Date moved for Covid-19 travel reasons, but fears raised over delay to green recovery plans Global talks aimed at staving off the threat of climate breakdown will be delayed by a year to November 2021 because of the coronavirus crisis, the UN has confirmed. The summit, known as Cop26, which 196 nations are expected to attend, will now take place in Glasgow from November 1 to 12 next year, as reports had anticipated, with the UK government acting as host and president. They were originally set to take place from November 9 this year. Continue reading...
Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee today sharply questioned the oil industry's influence over the Trump administration's decision to roll back clean car standards.
Illegal logging and the impacts of climate change are altering the world's forests — making trees shorter and younger — and greatly reducing the amount of planet-warming emissions they can suck up and store, researchers warned on Thursday.
May 29, 2020 2:50 AM PARIS (AFP) - Critical UN climate talks at which nations were expected to ramp up plans to combat global warming are to be pushed back a full year to November 2021, observers to the negotiations have told AFP.
More wildfires, droughts and insect swarms combined with higher temperatures have reduced the lifespan of trees, scientists at the University of Birmingham said.
Antarctic ice sheets retreated at speeds of up to 50 meters (164 feet) a day at the end of the last Ice Age -- about ten times quicker than the fastest retreating sheets of today -- researchers have found.
STATEMENT: COP26 Delayed Until November 2021
In a letter to country representatives, the United Kingdom proposed that the COP26 climate summit be rescheduled to November 1-12, 2021 – one year after it was originally planned. The UK cited concerns over the health and safety of the tens of thousands of participants that attend the UN conference as well as their interest in maximizing the potential for an ambitious outcome. Today the UNFCCC COP Bureau formally accepted the proposal.
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France prepares to enter phase two of lockdown relaxation ; South Korean officials re-implement lockdown measures in Seoul ; Kenya records highest one-day case rise Global report: Trump silent on US death toll as South Korea sees new Covid-19 rise US passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as states relax lockdown measures UK coronavirus updates - live Coronavirus latest: at a glance 6.40pm BST 6.31pm BST The European Commission has put down a marker for the world with its green recovery package , writes Damian Carrington , the Guardian’s environment editor. It sets a high standard for other nations, using the rebuilding of economies ravaged by coronavirus to tackle the even greater threat of the climate emergency, in principle at least. Related: EU green...
In hopes of reducing the environmental footprint of baseball fans, household cleaning supplies manufacturer S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. announced in January its partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers to recycle game day plastic drink cups into bottles for the company's popular tub cleaner Scrubbing Bubbles.
An internal watchdog faulted EPA for not coordinating sufficiently on enforcement requirements for a toxic chemical that has polluted a nearby river basin.
EPA is sharing guidelines with staff as it prepares to begin a phased reopening of some of its offices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alongside construction crews racing to build the Mexican capital's new airport, skulls and curving tusks of massive mammoths peek through the dirt as archaeologists dig up more and more bones belonging to the ice age's most famous mammal. The latest discoveries include two huge skulls, along with scattered ribs and limbs, found just inside the perimeter of where a new civilian airport is being built, about 30 miles (50km) north of downtown Mexico City. To date, some 70 individual mammoths have been unearthed since late last year.
Climate change: Go-ahead for controversial solar farm - the UK's biggest
The European Commission pledged on Thursday to attach climate conditions to its massive funding package to save Europe's coronavirus-battered economies, but stopped short of banning support for all fossil fuels.
Officially, the Atlantic season is almost upon us. The season of tropical storms and hurricanes, yes, but more to the point, the season of heat-seeking machines and relentless monsters. At least, that’s the metaphorical language of broadcast meteorologists when confronted with catastrophic threats like Hurricane Harvey in Houston in 2017. A new analysis in BAMS […]
There is no easy route to a greener global economy. But since coronavirus hit, politics and business are thinking again Timing matters. Early 2020 saw an economic collapse the likes of which have not been seen in living memory. Growth has collapsed, unemployment has soared, poverty has increased. Yet in different circumstances the past few months would have been dominated by calls for countries to do more to cut carbon emissions. As 2019 drew to an end, everybody from the managing director of the International Monetary Fund to the governor of the Bank of England was warning of the threat of global heating. Continue reading...
CEO Darren Woods told investors it is up to consumers and the governments they elect to set targets.
New York’s most famous skyscraper shrank its planet-warming emissions by 40 percent. Can the rest of the city do the same?
Sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific remain neutral, meaning that neither El Niño nor La Niña weather patterns are prevailing, the U.N. World Meteorological Organisation said on Thursday.
Oil futures steadied on Thursday as the market awaited confirmation of industry data that showed a surprise increase in U.S. crude stocks, which offset hopes for a demand recovery as coronavirus lockdowns ease.
Chevron Corp.'s shareholders approved a proposal yesterday to disclose more information about the company's climate change lobbying, notching a win for activists who have been pushing oil companies to more completely address their climate risks.
Three years ago, Mike and Marie Murphy had saved enough money to add a solar array to the rooftop of their dream home in the woods of near Culpeper, in northern Virginia.
A plan by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to create a new agency for low-carbon energy technologies is fueling debate about the role of the federal government.
