[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The envisaged liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant project could be delayed further following the temporary suspension of talks on the Host Government Agreement (HGA).
[VOA] Somalia is one of the world's countries worst affected by global warming, suffering near-constant droughts, heat waves and floods. Recent flooding in south central Somalia affected 547,000 people, according to U.N. estimates, at a time when more than 2 million are food-insecure.
Tuvalu has rejected offers from mainland Chinese companies to build artificial islands to help it cope with rising sea levels, an approach viewed as undermining Taiwan’s influence in the region, the South Pacific nation said on Thursday.Foreign Minister Simon Kofe expressed support for Taiwan and said his country was working to set up a group to unite the self-ruled island’s remaining four allies in the Pacific.“Tuvalu and Taiwan diplomatic ties are the strongest they’ve ever been,” he said in…
Britain's opposition Labour Party is expected to propose a windfall tax on oil companies if it wins the Dec. 12 election, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Residents say such storms now occur on a weekly basis, as topsoil from drought-ravaged farms is blown through the town Follow latest updates on Victoria, NSW and South Australia bushfires As Victoria issued a code red bushfire alert and Melbourne sweltered through a record-equalling November temperature , the residents of Mildura walked out of their homes at midday on Thursday to see the dust storm rolling in. On a day of catastrophic fire dangers and 40C heat, high winds swept the dry topsoil into the air and across the state. In Mildura, in far north-western Victoria, dramatic footage and pictures showed the sky turn an angry red. Continue reading...
Asia’s food and agricultural industry will need additional investments of $800 billion over the next decade to grow to a sustainable size and reach a point where it can feed itself, according to a report on Wednesday.Population growth, changing consumer needs and climate change are among the challenges. The region is urbanising rapidly, and by 2030 will be home to 250 million more people, equivalent to another Indonesia, with a growing appetite for healthy food sustainably and ethically sourced…
High winds in Mildura, in Victoria's northwest, caused the dust storm on Thursday as the temperature soared to 40C.
Australia’s first national, not for profit legal watchdog for the environment launches today with a mandate to ensure environmental laws are observed and properly enforced.
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But candidates still found ways to bring it up.
There weren’t a lot of surprises at tonight’s Democratic debate. Pete Buttigieg got dinged for his lack of experience. Elizabeth Warren has lots of plans. Climate change got hardly any serious attention. So let’s talk about Joe Biden. Biden, as usual, committed several Bidenisms. That hasn’t hurt him before, however, and probably didn’t hurt him […]
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -The global economy will contract by 3% by mid-century as the planet warms, with countries in North America faring the best and countries in Africa the worst, says a new study
Star of the South names Danish wind power exectuive Casper Frost Thorhauge to head up the 2000MW wind farm proposed for waters off the south coast of Gippsland.
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Murdoch was responding to a question at AGM about time given to ‘climate deniers’ by News Corp outlets in Australia News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has said “there are no climate change deniers around here I can assure you” after he was asked at the corporation’s AGM why his company gives them “so much airtime” in Australia. Murdoch was speaking in New York on Wednesday when he received a question from a proxy for Australian activist shareholder Stephen Mayne. Continue reading...
Shannon Proudfoot: The new minister of environment and climate change has a very hard job—and an intriguing background well suited to it
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The Reef is bloody, but unbowed.
An ambitious megaproject to supply solar power from northern Australia to Singapore via the world’s longest subsea high voltage cable has been given a jump start after two Australian billionaires invested some US$50 million (US$34 million), the project’s chief said on Wednesday.Singapore’s Sun Cable, which is leading the roughly A$22 billion (US$15 billion) project, raised the money from the private family fund of Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s…
THE GOVERNMENT is looking for someone to build and run its new carbon- credit-auctioning platform.
Most emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) are linked to the use of nitrogen (N) fertiliser in agriculture, highlighting a need for agricultural management practices that reduce emissions while maintaining agronomic productivity. A new study has assessed the long-term impact of conventional tillage (CT — where soil is prepared for agriculture via mechanical agitation) and no-tillage (NT) systems on soil N2O emissions and crop productivity in rain-fed Mediterranean conditions. The findings show that, over a period of 18 years, mean yield-scaled (i.e. per unit grain yield) soil N2O emissions (YSNE) were 2.8 to 3.3 times lower under NT than CT. The researchers therefore recommend NT as a suitable strategy by which to balance agricultural productivity with lower soil N2O emissions in rain-fed Mediterranean...
PM suggests Australia could increase emissions without worsening current fire season, and says government finalising plans to crack down on environmental protests Scott Morrison has argued there is no direct link between Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and the severity of fires ravaging the continent , even suggesting Australia could increase its emissions without making the current fire season worse. Under pressure due to a record season of early bushfires and the accusation by a coalition of former fire chiefs that the government has avoided the issue of climate change , Morrison said on Thursday there was no “credible scientific evidence” that cutting Australia’s emissions could reduce the severity of bushfires. Continue reading...
At Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, billionaire activist Tom Steyer tried to stake out a spot as the leading candidate on climate change — a role that has more or less been up for grabs since Washington Gov.
Organisations are blundering about with our personal information with little idea of how to handle it safely, or even what to do with it “Data as oil” has been the default metaphor to describe the way the capture, processing and repurposing of our personal information is changing the world, one typically used by the perpetrators of these practices. Like oil, our personal information can be tapped by private companies and government, tracked by fossickers following a user’s web journey, and refined by data scientists looking for patterns in its usage. Continue reading...
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In today’s bulletin: The US Senate passed a bill in support of the HK protesters; Malaysia unveils a plan for an economic corridor; climate change will cost US$7.9 trillion by 2050; and more.
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A minor geomagnetic storm will spark aurora borealis activity in parts of Canada and the US starting around 4PM ET Wednesday night, with peak viewing hours from 10PM to 1AM ET (stock).
A sprawling storm in the central U.S. could wreak travel havoc in the days before Thanksgiving: Snow, rain and even thunderstorms are possible.
About 50,000 homes and businesses across Northern California were without power on Wednesday during the latest planned outage instituted by utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co to guard against risk of wildfire during dry, windy weather.
Also this week, guarding Arctic researchers from polar bears
Most of the nation's most dangerous toxic waste sites, which threaten human health and the environment, are under a threat of their own: climate change. And the US government needs to do more to address those risks, a watchdog group says.
California pushes back against automakers that side with the Trump administration, which wants to strip the state's authority to regulate emissions.
Researchers linked nine causes of death with a certain type pollution when reviewing medical records of deceased veterans US air pollution rules could be hugely insufficient in preventing deaths, experts are concluding from a new study of the likely causes of death of 4.5 million veterans. Published in the peer-reviewed journal Jama, the research finds that 99% of deaths from illnesses linked to a certain type of air pollution occur in people who are exposed to lower levels than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently deems acceptable. Continue reading...
Filippo Monteforte/Getty ROME–It has been one week since historic floods caused more than a billion dollars worth of damage in Venice , and the skies are not exactly clearing. All across the country, extreme weather has flooded rivers, downed trees, caused mudslides, and wreaked collective havoc. And according to a new report called “The Climate Has Already Changed” released Tuesday by Italy’s environmental watchdog group Legambiente, this is just the beginning. The report paints a grim picture of how climate change is impacting the Italian peninsula, which is geographically doomed thanks to rising seas on three sides. The authors list 40 coastal cities at risk, including Venice, Trieste, Ravenna, Pescara, La Spezia, Cagliari, Oristano, and Trapani, that could face widespread evacuations...
November 20, 2019 3:27 PM PARIS (AFP) - Airlines have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprints under the gaze of public opinion, but the pressure of the bottom line means some fly with extra fuel, boosting emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.
Above average wind strengths in recent months have contributed to a slight decline in flights departing and arriving on time at Sydney Airport, according to the latest federal government aviation data.
Brazil's plans for environmental protection remain unchanged even as deforestation skyrockets, but Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Wednesday the country was looking for more money to implement those plans.
New report says the Russian government is doing little to protect Russia from a climate disaster.
Capacity rose by 42.9GW in 18 months, far outpacing global efforts to reduce use of coal China’s growing appetite for new coal-fired power plants has outstripped plant closures in the rest of the world since the start of last year, data shows. Countries outside of China reduced their coal power capacity by 8GW in the 18 months to June because old plants were retired faster than new plants were built. But over the same period China increased its by 42.9GW despite a global move towards cleaner energy sources and a pledge to limit the use of coal power. Continue reading...
Twenty-two farmers were arrested in northern India today for setting fires to clear their fields and contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country, a government official said.
Two House members today announced formation of a bipartisan congressional task force to jointly press EPA to confront the risks posed by ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing gas widely used by medical sterilization facilities.
[Vanguard] As part of its Climate Action Plan, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has commenced moves to checkmate the Green House Gas, GHG, emission with a view to reducing pollution in Nigeria's maritime space.
The emissions of Bitcoin are on par with those of Croatia or Estonia.
Bitcoin mining may have released 17 megatonnes of CO2 in 2018, similar to the annual emissions from Estonia and just one-third of an earlier emission estimate
From beef to cod to avocados to soya, many of our best-loved foods raise big ethical and environmental questions. What do the experts say? Deforestation. Child labour. Pollution. Water shortages. The more we learn about the side-effects of food production, the more the act of feeding ourselves becomes fraught with anxiety. How can we be sure that certain foods are “good” or “bad” for society and the planet? As Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University of London and the co-author of Sustainable Diets , puts it: “When you come to ‘judge’ food, you end up with an enormous list of variables, from taste to health outcomes to biodiversity.” Here are some of today’s most controversial products – and some thoughts that may help you when shopping. Continue reading...
