China’s ambitious three-year plan to boost railway cargo volume and reduce long-distance trucking – a key plank in Beijing’s campaign to cut air pollution – is falling behind schedule, according to official data and media reports.Under the plan, which was introduced by the central government in 2018, China’s “transport structure” was to be improved by shifting the movement of bulk cargo such as minerals from dirty, diesel-burning trucks to cleaner electric-powered railcars.By 2020, at least 80…
PORT LOUIS (MAURITIUS) - Mauritius avoided a second catastrophic oil spill Wednesday after salvage crews pumped the remaining fuel from the tanks of a cargo ship that ran aground off its coast, imperilling world-famous wildlife sanctuaries.
Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are probing the extent to which EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are using wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
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Peatlands will become a major source of greenhouse gases as the permafrost thaws.
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August 13, 2020 12:16 AM LONDON (REUTERS) - Last year was one of the three warmest on record, with glaciers melting, sea levels rising and a spate of wildfires, heatwaves and droughts, research published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) showed.
Six former EPA heads from Republican and Democratic administrations joined over 100 ex-employees in a sweeping report on how a future administration should revitalize environmental protection, promote scientific expertise and remove political intrusion from agency decisionmaking.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his new running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), have differences on energy and the environment to work out as the campaign moves forward.
August 12, 2020 10:54 PM BANGALORE - India is set to hold its first commercial coal mine auctions in October, and is currently accepting bids with technical specifications. In the next phase, shortlisted companies will submit financial bids.
A major report on the state of the global climate for 2019 published today reveals further evidence of climate change.
[The Point] "People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people". Therefore, trees are important for human survival.
Tropical Depression Eleven has formed in the central Atlantic, but it poses no immediate threat to the Sunshine State. A more organized center of circulation was noted on satellite data Tuesday afternoon around a tropical wave located 900 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, and this prompted the National Hurricane Center to begin advisories on Tropical Depression Eleven. The National Hurricane Center says that environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for further development which could allow the system to strengthen into a Tropical Storm by Wednesday. If this occurs, it would acquire the name "Josephine" (JOH-so-feen). Tropical Depression Eleven (TD Eleven) is expected to continue moving westward at roughly 16 mph across the tropical Atlantic through Wednesday...
Mauritius says it is seeking compensation from the owners of a Japanese ship that’s spilling oil after it grounded in the shallow waters off the Indian Ocean island nation
Door handles blistering to the touch. Leaves yellowed and brittle. And a yawning divide between AC haves and have-nots.
Turkey vowed yesterday to press ahead with searching for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, saying it plans to issue new exploration licenses for the area despite an escalating dispute with Greece over drilling rights.
Energy Transfer Partners LP is cleaning up a new spill from construction of its Mariner East 2 pipeline that reached a drinking water source for parts of the Philadelphia suburbs, the latest in a string of setbacks for the controversial natural gas liquids project.
American music icons Willie Nelson and Paul Simon yesterday slammed a natural gas pipeline set to traverse the Texas Hill Country, echoing existing concerns from area landowners and conservationists over the project's impact on drinking water and biodiversity.
When asked about Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) yesterday, President Trump said "she is against fracking; she is against petroleum products." What's her energy record, and how will it play in battleground states?
A Swiss company is buying up cheap solar assets in a move to reclaim a key link in Europe's renewable energy supply chain from China.
Environmental justice advocates are urging Texas officials to scrap a controversial highway expansion project, saying it would increase air pollution and bulldoze communities of color.
Joe Biden elevated Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as a potential leader on climate policy for the next decade. She has a record of supporting ambitious carbon goals but lacks experience in fighting for them legislatively.
The MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef on 25 July, and has leaked oil into the ocean.
August 12, 2020 5:19 PM WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The Trump administration is abandoning Obama administration curbs on methane leaks from oil and gas wells, a move that even some drillers oppose and that could become a campaign issue in the swing state of Pennsylvania.
[Vanguard] 'Technology and entrepreneurship is the solution to eradicating the unemployment gap in the country" Peter Ojike, the Director of Wavetra Energy LTD. - a wholly indigenous solar company in Nigeria said while speaking to our reporters, and truly there seems to be no breakthrough in sight as the NBS data suggests on every quarterly report, the 2018 Q3 report pegged unemployment in Nigeria at 23.1% underemployment at 20.21.% , youth unemployment and underemployment at an alarming 55.4 %. That means for every
The Japanese firm that operates a ship leaking fuel off the coast of Mauritius has been involved in accidents before, including a 2006 oil spill ...
