In ancient Petra, Jordan’s main tourist draw, sirens give advance warning of desert flash floods
With demand for electricity set to rocket, the UK cannot rely on renewables alone Your business leader misses the bigger picture, as indeed do other supporters of renewable energy, such as Greenpeace (“ Moorside’s atomic dream was an illusion. Renewables are the way to a clean future ”). The bigger picture is that we can expect to see a substantial and sustained increase in electricity demand over the next 20-30 years due to the electrification of transport and heat. Heat alone, by the most conservative estimates, will add 300GW of peak thermal demand, which would add 100GW to the grid, dwarfing the current 65GW or so of peak UK demand. Yes, renewables backed up with energy storage and smart control can make an impact but a significant baseload method will still be needed. As pointed out...
Hundreds of people staged sit-in protests on five of the city’s crossings under the Extinction Rebellion Banner.
The Alberta Party caucus is calling on the province to curtail all oil production.
The death toll from a cyclone that hit the coast of southern India has risen to 33, with the storm leaving a trail of massive damage to homes and roads and driving tens of thousands of people into relief ...
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE02079E, Analysis Brett Parkinson, Paul Balcombe, Jamie F Speirs, Adam Hawkes, Klaus Hellgardt Different technologies produce hydrogen with varying cost and carbon footprints over the entire resource supply chain and manufacturing steps. This paper examines the relative costs of carbon mitigation from a... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
The production of meat and dairy products is both highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and a key contributor to the problem.
Five major bridges were closed to traffic by protesters demanding greater action on global warming.
Thousands of demonstrators occupied five bridges in London Saturday to protest what they consider to be the government's lack of action on climate change.
The International Space Station's first 3D printer with its own recycling machine is en route to the orbital laboratory aboard a Northrop Grumman spacecraft.
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sunday, Nov 11 through Saturday, Nov 17.
Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds
Ranking of countries’ goals shows even EU on course for more than double safe level of warming
Vendors near a state-owned coal-fired power plant in China. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
China, Russia and Canada’s current climate policies would drive the world above a catastrophic 5C of warming by the end of the century, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries.
The US and Australia are only slightly behind with both pushing the global temperature...
Filed under: Forecasts, US, Weather CHICO, Calif., Nov 17 (Reuters) - Thousands of people displaced by California's most destructive wildfire, including hundreds living in tents and cars, face heavy rains next week that could trigger dangerous floods and mudslides while helping douse the flames.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Tens of thousands demonstrated across the country Saturday against hikes in diesel fuel taxes that they blame on the “president of the rich.”
Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital’s main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously
November 17, 2018 5:23 AM WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - President Donald Trump on Friday (Nov 16) said he intends to nominate former industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) next administrator, a move that would ensure a continued deregulatory push at the agency.
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November 16, 2018 10:52 PM JUNGFRAUJOCH, Switzerland (AFP) - A massive collage of 125,000 drawings and messages from children around the world about climate change was rolled out on a shrinking Swiss glacier on Friday (Nov 16), smashing the world record for giant postcards.
Mexico's incoming government will hold a national public consultation on Nov. 24-25 for residents to voice their opinion on 10 key policy proposals ranging from a new rail line and oil refinery to reforestation and free public internet initiatives.
A major new climate study in the journal Nature got worldwide media coverage for finding that the oceans warmed dramatically faster than previously thought — but now the researchers have retracted that conclusion after a man in the United Kingdom blogged about flaws he discovered in the paper.
Some areas of Northern California that were ravaged by the deadly Camp Fire now have the worst air quality in the world, new readings show. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index assigns numbered scores based on how harmful prolonged exposure would be, with levels between 201 and 300 deemed “very unhealthy.” In the...
During a Medal of Freedom ceremony Friday, President Trump announced that he would nominate Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to head the agency. The move elevates a former lobbyist and longtime Capitol Hill staffer, who has avoided the missteps of his predecessor, Scott Pruitt.
Oil ended slightly firmer after volatile trading on Friday, supported by expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would agree to cut output next month, though prices fell for the sixth straight week amid global oversupply concerns.
A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below.
Climate change mitigation
Zero CO2 emissions for an ultra-large city by 2050: case study for Beijing
Climate change communication
Developing a model of climate change behavior among adolescents
Petro-hegemony and the matrix of resistance: What can Standing Rock’s Water Protectors teach us about organizing for climate justice in the United States?
Information leverage: The adoption of clean cooking fuel in Bhutan
Storylines: an alternative approach to representing uncertainty in physical aspects of climate change (open access)
When less is more: limits to international transfers under article 6 of the Paris Agreement (open access)
A new study out of Minnesota found that 70 percent of the state's electricity could come from wind and solar energy by 2050 -- and it would cost about the same as natural gas.
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler could have a tough confirmation fight on his hands. Environmental groups came out against Wheeler's expected nomination for the top job at EPA within minutes of President Trump announcing his plans today to pick Wheeler at a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House.
As ESA’s ɸ-week draws to a close, it’s worth remembering that the science and technology involved in observing our planet from space isn’t entirely for the preserve of experts. With a growing interest in the environment and the climate, there are plenty of opportunities for the general public to take part.
Cuadrilla won’t say if it has halted Preston New Road exploration, at cost of £94,000 a day The shale gas firm Cuadrilla has refused to confirm whether it has halted fracking after triggering a series of minor earthquakes near Blackpool, raising questions over the operation’s future prospects. Dozens of small tremors have been registered near the company’s Preston New Road site, after it started pumping high volumes of water underground in October to explore for gas. Continue reading...
Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler will be nominated to permanently lead the EPA, President Donald Trump said on Friday.
Germany's Hambach Forest has become a symbolic battlefield and magnet for the global climate protection movement. Over past months, hundreds of people from abroad have traveled there to call for an end to coal.
Wheeler, who began his career at the Environmental Protection Agency and spent years on Capitol Hill, also spent time as an industry lobbyist before joining the Trump administration. He took over as the agency’s acting administrator in early July after Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics scandals. This is a developing story. It will be updated. […]
The Georgia House overwhelmingly approved $470 million in emergency aid and tax credits yesterday to help communities devastated by Hurricane Michael, citing a dire need for help with ruined cotton fields and shattered timberland across a broad swath of the state.
Government lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to reject a Virginia utility's effort to recoup costs from the 2014 polar vortex.
In a Democratic clash on Capitol Hill, progressives are pushing an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels, boost renewables and build a "smart" grid. Meet the "Green New Deal."
Sanitation and energy generation in one go.
Ronen Tivony/Getty LIVERMORE, California—Tom Price took a leap of faith the weekend after the Camp fire broke out to deliver his camp trailer to someone who lost their home. He didn’t even know who that “someone” would be, but the veteran of Burning Man and co-founder of Burners Without Borders , didn’t care. Price eventually found the perfect match. “I literally hooked up my trailer and searched for people to give it to,” says Berkeley resident Price, 51, who works in renewable energy. “I found someone who needed it and gave them the trailer to use until they can find a place to live.” Read more at The Daily Beast.
Crude oil prices were seeing a robust recovery Friday morning, as the market appeared to shrug off reports of a U.S. inventory build-up and instead saw buying opportunities, analysts said.
