The baby boomers gave us Trump and Brexit. Can my generation age more gracefully? Generational politics is bullshit, but a Gen X guy would say that. I sometimes wonder, though, whether whatever is distinctive in my generation’s experience (and haunting our minds) might have something to offer the future. After a brief flurry of interest in the 1990s, thinkpieces on my demographic quickly waned. There were never that many of us; the meat in the sandwich was and is meagre. Continue reading...
The endangered bird at the centre of the Queensland Adani coal mine saga is being bred in homes and sold for as little as $30 but breeders say it could save the bird.
A winter storm warning for the Flagstaff area goes into effect at 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Oil prices hovered just below 2019 highs on Thursday, bolstered by OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran.
Greenhouse gas emissions from your heating boiler are fuelling climate change.
"Just the first of what will be countless species lost to climate change if we don’t get our pollution under control."
Electricity bills could soar by 50 per cent, 336,000 full-time jobs could be lost and the average wage for Australian workers could drop by $9,000 a year under Labor's plan to slash carbon emissions.
Thundersnow – a thunderstorm that produces snow instead of rain – was reported Wednesday in several states from the sprawling winter storm that's lashing the eastern U.S.
The refugee transfer legislation, passed against the government’s wishes, continues to be the subject of debate. All the day’s events, live 9.39pm GMT Australia’s biggest coal miner might be limiting its thermal coal production (which make no mistake, is a commercial decision) but Angus Taylor has some strong opinions about Labor’s renewable energy targets, following new modelling. From his release: “The work, released by BAEconomics’s Managing Director Dr Brian Fisher, shows that Labor’s 45% Emissions Reduction Target and 50% Renewable Energy Target will: 9.36pm GMT It’s also worth noting that just yesterday, Christian Porter introduced a series of bills into the House, including amendments to the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme, which has been in place for a...
The next storm rolling through Southern California will bring less rain than the last, but meteorologists say Angelenos should be prepared for some unusual precipitation in these parts: hail. The air is so cold that there is a potential for the frozen pellets, along with brief periods of heavy...
A top U.S. environmental group petitioned the Trump administration this week to drop its plan to sell oil and gas leases along nearly all of the nation's coasts.
Authorities are warning people not to panic but prepare, with the cyclone expected to bring wild weather, 130km/h winds and 500mm of rain in just 24 hours.
Drone video circulating on social media shows the magnitude of an oil spill from a train derailment south of St-Lazare, Man., on Saturday.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two Pennsylvania boys and an environmental group seeking to stop U.S. President Donald Trump from rolling back regulations addressing climate change, saying the court does not have power to tell the White House what to do.
DOD, NSC Officials Say Climate Change is a National Security Risk, and Science is on Their Side WASHINGTON (February 20, 2019)—The White House is reportedly seeking to create a Presidential Committee on Climate Security, which would be aimed at assessing the threat of climate change to national...
The White House is working to assemble a panel to assess whether climate change poses a national security threat, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post, a conclusion that federal intelligence agencies have affirmed several times since President Trump took office. The proposed Presidential...
Former Vice President Al Gore urged residents of a historic African-American community in Virginia yesterday to continue their fight against a plan to build a natural gas pipeline compressor station in their neighborhood.
Public health advocacy groups this week sued EPA over its decision to deny a petition aimed at increasing asbestos reporting requirements.
The long-standing debate over the sharing of offshore energy revenues is getting underway again in the 116th Congress.
The White House is putting together a panel tasked with determining whether climate change threatens national security.
Several conservative activists are urging the Senate to confirm Andrew Wheeler as head of EPA.
DENVER — David Bernhardt grew up hiking, hunting, skiing and horseback riding on the federal lands surrounding Rifle, Colo., an oil shale boomtown that saw bleak times when energy markets collapsed.
Drugs may be stable beyond expiry, even when not maintained in strictly temperature-controlled conditions, a study conducted on Antarctic bases suggests.
South Korean and Chinese officials are to meet next week to address the pressing issue of air pollution.
A winter storm swept across much of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast on Wednesday, hampering air travel and prompting officials to close federal offices in Washington and several large public school systems. The National Weather Service warned the storm could make travel very difficult, with snow, sleet and freezing rain potentially causing downed branches and power outages. The storm reached from northern Minnesota down through Missouri and east into the Mid-Atlantic region and could bring as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow along with sleet and freezing rain, the National Weather Service said in an advisory.
Crude prices rose more than 1 percent on Wednesday to their highest this year, on hopes that oil markets will balance later this year, helped by output cuts from top producers as well as U.S. sanctions on OPEC members Iran and Venezuela.
Committee would advise Trump on the ‘scientific understanding of today’s climate’, according to National Security Council Sign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 5.26pm GMT The US supreme court ruled this morning that there are limits on civil forfeiture laws that allow local governments to take and keep private property, including cash and houses, used to commit crimes. The use of civil forfeiture has increased in recent decades and is controversial across the political spectrum. Timbs pleaded guilty, but faced no prison time. The biggest loss was the Land Rover he bought with some of the life insurance money he received after his father died. Timbs still has to win one more round in court before he gets his vehicle back, but that seems to be a formality...
Elizabeth Warren has a list of problem areas she says are national emergencies, although she stopped short of saying Tuesday night that she'd take executive action to resolve them.
Carolina winger Jordan Martinook endured a minor wardrobe malfunction during the Hurricanes' 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
The White House is readying a presidential panel that would question U.S. military and intelligence reports showing human-driven climate change poses risks to national security, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
This week ComEd said that it’s furthering innovation in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood with the installation of renewable energy powered lights along the walkway to the Beethoven Elementary School. Bronzeville is home to the first “microgrid cluster” in the United States.
Although concrete doesn't burn, it can "spall" when subjected to extreme heat – this means that surface layers of the material explosively break off, potentially causing structures made from it to collapse. According to a new study, however, fibers obtained from discarded tires can help keep that from happening...
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Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's impressed with Miami's efforts to cope with rising sea levels— and he wishes President Donald Trump were paying attention, too.
Crude oil prices were lower early Wednesday partly on concern about increasing United States production.
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U.N. investigators have identified perpetrators of pervasive rape and killings and torture in secret safe houses in South Sudan, and believe oil revenues have driven much of the violence in its civil war, a report said on Wednesday.
The humble Bramble Cay melomys has disappeared from its island in the Great Barrier Reef.
A study conducted by NASA has shown that a giant cavity two thirds the size of Manhattan is rapidly melting underneath Thwaites Glacier, caused by climate change. That's 14 billion tons of ice melting over the past three years.
The European Union yesterday reached a tentative agreement on the first specific E.U. standards for trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down.
Air pollution is the sixth-biggest killer worldwide — more than alcohol use, kidney failure or too much salt. The cause, as we all know, is the burning of fossil fuels, which generates soot and other airborne particles that hang in the atmosphere.