China is adding coal power equivalent to the EU's entire generating capacity.
THE GOVERNMENT'S environmental agenda is threatening the country's mining industry and an orderly transition to a low-carbon economy, Bathurst Resources says.
Brazil Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Wednesday that the country will push for more resources for developing countries at the COP25 United Nations climate meeting in Madrid in December.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during his trip to Germany called on the international community to provide all possible support towards Africa to help it confront the challenges of debt burdens, poverty, endemic diseases, climate change and migration. Sisi added that Germany’s initiative to establish a fund to encourage investment in Africa is an important … Continued
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Oil prices rose more than 2% on Wednesday after a better-than-expected U.S. crude inventories report and as Russia said it would continue its cooperation with OPEC to keep the global oil market balanced.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his new cabinet today, bringing seven new faces to the table and tweaking the machinery of government to tackle western alienation and Liberal policy priorities such as fighting climate change, boosting the middle class and Indigenous reconciliation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday rubbished European calls to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, saying that such ideas could lead to humans living in caves again. Speaking at an investment forum in Moscow, Putin also slammed shale gas production through fracking as dirty and environmentally damaging, saying Russia -- one of the world's top gas producers -- would never use this technology. Asked what he thought of Europe's moves to reduce use of gas, for which it is heavily dependent on Russia, Putin said that "in my view, disdaining such a clean hydrocarbon as gas is absolutely strange".
[New Dawn] A conference for multi-stakeholders in renewable energy and clean cooking opens in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown Monday November 18, 2019, under the auspices of the Mano River Union (MRU) with a call to finding solution to the region's energy poverty.
[The Herald] Zimbabwe should invest more in climate friendly technologies to address loss and damage from both the slow onset of the rains and extreme weather patterns, a Government official has said.
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The biggest carbon polluters don’t always advertise that fact loudly.
Republicans and Democrats once appeared to agree about climate change. What happened?
Oil, gas and coal output already planned or in the pipeline will overwhelm efforts to cap global warming at levels consistent with a liveable planet, the UN and leading research groups warned Wednesday. The world is on track to produce 50 percent more fossil fuels than could be burned without increasing Earth’s surface by more … Continued
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New Jersey is accelerating its efforts to increase wind energy production.
California yesterday placed new restrictions on oil and gas drilling as Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said he wants a transition from fossil fuels.
Emma Banks puts on tours for some of the world's biggest musicians - but says they need to change.
When fires raged across Brazil this summer and deforestation rates reached startling highs, users began downloading a small German search engine in a modest effort to counteract the devastation.
Some of the nation's most effective flood mitigation programs have popped up in places not normally associated with hurricanes or major floodways, new research shows.
SINGAPORE — Southeast Asia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but intertwined with that rise is a rare distinction: a shift toward the use of more coal.
In Argentina's sunny Mendoza province, officials had been preparing to break ground on the Vecaso solar park, a 115 megawatt project costing $90 million. The culmination of nearly four years of planning, Vecaso was one of several ambitious projects to take root under a renewable energy push by the government of President Mauricio Macri.
[New Times] The Rwandan government is set to commission a study on the possibilities of using methane gas for cooking.
The boom that helped make the U.S. the world's largest oil producer could be ending. Oil prices are down amid weak demand and investors no longer seem willing to write the industry a blank check.
November 20, 2019 5:00 AM BEIJING • A coal mine explosion killed 15 people in north China's Shanxi province, state media reported yesterday.
Twenty-two farmers were arrested in northern India on Wednesday for setting fires to clear their fields and contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country, a government official said. India’s Supreme court last week ordered a fine of up to 100,000 rupees ($1,420) for those polluting the air. Air pollution in northern India peaks in the winter due to smoke from agricultural fires.
Renewable energy sector calls on COAG meeting to reject AEMC's proposed rules, saying they will prop up fossil fuels.
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EDL launches first stage of hybrid micro-grid project that will integrate solar, wind and battery storage to power remote gold mine in WA.
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New reports from market operator and the market regulator point to changing shape of the grid, lower emissions and falling costs - partly driven by growth of rooftop solar.
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The pro-development president shrugged off government data showing deforestation has reached an 11-year high on his watch.
The world's major fossil fuel producers are set to bust global environmental goals with excessive coal, oil and gas extraction in the next decade, the United Nations and research groups said on Wednesday in the latest warning over climate crisis.
World’s largest “green” hydrogen production facility begins operation at a steel mill in Austria, where it seeks to demonstrate that fossil fuels can be replaced for industrial uses.
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Not so fast. Tropical Storm Sebastien has formed in the Atlantic, meaning folks who thought we were going to coast into the end of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will likely have to wait for a few more days.
