material to bounce the sun’s heat back into space. Only a tiny amount of material will be released, and the effects will be limited to a few square kilometres. Even so, the experiment has reignited concern about such “geoengineering” solutions to tackling climate change." LINK
The European Union agreed on Monday a compromise over how sharply to curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans, finally settling differences between car-producing countries and more environmentally conscious lawmakers.
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Reynolds, J. (2018): The politics and governance of negative emissions technologies. In: Glob. Sustain. 1. DOI: 10.1017/sus.2018.13. "It is well known that the Paris Agreement aims to keep climate change – perhaps the greatest current challenge to global sustainability – to within 2 °C of warming, and to strive for 1.5 °C. Many people point toward the scenarios used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and conclude that this is feasible if only our leaders had the political will to do what’s necessary. However, it is less widely known that these scenarios assume the use of technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at very large scales." LINK
Yuan, N.; Moser, G.; Mueller, C.; Obermeier, W.; Bendix, J.; Luterbacher, J. (2018): Extreme climatic events down-regulate the grassland biomass response to elevated carbon dioxide. In: Scientific reports 8 (1), S. 17758. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36157-x. "Terrestrial ecosystems are considered as carbon sinks that may mitigate the impacts of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration ([CO2]). However, it is not clear what their carbon sink capacity will be under extreme climatic conditions. In this study, we used long-term (1998–2013) data from a C3 grassland Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment in Germany to study the combined effects of elevated [CO2] and extreme climatic events (ECEs) on aboveground biomass production." LINK
Campaigners say they will force governments to act after lack of progress at UN summit Civil society groups have pledged growing international protests to drive rapid action on global warming after the UN climate summit in Poland. The summit agreed rules for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement, which aims to keep global warming as close to 1.5C (2.7F) as possible, but it made little progress in increasing governments’ commitments to cut emissions. The world remains on track for 3C of warming, which scientists says will bring catastrophic extreme weather. Continue reading...
4 Ways Cities Can Build More Climate-Resilient Neighborhoods Comments|Add Comment|PrintA community resiliency workshop in Surat, India. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRI
As 21st century cities continue to grow, their capacities to adapt, learn and transform need to increase as well, especially in vulnerable neighborhoods. Cities are key players in the global movement to address the threats posed by climate change. Cities across the world can thrive when they invest in climate-resilient...
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A professional advocate for the renewable energy industry was appointed Friday to lead the New Mexico state agency overseeing oil well permits and incentives for wind and solar energy production, in a striking departure from the current Republican-led administration.
Another oil company has pledged to support a group lobbying for carbon pricing legislation on Capitol Hill.
A California man who was the founder and president of a natural gas and oil company in Utah faces charges in that state alleging he defrauded investors.
Democratic Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed of Rhode Island have asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to adopt policies for the offshore wind leasing and permitting process that bring fishermen and other marine stakeholders into the conversation early, to minimize spatial conflicts and reduce the risk of economic harm to the fishing industry.
EPA officials heard clashing views this morning about a proposed rule to ease application of its 2015 emissions standards for some new wood-burning heating systems.
Climate change is producing more rain, but the world’s water supply is shrinking – and now scientists know why. Scientists have warned that global warming is drying out the planet’s soil, which could create a world where “drought-like conditions become the new normal.” A largest-ever study of global rainfall and rivers has revealed exactly why...
Bonetti, F.; McInnes, C. (2018): Multiple input control strategies for robust and adaptive climate engineering in a low-order 3-box model. In: Proceedings. Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences 474 (2217), S. 20180447. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2018.0447. "A low-order 3-box energy balance model for the climate system is employed with a multivariable control scheme for the evaluation of new robust and adaptive climate engineering strategies using solar radiation management. The climate engineering measures are deployed in three boxes thus representing northern, southern and central bands. It is shown that, through heat transport between the boxes, it is possible to effect a degree of latitudinal control through the reduction of insolation." LINK
[Namibia Economist] Africa must unlock the power of its women and girls if it is to adapt to climate change, cope with disasters and build its green energy sector according to African delegates as the world prepares to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change in Katowice, Poland, last week.
A unique cache of well-preserved dinosaur fossils from 100 million years ago have been unearthed in the cliffs near Hastings, England.
A group of scientists wants to send a nuclear-powered "tunnelbot" to Europa to blaze a path through its thick shell of ice and search for life.
Droppings were collected from more than 600 birds between 2008 and 2011 at locations across the Antarctic Ocean. Scientists detected human pathogens which cause disease in the faeces.
[IRIN] Geneva -In a report released this week during the UN climate change summit in Poland, the UN Environment Programme warned of a widening gap between the cost of adaptation in developing countries - as much as $500 billion annually by 2050 - and what wealthier nations have promised.
[IPS] Katowice -Implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change is in limbo as developed countries remain noncommittal to financial obligations at the ongoing negotiations in Katowice, Poland.
CLIMATE MINISTER James Shaw is optimistic that rules governing carbon markets will be settled next year.
Climate attribution studies and new data on global warming targets put climate change in the spotlight this year.
The rapidly warming Arctic is no stranger to loss. Climate change is gradually claiming some of its most iconic features, from melting glaciers in Greenland to shrinking sea ice in the ocean.