The Dutch government on Friday said it would ask the country's highest court to overturn a ruling ordering it to speed up reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
The S&P 500 edged lower on Friday as chip stocks tumbled after weak forecasts from Nvidia and Applied Materials, but a recovery in oil prices for a third day lifted energy stocks.
Oil rose on Friday on expectations that OPEC and its allies would agree to cut output next month but prices remained down on the week on concerns that the global market was oversupplied.
THE HEAD of New Zealand's largest fishing company is calling for strong action on climate change - including replacing meat and dairy products in people's diets with fish.
From Belize to Barbados, tourist beaches have been swamped by huge tides of foul-smelling sargassum – and climate change could make the problem worse “It was like something out of a science fiction movie,” says Barbara Hall from the office of the beachside hotel she runs in Placencia, southern Belize. “I woke up at 6am, looked out my window and realised we had a big problem. It was absolutely overwhelming.” Continue reading...
Ryan Zinke will be on the hot seat.
Democratic attorneys general, city officials and a large environmental group threw their weight behind a New York City lawsuit demanding five of the world's biggest oil companies pay for climate change damages.
The Trump White House plans to reprise a controversial fossil fuel and nuclear side event at this year's round of U.N. climate talks in Katowice, Poland.
Climate change is the first big fight for congressional Democrats. It's fracturing the party along fault lines of turf, strategy and age.
Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year's $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects.
Cheniere Energy Inc. cut the ribbon on its Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas export plant yesterday as it prepares to bring the country's third terminal online.
Oil rose on Friday on expectations that OPEC and its allies would agree to cut output next month but prices were still down on the week on concerns that the global market was oversupplied.
A few initiatives designed to adapt to the effects of climate change passed.
Multi-billion dollar company Exelon argues that weakening the emissions rule would kill jobs and waste billions in investments A leading US energy company is lobbying against the Trump administration’s move to rollback a major Obama-era environmental regulation , arguing that weakening a rule on mercury emissions would potentially kill jobs across the south and waste billions of dollars of investment. Exelon, one of the largest producers of electricity in the US , has also argued to the Environmental Protection Agency that compliance with the existing mercury rule, a 2012 regulation that limits how much of the toxic pollutant can be emitted from coal-fired power plants, has had “substantial” health and environmental benefits and has cost a small fraction of what was originally anticipated...
Researchers recovered audio recordings of the fish's mating calls in the eye of the storm.
After a decade of development Aurora Flight Sciences has finally unveiled Odysseus, its full-scale, solar-powered, autonomous aircraft designed to stay in the air for months. Odysseus, scheduled for its first test flight in 2019, is just one of a number of High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) currently under development...
Continue Reading Odysseus solar-powered, ultra-long endurance, autonomous aircraft readied for maiden flight
AEMO is warning that the number of forced outages is rising dramatically. As Warren Buffett advised, it's smarter to change vessels than try and patch leaks.
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Trey Glenn denied the charges in a statement provided through a lawyer. The EPA refused to comment.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast Definers Public Affairs, the Washington DC opposition research agency that Facebook used against its critics, isn’t exactly a household name. But you might well have already seen the firm’s work without knowing it. You may have encountered a Facebook ad from “Power the Future,” a self-described “group of patriotic, fed-up Americans” brought together by a shared love of fossil fuels and mutual disdain for “ the un-american environmental movement. ” If you live in Oregon, you may have seen the TV ad from a mysterious non-profit called Progress Oregon that spent much of 2018 aggressively fighting the state’s closely-watched climate bill. The group even set up a website, TheyCapYouPay.com , claiming that the “California-style” measure...
Oil prices rose on Friday amid expectations of supply cuts from OPEC, although record U.S. production dragged.
Ai Group expresses significant concern with the Morrison government’s controversial plan to underwrite new power generation A leading business group has expressed significant concern with the Morrison government’s controversial plan to underwrite new power generation, noting it could leave taxpayers exposed to liabilities “with a net present value of billions of dollars”. The Ai Group has used its submission to flag major problems with the proposal, ranging from its “extremely aggressive” administrative timetable, with projects being drummed up before the next federal election; a lack of obvious “strong independent governance” arrangements, and the lack of an overarching climate and energy policy. Continue reading...
From e-receipts to recycling clothes, five ways to help save the planet when you hit the high street.
The ex-US secretary of state, speaking at a Guardian Live event, predicts mass movement from Africa Europe faces even deeper political turmoil and the possibility of mass migration from Africa unless the world urgently addresses the threat of climate change, the former US secretary of state John Kerry said on Thursday. Speaking at a Guardian Live event, at Central Hall in London, he said he was deeply disturbed at how issues such as climate change, cyber wars and the future of the oceans were not ballot box issues, admitting it was hard to translate these issues into an acceptable set of choices for voters. Continue reading...
Labor forecast to deliver lowest power prices, Greens to deliver lowest carbon emissions
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UK’s largest retailer falls short of removing palm oil from own-brand foods in sustainability drive Tesco and WWF have announced they are to collaborate on a long-running sustainable food effort, pledging to halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket within 12 months. The four-year partnership between the UK’s largest retailer and one of the world’s leading environmental organisations is believed to be the first of its kind. They hope its scale will help drive the industry to eliminate food waste and packaging waste and encourage customers to eat more sustainably. Continue reading...
Florida teachers are eager to teach kids about sea-level rise, rising heat and other impacts of climate change, but many say it can be hard to find engaging and in-depth information in their textbooks or the state curriculum. A workshop on Wednesday offered about 30 Florida educators ideas and resources for climate education. "The overall goal is to get teachers ... to teach in a way that's deep, that teaches students to ask questions," said workshop leader Bill Bigelow, a former Oregon high school teacher who co-wrote a book on teaching climate change . He said he wants to help teachers give students "a sense that they're not spectators to the future" through activities that encourage creativity and curiosity about the changing climate. The teachers and other educators spent the day at the...
A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000.
Scientists have traced strange landforms on Pluto back to their ancient glacial origins.
A letter by SETI Institute scientist Oliver White and colleagues shows how ridged landforms on Pluto provide evidence for glaciers on the dwarf planet some 4 billion years ago. Their research targeted the landscape that borders the ice-covered impact basin Sputnik Planitia - the western portion of Pluto's "heart." It has noticeable ridges that can’t be explained by any simple terrestrial or planetary
Scientists at the University of Washington just found a thriving population of Polar bears between Alaska and Russia. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.
Deadly wildfires in Northern California are sending smoke into the San Francisco Bay area, prompting residents to stay indoors or wear face masks while outside as the Environmental Protection Agency rates the area's air as "very unhealthy." (Nov. 15)
Oil prices were stable on Friday, supported by expected supply cuts from OPEC but held back by record U.S. production.
Marshes, farmland, and forests: We need all carbon-sucking ecosystems on deck
The search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday as authorities posted an expanded list of nearly 300 people reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. At least 56 people have been confirmed dead so far in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub, raced through the town Paradise, a town of 27,000 residents.
Rainfall from catastrophic hurricanes such as Katrina, Irma and Maria was intensified by human-caused global warming, a new study suggests.
Heatwaves can limit generator capacity and lead to equipment failures, Aemo warns Extreme weather over summer could reduce the output of coal, gas and hydro power generators and cause problems with the reliability of electricity supply, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator. While there has been extensive political debate in Australia about the reliability of various forms of energy supply, the market operator will make the point on Friday that extreme weather imposes significant stress on the supposed ramparts of the system – thermal generators and transmission infrastructure. Continue reading...
