NASA’s climate change team has published a new animation showing the global effects of the smoke caused by the recent Australian bushfires. In the video, the space agency uses different colors to show various aerosols and their densities in different parts of the world from August 2019 to January 2020. At this point in time, NASA says some of the … Continue reading
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk sought to allay environmental concerns about the electric carmaker's planned factory in Germany, saying the plant would use less water than was estimated originally.
Republican leaders are putting together their own more modest set of climate policies that their party can rally behind.
Everyone has seen warnings at the end of email saying, “Please consider the environment before printing.” But for those who care about global warming, you ...
January 26, 2020 8:10 AM From climate change to stakeholder capitalism, a host of topics were discussed at the hundreds of talks and panel discussions at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. Here are my six takeaways from the event -
As more and more people feel the adverse impact of PM2.5 dust particles, many complain the government has not done enough to solve the problem and are taking action to protect themselves and society.
'We need to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels,' the Treasury secretary's wife posted.
Suzuki Motor Corp. has received an order from Dutch automobile regulators to report on alleged diesel emissions falsifications regarding its sport utility vehicles.The regulators suspect ...
The sole occupants of a million-dollar facility off the country’s coast are two adults and two small children, who are paying the price for its war on refugees It should be one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations – a remote Indian ocean island with beautiful palm-fringed beaches, coral reefs, turquoise waters and fascinating wildlife. Instead, Christmas Island has made its name as a notorious prison, home to a sprawling detention centre, purpose-built and razor-wired – and which holds just four occupants, two of them small children. Continue reading...
CAIRO (AP) — The closure of Libya’s major oil fields and production facilities has resulted in losses of more than $255 million in the six-day period ending Jan. 23, the country’s national oil company said Saturday. The closures came when powerful tribal groups loyal to military commander Khalifa Hiftar earlier this month seized several large … Continued
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A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 19, 2020 through Sat, Jan 25, 2020
The companies that have contributed most to climate change
Thought-provoking readings on those most responsible for the pollution.
Sometimes, in our struggle to address climate change, we need to see ourselves as facing not an incredibly complex (or “wicked”) problem (and one to which most of us contribute) but a clear-cut adversary. The world’s biggest fossil fuel companies inevitably make good candidates for that role, partly because they have done so much to delay political action, but also because they are literally the biggest source of the problem.
To learn more, an excellent...
Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region’s worse infestation in decades. The UN’s Food … Continued
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A new initiative will use haute cuisine to fund carbon sequestration.
Washington’s top official for Iran accused China on Friday of financing terrorism by continuing to buy Iranian crude oil and urged Beijing to take the “long view” by siding with the Iranian people rather than the government in Tehran.Speaking the day after the Trump administration sanctioned several Chinese entities over their purchases of Iranian petroleum and crude oil, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said that Washington and Beijing shared the same interests in a more peaceful…
An Alberta energy company has withdrawn its application for a state permit for a controversial natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon, and a project spokesperson said Friday it is instead awaiting possible federal approval.
Humanity has made stunning progress. That should inspire us to find solutions for the problems we still have.
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association is calling on the province to change legislation to allow local governments to collect property taxes from oil and gas properties when they fail.
U.S. President Donald Trump's Davos speech paints an unambiguous picture of both how he sees the world and intends to use that framing to win ...
Julia Louis-Dreyfus could’ve used her therapist while discussing climate change at the Sundance Film Festival.
“We don’t want to say ‘continue recycling your plastic bags’ when we’re not certain that they’re ever going to find a home.”
The market for offsets is booming as companies seek to burnish their green credentials. But only some investments make a difference.
Activist says calls to break from fossil fuels have been ignored at World Economic Forum Greta Thunberg has criticised world and business leaders for ignoring calls to break away from fossil fuels, as young people protested in Davos over the climate emergency. Speaking on the final day of the World Economic Forum , the 17-year old climate campaigner said leaders were not reacting to the crisis, and were not being held accountable for their inaction. Continue reading...
A private company tracing methane emissions is building a global map of the gas in Earth's atmosphere.
The eco-anxiety classes at the University of Derby aim to tackle feelings of anger, guilt and grief and both staff and students have been involved in workshops to combat their 'sense of loss'.
Damning assessment by group of leading architects and engineers describes government plan as ‘a step backwards’ Proposed changes to building regulations in England and Wales are likely to make buildings less energy efficient not more, a group of leading architects and engineers has warned. In a damning assessment of proposals to reform Part L of the Building Regulations , which sets the minimum energy performance standards for new dwellings, a growing coalition of professionals has described the changes as “a step backwards, in a climate where we need a huge leap forward”. “The proposals are framed as an improvement, but they actually represent a reduction in the energy performance standards of buildings,” says Clara Bagenal George, a building services engineer and founder of the London...
The city of Miami officially rolled out its plan to fight sea rise and tackle threats from climate change at a rooftop ceremony overlooking Biscayne Bay Thursday. The plan follows a yearlong effort focused on five critical areas that included flooding, increasing heat and the goal of cutting carbon emissions. That effort led to 86 specific actions, said Resiliency Chief Jane Gilbert — from increasing insurance discounts for flood-weary residents to overhauling the city’s aging stormwater system. The climate plan takes up a third of the city’s broader strategic plan and tackles unchartered territory, meaning the city is learning as it goes, Gilbert said. “We are building the train as we are driving it,” she said. Each city department is being assigned duties and will have to report regularly...