Sea levels along the Indian coast have risen by 8.5 cm during the past 50 years with an average increase of 1.7 mm per year, said the government in Rajya Sabha as it shared data from 10 major ports across the country in response to a Parliament question. The data, collected at 10 Indian ports, indicates sea levels at Diamond Harbour in West Bengal recorded highest annual average increase (5.16 mm/year).
Gavin Newsom's initiatives follow a massive oil release from a Chevron facility in Kern County suspected of being caused by a high-pressure steam process for releasing oil from underground rock.
November 19, 2019 7:48 PM MANILA (AFP) - At least 5,000 people have fled their homes with Typhoon Kalmaegi poised to blast into the northern Philippines late Tuesday (Nov 19), with a second tropical storm forecast to hit just days later.
Asian shares lumbered lower on Wednesday as the Sino-U.S. trade talks produced nothing but a stream of conflicting messages, while concerns about a glut of supply saw oil prices suffer their biggest spill in seven weeks.
First responders called to the home on Phoenix Crescent on Tuesday morning said parts of the home had carbon monoxide readings between 600 and 700 parts per million.
Oil fell more than $1 a barrel on Tuesday on concerns about excess global crude supply and limited progress toward resolving the U.S.-China trade dispute that has clouded the outlook for oil demand.
California, the seventh-biggest U.S. oil-producing state, on Tuesday unveiled new regulations for drillers as it seeks to wind down its reliance on fossil fuels.
25. November 2019, Stockholm / Sweden "Bio-Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is one of the most viable methods of carbon sequestration and is garnering much attention throughout Europe. Recently, Stockholm Exergi published a paper titled “Introducing BECCS through HPC to the research agenda: The case of combined heat and power in Stockholm”." LINK
A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet.
November 19, 2019 3:53 PM KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan (PH) government and Kelantan state are in a tussle over some RM1 billion (S$330 million) a year demanded by the east coast state, in a tug of war over "oil royalties" that may well decide the political future of the east coast state.
Oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday on oversupply concerns while a gauge of stocks across the globe was on track to rise for a seventh straight session after large overnight gains in Asia.
Fifteen coal miners were killed and nine injured in an explosion in northern China on Monday, state media reported.The accident happened at the Ermugou mine in Pingyao county, Shanxi province at around 1.50pm, according to state news agency Xinhua.The injured victims were in a stable condition in hospital, while the cause of the explosion is under investigation, the local authorities said.There were 34 workers in the pit when the explosion occurred and the rescue operation finished in the early…
Amid mounting global concern about climate change, Denmark has turned into a buzzing hive of green experimentation.
An avalanche on the northern portion of the Siachen Glacier in Indian-administered Kashmir has killed four members of the Indian Army and two civilian porters.
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Today, transportation accounts for almost 30% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States.
The good news is that passenger vehicles in the U.S. are electrifying at an unprecedented rate. In 2018, one million electric vehicles (EVs) were on the road, and recent studies project that by...
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"Over the third quarter of 2019, C2G convened or participated in many meetings of civil society groups, UN regional bodies, and conferences, to raise awareness about near-term governance needs and gaps with regards to the scale-up of large-scale carbon dioxide removal." LINK
Indian Ocean dipole events, linked to bushfires and floods, are becoming stronger and more frequent, scientists say Global heating is “supercharging” an increasingly dangerous climate mechanism in the Indian Ocean that has played a role in disasters this year including bushfires in Australia and floods in Africa. Scientists and humanitarian officials say this year’s record Indian Ocean dipole , as the phenomenon is known, threatens to reappear more regularly and in a more extreme form as sea surface temperatures rise. Continue reading...
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) resumed publication yesterday of a running list of her appointments and work travel after a seven-week lapse, with her agendas showing recent meetings with a variety of energy companies amid an overhaul of methane regulations and new mandates for cleaner sources of electricity.
At noon yesterday, the West's biggest coal plant officially shut down.
Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick said last night that combating climate change is a priority for him, but he does not plan to put his weight behind the Green New Deal.
A Senate panel this morning approved legislation to provide permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, reform offshore drilling revenue sharing and tackle the multibillion-dollar backlog in national parks.
Gov. Gavin Newsom wants an independent scientific review of all new proposals for hydraulic fracturing by California's oil industry.
Letter tells PM public have right to know about plans to avoid environment breakdown Leaders from all the main opposition parties have written to Boris Johnson urging him to take part in a televised debate on the climate crisis before the election. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon, Jo Swinson of the Liberal Democrats and the Green party’s Jonathan Bartley and Siân Berry argue that the public have a right to know what political leaders intend to do to avoid “the irreversible impacts of environmental breakdown”. Continue reading...
British budget airline EasyJet announced Tuesday it plans to become the world's first major carrier to be fully carbon neutral.
Oil fell about 2% on Tuesday on concerns about excess global crude supply and limited progress toward resolving a U.S.-China trade dispute that has clouded the outlook for oil demand.