The world needs a new convention to give formal rights to those driven from their homes by climate change, the former military adviser to the president of Bangladesh said yesterday.
Jeff Byard, President Trump's nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a confidant and potential carbon copy of outgoing Administrator Brock Long.
The crossing will link the rocky outcrop of Tintagel Castle to the Cornwall mainland 187ft (57m) above sea level and will be made of two separate cantilevers.
Wednesday was a rough day for air travel as a sprawling winter storm brought ice and snow to airports from the Great Plains into the Northeast.
Uranium ore stored at the Grand Canyon National Park museum may have exposed visitors and workers to elevated levels of radiation, according to the park's safety, health and wellness manager.
Spain's government proposed public investment, including the issuing of green bonds, of 47 billion euros ($53.3 billion) as part of its 10-year climate change draft plan presented on Wednesday.
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 20, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Research claiming that low-dose exposure to toxic chemicals is good for humans could help shape Environmental Protection Agency policy. This disputed...
A Portland petroleum terminal is significantly expanding its capacity to unload rail cars, a move that sets the stage to more than double the number of oil trains along the Columbia and Willamette rivers into Oregon's biggest city, Oregon Public Broadcasting has learned.
TOKYO — Japan's indecision over nuclear power's future is stymieing U.S. efforts to boost liquefied natural gas exports in the world's largest LNG market.
Authorities rescued Saturday a hiker stranded in a creek during winter weather at Zion National Park in Utah after his leg got stuck in quicksand. The hiker's companion called 911 after hiking for an additional three to find cell service. (Feb 19)
Glencore notes it is well-positioned to support the transition to a lower-carbon economy
Initiative would be at odds with the assessment of U.S. intelligence and defense communities.
[Observer] The tragic reality is that the earth is reaching a tipping point faster than ever before and this will affect all of us.
EILAT, Israel (AP) — As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century. There is broad scientific consensus that the effects of climate change have devastated … Continued
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The most effective way to lower the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with metal production is to pursue a circular economy for the material in the long term, says a recent study. This century will see a high demand for seven major metals; the resultant overall environmental impact is expected to outweigh any environmental savings that may result from greener production processes or an increased use of renewable energy.
As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer than ever, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope
February 20, 2019 12:59 PM WELLINGTON (AFP) - Oil has started leaking from a bulk carrier stranded on a coral reef near World Heritage-listed waters in the Solomon Islands, local villagers said Wednesday (Feb 20).
Angelina Galiteva, vice chair of the California Independent System Operator, talks about that state’s 100 per cent renewable energy target, and how it will get there.
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If you've ever wondered what the weather is on Mars, wonder no more. Today, NASA published an online tool that will allow the public to get daily Martian weather reports based on data gathered by the space agency's unmanned InSight lander and includes a 24-hr breakdown of the Red Planet's temperature, wind, and air pressure...
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Scientists invited to collaborate on climate change following mass fish kills and royal commission findings In the wake of mass fish kills in the Menindee Lakes in January and scorching criticism of its stewardship of the Murray-Darling Basin, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has announced that it will upgrade its scientific work on climate change and the river system. The authority’s chief executive, Phillip Glyde, has invited the scientific community to collaborate on its work on climate change. Continue reading...
February 20, 2019 11:19 AM CANBERRA (XINHUA) - The Australian government has confirmed the first known extinction of a mammal as a result of human-induced climate change.
Flood risk in the region likely to increase by 130% by end of century, modelling shows Houses in flood-hit Townsville and other parts of north Queensland are “on track to become uninsurable”, according to analysis that shows the risk to homes from flooding will more than double under climate change. The modelling, based on current global emissions trajectories, says flooding in Townsville is already about 20% more to likely to occur than previously thought. The total flood risk in the region is likely to increase by 130% by the end of the century. Continue reading...
February 20, 2019 8:10 AM THE HAGUE (REUTERS) - Climate change threats - from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean - are a growing security risk and require concerted action to ensure they don't spark new violence, security experts warned Tuesday (Feb 19).
New Zealand marine mammal expert Dr Regina Eisert filmed a young killer whale headbutting her camera in icy Antarctic waters before gleefully chewing on a piece of toothfish.
A global conference on climate change resilience in Miami on Tuesday highlighted the city’s efforts to respond to sea level rise and other extreme weather events. Led by former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, representatives from the Global Commission on Adaptation toured the city’s flood prevention projects and met with Miami’s climate resilience leaders. Ban praised the city’s work to address sea level rise, saying Miami is a model for other places around the world under threat from climate change. “If we do not take action appropriately, 800 million people in the world alongside the coastal area will be seriously affected,” Ban said after participating in a panel discussion. “Therefore like Miami has been doing, try to invest wisely.” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is the only...
The Australian's misleading story about the cost of rooftop solar rebates was spread throughout the Murdoch stable, TV, other media and the climate-denier blogosphere.
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The geochemist popularized the phrase “global warming” and changed our understanding of oceans.
Tropical Cyclone Oma will likely crash into Australia's Queensland coast over the weekend but it doesn't mean New Zealand is safe from a barrage of wet and wild weather.
Hundreds of model outlooks for ...
A scientist has used a "whalfie stick" – that's a whale selfie stick – to capture incredible footage of killer whales roaming at the edges of Antarctica's sea ice.
The encounter happened last week in ...
Dennis Wagner reports on the Uranium Exposure at Grand Canyon National Park, February 19, 2019, from Mather Point.
Long overlooked in the history of Key West is the influence of the Jewish community on the island city. From cigar factories in the 1880s to smuggling and immigration, Arlo Haskell's book “The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries” goes back almost 200 years to tell the forgotten story. Haskell documents how Jews helped rebuild after a massive fire in the 1880s and three powerful hurricanes in the early parts of the 20th century, as well as their role during the Cuban Revolution. Haskell joined Sundial to talk about his book. HASKELL: The [devastation of the] 1909 and 1910 hurricanes was compounded by there being two of them roughly a year to the day back-to-back. It was a real one-two punch that knocked Key West on its heels. In 1919 when that storm came, World War...
Researchers discovered a giant cavity inside Thwaites Glacier, considered one of the most dangerous in the world. What happens if it collapses?
RALEIGH, N.C. — The New York Party Poopers. The Rangers spoiled all the fun going on with the Hurricanes, disallowing another silly home-ice victory celebration that had become the talk of the league. Instead, Vlad Namestnikov scored in the third period, Henrik Lundqvist made 43 saves and the visiting Blueshirts won, 2-1, on Tuesday night...
Mere months before the November Armistice that ended WWI, Woodrow Wilson deployed American troops into Russia in what became the forgotten war known as The Polar Bear Expedition.
ConocoPhillips Mentions “Climate” 28 Times in Its Annual Financial Report, But Fails to Outline How It Will Slash Emissions to Avoid Climate Change’s Worst Impacts WASHINGTON (February 19, 2019)—Today, ConocoPhillips released its 2018 10-K , which provides insight into how the company accounts for climate change risks and opportunities related to its financial...