Saturn’s moon Enceladus has an even better chance of supporting extraterrestrial life than previously thought: Researchers have discovered its oceans are more complex than first believed. The moon’s oceans shoot plumes of carbon dioxide into space, researchers have found, using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, point to reactions...
[This Day] Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has stated that Nigeria cannot join the race for climate change yet because it has to transit to gas and has not attained it base load yet.
From energy efficiency to modernizing the electric grid, voters actually agree on many climate change solutions, a poll by USA TODAY and Ipsos finds
[This is Africa] Africa faces a myriad of social, political and economic challenges, which need urgent and concerted efforts to address. While the urgency for remedial steps is unquestionable, most important is the nature of steps.
January 24, 2020 1:49 PM LONDON (REUTERS) - Australia's bush fires are contributing to one of the biggest annual increases in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere since record-keeping began more than 60 years ago, according to a forecast published by Britain's Met Office on Friday (Jan 24).
Wyoming, a state heavily reliant on mineral revenues, continues to struggle to get a newfound coal company to pay its taxes.
The group Defenders of Wildlife has hired Ted Weber as a climate adaptation policy analyst, a new position at the organization.
The weather pattern seems to be stuck in "weekend storm mode," and one such potential weather system could take shape and impact the eastern United States in early February, making it the third weekend in a row that the region faces a storm threat. A storm affected the central and northeastern United States with a wide variety of wintry precipitation during the weekend of Jan. 18 and 19, and another storm will continue that trend this weekend.Snowstorms have been hitting on a regular basis over the northern tier of the Northeast, as well as parts of the Midwest during January, but that has not been the case for the coastal mid-Atlantic, southeastern New England and the central Appalachians, where rain and mixed precipitation events have been the norm.This far out, a wide range...
Crude prices fell more than 2% on Friday, heading toward $60 a barrel and a steep weekly decline over concerns that the coronavirus in the world's second-largest oil consumer China will spread farther, curbing travel and oil demand.
Locusts by the millions are nibbling their way across a large part of Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years.
Bangkok was largely smog-free on Thursday morning with unsafe fine dust levels reported only in Wang Thonglang district, but air pollution still plagued residents of 10 other provinces - the worst reported from Phrae.
Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals secrets about the composition of water beneath the icy surface of Enceladus, Saturn's sixth-largest moon, including an abundance of CO2.
Blend of hydrogen and natural gas is being used to heat homes and faculty buildings at Keele University Zero-carbon hydrogen has been injected into a UK gas network for the first time in a groundbreaking trial that could help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The 20% hydrogen and natural gas blend is being used to heat 100 homes and 30 faculty buildings at Keele University in Staffordshire. Unlike natural gas, when hydrogen is burned it produces heat and water as opposed to carbon dioxide. Continue reading...
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including the final day of the World Economic Forum in Davos 9.49am GMT Q: How do you move the Davos community on, to a low-carbon future? Isabelle Axelsson says it shouldn’t be up to the climate activists to find the solutions. 9.46am GMT Q: The climate emergency isn’t a big issue to India - what’s your message to them, Greta? My message to India is the same as to every other country, she replies. We need to listen to the science, and we need to treat this crisis as the crisis it is. Continue reading...
The turnover in global emissions trading hit a record high last year of $214 billion as prices rose on current or expected stricter regulation, research by Refinitiv showed on Friday.
Climate crisis and socioeconomic factors, combined with critically unprepared governments, bring high risks for some countries Intense floods and storms around the world could double in frequency within 13 years, as climate breakdown and socioeconomic factors combine, according to a new study. The authors of the analysis say it’s the first to incorporate historical local and global climate data and information about population density, income and poverty to estimate how many hard-hitting disasters to expect. They counted floods and storms that would affect 1,000 people or kill 100 people. Continue reading...
As the country lurches painfully from one extreme weather to another, residents are fearful of what they will face next In Australia this summer, talking about the weather inevitably leads to talking about the apocalypse. “When’s the plague of locusts going to arrive?” jokes one Sydney resident after hearing reports that her city is to receive another storm of giant hailstones on Friday afternoon, just a day after it sweltered in temperatures of 40C and toxic smoke kept people stuck indoors, away from the respite of the beach. Continue reading...
Exclusive: Almost £2bn went to oil and gas despite a UK pledge to support cleaner energy in African countries More than 90% of the £2bn in energy deals struck at this week’s UK-Africa investment summit were for fossil fuels, despite a government commitment to “support African countries in their transition to cleaner energy”. Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the summit on Monday, citing the climate emergency: “We all breathe the same air, we live beneath the same sky, and we all suffer when carbon emissions rise and the planet warms.” Continue reading...
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) and the Industrial Works Department are teaming up to study the feasibility of recycling used solar panels and batteries, in line with the circular economy concept.
An appeals court ruled yesterday that the Norwegian government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the Arctic, dealing a second blow to environmental groups that had sued against further drilling in the Barents Sea.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week said a lower court got it wrong in how it defined when landowners could sue energy companies for hydraulic fracturing.
A plan to build the first offshore wind farm off the coast of Maryland with large turbines has prompted a NIMBY battle in the beach town of Ocean City.