Cities and states have trumpeted their climate ambitions ever since President Trump took office. Two years later, they have little to show for their efforts except bravado.
KATOWICE, Poland — In the waning hours of Saturday night, nations agreed to the 156-page "rulebook" for the Paris Agreement. The results were met with more relief than jubilation.
Around the world, high oil prices tend to accelerate the shift to renewable energy and electric vehicles. In Saudi Arabia, they have the opposite effect. Over the past six years, the Saudis have announced investments of more than $350 billion aimed at making the sun-drenched kingdom the, well, Saudi Arabia of renewable energy.
North Dakota's oil production could start to taper off next year after hitting records for the last three months, the state's oil regulator said.
A judge last week pondered whether the Trump administration's decision to end an Obama-era coal ban constituted a major federal action.
Oil prices rose on Monday after a key Middle East oil minister suggested the market was rebalancing, but investor sentiment remained under pressure from oversupply and concern over the prospects for global economic growth and fuel demand.
There's a reason a carbon tax is such a heavy lift. But a gigaton of alternative options are afoot.
When Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old climate activist from Sweden, had the chance to address a global climate change conference this past week, she told officials she had not come to beg."You have ignored us in the past, and you will...
Oil prices steadied on Monday after slipping by around 2 percent last week, but remained under pressure from oversupply and concern over the prospects for global economic growth and fuel demand.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce says the business community in Canada is solidly backing carbon pricing as the way for it to "play its part in the fight against climate change" — and it wants governments to stop playing politics and waffling about it.
New Zealanders overestimate our number of immigrants and how many Muslims we have, new research has found.
And we underestimate global warming and the rate of child vaccination.
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Kanowna solar farm near Moree believed to be the first to use both DC optimisers and centralised DC-coupled inverters to cater for battery storage and get around network connection hurdles.
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Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. How can this be changed?
( Stockholm University ) Climate change threatens plants as the risks of flooding increase. A new study from Stockholm University shows that special genes are key to keeping plants from withering, remaining healthy and resistant to a lack of oxygen when they are underwater for a period of long time. Developing tolerant plant varieties that have this gene will increase harvest and will be increasingly important as the changing climate leads to more rainfall.
Frasers Property has the first carbon neutral certified building in Australia
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Good riddance to Ryan Zinke, the most anti-environmental Secretary of the Interior in thirty years. Funny thing about his demise , though, is that the scandal that cost him his job—using government vehicles for his family’s benefit —is nothing compared with the scandal of his tenure. First, as documented in The New York Times , Zinke was investigated for at least fifteen ethics violations: a Montana development deal rife with conflicts of interest , improper politicking on behalf of Republican candidates, huge cost outlays on his office, and others. Many of these were much more serious than the travel scandal. But even these overt scandals pale in comparison to the scandal of Zinke’s entire tenure, which mirrored that of his similarly-disgraced...
At the UN summit in Poland, nearly 200 governments agreed rules to put the historic pact into action, but failed to make strong push for faster emissions cuts
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Oil prices climbed on Monday after U.S. drilling activity fell to its lowest level in about two months, but increasing concerns about weaker growth in major economies kept a lid on gains.
As concern grows among workers and politicians over Alberta's embattled energy sector, a massive rally got underway in the city of Grande Prairie to call for new pipelines to be built.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE01299G, Paper Zhen Li, Wangyin Wang, Shichao Liao, Mingyao Liu, Yu Qi, Chunmei Ding, Can Li Photocatalytic Z-scheme water splitting is regarded as a promising approach for efficient conversion of solar energy into hydrogen. However, there is a considerable energy loss during the electron transfer process... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Quebec's premier is quick to reject "dirty'' oil from Western Canada in favour of hydro power, but new data indicate the province's citizens are buying record amounts of gasoline.
Monday: Scientists warn that on current emissions targets the world will warm by 3C. Plus: Luke Buckmaster reveals his list of the year’s best in Australian television Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 17 December. Welcome to the last week of the morning mail for 2018. Continue reading...
This year’s annual UN climate conference concluded late on Saturday evening in Katowice, Poland, after...
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The agreement struck in Poland is not strong enough, but the UN process is all we have The first thing to say about the compromise struck at climate talks in Poland at the weekend is that it came as a relief. Ever since President Trump’s announcement in 2017 that the US would withdraw from the Paris agreement, the question has been whether the UN process could continue to work. Much like the communique that came out of the recent G20 , the agreement on a set of rules to implement promises made in Paris shows that while multilateralism has been damaged, it is not dead. Flawed and inadequate though it is, the process that has developed since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was signed in Rio in 1992 is still the best hope we have of staving off the most terrifying impacts of...
Amid a fierce winter storm, an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean from Husky Energy's SeaRose platform, about 350 kilometres from St. John's.
Trillions of dollars of investments are being taken out of carbon-intensive companies. Governments must now take notice I remember well the first institution to announce it was divesting from fossil fuel. It was 2012 and I was on the second week of a gruelling tour across the US trying to spark a movement. Our roadshow had been playing to packed houses down the west coast, and we’d crossed the continent to Portland, Maine. As a raucous crowd jammed the biggest theatre in town, a physicist named Stephen Mulkey took the mic. He was at the time president of the tiny Unity College in the state’s rural interior, and he announced that over the weekend its trustees had voted to sell their shares in coal, oil and gas companies. “The time is long overdue for all investors to take a hard look at the...