Carbon offsetting, already a multi-billion dollar industry, will get a major boost from the launch of an international scheme to offset aviation emissions, called CORSIA, in 2021.
[Observer] Participants posed shortly after the opening ceremony of the Summit on Climate Change and Environment.
The Democratic debate was lively. Biden had weird and memorable clashes, but there was plenty of substance on offer, too Wednesday’s Democratic debate was livelier – and, mercifully, shorter – than some of the previous events have been. Several candidates became downright vicious with one another. Amy Klobuchar seethed at Pete Buttigieg over his lack of federal experience. Joe Biden tutted at Tom Steyer for making piles of money in fossil fuels, only to turn around and lecture Washington for failing to act on climate change. Tulsi Gabbard treated Kamala Harris as a continuation of failed Democratic policies, and Kamala in turn treated Tulsi as an attention-seeking nobody with poor judgment. Gabbard also memorably clashed with Pete Buttigieg over his alleged willingness to send US troops...
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is launching a multi million-dollar project in nine Caribbean countries that will enable gender responsive disaster recovery, climate and environmental resilience (EnGenDER) in the Caribbean.The US$15 million project will ensure equal access to sustainable solutions for the improved resilience of women and men in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St...
The move is part of Jeremy Corbyn's plan to "transform" the UK into a low carbon, green economy.
November 21, 2019 11:59 AM SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's Prime Minister on Thursday (Nov 21) denied his climate policies had caused unprecedented bushfires ravaging the country and insisted his government was doing enough to tackle global warming.
OPPOSITION spokesman on transport Mikael Phillips is questioning the Government's decision to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) in the public transport sector as it pushes to complete an electric vehicle policy.
In his new book, "The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coast," Pulitzer-prize winning author Gilbert Gaul takes a look at the U.S. history of coastal development since World War II - and finds a recipe for disaster.
COGATI is an extraordinarily complex beast, but its effect would be real and immediate – it would significantly reduce investment in large-scale renewables.
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Tuvalu's foreign minister said on Thursday the South Pacific nation had rejected offers from Chinese companies to build artificial islands to help it cope with rising sea levels, an approach viewed as undermining Taiwan's influence in the region.
[IPS] Rome -Mottled and reddish, the Lake Oku puddle frog has made its tragic debut on the Red List, a rapidly expanding roll call of threatened species. It was once abundant in the Kilum-Ijim rainforest of Cameroon but has not been seen since 2010 and is now listed as critically endangered and possibly extinct.
The remnants of a tropical storm that were moving across Arizona brought a wintry feel to the state, bringing heavy rain and snow.
Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate. Defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it”, Oxford said the words soared from “relative obscurity” to “one of the most prominent – and prominently debated – terms of 2019.” Continue reading...
Party wants UK workers to take advantage of opportunities in a global green economy worth £3tn Labour is promising to create 1m green jobs in the energy sector and through nationwide home refurbishments in a bid to tackle the climate crisis. Environmental protection is expected to be a central theme of Jeremy Corbyn’s general election manifesto, launched in Birmingham today, with new jobs promised through insulation upgrades, offshore wind and carbon capture developments. Continue reading...
Bill Gates and co-investors hail new solar technology that can revolutionise - and displace fossil fuels - in production of cement and steel.
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Tenia Lestari leads a network of volunteer divers who clear rubbish from the coral reefs and recycle what they find.
November 21, 2019 5:00 AM PARIS • Climate change could directly cost the world economy US$7.9 trillion (S$10.8 trillion) by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed yesterday.
The 2015 Paris Agreement calls for blocking global warming at well below 2C, and 1.5C if possible
London city staff are unveiling a proposal to develop a comprehensive action plan to get the city to net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
Out of more than 22,000 plant species in Africa, nearly 7,000 have been classified as 'likely or potentially' threatened by extinction - and humans and climate change are to blame.
Tropical Storm Sebastien could strengthen into a hurricane on Thursday or Friday over the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday night.
PM tasked Chrystia Freeland with preventing provincial feud from becoming national crisis as minister of intergovernmental affairs Justin Trudeau has unveiled a new cabinet which will prioritize warding off threats to national unity and combatting climate change, as he attempts to navigate the politically-fraught landscape of a minority government . As Canada’s western provinces take an increasingly combative stance against the prime minister’s environmental policies and demand support for the struggling oil and gas industry, Trudeau has tasked Chrystia Freeland with preventing a provincial feud from becoming a national crisis. Continue reading...
Venice is reeling from historic floods. And the systems designed to prevent this kind of damage aren’t completed, and may not work anyway. Guests Sylvia Poggioli , NPR senior European correspondent. ( @spoggioli1 ) Toto Bergamo Rossi , director of Venetian Heritage , which works to restore buildings and artwork in Venice. Author of Inside Venice: A Private View of the Citys Most Beautiful Interiors . Rafael Bras , provost at the Georgia Institute of Technology ( @GeorgiaTech ). Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. From The Reading List Associated Press : High tides surge through Venice, locals rush to protect art Exceptionally high tidal waters rolled relentlessly through Venice again on Friday, forcing the closure...
Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world. Its terrain alternates between mountains and rolling plateaus, with tundra and green plains in between. Many Mongolians also maintain a pastoral lifestyle, for which the mountainous zones provide crucial support. For the reindeer-herding Tsaatan people, “eternal ice” (the so-called munkh mus) offers much-needed support to […]
China will cut its subsidies for renewable power by 30 per cent in 2020 to 5.67 billion yuan (US$806.8 million) from 8.1 billion yuan this year, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday, as the country will soon stop funding large solar power stations.Because of a decline in manufacturing costs, China has been scaling back the amount of subsidies to renewable power providers, which are expected to compete with coal-fired utilities and achieve “grid price parity”.The funding for next year will…
Clean energy startup Heliogen has found a way to generate heat over 1,000 degrees Celsius without using fossil fuels.
EPA should delay final action on a relook of power plant mercury emission regulations until an influential advisory panel has a chance to give its views, almost 20 environmental, public health and civil rights groups said in a letter today.
The Russian president says civilization needs to consume hydrocarbons, nuclear energy and hydropower to survive.
With New Delhi engulfed in toxic smog, a new establishment offering people a breath of fresh air is proving popular in the Indian capital.
Over the past fortnight, the city has seen a public health crisis, with authorities twice declaring a pollution emergency and shutting schools while advising the elderly and infants to stay indoors.
Concentrations of the most harmful airborne pollutants in the a city of 25 million are regularly about 20 times the World Health Organisation safe limit as…
Oil prices surged more than 2% on Wednesday after a better-than-expected U.S. crude inventories report and as Russia said it would continue its cooperation with OPEC to keep the global oil market balanced.
November 20, 2019 2:29 PM MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Two Australian billionaires have invested tens of millions of dollars to jumpstart a megaproject to supply solar power from northern Australia to Singapore via the world's longest subsea high voltage cable, the project's boss said on Wednesday (Nov 20).
Climate change could directly cost the world economy $7.9 trillion by the middle of the century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth ...
Oil prices climbed more than 2% on Wednesday after a better-than-expected U.S. crude inventories report and as Russia said it would continue its cooperation with OPEC to keep the global oil market balanced.
U.S. Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii on Wednesday introduced a bill that would direct the Federal Reserve to subject large banks to so-called "stress tests" measuring their resilience to climate-related financial risks.
Two former officials of a Florida city are charged with conspiring with two businesses to bilk the federal government out of $5 million in Hurricane Michael cleanup money, the U.S. attorney's office announced yesterday.
A majority of House lawmakers are pushing EPA to negotiate in good faith a contract it imposed on the agency's largest union.
Climate change could directly cost the world economy US$7.9 trillion by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed Wednesday. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Climate Change Resilience Index measured the preparedness of the world’s 82 largest economies and found that based on current trends the fallout … Continued
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[IFAD] Half a million of Ethiopia's most vulnerable families are set to benefit from a new US$451 million project to increase their resilience to climate shocks in the country's poorest regions.
[Namibian] COUNTRIES in the southern African region, Namibia included, no longer have the capability to produce enough food for their citizens due to the effects of climate change.
China raised its coal-fired power capacity by 42.9 gigawatts (GW), or about 4.5 per cent, in the 18 months to June, connecting new projects to the grid at a time when capacity in the rest of the world shrank, according to a study published on Wednesday.China also has another 121.3GW of coal-fired power plants under construction, US-based research network Global Energy Monitor said in its report.The increase followed a 2014-16 “permitting surge” by local governments aiming to boost growth…
[Vanguard] Renewable Energy Solutions provider, Cloud Energy, has said it is set to supply electricity to Nigerians living in rural and semi urban communities as it launches SUNBOX Plus PAYGO solar home system.
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The shale oil boom that catapulted the U.S. into the world's largest oil producer may be going bust. As oil prices drop amid weakening demand, bankruptcies and layoffs are up and drilling is down, signs of a crisis that's quietly roiling the industry. Some of the most successful companies in the oil business are household names — think Exxon Mobil or Chevron. But the boom in shale drilling has been driven by smaller, independent operators. These companies have pushed the limits of drilling technology and taken big risks on unproven oil fields. Today, shale accounts for about two-thirds of U.S. oil production and nearly all of the industry's growth, but many of the companies that made that growth possible are now struggling to stay afloat. That has a lot to do with the business model of U.S...
Extinction Rebellion activists pressing for more rapid action on climate change threats on Wednesday entered a third day of a week-long hunger strikes in 27 countries. The strikes, which began Monday, have been in part spearheaded by 20-year-old Giovanni Tamacas, a University of San Diego student, who carried out a solo hunger strike last month in front of the White House. “We are hunger striking because we have no choice," he said in a statement, arguing governments and corporations "have criminally and catastrophically failed to tackle the climate and ecological emergency".