From Somalia to South Sudan, torrential rains have devastated crops and made roads impassable, sending the cost of food soaring Before the floods hit her village, crumpling buildings, ripping out pathways and submerging swathes of land, Nurto Mohamed Hassan could buy a kilogram of rice for the equivalent of about 70p. Now the cost is more than £1. This may not seem a lot in isolation but, for people with little money and families to feed, it is a significant rise. Continue reading...
The first edition of the 'Sagarmatha Sambaad' is scheduled to be held from April 2 to 4 on the theme "Climate Change, Mountains and the Future of Humanity," he told a group of visiting Indian reporters. "We have invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and are awaiting the confirmation," Gyawali said.
There are many things Europeans can't agree on, but when it comes to the urgency of dealing with climate change, a stream of leaders from the euro bloc spoke with one voice on the ski slopes of Davos.
Air pollution in Bangkok has stymied Thailand's dream of becoming the marathon capital of Asia, with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) determining this weekend if the Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2020 (ATMBKK) has to be cancelled.
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere this year is likely to show one of the largest annual rises since measurements began in 1958, partly fueled by Australian bushfires, according to research by Britain's Met Office.
And Mike Braun wants his GOP colleagues to join a new bipartisan climate caucus.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Friday said calls to the corporate elite meeting in Davos to immediately disinvest in fossil fuels had been ignored. Of course these demands have been completely ignored. Thunberg was a highlight of the 50th edition of the conference, drawing massive attention including barbs by US Secretary Steven Mnuchin who on Thursday told the teen to go "study economics".
January 24, 2020 5:00 AM DAVOS (Switzerland) • It is important to have open dialogues as climate change may be a matter of survival for the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her special address at the World Economic Forum (WEF) yesterday.
Isabelle Axelsson is one of the youngest delegates at Davos, where the 19-year-old, dressed in Doc Martin boots and dungarees, and her fellow climate activists are calling on the world leaders to do more to tackle climate change.
Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp is co-operating with the Dutch authorities over their findings its diesel vehicles had broken the country's emissions rules, and it is required to respond to the investigation by mid-February, it said on Friday.
Activists blasted Davos attendees for paying lip service to the environment but not actually doing much.
In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at ways to the concept of microgrids, as well as how to heat your home without fossil fuels.
January 24, 2020 3:17 AM DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (AFP) - The United States' financial chief on Thursday (Jan 23) told Swedish teen Greta Thunberg to go study before calling for a fossil fuel halt, prompting the climate campaigner to reply it doesn't "take a degree" to understand the science.
Oil prices climbed on Friday, following a drawdown in U.S. crude stocks, but were set to fall heavily for the week amid worries that a new coronavirus in China that has killed 25 so far may spread, curbing travel, fuel demand and economic prospects.
As the world's fifth-largest emitter, Japan must step up to the plate and promptly revamp its efforts to combat global warming.
The mayor of a town in Kyushu that hosts a nuclear power plant admitted Wednesday to receiving ¥1 million in cash from a construction company ...
Atmospheric concentration of major greenhouse gas forecast to hit 417 parts per million in May with bushfires contributing 2% of increase Australia’s bushfire crisis is expected to contribute up to 2% of what scientists forecast will be one of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide on record. The atmospheric concentration of the heat-trapping gas is projected to peak at more than 417 parts per million in May, and average about 414.2 parts per million for the year, according to the forecast by the British Met Office. It is a 2.74ppm increase above the 2019 average. Continue reading...
The British Lung Foundation found primary school children born in Liverpool from 2011 could have a reduced life expectancy of up to five months on average as a result of air pollution.
Oil prices edged up on Friday, helped by a decline in U.S. crude stockpiles, but were on track for to fall up to 5% for the week on worries that the China coronavirus that has killed 25 so far may spread, curbing travel, fuel demand and economic prospects.
Fires released vast amounts of carbon dioxide and reduced vegetation, pushing planet closer to point of no return The devastating bushfires in Australia are likely to cause a jump in carbon concentrations in the atmosphere this year, a forecast suggests, bringing the world closer to 1.5C of global heating. The fires have not only released vast amounts of carbon dioxide and soot, but the unusual extent of the blazes means regrowth is likely to be slower than in previous years. That will reduce the amount of vegetation available to act as a carbon sink, meaning less carbon dioxide is removed from the air. Continue reading...
The fires in Australia are a major factor in one of the biggest rises in atmospheric CO2 in 60 years, experts have said. Meanwhile, a team is trying to recover the bodies of three US firefighters killed in a plane crash.
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. sanctioned four companies that it says have traded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Iranian petroleum and petrochemicals in its latest effort to clamp down on the Islamic Republic’s revenue sources.The Treasury Department penalized Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd., Sage Energy HK Limited, Peakview Industry Co. Limited, and Beneathco DMCC for dealings with the state-owned National Iranian Oil Co., it said in a Jan. 23 statement. The transactions helped finance Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force and its terrorist proxies, the department said.The move is a continuation of the White House’s aggressive strategy to penalize firms dealing with Iran, a country it nearly went to war with earlier this month. Last July, It sanctioned Zhuhai Zhenrong Co...
More than 6 out of 10 registered voters would support a president declaring global warming a national emergency. You can make a difference: Our view
COMMENT We talk as if building wind, solar and other sources of limitless, clean energy will redistribute wealth and drive social justice globally. We see it as the fix for a system that concentrates too much power in the hands of too few people. But too much hope is being attached to renewable energy. When […]
Oil prices were steady on Friday, but on track for a fall of up to 5% for the week on growing concern that fuel demand will weaken as the spread of a respiratory virus from China that has killed 25 so far dents travel and darkens the economic outlook.
