January 28, 2021 8:13 AM WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (Jan 27), his first full day in the job, that he favoured cooperation with China on climate change and other issues of shared concern, even as he reiterated that genocide had been committed against Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region.
In the most ambitious US effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden has signed a number of executive orders to transform the nation's heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing...
President Biden is determined to curb America's carbon output, including oil and gas production. It's not going to come without a fight.
Newly appointed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that Washington’s relationship with China “is arguably the most important relationship that we have in the world”.In his first press conference as America’s top diplomat, Blinken emphasised areas in which “it’s in our mutual interest to try to work together”, particularly with respect to climate change, but also reiterated his belief that the Chinese government’s policies towards Uygurs and other ethnic minority groups in…
President Biden announced new actions to combat climate change and take the first step toward a ban on oil leasing on federal land.
U.S. President Joe Biden signed a raft of executive actions on Wednesday to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon to the economy.
January 28, 2021 4:13 AM BRASILIA (REUTERS) - An area the size of Israel was deforested in the Amazon biome last year as destruction surged 21 per cent in the region spanning nine countries that is home to the world's largest rainforest, according to the Amazon Conservation organisation.
Illustrator Michaela Goade became the first Native American to win the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children’s picture story, cited for “We Are Water Protectors,” a celebration of nature and condemnation of the “black snake” Dakota Access Pipeline.
EPA continues to build out its leadership team for the new administration, including bringing on board a former appointee for President Obama at the agency.
President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday undertaking what could be the most ambitious effort yet to cut America's oil, gas and coal emissions while looking to create jobs and stave off the worst effects of climate change. (Jan. 27)
President Joe Biden signed sweeping changes on Wednesday designed to take action on numerous climate change measures, from stopping oil and gas leases on public lands to environmental justice.
Weatherization can cut carbon, reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable -- and you might even be able to get the government to help pay for it.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says "good-paying jobs" can help zero out U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But some Republicans are skeptical they can help fossil fuel workers.
Voters in four states are significantly more likely to support plastic reduction and recycling legislation if they know it would require manufacturers to take responsibility, a new survey found.
Ethanol backers are cheering a new industry-funded study that suggests the corn-based fuel is better for tackling climate change than its critics contend, just as the Biden administration considers how aggressively to pursue biofuels.
Environmentalists in Arizona are slamming the Biden administration over the erection of an estimated 70 feet of new border wall in recent days, despite last week's executive order freezing construction of barriers along the nation's southern boundary with Mexico.
President Biden today is signing off on an aggressive conservation goal aimed at permanently protecting at least 30% of the nation's undeveloped land and waters by 2030, while calling for the creation of a jobs program focused in part on restoring public lands.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm testified before a senate committee as President Joe Biden's pick for energy secretary. She's advocating for an increase in renewable energy, which does not emit planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. (Jan. 27)
President Joe Biden is set to issue more orders to combat climate change, while Fauci and the White House COVID team holds first news conference.
The Doomsday Clock, introduced in 1947 as a symbolic representation of how close humanity is to destroying civilization, remains at 100 seconds to midnight, as experts warn the world is at a 'crossroads' on climate change, but see some positive developments.
Oil and gas extraction will be paused and wind energy will expand under Joe Biden's climate plan.
President Biden is ordering a comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas leasing program as part of a broader effort to rein in the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change. For the time being his administration has stopped leasing public lands and waters for drilling.
Researchers from Rutgers University collected bottom sediments near the mouth of the Sepik River off northern Papua New Guinea to create a new temperature model.
Hydro-Quebec has awarded an engineering contract to the Green Hydrogen product division of thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers to install an 88-MW water electrolysis plant to produce hydrogen. Previously, thyssenkrupp completed a feasibility study for the project. The water electrolysis plant will be built in Varennes, Quebec, and will use hydroelectric power to produce 11,100 metric tons […]
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[Premium Times] Yahaya Ahmed says the house was built to encourage recycling of waste materials, create jobs and ensure a safer environment
The move is one of his more controversial campaign promises, and industry groups say they will sue. But it won't have much immediate impact on driving down climate-warming emissions.
Biden is set to issue more orders to combat climate change, while Fauci and the White House COVID team holds first news conference.