Extinction Rebellion group call on BBC to tell ‘full truth about ecological emergency’ Climate campaigners are calling on the BBC to declare a climate emergency and make the issue its top editorial priority. In a letter published in the Guardian , the new civil disobedience group Extinction Rebellion (XR) says the BBC, “as a respected media voice in the UK, needs to play a key role in enabling the transformative change needed”. Continue reading...
Last week, Japan’s Kanji Proficiency Society revealed its “Word of the Year”, based on a nationwide annual poll organised since 1995. The word was “sa i”, which means “disaster” – chosen for the second time in 24 years.
While it was chosen after unprecedented heat, floods and typhoon damage across Japan in 2018, the word was tailor-made for the 25,000 scientists, officials and environmental campaigners gathered for the COP24 global climate...
December 16, 2018 3:36 PM KUALA TERENGGANU (BERNAMA) - Parts of eastern Malaysia's Terengganu state has been hit by floods due to heavy rains from the annual monsoon season. There were 163 evacuees at flood relied centres on Sunday (Dec 16) morning.
Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and environmental activists are emphasizing that more action is needed to combat climate change despite a recent deal reached by countries at a UN climate summit.
In our new column about the American south and climate change, we go towards Christians who have been resistant to ideas of environmental stewardship - perhaps it’s a message they need to hear in their own terms I was, frankly, nervous about speaking to people of faith in the south about climate change. I wrestled with my own preconceived notions and past experiences, and was surprised when conversations took inspiring, if not transcendent, turns. Secular as I am now, I still think fondly of my childhood minister, Dr Lehman, who loved college basketball and Honda Accords (he drove 13 of them during his lifetime). At the conclusion of each Lakeside Baptist service, he’d call the eastern North Carolina congregation to action. Continue reading...
The changing climate and extreme weather events are affecting agricultural productivity in Africa to such an extent that a panel of experts are urging governments to prioritise and invest in irrigation to ensure food security. Increased heat spells, coupled with flash flooding and frequent droughts, are making farming impossible and unprofitable as many African smallholder […]The post As Climate Change Pummels Agriculture, Irrigation Offers the Best Protection appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Budweiser beer will be brewed in Britain using solar power from 2020 following a 15-year deal signed by brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and renewable power developer Lightsource BP, the companies said on Wednesday.
Of the known non-native or ‘alien’ species found in Antarctica, a non-biting species of midge currently presents one of the highest risks to terrestrial ecosystems, researchers have found. The preliminary …
OSLO, Norway (AP) — A silent revolution has transformed driving in Norway.Eerily quiet vehicles are ubiquitous on the fjord-side roads and mountain passes of this wealthy European nation of 5.3 million. Some 30 percent of all new...
The entrepreneur says his system will see modified electric cars travel at high speed underground.
Oil stabilized on Wednesday after one of its biggest falls for years, but remained under pressure from oversupply and concern that a slowing global economy would depress demand for fuel.
Elon Musk on Tuesday took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic. The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX late Tuesday put the spotlight on the a 1.14 mile (1.8 kilometer) tunnel created by his Boring Company for about … Continued
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[VOA] Nairobi -A new report says Kenyan authorities have harassed and abused environmental activists protesting the development of a new coal plant.
Ogoniland women produce most of the family’s food but the twin pressures of land grabs and pollution are making it impossible for them to survive Two women pick a slimy path through a creek, prized by generations of their female forbears for its mangroves, which once provided an abundance of food. The elder in orange, the younger in blue, they fail to find a single periwinkle snail, a single fish or a usable piece of kindling between them. Their feet struggle to take purchase on the mud, more slippery than it used to be. Continue reading...
In north Greece, villages are being destroyed by coal mining but the country is still investing in a fossil-fuel future
Teresa Ribera has been Spain’s minister for the ecological transition since June 2018. Before then,...
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Antarctica, a continent isolated by vast oceans and brutal weather, has weathered the impacts of human activities better than most places. It's clearly not immune, of course — it's melting — but the South Pole has been spared most other human-caused degradations.
Unfortunately, we can add another to the list. An invasive insect species is spreading across Signy Island in Antarctica, endangering the local ecosystem. It's a species of flightless midge, Eretmoptera murphyi, and a lack of nat
NSW Coalition energy minister slams federal government's continued refusal to restore emissions component of the National Energy Guarantee, vows to continue to fight for the "critical matter."
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Dating back to the 19th century, the coal mines, plants and steel mills that once dotted the Ruhr Valley in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia were long the beating heart of Germany's industrial growth, powering its economic recovery after World War II.
There is a growing contingent of environmentally minded startups and researchers looking to recycle CO2 into useful products, with the possibilities including everything from foam mattresses, to lightweight carbon fiber to concrete. The soda industry is one place where you can bet there will be a massive demand for the gas, and its about to get a little bit cleaner with Coca-Cola HBC signing a deal to use CO2 captured by Swiss startup Climeworks for its Valser mineral water...