The clock, a symbol created in 1947 to represent humankind’s proximity to global catastrophe, is now just 100 seconds to midnight for the first time ever.
The government is funding oil and gas projects abroad, despite a commitment to cut carbon emissions.
Three men accused of using $6m of bribes to secure contracts worth $800m to rebuild Iraqi oil industry Three British businessmen conspired to pay bribes totalling $6m (£4.6m) to win huge contracts in the oil industry, a court has heard. The trio are accused of using the bribes to secure contracts worth $800m to rebuild the run-down Iraqi oil industry after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Continue reading...
It's a big problem, for sure, but we're big problem solvers.
The group of American scientists say the change - which is the closest the clock has ever been to the end of days - is due to the dual threats of nuclear war and climate change.
Nuclear and climate threats create ‘profoundly unstable’ world Robinson: climate inaction is ‘death sentence for humanity’ The risk of civil collapse from nuclear weapons and the climate crisis is at a record high, according to US scientists and former officials, calling the current environment “profoundly unstable”. Related: Trump's impeachment lawyers 'tending toward conspiracy theories' says Schiff – live trial updates Continue reading...
Climate change has stopped being something to argue about. When you breathe in the ash and feel the pain in your heart, you can no longer deny it Sometimes you can see the end of the old world and the beginning of the new one as clearly as a seam. Transformations that were once barely perceptible, recognisable only after the fact, this summer have become akin to a crossing. You can see the line as you step over it. It’s the first summer of this new decade. Welcome. It’s the summer of ash washed up on the beaches, like a long, deranged message unfurled from its bottle. It’s the summer of a billion animals killed by flames and starvation, it’s collapsed biospheres, charred forests, epic dust storms, hailstones and racing clouds carrying fire. Continue reading...
Many unknown pathogens might lie inside the ice.
The Environmental Protection Agency is dramatically reducing federal pollution protections for rivers, streams and wetlands – a move welcomed by many farmers, builders and mining companies, but opposed even by the agency's own science advisers. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who announced the repeal of an earlier Obama-era rule in September, chose to make the long-anticipated announcement Thursday in Las Vegas, at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show. The biggest change is a controversial move to roll back government limits on pollution in wetlands and smaller waterways that was introduced less than five years ago by President Barack Obama. The Obama-era executive action, which broadened the definition of "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, applied...
Watch These 4 Clean Energy Trends in U.S. Cities in 2020 Comments|Add Comment|PrintRenewable energy march in Philadelphia, one of 155 U.S. cities that have committed to 100% renewable electricity. Photo by Becker1999/Flickr
At the start of this new decade, American cities, states and businesses have already come a long way on the road to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to help tackle the climate crisis:
155 cities have committed to 100% community-wide renewable energy;
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Guyana's government next month plans to begin a search for an oil company or trading firm to market its share of the South American country's crude, the director of the Department of Energy, Mark Bynoe, said in an interview.
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Oil majors are at the sharp end of the climate debate and face a bewildering balancing act to secure their futures. It’s a Catch-22 situation: to meet ambitious emissions targets by investing in low-carbon technologies, they will have to rely on revenue from expanding their businesses in oil and gas, for … Continued
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[UNEP] Like the popular fitness apps, which help users track their exercise activities, food intake and more, an app called Evocco aims to give consumers information about their shopping habits to help cut their carbon footprint by estimating the climate impact of their choices.
This is how the world ends.
Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad has announced that January 27 will now mark Egypt’s National Environment Day, which will celebrate considerable efforts devoted by the government and civil society actors to address climate change and other environmental issues like pollution and waste management. There are two reasons behind the selection of January 27. First, … Continued
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Dozens of House Democrats say the Trump administration's proposal to slash lands protected from oil and gas development on Alaska's North Slope is "recklessly" pro-industry.
The Bureau of Land Management plans to open more than 22,000 acres of mostly undeveloped California desert land for commercial-scale geothermal power development, a move environmentalists say could destroy habitat for sensitive species.
In July 2013, EPA inspectors found an oil and gas well pad on an Ohio Boy Scout camp was leaking air pollution that could worsen climate change and cause lung damage.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry has a short-term plan to seek cooperation from 10,000 tour buses in Bangkok to tackle the smog problen, including the use of alternative routes.
A massive glacier on the northwestern Tibetan Plateau in China has been the home to never-before-seen viruses, trapped for 15,000 years.
The United States on Thursday said it blacklisted two companies based in Hong Kong, one in Shanghai and one in Dubai for helping Iran's state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) export millions of dollars of goods in violation of U.S. sanctions. The U.S. Treasury Department said it imposed sanctions on the Hong Kong-based Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd and Sage Energy HK Limited, China-based Peakview Industry Co Ltd and United Arab Emirates-based Beneathco DMCC.
Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: Despite some recent rain, scores of fires are continuing to burn across Australia. And there is still a lot of fire season to go. Millions of Australians have already been affected by the unprecedented blazes. And as NPR's Nathan Rott reports, some hope this will change the country's relationship with one of its biggest and most controversial exports - coal. NATHAN ROTT, BYLINE: Unlike in the U.S., coal is still king in Australia. The country generates roughly three-quarters of its electricity by burning the carbon-heavy fossil fuel. Here in the U.S., that figure is closer to one-quarter. But the real place that you'll see coal's power in Australia is in the country's list of exports. ROD CAMPBELL: Australia has a larger share of the...
