Should we become vegetarians? Is it OK to fly? The author of There Is No Planet B, A Handbook for the Make or Break Years, answers the big questions Our food makes up something like a quarter of our greenhouse gas footprint, and at the same time as cutting this we need to feed a growing population better than we are doing now, while rescuing our haemorrhaging biodiversity and avoiding an antibiotics crisis . There is no escaping the clear evidence that humans need to reduce their meat – especially beef and lamb – as well as dairy consumption . When we feed a soya bean to a cow, we get back only about 10% of the nutrition in beef, and it comes with a hefty dose of methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) and very likely some deforestation. Continue reading...
Some of Scotland’s youngest climate change protestors have been asked to attend Holyrood.
The Danish capital wants to be carbon neutral six years from now. Its plan involves wind, recycling and a very innovative ski hill.
On Friday, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the state’s groundbreaking Energy Transition Act (ETA) into law, meaning that by 2045, the state should be fully powered by clean, carbon-free electricity.
[The Herald] President Mnangagwa has spoken of the need to undertake an exhaustive disaster mapping throughout Zimbabwe. The damage and loss caused by Cyclone Idai hasn't only shredded hearts, but also exposed cancerous weaknesses in the country's disaster response strategy, hence the President seeking a much finer understanding of the risk scenarios.
Paramedics and a rescue helicopter have been sent to the Great Barrier Reef, where a person has been reportedly bitten by a shark. #HardyReef - a shark bite has been reported in the Great Barrier Reef. Paramedics are en-route...
U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry have made winners out of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc, Gulf of Mexico offshore heavyweights, as refiners in need of substitutes are scooping up oil produced in the region.
[Premium Times] Sequel to the widespread misconceptions in the traditional African society that climate change and its impacts manifest only when the gods are angry, some students have, through poetry, debunked this and submitted that human actions and inaction were mostly responsible.
A swimmer has been bitten by a shark at Hardy Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, near Airlie Beach.
This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk
Energy use is the biggest cause of climate change, and it’s the first place to enact meaningful strategies to lower greenhouse emissions. It’s also a smart angle for talking about climate change, because it’s easy to find agreement on issues like improving energy efficiency, reducing pollution, cleaning up our energy supply, and reducing reliance on unstable foreign supplies.
But energy can be a bit of a double-edged sword. The very reason that some people reject climate change is that they fear some of its solutions, such as regulations on carbon, or government subsidies for clean energy, pose risks to established fossil-fuel based ways of life.
The good news is that it’s not hard to have positive...
New report suggests coal generators pocketed an extra $3.5 billion from wholesale markets from closure of Hazelwood, and it had little to with added costs or capacity shortfalls.
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Most emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) are linked to the use of nitrogen (N) fertiliser in agriculture, highlighting a need for agricultural management practices that reduce emissions while maintaining agronomic productivity. A new study has assessed the long-term impact of conventional tillage (CT — where soil is prepared for agriculture via mechanical agitation) and no-tillage (NT) systems on soil N2O emissions and crop productivity in rain-fed Mediterranean conditions. The findings show that, over a period of 18 years, mean yield-scaled (i.e. per unit grain yield) soil N2O emissions (YSNE) were 2.8 to 3.3 times lower under NT than CT. The researchers therefore recommend NT as a suitable strategy by which to balance agricultural productivity with lower soil N2O emissions in rain-fed Mediterranean...
Oil prices dropped on Monday as concerns of a sharp economic slowdown outweighed supply disruptions from OPEC's production cutbacks and U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.
Air pollution causes millions of deaths worldwide every year – and a huge portion of those are from heart conditions.
Scale of devastation across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi ‘extraordinary’ Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers try to restore electricity and water and prevent an outbreak of cholera. In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446, with 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi. Continue reading...
March 24, 2019 11:16 AM SYDNEY (AFP) - A severe category 3 cyclone blew into the key mining region of Pilbara in Western Australia on Sunday (March 24), forcing evacuations and a halt to port operations, as the north of the country dealt with the effects of an even more powerful storm that hit the previous day.
The largely invisible impacts of long-term fossil fuel extraction were beginning to surface.
Labour study comes as UK government faces pressure from courts and councils The government’s fracking proposals would release the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as almost 300 million new cars, fatally undermining ministers’ obligation to tackle the escalating climate crisis, according to new research. Analysis by the Labour party shows that the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere if the government’s plans go ahead would be the same as the lifetime emissions of 286 million cars – or 29 new coal-fired power plants. Continue reading...
The likely biggest losers from the NSW poll result were the coal loving Nationals, and the large scale wind and solar industry.
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Mozambique has recorded more deaths from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa, a government minister said on Sunday, with hundreds left in camps after homes were destroyed.
