February 28, 2020 2:20 PM SINGAPORE - By 2050, Singapore wants to halve the amount of emissions it produces from its 2030 peak, with the aim of achieving net-zero emissions "as soon as viable in the second half of the century", Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Friday (Feb 28).
February 28, 2020 3:14 PM SINGAPORE - Parliament on Friday (Feb 28) approved a $106 billion Budget meant to help Singapore overcome the immediate effects of the coronavirus outbreak while also tackling longer-term issues the country faces like climate change.
Greta Thunberg, the teenage activist who has reprimanded governments across the world for failing her generation with climate change, is expected to draw a crowd of thousands on Friday when she leads a protest in Britain.
February 28, 2020 12:20 PM LONDON (NYTIMES) - Britain's Court of Appeal issued a landmark ruling on Thursday (Feb 27) that stymied plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport in London, declaring that the government illegally neglected its commitments to reduce carbon emissions and protect the planet from dangerously high temperatures.
Demand for bigger cars drives increase in greenhouse gas emissions, says Which? New cars sold in the UK produce more carbon dioxide than older models, according to new research that suggests the industry is going backwards in tackling the climate crisis. Cars that reach the latest standards of emissions use cleaner internal combustion engine technology to combat air pollution , but the relentless rise in demand for bigger, heavier models meant that average emissions of the greenhouse gas rose, according to the consumer group Which? Continue reading...
Consumer experts at Which? found the latest generation of cars being sold to UK consumers emit more CO2, which is associated with climate change.
Clean Energy Regulator takes action against another three solar installation companies for non-compliance or fraud within the national small-scale renewable energy scheme.
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February 28, 2020 5:00 AM KUALA LUMPUR • Major Asian cities, including Tokyo, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai, are most at risk from rising sea levels, researchers warned yesterday, urging the authorities to invest more in flood defences and to plan to relocate assets and people.
A federal judge in Idaho ruled Thursday that a Trump administration policy limiting public input on oil and gas leasing decisions was “arbitrary and capricious,” overturning the 2018 directive and voiding 1 million acres of leases out West that were auctioned off under the new approach.
Jen Gerson: In a system where every major project is a target for obstruction and protest, everyone suffers
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Hongkongers can expect to test ride electric minibuses and cross-harbour ferries in 2023 as HK$430 million (US$55 million) has been allocated to develop green-energy transport in the budget announced on Wednesday.The Environment Bureau has unveiled a plan to develop the city’s road map to popularise electric vehicles to improve Hong Kong’s air quality.“Minibuses are unique to Hong Kong’s road transport and we hope to help in funding the purchase of new electric minibuses and the building of…
The snowpack, which provides about a third of the annual freshwater supply for the state, measured 47% of average, down significantly from last month.
Oil prices fell for a sixth straight session on Friday and were on track for about a 12% weekly fall, the biggest in more than four years, as the spread of the coronavirus outside China raised fears of slowing global demand.
An Alberta energy company is facing a wave of criticism on social media for an image that includes their company logo, and a woman or girl resembling climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Britain’s Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled in favour of green campaigners who oppose the building of a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, Europe’s busiest.The court said the UK government – which in 2018 approved the Heathrow extension – had failed to take into account its commitments to the Paris Agreement to limit climate warming.The legal action against the approval was brought by various London councils, environmental groups including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, and London…
"With no polar ice, there will not be polar bears," said Brandon Laforest, a senior specialist of Arctic species at WWF Canada.
If you're worried about climate change, should you feel guilty about going online? Maybe you don't need to put down your phone just yet, a study says.
February 27, 2020 6:32 PM LONDON (REUTERS) - Opponents of the expansion of Heathrow Airport won a legal challenge in England's Court of Appeal, after a judge ruled that the UK government's airport expansion policy was unlawful as it failed to take into account its climate change commitments.
Warwick District Council wants to become carbon-neutral itself by 2025, and make the entire district carbon-neutral by 2030.
His argument that global warming will be felt most bluntly by black and brown communities is meant to resonate in a state where residents are already feeling its effects.
Deal with Greens allows SNP to secure budget but critics say policy may not be introduced Proposals for all under-19s in Scotland to eventually get free bus travel have been narrowly approved after ministers forged a deal with the Scottish Greens. Kate Forbes, the recently appointed Scottish finance secretary, said the deal promoted the SNP minority government’s goals of cutting carbon emissions and tackling poverty, and allowed her to secure her £40bn budget a week before the final vote. Continue reading...
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Thursday the agency has not decided how it will respond to a federal court decision addressing exemptions to U.S. biofuel blending laws.
The oil industry's system for locating polar bear dens in the snowdrifts of Alaska's North Slope failed more than half the time over a 12-year period, according to a study published on Thursday.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today indicated he has no immediate plans to go back to K Street. If President Trump wins reelection in November, Wheeler — the former coal lobbyist who's led EPA since July 2018 — would like to continue serving in the Trump administration, he told reporters this afternoon.