Apocalyptic doom is apparently closer than it's ever been before.Every year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announces the world's status on its "doomsday clock," which reveals just how close all of humanity is to certain destruction. And after putting it at a dangerous two minutes from apocalypse for the last few years in a row, scientists upped their prediction to an unprecedented 100 seconds on Thursday.The greatest threats to humanity, as outlined by the Bulletin, are "nuclear war and climate change," which are "compounded by a threat multiplier — cyber-enabled information warfare — that undercuts society's ability to respond." The scientists specifically called out how 2019 saw the end of "several major arms control treaties and negotiations,"...
Bangkok remained blanketed in unhealthy smog on Thursday morning, with fine-dust pollution exceeding safe levels at eight air-quality monitoring stations as activists gathered at Government House demanding action.
Lewis Pugh, 50, dived into the icy waters of the South Pole on Monday to swim where nobody ever has before. Photographs show him doing the front crawl through a bright blue tunnel of ice.
The ferocious weather, the country's worst storm for 30 years, saw winds of more than 140 km and heavy snowfall. Residents in Morella, Castellón have begun to clear away the snow from their roads.
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek al-Molla, Sports and Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy, Port Said Governor Adel al-Ghadban, and officials from the Italian company Eni inaugurated on Sunday the first integrated station in Egypt for natural gas, liquid fuel and electric car charging. The station is located within the scope of al-Manakh district, established in … Continued
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The mistake was narrowly avoided.
Just days before the new year, Gov. Yuriko Koike revealed the Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy, the capital’s long-awaited plan to eliminate carbon emissions, transition to ...
A large majority of people know well what are the causes of the PM2.5 problem which has widely hit the country, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
Despite research establishing the risks associated with ultra-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, and the fact it is both odourless and invisible, many people fail to appreciate the damaging impact it has on their health, said Khate Sripratak, cardiologist and president of the Chest Disease Institute's medical staff organisation.
The term "climate change" is vague and doesn't convey enough urgency.
Madeline Diamond was nominated for the 2020 Young Australian of the Year for her work with environmental action groups.
The naturalist speaks at a newly-formed citizens' assembly examining how the UK cuts emissions.
NEW YORK: Everyone has seen the warning. At the bottom of the email, it says: “Please consider the environment before printing.” But for those who care about global warming, you might want to consider not writing so many emails in the first place.
A U.S. appeals court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider three of the biofuel waivers it recently granted to small oil refineries, arguing the agency's justification for approving the exemptions was flawed.
No amount of window dressing can change the nature of the World Economic Forum – a club for capitalism’s elites The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an odd event, but also the perfect insight into the problems of political activism in today’s world. Every year a select(ed) group of a few thousand people travel to the remote Swiss town of Davos, many in their own or their corporate private planes, to discuss the global economic, political and social issues of the day, including climate change. Economic leaders rub shoulders with political leaders, and prominent social activists provide a flavor of social responsibility. For years now the media have been writing that the WEF takes place as “capitalism is in crisis”, but while this might be true in general, the vast majority of the WEF participants...
Young demonstrators aim to make the climate crisis a central issue of the presidential campaign Organizers in the youth climate movement plan an avalanche of activities beginning next week, determined to make the future of the climate the major issue of the 2020 election. Capitalizing on turnout in the September climate strikes , when 6 million people worldwide turned out to demand urgent action to address the escalating ecological emergency, young US organizers are making the leap from mobilization to demands. They’re planning widespread voter activation in the 2020 US presidential election as well as direct action targeting the fossil fuel industry and the banks and politicians that enable it. Continue reading...
Libya’s national oil company says the closure of the country’s major oil fields and production facilities has resulted in losses of more than $255 million in the six-day period ending Jan. 23
Young demonstrators aim to make the climate crisis a central issue of the presidential campaignOrganizers in the youth climate movement plan an avalanche of activities beginning next week, determined to make the future of the climate the major issue of the 2020 election.Capitalizing on turnout in the September climate strikes, when 6 million people worldwide turned out to demand urgent action to address the escalating ecological emergency, young US organizers are making the leap from mobilization to demands. They’re planning widespread voter activation in the 2020 US presidential election as well as direct action targeting the fossil fuel industry and the banks and politicians that enable it.“The headline message of the strikes in 2020 is: the kids are taking to the streets to strike for climate...
January 25, 2020 5:00 AM LONDON • Australia's bush fires are contributing to one of the biggest annual rises in the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere since record-keeping began over 60 years ago, a forecast published by Britain's Met Office yesterday shows.
Staff are encouraged to drive to work less and bring in reusable cups and bottles as part of NHS climate plans.
There's a good chance that what she would take from scholars is that human-driven climate change is a real phenomenon and the risk of significant harm merits serious action by global policymakers.
This week on Eco Africa we visit a successful reforestation project in western Uganda, see the high potential for solar energy in Ghana and learn how to deliver biogas with massive rucksacks in Benin.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the Ottawa area ahead of the weekend.