Underwater audio recordings rescued from Hurricane Harvey showed that the urge to spawn was more powerful than a category 4 storm.
"A massive weather modification network – the largest ever — is being planned for the Tibetan Plateau. The plan, according to recent reports, is to cover an area of the size of Spain with thousands of fuel burning chambers (roughly akin to upside-down rockets) to blast silver iodide into the atmosphere, stimulating cloud formation and precipitation." LINK
"As droughts, forest fires and centennial floods become more commonplace, people around the world are feeling the consequences of climate change. As a result, some scientists are putting forth ideas to engineer the climate, collectively summarized as ‘Geoengineering’. But no matter whether one thinks of massive attempts to filter greenhouse gases from the air or planetary sheets of reflective material, geoengineering will have significant political effects." LINK
President Trump and acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler this afternoon avowed their commitment to recycling.
The race to build a better electric car battery is turning to silicon, with several companies working to engineer types of the material that can boost driving range and cut production costs.
Two graduates from Lancaster University have invented a unique way of harnessing energy to convert into electricity in cities in an invention inspired by NASA's Mars Tumbleweed Rover.
Climate change, steel and migration have emerged as sticking points in the final communique that world leaders will issue at the end of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina later this month, an Argentine government official said on Thursday.
Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (GEL) announced that drilling for the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant at the United Downs Industrial Estate near St Day in Cornwall began last week. The aim of the initiative is to demonstrate the potential of the geothermal resource in the UK to produce electricity and renewable heat. The plant will have a capacity of up to 3 MW.
Worried by a drop in oil prices, Russia is talking about a policy U-turn just months after increasing production.
Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy (R) yesterday named a former director of Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas to be his natural resources commissioner.
EPA isn't taking a hard enough look at human health risks as it reviews the registration of a widely used weedkiller, an environmental group critical of pesticides said today.
The Trump administration is beginning an environmental review on its proposal to allow leasing in Alaska's Beaufort Sea in 2019.
Southern Californians faced with the loss of lives and homes in a huge wildfire are also grappling with the destruction of a vast swath of public lands that are popular destinations for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers.
Environmentalists initially cheered EPA's announcement that it was tightening emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks. But now, some speculate that it was aimed at pre-empting California from setting even tougher rules.
EHRENFELD, Pa. -- A bipartisan program to resuscitate coal country has poured millions of dollars into Appalachia. Three years later, the program is on the verge of reauthorization. But is it working?
When NPR reported on research that sheds doubt on the value of fish oil and vitamin D supplements, people had a lot of questions. So we went back to the experts to get you some answers.
The former president will be the envoy of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
WASHINGTON — Humans helped make recent devastating US hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find. Hurricane Harvey snagged on the skyscrapers of Houston, causing it to slow and dump more rain than it normally would, one study found. The city’s massive amounts of paving had an even bigger impact by reducing drainage....
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency partners UK insurer body and UN to press for private sector funding
[UN News] To build a sustainable peace in Africa's Sahel region, "urgent attention" is needed to mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure that communities have access to sufficient opportunities, a joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission highlighted on Tuesday.
A high-speed hurricane of dark matter is currently hurtling through the Milky Way - and it's heading straight for Earth.
The invisible mass is travelling at a breakneck 310 miles per second (500 km per ...
A massive iron meteorite smashed into Greenland as recently as 12,000 years ago, leaving a crater bigger than Paris that was recently discovered beneath the ice with sophisticated radar, researchers said.
The crater is the first of its kind ever found on Greenland – or under any of the Earth’s ice sheets – and is among the 25 largest known on Earth, said the report in the journal Science Advances.
The impact of the 31km-wide crater under the Hiawatha Glacier would have had...
[Vanguard] There are indications the world is fast moving into gas as major source of energy with a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) saying that Natural gas is expected to overtake coal as the world's second largest energy source after oil by 2030.
BUSINESSES will soon be able to price and trade carbon without the help of governments by using blockchain technology, says a social enterprise about to launch a new carbon platform.
Vladimir Putin, president of Russia -- one of the world's three biggest crude oil producers -- said that prices around $70 per barrel are reasonable.
When U.S. President Donald Trump asked Saudi Arabia this summer to raise oil production to compensate for lower crude exports from Iran, Riyadh swiftly told Washington it would do so.
Let the turf wars begin.
[Vanguard] Abuja -The Federal Government, yesterday, said International Oil Companies, IOCs have made a contribution of $180 million for the Ogoni clean-up exercise which is expected to kick-off in the next two weeks.
A recent study found that 79 percent of the world's plastic lies in landfills or the natural environment, and only 9 percent of it has been recycled.
The Trump administration plans to set up a side-event promoting fossil fuels at the annual U.N. climate talks next month, repeating a strategy that infuriated global-warming activists during last year's talks, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
A draft study of a proposed $2 billion methanol refining project in Kalama, Wash., says the plant would drive down global greenhouse gas emissions by displacing coal-based methanol sources.
Colorado is poised to take a big step to defy President Trump on climate.
Two new studies, both published this week in the journal Nature , once again highlight the influence of human activity on extreme weather events.
Crude oil and natural gas prices are moving in opposite directions, with traders in both markets spooked by inventories.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court sided with the oil industry in a lawsuit challenging a rural county's restrictions on energy development.
Antibiotic resistance has spread around the world - so much so that even penguins living near Antarctic research bases have resistant bacteria in their gut
Hilcorp’s plan to extract 70,000 barrels a day follows Trump’s reversal of an Obama-era ban on fossil fuel activity in the region Plans to establish the first oil drilling operation in US Arctic waters have hit an ironic snag – a lack of sea ice caused by rapid warming in the region. Last month, the Trump administration approved the go-ahead of the Liberty project to extract oil from beneath the Beaufort Sea, off Alaska’s north coast. The drilling would be the first of its kind in federal waters in the Arctic and follows Trump’s reversal of an Obama-era ban on fossil fuel activity in the polar region. Continue reading...
[Premium Times] Nigeria's commercial nerve centre, Lagos, faces huge threats from climate change and attendant higher crime rates over the next 30 years, researchers at UK-based Verisk Maplecroft said Wednesday in a report.
November 15, 2018 5:00 AM Ever wondered how your e-mails may contribute to your personal carbon footprint?
A study using beetles showed that successive heat waves can virtually sterilize males.
Grattan Institute becomes latest body to voice concerns about what looks like a last-ditch attempt to support investments in coal generation.
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Climate and health will once again be jeopardized by coal combustion, at a time when cheap, emission-free alternatives exist.
Coral reef scientist jointly awarded John Maddox prize weeks after his research centre lost government funding Judges have awarded an Australian scientist a prestigious international prize, saying he has battled political smears and public attempts to discredit his work in order to shine a light on the devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs. Prof Terry Hughes was jointly awarded the John Maddox prize on Wednesday for bringing public attention to coral bleaching. Continue reading...
Spain proposes new laws banning petrol vehicles, fracking, scraps fossil fuel subsidies and sets 2050 goal for 100% renewable power.
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Newfound cave paintings from the ice age were obscured for centuries by graffiti.
You be the judge.
The project is the largest of six successful bids underVictoria's928 MW Renewable Energy Auction Scheme, and the second winning project backed by Vestas' customised solutions.