February 27, 2020 3:48 PM SINGAPORE - Mindsets and consumption habits need to change as Singapore moves to tackle climate change, Workers' Party Non-Constituency MP Dennis Tan said in Parliament on Thursday (Feb 27), as he urged the Government to set a "bold green agenda" for the future.
Bank of England governor warns City about need for businesses to fully disclose climate impact Businesses must improve how they disclose their impact on the environment or risk failing to meet climate targets, the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, warned the City on Thursday. Without disclosure rules that allow investors to compare how businesses are meeting the climate challenge , the world risks missing targets to be carbon neutral by 2050, Carney said. Continue reading...
Storm Jorge may bring 70mph winds on coast and downpours in Wales and northern England People living in flooded areas are facing more misery as the third storm to hit the UK in a month takes hold over the weekend. Storm Jorge is expected to batter coastal areas with winds of up to 70mph, while downpours of up to 80mm could fall on already flooded areas. Continue reading...
Congressional Democrats introduced an environmental justice bill Thursday to take on pollution and climate change issues in low-income and marginalized communities.
Emily Eaton, who teaches in the university's geography and environmental studies department, is researching the influence of the fossil fuel industry on education in Saskatchewan.
A new study says polar bears could be killed when drilling comes to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because officials are not certain where pregnant mothers dig their dens. Surveys used to discover the dens are unreliable because the radar they employ does not function well under harsh Arctic conditions. The surveys are wrong more than half of the time, according to the study.
[This Day] The eight edition of West Africa Clean Energy and Environment Conference and Exhibition (WACEE) scheduled to take place in Lagos in September, will focus on clean energy, circular economy, and water.
The European Union will propose carbon border measures as soon as possible to protect its industries from competitors in countries with less stringent climate policies, the bloc's industry chief said on Thursday.
Analysts link the increase to U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran as well as decreased prices of Russian oil.
The Bureau of Land Management is set to release a proposed land use plan amendment that will ultimately decide whether more oil and gas leasing is allowed near New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The Montana Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday over how the Public Service Commission should set the rates that NorthWestern Energy has to pay for power it's required to buy from small solar projects.
Despite weakening limits on planet-warming pollutants and proposing broad cuts to EPA's remaining efforts to combat climate change, Administrator Andrew Wheeler this morning sought to defend the Trump administration's climate record.
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Banning hydraulic fracturing and halting new drilling on federal land would cost the U.S. economy $7 trillion in the next decade and kill millions of jobs, the U.S. oil industry’s main lobby group said on Thursday in a report targeting the climate plans of top Democratic presidential candidates.
Using data collected by an array of instruments deployed along the coast of West Antarctica, scientists were able to gain new insights into the influence of warm ocean currents on the continent's ice shelves.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Thursday the EPA had no announcement yet on how it will respond to a federal court decision addressing exemptions to U.S. biofuel blending laws.
Lords Justice Lindblom, Singh and Haddon-Cave said the Government did not take enough account of its commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change when supporting the proposals.
A group of polar researchers from the Thwaites Offshore Research (THOR) project spotted the island as their ship passed through Pine Island Bay in Antarctica.
Stocks across the globe and oil prices continued to tumble on Thursday and U.S. Treasury yields hit record lows as traders fretted over the economic impact of the spreading coronavirus.
Oil prices plunged more than 4% on Thursday, down for a fifth day to their lowest since January 2019 as more new coronavirus cases outside China fed fears of a pandemic that could slow the global economy and dent demand for crude.
[The Herald] Zimbabwe has seen the impact of climate change on its front doors, increasing frequency of droughts, floods, intense downpours and its related risks on the water, energy, agriculture, health and other critical sectors. It can be hard to adapt to any change, whether it touches your home, health, or livelihood. Herald Reporter Nesia Mhaka (NM) spoke to the director of the Climate Change Department in Zimbabwe, Mr Washington Zhakata (WZ) to get an insight into the country's adaptation and mitigation plans in
Appeal court says decision to give go-ahead not consistent with Paris agreement Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal by the court of appeal because ministers did not adequately take into account the government’s climate change commitments. The ruling is a major blow to the project at a time when public concern about the climate emergency is rising fast and the government has set a target in law of net zero emissions by 2050. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, could use the ruling to abandon the project, or the government could draw up a new policy document to approve the runway. Continue reading...
Lebanon’s president has inaugurated the Mediterranean country’s first offshore exploratory drilling for oil and gas, calling it a “historic day” for the cash-strapped country
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The 2021 plan for Yorkshire site will be four years ahead of government deadline The Drax power plant in Yorkshire will end all coal generation by next year after almost five decades as one of western Europe’s most polluting power plants. Drax Group will stop burning coal at Britain’s biggest power plant in March 2021, four years ahead of the government’s ban on coal-fired electricity, which comes into force in 2025. Continue reading...
The country lost two-thirds of its population and much of its territory 150 years ago in the War of the Triple Alliance Latin America’s bloodiest war ended with a single gunshot fired on the lonely banks of the Aquidabán Niguí – a stream flowing through dense subtropical forest in what is now the Cerro Corá national park in north-eastern Paraguay. Related: Should Paraguay invest its energy wealth in bitcoin ‘mining’ or fighting poverty? Continue reading...