The annual meeting of business and political leaders in Davos wrapped up Friday with two of the world's most powerful people disagreeing over how to address the climate crisis and youth activists excoriating the international elite for not doing enough to prevent global warming.
Experts call for sweeping policy changes and warn against Heathrow expansion Expanding Heathrow airport is unlikely to be compatible with the UK’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 , leading scientists have said, adding that government policies are lacking in many other key areas from home insulation and transport to carbon capturing. Achieving the net zero goal will require sweeping policy changes, but scientists are concerned that little has so far been forthcoming from ministers. Continue reading...
Huge locust swarms in east Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region’s worse infestation in decades Continue reading...
An event tomorrow in the chilly waters of the Potomac River aims to elevate concerns about "a rapidly warming world."
The World War Two Mk1 Hawker Hurricane was shot down over Canterbury by a Luftwaffe fighter pilot ace in 1940. It plummeted into a bog where it lay undiscovered until the 1990s.
Crude prices fell more than 2% on Friday and headed for a steep weekly decline over concerns that the coronavirus will spread farther in China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, curbing travel and oil demand.
[This Day] The member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State, Hon. Sam Onuigbo, has called for enhanced action towards increasing women's participation in the renewable energy sector so as to address issues of Climate Change, while also empowering the women economically.
Convincing someone to adopt your values and worldview is basically impossible. Instead, look for places where your values are already aligned.
[This is Africa] Africa contributes less than 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions which is why many feel the fight against climate change is the responsibility of the first world. UNEP however details that no other continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa due to its considerably limited adaptive capacity
[allAfrica] Nairobi -Former UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, linked climate change to the growing conflicts in Africa, during his five-day visit to the continent. Hunt stopped in Nigeria and raised concern about worsening poverty driven by climate change, and how this is becoming a significant contributor to instability in some countries.
US Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin downplayed risks posed by climate emergency The United States and Europe have clashed over the threat posed by global heating as Donald Trump’s finance minister downplay the risks of a climate crisis during the final session of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Steve Mnuchin , the US Treasury secretary, said the debate should be about “environmental issues” rather than climate change, that the costs were being over-estimated and that climate was only one of several concerns that needed to be discussed. Continue reading...
Judges say greater leniency should be shown in cases of non-violent civil disobedience A fracking protester’s sentence has been reduced by the court of appeal, which said greater leniency should be shown in convictions for non-violent civil disobedience. Katrina Lawrie, 41, was found guilty of contempt of court in June last year for breaching an injunction that banned trespassers blocking access to energy firm Cuadrilla’s site on Preston New Road in Lancashire. Continue reading...
An attorney with an Illinois-based group that dismisses human-caused climate change told Idaho lawmakers yesterday that the warming that has occurred has had a net benefit for the state.
The Trump White House approaches energy policy like a jackhammer to a concrete slab — chipping away at Obama-era regulations on everything from greenhouse gas emissions to mercury to wetlands.
KORZOK, India: For centuries the Changpa have tended the shaggy goats that provide silky-soft, super-expensive pashmina wool. But now many are rethinking their way of life, in part because of climate change.
A slow-moving storm already responsible for dumping more than half a foot of snow on parts of Missouri and Iowa will continue to produce fresh powder over a portion of the Midwest as it sluggishly drifts eastward through Saturday.As snow returns to Chicago and Milwaukee and reaches Detroit, air and ground travel disruptions are likely to mount. This satellite loop from Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, shows the organized storm swirling over the middle of the nation. (NOAA / GOES-East) The storm became better organized late this past week as it managed to attach to the upper part of the atmosphere. Rather than remaining weak and taking a swift eastward track, spreading snow over huge swath from the Plains to the Northeast, the storm matured and stalled over the Mississippi Valley for a time.The...
Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region's worse infestation in decades. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated one swarm in Kenya at around 2,400 square kilometres (about 930 square miles) -- an area almost the size of Moscow -- meaning it could contain up to 200 billion locusts, each of which consume their own weight in food every day.
Actor Marion Cotillard says even remote places like "pristine" Antarctica are being harmed by humans.
Ivanka Trump cheered teenage climate change crusader Greta Thunberg for calling attention to the dire issue in a statement going against President Trump’s criticism of the young activist.
Oil extended losses on Friday to trade below $61 a barrel, heading for a weekly decline as concern that the coronavirus in China may spread, curbing travel and oil demand, outweighed the impact of cuts to supply.
This week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image over an area in the Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia, where part of the tropical dry forest has been cleared for agricultural use.See also Deforestation in Bolivia to download the image.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg has hit back at the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after he said the teen should go to college before lecturing world leaders on climate change.
Former vice president Joe Biden said at a campaign event in Iowa Thursday that most undocumented immigrants benfitting from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are “more American than most Americans.”“These kids have come, they’ve done well, most of these kids — there’s a lot of them . . . they in fact have done very, very well,” Biden said. “In many cases, they’re more American than most Americans are because they have done well in school. They believe the basic principles that we all share. I think they should, in fact, put on a path to citizenship.”Biden, who earlier this week said he would fire any ICE agent attempting to deport illegal immigrants who had not committed a felony, has been an outspoken defendant of former president Barack Obama’s immigration...
This year's Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse will feature something new — a Pride House for LGTBQ2s+ youth.