The AES Corporation said today that it has commenced operations of the Alamitos battery energy storage system (BESS), which it says is one of the world’s largest battery storage systems in operation at the moment. The BESS, a stand-alone energy storage facility for local capacity, will provide up to 400 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy to […]
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[Greenpeace] President Filipe Nyusi is set to embark on a trip to areas affected by Cyclone Eloise, as damages are being assessed in Mozambique and neighboring countries, after it struck three days ago.
China said on Wednesday it was seeking details about 25 of its nationals who were among 61 crew on two supertankers seized by Indonesia on suspicion of illegally transferring oil.The vessels were seized on Sunday after they were detected making the transfer from Iranian-flagged MT Horse to Panamanian-flagged MT Freya, causing an oil spill.The Indonesian authorities said the seizure was not related to US sanctions, which Washington imposed in a bid to shut off Iran’s oil exports in a dispute…
The U.S. is trying to seize around 2 million barrels of what it thinks is Iranian oil, according to people familiar with the matter, in Washington's latest attempt to block the Islamic Republic's energy exports.
Three and a half years after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and wiped out the power grid, the island's fragile electricity system could get a makeover under President Biden.
NextEra Energy Inc., the world's largest renewables developer, is expecting unprecedented growth under President Biden's aggressive climate agenda that promises to speed up the nation's shift to wind, solar and other low-carbon energy.
A partnership of global companies, backed in part by Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, is forming this morning to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 in energy sectors that traditionally have been difficult to decarbonize.
The Biden administration has dubbed today "climate day" and is prepared to unveil details of the president's strategy for removing carbon emissions from the U.S. electric power generation by 2035, the first step to decarbonizing the nation's economy by midcentury.
Senate committees are scheduled to hold votes Wednesday on three Biden Cabinet picks and vote on advancing the nomination of a fourth.
The biggest ever poll of climate change views, canvassing 1.4 million people in 50 countries, has found that 64 per cent of people think the issue is a global emergency
Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to vote this week on a sweeping climate change bill and ship it back to Gov. Charlie Baker (R) just weeks after he vetoed the measure.
Twitter is testing a crowdsourced effort to combat misinformation that experts believe could help slow the spread of climate change denial on the popular social media platform.
U.S. spies, analysts and policymakers will write the country's first National Intelligence Estimate on climate change under an executive order President Biden plans to issue today.
At the national level, some 80% of people in Japan, Britain and Italy expressed serious foreboding about the impact of climate change.
More than two-thirds of the world's population believe climate change constitutes "a global emergency," according to the findings of the world's largest-ever conducted opinion poll on climate change.
The president on Wednesday is expected to take a series of 'historic' steps to put climate change front and center in his policies, with particular focus on how it impacts marginalized communities.
[The Conversation Africa] Many Ghanaian households are energy poor. Households that use biomass like wood, grass, animal dung and charcoal are considered energy poor while households that use clean energy like electricity and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are non-energy poor.
RWE Renewables and SkySails Power announce plans to fly 120sqm “kite” as part of three-year pilot project to evaluate airborne wind technology.
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The 83-year-old Hollywood royalty is also known as an active climate change campaigner.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] U.S. climate envoy John Kerry and others say poorest will suffer the most from a failure to build resilience, but concrete progress is slow to come
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Washington -- 1000 Cities Adapt Now initiative will focus on tackling water issues - from stormwater to drought - and using natural systems to protect urban areas from climate change impacts
Severe impacts of global warming are becoming unavoidable for Australia and have already cost tens of billions, a new Climate Council report says.
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Drivers on State Route 190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon were trapped in their cars for hours on Sunday afternoon after a crash shut down traffic in both directions. After getting complaints about the road shutdown, the Unified Police Department announced Tuesday that in the future, traffic won’t be stopped to remove vehicles after a crash unless gasoline or oil is leaking into the watershed.
National oil and gas conglomerate PTT is preparing to resume its trial for liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading after the project was paused in the third quarter last year during the lockdown period.
NATIONAL PARTY leader Judith Collins says climate change is important, but it's not in her list of top-five priorities.
China could offer to transfer technology and give financial help to poor countries in a joint effort to fight climate change with the US, Chinese observers have said.Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden has made the fight against climate change one of his major priorities and is reportedly planning to host world leaders in a climate summit on Earth Day on April 22. The summit is also seen as a chance for China and the US to cooperate following the Donald Trump era.Beijing is willing to attend…
January 26, 2021 10:26 PM NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - BlackRock Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink has escalated his call for corporate leaders to focus on the environment in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, and pledged new measures to address climate change.