The death toll after a powerful cyclone in Mozambique has risen to 446 from 417, the minister of land and environment, Celso Correia, said on Sunday, adding that 531,000 people had been affected by the disaster.
Trillions of dollars of investment are needed to combat global warming. Enter green bonds, a way for issuers to raise money specifically for environmentally friendly projects -- such as renewable energy or clean transport -- and to be able to boast about it publicly. Fund managers also like the notes as a way of meeting growing investor demand for sustainable options. The market, which opened slowly more than a decade ago, has boomed in recent years, helping spur development of other socially co
The climate change plan has broad support among Democratic activists, and all six of the 2020 presidential contenders serving in the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors, putting it at the forefront of the party’s sprawling primary race.
Saudi Arabia plans to tender a contract to build a 600 megawatt solar power project in Mecca, the country's energy ministry said in a tweet on Sunday.
Aid agencies have warned the humanitarian disaster in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai could be similar to those in Yemen and Syria. Authorities fear it will only get worse.
The March 28, 1979, accident at the nuclear power plant led to widespread fear in the region. Today, though, the plant just seems to be part of the landscape.
Officials ‘overwhelmed’ by the scale of the disaster, leading to a delay in humanitarian and rescue missions Beneath the crumbling arcade of the municipal council building in Beira, in Mozambique, a group of families has set up a dismal camp. They sleep on dirty concrete pavement and cook with branches from the trees brought down by Cyclone Idai which swept through southern Africa last week. Winds of more than 100mph triggered devastating floods and more than 400 people were killed, according to government sources. Land and environment minister Celso Correia said that the situation in the country was now critical. Continue reading...
As the floodwaters from Cyclone Idai have started to recede, the death toll has risen to more than 600 across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi and is expected to continue to grow. The storm hit the southeastern region of Africa on March 14, causing extensive damage. During a visit to Beira, Mozambique, Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, viewed the devastation from above, and said in a statement that "the scale of this crisis is staggering." "Tragically, we know that the full picture of this disaster is probably even worse than it seems now," As Sy said. "The death toll will probably rise further as more and more areas are reached and as more and more bodies are recovered." A satellite image of of Beira, Mozambique, taken on...
RATCHABURI: Fourteen people were hurt when chicken oil spilled on an overpass over an intersection in Muang district, causing multiple crashes involving 21 vehicles on the slippery road on Friday evening.
Japan will tighten controls on its internationally maligned ivory market in July, requiring dealers to prove via carbon dating that specimens were legally obtained, the ...
The death toll in Mozambique on Saturday climbed to 417 after a cyclone pummeled swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometers, as the UN stepped up calls for more help for survivors. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that … Continued
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The death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometres, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors. At least 417 people have died in Mozambique, according to government, bringing to 676 the total deaths when combined with those from neighbouring Zimbabwe. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe leaving a trail of destruction.
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 17 through Sat, Mar 23, 2019
Tim Flannery: people are shocked about climate change but they should be angry
The author and scientist, who has returned to his roots at the Australian Museum, says the world is about to see a major shift towards climate action
Tim Flannery: ‘We’re in a different world now, a world where people are living with climate change consequences’ Photograph: Carly Earl/The Guardian
Tim Flannery laments that young Australians today will never be able to experience in the same way the natural wonders he enjoyed in his youth.
He grew up in Melbourne on remnants of the sandplain flora...
The number of people killed in Mozambique after a cyclone tore through southern Africa and triggered devastating floods has risen to more than 400, a government minister said on Saturday, as the United Nations warned of the risk of further flooding.
The offshore drilling for oil was in final stages and there could be a major find, he added.
With just one loss in six games this season, the Hurricanes can't have too many complaints with their results, but their performances are still leaving plenty to be desired.
The Stormers' visit to Wellington ...
The death toll in Mozambique after a cyclone tore through southern Africa and triggered devastating floods has jumped to 417, Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia said on Saturday, adding that the situation remained critical.
March 23, 2019 5:00 AM As we have seen in the news last year and now this year, the earth's ecosystems are being subjected to unprecedented levels of global change stemming from human activities, including climate change, land use intensification, atmospheric pollution, and species extinctions and invasions.
The Alberta energy sector's future is cloudy, but some are banking on an economy based on world-leading bright ideas. Energy Futures Lab is one of the groups that believes Alberta can be the key to solving climate change problems by becoming a leader in new energy technologies.
Residents of Port Hedland and Karratha in Western Australia prepare for Cyclone Veronica, due to hit on Sunday morning Cyclone Trevor has struck the Northern Territory as a category four system, hammering remote communities with destructive 250 km/h winds and torrential rain. It was one of two monster storm fronts bearing down on northern Australia this weekend – cyclone Veronica was hurtling towards the Pilbara region in Western Australia. Continue reading...