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Government advisers call for radical changes, including turning farmland into forests Tree planting must double by 2020 as part of radical changes to land use in the UK, according to the government’s advisers on climate change. New forests would lock up carbon but also help to limit the more frequent floods expected with global warming. Continue reading...
( Norwegian University of Science and Technology ) Our carbon emissions are much higher than are needed for us to have happy, healthy lives. But cutting these emissions requires us to think differently about how we measure growth and progress.
Fossil fuel companies including Chevron and ExxonMobil ‘knowingly caused harm’ by contributing to warming, group says For the fourth-generation crab fisherman John Beardon, the warming of Pacific waters off the coast of California has meant toxic crabs, shortened fishing seasons and a near decimation of his livelihood as a crab boat captain. Now he would like to see the industry he says is responsible pay for the damage. On Wednesday, associations representing California crab fishermen like Beardon filed suit against 30 fossil fuel companies seeking to make the companies pay for the harm global warming has caused to California’s fisheries. The suit demands that petroleum interests finance the changes that will be needed to sustain the crab fishing industry in the future. Continue reading...
Asian stocks rose on Thursday, taking heart from a bounce in Chinese shares on news that China has delivered a written response to U.S. trade demands, while oil prices resumed their retreat on fears of oversupply.
It is the first impact crater discovered under one of Earth’s ice sheets, according to the scientists who found it.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE02656D, Communication Jing Wang, Wei Liu, Gan Luo, Zhijun Li, Chao Zhao, Haoran Zhang, Mengzhao Zhu, Qian Xu, Xiaoqian Wang, Changming Zhao, Yunteng Qu, Zhengkun Yang, Tao Yao, Yafei Li, Yue Lin, Yuen Wu, Yadong Li Herein, we construct a novel electrocatalyst with Fe-Co dual sites embedded in N-doped carbon nanotubes ((Fe,Co)/CNT), which exhibits inimitable advantages towards the oxygen reduction reaction. The electrocatalyst shows state-of-the-art ORR... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
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And with it, a vital tool for cleaning up heat-trapping carbon pollution.
Seagrass is a natural carbon sink—and it's disappearing at an alarming rate.
Scientists find evidence that an iron asteroid slammed into the Earth deep inside the Arctic Circle.
All eyes were on the sky on Wednesday when heavy pollution descended on the Chinese capital, sending air quality plummeting.
The pall is a sharp contrast to the clear blue days that have graced Beijing in recent months and the general decline in smog in the last year due to a concerted crackdown on pollution.
The National Meteorological Centre put the worsening conditions down to a combination of the start of the heating season and a lack of wind to disperse pollutants.
But just a two-hour...
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it plans to better regulate the pollutants spewing out of heavy-duty trucks. Yes, this is the same EPA that wants to keep coal power plants alive, plans to scrap regulations on mercury emissions, and does not care about fuel efficiency.Read more...
The interior secretary said, “There’s a lot of reasons for a fire” and “now is not the time to point fingers.”
Crater appears to be result of mile-wide iron meteorite just 12,000 years ago A huge impact crater has been discovered under a half-mile-thick Greenland ice sheet. The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result of a mile-wide iron meteorite slamming into the island at a speed of 12 miles per second as recently as 12,000 years ago. Continue reading...
In case you like to keep track of this stuff, here are the inflation numbers for October: Ordinary CPI ticked up to 2.5 percent thanks to higher gasoline prices. However, oil prices are tumbling as we speak, so this will come down next month. Core CPI, which doesn’t include either food or energy, fell a […]
Yupik the polar bear has died after spending more than 25 years in a barren enclosure at a warm Mexican zoo
The US could meet its pledge to cut emissions under the Paris Agreement through “natural...
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Tall buildings in Houston made hurricane Harvey dump more rain on the region, before the water ran straight off the city's hard surfaces causing epic flooding
Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Capitol Hill to protest for new climate change legislation.
Oil rose about 1 percent on Wednesday, recouping some of the previous session's heavy sell-off, on growing prospects that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied producers would cut output at a meeting next month to prop up prices.
A deadly winter storm will bring a messy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to portions of the central and eastern U.S. over the next two days.
A winter storm will bring a messy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to portions of the central and eastern U.S. over the next two days.
Kuwait suspended all departing flights from the capital's airport on Wednesday due to the extreme weather which has hit the Gulf state in recent days and caused floods.
China is set to unleash a seismic shakeup of the automotive industry when it introduces stringent rules to promote new-energy vehicles. From 2019, major manufacturers will be punished unless they meet quotas for zero- and low-emission cars or they buy credits from other companies that exceed the quotas. The so-called cap-and-trade system is designed to spur the market for electric cars at the expense of gas guzzlers, all part of China’s quest to clean its air and reduce dependence on imported oi
Oil prices are down 26% since October, reflecting soaring US output, softening demand and sustained Iranian exports. OPEC must now decide how to respond.
As communities burn, some decry global warming. Others blame poor forest management. The truth is more complicated.
Eight years after a methane explosion in an underground coal mine killed 29 workers, New Zealand's government says crews will re-enter the mine to better understand what went wrong and hopefully recover some of the bodies.
Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies to cut its dependency on Russia, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said yesterday.
The world's leading economies are not heeding scientific warnings, a new report finds.
The Interior Department released data today it says show the Trump administration's promotion of energy development on federal lands is generating billions of dollars in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
A top Trump aide who's had a hand in vetting a proposal to boost coal and nuclear plants is facing calls to step down — from first lady Melania Trump.
As diesel emission fears mount, a growing number of parents now consider clean air the main factor when choosing a school An increasing number of parents are shunning good schools because of the local air quality while some are even looking to move out of cities altogether, as fears over the effects of diesel emissions on health mount. Last week a major study published in the Lancet found that pollution from diesel vehicles was stunting the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them damaged for life. Continue reading...
November 18, 2018 1:46 PM NEW DELHI (AFP) - The death toll from a cyclone that battered India's eastern coast has reached 33, a disaster official said on Sunday (Nov 18), as authorities assessed the damage caused by the powerful storm.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes want their record to better reflect their performance and that will take winning more games.
November 18, 2018 7:25 AM In the fifth of six special reports on climate change, Insight looks at how a warming world is making its deadliest animal even more lethal, and efforts to combat the scourge.
President Macron and other member states fear Britain could gain advantage over them by undercutting EU environment laws France is pushing the UK to incorporate future European climate change directives into law automatically in return for an ambitious trade deal with the EU. A large number of member states fear that the UK could enjoy an economic advantage after Brexit if it were able to diverge from European laws and regulations, and they want to use their leverage now to force a commitment from future British governments. Continue reading...
Officials say nasty November weather is preventing spill responders from containing an estimated 250 cubic metres of oil that leaked into the sea Friday off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ali Housell, spokesperson for Trans Mountain, describes research into the potential impact of expanded pipeline and tanker activity on the west coast, while Sen. Doug Black comments on C-69, the new environmental review legislation proposed by the federal government.
Bridges in London were forced to close Saturday because of protests against climate change organized by a group called Extinction Rebellion, city transport agency Transport for London (TfL) said on Twitter.