February 27, 2020 8:10 AM KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Major Asian cities, including Tokyo, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai, are most at risk from rising sea levels, researchers warned on Thursday (Feb 27), urging authorities to invest more in flood defences and plan to relocate assets and people.
[The Conversation Africa] Unsafe drinking water and household air pollution are major causes of illness and death around the world. This is also the case in Rwanda, where most people living in rural areas drink untreated water and burn firewood on open stoves to cook their meals. More than 80% of Rwandans rely on firewood as their primary fuel source.
Taxpayers are losing billions of dollars in potential revenue from oil and gas drilling on federal lands, according to two reports released this week.
President Trump is reportedly on the hunt for the "deep state" of anti-administration employees in the federal government — including in agencies that oversee everything from offshore drilling to solar power.
European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier called on London to commit to high environmental standards in any trade deal with the bloc as the U.K. prepares to host the next round of global climate talks.
The federal government must spend up to $12 billion to improve the nation's flood maps and should do more to steer development out of flood-prone areas, according to two recent studies that warn about increasing flood damage from climate change.
Campaigners say move is ‘blatant contradiction’ of lender’s climate commitments The World Bank has been criticised for providing $55m (£43m) to aid fossil fuel extraction in Guyana, at the same time that it has pledged to stop direct funding of oil and gas production. The Washington-based institution, which provides loans and grants to aid the development of poorer countries, will provide $20m to pay for the training of Guyanese oil and gas officials, including those involved in the marketing of oil. Continue reading...
Oil prices fell 2% on Thursday, plunging for fifth day to their lowest since January 2019 as a rise in new coronavirus cases outside China fuelled fears of a pandemic that could slow the global economy and dent demand for crude.
Lots of us have broad enthusiasm for buying an electric vehicle, but so far that is not translating into big sales.
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[Daily Maverick] The 2020 Budget speech was something of a lame-duck on climate change mitigation policies, but it did show some positive signs from the African continent's biggest carbon culprit.
For the second time, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras largest events will be 100% carbon-offset in 2020 thanks to their partnership with Australia’s greenest energy retailer, Powershop.
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Trent Zimmerman says Australia should think beyond 2030 as the world prepares for the Glasgow climate conference. All the day’s events, live 3.44am GMT Peter Dutton has also picked up on the word of the day “plan” saying it at least 13 times in three minutes (and seven seconds – he was given extra time after being interrupted) 3.41am GMT Anthony Albanese to Scott Morrison: My question is again to the Prime Minister: and I say, given the Audit Office and Sport Australia have both confirmed that the sports rorts projects were approved on 11 April, the day the election was called, why was the brief approving the project backdated by the Government by a week to 4 April? Didn’t the Government know the decision was dodgy and it was trying to cover its tracks? Continue reading...
Carbon emissions throughout the full value chain of IKEA furniture fell for the first time last year, brand owner Inter IKEA said on Thursday citing increased use of renewable energy.
A new study says the animals could be killed when drilling comes to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska because officials are not certain where pregnant mothers dig their dens.
Wind and solar industry wants of an investment drought as AEMC sides with incumbents and rejects changes to the way transmission losses are calculated.
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Misconceptions and outright misinformation have gotten out of hand. Here's what you need to know.
Nature, Published online: 27 February 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00520-8The vast, wild depths between light and shadow face increasing threats from climate change and overfishing.
Pacific nation’s protected zone has led to commercial tuna fishing vessels leaving the country Palau’s much-touted marine sanctuary has backfired, with the fishing ban leading to an increased consumption of the reef fish in the western Pacific country – such as grouper, snapper and parrotfish – that the marine sanctuary promised to protect. Palau introduced a new 500,000 sq km (193,000 sq mile) marine sanctuary on 1 January to much fanfare. Continue reading...
Oil prices fell for a fifth day on Thursday to their lowest since January 2019 as a growing number of new coronavirus cases outside of China deepened fears that the global economy will slow and lower crude demand.
A German impact crater could help scientists understand the alkalinity, pH and nitrogen content of ancient waters on Mars, as well as carbon dioxide composition of the planet's ancient atmosphere.
Russian scientists record more cases of bear-on-bear attacks amid food scarcity and sea ice melt Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, according to a Russian expert. “Cases of cannibalism among polar bears are a long-established fact, but we’re worried that such cases used to be found rarely while now they are recorded quite often,” said Ilya Mordvintsev, a polar bear expert, quoted by Interfax news agency. Continue reading...
EPA requested more time once again today to determine whether the proposed Pebble mine threatens Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska.
Tiny snapping shrimp are among of the loudest animals in the ocean. And climate change could be making them louder, which affects a lot of other sea life.
Stocks and oil prices resumed their fall on Wednesday after a local authority said over 80 people were being monitored for the novel coronavirus in New York State's Long Island, adding to concern over spread in Europe and the Middle East.
Everyone seems to agree trees are a major solution to climate change, but there is a danger that mass reforestation could see us to continue pumping carbon into the atmosphere
February 26, 2020 3:13 PM JAKARTA (XINHUA) - Floods, landslides and whirlwind have forced almost 10,000 people to flee home in West Java province's district of Karawang, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Agus Wibowo said on Wednesday (Feb 26).