[Government of Mauritius] The Ministry of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change, within its policy to combat coastal erosion along public beaches, will be replacing casuarina trees, commonly known as filao, by endemic ones on the public beach of Flic-in-Flac, Le Morne and Belle Mare. The project will start in Flic-en-Flac in March 2020.
It hands farmers, construction firms, and oil and gas companies a win.
Revealed: emails show Trump and appointees tried to craft a narrative that forest protection efforts are responsible for wildfires Political appointees at the interior department have sought to play up climate pollution from California wildfires while downplaying emissions from fossil fuels as a way of promoting more logging in the nation’s forests, internal emails obtained by the Guardian reveal. The messaging plan was crafted in support of Donald Trump’s pro-industry arguments for harvesting more timber in California, which he says would thin forests and prevent fires – a point experts refute . Continue reading...
Utilities in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and southern Florida are the most exposed to heat stress from climate change, which can reduce a power plant's ability to cool itself or can stress the grid with a greater number of peak demand days.
Indiana's energy transition is gaining speed as utilities roll out plans to shut coal plants that have powered the Hoosier State for decades.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the Doomsday Clock up to 100 seconds to midnight - a metaphor for the end of the world - in a recognition of growing threats from nuclear war, climate change and disinformation.The...
People from across Britain will join TV host to discuss ways to cut emissions to zero by 2050 Sir David Attenborough will address members of the public who are taking part in the UK’s first climate assembly this weekend. The TV presenter and naturalist will appear in Birmingham, where the 110 members are meeting to address how to reduce emissions to zero by 2050, to thank them for taking part. Continue reading...
Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC Chief Executive Officer Warren East warned that the aviation industry faces a damaging backlash from the public and regulators if it fails to step up efforts to slash carbon emissions.
City leaders around the United States say climate change is causing increasing damage to their communities and is prompting them to take aggressive steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Oil slipped below $62 a barrel on Friday and was heading for a weekly decline as concern that a virus in China may spread, curbing travel and oil demand, overshadowed supply cuts.
Braun and Coons are trying to coax their colleagues to join a bipartisan Senate climate change caucus.
The cataclysm, which occurred roughly 2.2 billion years ago, might have catapulted the planet out of an ice age.
Earth is constantly being pummeled by space rocks. Several tons rain down on the planet ...
All the action as the Blues take on the Hurricanes in Super Rugby pre-season.
As Englishman Joe Marchant prepares to start for the Blues in their pre-season match against the Hurricanes ...
New Tasmania Premier Peter Gutwein appoints himself minister for climate change, marking the first time the state's Liberal Party has created a separate portfolio for climate.
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Australian bushfires to drive global greenhouse gas concentrations to new records, as more than half of Australians report experiencing bushfire impacts.
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Six volunteer firefighters reportedly taken to hospital with ‘serious injuries’ in truck rollover, names of three US firefighters killed in C-130 crash released, and Sydney covered in thick smoke haze. Follow the latest news and live updates 3.31am GMT AAP filed this interesting story from Tasmania. The newly appointed Tasmanian premier, Peter Gutwein, will become the state’s first Liberal minister for climate change. Gutwein, who this week ascended to the top job after Will Hodgman resigned, announced on Friday he would create and take on the portfolio. 3.09am GMT Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in Pandana has been running at an incredibly high tempo with support from veterinary staff, volunteers & @DeptDefence personnel helping out providing veterinary care, assisting...
The keepers of the Doomsday Clock on Thursday moved the symbolic countdown to global disaster to the closest point to midnight in its 73-year history, citing “existential danger” from nuclear war and climate change.The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which was founded after the creation of the atomic bomb amid World War II and focuses on the greatest threats to human survival, said it moved the clock from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight – a 20-second advance.The decision…
WASHINGTON - The Doomsday Clock on Thursday ticked down to 100 seconds to midnight, symbolizing the greatest level of peril to humanity since its creation in 1947 as the threat posed by climate change and a growing nuclear race loomed large.
There is a strong case for investing substantially and urgently in decarbonizing the Japanese economy.
A new study has shown that the global solar PV, battery storage, and wind power sectors will serve as the major job creating technologies by 2050.
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India’s renewable energy capacity increased to 86GW in 2019, according to new figures from JMK Research & Analytics.
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Australia's bushfires are contributing to one of the biggest annual increases in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere since record-keeping began more than 60 years ago, according to a forecast published by Britain's Met Office on Friday.
The UK’s Met Office is forecasting a big increase in CO2 levels in 2020, due in part to the extreme wildfires that have been burning for months in Australia
A forecast of the atmospheric concentration of carbon-dioxide shows that 2020 will witness one of the largest annual rises in concentration since measurements began at Mauna Loa, in Hawaii, 1958.
A giant hail storm is expected to strike Sydney. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned a 'very dangerous' severe thunderstorm is on its way and will hit by 10am Friday morning.
Australia's bushfire crisis underscores urgent need to decentralise Australia's electricity grid. Building up networks of solar batteries is the quickest, easiest, cheapest answer.
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Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi’s recent remarks raising doubts over the country’s coal-fired power plant exports have been met with a backlash from within the government ...
He has called it all of these things: "mythical", "a hoax", not a hoax, and "a very serious subject".
By 2100, millions could flood into cities and communities around the country to escape rising waters.
The global treaty that protected the Earth's ozone layer did more than just maintain a crucial protective covering for our planet.