Peru on Tuesday launched a drive to eliminate illegal gold mining in one of the Amazon's most biodiverse corners, sending 1,500 police and military officers to a region that has suffered rising deforestation from wildcat mining.
A tiny island rodent, the Bramble Cay melomys, has become the first known demise of a mammal because of human-induced climate change.
Trump administration officials advocated for a plan to build dozens of nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, according to a report by House Democrats.
Peru on Tuesday launched a new, "sustained" effort to uproot illegal gold mining in one of the Amazon's most biodiverse corners, sending 1,500 police and military officers to the region after deforestation from wildcat mining hit a new high last year.
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The Trump administration has continued pursuing a proposed nuclear power deal with Saudi Arabia despite warnings from ethics lawyers and security experts, according to a congressional oversight committee.
The proposal gained traction in the early days of the administration because of then-national security adviser Michael Flynn and presidential confidant Tom Barrack, who had potential financial stakes in the plan, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said in initial findings released on Tuesday.
“Further investigation is needed to determine whether the actions being pursued by the Trump Administration are in the national security interest of the United States or, rather, serve those who stand to gain financially...
The Committee on Climate Change has warned that the UK failed to meet 15 out of 18 of its targets for tackling emissions between 2013 and 2017
Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report. (Feb. 19)
Stepping up efforts to gradually increase solar footprints across the country, the Centre on Tuesday approved two schemes - one to promote use of solar power among farmers and the second to give impetus to its ongoing grid-connected rooftop solar programme. Both the schemes together will get the central financial support of over Rs 46,000 crore by 2022.
Latino workers and environmental groups sued EPA today regarding its failure to ban a chemical that has killed more than 50 people.
After a brief stint in campaign finance reform, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is now fundraising in support of conservative candidates by attacking an ambitious effort to combat climate change.
For two centuries, all too many discussions about hunger and resource scarcity has been haunted by the ghost of Parson Thomas Malthus. Malthus warned that rising populations would exhaust resources, especially those needed for food production. Exponential population growth would outstrip food output. Humanity now faces a major challenge as global warming is expected to […]The post Agribusiness Is the Problem, Not the Solution appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Last week, Sunrun announced that its bid to supply 20 MW of residential solar + storage capacity into the New England ISO Forward Capacity Market for 2022-2023 was approved. According to Chris Rauscher, Director of Policy and Storage Market Strategy for Sunrun, this is not a pilot project or an experiment in any way.
Filed under: News, Politics, White House Hillary Clinton has joined the chorus of disapproval surrounding President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.The real national emergencies:
- Relentless gun violence.
- Children separated from their families at the border.
- Climate change.
- Americans dying for lack of health care.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 18, 2019Trump just declared a #FAKENationalEmergency at the border. Trump is going around Congress, the will of the people, & abusing the powers of the presidency to build his hateful wall. There’s no time to waste - it’s time to mobilize to defend our democracy. Here’s what you can do:
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) February 15, 2019Declaring a national emergency...
LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s exports of crude oil were higher than expected in January and are at least holding steady this month, according to tanker data and industry sources, as some customers have increased purchases due to waivers from US sanctions. Shipments are averaging 1.25 million barrels per day (bpd) in February, Refinitiv Eikon data … Continued
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A Florida woman has been arrested twice on multiple charges after authorities say she scammed hurricane victims while posing as a public adjuster.
A Siberian coal mining town has gotten a blanket of black snow, a regular occurrence in the region, known for high industrial pollution levels.
Two major Southern California highways reopened yesterday after ice and blowing snow forced closures that stranded hundreds of motorists, including some who spent a frigid night in their vehicles.
Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the administration.
And that's why it might actually pass.
The White House has signaled its intention to sign a 700-page public lands package, formally known as the Natural Resources Management Act, the largest such measure in a…
A powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.
Several current and former Trump administration appointees promoted the sale of nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia despite repeated objections from members of the National Security Council and other senior White House officials, according to a new report from congressional Democrats. The officials...
Australia officially declared a Great Barrier Reef rodent extinct on Tuesday, making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change. The rat-like Bramble Cay melomys — whose only known habitat was a small sandy island in far northern Australia — has not been spotted in a decade. Researchers from … Continued
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A powerful storm is expected to hit up to 200 million Americans with snow, ice and torrential rain, over the coming week. About 60 per cent of the US will likely to be hit by wintry weather on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather, an American media company that provides commercial weather forecasting services worldwide. It said the storm will develop over the western Gulf of Mexico before moving northwards.
[FrontPageAfrica] The African continent in recent years has come to be major Geo-strategic importance to the oil-dependent industrialized economies and giving attention that Africa receives from state actors on the global stage in the context of international politics, the idea of an African rebirth seems to be finding more and more acceptance within the contemporary global politics. This is due to the continent cherished and rich oil and other riches but had this new love for Africa developed by Beijing and Washington nowa
Details about these internal White House battles are contained in a 24-page report released Tuesday morning by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada, friends and performers with wide-ranging views met to discuss climate change, immigration and other concerns ‘without demonizing each other’ Several weeks ahead of the 35th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, Gail Steiger, a rancher and singer-songwriter from Yavapai county, Arizona, emailed a proposal to a small host of close friends and fellow performers. “None of us fit easily in any box, but we all hold each other in high regard,” he wrote. Continue reading...
[Namibian] The environment ministry says Namibia Dairies, the company that caused an oil spill which contaminated Windhoek's water, had no environmental management plan, as required by law.
South Africa's parliament approved on Tuesday a long-delayed carbon tax bill as it seeks to reduce harmful carbon emissions in Africa's most industrialized and polluting country.
Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon was announced as the AAF's new chairman Tuesday after making a nine-figure investment into the league.
Pollution from coal plants in industrial Kemerovo region is blamed for a ghostly phenomenon blighting the cities of Prokopyevsk and Leninsk-Kuznetsky plus the town of Kiselyovsk.
[IPS] Paramaribo -High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD) nations ended a major conference in Suriname on Thursday, with the Krutu of Paramaribo Joint Declaration on HFLD Climate Finance Mobilisation.
[The Herald] A team of Zimbabwean researchers has discovered an "ozone hole" over South Africa that is centred over the Free State Province during spring, which impacts on temperature and rainfall levels, according to findings published in the Journal of Frontiers in Earth Science.
The European Union agreed on Tuesday to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 percent by a 2030 deadline as part of its commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases.
Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon will be announced as the AAF's new chairman Tuesday after making a nine-figure investment into the league
Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 7.31am GMT We have made it through second Monday intact. And not wanting to tempt fate, we are going to call it a night. Tomorrow, Tanya Plibersek is at the National Press Club. I think you can expect to see a few education announcements floating around tomorrow ahead of the delivery. 7.17am GMT You can see why Julia Banks had to start her question again in this. Climate change inaction and its impacts on everyday Australians health is a serious concern. As an Independent I will always fight for climate change policy action and hold the Government to account in the Parliament. #auspol @theMJA @healthy_climate...