Biodiversity experts say mass extinction of wildlife is as big a danger as climate change As a UN conference convenes to work out a new deal for protecting the planet’s biodiversity, the focus falls on the nations that are not attending. Amid the worst loss of life on Earth since the demise of the dinosaurs, the agenda at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh could hardly be more important , but the spirit of international collaboration appears to be as much at risk of extinction as the world’s endangered wildlife. The United States has never signed up and Brazil is among a growing group of countries where new nationalist leaders are shifting away from global cooperation. Continue reading...
While south Tamil Nadu is recovering from the aftermath of cyclone Gaja, the weather system has now left meteorologists puzzled as it is showing signs of intensifying again into a cyclonic storm in 12 hours- this time over the Arabian Sea- and move towards Lakshadweep.
In an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump suggests poor land management is more to blame for raging wildfires in California than climate change.
Protesters plan to close five main bridges across Thames over extinction crisis Thousands of people have descended on central London for a “day of rebellion” in protest over the looming climate crisis. People began massing on five bridges over the River Thames from 10am on Saturday. By 11.30am organisers said all five target bridges in central London had been occupied. Continue reading...
Thousands of people displaced by California's most destructive wildfire, including hundreds living in tents and cars, face heavy rains next week that could trigger dangerous floods and mudslides, while helping douse the flames.
The American sailor was on the KNM Helge Ingstad as part of an exchange program when it collided with an oil tanker.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE02555J, Paper Yue Ma, Kai Chen, Jun Ma, Gaojie Xu, Shanmu Dong, Bingbing Chen, Jiedong Li, Zheng Chen, Xinhong Zhou, Guanglei Cui 5 V lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are promising candidates for high energy density batteries. However, the conventional carbonate-based liquid electrolyte is vulnerable to oxidative decomposition caused by free radicals attacking,... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE02730G, Paper Yong Zhang, Seul-Gi Kim, Donghwa Lee, Hyunjung Shin, Nam-Gyu Park We report a novel approach for fast phase transition of FAPbI3 (FA = formamidinium) at low-temperature and effectively removal of interfacial recombination in MAPbI3 (MA = methylammonium). This method also... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Unsure who to vote for in the Victorian election? Take our quiz to find out whose policies match your preferences. What do you think about logging in Victoria’s native forests? We need better scientific information before making a decision on the future of Victoria’s native forests. We should establish a 355,000ha Great Forests National Park in Victoria’s central highlands, which would effectively stop native forest logging. We should protect the $7bn forestry industry and its 21,000 jobs by continuing to allow native forest logging. Which energy policy do you support? Increasing the state’s renewable energy production target to 50% by 2030 and encouraging residential rooftop solar. Setting a 100% renewable energy production target. Building a new 500MW baseload power station, that...
Magnetic fields around the Earth release strong bursts of energy, accelerating particles and feeding the auroras that glow in the polar skies. On July 11, 2017, four NASA spacecrafts were there to watch one of these explosions happen.Read more...
Chinese scientists announced this week that a nuclear fusion reactor in the southeast of the country had achieved a temperature exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius, more than six times those found at the centre of the sun.
But despite the achievements at the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor in Hefei, capital of Anhui province, a scientist said it might still be some time before China is able to tap the energy produced by the fusion process.
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Filed under: Impact, US, Weather SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 1,000 people are unaccounted for after a deadly Northern California wildfire, but authorities warned Friday that the roster is fluid and contains "raw data," including the possibility of duplicate names.Some of the people on the ever-evolving list compiled by the Butte County sheriff's office have been confirmed dead by family and friends on social media. Others have been found safe, but authorities have not yet marked them as such.And some, like Tamara Conry, say they never should have been on the list."My husband and I are not missing and never were!" Conry wrote Thursday night on a Facebook page dedicated to finding people from the fire zone in and around the incinerated town of Paradise. "We have no family looking for us .....
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a short speech this week to a group of climate-change protesters — 51 of whom were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating — staging a sit-in in the offices of likely new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a video of it, Cortez-Ocasio, who will be representing New York’s 14th District in Congress, can...
John Kerry, the former US presidential candidate and secretary of state for the Obama administration, discusses his life and career with the Observer's chief political commentator, Andrew Rawnsley. Kerry reflects on his early memories, his role in the Vietnam war and what action needs to be taken to address the issues presented by climate change. Kerry told the live audience: 'We face several life-threatening challenges … if we don’t respond very quickly, we’re inviting catastrophe to this planet' John Kerry: ‘People are going to die because of the decision Trump made’ Continue reading...
At least 11 people were reported dead on Friday as a powerful cyclone battered India’s eastern coast.
Thousands of trees were felled by winds that destroyed homes and vehicles as hundreds of thousands fled for shelter.
Cyclone Gaja packed winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour as it barrelled into Tamil Nadu state after hitting the coast near Nagapattinam early on Friday bringing heavy rains, India’s weather office said.
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party in...
University of Sydney experts compared the diversity of gut microbes carrying antibiotic resistant genes in penguins living around two Antarctic bases, one busy and one more remote (stock).
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Would-be fathers have long been advised to wear boxer shorts and avoid hot tubs, to avoid too much heat damaging their reproductive chances.
Crop scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have developed a technique that subjects crops to 22 hours a day of LED light and promotes rapid growth of plants.
The former US secretary of state has looked on as Donald Trump has dismantled the Paris climate agreement. Now, 14 years after losing his presidential bid, he is considering another To look back at the moment John Kerry entered US public life, addressing the Senate foreign relations committee on 22 April 1971 , is to be struck by many things. There are the famous words, of course: “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” There is the shock of dark, Beatles-inspired hair, the distinctly British-tinged accent. Above all, there is the self-possession. Even though, as he describes it in his new book, Every Day Is Extra , he had not realised he would be the only witness until he had walked in the door, breathless...
The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced this week that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 MW (2 GW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic development in California and help the state achieve ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals.
The northernmost city in the U.S. continues to be ground zero for the impacts of climate change. As sunlight fades from the Arctic, sea ice began to form this week around Utqiaġvik, an Iñupiat whaling community located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. And that’s...not right.Read more...
Environmental groups are expected to oppose President Trump's choice of acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler as the permanent head of the agency.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would nominate the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, to take on the position permanently.
Oil traded up slightly in a volatile session on Friday, supported by expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would agree to cut output next month, though prices were set to for a weekly drop on underlying oversupply worries.
The federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company's plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho, two conservation groups say in a federal lawsuit.
President Trump's EPA isn't just rolling back regulations, it's failing to enforce the rules that remain on the books, according to a new report from a group formed to track the administration.
Huge expansion of agri-food industry is harming environment, say investigators Green energy subsidies are fuelling the rise of poultry mega-farms across Northern Ireland, with owners accused of contaminating sensitive habitats with emissions from chicken faeces. An alliance of agri-food companies enlisted the support of Northern Ireland politicians to unlock an estimated £800m in subsidies for contractors. This has paved the way for industry expansion at the expense of the environment, according to an investigation by the not-for-profit journalism group SourceMaterial . Continue reading...
November 16, 2018 12:18 PM KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) - An industry group that oversees the sustainability of palm oil has hit back at UK supermarket chain Iceland Foods Ltd for its viral commercial attacking the tropical oil.
[News24Wire] The Terminator Is Back and heading to Cape Town to talk about Day Zero. Arnold Schwarzenegger - movie star, former California governor and now a climate change activist - will be the keynote speaker at the W12 Future of Water conference to be held in May 2019.