President Biden will make the needs of low-income Americans and communities of color the focus of his plan Wednesday, according to two individuals briefed on it, making environmental justice a top priority for the first time in a generation.
New York City officials announced Tuesday that two pension funds for city workers will divest an estimated $4 billion in securities related to fossil fuel companies in order to promote clean energy use. (Jan. 26)
Last week, the Government’s chief planning officer, Joanna Averley, was forced to defend the recent decision to permit a new coal mine in Cumbria. This regressive step has sent shockwaves through environmentalist networks, with many warning that the “decision will diminish the UK’s credibility.”
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Asian leaders from India’s Narendra Modi to Indonesia’s Joko Widodo and China’s vice-premier, Han Zheng, have issued a unified pitch for governments to prioritise aid for vulnerable nations and communities to deal with the immediate effects of climate change alongside meeting long-term carbon neutrality goals.The Asian leaders were among over 30 senior government figures who contributed by video link to an inaugural Climate Adaptation Summit convened virtually by the Netherlands.While November…
A new wind training center in Maryland that supports both onshore and the burgeoning offshore wind industry is open for business after receiving approval from the Global Wind Organization (GWO). The new center was developed by ARCON Training Center, along with the UK’s leading wind trainer, AIS Training – part of the 3T Energy Group. […]
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A federal judge rejected a bid to pause expansion of a Montana coal mine yesterday after environmental groups raised concerns about its impact on endangered sturgeon.
Fire affects an estimated four million square kilometres of Earth’s land each year and is responsible for releasing aerosols and greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Understanding the influence that this has on atmospheric chemistry and representing these emissions in future climate predictions is, however, complex and remains poorly understood. To improve the situation, a team of scientists working as part of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative is using satellite observations, such as from Copernicus Sentinel-3, to gain a global view of land burned by fire.
[UNEP] Nairobi -- Climate litigation cases have spiked in recent years, making the courtroom increasingly relevant to efforts to address climate change around the world. A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today finds that climate cases have nearly doubled over the last three years and are increasingly compelling governments and corporate actors to implement their climate commitments, as well as pursue more ambitious climate change mitigation and adaptation goals.
A Virginia House panel advanced a bill today that would phase out two costly coal tax credits that a state investigation recently found generate economic losses.
The nation's natural gas pipeline industry is committing to a new goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operations to net zero by 2050.
A federal appeals court declined today to reinstate an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline in a big win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The Environment Bill has been postponed again because of a lack of time for scrutiny, the government says.
[This Day] The United States Ambassador, Ms. Mary Beth Leonard, yesterday launched Air Quality Monitor to link Nigeria to air quality index information and health messaging from the United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
[Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Cyclone Eloise hit Beira and Buzi Saturday morning (23 Jan) with 120 km/h winds. The cyclone passed south-west and is now a tropical storm in South Africa. Six people have been killed.
[Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Vale is pulling out of Tete as part of its climate emergency commitment to end coal production. Several announcements last week set out a complex planned withdrawal.
Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in an address to the Climate Adaptation Summit
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The picturesque tropical islands are surrounded by water, yet shortages are a daily reality for many. Rising temperatures and low rainfall could make matters worse.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking for public input on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the North Alabama Utility-Scale Solar Project in Lawrence County. In January 2019, TVA announced that it holds a two-year purchase option on 3,000 acres in Lawrence County to study the feasibility of building a large solar farm in […]
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Climate warming is believed to have taken place at some of the fastest rates in the world in Mongolia, raising the country’s average temperatures by 2.24°C between 1940 and 2015, with the last decade being the warmest of the past 76 years. In the Gobi Desert, the occurrence of dust storms increased from 18 to […]
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Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) will be a crucial 50th vote and chair of the energy committee.
With the U.S. campaign of "maximum pressure" now over, Iran's oil customers may be growing a little bolder.
A coalition of environmental groups is turning up the pressure on the federal government to halt the Mountain Valley pipeline in a new round of litigation yesterday aimed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Dozens of utilities across the U.S. plan to hold on to most of their existing coal resources past 2030 and build new gas plants over the next decade, raising questions about whether they're serious about doing their part to address climate change, according to a new report from the Sierra Club.