Left-leaning states this week threw their support behind California in its battle against the Trump administration's continued legal effort to thwart the Golden State's emissions pact with a Canadian province.
Wealth behemoth BlackRock Inc. leveraged its extraordinary shareholder power yesterday against Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. in an effort to signal its climate concerns with the supermajors.
Scientists have called on Public Health England to review its emergency plan for hot weather, which is based on the 2003 heatwave where 2,000 people died.
Solar energy has fallen in cost faster than experts predicted. How did electricity from photovoltaic panels get so cheap?
Russia's Arctic region of Murmansk plans to build a new temporary hospital in a village where a vital liquefied natural gas supply plant is being built after an outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Broadcaster and historian says A Life on Our Planet book will record ‘dreadful damage wrought by mankind’ and propose solutions David Attenborough is to publish his “vision for the future” of Earth this autumn, laying out “the dreadful damage” done by humanity, and the ways “we can begin to turn things round”. A Life on Our Planet, which the 94-year-old has described as his “witness statement”, will cover his career documenting the natural world and his first-hand observations of the decline of the planet’s environment and biodiversity, as well as possible solutions. Continue reading...
Banff, as a town, was created to serve tourists visiting the national park. So, what happens when a global pandemic restricts the 50 per cent of its visitors coming from outside Canada?
Oil prices plunged on Thursday after U.S. industry data showed a surprise steep build in crude oil inventories, dampening hopes of a smooth recovery in demand as some countries begin to ease their way out of coronavirus lockdowns.
Climate experts push Britain, as talks host, to work on ‘zero carbon’ route from pandemic The UK government must urgently set out clear plans on a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis if the delayed UN climate summit is to be a success, say leading experts. The climate talks known as Cop26 and scheduled to be held in Glasgow, are expected to be postponed by a year from their original date this November, dashing hopes that the summit would be swiftly reconvened. A formal decision on the delay will be taken by the UN Thursday evening. Continue reading...
France to jumpstart local auto industry decimated by Coronavirus pandemic with €8 billion plan including major boost for electric vehicles.
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Oil prices slid for a second consecutive session on Thursday as U.S. industry data showed a steep and surprising build-up in crude stockpiles, dampening hopes of a smooth demand recovery as the world begins to ease its way out of coronavirus lockdowns.
Schmidt Ocean Institute researchers were performing a remote expedition on Moore Reef, off the coast of Cairns in Queensland, when they made the discovery on May 22.
Sun Cable CEO David Griffin joins Energy Insiders to discuss the latest update for the $20 billion plan to build the world’s biggest solar farm and biggest battery storage plant in the Northern Territory.
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DAIRY FARMERS will have to disclosure how much synthetic nitrogen fertiliser they are putting on their land under new rules expected to clean up waterways and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Montrealers have been trying to find ways to keep cool during a spring heatwave in the midst of a pandemic.
May 27, 2020 10:38 PM NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A tropical storm that could unleash heavy rainfall and produce life-threatening flash flooding made landfall along the South Carolina coast on Wednesday (May 27), the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.
President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday he's appointed a team of specialists to consider whether the price of the world's cheapest gasoline in Venezuela should rise for drivers in the crisis-stricken nation. Venezuela boasts the world's largest underground oil reserves, but it has been forced to buy fuel from Iran to bridge deep shortages, unable to pump crude from the ground and turn it into gasoline. Fuel shortages have plagued the socialist nation for years, which costs less than a penny a gallon, but scarcity recently has even hit the capital of Caracas, sparking mile-long lines at filling stations that last for days.
Oil prices fell in early trade on Thursday after U.S. crude, gasoline and heating oil inventories all rose more than expected, dousing hopes of a smooth recovery in demand from coronavirus lockdowns.
"This is Europe's moment," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament today, as she proposed a massive fund to help Europe recover from the coronavirus pandemic. "Things we take for granted are being questioned. None of that can be fixed by any single country alone." The proposed 750 billion euro ($825 billion) fund would be made up of 500 billion euros in grants — a package that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron announced last week — and 250 billion euros ($275 billion) in loans. The money would be raised on the capital markets and would be paid back over a 30-year period starting in 2028, in part with new taxes including a carbon tax, a digital tax and a tax on non-recycled plastics, according to the European Commission...
China, Japan, South Korea and Canada have used credit agencies and development banks to funnel more than US$50 billion to fossil fuels every year, new analysis has found.Overall, rich nations have directed at least US$77 billion in each of the last three years to oil and gas projects, despite their commitment under the 2015 Paris accord to slash greenhouse gas emissions and limit temperature rises “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, a report by the watchdog Oil Change International showed.The…
The smouldering piles were detected by satellites monitoring emissions from the region. Higher than average temperatures were seen in Greenland and northern and coastal Siberia in April this year.
New research suggests a combination of global warming and the collapse of the ozone layer preceded the mass terrestrial die-off that occurred 360 million years ago.
EPA yesterday issued an internal memo that could reduce civil penalties already assessed in administrative cases, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Oil futures tumbled on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was working on a strong response to China's proposed security law in Hong Kong and as some traders doubted Russia's commitment to deep production cuts.
Bertha, the second named storm this Atlantic hurricane season, has weakened to a tropical depression but was still expected to bring heavy rain and possibly life-threatening flash floods to parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.