Volkswagen expects to become the most profitable manufacturer of electric cars thanks to a multi-billion euro expansion plan to mass produce battery driven vehicles, Chief Executive Herbert Diess said on Friday.
Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess on Friday said he expected the multi-brand carmaking group to be the most profitable manufacturer of electric cars thanks to economies of scale.
Ranking of countries’ goals shows even EU on course for more than double safe level of warming China, Russia and Canada’s current climate policies would drive the world above a catastrophic 5C of warming by the end of the century, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries. The US and Australia are only slightly behind with both pushing the global temperature rise dangerously over 4C above pre-industrial levels says the paper, while even the EU, which is usually seen as a climate leader, is on course to more than double the 1.5C that scientists say is a moderately safe level of heating. Continue reading...
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GGGI on February 9, 2017 to collaborate in implementation of green growth strategies and projects; and to strengthen the government’s institutional framework for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of national greenhouse gas emissions, climate change adaptation and mitigation actions and support. This November, […]The post GGGI Coastal Landscape Restoration and Bio-economy Scoping Mission to the Ayeyarwady Delta appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Switzerland's Aletsch glacier is western Europe's largest expanse of ice, but Swiss scientists say it's receding at an unprecedented pace, losing up to 12 meters (13 yards) of ice a year.
Experts who calculate risk for North American insurance companies said yesterday that extreme weather, sea-level rise and other climate-related stressors have driven threats to health, home and property to their highest levels ever.
Transitioning to renewable energy isn't the only way to combat climate change.
Climate hawks are cheering after Democrats wrested control of governors' mansions in key states last week.
Oil companies have pushed through draconian cost cuts during the recent industry slump, but they're not quite done yet.
Australia is poised to become the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas within a few months, overtaking Qatar, says a new industry report.
Fears of resource nationalism rising with the spread of renewable energy technologies are overblown, an energy geopolitics expert argues in a new paper.
NEW Fortress Energy (NFE) recently announced that 14 students at The University of the West Indies, Mona, have been awarded with scholarships to the tune of $16 million.Among the recipients are recent graduates Rickel Williams, who completed her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Gary McDonald, who received his Bachelor of Laws degree with first-class honours and is now enrolled at the Norman Manley Law School, specialising in environmental law.
[Nation] Kenyans will enjoy cheaper power with the commissioning of the 310 megawatts (MW) Lake Turkana Wind Power Plant in Loiyangalani, Marsabit, County.
UQ study finds hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – If charged on Australia's main grid – will have 3x the emissions of battery EVs, nearly double those of petrol cars.
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Oil rose on Friday on hopes that supply cuts will be agreed at OPEC's meeting on Dec. 6, but failed to recoup recent losses on oversupply concerns that have shaved more than a fifth off the Brent crude benchmark since early October.
At least 63 people are confirmed to have died in a catastrophic wildfire in northern California while a further 631 are still missing, officials said. Authorities attributed the high death toll from the so-called Camp Fire, which erupted last Thursday in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles north of San Francisco, in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-whipped flames raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000. Nearly 12,000 homes and buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated hours after the blaze erupted, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has said.
Infigen says Coalition underwriting policy clearly directed towards new investments in coal, and ideology getting in way of clean energy transition.
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Authors of a recent climate change study are forced to make a correction when an independent researcher notes a mistake in their calculations. Does this mean we can't trust peer-reviewed studies?
A new super-group of seasoned global warming deniers and ex mining chiefs has formed to lobby for Australia's withdrawal from Paris accord.
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Authorities in eastern China are turning to the courts to raise the millions of yuan needed to rehabilitate water and land polluted by dumping from an illegal lead-acid battery recycling plant.
State-run Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday that the city of Huaian in Jiangsu province would use “public interest litigation” to pay to remove the acid and heavy metals found to around the plant and a nearby river.
The plant was one of a legion around the country involved in the...
Volkswagen's supervisory board is due to vote on a multi-billion euro investment plan on Friday, including steps to retool three German plants to mass produce electric cars and to explore alliances with battery partners and rival carmakers.
In case it was not already clear, a new international report has charted Australia’s performance on climate and energy policy, putting it's "insufficiency" in stark relief.
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SolarEdge developed the world’s first EV-charging solar inverter which offers the fastest AC EV charging rates by supplementing grid power with PV power.
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Is much-heralded nuclear fusion finally ready to fulfil its promise of abundant energy for all?
Few governments are prepared to care for the people forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or climate change. Here's why.
A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single US wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000. Nearly 12,000 homes and buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated last...
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The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This ground-breaking research, produced by the Global Commission and more than 200 experts, highlights proof points of the...
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John Kerry, former US presidential candidate and secretary of state for the Obama administration, discusses his life and career with the Observer’s chief political commentator, Andrew Rawnsley. Watch their discussion live as it unfolds in London’s Central Hall from 8.30pm GMT/3.30pm EST. Kerry served as the 68th secretary of state from 2013 to 2017. As the US’s top diplomat, he guided the department’s strategy on nuclear non-proliferation, combating radical extremism and the threat of climate change. His tenure was marked by the successful negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement. Early in his career he served in the US navy, completing two combat tours of duty in Vietnam for which he received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple Hearts...
Archaeologists have uncovered cave drawings in eastern France that are more than 12,000 years old, but were hidden for hundreds of years under graffiti from the 16th to 19th centuries.
SRP plans to add 1,000 megawatts of solar power to the system, officials said. One megawatt is enough energy to supply about 250 homes at once.
Nearly 19 million Americans take fish oil supplements and some 37 percent of us take vitamin D. Many may be motivated by research that has suggested these pills can protect heart health and prevent cancer. On Saturday, NPR published a story on long-awaited research on both supplements that called those claims into question. The findings of the trial, called VITAL, were complex. When researchers looked at cancer and overall cardiovascular events, they found no protective benefit from taking Vitamin D or fish oil supplements. But when they looked only at heart attacks, they did find a benefit, especially for African Americans and people who eat little fish. (Researchers say further study is needed to see if those benefits hold up.) The story prompted a wave of questions from our readers and listeners...
Ernesto Araujo has called climate science ‘dogma’ and bemoaned the ‘criminalisation’ of red meat, oil and heterosexual sex Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has chosen a new foreign minister who believes climate change is part of a plot by “cultural Marxists” to stifle western economies and promote the growth of China. Ernesto Araujo – until now a mid-ranking official who blogs about the “criminalisation” of red meat, oil and heterosexual sex – will become the top diplomat of South America’s biggest nation, representing 200 million people and the greatest and most biodiverse forest on Earth, the Amazon. Continue reading...
Booming LNG sector is driving Australia’s rising emissions, but lobby group claims reporting emissions would damage international competitiveness The Australian oil and gas lobby is pushing to limit public information about greenhouse gas emissions from liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, a move that contradicts the global industry’s pledge to increase transparency about their impact on the climate. The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has called for LNG plants to be able to apply for emissions data to be withheld from the public on the grounds that releasing it could help its competitors overseas. It has been backed by Chevron, which operates the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG developments in Western Australia. Continue reading...