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Buying secondhand or from companies that are promoting clothing recycling and other environmentally friendly policies can help reduce your carbon footprint.
Countries must cooperate more closely in fighting the challenges of the pandemic and climate change and in supporting a sustainable global economic recovery, Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday in an address to the World Economic Forum.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said last night he would attempt to pass President Biden's climate agenda with a simple majority, and he urged the president to unlock additional powers by declaring climate change a national emergency.
President Biden's pace-breaking agenda to restore the federal government's central role in climate change includes helping states and municipalities prepare for the damage and displacement caused by extreme events.
January 26, 2021 6:36 AM Kerry said the United States was “proud to be back” in the global climate discussion.
January 26, 2021 5:00 AM AMSTERDAM • The United States marked its return to the global fight against climate change yesterday by joining high-level talks on ways to better protect people and economies from the effects of global warming already taking place.
India had been the 7th most affected by climate change globally in 2019, reveals the Global Climate Risk Index 2021 released on Monday
The first Tasmanian to ever be named Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, 26, has become a key voice on social issues - including calling for a change to the Australia Day date.
Dustin Byron Thompson is charged with stealing a coat rack during Capitol riots. Thompson, 36, of Columbus, Ohio was stopped by Capitol Police agents in the hours after the riot but he fled.
Frozen precipitation comes down as a winter storm comes through downtown Phoenix on Monday afternoon, Jan. 25, 2021.
Steps to Aid US Fossil Fuel Workers in the Clean Energy Transition Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoal-fired power plant in central Wyoming. Coal jobs have been declining rapidly in the United States. Photo by Greg Goebel/Wikimedia Commons
The economic fallout from COVID-19 took a serious toll on U.S. fossil fuel workers and communities. But well before the coronavirus pandemic arrived, the U.S. fossil fuel industry was under significant pressure as the country moves toward cleaner forms of...
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Innovation and creativity is crucial to guide financing, say experts
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Just 1,194 butterflies were reported in 2020, down from 29,000 in 2019. Monarch numbers have been declining precipitously for decades, from over 4 million in the 1980s to 200,000 in 2017.
Charging your electric car could soon take as little time as regular petrol cars.
Even as the Biden administration promises a swift review, environmental groups are proceeding with a lawsuit to overturn Trump-era requirements on the handling of cost-benefit forecasts for future Clean Air Act rules.
[Namibian] Walvis Bay yesterday morning woke up to soaked homes and damaged furniture after flash floods hit the harbour town at midnight.
Two new papers reveal the growing toll that human-caused global warming is having on the planet's ice.
[Govt of SA] The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) annually puts together a flood preparedness plan in anticipation of high levels of rainfall, especially during the summer rainfall period. This plan in the main is meant to enhance monitoring of rainfall, inflows into rivers and dams as well as to raise alarm bells timeously in case of impending danger through floods.
The highest elevations of the Southwest were the first to feel the effects of a storm that will spread a wide swath of snow, ice and rain from the nation's midsection to the East Coast into Wednesday.
Natural gas is still king in Texas, but it might have trouble holding onto that crown.
Vineyard Wind LLC, the renewable power company proposing America's first large offshore wind farm, is hoping to restart its stalled permit request that led to the Trump administration terminating the project proposal last month.
THE GOVERNMENT is pre-empting likely criticism from the Climate Change Commission by today announcing a suite of policies tackling greenhouse gas emissions from transport.
Regulator contemplating new scheme to track voluntary carbon offsets bought by Australia's biggest emitters.
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STATEMENT: Biden Administration Commits to Protect 30% of U.S. Land and Ocean by 2030
WASHINGTON (January 27, 2021)—President Biden signed sweeping Executive Orders to address climate change, protect biodiversity, improve environmental justice and create clean energy jobs across America. As a science-based, data-driven organization, WRI is encouraged to see a return to scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking.
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Cobalt prices have soared by about a quarter since the start of the year, driven by the push for electric cars in China and the European Union, as well as Chinese stockpiling, analysts said.On Tuesday, a tonne of cobalt was selling on the London Metal Exchange for US$40,000 – its highest level in two years. The metal is largely mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and shipped via South African ports to international markets.It has become a strategic metal because of its use in…
Here's the latest for Wednesday January 27th: US terrorism alert warns of politically motivated violence; Biden aims for most ambitious US effort on climate change; Top U.S. diplomat is sworn in; Homes decorated as carnival floats, for Mardi Gras.