Clean transportation has the highest potential for change, study shows.
Egypt’s non-oil imports decreased by 24 percent during January – April 2020, with their value falling to US$18.8 billion, compared to $24.6 billion during the same period in 2019, Minister of Trade and Industry Nevin Gamea said. Gamea pointed out that although Egypt’s international trade was affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, production rates in … Continued
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Donald Trump’s decision to step back from international climate action pushes any prospect of hitting...
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Live coverage of business, economics and financial markets FTSE 100 gains as European shares rise €750bn EU recovery fund planned Christine Lagarde says eurozone GDP to shrink by between 8% and 12% BlackRock to vote against ExxonMobil on climate grounds Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 2.34pm BST US stock markets have gained at the opening bell on Wall Street - matching the positivity seen outside of Asia today as investors bet on recovery. Here are the early moves: 2.22pm BST Some interesting news on the climate front ahead of US investor ExxonMobil’s annual meeting: BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, will lodge multiple votes against the company because of its failure to make progress on its climate change targets...
Environmental groups are accusing EPA of dropping critical water protections in New England after approving a key permit for the region's largest coal-fired power plant that doesn't require cooling towers for water discharged into the Merrimack River.
EPA and Sierra Club lawyers for 10 years united in arguing DTE Energy Co. ignored pollution control requirements in overhauling one of the nation's largest coal-fired power plants. But as that legal battle winds to a close, their working alliance has frayed, court documents suggest.
Tropical Storm Bertha formed off the South Carolina coast Wednesday morning, the second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
"There is more than enough global capacity to capture and store enough carbon dioxide (CO2) to meet climate-change targets, a study has found." LINK
"If the world is to meet the Paris Agreement and all energy-related sustainable development goals, roughly 2,000 carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities need to be operating by 2040, delivering 7% of cumulative emissions reductions." LINK
Fund manager will vote against re-election of two directors and for splitting chair and CEO role BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, will lodge multiple votes against ExxonMobil at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday as it flags concern over the oil company’s failure to make progress on its climate change targets. BlackRock will vote against the re-election of two directors and in favour of a shareholder motion that proposes splitting the role of chief executive and chairman. Continue reading...
"Tech giant's chief environmental officer talks to BusinessGreen about the firm's ambitious plan to remove all CO2 it has generated since its foundation in 1975." LINK
"Reforestation is seen as a way to help cool the climate, sucking excess warming carbon out of the atmosphere. But it’s not always that simple." LINK
Geden, Oliver, and Felix Schenuit. 2020: “Unkonventioneller Klimaschutz: Gezielte CO2-Entnahme aus der Atmosphäre als neuer Ansatz in der EU-Klimapolitik.” SWP-Studie 10. May 2020. 2020. doi:10.18449/2020S10. German-language publication on the role of atmospheric CDR in EU climate policy. LINK
Offermann-van Heek, Julia, Katrin Arning, André Sternberg, André Bardow, and Martina Ziefle. 2020: “Assessing Public Acceptance of the Life Cycle of CO2-Based Fuels: Does Information Make the Difference?” Energy Policy 143: 111586. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111586. "Besides technological feasibility of required process steps (CO2 capture, CO2 transport, fuel production infrastructure), a successful adoption requires acceptance of alternative CO2-based fuels and their infrastructure. This study focuses on public acceptance of CO2-based fuels' life cycle by laypeople (N = 325) using conjoint analysis." LINK
"Big Tech is making splash with its aggressive carbon reduction goals, but some of its employees and climate activists are criticizing Google, Microsoft and Amazon for nonetheless partnering with fossil fuel companies to use artificial intelligence to find hidden hydrocarbons and bring them to market." LINK
"I pointed out last week that the covid-19 pandemic has taught us something interesting: even locking down most of the planet didn’t cut emissions as much as we might have thought." LINK
Deadline: 14. June 2020 "Carbon180 is launching a one year Senior Policy Fellowship to begin fostering a robust field of carbon removal experts to help build an economy that removes more carbon than it emits. Fellows will be embedded with our policy team in Washington, D.C. and work on creating new, science-driven, inclusive policies to scale carbon removal to the gigaton level. The fellowship will run from August 2020 - August 2021." LINK
"The Ocean-Climate Trust is working to define and mobilize a more comprehensive approach to arresting climate disruption, and to unlock new resources for negative emissions and ecosystem life support elements of the portfolio, with particular focus on the ocean contributions to each." LINK
Filed under: Projections, US, Weather MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall on South Carolina's coast Wednesday morning shortly after it formed, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
A tropical storm that could unleash heavy rainfall and produce life-threatening flash flooding made landfall along the South Carolina coast on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
[Observer] President George Weah in his statement accused EPA Executive Director Nathaniel Blama of violating preventive health protocols at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) for reasons not disclosed.
Cross-party group calls for ‘faster, further, fairer’ action to tackle climate and nature crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK needs to invest an additional £30bn a year in shovel-ready green projects to create jobs, energise the post-lockdown economy and put the country back on track to achieve its climate targets, a new cross-party commission recommends. In the most detailed blueprint to date for a green recovery from Covid-19, it also advises the government to make an initial down payment of £5bn into a national “just transition fund” that would support the regions likely to be worst affected by the shift away from fossil fuels. Continue reading...