The ABC's Fight for Planet A documentary hosted by former Chaser Craig Reucassel failed to tell viewers a 13-year-old random girl in the mall is climate change activist Izzy Raj-Seppings.
Two start-up Australian solar innovators, and one established utility, named among finalists in this year’s Clean Energy Council Awards.
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CSIRO to target hydrogen, zero emissions transition in new set of research 'missions', while trying not to spook the Morrison government.
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Mauritian volunteers fished dead eels from oily waters on Tuesday as they tried to clean up damage to the Indian Ocean island’s most pristine beaches ...
The spat began when Ben & Jerry's UK Twitter account posted: 'We think the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture.'
August 12, 2020 12:26 AM NAIROBI (REUTERS) - Mauritian volunteers fished dead eels from oily waters on Tuesday (Aug 11) as they tried to clean up damage to the Indian Ocean island's most pristine beaches after a Japanese bulk carrier leaked an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil.
The island of Mauritius boasts beautiful beaches, coral reefs, lagoons and clear waters. Now, oily black sludge mars the country’s southeast coastline. It began on Thursday when oil began leaking from the Japanese-owned MW Wakashio ship, which ran aground on a southern coral reef on July 25. Related: Mysterious oil spill fouls Brazil's coastline “It is the biggest natural disaster to my knowledge that we are having in Mauritius,” said Jacqueline Sauzier, a microbiologist who heads Mauritius Marine Conservation Society . Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth tweeted a startling image of the leak: Le naufrage du #Wakashio représente un danger pour l'île Maurice. Notre pays n’a pas les compétences et l’expertise pour le renflouage des navires échoués, c’est ainsi que j’ai sollicité l’aide de la #France...
Fishers in Chiba Prefecture now struggling to catch seasonal fish as seawater temperatures rise.
South East Water has apologised to customers desperate for the ability to drink, cook, wash and clean amid a recent heatwave which has seen the mercury rise to a sweltering 96F.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D0EE01845G, Communication Xiao Liu, Tianhao Wu, Jung-Yao Chen, Xiangyue Meng, Xin He, Takeshi Noda, Han Chen, Xudong Yang, Hiroshi Segawa, Yanbo Wang, Liyuan Han Tin perovskite solar cells (TPSCs) are rising as the most promising candidates for lead-free PSCs. However, the randomly crystallized tin halide perovskite with high concentration of defects is still the... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
A tropical depression is likely to form int he Atlantic this week. Meanwhile, Hurricane Elida in the Pacific isn't a threat to land.
Satellite images are being used to monitor the oil spill off the coast of Mauritius.
A tropical depression traveling west through the Atlantic could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine by Wednesday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Conservation groups want congressional candidates to swear off oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ahead of the Trump administration's potential first lease sale in the coastal Alaska area.
In a future ravaged by climate change, one animal may come out on top: jellyfish.
Hurricane Elida formed on Monday afternoon and continued to strengthen into early Tuesday morning. The Category 2 hurricane is the first organized tropical system since Douglas impacted Hawaii almost two weeks ago.
As global warming continues, more respiratory hospitalizations are expected.
Oil companies facing lawsuits that blame them for coastal wetlands loss in Louisiana lost an attempt yesterday to move the suits to federal court.
Dozens of House Democrats are calling on the Interior Department to kill an oil auction near some of Utah's most iconic landscapes, following local pushback and a pandemic-driven oil bust that has crashed prices.
A Japanese ship that ran aground on a reef off Mauritius two weeks ago has now stopped leaking oil into the Indian Ocean but the island nation must still prepare for “a worst-case scenario” in case it breaks up, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said.Conservationists said they were finding dead fish as well as seabirds covered in oil, increasing fears of an ecological catastrophe despite a massive local clean-up operation that includes making floating booms from leaves, straw and human hair…
Native forests contain vast stores of carbon
RESTORATION of New Zealand's wild places should count towards the country's emissions reduction targets, the Government says.
Srinivas Gupta (57), a Bhagyanagar-based businessman gave a pleasant surprise to those who attended his house warming ceremony on August 8, many were not believing his wife, who passed away in a road accident in 2017, was actually sitting in the house on a sofa in a pink saree wearing golden ornaments.