Brazil’s Vice President Hamilton Mourão says that the ongoing military-led operation to curb illegal deforestation and fires in the Amazon rainforest will end April 30
January 28, 2021 5:00 AM MOSCOW/WASHINGTON • Russia and the United States have struck a deal to extend the New Start (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) nuclear arms control treaty, the Kremlin said, a move that preserves the last major pact of its kind between the world's two biggest nuclear powers.
More than two dozen environmental and medical groups are declaring climate change a "health emergency" and calling for immediate federal actions to protect the public.
President Biden signed a trio of executive orders this afternoon to tackle climate change and environmental racism while selling the initiatives as a green job creation plan.
In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst effects of climate change, President Joe Biden is aiming to cut oil, gas and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines through orders signed Wednesday. (Jan. 27)
Labor to dump Mark Butler as its opposition to Morrison's inadequate climate and energy policies evaporates.
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The “Doomsday Clock” illustrating the perils facing the planet and humankind will remain at 100 seconds to midnight this year amid the threats of the coronavirus pandemic, nuclear war and climate change.“The hands of the Doomsday Clock remain at 100 seconds to midnight, as close to midnight as ever,” Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said in a statement.“The lethal and fear-inspiring Covid-19 pandemic serves as a historic ‘wake-up call’, a vivid illustration…
A powerful storm packing heavy rain, snow and wind pounded Northern California early today — toppling trees, causing power outages and raising fears of flash flooding and destructive debris flows from vast wildfire burn scars.
The global mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, failure to address climate change and the spread of online misinformation have kept the Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight, the nonprofit Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced today.
Environmental groups sued EPA yesterday over "unscientific and unlawful" decisions regarding a chemical risk assessment released in the final weeks of the Trump administration.
Energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm looked to alleviate concerns about potential fossil fuel job losses from the Biden administration's clean energy push.
President Biden raced toward fulfilling his gargantuan climate promises today with a sweeping effort to create clean energy jobs and begin phasing out fossil fuels one week into his presidency.
A powerful storm packing heavy rain, snow and wind pounded parts of California and western Nevada early Wednesday. A blizzard warning was issued for Lake Tahoe and much of the Sierra in California and Nevada. (Jan. 27)
Biden is set to issue another raft of executive actions tied to combatting climate change, prioritizing science and evidence-based policy federal agencies and pausing oil drilling on public lands.
The heavy emphasis on climate change is addressing what young voters say they want, not what politicians have long said they should want.
The green color depicts vegetation in this 2016 Sentinel-2 normalized difference vegetation index image of land along the Milk River in Alberta.
A tool for managing the complexity of a river system’s waters can come, surprisingly, from hundreds of miles above the Earth. Satellite technology and research conducted by the US Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center will benefit people who rely on the Milk River. The Milk River flows northeast out of Montana, then east in Alberta parallel to the border, then back southeast into Montana, eventually joining the Missouri River.
Thanks to a century-old 29-mile canal system that transfers water into the Milk River from the St. Mary River, which originates high in Montana’s Glacier National Park, farmers in the...
Zurich, 27 January 2021. ThomasLloyd announced today that SolarArise India Projects Private Limited (“SolarArise”) has commissioned a 75 Megawatt (“MW”) Solar PV plant in Khera village, Budaun District, state of Uttar Pradesh delivering clean energy to over 100,000 people in Northern India. In 2018, ThomasLloyd, a leader in impacting investing in emerging markets, invested in Delhi-based SolarArise alongside the Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (“GEEREF”), advised by the European Investment Bank Group, and...
President Joe Biden will sign sweeping changes on Wednesday that are designed to take action on numerous climate change measures, from stopping oil and gas leases on public lands to environmental justice.
Utility-scale renewable energy developer Intersect Power, LLC announced that it secured $127 million in equity funding from Climate Adaptive Infrastructure, LLC and Trilantic North America In addition, the company said it has also closed on a $482 million debt facility with Generate Capital and CarVal Investors. “The Intersect Power team has developed 3.7 GW DC […]
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A female polar bear that has lived at Hogle Zoo since 2017 is heading to a new zoo in the Midwest at the end of the month. But bear lovers won’t have to mourn her absence for long — a new male polar bear will soon be coming to the zoo.