If world leaders, land managers and other policymakers can find a way to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius and conserve a third of the land in the tropics, global species loss could be cut in half.
Climate change could add around 20% to the global cost of extreme weather events by 2040, according to early findings from Cambridge researchers. The findings come from the Cambridge Climate …
Growing human activity and development in the region has shrunk the animals' hunting grounds.
A tiny fraction of chemical plants, refineries and other industrial polluters carry a gapingly disproportionate impact on toxic air releases.
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso today touted the climate change provisions in the chamber's $287 billion highway bill, mirroring a broader shift in GOP rhetoric on global warming.
United Kingdom-based BP PLC is leaving three oil and natural gas advocacy associations, finding conflicts in climate change policy "that cannot be reconciled." The decision came just weeks after the company's new CEO Bernard Looney announced a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Academic freedom is at the heart of a court case between a University of Regina professor and her employer.
The Bangladesh parliament, led by the parliamentary standing committee on environment, recently declared a planetary emergency in Bangladesh. This is ground breaking in that most other parliaments around the world have declared a climate change emergency, but none have also added a biodiversity emergency as the Bangladesh parliament has. So ours is a twin track […]
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Meteorologists predict warmer temperatures at Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt, South Sinai, Southern Upper Egypt, the Red Sea mountains and northern Upper Egypt during daytime on Thursday, with mild weather over the northeastern and northwestern coasts. Very cold weather throughout the country is expected by nightfall. Temperatures predicted for the following cities are: 23C in Cairo … Continued
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Students at the London School of Economics have backed proposals by animal rights activist Phoebe Woodruff, pictured, to ban the sale of beef from the university's Holborn campus.
Oil prices edged up on Wednesday after U.S. crude in storage grew less than expected and gasoline inventories dropped, but hundreds of new coronavirus cases reported in Asia, Europe and oil-producing countries in the Middle East limited gains.
CARBON PRICES of $50 a tonne - the figure the Government is putting forward as the new price cap - could put the price of diesel up 13c a litre and petrol up 7c a litre.
A “doomsday vault” nestled deep in the Arctic received 60,000 new seed samples on Tuesday, including Prince Charles’ cowslips and Cherokee sacred corn, increasing stocks of the world’s agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe.Mounting concern over climate change and species loss is driving groups worldwide to add their seeds to the collection inside a mountain near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300km (about 800 miles) from the North Pole…
For many parts of the United States this winter has been one of the warmest on record. In fact, as the climate heats up, winters are warming faster than any other season. We recently asked how people around the country are seeing the effects of this in their everyday lives. Here's a sample of what we heard back. Recreation Thomas Germanson grew up near a lake in Madison, Wis., in the 1960s. In the winter, he says, the frozen water was a perfect place to take model yachts ice boating — meaning they glided on the ice. Having open water into the new year was a rare occurrence. "Sailing in the Upper Midwest is unheard of after Thanksgiving through March. Ice boating was the norm during this time," says Germanson. But he finds it's not the norm anymore. Now, the radio-controlled boats can simply...
A raft of gentoo penguins fail to 'stick the landing' as they hurtle out of icy waters onto a tiny piece of Antarctic ice before sliding and bouncing off again.
[New Zimbabwe] Victoria Falls -Africa is is hardest hit by the effects of climate change when it contributes less in terms of causes of the ugly weather phenomenon, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
The topic deserves more than a 10-second response, since it’s central to the world’s ability to stave off catastrophic climate change.
BP will leave the main U.S. refining lobby and two other trade groups as new CEO Bernard Looney spurs some of the oil sector's most ambitious targets for curbing carbon emissions.
World’s second biggest miner says it will reduce emissions by 15% by 2030, but ‘will not set targets for our customers’ Mining giant Rio Tinto says it wants its globe-spanning operations to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and will spend US$1bn over the next five years to reduce its carbon footprint. The second biggest miner in the world has also committed to reducing its emissions by 15% by 2030. Continue reading...
LOEI: Unseasonal drought, floods and the negative impact of hydropower projects on the Mekong River's ecology were major concerns raised by residents of northeastern provinces at a public hearing on the Luang Prabang Dam on Tuesday.
Clean energy advocate and attorney Arthur Haubenstock is taking over as the new executive director of Lewis & Clark Law School's Green Energy Institute.
Concerns are rising about the impact of the coronavirus on the energy sector and global economies, despite moves by President Trump this week to reassure the public.
Dylan Guenther scored three goals and set up another as the Edmonton Oil Kings routed the Winnipeg Ice 10-1 on Tuesday in the Western Hockey League.
February 28, 2020 2:29 PM SINGAPORE - The efforts made to tackle climate change are long-term investments that represent the Government's commitment to coming generations of Singaporeans, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.
Italian energy group Eni promised to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and invest more in renewable energy as it steps up its pivot to cleaner energy.