Production of coal, oil and gas is set to outstrip carbon budgets required to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
[Observer] -- ITTO, FDA, stakeholders carve reforestation, afforestation strategies
[Daily News] TANZANIA is among the countries with the best legal framework on renewable energy development, according to a stakeholder.
Arctic sea ice minimum in 2019 is tied for the second-lowest in recorded history, researchers say.
Disastrous global heating will soon become irrevocable – but despite politicians’ inaction millions are taking to the streets to fight the planet’s fever Help us cover the critical issues of 2020. Make a contribution The one thing never to forget about global warming is that it’s a timed test. It’s ignoble and dangerous to delay progress on any important issue, of course – if, in 2020, America continues to ignore the healthcare needs of many of its citizens, those people will sicken, die, go bankrupt. The damage will be very real. But that damage won’t make it harder, come 2021 or 2025 or 2030, to do the right thing about healthcare. Continue reading...
Canada will be up a creek without a paddle if it doesn't acknowledge threats to its fresh water, says a report from some of the country's top water scientists.
November 20, 2019 8:27 AM PARIS (AFP) - Climate change could directly cost the world economy US$7.9 trillion (S$10.7 trillion)by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed Wednesday (Nov 20).
The oil and gas industry in Texas has been shedding jobs since the middle of the summer, as drillers continue to slow their production and trim their spending to cope with lower oil prices.
Heliogen, a California company backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and other billionaires, announced yesterday that its concentrated solar technology set a global record and can commercially replace fossil fuels in a range of energy-intensive industries. Are its goals achievable?
European budget airline easyJet said yesterday it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting climate-warming emissions from the fuel used on every flight.
The world will consume far more fossil fuels than what's anticipated under the Paris Agreement, in an oil and gas splurge that threatens to overshoot global goals on climate change, the United Nations and other research groups warned today.
Offshore infrastructure in place to store carbon emissions under seabed, new report heralds North Sea oil executives believe the ageing fossil fuel basin may still lead a global climate revolution by providing a testbed for clean energy breakthroughs. An industry report has revealed that the North Sea could emerge as an unlikely climate hero by becoming a global showcase for the energy transition after decades producing fossil fuels . Continue reading...
South Africa's power utility Eskom needs around 187 billion rand ($12.60 billion) to comply fully with existing legislation curbing harmful emissions, a government presentation to parliament showed on Wednesday.
‘We’re in a deep hole over the climate crisis and we need to stop digging,’ warn experts The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas as can be burned in 2030 while restricting rise in the global temperature to 1.5C, analysis shows. The report is the first to compare countries’ stated plans for fossil fuel extraction with the goals of the Paris climate agreement , which is to keep global heating well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and to aim for 1.5C. It exposes a huge gap, with fossil fuel production in 2030 heading for 50% more than is consistent with 2C, and 120% more than that for 1.5C. Continue reading...
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C9EE03250A, Paper Long-Wei Yin, Ruizheng Zhao, Haoxiang Di, Xiaobiin Hui, Danyang Zhao, Rutao Wang, Chengxiang Wang Potassium-ion batteries (PIBs) are attracting increased attention because of their low cost and similar energy storage mechanism to lithium-ion batteries. Considering low structural stability and poor electrochemical redox reaction kinetics... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
A government official says 22 farmers in northern India have been arrested for burning stubbles and causing some of the worst air pollution in the country
A meat processing plant generating electricity from waste water, a company transforming landfill into fuel and a global geoscience data competition accelerating the process of mineral discovery are just some of the innovative projects recognised in this year’s Premier Awards.
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China will cut its renewable power subsidy to 5.67 billion yuan ($806.50 million) in 2020 from 8.1 billion yuan in 2019, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday, as the country will soon stop funding large solar power stations.
Company has told shareholders rail line will be completed by May, but needs more investment from Adani family The Adani Group company financing the Carmichael mine in north Queensland has told shareholders to expect a first coal shipment in August 2021, but the project’s rail plans will still require unspecified additional investment from “the family”. In a conference call to discuss its financial-year earnings , executives from Adani Enterprises Limited – the ultimate parent company of the Carmichael mine – indicated the company may use “additional lines to fundraise”. Continue reading...
Bloomberg's Michael Liebreich points to the killer graph that makes new investment in coal generators almost impossible.
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In the past two years, China has expanded its coal fleet by 43 gigawatts — roughly the entire coal-fired capacity of Germany.
( Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo ) International study quantified and characterized charcoal and soot produced by incomplete burning of trees and transported by river to the Atlantic.
The company, called Heliogen, says it uses artificial intelligence to help operate an array of mirrors capable of reflecting and focusing the sun's light and creating a type of solar oven.