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Canada's spy service collected some information about peaceful anti-petroleum groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to projects such as oil pipelines, says a long-secret federal watchdog report.
After two days of huge losses, U.S. stocks ended back where they started Tuesday. Energy companies sank as crude oil plunged 7 percent, but technology and consumer-focused companies climbed.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 index inched...
CUTTING METHANE and nitrous oxide emissions from farming are critical to keeping the world to no more than 1.5deg of warming, scientists say in new research.
The creature has been named in recognition of the president's attitude toward climate change.
Oil prices rebounded on Wednesday after falling for the past three sesssions with worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy keeping markets under pressure though sentiment may be shifting as falling equity markets seemed to stabilize.
Oil and gas producer Whitecap Resources Inc. said Tuesday it will choke back spending in the first half of 2019 in view of recent volatility in world and western Canadian oil prices, despite the resulting reduction in average production for the year.
Asian share markets played second string to bonds on Wednesday as a spectacular fall in the price of oil spurred speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve might be done with tightening after its policy meeting later in the session.
A pink dwarf planet called 2018 VG18 is our Solar System’s most distant object, researchers have announced. The planet, which is informally known as ‘Farout,’ is described as pink in color with an icy environment and tiny diameter. Farout is one of around only 50 dwarf planets in our solar system. The system’s biggest dwarf planet, Pluto, has a diameter … Continue reading
U.S. oil prices rose on Wednesday to claw back part of their more than 5 percent losses from the previous session, with worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy keeping markets under pressure.
Stunned researchers say the find means that global climate models may have to be rethought. The particles were 50 times bigger than scientists thought was possible to transport.
A former oil exec was busted Tuesday on charges he cheated his ex-wife out of tens of millions of dollars by secretly stashing stock in an overseas trust — which he used to purchase a swank condo in Chelsea. Todd Kozel — who married a much-younger, Lithuanian blonde after divorcing first wife Ashley Kozel —...
Asian share markets played second fiddle to bonds on Wednesday as a spectacular fall in the price of oil fanned speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve might be done with tightening after its policy meeting later in the day.
The Alberta oil and gas sector is getting more than a billion dollars in new federal support.
Amphibian’s behaviour compared to US president’s approach to global warming A newly discovered blind and burrowing amphibian is to be officially named Dermophis donaldtrumpi , in recognition of the US president’s climate change denial. The name was chosen by the boss of Enviro Build , a sustainable building materials company, who paid $25,000 (£19,800) at an auction for the right. The small legless creature was found in Panama and EnviroBuild’s Aidan Bell said its ability to bury its head in the ground matched Donald Trump’s approach to global warming. Continue reading...
Methane on Mars
There's a methane mystery brewing on Mars.
Scientists first detected traces of methane gas on Mars years ago, and it was exciting because the compound is a sign of life here on Earth. But a European orbiter has yet to find any evidence of methane in the planet's atmosphere, despite being expressly made for the purpose. It's complicating scientists' search for life on the Red Planet.
Traces of methane were first detected in Mars’ atmosphere by the European Space Agenc
U.S. give up an early gain and finish little changed as a 7 percent plunge in the price of crude oil weighs on energy companies
"See this street! Look!" says Bai Xiao Cheng as gestures toward his village's main concrete road. It's barely half a mile long, and apart from one small grocery store, a few home entrances and a handful of parked cars, it has no notable features. That for Bai, is precisely the point. "It's very clean, very good!" he smiles. This time last year the streets of Tangzitou village were strewn with coal. Black dust covered the ground and coal was piled high by doorways and courtyard entrances. It had been the village's main source of energy for cooking and heating in the village, an hour north of downtown Beijing. Winter temperatures plunge as low as one degree Fahrenheit. "You had to refill the coal several times a day and it was extremely dirty and very tiring. We stored it in our homes and each...
Environmentalists also criticised the move to end the export tariff, with Dr Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace UK, describing it as 'simply perverse'.
Jim Rogers, former chairman and CEO of Duke Energy Corp., who called for efforts to reduce heat-trapping emissions and the development of a smarter, cleaner electric grid, died yesterday in Louisville, Ky. He was 71.
December 18, 2018 3:44 PM BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - The European Union agreed on Monday (Dec 17) to a goal of cutting carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 per cent in a decade, finally settling differences between vehicle-producing countries and environmentally-conscious lawmakers.
December 18, 2018 3:27 PM PARIS (AFP) - A group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Greenpeace and Oxfam have launched a lawsuit against the French state accusing it of taking insufficient action to tackle climate change.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMtpVS0xM1c Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET SpaceX is scheduled to launch a new GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 9:34 a.m. ET on Tuesday, in a mission that was delayed by unfavorable winds high in the Earth's atmosphere. Weather and other delays marred what had been anticipated as a banner day for space launches. Both SpaceX and Blue Origin, two of America's top private space companies, had been planning to send rockets into space within minutes of each other. But the Blue Origin launch is now scrubbed, due to what the company calls a "ground infrastructure issue." Blue Origin says the rocket remains ready, and that it will look at moving the launch to Wednesday. You can watch the SpaceX launch live online — it has a 26-minute launch window to send its Falcon...