"GENEVA, November 9 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is inviting experts and governments to review the Second Order Drafts of two Special Reports that will be launched next year. The Expert and Government Review for the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) takes place between 16 November 2018 and 11 January 2019. The Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) can be reviewed from 19 November 2018 to 14 January 2019." LINK
"As the visibility of solar geoengineering research grows, we thought it would be useful to provide a publicly accessible record of the solar geoengineering projects that have been funded over the past ten years." LINK
Bala, G.; Gupta, A. (2018): Solar Geoengineering Research in India. In: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0122.1. "We present here a brief account of the Indian scientific research into solar geoengineering. Climate modeling constitutes the major component of this geoengineering-relevant climate science research. The recent funding initiative by the Department of Science and Technology, the main funding agency for scientific research in India, in support of geoengineering modeling research and its efforts to bring natural, social and political scientists together for an evaluation solar geoengineering at meetings are also discussed. Finally, the directions for future scientific research into geoengineering in India are also discussed." LINK
[The Point] Vice President Ousainou Darboe has affirmed that in line with the national development policies, President Adama Barrow administration is willing to support all efforts geared towards reducing the impact of climate change.
To prevent loss of lives of fishermen as cyclone 'Gaja' intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, around eight Indian Coast Guard ships and two Dornier aircraft were in action since Nov9. Fisheries authorities in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have been asked to account for all fishing boats. The actions taken are a part of the lessons learnt from cyclone 'Ockhi','Luban' and 'Titli'.
A new report a British advisory body has called for a 20%-50% cut in the number of sheep and cattle to help combat climate change -- adding to the growing international consensus that eating red meat is not only bad for your health, it is also bad for the environment.
U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to join a key panel of independent energy regulators, who helped roll out a Department of Energy (DOE) directive to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants, told senators on Thursday he did not know if he would recuse himself if the issue reappears before the commission.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has overturned its longstanding opposition to nuclear power. Other green groups should follow suit, says Mark Lynas
U.S. energy company Kinder Morgan Inc's proposed Gulf liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Mississippi took a step toward receiving federal approval for construction on Thursday after staff at the federal energy regulator issued a draft environmental report.
Yupik the polar bear died after spending more than 25 years in a barren enclosure at a warm Mexican zoo, and activists said yesterday the zoo had resisted efforts to transfer her to a more suitable climate.
Long-term exposure to a chemical compound used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released yesterday by EPA.
Dominion Energy Inc. said in a long-awaited report yesterday that it would cost billions of dollars to recycle Virginia's toxic coal ash or move it to lined landfills, an endeavor that customers would pay for over several years.
An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management, accusing BLM of withholding records on the potential impacts of a large-scale oil and gas development project on sensitive plant and wildlife species in Wyoming.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute today formally asked EPA to edit or drop the scientific assessment that formed the basis for restrictions dangling over the Pebble mine in Alaska.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today signaled her intent to push through President Trump's energy and environment nominees by year's end despite Democrats' opposition and calls for recusal.
AEMO outlines summer readiness plan, saying it needs less emergency reserves thanks to the addition of more wind, solar and storage.
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November 15, 2018 12:56 PM BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Northern China officially entered its heating season on Thursday (Nov 15) with air pollution expected to linger in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei province region until Friday (Nov 16).
Rising numbers of extreme wildfires could result in a significant increase in CO₂ emissions, scientists have warned.
Filed under: Impact, US, Weather An early pre-winter storm spreading over the South and lower Midwest and headed for the Northeast caused five deaths on the roads Wednesday, and more dangerous travel conditions were expected as Americans started their Thanksgiving treks.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
[UN News] Families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being supported by their government and the United Nations to protect the environment and build what the UN Development Programme calls "climate-resilient lives."
The industry has political supremacy even in left-leaning states, but immediate action can hold off an environmental state of emergency The world’s leading scientists issued a report warning of total planetary dystopia unless we take immediate steps to seriously reduce carbon emissions. Then, oil and gas corporations dumped millions of dollars into the 2018 elections to defeat the major initiatives that could have slightly reduced fossil fuel use. Though you may not know it from the cable TV coverage, this was one of the most significant – and the most terrifying – stories of the midterms. For those who actually care about the survival of the human race, the key questions now should be obvious: is there any reason to hope that we will retreat from “drill baby drill” and enact a sane set...
It's well reported that oil spill disasters can have a catastrophic biological and environmental impact. But to date, few studies have examined the effect of whole crude oil on senses of a marine vertebrate. A new study is the first to confirm physiological effects on stingrays – and their sense of smell in particular...
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ICE agents have faced complaints for their aggressive efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.
Peng Lanxiang thought her rickety shack in a remote village in Sheung Shui’s Tsiu Keng was unlikely to stand up to Typhoon Mangkhut, so she took shelter in a relative’s flat well before the storm hit Hong Kong in mid-September.
When the 60-year-old returned home, she found her rooms, made of tin plates and wood, had been severely damaged by the strong wind and floods.
Despite its bad condition, Peng said she never thought about abandoning the shack, which she had rented from her...
Scientists acknowledged this week they made key errors in a study that claimed the Earth’s oceans are warming faster than previously thought. The errors made their conclusions seem more certain than they actually are, UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography admitted two weeks after their bombshell study was published Oct. 31 in the prestigious...
A winter storm dumped snow, ice and rain across the Ohio River Valley and Northeast Thursday, forcing airlines to cancel flights ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Air travelers faced delays and cancellations Thursday as an early-season winter storm brought messy weather to the Midwest and Northeast.
Cristiana Pașca Palmer is the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Montreal, & Anne Larigauderie is the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), BonnThe post Earth’s Biodiversity: A Pivotal Meeting at a Pivotal Time appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Filed under: Impact, US, Weather A major winter storm is gathering strength over the eastern United States, spreading disruptive snow, ice and rain across the region.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Britain is likely to leave the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) after Brexit and set up its own equivalent system, UK government documents published late Wednesday show.
Australia's drought is nowhere near over. And neither are its political fights over climate change.
Commercial fishermen in California and Oregon sued dozens of oil and gas companies yesterday for hurting the fishing market in the Pacific Ocean by raising temperatures on Earth.
As investigations push Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke toward a potential exit, Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt remains a steady force for rolling back environmental protections and boosting energy development. He's kept a low profile, but both allies and adversaries say little would change if Zinke leaves because so many policies already bear Bernhardt's imprint.
Two years ago, conservationist Terry Tempest Williams grabbed headlines when the Bureau of Land Management refused to take her money for oil and gas leases near her Utah home.
Retired engineer and manager Bill Bray volunteers with Citizens Climate Lobby, which aims to meet with all legislators twice a year Bill Bray makes sure to wear his ExxonMobil baseball cap to the farmers’ markets and Rotary clubs he visits in Texas to talk about climate change. Related: Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C Continue reading...
[ANGOP] Benguela -The State of Israel made available US$ 60 million to invest in various sectors in Angola, including the construction of a solar power plant in coastal Benguela province, to bridge the local deficit in terms of production and distribution of energy.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Advance Article DOI : 10.1039/C8EE02617C, Communication Xinzhi Chen, Wenjun He, Liang-Xin Ding, Suqing Wang, Haihui Wang A cathode-supported solid electrolyte membrane framework with enhanced interfacial contact can significantly improve the electrochemical performance of all solid state batteries. 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
Gas prices are plunging as the Thanksgiving holiday travel period approaches as oil plunges.