One man's effort in the 1990s to create an "artificial tree" to suck in and store accumulating, man-made emissions of carbon dioxide has morphed into the design of "artificial forests" that can do the job more efficiently and on a larger scale.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE03673J, Paper Lu Lu, Waltteri Vakki , Jeffery A Aguiar, Chuanxiao Xiao, Katherine Hurst, Michael Fairchild , Xi Chen, Fan Yang, Jing Gu, Zhiyong Jason Ren Unbiased photoelectrochemical hydrogen production with high efficiency and durability is highly desired for solar energy storage. Here, we report a microbial photoelectrochemical (MPEC) system that demonstrated superior performance when equipped... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
New figures show the Government's decision to ban oil and gas exploration could cost the economy up to $30 billion by 2050.
An oil lobby groups says this means the policy needed to be reassessed, but ...
Four decades after Three Mile Island became shorthand for America's worst commercial nuclear power accident, financial rescues of nuclear power plants are stirring the highest levels of government.
As California officials prepare to dismantle several offshore oil platforms, an old fight over what to do with the steel structures is resurfacing.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC, one of the world's largest oil companies, gave fresh signals last week that it intends to be a purveyor of low-carbon electricity. It bought a battery company that will compete with Tesla Inc. and struck a partnership with Google to test an exotic wind generator.
Worker-safety specialists started warning years ago that vapors at shale oil sites could poison workers. An Oklahoma death shows investigators are still missing the signs, increasing the risk for workers and others.
Parking data from Annapolis, Md.’s historic downtown shows how tidal flooding, driven by sea rise, can hurt local business.
Norwegian company publishes part of bid for project which environmental groups reject as too risky lThe Norwegian company Equinor is pushing ahead with plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight and has published its draft environment plan saying “drilling can be done safely”. But environment groups have called for the federal government to reject the development, arguing the deepwater project would put pristine coastline and marine life at risk. Continue reading...
Germany may never be able to stop apologizing for the Nazis - and Volkswagen may also be bound to eternal penitence for its Dieselgate shemozzle. But good things are coming of it, as VW announced today its plans to give its new electric cars the ability to go carbon neutral for their entire life cycles...
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The RV market probably isn't quite ready for a full-blown electric motorhome just yet, but electric vehicles can still have a positive impact on vehicle camping by lending their powerful battery technology. With the new Nissan x Opus camping trailer, Nissan shows how EV batteries can fully power the equipment of a non-engined camper. The Leaf-derived Energy ROAM battery pack gives the innovative, award-winning Air Opus inflatable six-sleeper enough juice to keep campers comfortable and fed for up to a week, all without the emissions and noise of a gas generator. ..
Continue Reading Nissan gives the Opus inflatable camping trailer a week of off-grid adventure power
Donald Trump funds 'emergency' border wall but relief for victims of wildfires, storms and other catastrophes fueled by climate change must wait.
Cyclone delays cleanup after ship runs aground in rough seas near Rennell Island Solomon Islands authorities are scrambling to clean up an oil spill caused after a bulk carrier came aground about a fortnight ago on a coral reef on the southern coast. Category 2 cyclone Oma and rough weather had delayed efforts to salvage the ship, MV Solomon Trader. Continue reading...
It may be the only one of its kind on the planet.
Oil prices hovered just below 2019 highs on Tuesday as traders waited for the outcome of U.S.-China trade talks this week, while supply cuts led by producer group OPEC meant markets were relatively tight.
The European Union agreed on Tuesday to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 percent by a 2030 deadline as part of the bloc's commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases.
But the Minnesota senator stopped short of endorsing the Green New Deal, calling it "aspirational."
Federal Policy Director for the Wilderness Society, Tim Beshara, has criticised Environment Minister, Melissa Price for burying the official acknowledgement of the extinction of an Australian mammal species in a media release today entitled “Stronger protection for threatened species”.
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Parramatta residents would have just nine minutes to evacuate if the Sydney's second CBD was inundated with catastrophic flash-flooding, an NSW emergency service expert has warned.
EU member states have struck a deal to curb carbon pollution from trucks over the next decade. The bloc already has limits in place for cars, but the new pact is a first for heavy utility vehicles.
Innogy to build two solar farms in Canada without need for subsidies, highlighting tremendous growth of the solar industry over last few years.
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Experts from the National Institute of Polar Research in Japan tagged eight great white sharks and found they are one of the fastest fish in the ocean when swimming for travel purposes.
A winter storm brought snow and ice to the southern Rockies on Monday, as it heads east toward the Midwest.
Amazon has announced Shipment Zero, a new project that aims to make half of the company’s shipments net zero carbon by 2030. The retailer calls its goal ‘ambitious,’ acknowledging that it won’t be easy, but that it is committed to achieving the results by its self-imposed deadline. This joins Amazon’s larger sustainability goal of powering its worldwide infrastructure using entirely … Continue reading
Equatorial rainforests are actually net emitters of carbon. Young forests in temperate regions are the best carbon sinks on land, new research suggests.
Rise in summertime thunderstorms has been robustly linked to climate change for the very first time
Tourist, employees and children visiting the Grand Canyon National Park's museum collection were unknowingly exposed to radiation. Here's how.
Thousands at Grand Canyon National Park were unknowingly exposed to unsafe levels of radiation for nearly two decades.
The use of carbon credits to meet Australia's Paris climate targets would be "consistent" with the current Kyoto Protocol, the Morrison government said in the strongest signal yet it plans to exploit accounting ambiguities to meet its international commitments.
The climate scientist who popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.
CFMMEU district president Stephen Smyth says union will back candidates who support workers’ rights The mining arm of the Queensland CFMMEU has said it will not back candidates in the federal election who do not support a future for central Queensland coal workers. The district president of the CFMMEU Queensland mining and energy division, Stephen Smyth, confirmed to Guardian Australia the union – whose membership lives mainly in the marginal seats of Dawson, Capricornia and Flynn – would assess individual candidates and might not automatically endorse Labor. Continue reading...
Concern about climate change has led to a global shift away from using carbon-emitting coal for electricity, but in post-Fukushima Japan, where nuclear remains a ...
With lithium-ion battery technology expanding across the world, through electronics, Electric Vehicles and stationary storage, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have launched the first lithium-ion battery recycling center, called the ReCell Center, at Argonne National Laboratory. DOE says the center will help the U.S. grow a globally competitive recycling industry and reduce the country’s reliance on foreign sources of battery materials.