President Joe Biden will sign a host of climate initiatives, which include ending drilling on federal land and doubling wind energy after he canceled the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Corporations purchased a record of 23.7 GW of clean energy in 2020, up from 20.1GW in 2019 and 13.6GW in 2018, according to new research published by BloombergNEF (BNEF). The increase came despite a year devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, a global recession and uncertainty about U.S. energy policy ahead of the presidential election. The […]
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[Namibia Economist] As most African countries continue to grapple with the effects of climate change such as extreme weather conditions resulting in floods and droughts, which in turn affects food and drinking water security, nuclear science can play a critical role to avert the situation.
Climate activists celebrate "major step forward," while oil industry warns of costs.
Members of the fishing industry in Maine said they remain skeptical of plans to develop offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine in the wake of a moratorium proposed by the state's governor.
The top executive of an international think tank dedicated to advancing carbon capture and storage technology is stepping down this year after a decade leading the organization.
The Department of Energy is continuing to staff up with new hires, adding a former Senate staffer with climate change expertise.
The path for completing the hotly contested Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline continues to grow more complex and has even ensnared former President Trump's top energy regulator in controversy.
After a federal court dealt a massive legal blow to the Dakota Access pipeline yesterday, attention is turning to what enforcement actions the Biden administration may take against the crude oil project.
President Biden is preparing a slew of executive orders Wednesday building out his climate agenda.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned global leaders Monday that the world is not only facing a COVID-19 emergency and the worst economic crisis in nearly a century, but also "existential threats" to the climate and biodiversity — and the possibility of the largest economies, the United States and China, splitting the world in two.
Nearly a half-million people, mostly from the world's poorest countries, died over the past two decades from conditions associated with climate disasters, according to new findings from the nonprofit Germanwatch.
A freeze on new federal oil and gas leases could earn goodwill for President Biden among environmentalists, but analysts said such a move likely would have a limited effect on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
[New Times] President Paul Kagame has urged global leaders to prioritize climate adaptation in the course of the year, and beyond, citing that increased investment in the area strengthens societies for future growth and prosperity.
A University of Oxford/UNDP initiative, the survey results span 50 countries, which cover more than half of the world’s population.
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US President Joe Biden was planning to announce new bans on oil and gas drilling on federal lands Wednesday as part of a raft of actions that take aim at climate change, according to reports and a White House memo.The administration has drafted an order imposing a moratorium on oil and gas auctions on federal land and water, The Washington Post and other US media reported.The moratorium wouldn’t affect existing leases, but would fulfil a pledge that became a major issue during the election…
[The Conversation Africa] Despite financial constraints, high costs and the best efforts of principals, electricity usage in South Africa's schools remains largely unchecked, as schools focus on educational outcomes. The country's 23,471 public schools use an estimated 3.5 TWh of energy a year. This is about a quarter of Koeberg nuclear power station's production and it costs about R5 billion ($330 million).
( Terry Collins Assoc ) An innovative UNDP global survey conducted in collaboration with Oxford University experts -- the largest-ever opinion survey on climate change (1.2 million people in 50 countries) -- finds 64% (+/- 2%) deem climate an 'emergency.' Worldwide, most people clearly want a strong and wide-ranging policy response, and 4 of 18 policy options received majority support.Distributed across mobile gaming networks the survey drew 550,000 hard-to-reach youth respondents (14-18 years old)
For all the uncertainty in the world right now, you can set your watch by National Party elder Barnaby Joyce's inflammatory and unsubstantiated claims that renewable energy is behind every glitch in the national electricity market.
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More than a million people in 50 countries take part in the biggest poll to date on climate change.
[IPS] United Nations -- The United Nations has warned that the devastating socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come unless smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience ensure a robust and sustainable recovery of the global economy.
Two recently published pieces of research suggest the world is likely to warm more than current projections.
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January 27, 2021 8:47 AM Mr Biden will make the announcement as part of a second batch of executive orders aimed at combating climate change.
Every day, Nguyen Thi Nham Thin sits at a busy traffic intersection in the Vietnamese capital. She is one of thousands of vendors selling food and drinks who make up Hanoi’s bustling street life. But this constant exposure to the fumes comes at a cost.