[This Day] Warri -The Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has called on relevant agencies in the oil and gas sector to, as a matter of urgency, prevail on Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to stop further use of untreated hazardous chemicals in Sokebolou and Yokiri waterways in Burutu Local Government area of Delta State.
Oil prices plunged to their lowest in more than a year on Friday, putting them on track for the biggest weekly decline in more than four years, as the rapid spread of the coronavirus stoked fears of slowing global demand.
A new collection of artifacts have been pulled from the wreckage of the HMS Erebus, an English ship that became trapped by sea ice in the Canadian Arctic in 1846, leaving its 128-person crew to die.
Angus Taylor seeks to replicate expensive brown-coal to hydrogen project as Morrison government shuts the door on support for wind and solar.
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FOREST OWNERS - who yesterday called for a $200-a-tonne carbon tax on the burning of coal - say changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme should be signalled in the May Budget.
Heathrow Airport's plans to increase capacity of Europe's biggest travel hub by over 50% were stalled Thursday when a British court said the government failed to consider its commitment to combat climate change when it approved the...
New Zealand PM wants Canberra to change position on ‘corrosive’ issue which has seen hundreds of Kiwis deported from Australia New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern won’t raise climate change when she meets with Scott Morrison in Sydney but will push for a change in Canberra’s position on forced deportations. Ardern was scheduled to hold talks with Morrison in the harbour city on Friday after briefly meeting with New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian in the morning. Continue reading...
February 27, 2020 10:31 PM WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - When Hurricane Dorian crashed into the Atlantic Coast in September, President Donald Trump assumed a take-charge role in response. But he undermined his own effectiveness after it became apparent that before displaying a map in front of the television cameras in the Oval Office, he had altered it with a Sharpie pen to match his inaccurate forecast of where the storm was headed.
The Court of Appeal ruled that the £14 billion expansion of Heathrow airport was illegal - because the Government failed to take into account its legal duty to curb climate change.
A Russian scientist reveals the animals are feeding on each other in the Arctic as melting ice and fossil fuel extraction companies are forcing the animals out of their traditional hunting grounds.
Environmental Protection Agency officials are exacerbated with one of Donald Trump's rally bits railing against inefficient water systems, especially regarding toilets and faucets.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that Japan’s plan to release radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant ...
A stunning image showing a group of seals swimming in sync beneath an Antarctic iceberg has captured a major photography award.
The U.K. Court of Appeal dealt has dealt climate activists a big legal win, blocking plans for the addition of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest international hubs in the world. In its judgment Thursday, the three-justice panel concluded that the plans failed to satisfy the government's stated commitments on combating climate change. "The Paris Agreement ought to have been taken into account by the Secretary of State," Lord Justice Lindblom wrote Thursday , referring to the landmark climate deal in which nearly 200 countries vowed in 2015 to reduce their greenhouse emissions. Last year, the U.K. also became the first of the major Group of Seven countries to enact a pledge aiming to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 — a pledge that the office...
ICE agents are drawing criticism for detaining parents, although officials say they are primarily targeting undocumented adults with criminal records.
Greater plant diversity benefits everyone in the ecosystem, a new study reports. Higher levels of plant diversity allow ecosystems to utilize more energy and more efficiently, new research found. Ecosystems with 60 or more plant species contained twice the amount of living biomass, on average, than ecosystems built on plant monocultures. This is the first […]
Tellurian Inc stock dropped on Thursday after the company said it extended the amount of time India's Petronet LNG Ltd had to finalize an agreement to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Tellurian's Driftwood plant in Louisiana.
Denver resident KSue Anderson is a lifelong Democrat who has usually chosen candidates based on economic or social justice issues. But as Super Tuesday approaches this presidential election year, the 80-year-old undecided voter can't stop thinking about climate change. "The winters are warmer than they used to be," she says. "We don't get as much snow as we used to. And when we get it, it comes in huge things." Young people have gotten a lot of media attention for their climate activism. But they're just one face of a voting block that has grown more worried since the Trump administration pulled out of the Paris climate agreement and began rolling back environmental protections. "I'm extremely concerned," Anderson says. Polls in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada all showed climate change, along...
Mexico's state oil company Pemex on Thursday reported losses of 346 billion pesos ($18.3 billion) for 2019, a 92 percent increase on last year's deficit. Pemex said the results were due to the burden of $105 billion in debt, a drop in crude sales and an increase in tax payments. "The most important variables that explain this situation are the fall in the price of the Mexican (crude) mix for export; lower reference prices for petrol and diesel; and the reduction in the volume of sales both nationally and for export," Pemex said in a statement.
Cyclone is temporarily cooling distressed corals but experts say parts of reef that previously escaped bleaching are at risk The Great Barrier Reef is still at risk of a widespread outbreak of coral bleaching despite a cyclone to the far west helping to temporarily cool stressed corals, according to US and Australian science agencies. Clearer skies, weak tides and above-average ocean temperatures are combining to create stressful conditions for corals along much of the world’s largest reef system. Continue reading...
Global warming garnered well under 1 percent of overall broadcast news coverage in 2019, according to a new study.