Canada announced the name for its sixth and final Arctic military patrol ship — part of a fleet of surveillance ships that will help Canada ramp up its defence in the North.
[Greenpeace] The 1,050-megawatt proposed Lamu Coal Plant has raised a lot of controversial issues between investors and climate change activists. While investors claim that it would lower the overall cost of power generation in Kenya, environmentalists are highly concerned about the colossal impact of fossil fuels on the environment, not even mentioning the impact on the health of the people.
The tropics have been quiet since Hurricane Isaias hit the East Coast a week ago, but a new tropical wave could develop this week in the central Atlantic. The disturbance, identified by meteorologists as Invest 95, was located about 600 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands Monday, where it was producing a broad area of showers and thunderstorms. Organization of the system has changed very little over the last few days, but environmental conditions are expected to become more favorable for development by midweek. The National Hurricane Center says that Invest 95 could become a tropical depression in the next day or two as it continues to track generally westward at roughly 10 to 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic. If this tropical wave manages to reach tropical storm status (winds...
A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept through the Midwest on Monday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, and causing property damage and power outages from Nebraska to Indiana and Michigan. (Aug. 11)
Urgent efforts increased in Mauritius on Monday to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and increases the contamination of the island's once-pristine Indian Ocean coastline.Already...
More than a dozen states and a coalition of environmental and consumer groups filed legal action against the Department of Energy yesterday, accusing the Trump administration of failing to update energy efficiency standards for 25 products.
Duke Energy Corp. will invest in solar as well as natural gas and grid infrastructure to replace the now-failed $8 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline, executives said yesterday.
A $1 billion proposed power line is creating a political maelstrom that could have broad repercussions for New England's plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
Up to $10 billion of California property could be underwater by 2050 because of sea-level rise, a new state analysis said.
Pennsylvanians are almost evenly split on the issue of fracking, though slightly more of them are opposed to the practice, a new poll shows.
MORE than 25 residents in three Westmoreland communities have been given tools and digital equipment to help them fight vector-borne diseases and apply geographic information systems (GIS) technology to support mapping of disaster risks and climate change impacts.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D0EE01874K, Paper Youngju Lee, Bingyuan Ma, Peng Bai Lithium metal penetrations through the liquid-electrolyte-wetted porous separator and solid electrolytes are a major safety concern of next-generation rechargeable metal batteries. The penetrations were frequently discovered to occur through only... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
[CAJ News] Lagos -- AFRICA'S largest oil refinery, which is anticipated to be the biggest single-train structure, is set to be opened early next year.
When you see a half-constructed building that’s been abandoned, it’s a sign the project no longer made economic sense. There’s an argument that trillions of dollars’ worth of investments to tap new supplies of oil and gas might suffer the same fate, leaving deposits of oil in the ground and turning them into what are known as “stranded assets.” What had seemed like an abstract debate has been made very real by the sharp drop in oil prices in 2020, leading some major companies to shift plans away
A Japanese bulk carrier that struck a coral reef off Mauritius and has leaked at least an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil passed an annual inspection in March without any problems, Japan's ClassNK inspection body said on Tuesday. The ship, MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, ran onto the reef on July 25, and the resulting oil leak has raised fears of a major ecological crisis the Indian Ocean island.
January-June 2020 report to the Minister for the Environment.
Nature, Published online: 11 August 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02332-2Denmark recycling plan will cut waste by two-thirds
Huge stocks of greenhouse gases tied up in peatlands could be released as the world warms.
They've lost almost 80% of their historical volume.
EPA had trouble telling its internal watchdog who on staff had been detailed outside of the agency.
By studying a fabric’s weave, it’s possible to design an environmentally friendly silicone coating for the individual fibres that makes the material oil and water-repellent
European spacecraft track in fine detail the thinning that's occurred at the continent's edge.
A new study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, supports predictions that the Arctic could be free of sea ice by 2035. High temperatures in the Arctic …
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[Global Witness] As consumer and industry demand increases, China's timber imports have grown rapidly in recent years. The country now relies on imports for over half of its timber. But many of the countries it is sourcing that timber from - including a huge 80% of its suppliers of tropical timber - are linked to high levels of illegal logging and deforestation. This kind of destruction has a devastating impact on forests, biodiversity, climate and local communities around the world.