Hanoi, a city of 8 million, has around 7 million vehicles.
“I’d inhale about seven to eight hours of dust every day, but you know, even xe om [motorbike taxi drivers] and [other] street vendors would too. It is unavoidable,” the 69-year-old…
Concentrations of PM2.5 dust have risen across 18 provinces in the North and Northeast, as farmers begin to set fire to their agricultural waste to prepare for next season's crops, the Pollution Control Department said yesterday.
January 27, 2021 12:17 AM LONDON (REUTERS) - Shared concern over climate change could help strengthen global cooperation more broadly in the run-up to a UN climate summit in November, its British president Alok Sharma said on Tuesday (Jan 26).
Scientists are mapping the land beneath this frozen underworld, which is crucial to predicting future sea level rise and the potential mayhem to come.
Even though precipitation is greatly needed across drought-stricken California, the storm will bring too much all at once and could trigger floods.
How does Australia fare in the European renewable energy stakes? 2020 was a great year for renewables, so competition is tough.
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A decade-long warming trend in the Gulf of St. Lawrence continued in 2020 with deep waters reaching record highs, according to ocean climate data released Tuesday by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Blinken will become America's top diplomat as the world confronts a confluence of threats: the COVID pandemic, climate change, and a great-power competition that increasingly pits the US against China on trade, technology, and other issues.
Ursula von der Leyen pitched the idea at the World Economic Forum. She called for an agreement along the lines of the Paris climate accord, calling it urgent for the world.
A ban on new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters, which the Biden administration could announce as soon as tomorrow, would cause outsize economic harm in a handful of areas without significantly reducing pollution or affecting climate change, a group of state economic leaders said.
The arrival of Storm Christoph last week has led to widespread flooding across northern regions...
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[Govt of SA] The Department of Human Settlements has geared itself to assist various provinces and municipalities to deal with the damage anticipated as a result of Cyclone Eloise which has made landfall in neighbouring Mozambique. The South African Weather Service has warned of a tropical cyclone predicted to hit our neighbours and parts of South Africa by today, Sunday 24th 2021.
Illustrator Michaela Goade became the first Native American to win the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children's picture story, cited for "We Are Water Protectors," a celebration of nature and condemnation of the "black snake" Dakota Access pipeline.
As EPA moves forward with plans to regulate two "forever chemicals," it must first answer some basic questions that could significantly shape the process.
President Biden is planning to make a major climate push tomorrow, unveiling multiple science- and environment-focused executive orders, including an oil and gas freeze that became a flashpoint in the presidential campaign.
The operators of a shuttered coal-cleaning plant in Wellington walked away from the 30-acre facility after numerous violations, including the sale of 4,000 tons of coal waste that wound up paving a parking lot. Now Utah regulators are sticking four corporate officers each with $2.3 million penalties in hopes of forcing them to pay for the clean up.
[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- The French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADME), in partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean and Plan Bleu announced the launch of the 3rd edition of the Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards.
After declaring three years ago that his country fulfilled it decades-long ambition to become a nuclear power, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un turned his attention to fixing an ailing economy that was undermining his pledge to better the lives of his people.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2021, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D0EE03731A, Paper Dong-Dong Ma, Shu-Guo Han, Changsheng Cao, Wenbo Wei, Xiaofang Li, Bo Chen, Xintao Wu, Qi-Long Zhu Herein, for the first time, an active and stable bifunctional electrocatalyst has been elaborately designed to achieve the integration of CO2 reduction and anodic non-classical reaction to efficiently yield products... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Will school children have to take to the streets again this year to get strong action on climate change?
By editor ADELIA HALLETT | Welcome to 2021 - the year in which we will get our first hard look at the size of the job in...
The United Nations has warned that the devastating socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come unless smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience ensure a robust and sustainable recovery of the global economy. In 2020, the world economy shrank by 4.3 per cent, over two and half times […]
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Geothermal Technologies Office today announced the launch of the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition, managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition features a new theme: community direct use of geothermal heat. College and university teams will identify sites that could leverage local geothermal energy […]
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Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Vattenfall and municipal company Wärme Hamburg are exploring a plan to jointly produce hydrogen from wind and solar power at the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant site and utilise it in its vicinity. To this end, the four companies have signed a letter of intent. In addition to the construction of a […]
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[This Day] An environment group, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), has alerted the nation that the fire which broke out at an oil well in Ondo State in May last year is still raging and has become a threat to the community's environment.