The Worcestershire village of Severn Stoke has been deluged after the River Severn broke its banks following heavy rainfall in the aftermath of Storm Dennis nearly a fortnight ago.
The top two senators on the U.S. Senate energy committee unveiled a bipartisan energy legislation package on Thursday that would support renewable energy, efficiency measures and nuclear power, and aides said it should move quickly to a vote in the chamber.
More and more, climate change is grabbing headlines around the world. Many of them feature 17-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, front and centre. But while Thunberg does her thing – sailing across the Atlantic, addressing the United Nations – what is really happening at schools around the world for the average student?
In truth, climate change has been an issue for young people for a long time. I have been a school principal in three continents for more than 20 years and this has always…
The Court of Appeal said the major international hub's plans for an additional runway failed to consider the government's pledges on carbon emissions. It's a big win for climate activists.
Oil prices tumbled for a fifth day on Thursday to their lowest since January 2019, as further novel coronavirus cases outside China fanned fears that a pandemic could slow the global economy and erode demand for crude.
Greta Thunberg effect behind sales boom in books on everything from plastic waste to endangered wildlife I’m reading one of a small forest’s-worth of beautiful new picture books about the environment with my eight-year-old twins. The Sea, by Miranda Krestovnikoff and Jill Calder, takes us into mangrove swamps and kelp forests and coral reefs. We learn about goblin sharks and vampire squids and a poisonous creature called a nudibranch. Then we reach the final chapter on ocean plastics. When we learn that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish, Esme bursts into inconsolable tears. Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) – The planned expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport was declared unlawful on environmental grounds by a court on Thursday, a ruling that could sink the $18 billion project that has been dogged by decades of dispute and indecision. In a victory for climate change campaigners, an appeal court judge said that building a … Continued
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Democrats in Oregon tried yesterday to pressure boycotting Republican lawmakers to come back to the Statehouse by emphasizing bills that would help their constituents, but GOP senators stayed away for a third day to block a bill on climate change they say should go before voters.
EPA may soon scale back the exemptions it grants small refineries from biofuel-blending requirements, dragging the issue into legally treacherous territory, a group critical of biofuel mandates said.
EPA is sitting on dozens of air quality plan submittals from California dating as far back as the Clinton administration, an environmental group alleges in a new lawsuit.
Emails show fierce resistance within EPA to a union contract the agency pressed upon its employees last summer. Records obtained by E&E News shed new light on the battle between EPA and the agency's largest union, which represents more than 7,500 EPA employees.
Banning hydraulic fracturing and halting new drilling on federal land would cost the U.S. economy $7 trillion in the next decade and kill millions of jobs, the U.S. oil industry’s main lobby group said on Thursday in a report targeting the climate plans of top Democratic presidential candidates. The report from the American Petroleum Institute underscores mounting concern in the U.S. drilling industry over the possibility a candidate in favor of rapidly ending the fossil fuel economy to fight global warming will win the Democratic Party's nomination to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November election.
Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana has shrunk from 22,000 acres in 1955 to 320. Some call its residents the nation's first climate change refugees.
Oil prices fell for a fifth straight day on Thursday, plunging to their lowest levels since January 2019 as more new coronavirus cases outside China fanned fears that a pandemic could slow the global economy.
More than a decade ago, the issue seemed distant to Americans' experiences. But now polls show a dramatic rise in concern, driven partly by extreme weather.
Researchers also calculated the carbon footprints for online and in-person shopping
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The UK government’s approval for a third runway to be built at Heathrow is illegal because it doesn't consider the Paris climate deal, the Court of Appeal has ruled
Speakers at MIT climate symposium outline the steps needed to achieve global carbon neutrality by midcentury.
The raspberry-red snow contributes to climate change, experts say, because it reflects less sunlight and melts faster.
A London court on Thursday blocked expansion at Heathrow Airport to add another runway, because the plans have failed to take into account how they might affect Britain's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Jet-fuel-guzzling Delta Airlines and fossil-fuel-pumping BP are vowing to go carbon neutral . Microsoft and Ikea, behemoths of tech and furniture, have pledged to go farther and actively reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The financial giant Blackrock promises to put climate at the heart of its decisions. In short, a slew of major corporations are making promises on climate — lofty ones. And it's not just a case of a few headline-grabbing outliers. More companies are disclosing their carbon emissions, and more of those companies have emissions reductions targets, according to the global nonprofit CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). Loading... Don't see the graphic above? Click here. Those targets are also more ambitious. ENGIE Impact, a sustainability company tied to a French...
Government promised to put wood first
FOREST OWNERS are calling for a $200-a-tonne tax on the burning of coal and the implementation of the Government's promised "wood-first" policy.
Investors are facing scrutiny like never before about what they're doing to tackle climate change.
[The Point] A World Bank team led by Veronique Marie Morin Floissac and Ana Campos Garcia is currently in the country to look at possibilities with regards to addressing the issue of sea level rise in Banjul which is threatening all the economic assets in Banjul.
Climate issues are top of mind in the state.
[The Conversation Africa] Scientists around the world are looking for ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This gas is a natural component of the atmosphere, released by processes of respiration and decomposition of organic matter.