[New Dawn] Acting Executive Director Randall Dobayou told this paper in an interview the company was reportedly drilling water from underground without registration, particularly during night hours when residents and local authorities have gone to bed.
The European Commission unveiled a 750 billion euro ($826.3 billion) package on Wednesday which it says will put fighting climate change at the heart of the bloc's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
[Malawi News Agency] Kasungu -District Commissioner (DC) for Kasungu, James Kanyangalazi Tuesday said interventions in the Enhanced Public Works Programme (EPWP) are very crucial in dealing with effects of climate change.
Shareholder activists targeting Exxon Mobil Corp's climate policies stepped up a campaign to split the chairman and chief executive's roles ahead of the oil major's shareholder meeting on Wednesday.
Enbridge said yesterday that it had discovered four spots on an oil pipeline in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac where protective coating has worn away, leaving bare metal exposed.
House Democrats are moving to prevent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from delaying decisions on appeal requests from landowners affected by pipeline, port or transmission projects.
A group of about 30 property owners has sued to block a proposed Oregon liquefied natural gas export terminal and corresponding pipeline that would cut across their land.
But the Bureau of Land Management is offering little explanation as to why it postponed an auction in New Mexico.
Amazon.com Inc. is encouraging investors at its annual shareholder meeting today to vote against several climate change-related proposals, including one from the tech giant's own employees.
Some of the world's largest oil companies lost crucial appeals in federal court yesterday. The decisions could shape the outcome of lawsuits filed by California municipalities that accuse the industry of causing damage related to sea-level rise and other climate impacts.
Coronavirus emissions cuts are just a drop in climate change’s bucket
[Premium Times] Amidst the alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.
[Daily News] THE government has asked Civil Society Organisations, citizens and development partners to join hands in awareness campaigns, which promote environmental conservation and climate change address.
Unrest in Hong Kong over Beijing's proposed national security laws weighed on global shares and oil prices on Wednesday, offsetting optimism about the re-opening of the world economy.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2020, Advance Article DOI : 10.1039/D0EE00723D, Communication Ju-Hyuk Lee, Riyul Kim, Soohyun Kim, Jiyun Heo, Hyeokjin Kwon, Jung Hoon Yang, Hee-Tak Kim Highly reversible aqueous zinc anodes are demonstrated via suppressing surface diffusion of Zn adatoms from strong orbital hybridization of the Zn adatoms and single vacancy defects. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Morrison government has not modelled the economic impact of transitioning to a zero emissions economy, despite signing up to such a target under the Paris Agreement.
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Technology roadmap shows that Australia's climate plan is to tread water for eternity, while its fossil fuel industries continue their work unabated and unregulated.
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CWP Renewables lodges development application for 400MW wind farm proposed for NSW central-west Renewable Energy Zone, hoping for construction to begin in 2021.
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The federal government is seeking views on the creation of a 'guarantee of origin' for hydrogen to track emissions and identify its source - wind, solar, gas or coal.
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Spark looks to add battery storage to Bomen solar farm, and expand capacity, and is also on lookout for wind and solar projects as international developers retreat from market.
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Ground Effects Environmental says its technology will allow businesses to remain operational during viral or bacterial outbreaks.
( American Chemical Society ) Concerns about environmental and health risks of some fluorinated carbon compounds used to make non-stick coatings and fire-fighting foams have prompted manufacturers to develop substitutes, but these replacements are increasingly coming under fire themselves. To get a handle on the scope of the problem, scientists have been studying how widely these chemicals have contaminated the environment. Now, researchers report in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology that, in one case, they have dispersed more broadly than previously realized.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday on revived concerns over how quickly fuel demand will recover even as coronavirus lockdowns begin to ease in many countries, while U.S.-China tensions added to negative sentiment.
Climate activists condemn Sonya Savage’s remarks Trans Mountain project under construction despite opposition Environmental advocates have reacted with outrage after a provincial energy minister in Canada said that coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings make it a “great time” to push on with a contentious pipeline project. Related: Coronavirus live news: Putin says Russia past peak of outbreak despite highest daily death toll Continue reading...
May 26, 2020 8:02 PM GENEVA (AFP) - The UN's weather agency warned Tuesday (May 26) that Covid-19 would amplify the risks of what was expected to be a record-breaking hot summer in the northern hemisphere.
A stifling heatwave is expected to sweep the southwestern US this week, with temperatures predicted to reach 20 degrees above average.
Hisar in Haryana recorded its hottest day of the current summer so far, with the maximum temperature settling five notches above normal limits, the Meteorological Department here said.
The fire ban, which covered the Forest Protection Area, provincial parks and protected areas, was put into place in mid-April as a measure to slow the start of the wildfire season.
Native American communities have been hit hard by the pandemic. We hear how they’re responding. Guests Dr. Michelle Tom , family practice physician currently working in two small ERs in Winslow, Arizona. She serves the entire southern region of Navajo Nation (roughly 17,000 people). ( @drmichelletom ) Krista Allen , Western Agency reporter at the Navajo Times. ( @navajotimes ) Tyrone Whitehorse , co-founder of Protect Native Elders , a Native community-focused charitable organization. ( @EldersNative ) From The Reading List Navajo Times : Pipeline goes to waste as Dzil Libei residents need water The defunct Black Mesa coal slurry pipeline runs through Andy Manychildren’s front yard in Dził Łibéí, where residents say it could easily be converted into a water pipeline. Insider : Im a member...