Southeast Asia's biggest lake is in serious trouble. Drought, dam building and overfishing have brought the Tonle Sap to a tipping point. And as the lake goes, so goes the greater Mekong ecosystem.
Australia is set to be scorched in a blistering heatwave this week that could break a 125-year record in Melbourne, and has Queensland firefighters on edge.
A heavy rainstorm moved into the Valley after a dust storm blew threw Tuesday afternoon, according to National Weather Service.
Recent polls suggest division between the priorities of the East and West along with deepening political tensions.
The state of California is taking aim at GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan and other automakers that are aligning with the Trump administration in its battle over emissions rules.
This week, Nikola Corporation announced a powerful new battery that could double the range of electric vehicles without adding any extra size or weight, expected for full unveiling in 2020.
Nearly every animal on the endangered species list is threatened by human-caused climate change, yet federal agencies aren't doing enough, study says.
Long delayed meeting of federal and state energy ministers to discuss the $2.55bn ERF, now rebadged the Climate Solutions Fund Angus Taylor has scheduled a discussion with state and territory energy ministers about the planned overhaul of the Morrison government’s emissions reduction fund, a move following the government’s decision to quietly appoint an expert panel to come up with new ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions. According to the draft agenda for Friday’s Coag energy council meeting, obtained by Guardian Australia, the commonwealth has scheduled a discussion about the $2.55bn ERF, now rebadged the Climate Solutions Fund, at the long delayed meeting of federal and state energy ministers. Continue reading...
California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the largest spills in state history. The state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced it will not approve new wells that use high-pressure steam to extract oil from underground. It’s the type of process Chevron uses at an oil field in the Central Valley that leaked more than 1.3 million gallons (4.9 million liters) of oil and water this summer.
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"Supplying more of our own biomass will cut costs and reduce supply chain risks, ensuring our biomass power generation remains viable in the long term. When combined with carbon capture it will also enable negative emissions, helping the UK on its path to net zero by 2050." LINK
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is again under the spotlight after this year's forest fires
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EasyJet is the latest firm to adopt offsetting – but is it a solution to the climate crisis? Global carbon emissions from the aviation industry are growing faster than expected, and pose a serious risk to the world’s climate efforts if left to grow unchecked. The rise of flygskam , or “flight-shame”, has spurred airlines and travel companies to offer customers the option of offsetting the carbon emissions of their flights. But not everyone is convinced that climate sins can be absolved through projects based on simple carbon accounting. Continue reading...
Rep. Richard Neal’s Tax Package Would Help Maintain the Nation’s Clean Energy Momentum
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[This Day] Davidson Iriekpen calls for the intervention of stakeholders in resolving the dispute between the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, General Electric and ARCO Group, over the non-payment of outstanding entitlements before it snowballs into a full blown crisis
Communities already hit by war and drought face fresh disaster as 370,000 are forced from homes Ciraa Farah Ali was asleep when she heard the flood. It was dark, and the 45-year-old mother of seven was alone with her children in her small home in Beledweyne, central Somalia. Related: Global heating supercharging Indian Ocean climate system Continue reading...
The Green Party launched its general election manifesto today with a formal pledge to spend £100 billion a year on tackling climate change.
Last Wednesday, Carbon Brief hosted its fifth annual quiz night at a bar in central...
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Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said yesterday, undermining officials' claims that concerns among environmentalists have been overblown.
Coal ash recycling rates dropped for the first time in four years last year as a record number of coal-fired power plant closures torqued the market for reusing their waste.
Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and warming seas.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said today to expect "major" climate legislation this spring after the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis completes its work but would not commit to a time frame for a House vote.
House Democrats have released a broad draft energy tax package, touching on renewable, clean energy and efficiency incentives that they hope will address climate change through the U.S. tax code.
The U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States. Tensions in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers this summer, including off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and a major assault on energy facilities in Saudi Arabia. Washington has blamed Iran, which has denied being behind the attacks on global energy infrastructure.
Shadow chancellor speaks about Labour’s economic policy, ahead of Johnson and Corbyn’s first TV debate Sign up for Andrew Sparrow’s daily election briefing The ITV election debate: your complete guide to Johnson v Corbyn 11.42am GMT First questions to the shadow chancellor are from the press. Q The Greens are pledging £100bn a year for 10 years to achieve zero carbon by 2030. That is also a Labour aspiration (the 2030 target). Is the Green estimate of the cost correct? 11.30am GMT Labour will implement a “much-needed” overhaul of the regulatory system. The public is poorly represented on the boards of these regulators. Continue reading...
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The pursuit of a more accountable form of capitalism is neither a coincidence nor altruism, but survival instinct.
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In fall 2015, Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Crystal Lake first used its Blue Room, a padded space that allows school workers to place students in “isolated timeout” for safety reasons.
Students were secluded in that room more than 120 times during...
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