U.S. wind energy generation passed hydropower generation for the first time in 2019, making it the most used renewable energy source in the country, according to a report yesterday from the Energy Information Administration.
Panasonic announced this week that it would end its solar partnership with Tesla, raising new questions about the auto giant's renewable business.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2020, Advance Article DOI : 10.1039/C9EE03634B, Review Article Tianpei Zhou, Nan Zhang, Changzheng Wu, Yi Xie Surface/interface nanoengineering of electrocatalysts and air electrodes will promote the rapid development of high-performance rechargeable Zn–air 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
Democratic senators yesterday urged Larry Fink, the CEO of wealth giant BlackRock Inc., to endorse a policy that would require companies to publicly disclose their contributions and vulnerabilities to climate change.
It failed in 2010. Supporters abandoned it in 2016. And now it's being passed over for shiny newcomers endorsed by celebrity lawmakers. That's the state of carbon pricing.
Oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell and Dutch gas company Gasunie [GSUNI.UL] plan to build a massive green hydrogen plant in the northern Netherlands in the next decade, the companies said on Thursday, to cut emissions.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney called on London's money managers to help speed a transition to a low-carbon future on Thursday, aiming to usher in a new era where every professional financial decision takes climate change into account.
A tough year for Air New Zealand will get even tougher, but boss Greg Foran says he is confident the airline can ''weather the storm'' engulfing airlines as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Evacuation in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as Environment Agency warns of continued flooding until at least Sunday Are you affected by the flooding? Tell us your story Residents evacuated from properties in Ironbridge due to flooding are facing further misery with wet weather expected to cause disruption on Thursday after flood defences were breached along the banks of the River Severn, forcing householders and businesspeople to flee their properties. A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for much of the Midlands including the Severn in Shropshire. Flooding along parts of the Severn, which remained close to its highest levels in some areas, is likely until at least Sunday, the Environment Agency has said. Continue reading...
Brisbane-based zinc-bromine flow battery maker says overseas markets providing growing pipeline of “significant opportunities” while Australia continues to weigh the benefits of energy storage.
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Failure to fully implement 14 of 16 recommendations to regulate CSG extraction could lead to more support for moratorium across NSW Santos’s coal seam gas project near Narrabri could face further obstacles after a parliamentary inquiry delivered a scathing assessment of the state government’s progress in implementing recommendations to regulate coal seam gas extraction. A New South Wales legislative council inquiry found that 14 of 16 recommendations from the 2014 report by the chief scientist have not been implemented in full. Half were found to have not been implemented at all. Continue reading...
In its judgment, Britain’s Court of Appeal said: “The Paris agreement ought to have been taken into account.”
All five wind turbines installed at Angew gold mine in Western Australia – Australia’s first mining sector project to use wind power as part of a large hybrid renewable microgid.
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February 27, 2020 12:55 AM MOSCOW (AFP) - Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, a Russian scientist said on Wednesday (Feb 26).
Thousands of Indonesian coral farms had to close after an export ban, but a policy U-turn offers hope.
Oil prices fell for a fifth day on Thursday to their lowest since January 2019 as a growing number of new coronavirus cases outside of China fuelled fears of a pandemic which could slow the global economy and lower crude demand.
The easiest way to reduce your electricity bill is to reduce your consumption. But what if this is not a simple choice? What if switching off could be a lethal decision?
The post Energy efficiency vs under-consuming – the difference can be deadly appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Three years ago, the villagers watched as the Sittaung River on Myanmar's southeast coast crept closer to them, swollen by powerful tidal surges from the Gulf of Mottama that eroded its banks.
February 26, 2020 6:23 PM SINGAPORE - The government should go further to encourage more drivers to switch to cleaner electric vehicles as it takes steps to address climate change, Mr Yee Chia Hsing (Chua Chu Kang GRC) told Parliament.
OGA faces tough balancing act of sustaining industry while helping to meet climate goals Britain’s oil industry watchdog plans to overhaul its mission to wring as much value from the North Sea’s oil reserves as possible before the UN climate talks this year. The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) was due to meet a government minister on Wednesday afternoon to discuss how the regulator, which was set up to extend the life of the North Sea, could play a part in tackling the climate crisis. Continue reading...
The Interior Department today stuck by its decision to lift the moratorium on leasing public lands for coal mining.
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as Britain’s FTSE 100 slumps to its lowest level in a year Latest: New York stock market opens higher US crude hits one-year low Chevron sends Canary Wharf staff home Roubini: Worst is yet to come Diageo: Covid-19 will wipe millions off sales and profits Coronavirus live: South Korean cases spike - live updates 3.50pm GMT Wall Street is pushing higher.... Stock rally picks up steam with Dow soaring 400 points https://t.co/r0fYnD1I3E pic.twitter.com/aI28oQyb44 3.49pm GMT The oil price is now recovering from today’s one-year low , after US energy stocks rose by less than expected. The Energy Information Administration has reported that crude oil inventories rose by 452,000 barrels in the last...