Sunlight Financial LLC, which provides loans to homeowners for rooftop solar panels, has agreed to go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company backed by Apollo Global Management Inc.
Texas oil and gas regulators could substantially reduce the amount of natural gas that's wasted in the Permian Basin without significantly adding to oil companies' costs, according to new research from the Environmental Defense Fund.
As an environmental advocate on Capitol Hill and across the country, Marissa Knodel has argued that fossil fuels are better left in the ground and that the U.S. government should stop selling off new offshore drilling rights.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2021, 14 ,12-36 DOI : 10.1039/D0EE02241A, Review Article Jingyi Wu, Lixia Yuan, Wuxing Zhang, Zhen Li, Xiaolin Xie, Yunhui Huang This review summarizes the strategies to reduce the thickness of solid-state electrolytes for the fabrication of high energy-density solid-state batteries. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2021, 14 ,396-406 DOI : 10.1039/D0EE02235G, Paper Open Access   This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence. Haiguang Zhao, Guiju Liu, Shujie You, Franco V. A. Camargo, Margherita Zavelani-Rossi, Xiaohan Wang, Changchun Sun, Bing Liu, Yuanming Zhang, Guangting Han, Alberto Vomiero, Xiao Gong Highly efficient large-area luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) were demonstrated using colloidal C-dots. The large-area LSC (225 cm 2 ) exhibited an external optical efficiency of 2.2% (under natural sun irradiation, 60 mW cm −2 ). The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Europe's central banks are ramping up their efforts to support green finance as authorities contemplate how to fight climate change while rebuilding their economies after the pandemic.
A tiny Finnish town north of the Arctic Circle says it's making a bid to host the Olympics. But not, as geography and history might suggest, the Winter Games.
President Biden plans to host a high-level Earth Day summit, delivering on a campaign pledge and challenging his climate policy team to ready ambitious and credible commitments that can stand up to global scrutiny.
The Federal Reserve announced yesterday the creation of a first-of-its-kind committee to deepen the central bank's understanding of the risks that climate change poses to the financial system.
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- President Uhuru Kenyatta has affirmed Kenya's commitment to implementing global climate change adaptation initiatives.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Barcelona -- A climate risk index warns that vulnerable countries are being hit harder by powerful storms, as leaders gather at a summit to push greater adaptation efforts
A detailed new report reveals 2020 was the first year wind, solar, biomass and hydro beat fossil fuels in Europe. We're on the right track for climate.
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3 Shifts to Advance Adaptation and Resilience in 2021 Comments|Add Comment|PrintWindmills in Zaanstad, Netherlands. The Netherlands is hosting this year's Climate Adaptation Summit. Photo by Michal Soukup/Unsplash
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( Pensoft Publishers ) By 2020, losses of corals have been observed throughout Florida and into the greater Caribbean basin in what turned out to be likely the most lethal recorded case of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. A Perspectives paper, published in the open-access peer-reviewed journal Rethinking Ecology, provides an overview of how Florida ended up in a situation, where the best that could be done is rescuing genetic material from coral species at risk of regional extinction.
The planned moratorium would halt oil and gas auctions as the new administration reviews the program.
In a 50-50 Senate, West Virginia moderate Joe Manchin (D) is set to become the most powerful person in Washington. He'll determine much of what President Biden can achieve -- particularly when it comes to climate change.
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry has apologized "with humility " for the absence of the United States from the Paris climate accord. (Jan. 25)
EPA told staff today it is launching trainings on environmental justice and systemic racism, reinstating sessions that were banned in the Trump era.
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There's a winter storm warning for St. George, Zion National Park and other parts of southern and central Utah.
The planned moratorium would halt oil and gas auctions for one year, and coal leasing for three years.
PARIS: Almost half a million people have died in natural disasters linked to extreme weather events in the last 20 years, according to a new assessment of the direct threat posed to humanity by climate change.
The United Nations launched an animated film and game yesterday aimed at engaging Gen Z teenagers on the importance of protecting the ozone layer.
Citizens groups sued the Interior Department on Friday over a rule they say hamstrings coal communities' ability to hold mine operators accountable for environmental violations.
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