Agriculture has replaced industry as the leading human source of sulfur releases into the environment, researchers have found in a new study that underscores both the remarkable progress and emerging challenges in dealing with the effects of the widespread chemical element.
Australian entrepreneurs envisage harnessing the power of the Outback sun and transmitting the energy to Asia, reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
The National Hurricane Center said the disturbance has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm. If it does, it would be named Josephine.
A tropical wave that formed in the Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles west of the African coast has a 60% chance of becoming at least a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said. The showers and thunderstorms “continue to show signs of organization,” the hurricane center said in its 2 a.m. Monday tropical weather outlook. “Environmental conditions appear conducive enough to support additional development of this system, and a tropical depression could form during the next few days while it moves generally westward at 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic,” the outlook said. To read more, visit our news partner at the Sun Sentinel
“Our mission here is to save humanity from extinction due to climate change,” says MIT professor.
They're wiggly and slimy and live inside the flesh of other animals. Now, scientists are making a new case for why they should be saved. Parasites play crucial roles in ecosystems around the world, making up around 40% of animal species. As wildlife faces the growing threats of climate change and habitat loss, scientists warn that parasites are equally vulnerable. That's why a team of scientists has released a " global parasite conservation plan ." "Parasites have a major public relations problem," says Chelsea Wood , assistant professor at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. "Most people don't really like thinking about them, but the fact is they're really important in ecosystems." In both scientific research and conservation efforts, parasites haven't always...
Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) subpoenaed FBI director Christopher Wray last week for documents pertaining to the Russia investigation.Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, issued the subpoena as part of the committee's probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane by the FBI.The subpoena, obtained by Fox News, demands that Wray make available "all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. This includes, but is not limited to, all records provided or made available to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice for its review.""The FBI has already been producing documents and information to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which are directly responsive to this subpoena," the FBI...
The Arctic Energy Alliance and the City of Yellowknife are launching a pilot project this summer to help 26 homes reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and cut their energy bills.
Japanese carrier spills 1,000 crude oil after accidentally agrounding in a coral reef on Mauritius' pristine beaches. Country's leader warned about greater ecological disaster.
A Google Map user claimed to have found a capsized boat near Antarctica.
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius: A ship that ran aground off Mauritius leaking tonnes of oil into the ocean is cracking, the prime minister said Sunday, threatening an even greater ecological and economic disaster for the island nation.
A first-of-its kind study from the University of British Columbia has found that melting glaciers will bring water shortages to one-in-four people living in Alberta.
As New Mexico works on rules to limit methane emissions, new research shows that a handful of oil and gas companies are responsible for the bulk of the state's natural gas flaring, a key source of greenhouse gases.
A group of indigenous people in Russia are asking Tesla Inc.'s Elon Musk to stop buying supplies from miner MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC until the company compensates them for environmental damage to their ancestral lands.
Much of Canada's remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands due to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said.
China is a world leader on renewable energy, on electric vehicles and in setting carbon dioxide reduction goals. But it's also under pressure to build more coal-fired power plants over the next five years.
Rabiya Jaffery is a freelance journalist covering climate change, migration, and human rights in the Middle East and South Asia. She is currently a reporting fellow for Norvergence, an international climate communications NGO.
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RBA plans 1MW solar plant on its note printing facilities, but a new tender for RBA's energy supply seeks only 10% green power, despite its repeated warnings on climate change.
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Researchers, who analysed the future effects of climate change on fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries, said families may have to change their diets to protect threatened fish species.
( University of Exeter ) New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.
Tropical Storm Elida is not forecast to bring danger to any land — even if it becomes a hurricane — but may create rough seas and strong rip currents.
Bioeconomy — using renewable biological resources — will allow Africa to transform its systems and create a viable economic future, global warming
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August 09, 2020 3:44 PM TOKYO (REUTERS) - The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean apologised on Sunday (Aug 9) for a major oil spill which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster.
[DW] Mauritius has declared a "state of environmental emergency" and asked France for help after an oil spill from a Japanese-owned ship near vulnerable waters.
Police say they were authorized to board the Japanese-owned ship as part of its investigation into the oil spill that sparked an ecological disaster. Both Japan and France said they will send disaster relief teams.
Sun-seekers flocked to beaches over the weekend as parts of Western Europe sweltered in a heatwave, but authorities urged people to avoid crowded areas and keep wearing masks despite the heat over concern for the rising numbers of coronavirus cases across the continent.
Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources on Saturday said that the new maritime border demarcation agreement with Greece would allow for more bids to be launched regarding oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean. The ministry’s spokesperson Hamdy Abdel-Aziz said that Egypt and Greece are members in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, which will … Continued
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Air pollution has made the global life expectancy almost two years lower than it would be if air quality met World Health Organization standards, according to a new report.
August 13, 2020 5:00 AM India is set to hold its first commercial coal mine auctions in October, and is accepting bids with technical specifications. In the next phase, shortlisted firms will submit financial bids. But the coal ministry has already had to review the initial list of 41 coal blocks because of opposition from states with the largest coal reserves.
The Trump administration is proposing to change energy efficiency standards for showerheads, amid complaints from President Trump that he can't wash his "beautiful hair properly" because U.S. showers don't deliver enough of a blast.
State-run oil companies have decided to stop chartering tankers owned or operated by Chinese companies even if the vessels are registered under third-country flags.The move follows regulations issued last month to curb business dealings with China in retaliation against the Chinese army’s border transgressions in Ladakh and the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley clash.
Breweries in South Australia are donating nearly 40,000 gallons of expired beer a week to the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant outside Adelaide to be converted into renewable energy..
Storage value increases as variable renewable energy supplies an increasing share of electricity, but storage cost declines are needed to realize full potential.
August 13, 2020 12:16 AM PARIS (AFP) - Tropical forest soil warmed in experiments to levels consistent with end-of-century temperature projections released 55 per cent more CO2 than control plots, exposing a previously underestimated source of greenhouse gas emissions, researchers reported on Wednesday (Aug 12).
When EPA embarked on an overhaul of its regulatory cost-benefit forecasting requirements in 2018, a trade group for heating and cooling equipment makers was happy to offer four pages of written comments and suggestions.
Nunavut Arctic College is not offering a teacher training program for its first-year students this fall — a program seen as vital to bringing Inuktitut education to the territory.
Russia is planning investment of US$1.5 billion in rare earth minerals, critical to the defence, telecommunications and renewable energy sectors, as it strives to become the biggest producer after China by 2030, a top government official told Reuters.Russia’s initiative is in line with other countries, such as the United States, which are also trying to curb their reliance on China, home to 63 per cent of global rare earths production and 37 per cent of global reserves.China’s dominance is so…
As records tumble, 2020 has been an extraordinary year for the Arctic – and there is more to come unless we take action on climate change
Thunderstorm warnings continue across much of the UK until Monday, 17th August, with a risk of impacts from heavy rain, flash flooding, lightning and hail.
Mauritius says it is seeking compensation from the owners of a Japanese ship that spilled oil after it grounded in the shallow waters off the Indian Ocean island nation, while urgent efforts continue to pump out the remaining fuel.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Mauritian volunteers fished dead eels from oily waters on Tuesday as they tried to clean up damage to the Indian Ocean island’s most pristine beaches after a Japanese bulk carrier leaked an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil. The ship, MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, … Continued
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In a race against tides and time, workers pumped tons of fuel yesterday from a Japanese bulk carrier ship grounded in the shallow waters of Mauritius to try to prevent a renewed oil spill from further fouling the island's eastern lagoons and shore.
Corporate purchases of renewable power fell in the United States during the first half of the year due to pandemic fallout and slumping interest from technology giants, according to a new analysis.
The Bureau of Land Management has yet to decide whether to hold an oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska this year.
Hurricane Elida grew to Category 2 force off Mexico's northwestern coast yesterday, but forecasters said it was not expected to pose a threat to land.
European financial firms are bankrolling the trade of oil from the Amazon rainforest to U.S. refineries, according to an analysis that raises concerns about the effects of energy extraction on Indigenous communities in the biodiverse region.
The White House appears to have lost its bid to make an upcoming rule for oil and gas emissions less protective than EPA proposed.
The Wakashio freighter spilled 4 000 tonnes of oil into the sea off the Mauritian coast. Now the island’s residents are working together to recover from the disaster.
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[PR Newswire] Beijing -- An Open Day to showcase operations, COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control measures and resumption of work at the De Aar wind power project, South Africa's largest wind power project, was held on Aug 10.
Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Garnished with sharp points of view and organic debate, Diego Luna’s dinner conversations in his new Amazon Studios show Pan y Circo (Bread and Circus) take a stab at dissecting some of the most contentious issues of our time. For each episode, the famed Mexican actor, director, and producer enlisted one of his homeland’s top chefs to prepare inspired dishes for his illustrious guests—all of whom were handpicked per topic—to savor. Food in this context functions not as the main entree, but as a tasty icebreaker giving way to civil, yet always impassioned exchanges on migration, xenophobia, climate change, gender violence, and abortion. From the collection of table discussions, privilege emerges as a pungent through-line exposing our biases and...
August 12, 2020 2:47 PM PORT LOUIS (BLOOMBERG) - Mauritius is seeking compensation from the owners of the cargo carrier that run aground and spilled oil off its coast, causing the island nation's worst ecological disaster.
The region's rate of warming is surpassing current climate models, fueling heat waves and sea ice melt.
Mauritians have taken spill containment into their own hands by making sugar pulp booms. A 2019 Bay of Biscay cargo ship leak saw higher-tech intervention. How can the ecological disaster from oil spills be minimized?
Australian corporate PPA activity for wind and solar projects up 50 per cent in first half of 2020, as Covid-19 slows down activity across the globe.
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Mining city of Broken Hill likely to be powered by one of the biggest renewable energy micro-grids in the world, and its good news too for the state's biggest solar farms.
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A four-year study at a Pacific atoll revealed that grey reef sharks keep company with the same individuals, but how they recognise other group members is a mystery
By GAVIN EVANS, Businessdesk|| Climate policy in the next government will focus on tangible ways to cut emissions, Green Party co-leader James Shaw says.
In a race against tides and time, workers pumped tons of fuel on Tuesday from a Japanese bulk carrier ship grounded in the shallow waters of Mauritius to try to prevent a renewed oil spill from further fouling the island's eastern...
Rail bosses are urging ministers to raise taxes on road and aviation fuel to cut carbon emissions and encourage more people to travel by train.
China’s president has called on the country to stop wasting food, with floods affecting the country’s traditional rice production areas and the coronavirus pandemic disrupting food supply chains.Experts said curbing food waste will help improve food security and strengthen the country’s ability to cope with declines in imports.Since early June, torrential rains have ravaged large tracts of farmland in southern China, the country’s major rice growing centres.According to state news agency Xinhua…
Garnaut to lead Sunshot towards renewable energy future and re-take control of Zen Energy a split from Sanjeev Gupta's Simec Group after just three years.
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Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth told Parliament he expects compensation from a Japanese shipping company behind an oil spill off the coast of the Indian Ocean island nation.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D0EE01538E, Paper Nana Chang, Tianyu Li, Rui Li, Shengnan Wang, Yanbin Yin, Huamin Zhang, Xianfeng Li Aqueous zinc-based energy storage (ZES) devices are promising candidates for portable and grid-scale applications owing to their intrinsically high safety, low cost, and high theoretical energy density. However, the conventional... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Natalia Jarramillo spent several days trying to get a free COVID-19 test. She wasn't feeling well. She was achy, but didn't have a temperature. She was feeling under the weather, but couldn't go to a state-run COVID testing facility because of the weather. The state shutdown its testing facilities in advance of Hurricane Isaias. Jarramillo's doctor wanted her tested so she wound up visiting a hospital emergency room. The test was free. The visit was not.
Members of Wyoming’s government and public university met with MIT researchers to discuss climate-friendly economic growth.
EPA found no unreasonable risks to the environment or the general population from exposure to a solvent used in dry cleaning and a variety of other products such as adhesives.
A Japanese-owned cargo ship ran aground in late July and began leaking oil a few days ago. Now a crack has expanded in its hull. The island nation is home to species that live nowhere else.
As more raw materials and fossil fuels are used to power computer systems that support the digital economy, researchers say that the world's fast-growing digital footprint may eventually become unstable.
[Government of Mauritius] The Minister of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Sudheer Maudhoo, underlined that regarding the grounding of the MV Wakashio and the oil spill, daily progress reports also called situation reports were submitted by the salvage master to the Director of Shipping in cases of maritime casualties.
After a long delay that caught the attention of Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), EPA is moving forward on strengthening air toxics standards for a cancer-causing gas.
The Trump administration has a new argument for opposing the breach of salmon-killing dams in the Pacific Northwest: climate change.