Anger over intended 37.5% cut for new cars but environmental groups say it is not enough An EU agreement to cut emissions from cars by over a third by 2030 has faced opposition from Europe’s car industry for being “unrealistic”, as well as criticism from environmental groups for being insufficient to achieve climate change targets. EU countries will aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars by 37.5% by 2030 compared with 2021, while emissions from new vans will have to be 31% lower. There was also an interim target of a 15% cut for cars and vans by 2025. Continue reading...
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] I have just returned home after spending two weeks in Katowice, Poland, attending the U.N. climate talks, known as COP24 - my 24th such conference. The objective of COP24 was to agree on a "rule book" to put into practice the 2015 Paris Agreement, and that was indeed achieved.
The targets will require new cars sold in 2030 to emit 37.5% less carbon dioxide on average compared to 2021 levels
The Berejiklian government has been accused of diverting money from the state's Climate Change Fund to cover projects unrelated to its original mandate.
The polar vortex could be making a return engagement to the U.S. sometime later this month or in January.
Under a compromise reached yesterday, the European Union will aim to cut cars' carbon emissions 37.5 percent by 2030 compared with 2021 levels.
The Coast Guard says a crew has plugged a well that spewed thousands of gallons of oil into water about 40 miles from New Orleans.
A second member has resigned from a state panel recently established to oversee construction of a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.
Scandals surrounding former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may have tainted his rulemaking, six Senate Democrats argue in comments to the agency.
An organization comprised of the heads of state environmental agencies has hired a former top EPA official as its second executive director in less than a year.
New research suggests rising CO2 levels in the ocean could disrupt the olfactory abilities of coho salmon.
[Seychelles News Agency] Seychelles has urged countries to work together to prevent and mitigate any adverse impacts against the developmental aspirations and survival of small islands states at the UN conference on climate change (COP24).
World stock markets, the U.S. dollar and oil prices tumbled on Tuesday as fears about a slowing global economy gripped investors, just as the U.S. Federal Reserve looks set this week to deliver its fourth interest rate hike of the year.
German auto supplier IAV Gmbh has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $35 million fine for conspiring to assist Volkswagen AG in its effort to evade U.S. diesel emissions standards, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.
It's a hot topic.
Oil prices tumbled on Tuesday after reports of swelling inventories and forecasts of record U.S. and Russian output hitting a market that may see weaker demand if global growth deteriorates as many expect.
“Egypt will move from the group of countries importing natural gas to be an exporter by the end of 2019,” General Manager of IOC Production Fabio Cavanna said in a meeting with Manpower Minister Mohamed Saafan at the Ministry of Manpower’s headquarters on Monday. In August, energy news site Oil Price named Egypt a strong … Continued
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Off Cedar Key on Florida's west coast, the water is some of the most pristine in the Gulf. The estuary there has long supported a thriving seafood industry. Sue Colson, a city commissioner in Cedar Key, says one of the best places to harvest oysters used to be the Lone Cabbage oyster reef, about a mile offshore. When the tide was really low, she says there were so many oysters that she and her husband could walk along the reef picking them up. "We would pull our children out of school on a really, really, really, really blow out tide," she says. "And everybody would pick up and get as many as you could in that time when they're exposed." Those days are long gone on Lone Cabbage Reef. Over the last thirty years, Peter Frederick, a wildlife ecologist from the University of Florida, says oysters...
Born at the Highland Wildlife Park in 2017, Hamish is the UK's first polar bear cub in 25 years.
[This Day] Abuja -The Minister of Environment, Mr. Suleiman Hassan, yesterday said a draft of the national Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) for the country would soon be ready for presentation to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Volkswagen may have to step up its plans for mass production of electric vehicles in order to meet tougher-than-expected European targets to cut greenhouse emissions from cars, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
Drought killed around a million trees in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia last summer, putting pressure on Christmas tree farmers. But new techniques could help detect crop death early.
THE COP 24 talks just ended in Poland have shown that global warming treaties can survive the era of the anti-climate strongman.
[Capital FM] By PSCU, Vienna, Austria -Wildlife conservation, renewable energy development and curriculum reforms were top of the agenda when President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks today with his host, Alexander van Bellen, the President of Austria, on the sidelines of the ongoing Africa-EU high level forum in Vienna.
An EU agreement to cut carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 percent in a decade are at the limit of what is technically and economically feasible, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Handelsblatt business daily on Tuesday.
OPEC is determined to prove its relevance as the global oil cartel's membership changes; its major power, Saudi Arabia, becomes a political pariah; and the U.S. keeps producing copious amounts of oil.
In 2018, judges grappled with the Trump administration's approach to climate analysis, ruling on critical questions tied to oil and gas project permits, pipelines and the electric grid.
The benefits to planting trees in urban areas are well-known: improved air quality, habitat for wildlife and improved mental well-being. Studies also suggest that by shading buildings and cooling the ambient temperature, trees help cut down on residential energy use and carbon emissions.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called yesterday for a "Green New Deal" to make the Empire State's power sector carbon neutral by 2040 and ultimately eliminate its carbon footprint.