They vowed to scrutinize the Trump administration’s actions on climate change and bring before them top administration officials who they think have escaped adequate oversight under their Republican colleagues.
The day of clean, limitless energy from nuclear fusion has taken another step closer after China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reached a core plasma temperature of over 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit). During a four-month experiment, the "Chinese artificial sun" achieved a temperature over six times greater than the interior of the Sun for around 10 seconds...
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Rooftop solar fire hazard analysis finds negligible risks for chemical contamination, and no cancer related health effects from PV exposed to fire.
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Germany's grid - even in midst of shift to renewables - remains one of most stable in Europe, as biggest threat comes from extreme weather.
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A report by the Government's Committee on Climate Change said 'fundamental changes' were necessary if they were to meet their targets in cutting green house gas emissions by 2050.
The number of sheep and cattle in the UK should be reduced to help combat climate change, a report says.
The cyclonic storm is expected to make landfall in Nagapattinam around tonight. While the state government braces up for the cyclone, a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in many districts on Friday. Stay with us for all the live updates
Beating out a fascinating list of other entries, the O-Wind Turbine has taken out the UK£30,000 (US$39,000) first prize in this year's James Dyson Awards. This crooked, vented spherical device is designed to hang from skyscraper balconies and generate electricity in the chaotic wind conditions of a high-rise metropolis.
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Greenhouse gas emissions from the land-use and agriculture sector are set to increase unless the...
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NASA has announced the discovery of a massive meteorite impact crater hidden deep beneath the Greenland ice. The crater measures over 19 miles wide and 1,000ft deep, making it one of the top 25 largest impact craters on the planet. The discovery was made by a team of researchers led by the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for GeoGenetics at the … Continue reading
Energy Estate and MirusWind propose 4GW wind and solar project with storage in NSW - the largest single renewable energy project in Australia's main grid.
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Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says he shares Albertan's "frustration'' at billions of dollars being lost to the Canadian economy due to oil price discounts linked to export pipeline capacity constraints.
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WASHINGTON—On the heels of the IPCC 1.5° C special report, climate negotiators and experts are gathering in Katowice, Poland, for the international climate talks, also known as COP24. This year’s global climate summit will be a critical moment for national leaders and negotiators to fully put in motion the vision set out by the Paris Climate Agreement. In particular, they need to focus on three tasks: finalize...
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Scientists have found one of the largest impact craters on Earth under Greenland's Hiawatha Glacier. It was caused by a 3,300ft-wide asteroid that smashed into our planet during the last Ice Age.
Study shows Houston’s urban landscape may have physically changed Hurricane Harvey’s structure
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Asian stocks edged up on Thursday as a steep slide in crude oil prices which had chilled investor sentiment slowed, while the pound and euro were supported after British Prime Minister Theresa May gained cabinet support for a Brexit deal.
A permafrost coastline is receding dramatically along Alaska's north slope. It could be an indicator of far more massive land losses across the Arctic.
A new study found that the United States could store enough carbon in natural landscapes to offset all the cars and trucks on the road.
Most of Earth’s surface has been plotted, mapped and measured. And along the way, scientists have turned up a plethora of craters big and small. But there was always one major crater missing.
12,800 years ago, during the Pleistocene, Earth was warming up from its last Ice Age. Temperatures slowly rose while glaciers retreated, that is, until something major happened that triggered a cold snap big enough to leave its mark on the geologic record. Over the course of just decades – the blink
Radar surveys have revealed a crater left when a kilometre-wide asteroid hit Greenland – and the impact could explain a climate mystery
Fire crews in northern California seized on improved weather conditions on Wednesday in their six-day-old battle to suppress the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history as National Guard troops were called in to help search for victims.
Hurricanes are dropping more rain and causing more flooding than in the past, and humans are to blame on multiple fronts. Climate scientists have warned for decades that global warming will cause extreme weather to get more frequent and severe. A pair of studies published today in the journal Nature find that hurricanes are already causing more rain than they used to, and that cities themselves may be making the rainfall from those storms even worse. The second finding is particularly novel. Scientists looked at data from the city of Houston during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and compared the rain that fell to a model of how much rain would have fallen if the city and its surrounding area had never been built. "What we found was that the city enhanced the overall rainfall footprint [compared]...
Hurricane rainfall could increase by a third and wind speeds boosted by up to 25 knots if global warming continues Climate change worsened the most destructive hurricanes of recent years, including Katrina, Irma and Maria, by intensifying rainfall by as much as 10%, new research has found. Related: 'It's hyped up': climate change skeptics in the path of Hurricane Florence Continue reading...
The controversial report, which was drafted by the Nunavut government in northern Canada, estimated that polar bear populations are much higher than scientists have previously estimated.
Fire crews in northern California seized on improved weather conditions on Wednesday in their six-day-old battle to suppress the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history as National Guard troops were called in to help search for victims. The confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire stood at 48 as the footprint of the fire grew by 5,000 acres to 135,000 acres(55,000 hectares), even as diminished winds and rising humidity allowed firefighters to carve containment lines around more than a third of the perimeter. "Progress is being made," said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) at a news conference flanked by Governor Jerry Brown, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other officials.
"California has always burned and its always going to burn whether there are people there or not," Sowers said. "We've got a combination of drought that makes it so much worse and high populations of people moving into those foothills creating a perfect storm, it's an awful situation."
It’s the perfect science-fiction device: a hurricane of dark matter. Recent, real-life research has demonstrated that our Sun is currently engulfed in a so-called a stellar stream. Some publications have seized on this ominous-sounding idea, reporting that Earth is about to be walloped by a dark matter storm—but in…Read more...
Oil prices bounced up on Wednesday, as hopes for output cuts fueled a partial rebound from the previous session's steep decline, and the euro and sterling gained as British Prime Minister Theresa May obtained her cabinet's backing for her Brexit deal.
German automaker Volkswagen will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, ramping up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards, the company said today.
The blowout of an oil well in the Great Australian Bight could leak for more than 100 days and foul beaches along Australia's coastline from Albany in WA to Sydney's beaches and beyond, a leaked document shows.
France set out plans on Wednesday to tackle deforestation around the world, saying it would look to curb imports of products such as palm oil, soy and beef that contribute to the destruction of forest areas.
Latest legal skirmish in a long battle between activists and the company building the pipeline, which is also behind Keystone XL Landowners in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin have filed suit against the company building the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline for trespassing and property damage, claiming that it did not obtain legal authority before running stretches of the nearly completed pipeline through their property. It’s the latest legal skirmish in a long battle between Louisiana activists and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), which is also behind the the more well-known Keystone XL pipeline , and one that advocates hope might shutter the nearly completed 160-mile stretch of pipe before it goes live. Continue reading...
France's prime minister says there'll be no U-turn in the government's policy of hiking taxes on fossil fuels to encourage the take-up of cleaner energy sources, despite planned protests by vehicle drivers this weekend.
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is touting his agency's efforts to make documents available under the Freedom of Information Act.
Solar panels, a paint pigment factory and a free-range chicken farm are among 20 ready-made projects that activists hope transform old coal mines into new, different jobs.
Incoming Democratic committee leaders are plotting a series of hearings on climate change, amid growing tension in the caucus about how to address the issue in the new Congress.
Scientists behind a major study on ocean warming this month are acknowledging errors in their calculations and say conclusions are not as certain as first reported.
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