Oil prices fell to their lowest in more than a year on Wednesday after hundreds of new coronavirus cases reported in Europe and the Middle East stoked fears that energy demand would decline, and on concerns that the virus could spread across the United States.
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg and women's education advocate Malala Yousafzai met at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Oil prices fell 3% on Wednesday after hundreds of new coronavirus cases reported in Europe and the Middle East stoked fears that energy demand would decline, and on concerns that the virus would become a pandemic in the United States.
Stocks and oil prices resumed their sharp decline on Wednesday after a report said over 80 people were being monitored for the novel coronavirus in New York State's Long Island.
The top shareholder of carmaker Aston Martin is on a mission to turn investments from theme parks to high-end furniture brands "carbon positive" by the end of 2020, as buyout funds battle to woo investors increasingly focused on tackling global warming.
A California county that pumps most of the state's oil and has issued more than 1,000 drilling permits in five years violated state environmental laws, an appeals court ruled yesterday in a victory for environmentalists who argued the permit system threatened the region's air and water.
The Federal Trade Commission today moved to block America's two largest coal companies from merging in the nation's top coal region.
A team of scientists from Radboud University in the Netherlands studied the greenhouse gas footprints of different ways people can shop in the UK.
UK oil firm withdraws from energy organisations as it pursues net zero ambitions BP is to sever links with three US-based trade associations, including the country’s main refining lobby, because of disagreements over their climate-related policies and activities. The decision comes after the UK oil corporation’s new chief executive, Bernard Looney, set an ambitious target to s hrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050. To achieve this it will have to cut more greenhouse gas emissions every year than the amount produced by the whole of the UK. Continue reading...
[East African] Kenya's expertise in developing geothermal energy has become a point of reference in the region, leading to Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Djibouti, South Sudan, and Comoros visiting for benchmarking. Beyond being one of the cleanest, geothermal energy is also one of the most climate-friendly renewable sources of energy.
ANDREW MILLIGAN Just call me Harry. That was the message that the man formerly known as Prince Harry seemed keen to telegraph today, as he embarked on the first day of a final round of public engagements as a senior working royal. “Harry” was the star guest at the Edinburgh launch of Travalyst, a new, environmentally-conscious travel initiative which aims to help travelers manage and take responsibility for their carbon footprint and also to choose destinations and resorts that benefit local communities. Read more at The Daily Beast.
[Daily Maverick] During his State of the Province Address on Tuesday, Premier David Makhura took the opportunity to unveil Gauteng's 'plan of action'. The plan fortifies many of the commitments that the premier has made in the past, but faintly notes the progress. Where new projects were announced, details were scant.
Climate change could add around $100 billion, or more than 20%, to the global cost of extreme weather events such as floods, heatwaves and droughts by 2040, research from Cambridge University showed on Wednesday.
BAM S survey of 2018 extreme weather
The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has published a collection of articles examining unusually extreme weather events of 2018 and connections of those to climate change. These investigations are listed separately below but thanks to the generosity of AMS appear free for public access as a single PDF, Explaining Extreme Weather Events of 2018 from a Climate Perspective . It's a fascinating collation.
Physical science of global warming & effects
Defining Southern Ocean fronts and their influence on biological and physical processes in a changing climate
Observational evidence that a feedback control system with proportional-integral-derivative characteristics is operating on atmospheric surface...
[New Dawn] The climate change, that is, the change of the global climate and in particular the changes in meteorological conditions that extend on a large time scale, is a major global existential threat.
[The Point] Gambia's minister of environment, climate change and natural resources said it is his ministry's target to plant over one million trees in 2020, aimed at contributing to restoration of the lost value of land production and minimise the effects of climate change.
The move comes after the oil giant vowed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Five people have died, three are missing and thousands were forced from their homes after severe floods in Jakarta while an earthquake also rattled the country today.
“The only thing that’s dumb is speaking to people in language that they don’t understand.”
Firefighters battled a large fire at a Los Angeles-area oil refinery Wednesday, which closed a major Southern California freeway and blackened the sky with smoke.
Filed under: News, Discovery - Health, Science & TechThe coronavirus has now infected every continent except Antarctica after Brazil confirmed a case on Tuesday.A 61-year-old man who had just returned from a 12-day trip to Lombardy, Italy, tested positive in São Pãulo.Italy is the worst-hit nation in Europe, where more than 300 people have been infected.Australia and Oceania, North America, and Africa had already confirmed small numbers of cases, though no deaths.Asia is by far the worst affected. China alone has 78,064 cases and 2,715 confirmed deaths.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The coronavirus has now reached every continent on earth except for Antarctica after Brazil confirmed its first case.Read more:San Francisco's mayor has declared a state of emergency as the coronavirus...
A judge has rejected a challenge by state environmental officials to rules issued by Delaware utility regulators regarding renewable energy requirements.
Environmental groups, consumer advocates and states are once again suing the Department of Energy for allowing less efficient incandescent lightbulbs to stay on the market.
While plug-in electric cars have exploded in popularity, thousands of California drivers have turned to hydrogen — with mixed results.
Canada's federal carbon tax is unconstitutional, an Alberta court ruled, handing a legal victory to opponents of the plan.
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