A Siberian coal mining town has gotten a blanket of black snow, a regular occurrence in the region known for high industrial pollution levels
Emerson, D. (2019): Biogenic Iron Dust: A Novel Approach to Ocean Iron Fertilization as a Means of Large Scale Removal of Carbon Dioxide From the Atmosphere. In: Front. Mar. Sci. 6, S. 3944. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00022. "This is a proposal for ocean iron fertilization as a means to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. The idea is to take advantage of nanoparticulate, poorly crystalline Fe-oxides produced by chemosynthetic iron-oxidizing bacteria as an iron source to the ocean. Upon drying these oxides produce a fine powder that could be dispersed at altitude by aircraft to augment wind-driven Aeolian dust that is a primary iron source to the open ocean." LINK
Government advisers suggest homes are heated using low-carbon energy instead Gas hobs or boilers should be banned from being installed in new homes within the next six years, government advisers have recommended. A report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says that from 2025 at the latest, no new homes should be connected to the gas grid – with super-efficient houses and flats heated using low-carbon energy instead. Continue reading...
Property developers would not be allowed to connect new-builds to the gas grid after 2025, official guidance says. Proposals would put end to new gas radiators, boilers and cooking hobs.
JinkoSolar topped the table with 11.6 gigawatts (GW) of PV modules compared to the second ranked JA Solar’s 8.8 GW. Majority of the companies featured in the table are from Asia-Pacific.
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The UK’s housing emissions are “off track” to meet the country’s climate targets, the Committee...
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Environmental campaigners say Samir Flores Soberanes’s murder is a ‘political crime’ A Mexican environmental activist has been murdered before a referendum on a controversial thermal-electric plant and pipeline that he opposed. Samir Flores Soberanes, an indigenous Náhuatl, was killed in his home during the early hours of Wednesday in the town of Amilcingo in Morelos state, 80 miles south of Mexico City. He was a human rights activist, producer for a community radio station and long-time opponent of the Proyecto Integral Morelos (the integral project for Morelos) – which includes the plant and pipeline. Continue reading...
The German U-166 located in the Gulf of Mexico which sunk during WWII is rapidly being eaten away by bacteria caused by oil released from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.
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GREATER environmental taxes and strengthening of the Emissions Trading Scheme are on the way if the Government adopts recommendations from its Tax Working Group.
February 21, 2019 5:00 AM Last summer, a heatwave baked the entire Northern Hemisphere, killing dozens from Quebec to Japan. Some of the most destructive wildfires in California history turned more than a million acres to ash, along the way melting the tyres and the sneakers of those trying to escape the flames. Pacific hurricanes forced three million people in China to flee and wiped away almost all of Hawaii's East Island.
Rising sea levels and residual effects from nuclear testing are ushering in a wave of homeless migrants into Honolulu.
For the first time in five years, power plant emissions of carbon dioxide crept up in 2018, while releases of two other key pollutants continued to drop, according to preliminary data released today by EPA.
Marine biologists have discovered a group of tanner crabs feeding vigorously on a seafloor methane seep located off the coast of British Columbia.
Commodities giant Glencore says it will cap how much coal it mines amid shareholder pressure to reduce emissions to greenhouse gases
Crude prices rose more than 1 percent on Wednesday to their highest level this year on hopes that oil markets will balance later this year, helped by output cuts from top producers as well as U.S. sanctions on OPEC members Iran and Venezuela.
William Happer, a physicist who has suggested higher levels of carbon dioxide are beneficial, would be on committee Follow the latest in US politics The White House is planning to assess how climate change impacts national security and will involve a prominent doubter of the scientific consensus that manmade warming is putting the US at risk. Related: US coastal businesses hit by everyday impact of climate change, study shows Continue reading...
EPA says one of the nation's biggest seafood companies has agreed to spend up to $23 million to fix serious air pollution issues with its vessels and land-based facilities.
A group of conservation organizations today asked a federal court judge to prevent seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean, the latest step in the ongoing legal battle over offshore oil and gas exploration along the East Coast.
A federal appeals court yesterday chided litigants for using a slew of acronyms and other abbreviations in a dispute over the Trump administration's decision to revisit Obama-era clean car standards.
EPA is facing new pressure to quickly approve requests from bioenergy producers to qualify under the federal renewable fuel standard, a move the industry says is long overdue.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced today the selection of eight members to his advisory board, a list that leans heavily on industry officials in the nuclear, oil and natural gas, and reliability sectors.
Another conservative group has signed up for the crusade against the "Green New Deal," joining a growing list of GOP operatives and politicians railing against the progressive climate plan.
Labor frontbencher Richard Marles said on Wednesday the world market for thermal coal - Australia's top export industry - had collapsed. 'At one level that's a good thing,' he said.
Thundersnow – a thunderstorm that produces snow instead of rain – was reported Wednesday in Maryland and Ohio from the sprawling winter storm that's lashing the eastern U.S.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc's re-investment in Suncor Energy Inc highlights the benefits of being an integrated oil company and could revive investor interest in the languishing Canadian energy sector, fund managers said.
The Pentagon and federal intelligence agencies have said that climate change is a threat. Now, the White House is planning a panel to study whether or not that is true.
Republicans have claimed Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional resolutions will mean the end of ice cream, hamburgers and the US military. Where are they getting it from? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the American political right’s objet socialiste du jour, recently introduced a Green New Deal – a joint Congressional resolution with Democratic senator Ed Markey calling for a “10-year national mobilization” overhauling nearly every aspect of American society to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those who have read through it will find a hopeful and ambitious but dry legislative document. However, Ocasio-Cortez says that all Democratic presidential candidates support the Green New Deal, which has sent conservatives into a nonsensical tailspin, claiming it would mean the end of ice cream...
Cultured meat production could spur global warming more in the long-term than some types of beef cattle farming, a new study suggests.
Are Icelandic glaciers going to vanish? Glaciologist Hrafnhildur Hannesdóttir says that glacier toes in Iceland are retreating and that glacial lagoons are being formed in front of many of the places where they are measured which makes access difficult.
Crude prices rose nearly 2 percent on Wednesday, with Brent hitting its highest this year, on hopes that oil markets will balance later this year, helped by output cuts from top producers as well as U.S. sanctions on OPEC members Iran and Venezuela.
This week independent power producer Marubeni and LO3 Energy said they have started a pilot project in Japan where LO3 will administer an energy marketplace using blockchain to connect a number of Marubeni’s power production facilities, including renewables, with offices and factories around Japan in a virtual marketplace. The project will simulate energy transactions to test the viability of the concept with the ultimate goal of creating a full-scale commercially operational network in the future.
Clare Farrell not allowed into Bethany Williams show despite fact she helped produce it The co-founder of an environmental action group has claimed she was barred from entering a show at London fashion week, two days after she helped organise a protest against the British Fashion Council (BFC) which sought to highlight the industry’s role in fuelling climate change. Around 150 people from Extinction Rebellion formed human roadblocks and brought traffic to a standstill outside event venues on Sunday to cause disruption and urge the industry body to declare a climate emergency. Continue reading...