(Bloomberg) -- The power dynamics in Norwegian politics changed this week when Erna Solberg’s center-right coalition lost its majority.The new government will be forced to navigate a more hostile parliament after Norway’s main populist party quit the cabinet with the declared goal of seeking fewer compromises.Here’s how the new situation will affect key issues in the Nordic region’s richest economy and western Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer.Arctic DrillingIt was already going to be one of the most contentious issues in Norwegian politics in the coming months: the government is due to update a management plan for Arctic waters, which in effect will set a boundary for how far north oil companies can drill for oil.With the pro-oil Progress Party out of government, the smaller centrist parties...
The move delivers a major win for the agriculture, homebuilding, mining, and oil and gas industries.
The Doomsday clock is reset to 100 seconds to "midnight" under the threat of nuclear war and climate change.
Scientists have used a new machine learning model to predict the migration patterns likely to result from sea level rise along the coasts of the United States.
The photos are mesmerizing.
For the first time in history, the Doomsday Clock inched closer toward humanity's end — 100 seconds to midnight — with credit for the move given to climate change and nuclear weapons.
(Bloomberg) -- Billionaire George Soros said he will commit $1 billion to start a global university to fight authoritarian governments and climate change, calling them twin challenges that threaten the survival of our civilization.The Open Society University Network will offer an international platform for teaching and research, the 89-year-old said Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The university will be launched through a partnership of the Soros-backed Central European University and Bard College.“As a long-term strategy our best hope lies in access to quality education, specifically an education that reinforces the autonomy of the individual by cultivating critical thinking and emphasizing academic freedom,” Soros said.In his speech and a follow-up question and...
Rolling coverage of the third day of the World Economic Forum in Davos Latest: More Wuhan Coronavirus cases to come, WEF hears Mnuchin, Nadella and Cook quiet over Bezos hack CBI says Boris win has boosted confidence Mnuchin dismisses Thunberg over climate World Bank chief’s Davos snub dashes hopes of climate consensus 3.28pm GMT Just in: Greta Thunberg has responded to Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin’s claim that she should go and learn economics .....with a dose of climate science: My gap year ends in August, but it doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/1virpuOyYG So either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or...
January 23, 2020 2:59 PM LONDON (REUTERS) - Britons should plant many more trees, eat less meat, cut food waste and restore peatlands if the country is to meet its climate target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, the government's climate advisers said on Thursday (Jan 23).
Thunberg, 17, spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where she made an impassioned plea for the world to stop using fossil fuels.
An Oslo appeals court approved Norway's plans for more oil exploration in the Arctic on Thursday, dismissing a lawsuit by environmentalists who had said it violated people's right to a healthy environment.
[UNEP] The Sustainable Development Goals are the known as the world's blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that they are all achieved by 2030.
Greenpeace and other environmental groups had hoped to stop the Norwegian government from granting oil field exploration licenses. The groups argued this violated the Norwegian constitution and the 2015 Paris Agreement.
New Mexico's leading House Republican said he found it "disrespectful" that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham failed to cite the oil and gas industry in her State of the State speech Tuesday at a time when the industry is providing record revenues to the state's coffers that will fund some of the Democrat's educational initiatives.
Some environmental groups are concerned that a proposed management plan for the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico falls short of protecting more than 3 million acres of mountains, hills and rangeland.
EPA's efforts to defend threats it made against California last fall stoked division among a group of usually-unified state environmental regulators, records obtained by E&E News show.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Greta Thunberg she should study economics, a jibe which prompted the climate activist to say she didn't need a degree to know the world was not meeting its climate targets. There are signs U.S. President Donald Trump is starting to engage more seriously on climate change and listening to the concerns of corporations, the European Commission's vice-president and head of its 'Green Deal' said. Diversification is crucial to ensuring a country's security in the rollout of 5G mobile technology and shunning one supplier altogether risks being counterproductive, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Oil prices fell 3% on Thursday on concern that the spread of a virus from China could lower fuel demand if it stunts economic growth, but losses were limited by a drawdown in U.S. crude inventories.
An earthquake that sent tremors through central Alberta last spring — rattling homes in Red Deer and knocking out power in Sylvan Lake — was caused by fracking, an investigation by provincial regulators concludes.
The keepers of the Doomsday Clock on Thursday moved the symbolic countdown to global disaster to the closest point to midnight in its 73-year history, citing “existential danger” from nuclear war and climate change. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which was founded after the creation of the atomic bomb in World War II and focuses on the greatest threats to human survival, said it moved the clock from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight — a 20-second advance. The decision was made by the group’s science and security board, in consultations with its board of sponsors, which includes 13 Nobel laureates.
Creditors of bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions are opposing the sale of its oil refinery to Hilco Redevelopment Partners, saying another developer made a more lucrative bid for the site, according to court documents filed on Thursday.
There are signs U.S. President Donald Trump is starting to engage more seriously on climate change and listening to the concerns of corporations, the European Commission's vice-president and head of its 'Green Deal' said on Thursday.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnunchin said Greta Thunberg can discuss fossil fuel divestment "after she goes and studies economics in college."
The ancient spring at Taff's Well near Cardiff will provide enough geothermal energy to power lights and computers at Ffynnon Taf Primary School.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced an emergency meeting to deal with the impact of storm Gloria after flying over areas of eastern Spain where heavy rains, powerful winds and huge waves have killed at least 11 people.
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