Volkswagen will have to review its plans for a shift toward mass production of electric vehicles to meet new European Union CO2 targets in 2030, CEO Herbert Diess said in a statement on Tuesday.
Vietnam has arrested a former senior executive of a state-owned oil company for "abusing power to appropriate property", state media reported on Tuesday.
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. fuel stations are charging less than $2 per gallon of gasoline as declining oil prices deliver holiday savings for motorists.
Canada's federal ministers of natural resources and international trade diversification are slated to announce new measures in Edmonton on Tuesday, meant to back the country's struggling oil and gas industry.
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN climate change framework (COP24) has ended. With a certain direct sense of irony, it was held in Katowice, Poland, the centre of coal production in eastern Europe. The achievements of the two weeks of meetings, extended past its deadline as usual, are still being assessed. Many key decisions were put off for yet another huge COP, already scheduled to...
The tiny Arctic community of Gjoa Haven, NU, grieved over six tragic deaths in just two weeks in August. Now, CBC News has learned that some in the community are afraid that the tragedies are somehow linked to Parks Canada divers "disturbing" the newly discovered wrecks of the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror.
The Andrews Labor Government has announced $1.1 million worth of grants to support renewable energy projects in local communities across Victoria.
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Santos kicks off ARENA-backed plans to shift all of its remote crude oil beam pumps to 100% solar and battery storage – a move that would save it 140 barrels of oil a day.
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England is recycling more plastic than ever - but for this to continue, the system needs to change.
Alberta Sen. Doug Black has invited Quebec premier Francois Legault to visit the western Canadian province's oil and gas industry, and the people that work in it.
Global coal demand is expected to grow again in 2018, driven by “strong” fuel burning...
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Government strategy to make ‘polluter pay’, with penalties for difficult to recycle items Retailers and producers of packaging will be forced to pay the full cost of collecting and recycling it under the government’s new waste strategy. Supermarkets and other retailers could be charged penalties for putting difficult to recycle packaging – such as black plastic trays – on the market as part of the strategy, which aims to make the “polluter pay”. They would be charged lower fees for packaging that was easy to reuse or recycle. Continue reading...
“Even Santa understood the geo-strategic position of the Arctic.”
Oil prices dropped over 1 percent on Tuesday, falling for a third straight session, as reports of inventory builds and forecasts of record shale output in the United States, currently the world's biggest producer, stoked worries about oversupply.
By the time the final meeting of this year’s global climate summit was gaveled into session in Katowice, Poland, it was past 9 p.m. on Saturday. Exhausted negotiators were more than 24 hours past their deadline, and workmen were already starting to disassemble the conference venue around them. But Michał Kurtyka, the Polish official presiding over the meeting, told delegates it was worth it. “You have worked on this package for three years,” he said. “Every single step forward is a big achievement. And through this package, you have made a thousand little steps forward, together. You can feel proud.” Soon after, nearly 200 countries unanimously agreed to new rules governing international action on global warming — and kept alive an international effort to combat climate change that has often...
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: And now to the Department of the Interior. President Trump says he plans to name a new interior secretary this week. On Saturday, the president tweeted that Ryan Zinke would leave the post by the end of the year. Zinke has faced mounting pressure from allegations of misconduct while in office, but he's also been one of the administration's most high-profile leaders, advancing an agenda of energy dominance. NPR's environment reporter Nathan Rott joins us to look back on Zinke's tenure. Hey, Nate. NATHAN ROTT, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa. CHANG: So Zinke is someone who's made headlines from his first day in office - right? - like when he showed up at the department on horseback, complete with a cowboy hat and boots, which was a nice touch? And...
Could Democrats demand a Green New Deal in 2019?
December 17, 2018 9:27 PM NEW DELHI (AFP) - Hope has all but faded for 13 miners trapped deep underground four days ago when an illegal "rat hole" coal pit flooded in remote northeastern India.
U.S. oil prices fell 1 percent on Tuesday after slipping below $50 a barrel in the previous session, with reports of a big climb in U.S. inventories and forecasts of record shale output stoking worries about oversupply.
Its been more than a year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, so why are street lights still out and why are there houses without roofs? The storm caused nearly 3,000 deaths and billions of dollars in damage to the island. NPR’s Adrian Florido has been in Puerto Rico as people have tried to rebuild. He filed stories about everything from destroyed graveyards to the proposed integration of charter schools . He joins us as we check-in on the island — what progress has been made? Whats left to do? And exactly how much help is coming from the federal government? *Produced by Amanda Williams* . GUESTS Adrian Florido , NPR National Desk Reporter covering Puerto Rico; reporter for NPRs Code Switch. @adrianflorido For more, visit . 2018 WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. Copyright 2018...
Governments worldwide must do what it takes to ensure that both public and private financial flows support the climate agenda.
Companies and factories in England will have a legal obligation to foot the bill for the disposal or recycling of waste packaging they produce under new plans by Britain's environment minister.
Researchers say visitors may be making Antarctic penguins sick after finding human-linked pathogens among more than 600 adult seabirds in four locations.
A tiny Pacific Island nation facing an existential threat due to climate change has put the world's biggest carbon energy producers on notice.