The United Nations has officially postponed the next global climate summit until November 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rising temperatures, natural disasters and deforestation taking heavy toll, say scientists Climate breakdown and the mass felling of trees has made the world’s forests significantly shorter and younger overall, an analysis shows. The trend is expected to continue, scientists say, with worrying consequences for the ability of forests to store carbon and mitigate the climate emergency and for the endangered wildlife that depends on rich, ancient forests. Continue reading...
Cambridge University experts used patterns of wave-like ridges on the Antarctic seafloor to calculate how quickly the ice sheets melted around 12,000 years ago.
Antarctic ice sheets can retreat much faster than than modern satellite measurements show. According to a study of ridge patterns on the seafloor, the continent's ice sheets can retreat upwards of 165 feet per day.
Oil futures rose about 2% on Thursday as a steady improvement in U.S. refining activity offset a surprise build in crude and diesel inventories and on worries that China's new Hong Kong security law could result in trade sanctions.
The bloc is showing the way in rebuilding coronavirus-ravaged economies to fight the climate emergency Coronavirus will not harm climate goals, EU promises The European commission has put down a marker for the world with its green recovery package . It sets a high standard for other nations, using the rebuilding of coronavirus-ravaged economies to tackle the even greater threat of the climate emergency, in principle at least. With the world fast approaching the point when climate chaos becomes inevitable, how the trillions of recovery dollars – or euros – are spent is a use-it-or-lose-it moment, so what the EU does really matters. Climate change is a global crisis, meaning all nations must act and some must lead the way. Continue reading...
Reduction largely wiped out by a rise in carbon pollution from big industrial sites, particularly liquefied natural gas plants Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly last year, according to official data released on Friday, as new clean energy plants came online and the drought continued to limit farming output. But the reduction was largely wiped out by an increase in carbon pollution from big industrial sites, particularly liquefied natural gas plants off the country’s northern coast. Continue reading...
A federal court has dismissed a long-standing lawsuit brought by a trade group representing the tiny niche of power producers that burn coal refuse for fuel.
The United States consumed more energy from renewable sources last year than it did from coal for the first time since before 1885, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said today.
Filed under: News, Discovery - Science, Science & Tech ZUMPANGO, Mexico, May 28 (Reuters) - Alongside construction crews racing to build the Mexican capital's new airport, skulls and curving tusks of massive mammoths peek through the dirt as archaeologists dig up more and more bones belonging to the ice age's most famous mammal.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Oil futures rose on Thursday, erasing earlier losses, on signs U.S. gasoline demand is rising despite a big surprise build in crude inventories and worries that China's new Hong Kong security law could result in trade sanctions.
Alongside construction crews racing to build the Mexican capital's new airport, skulls and curving tusks of massive mammoths peek through the dirt as archaeologists dig up more and more bones belonging to the ice age's most famous mammal.
Oil futures dipped and then bounced to trade around even on Thursday after U.S. crude and distillate inventories rose much more than expected, with traders also worried that China's new Hong Kong security law could result in trade sanctions.
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa is currently one of the world's largest carbon emitters. And it's increasingly being viewed as a pariah that isn't contributing as much as it could to the international fight against global warming and climate change. With a lot of other countries now moving away from fossil fuel-based electricity, there's considerable pressure for South Africa to follow.
Latest quarterly emissions update shows emissions down thanks to renewables and drought, but increases from the gas sector are hindering faster progress.
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Many of the same tools the Empire State used to cut carbon and save money can work for you.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D0EE00755B, Paper Bingliang Wang, Kangning Zhao, Zhuo Yu, Congli Sun, Zhuo Wang, Ningning Feng, Liqiang Mai, Yonggang Wang, Yongyao Xia Investigating the reaction mechanism and the rational design of highly efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction play a key role in renewable energy applications. Here, we report a homogeneous multi-metal-site... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Glencore on Thursday defended its climate policy from activists who want targets set for the use of its products, with Chairman Tony Hayward saying the miner's current plan will cut greenhouse gas emissions.
When 62-year-old Tomas Morales registered a fever of 101.3 Fahrenheit on April 14, the doctor told him to self-isolate. But there was a problem: Morales was on an oil platform off the Mexican coast only reachable by helicopter, and he shared a bedroom with three other workers.
Southern Co. will be a net-zero emissions company by 2050, its CEO, Tom Fanning, said yesterday.
A U.S. trade court has blocked the Trump administration's plan to enact tariffs on a type of two-sided solar panel, dealing a blow to domestic manufacturers that had sought levies against cheap imports.
The California Assembly slammed Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal Tuesday, criticizing his proposed cuts to environmental protections, public education and health care during a rare meeting that allowed them to question the administration directly.
Montana is warming faster than most of the United States and is only a few decades away from losing the glaciers that are the namesake for its crown jewel, Glacier National Park.
The world's largest oil company is preparing for a future dominated by electric vehicles. It has 20 years to secure a place for oil in the next era of transportation.