Deer feed near Mather Point on Feb. 19, 2019, at Grand Canyon National Park.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren was just getting started, when Eric, an apprentice electrician who works in the solar power industry, asked her how the country could move past an "antiquated system of energy."
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE03338B, Perspective Samantha Eleanor Tanzer, Andrea Ramirez Negative emission technologies (NETs) have seen a recent surge of interest in both academic and popular media and have been hailed as both a saviour and false idol of global... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Spain's Socialist government announced a 47 billion euro ($53 billion) public investment plan on Wednesday to tackle climate change over 10 years, which would be partly financed by issuing green bonds.
Church of England among shareholders who pushed for environmental decision The commodities trader Glencore has bowed to pressure from shareholders, including the Church of England, to limit coal production for environmental reasons – days after reporting that it produced nearly 130m tonnes of the fossil fuel last year. The Switzerland-based firm, whose oil-trading operation is based in London, laid out plans to improve its environmental record, including a review of its membership of trade bodies it fears may be undermining the international Paris climate agreement . Continue reading...
Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shoppers' doorsteps, says it wants to be greener.
Chinese regulators have proposed easing a major solar power subsidy policy announced last year, according to the nation's main industry group, a move which would partially reverse rules that undercut demand in the world's biggest user and shook the global market.
Several national security groups announced the formation yesterday of a new council focused on climate change.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania threw out a lawsuit from environmentalists and two children concerned about the effect of regulatory rollbacks on climate change.
Some of the money that President Trump will redirect toward a border wall could come from military efforts to strengthen defense facilities against the physical effects of climate change.
U.S. sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil and gas company aim to put pressure Nicolás Maduro. But they will also affect the U.S. industry.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C9EE00252A, Communication Liangti Qu, Tong Xu, Xiaoteng Ding, Yaxin Huang, Changxiang Shao, Long Song, Xue Gao, Zhipan Zhang The depletion of the fossil fuels and the corresponding environmental concerns require the development of new kinds of green energy. We herein present a new type of highly-efficient electric generation... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Oil fell on Wednesday after the U.S. government said shale output would rise to a record next month, denting a rally that sent prices to their highest this year.
The housing market is chewing up and spitting out thousands of migrants.
Violence in North Dakota and Montana counties that sit atop the Bakken Shale formation spiked as oil production ramped up, according to a new study.
The Trump International Hotel rolled out the red carpet last summer for the two coal companies that have done the most to curry favor with the owner of the Washington, D.C., luxury destination: President Trump.
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Crude oil futures eased on Wednesday in light of the prospect of a continued boom in U.S. shale oil output, although with OPEC determined to restrict its own production to prevent a global surplus of unused fuel, the price held just shy of 2019 highs.
DOZENS of engineering students gathered at The University of the West Indies Mona (UWI) during its Research Days to learn more about opportunities in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry locally and overseas.New Fortress Energy (NFE) Senior Vice-President Kevin Frantz was on hand to break down the 'Seven Wonders of LNG' for the students, a recent release from the company has said.
Some climate scientists predict those balmy days in winters of the future will be frequently interrupted by extreme cold.
Washington state’s Democratic governor wants to ‘put the pedal to the metal’ to save the planet The US stands virtually alone in the world in having a leader who openly dismisses the reality of climate change. But amid growing concern among Americans about the overheating planet, one potential 2020 presidential candidate is aiming to hoist climate to the top of the agenda. Jay Inslee, the gravel-voiced governor of Washington, is poised to enter the throng of Democrats vying to dislodge Donald Trump as president in the 2020 election. He’s made some exploratory moves, visiting Nevada and New Hampshire, and said a definitive decision on running will be taken in “weeks”. Continue reading...
Oil prices slipped away from 2019 highs on Wednesday, with surging U.S. supply and slowing economic growth tempering upward pressure from supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and from Washington's sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.
Climate change threats — from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean — are a growing security risk and ...
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The Hague -Climate change threats - from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean - are a growing security risk and require concerted action to ensure they don't spark new violence, security experts warned Tuesday.
February 20, 2019 11:15 AM WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - Top Trump administration officials have pushed to build nuclear power plants throughout Saudi Arabia over the vigorous objections of White House lawyers who question the legality of the plan and the ethics of a venture that could enrich Trump allies, according to a new report by House Democrats released on Tuesday (Feb 19).
People who rent in Australia are living in another world of inefficient, uninsulated homes. And the need to fix this has never been more urgent.
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A million tonnes of spoil to be disposed of in marine park – prompting calls for a ban on all offshore dumping The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has approved the dumping of more than 1m tonnes of dredge spoil near the reef, using a loophole in federal laws that were supposed to protect the marine park. The Greens senator Larissa Waters has called for the permit – which allows maintenance dredging to be carried out over 10 years at Mackay’s Hay Point port and the sludge to be dumped within the marine park’s boundaries – to be revoked. Continue reading...
February 20, 2019 9:01 AM SYDNEY (AFP) - Cyclone Oma intensified to a damaging category three storm, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said Wednesday (Feb 20), warning that it could bring severe weather to the continent after hitting the Pacific Islands.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is planning to accelerate power distribution from the Xayaburi hydroelectric power project in Laos ahead of schedule as the regulator wants to curb the overall power tariff.
Senior White House officials backed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia, a congressional report has found. The plan is still under consideration by the Trump administration.
The Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance today welcomed the arrival of a second competitor in the retail electricity market in Tasmania.
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Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according ...
CUTTING CARBON subsidies for trade-exposed heavy emitters could see large companies leave the country, says the oil and gas sector.
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...
Category three Cyclone Oma is heading our way across the Pacific with wild weather expected to smash Queensland's south-east this weekend, causing destructive chaos.
Dave Roberts says that centrists who say they prefer a “market-based” carbon tax to other, more regulatory climate change policies, are just trying to con everyone. The problem is not that a carbon tax wouldn’t work. The problem is that it would work only if it were huge—and if it were huge it would be […]
He added that the works which were still being carried out at the Fulton Hogan yard was testing the emissions and this was being done by the World Health Organisation, the company and University of the South Pacific. Mr Reddy said that the environment assessment was very important.
TransCanada had shut an arm of Keystone from Steele City, Nebraska to Patoka, Illinois on Feb. 6 after leaking 43 barrels of crude oil.
An Australian rodent that lived near the Great Barrier Reef has been officially declared extinct — making it the first known mammal killed off by climate change, according to researchers.
Oil prices slipped from 2019 highs on Wednesday as soaring U.S. production and expectations of an economic slowdown undermined efforts led by producer club OPEC to cut supply to tighten global markets.
Next to the airboats at the entrance to Everglades Holiday Park, about thirty people from The Sierra Club, the Broward County League of Women Voters, and other environmentalist groups stood together holding signs Tuesday that read "Not Here, Not Now, Not Everglades." The groups gathered, along with local lawmakers, to speak out against drilling for oil in the wetlands they were standing in. "As we look out on the Everglades on this beautiful day, it's hard to believe that someone would even consider spoiling this, but they are," Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr said. Earlier this month, an appeals court overturned a decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The new ruling granted a Broward County landowner, Kanter Real Estate LLC, a permit to drill an exploratory...