EPA is on the verge of releasing rules rolling back Obama-era standards on a powerful greenhouse gas and replacing them with weaker alternatives.
[RFI] The ship responsible for an oil spill in Mauritius is likely to break into two, worsening what is already an unmitigated ecological and economic disaster. Indigenous species are at risk of becoming extinct. Locals' livelihoods are in danger. The island will take years to recover from the oil spill at Pointe d'Esny.
Academics utilised a climate modelling tool created by the Met Office to find out how the Arctic responded during a period of warming 127,000 years ago.
Filed under: News, US, Tragedy IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of thousands across the Midwest remained without power on Tuesday after a powerful wind storm packing 100 mph winds battered the region a day earlier, causing damage linked to the death of a woman found clutching a young boy in her storm-battered mobile home.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
The Planet Earth-observation company releases new imagery of Canada's broken Milne Ice Shelf.
Scientists look at replacing kerosene with ammonia as jet fuel is an answer to the British government's campaign for zero emissions by 2050.
A Venezuela court has launched the trial of six American oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday.
Oil company Equinor ASA said yesterday it intends to speed up a move toward renewable and low-carbon energy under the guidance of a new CEO.
Several of the country's largest utilities launched a $100 million initiative yesterday to develop alternatives to natural gas across energy sectors — and potentially head off looming threats to their businesses.
Indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon with full ownership rights over their land saw a two-thirds decrease in the rate of deforestation on their land in the world's most important rainforest, a new study finds.
A set of oil and gas firms yesterday called on a federal appeals court to stall a California county's climate lawsuit while they take their fight to the Supreme Court.
Antarctic ice shelves have lost nearly 4 trillion metric tons of ice since the mid-1990s, scientists say. Ocean water is melting them from the bottom up, causing them to lose mass faster than they can refreeze.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D0EE01617A, Review Article Jia Yu, Bo-Quan Li, Chang-Xin Zhao, Qiang Zhang Aqueous metal–air batteries are promising next-generation energy storage and supply technologies due to advantages of high energy density and intrinsic safety. As an abundant natural resource, applying seawater-based electrolytes is... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
A violent lightning storm is set to lash Auckland during the evening rush hour as the latest storm strikes the top of the country.
Rain is falling across the upper North Island as clouds packed with ...
Plans to build a 100MW solar farm, with the option to add battery storage, submitted to the Regional Bundaberg Council.
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PORT LOUIS (MAURITIUS) - Salvage crews raced against time Monday to prevent a second disastrous oil spill off the picture-perfect coastline of Mauritius, with a damaged tanker carrying nearly 2,000 tonnes of fuel at risk of splitting apart.
In a race against tides and time, workers have pumped tons of fuel from a Japanese bulk carrier ship grounded in the shallow waters of Mauritius to try to prevent a renewed oil spill from further fouling the island’s eastern lagoons and shore
A barrage of Atlantic Ocean tropical storms and hurricanes is possible as soon as next week.
The Environmental Protection Agency will soon issue a new rule lifting Obama-era controls on methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.Under the rule, oil and gas companies will no longer have to install systems that can find and fix methane leaks from wells, pipelines, and storage facilities. A person with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times the EPA will publicly announce the change before Friday.The Trump EPA claims that this new rule, which has been in development for more than a year, will fix a crippling regulation that hurts the oil and gas industries. Methane makes up almost 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., the Times reports, and by some estimates, in the first 20 years methane is in the atmosphere, it has 80 times the heat-trapping power...
Wet summer weather is not just a holiday inconvenience — it may also be causing northern permafrost to thaw faster, according to new research out of Alaska.
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Filed under: Finance, Tax, TaxesResidential Renewable Energy Tax CreditSolar panels, or photovoltaics, for generating electricity. The electricity must be used in the home.Solar-powered water heaters. The water heated by the system must be used inside the home, and at least half of the home's water-heating capacity must be solar. (Solar heaters for swimming pools and hot tubs do not qualify.)Wind turbines that generate up to 100 kilowatts of electricity for residential use.Geothermal heat pumps that meet federal Energy Star guidelines.Fuel cells that rely on a renewable resource (usually hydrogen) to generate power for a home. The equipment must generate at least 0.5 kilowatts of power.Renewable energy tax credit detailsThe credit is equal to 30% of the cost, including installation.There is...
The MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef on 25 July, is now leaking oil off the island.
An analysis of the planet's healthiest, most-intact tropical forests suggests an overwhelming majority remain vulnerable to deforestation.
Michael Brune, the green group’s chief, said he was confident that the former vice president “will be the champion for climate justice that America needs in the White House."
Urgent efforts increased in Mauritius today to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2,500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and increases the contamination of the island's once-pristine coastline.
Tropical Storm Elida has formed off Mexico's Pacific coast and is expected to become a hurricane later today as it moves away from land.
[The Herald] Zimbabwe has started the debate on how to effectively manage its natural resources by launching the Climate Change Awareness Programme.
Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius are working around the clock trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a Japanese ship ran aground on a coral reef.An estimated 1 tonne of oil from the MV Wakashio’s cargo of 4 tonnes has already escaped into the sea, officials said. Workers were seeking to stop more oil from leaking, but with high winds and rough seas on Sunday there were reports of new cracks in the ship’s hull.Prime…
The hot weather will continue across the UK, with heatwave conditions for many, creating ideal conditions for thunderstorms which will bring heavy rain and increasing risks from flash flooding, lightning and hail..
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Urgent efforts increased in Mauritius Monday to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2,500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and contaminates the island’s once-pristine coastline
Urgent efforts increased in Mauritius on Monday to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2,500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and increases the contamination of the island's once-pristine coastline. Already more than 1,000 tons of the fuel has washed up on the eastern coast of Mauritius, polluting its coral reefs, protected lagoons and shoreline. High winds and waves are pounding the Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef two weeks ago and is showing signs of breaking up and dumping its remaining cargo of oil into the Indian Ocean waters surrounding Mauritius.
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SEOUL (Reuters) – The Red Cross has trained 43,000 North Korean volunteers to help communities, including the locked-down city of Kaesong, fight the novel coronavirus and provide flood assistance, an official with the relief organization said on Monday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency last month and imposed a lockdown on Kaesong, … Continued
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The UK is experiencing an extraordinary period of scorching weather, with the mercury now having been above the official heatwave level of over 82F (28C) since last Wednesday.
[The Exchange] Mauritius is the latest example. Just this Saturday, a grounded oil tanker, MV Wakashio, started spewing tonnes of oil into the Indian Ocean and as the norm on the continent, the country is ill prepared to respond.
A northern Indiana utility is facing a $1.1 million fine — the largest in state history — after state regulators cited it for natural gas pipeline safety violations and specified that the company cannot pass that cost onto its ratepayers.
Current and former Interior Department staffers are speaking out about the Trump administration's road map for holding the first oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Preliminary official data published Friday indicates that deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region over the past 12 months could be at a 14-year high, adding to concerns that President Jair Bolsonaro has failed to rein in destruction of the world's largest tropical rainforest.
Senate Democrats are pushing to overturn Supreme Court precedent that bars private citizens from using civil rights law to sue polluters and projects that contribute to global climate change — a major stumbling block for lawyers representing low-income and minority clients.
Tropical Storm Elida, which formed this weekend off the western coast of Mexico in the East Pacific, is forecast to become a hurricane later Monday.
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August 10, 2020 5:00 AM PORT LOUIS (Mauritius) • Police in Mauritius yesterday prepared to board a grounded ship leaking tonnes of oil into its crystal clear waters, as clean-up crews confronted a growing ecological disaster on the archipelago's pristine shores.
Environment Minister Svenja Schulze aims to steer tough talks over upping the bloc’s 2030 climate goal.
A Google Earth user believes they have discovered a '400ft ice ship' lying 100 miles off the coast of Antarctica and hidden within a massive iceberg.
African hydrocarbons producers would do well to commit to existing venting and flaring regulations — because methane-specific policies are coming
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[DW] Police say they were authorized to board the Japanese-owned ship as part of its investigation into the oil spill that sparked an ecological disaster. Both Japan and France said they will send disaster relief teams.
Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius have been working around the clock to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a tanker ran aground on a coral reef.
MV Wakashio ran aground on coral reef on 25 July and is now leaking oil.
The spreading disaster is threatening protected habitats and tourism in the Indian Ocean island nation. France and Japan have pledged help.
BP chief executive Bernard Looney, 49, reiterated his pledge to make his firm a net zero carbon company by 2050, as well as invest £3.8billion in low-carbon projects this decade.
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