The SpaceX founder and CEO plans to terraform the Red Planet by bombarding the planet’s polar caps.
[The Herald] Hwange -based independent solar power producer, SolGas Energy founder Tafadzwa Muchinda, says they are set to commission a 5-Megawatt plant in August this year.
Do public hearings over Zoom unfairly suppress opponents' comments, or allow even more people to engage? That's just one point of dispute as the Trump administration pushes ahead with some of its most controversial environmental policy changes this spring despite the coronavirus pandemic. November's vote is driving momentum, since policies finalized too late could be overturned more easily should President Trump lose re-election or Democrats gain control of the Senate. But environmentalists, state regulators and lawmakers say the public is distracted by the coronavirus pandemic. They've asked the government to hit pause on a host of proposals, with little success so far. Recently finalized rules include scaling back regulations for fuel efficiency in cars and trucks, air pollution coming from...
Utilities, communications and transport at risk, government advisers warn Britain’s vital infrastructure is under threat from the ravages of extreme weather and climate breakdown, unless ministers take swift action to protect against flooding, heatwaves and drought , government advisers have warned. Energy networks and water utilities, communications, transport and other essential services are all at risk, said Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, which has published a new report on resilience. Continue reading...
Research published after video shows environment minister calling for deregulation while public distracted by Covid-19 Two studies have raised further alarm about deforestation in Brazil during the first year of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro’s government. One study showed the country lost 12,000 km 2 (4,633 sq miles) of forest last year and also provided important information about those behind deforestation. The other research flagged a 27% increase in the destruction of tropical forests in eastern Brazil. Continue reading...
Carbon emissions from Great Britain’s power grid hit lowest levels last weekend, thanks to a decrease in demand and a big increase in renewable energy.
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Europe unveils $A1.2 trillion Covid-19 recovery plan that has renewables and climate as the centrepiece, casting Australia even more starkly as a backwards-looking global laggard.
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Dormant “zombie fires” scattered across the Arctic region – remnants of record blazes last year – may be coming to life after an unusually warm and dry Spring, scientists warned Wednesday.“We have seen satellite observations of active fires that hint that ‘zombie’ fires might have reignited,” said Mark Parrington, a senior scientist and wildfire expert at the European Union’s Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service.The hotspots, which have yet to be confirmed by ground measurements, are…
India's coronavirus lockdown is slowly being eased but the restrictions have compounded the miseries of the current heatwave. Heatwaves are increasing in frequency, and this week the mercury hit 50 Celsius in western Rajasthan state. Parts of Delhi recorded their hottest May temperatures in almost 20 years.
Battery storage is really easy to do if the economics are supportive, but pumped hydro is incredibly difficult to do.
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The U.S. topped 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, as California's case total crossed the same threshold. The state sues the Trump administration, again, over environmental policy. And beaches and pools can be safe, if you follow these guidelines.
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A study released Tuesday showed that as many as 2,100 hectares - the equivalent of 1,900 soccer fields - were razed each day in 2019 as a result of illegal deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest.
Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET NASA and SpaceX were ready to launch a pair of astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly nine years on Wednesday, but the weather had other ideas. The weather had been a concern all day after Tropical Storm Bertha — which made landfall in South Carolina — caused unsafe conditions at the pad and downrange, where the astronauts would have splashed down in case of a problem during launch. If the rocket ran into trouble during launch, the astronauts would be forced to land in the ocean, and inclement conditions could hamper rescue efforts or even prove dangerous for the crew. The launch was scrubbed just 17 minutes before lift off as the weather remained unsettled. At one point, the National Weather Service even issued a tornado warning near the launch area...
The analysis showed that China, Japan, Canada and South Korea were the worst offenders.
Exxon Mobil Corp shareholders soundly rejected climate-related proposals and splitting the chairman and chief executive's roles at the oil major's shareholder meeting on Wednesday.
Flight is the first under Nasa’s commercial crew program, an effort to hand over lower Earth orbit spaceflight to private contractors The countdown clock to the United States’ return to human spaceflight continued to tick down on Wednesday, despite a tropical storm in the Atlantic and thunderstorms at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center threatening the scheduled 4.33pm EST launch of Nasa’s first crewed flight in almost a decade. Mission managers gave the historic SpaceX Demo-2 test flight of Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon crew capsule no more than a 50-50 chance of launching Wednesday, but chose to proceed with preparations in the hope of a break in the weather before the planned liftoff time. Continue reading...
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government on Tuesday approved a decree altering the shareholding and financing structure of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in Area One of the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
May 27, 2020 4:00 PM NEW DELHI (AFP) - India is wilting under a heatwave, with the temperature in places reaching 50 deg C and the capital enduring its hottest May day in nearly two decades.
The ongoing heatwave over several parts of north and central India is likely to continue during the next 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday, even as the southwest monsoon made further advancement in parts of Bay of Bengal.
Bertha, the second named storm this Atlantic hurricane season, has weakened to a tropical depression, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.
Italian luxury group Salvatore Ferragamo has called back former CEO Michele Norsa as executive director to help management revamp the brand and weather the COVID-19 storm.
[Monitor] Despite rain reducing in most parts of the country, many others continue to experience devastating effects of floods.
Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall on South Carolina's coast this morning shortly after it formed, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.
Giving oil and gas companies a grace period for paying royalties during the coronavirus pandemic would be favoritism "beyond the pale," said House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.).
Dormant "zombie fires" scattered across the Arctic region -- remnants of record blazes last year -- may be coming to life after an unusually warm and dry Spring, scientists warned Wednesday. "We have seen satellite observations of active fires that hint that 'zombie' fires might have reignited," said Mark Parrington, a senior scientist and wildfire expert at the European Union's Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service. The year 2019 was marked by fires unprecedented in scale and duration across large swathes of Siberia and Alaska.
Coronavirus, homework, sports, climate change: Working in the midst of a nationwide school shutdown, high school and middle school students around the country took on these and many more topics in this year's NPR Student Podcast Challenge. After two deadline extensions and a lot of creative solutions to the challenges of recording from their homes, we received more than 2,000 podcasts from 46 states and the District of Columbia. Today, we're announcing our finalists! We've listened to every single podcast entry and narrowed the list down to 25 finalists — read and listen to the full list here . From this list, our judges will select our two grand-prize winners, and we'll announce those winners on Wednesday, June 3. (We also identified more than 200 honorable mentions and we'll be announcing...
"Sweden's largest test facility for carbon dioxide capture has begun operation at Preem's refinery in Lysekil. Within the pilot project `Preem CCS', the entire value chain will be analyzed - from the capture of carbon dioxide to its storage. The outcome of the project will enable more companies to use the technology and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions." LINK
"MAN Energy Solutions has been awarded a contract for the engineering of three RG compressor trains for a carbon capture, utilization and storage project in the Netherlands. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. (EBN) and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie are jointly developing the ‘Porthos’ (Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub and Offshore Storage) project, which has been recognized by the European Union as a Project of Common Interest (PCI)." LINK
RELEASE: Water, Peace and Security Partnership awarded Luxembourg Peace Prize in the Environment Category
Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2020)—The Water, Peace and Security Partnership has been awarded the 2020 Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Environmental Peace. The ceremony has been postponed to 2021 as part of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 28, 2021, peace activists from around the world will gather for the 9th Annual Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony.
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Deadline: 22. July 2020 "O:Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater" & "P: Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air" LINK
Chevron Corp shareholders on Wednesday voted to approve a proposal demanding that the company issue a report on its climate change related lobbying activities, a major win for activists against big oil.
Exxon Mobil Corp shareholders soundly rejected climate-related proposals and splitting the chairman and chief executive's roles at the oil major's shareholder meeting on Wednesday.
McLaren, Duncan. 2020: “Quantifying the Potential Scale of Mitigation Deterrence from Greenhouse Gas Removal Techniques.” Climatic Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02732-3. "The paper reviews the expectations of GGR implied by integrated assessment modelling, categorizes ways in which delivery or promises of GGR might instead deter or delay emissions reduction, and offers a preliminary estimate of the possible extent of three such forms of ‘mitigation deterrence’." LINK
Michaelowa, Axel. 2020: "The governance of solar geoengineering by Jesse L. Reynolds, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019." Environmental Politics (29/4), 759-760. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2020.1757582. "While there is a rapidly growing number of research articles on geoengineering as well as several books discussing its challenges aiming at a general audience, Reynolds’s book is the first that achieves a complete overview of the governance questions linked to SRM. It is a ‘must read’ for any political scientist or economist trying to understand how to manage SRM on various levels and will remain a key reference for the foreseeable future." LINK
"Tropical rainforests’ vital ability to store carbon is under threat due to rising global temperatures, and the Amazon is particularly at risk, scientists have warned." LINK
"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said that in order to prevent catastrophic climate change, we’ll need to start actively pulling carbon out of the carbon cycle and permanently sequestering it." LINK
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Darwin Glacier in Landsat images from 1986 and 2020. Red arrow indicates 1986 terminus location, yellow arrow 2020 terminus location, purple dots the snowline. Point 1,2 and 3 indicate the same specific location. Darwin Glacier flows east from the main divide of the Cordillera Darwin entering the head of Fjord Parry. Here we examine changes illustrated by Landsat images from 1986-2020. Melkonian et al (2013) note widespread thinning of four large glaciers …
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In pics: Heatwave intensifies across north India, Churu sizzles at 50°C
Tropical storm Bertha has made landfall along the South Carolina coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.
Nine-seater plane should take to skies on Thursday and produce no carbon emissions The world’s largest all-electric aircraft is about to take to the skies for the first time. The Cessna Caravan, retrofitted with an electric engine, is expected to fly for 20-30 minutes over Washington state in the US on Thursday. Continue reading...
The European Commission has increased five-fold its proposed European Union fund to wean carbon-intensive regions off fossil fuels, with fresh cash from a new recovery fund to help Europe's ailing economies rebound after the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly two lakh people in Assam have been hit and about 9000 forced to take shelter in relief camps as the situation due to the first wave of floods worsened on Tuesday. More than 220 villages in seven affected districts have been inundated.
May 27, 2020 8:55 AM LONDON (NYTIMES) - International negotiations designed to address the sweeping global threat of climate change will quite likely be delayed by a full year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. clean-energy startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems raised an additional $84 million from major investors in Europe and Asia, underscoring that the appetite remains to back new technologies which could mitigate climate change.