Results of research into 2012 mass deaths offer insights into reef health and throw up further questions Conservationists want major bays and estuaries along the Great Barrier Reef tested for contaminants after a five-year study found “alarming” levels of some chemicals in unhealthy turtles on the reef. Scientists working on the research have also recommended expanded monitoring of turtle-population health on the Great Barrier Reef “as an indicator of the health of the reef itself”. Continue reading...
Scientists have long thought that animals in Antarctica were isolated from harmful human-linked bacteria, but a new study provides evidence that this is no longer the case.
"When environment writer Jeff Goodell wrote about geoengineering a decade ago, it was a risky, fringe idea." LINK
The conservative Institute for Energy Research is suing the State Department for records related to alleged Russian influence on U.S. environmental groups' positions on hydraulic fracturing.
"Indeed, the spectre of climate engineering hung heavily over the recent United Nations climate conference in Katowice, COP24, having featured in several side events as negotiators agreed on how to implement the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, but left many worried that it does not go far enough." LINK
NASA scientists have designed a nuclear-powered “tunnelbot” which could land on one of Jupiter’s moon and drill through its ice shell in search of alien life. Experts believe that Europa, one of the giant gas planet’s moons, could have microbial lifeforms thriving in its liquid ocean. But the thickness of the ice shell covering the...
Lu, L.; Guest, J.; Peters, C.; Zhu, X.; Rau, G.; Ren, Z. (2018): Wastewater treatment for carbon capture and utilization. In: Nature Sustainability 1 (12), S. 750–758. DOI: 10.1038/s41893-018-0187-9. "This Review summarizes alternative wastewater treatment pathways capable of simultaneous CO2 capture and utilization, and demonstrates the environmental and economic benefits of microbial electrochemical and phototrophic processes. Preliminary estimates demonstrate that re-envisioning wastewater treatment may entirely offset the industry’s greenhouse gas footprint and make it a globally significant contributor of negative carbon emissions." LINK
Europa may be the most likely place to host alien life. Beneath its surface is a salty ocean, warmed by the play of gravity on the moon's metal core. But how do you peer through sheet ice?You melt your way down, with a nuclear-powered...
"Solar geoengineering doesn’t help reduce carbon emissions, and is founded on reckoning with the distressing possibility that reduction strategies won’t be enough." LINK
A Ventura couple has filed a lawsuit against Crimson Pipeline LLC alleging the company failed to clean up oil from a 2016 spill that sent gallons of crude onto their property. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Ventura County Superior Court, is the first in a series of eight complaints expected to be...
A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.
Scientists are developing a device dubbed "sun in a box" that they say could revolutionize energy storage and slash greenhouse gas emissions by bringing large amounts of renewable power online.
President Trump may have no stauncher ally than Bob Murray, head of Murray Energy Corp. But when lawyers take their seats in a federal courtroom tomorrow, the Ohio-based coal giant will be among the challengers going head-to-head with the Trump EPA during oral arguments over the agency's 2015 ground-level ozone standard.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today staked out his path on climate change in the next Congress, piling on to the growing coalition of progressives calling for aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
"Here’s what’s going to happen: Every year for the foreseeable future, scientists, activists, and citizens concerned about climate change will have a discussion in one form or another about geoengineering." LINK
Possner, A.; Wang, H.; Wood, R.; Caldeira, K.; Ackerman, T. (2018): The efficacy of aerosol–cloud radiative perturbations from near-surface emissions in deep open-cell stratocumuli. In: Atmos. Chem. Phys 18 (23), S. 17475–17488. DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-17475-2018. "We show that a spatially coherent cloud perturbation is not evident along the emission line. Yet our model simulates an increase in domain-mean all-sky albedo of 0.05, corresponding to a diurnally averaged cloud radiative effect of 20 W m−2, given the annual mean solar insolation at the VOCALS-REx site. Therefore, marked changes in cloud radiative properties in precipitating deep open cells may be driven by anthropogenic near-surface aerosol perturbations, such as those generated by ships." LINK
Chilean law enforcement officials are investigating the delivery of Iranian crude oil to the state energy company ENAP as a possible source of the noxious fumes that caused hundreds of people to seek hospital treatment in August, the prosecutor's office told Reuters.
Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Monday on signs of oversupply in the United States and as investor sentiment remained under pressure from concern over the prospects for global economic growth and fuel demand.
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg blasted world leaders at a U.N. climate conference for being irresponsible when it came to global warming.
ESA Euronews: Copernicus Sentinels study low-lying regions potentially threatened by sea-level rise
Crude oil prices were slightly higher Monday morning, barely recovering a small part of the losses from a 2 percent decline on Friday.
2018 was a year all about impact — on the planet, on solving crimes, on mosquito populations, on reversing paralysis, and more.
[The Herald] Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Climate Mr Vangelis Haritatos has called for "urgent climate action in order to safeguard human life, livestock, wildlife and infrastructure," as the global climate negotiations ended in Poland on Friday.
Indigenous communities are often uniquely and disproportionately affected by climate change, but experts say mainstream media don't often tell the whole story.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke landed in Alaska last year for a trip that would foreshadow the rest of his public career.