Wallace Broecker, the scientist who helped popularise the term "global warming", has died at the age 87.
A powerful storm will roar across the US over the next 2 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.
White House officials reportedly pushed to sell nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia despite legal violations.
Australian government officials made it official this week: this little creature is extinct. A statement was released by federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, changing the government’s status for Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) from endangered to extinct. This is the first time in history a mammal was made extinct due directly to human-made climate change. It’s a little mouse and … Continue reading
Genex Power Limited announces it has entered into an agreement with the joint venture of McConnell Dowell/John Holland (MDJH-JV) to immediately commence an early works program on the 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) at Genex’s Renewable Energy Hub at Kidston in North Queensland.
For the first time in 40 years, EPA has significantly altered the list of chemicals that are being actively manufactured, processed and imported in the United States.
Researchers say the recent Polar Vortex may have killed 95% of stink bugs that hadn't found shelter to stay warm.
Oil prices were mixed on Tuesday as concerns about global crude oil demand and uncertainty over the latest round of U.S.-China trade talks countered investor optimism around tightening supplies.
EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a proposal from his staff that would have reduced the ambition of the nation’s biofuel policy over the next three years, arguing the targeted range it included for annual ethanol consumption was too low, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Wallace Broecker, a climate scientist who brought the term "global warming" into the public and scientific lexicon, died on Monday. He was 87. Broecker, a professor in the department of earth and environmental science at Columbia, was among the early scientists who raised alarms about the drastic changes in the planet's climate that humans could bring about over a relatively short period of time. His 1975 paper "Climatic Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?" predicted the current rise in global temperatures as a result of increased carbon dioxide levels — and popularized the term "global warming" to describe the phenomenon. The geoscientist was also known for recognizing the global " conveyor belt ," a system of deep-ocean currents that circulate water between the continents...
A Western environmental group formally threatened seven oil and gas companies with Clean Air Act lawsuits today, alleging they launched fracking operations in Colorado's Front Range without first getting the required permits.
Christian Palich, one of the first political appointees at EPA under the Trump administration, is heading to K Street.
Wallace Smith Broecker, a renowned scientist widely credited with popularizing the term "global warming," has died. He was 87.
Oil steadied on Tuesday after hitting 2019 highs as concerns about global crude oil demand, coupled with uncertainty over the latest round of U.S.-China trade talks, countered investor optimism around tightening supplies.
US sanctions on Venezuela's national oil company have accelerated the unprecedented collapse of its oil output and set off a domino effect in the global energy market.
US professor raised early alarms about climate change and popularised term ‘global warming’ The scientist Wallace Smith Broecker, who raised early alarms about climate change and popularised the term “global warming”, has died was 87. The Columbia University professor and researcher died on Monday at a hospital in New York City, according to a spokesman for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Kevin Krajick said Broecker had been ill in recent months. Continue reading...
Russia's largest oil company could take over and renovate a ruined palace once used by the tsars, under draft legislation provisionally backed on Tuesday by lawmakers.
Visitors to the Grand Canyon were exposed to buckets full of radiation for nearly two decades, according to a park official. Three five-gallon paint pails full of uranium ore were stashed in the national park’s museum collection building, the Arizona Republic reported. And while federal officials removed the radioactive particles from the deposits, park safety...
February 19, 2019 11:25 AM NEAR SHAYMAK, TAJIKISTAN (THE WASHINGTON POST) - Two miles above sea level in the inhospitable highlands of Central Asia, there is a new power watching over an old passage into Afghanistan: China.
The Columbia University professor correctly predicted rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would lead to pronounced warming.
Environmental campaigners on Ireland's Cliffs of Moher
IRELAND'S struggle with climate change cuts to the heart of people's daily lives and reflects the country's revival after recession: more cars on the road and...
Crude oil prices looked lower early Tuesday as a streak of five consecutive winning sessions paused as investors awaited developments in U.S.-China trade talks.
Growing meat in the laboratory may damage the climate more in the long run, than meat from cattle.
Oil fell from its 2019 high of almost $67 a barrel on Tuesday as concerns about the progress of U.S.-China trade talks and slowing economic growth countered lower supplies.
New type of electric car technology using combination of battery and hydrogen power could allow a passenger car to travel over 5000km, only stopping to quickly refill battery fluid.
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Last weekend, First Glasgow unveiled the brand new ultra-low emission service 38 vehicles as part of the next stage in Glasgow City Council’s Low Emissions Zone rollout.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE03506G, Paper Yun Qiao, Shaomao Xu, Yang Liu, Jiaqi Dai, Hua Xie, Yonggang Yao, Xiaowei Mu, Chaoji Chen, Dylan Jacob Kline, Emily Hitz, Boyang Liu, Jianwei Song, Ping He, Michael Zachariah, Liangbing Hu Li-CO2 batteries are considered promising approaches for reducing the “greenhouse effect” and taking advantage of the abundant CO2 in the atmosphere for use in energy storage devices, due to the... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
An unexplored 7,000 square kilometer (2,700 square mile) swathe of the British North Sea, previously thought to contain empty chambers left by three extinct volcanoes, may hide oil and gas instead, the University of Aberdeen said on Tuesday.
A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.
The Columbia University geochemist is credited with popularizing the term "climate change" and his research shaped the modern understanding of water circulation in the ocean.
Australia aims to plant a billion trees by 2050 as part of a new forestry plan the government says will help the country meet its Paris Agreement climate targets.
A federal advisory panel that's supposed to provide scientific information to the National Flood Insurance Program is entering a five-month work stoppage, even as property losses mount against the backdrop of severe inundation related to climate change.
[Nyasa Times] The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) says most areas across the country's regions are likely to experience a wave of scattered to widespread rains with thunderstorms starting from the south, Monday 18, which would progress northwards for the rest of the week days.
The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global demand and potential shortages, Department of Energy officials said Friday.
A freezing storm hit Alaska's North Slope last week as the Bureau of Land Management held a public hearing in Washington, D.C., on plans to allow oil drilling on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
SANTA FE, N.M. — Since the November election, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other resurgent Democrats in New Mexico have vowed to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and rein in the oil and gas industry.
Attorneys representing a New York nonprofit in a landmark climate lawsuit last week tore into the federal government's argument that it cannot measure the indirect effects of some midstream gas projects it authorizes, including how the gas will be used and the level of emissions.
UK fashion industry bigger source of carbon emissions than aviation and shipping A penny on every shirt, skirt and stocking could fund better recycling and repairing in the fashion industry, according to a parliamentary report that recommends new taxes to end the throwaway consumer culture. The cross-party environmental audit committee also proposes tax incentives for companies that offer repair services for clothes, and urges schools to introduce darning and mending classes. Continue reading...