U.S. power providers have hit emissions reduction targets set by the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) over a decade ahead of schedule, according to a new report.
[New Times] The Government will spend at least Rwf1 billion on the rehabilitation of Mugogo lowland in Musanze and other areas in Nyabihu district that were ravaged by floods.
Global energy investment could sink to its lowest level in history due to fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the International Energy Agency said in an annual report Wednesday.
America is continuing its exodus from coal.
An area of disturbed weather located off the South Carolina coast has a 70% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.
[Nation] More than 600 families in Lamu County have been left in the cold after their houses were submerged by ravaging floods.
National Oilwell Varco Inc (NOV) has had a rough few years: Since 2017, the Houston company, whose drilling equipment is in major oilfields worldwide, has lost two-thirds of its value, costing shareholders a combined $9 billion.
Exclusively compiled data from centre’s supercomputer shows alarming climate trajectory The human fingerprint on the climate is now unmistakable and will become increasingly evident over the coming decades, the UK Met Office has confirmed after 30 years of pioneering study. Since the 1990s, global temperatures have warmed by half a degree, Arctic sea ice has shrunk by almost 2 million km2, sea-levels have risen by about 10cm and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by 60 parts per million (17%), according to figures exclusively compiled for the Guardian to mark the 30th anniversary of the Met Office’s Hadley Centre for climate science and services. Continue reading...
Oil prices fell on Wednesday after U.S. president Donald Trump said he was working on a strong response to China's proposed security law in Hong Kong.
May 27, 2020 5:00 AM Drivers may not always end up paying less for petrol when oil prices fall, as factors like demand for other types of oil and excess supply play a part, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry Tan Wu Meng in Parliament yesterday.
Delhi saw temperatures hit 47C, the highest in decades for this time of year.
A new IEA report shows the Covid-19 pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history.
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Covid-19 pandemic forecast to cause biggest slump in history after collapse in demand Investment in global energy will fall by $400bn (£324bn) this year, the biggest slump in the industry’s history, as the Covid-19 pandemic fuels a collapse in energy demand . The International Energy Agency (IEA) said the unprecedented investment slump follows the most severe plunge in energy demand since the second world war . The price of oil suffered an historic market crash last month when US oil prices turned negative for the first time . Continue reading...
German-based SINN Power ramps up its bid to offer a robust, modular, and affordable maritime structure to generate renewable energy from waves, wind and solar.
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Oil prices fell on Wednesday as concerns over how quickly fuel demand will recover tempered an easing of lockdowns to halt the spread of coronavirus, while U.S.-China tensions added to negative sentiment.
Global energy investment is expected to plunge by around 20% or $400 billion in 2020, its biggest fall on record, because of the new coronavirus outbreak, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.
The remaining Mississippi Delta marshes, covering an area larger than Connecticut, are already doomed by sea level rise — and others around the world could be too
Western Canadian producers are moving to restore some oil production as crude prices rise with demand thanks to the gradual opening of the world economy and OPEC and Russian output cuts.
Several parts of north and west India reeled under scorching heatwave with the temperature touching 50 degrees Celsius in Rajasthan's Churu district on Tuesday. For Assam and Meghalaya, however, the meteorological department has issued a red-colour coded weather alert from May 26-28, predicting very heavy rainfall in these two northeastern states.
Nitrogen dioxide levels have rebounded over China following the country lifting coronavirus lockdowns. Maps show emissions have returned to near normal for this time of year.
Crucial global goals to reduce hunger and poverty and curb climate change have gone backwards or stalled, the United Nations Secretary-General warns in a new report, as the COVID-19 outbreak moves from being a health crisis to becoming the “worst human and economic crisis of our lifetimes”. The number of people suffering hunger has increased, […]
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Geologist Keri Belcher had a moment of relief earlier this year. Her employer, a medium-sized oil and gas company, had a round of layoffs — and she made it through. She still had a job. Then came the coronavirus and the complete collapse in oil prices. This time around, she was laid off. "It was kind of unfortunate, too, because I just re-signed my apartment lease," the Houston resident said. Belcher applied for unemployment, and after seven weeks of waiting, still hadn't received a single check. She's applied for jobs, with no luck. She's looking for someone to take over the lease on that apartment. And like many other people stuck inside, she's taken up new hobbies — like drawing and baking bread. "I got a nice crunchy crust the other day," she says. "Very exciting." What comes next? She's...
Big snowstorms might be few and far between later this century as the climate warms, a new study suggests.
I'm feeling so cooped up these days that I sometimes find myself getting in the car and taking aimless rides to nowhere. Maybe that's what prompted me to finally check out an on-the-road novel that came out in February, right before the pandemic brought life-as-we-know-it to a hard stop. Nancy McKinley's novel — constructed out of a series of interlocking stories — is called St. Christopher On Pluto. Note that odd title: It summons up, first, a Catholic saint who was demoted because of questions about his historical veracity, and Pluto , once a planet but now demoted to a dwarf planet. Demoted or diminished is how you might think of the Northeastern Pennsylvania setting of this novel: Once the area around Wilkes-Barre boasted industry, family farms and coal mines; but in recent times, the region...
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