Israel said on Monday it would stop the use of coal by 2030, joining a host of other countries in an alliance that aims to transition to cleaner sources of energy.
North Dakota landowners who unsuccessfully sued the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over land easements have lost their appeal.
California regulators committed the state to a zero-emissions fleet of transit buses Friday, approving new rules that will make belching bus tailpipes an artifact by 2040.
Speaking before oil executives about a week ago, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said people often ask him what was easier: being a Navy SEAL or a Cabinet secretary. "I always say, 'Actually SEAL was easier. As a SEAL, people shot at you, I could shoot back,'" he said. Over the weekend, Zinke surrendered.
Extreme weather on the East and West Coast has sparked flooding rescues and warnings of dangerous high waves off California.
When Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old climate activist from Sweden, had the chance to address a global climate change conference this past week, she told officials she had not come to beg.
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Environment minister Melissa Price kept as low a profile as possible in Poland climate talks, as Australia's only noticeable contribution to public debate was its declared support of fossil fuels.
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Melbourne firm says it has signed offtake deal for 5MW solar and storage project in S.A. Murray River region, as stage 1 of what could become a 30MW affair.
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Gupta flags possible float Simec Zen Energy business and confirms interest in Coalition government's controversial tender for new dispatchable generation.
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KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris...
On Saturday, Environment Canada issued new storm warnings for Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the North Coast.
Researchers warn rising temperatures will cause plants to flower later and die sooner Milder winters driven by climate change will hit blackcurrant crops, with plants producing fewer and lower quality fruit, according to a new study. Like many other fruit and woody plants, blackcurrants need a period of chilling before they start to grow in spring. This reduces the risk of frost damage to new buds and makes sure they burst rapidly in the spring and flower together when there are plenty of pollinators such as bees around. Continue reading...
Oil prices were largely steady on Monday after falling 2 percent in the previous session, but remained under pressure amid weaker growth in major economies and concerns about oversupply.
Brent crude prices slipped on Monday amid concerns over demand in the wake of weaker growth in major economies, while U.S. oil markets held steady after U.S. drilling activity fell to its lowest level in about two months.
The dominant assumptions regarding the transition of oil and gas companies are wrong. The evidence suggests it is far more likely they will fail, because they will not cope with the speed of change.
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Trump haters say that the president pulling out of the Paris climate deal is definitive proof that he’s destroying the world.
The latest round of international climate negotiations concluded late on Saturday evening in Katowice, Poland....
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The popular polar cub, the first to be born in Britain for 25 years, will be celebrating his first birthday on December 18. Today he took a dip at his home in Highland Wildlife Park near Kincraig.
Hidden in the 133-page document agreed upon at the UN climate change talks was a compromise that many consider an infuriating distraction. The countries of the world agreed to welcome the fact that a scientific report on the state of global warming had been produced. But they failed to welcome its findings.
December 16, 2018 8:13 PM KATOWICE, Poland - With almost 200 nations agreeing to adopt a global action plan to tackle global warming, Singapore will have greater certainty about the world's commitment to dealing with climate change, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said on Saturday (Dec 15) night.
U.S. oil prices edged up on Monday amid a fall in drilling activity in the United States, but lingering concerns about weaker economic growth in major economies kept a lid on gains.
Australia's "constructive" role at the United Nations climate change talks in Poland was undermined by its continued support for fossil fuels at home, experts say.
The snow season, which started this month, is off to a good start. A series of December storms covered the Sierra Nevada with heavy snow, leaving the snowpack at 106% of average, according to the state's snow survey. But a new study suggests that Californians won’t always be able to rely on melting...
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UN climate accord 'inadequate' and lacks urgency, experts warn
Agreement will fail to halt devastating rise in global temperature, say scientists
The two-week-long conference left questions about reducing greenhouse gas emissions unanswered. Photograph: Ryan Tong/EPA
The world has been put on notice that its best efforts so far will fail to halt the devastation of climate change , as countries came to a partial agreement at UN talks that failed to match up to the challenges faced.
Leading figures in climate science and economics said much more must...
Scientists have identified a giant bed of deep sea grass in Australia's Great Barrier Reef that may be absorbing millions of tons of carbon. But these so-called blue carbon sinks need protecting too.
Brazil’s incoming foreign minister says leftist leader is not invited to inauguration The incoming foreign minister under Brazil’s far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, has called on the international community to unite to “liberate” Venezuela from the rule of its authoritarian leftist leader, Nicolás Maduro. Ernesto Araújo, a pro-Trump climate change sceptic , made the appeal on Sunday as he announced that Maduro was not being invited to Bolsonaro’s inauguration next month “out of respect for the Venezuelan people”. Continue reading...
Agreement will fail to halt devastating rise in global temperature, say scientists The world has been put on notice that our best efforts so far will fail to halt the devastation of climate change , as countries came to a partial agreement in global climate talks this weekend that failed to match up to the challenges faced. Leading figures in climate science and economics said much more must be done, and quickly, to stave off the prospect of dangerous levels of global warming. Continue reading...
A number of institutional investors in ExxonMobil Corp have said they will file a shareholder resolution which calls on the world's largest oil company to set targets for lowering its greenhouse gas emissions.
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