It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Is it too late to break the habit? By Paul Tullis Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there grew a magical fruit. This fruit could be squeezed to produce a very special kind of oil that made cookies more healthy, soap more bubbly and crisps more crispy. The oil could even make lipstick smoother and keep ice-cream from melting. Because of these wondrous qualities, people came from around the world to buy the fruit and its oil. In the places where the fruit came from, people burned down the forest so they could plant more trees that grew the fruit – making lots of nasty smoke and sending all of the creatures of the forest scurrying away. When the...
Only one in three firms have climate goals set to go beyond 2025, report finds Most European companies have no target for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions even though 80% see climate change as a business risk, a survey has found. Among those that have set climate goals, only one in three stretch beyond 2025, according to the annual Carbon Disclosure Project report . Continue reading...
Experts share how they're helping patients — and themselves — cope with fears about climate change.
Oil stayed within sight of its 2019 high of almost $67 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by OPEC-led supply cuts although concern about slowing economic growth that would curb demand weighed.
In early 2018, a deputy assistant administrator in the EPA, Clint Woods, reached out to a Massachusetts toxicologist best known for pushing a public health standard suggesting that low levels of toxic chemicals and radiation are good for people. “I wanted to check to see if you might have some...
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has dusted off a bill that enables the Finance Ministry to impose taxes and fees on polluters in a fresh effort to fight environmental problems.
It is not the widest nor longest nor deepest canyon in the world, but the Grand Canyon of northern Arizona is certainly one of the most impressive and most visited natural wonders found on the planet
Environmentalists urged EU policy makers on Tuesday to take a tougher stance on air pollution from coal power plants in the Western Balkans, blaming the fumes for 3,900 deaths across Europe each year.
Councils respond after authorities ban one of state’s largest refuse companies from accepting waste at two sites, citing a fire risk Victoria’s recycling crisis has deepened after authorities banned one of the state’s largest refuse companies from collecting waste at two sites in Melbourne. In response, five local councils said they would be forced to dump their next recyclables collection in landfill. Another, the City of Whittlesea, in Melbourne’s outer north, urged residents to avoid putting their yellow bins out for a fortnight. Continue reading...
Rising temperatures are causing energy shifts in Earth's atmosphere that are strengthening midlatitude storms, while weakening other important weather systems. According to the results of the new study, the disruption is already affecting North America, Europe and Asia...
Continue Reading New research links rising global temperatures to more powerful summer storms, reduced air quality
Permafrost is a layer of soil, rock or sediment that is frozen for more than two consecutive years. It is commonly found in snowy, high-altitude mountains. About a quarter of the entire northern hemisphere has permafrost, but it is especially prevalent in areas above the 50th parallel north.
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Group of 45 researches and energy experts say quick transition to renewables is essential to slash emissions, but it needs a detailed plan, and rule changes.
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Clothing brands and retailers should pay per item to fund a £35m annual recycling scheme, MPs say.
Climate change needs to be seen as an escalating and potentially existential risk to security in Australia, and to orderly relations between peoples and nations.
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Broecker was an early advocate for reducing fossil fuels to avoid the disruptive effects of climate change and brought the term "global warming" into the mainstream.
Nissan and OPUS Campers have taken the wraps off a new camper concept that taps used electric vehicle batteries to offer power while on the go. Called the Nissan x OPUS concept, this camper features ROAM, a portable and weather-resistant power pack from Nissan Energy. Unlike the gas generators used by some campers, ROAM is silent and free of emissions. … Continue reading
Brent crude oil prices eased away from 2019 highs on Tuesday on caution that economic growth may dent fuel demand this year, although supply cuts led by producer cartel OPEC still meant markets were relatively tight.
U.S. oil prices hit a three-month high on Tuesday, buoyed by production cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham found these juvenile forests occur in 'regrown' regions on former agricultural or logging land, after forest fires and at high latitudes.
The nation can lead by demonstrating how to decouple economic and emissions growth.
David Roberts has a point here: Adding to this: a list of your favored policies is not a “plan.” A plan involves a way of inspiring thousands of people to organize & take action & drive your policies onto the national political agenda & scare politicians who dare to vote against it. https://t.co/S2PQO740a2 — David […]
“The twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere and frankly in many, many places around the world,” Trump said to an audience at Florida International University. Republicans have portrayed Democratic proposals to expand government-run health insurance programs and combat climate change as socialist, and Trump used Maduro’s example in his State of the Union speech earlier this month to caution against the perils of socialism and the policies of U.S. liberals.
Human-wildlife interactions can be dangerous, and they're only growing more common.
It’s thought that if global temperatures continue to rise by an average of 4.5°C since pre-industrial times, which is likely to happen if we do nothing to reduce our…
Filed under: News, Politics, Policy Last week the Tennessee Valley Authority voted to close the 49-year-old Paradise Fossil Unit 3 coal-fired generating plant in western Kentucky, citing operating costs, the need for repairs and “flat to declining” load. The board’s 5-2 vote came despite appeals from Trump to keep the plant and others like it open.“Coal is an important part of our electricity generation mix and @TVAnews should give serious consideration to all factors before voting to close viable power plants, like Paradise #3 in Kentucky!” wrote Trump on Twitter in the days leading up to the vote.Joining Trump in his calls to save the plant were Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and the state’s governor, Matt Bevin, both Republicans. Both cited concerns for the surrounding community, including...
Honey bees deal with many stressors: chemicals, climate change and viruses. But this year, a tiny mite has wiped out colonies, causing worry over whether there are enough bees left to do their jobs.
Dr Calum Brown is a scientist at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research –...
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"Sir David King, the UK Government's former Chief Scientific Advisor, has called for a high carbon price to be implemented globally. He calls on the UK Government to increase ambition for a net-zero emissions policy by 2045 and to start to repair the climate system." LINK
"The UK’s efforts to develop facilities to remove carbon emissions from power stations took a step forward with news of a demonstrator project getting underway at the Drax plant in north Yorkshire. Where most electricity carbon capture projects have focused on coal-fired power, the Drax project is the first to capture carbon dioxide (CO₂) from a plant purely burning wood chips – or biomass, to use the industry jargon." LINK
Prajapati, A.; Singh, M. (2019): Assessment of Artificial Photosynthetic Systems for Integrated Carbon Capture and Conversion. In: ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b04969. "Sustainable and continuous operation of an artificial photosynthetic (AP) system requires a constant supply of CO2 captured from the dilute sources such as the flue gas and the air to make fuels and chemicals. Although the architecture of AP systems resembles that of the natural leaves, they lack an important component like stomata to capture CO2 directly from the dilute sources. Here we design and evaluate the solar-to-fuel (STF) efficiency of the integrated AP system that captures CO2 directly from the air/flue gas and converts it to fuels using sunlight." LINK
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