Surviving in the Arctic's freezing environment has helped glacial microbes develop special powers.
Lord Cowdray, owner of the 16,500-acre Cowdray Park Polo Club and estate, has caused outrage by applying to excavate across ‘a vast area’ in the South Downs National Park.
As wildfires, flooding, and storms get worse, the world's largest insurance firm says it will have to raise premiums.
Film forms part of Our Planet Matters, a season that launches on Sunday and will highlight environmental damage Natural history programming is one of the oldest and most sustainable forms of TV life. It is 50 years since David Attenborough made his first major TV documentary series, The Miracle of Bali, its title capturing the eyes-wide wonder of the genre at the time. But the climate of the BBC Natural History Unit, for which Attenborough has made most of his shows, has changed radically – because of climate change. Continue reading...
FEMA exposed more than 2 million survivors of recent national disasters to identity theft and fraud by sharing their personal information with an outside company, a federal report revealed Friday. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General released a report that said FEMA shared financial records of people displaced during hurricanes Harvey, Irma...
Wow! It’s World Water Day, as observed by the United Nations. Pretty much everything AMS is about has to do with water—from raindrops to atmospheric rivers to thunderstorms and hurricanes on to ocean currents and groundwater. Which is why this concluding paragraph from the AMS Policy Program’s recently released study, “Toward an Integrated Approach to […]
The misstep has put the survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires "at increased risk of identity theft and fraud."
Floods are complicated. But here are simple answers to questions about flooding, climate change and staying safe when the water rises.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Energy Unit along with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the International Code Council, ASHRAE, have announced the release of new standards for energy efficient buildings for member countries.
Democrats agree that climate change needs to be addressed. Pronto. But they're divided on if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Green New Deal is the answer.
If you're a business looking to cut down on local delivery costs or an active family wanting to leave the gas-powered people carrier in the driveway for the school run, electric cargo bikes can be a great fair weather ride. The latest bucket-packing two wheeler to blip on our sonar is the limited run Ultimate e-Cargo...
Continue Reading Swiss bike shop marks 10th birthday with limited edition Ultimate e-Cargo bike
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will allow state fire officials to bypass some environmental regulations to clear dead trees and other vegetation ahead of the next wildfire season.
Devastating floods in Nebraska this week affected Offutt Air Force Base and Camp Ashland, drawing fresh attention to the impacts of climate change on national security.
Melting glaciers on Mount Everest are revealing the bodies of dead climbers, sparking concern from the organizers of expeditions to the famous peak, according to the BBC.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military’s Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft. Days into the flooding, muddy water was still lapping at almost 80 flooded...
[Zimbabwe Independent] The Ministry of Energy has blocked a plan by South African-owned Mining, Oil and Gas Services Company (MOGS) to construct a US$1 billion 550-kilometre fuel pipeline from Beira to Harare, arguing that the sector is oversubscribed and has no space for new players, an official has confirmed.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week unveiled a vision to collaborate with communities, technical experts, businesses and investors to build low-carbon microgrids in Puerto Rico, and bring reliable, clean and affordable electricity to rural areas of the island. As described at the “BlackStart 2019: Future of Energy Summit” in San Juan, the new initiative will help modernize Puerto Rico’s electric grid and improve the system’s resilience.
Global warming is causing glaciers on Mount Everest to melt, say experts. And it's also exposing the bodies of dead climbers.
The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups sued EPA yesterday over its failure to issue regulations on chemical facilities' plans for spills of hazardous substances.
Environmentalists yesterday sued the Trump administration over a deal with Utah to take more water from the Flaming Gorge Dam out of the Colorado River's main tributary, contending the environmental review failed to take climate change and droughts into account.
European Union leaders are pushing back a decision on the bloc’s efforts to end most emissions of greenhouse gases
The end is in sight for coal energy in Germany. And yet, entire villages are still being razed to make room for expanding coal mines, with residents protesting in vain. Does resettlement still make sense?
A single thundercloud is more powerful than even the most potent nuclear plants on Earth. Scientists used cosmic rays to prove it.
Today is World Water Day, but with millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggling to cope in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, the notion of water shortages may not be at the forefront of our minds right now. Even so, floods, like we see here, lead to real problems accessing clean water. Whether the problem is inundation or water scarcity, satellites can help monitor this precious resource.
Filed under: Finance, Business, Companies Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to recast himself as the guardian of people's privacy — but it could come at a cost to safety on his platform.The shift to encrypted messaging will make it much harder to detect the spread of hideous videos, like the one of the New Zealand mosque massacres last week.Zuckerberg knows this, admitting encryption "removes some of the signal that you have to detect really terrible things some people try to do."One lawmaker told Business Insider that Zuckerberg could be trying to absolve himself of responsibility for moderating the harmful content.In putting out a fire over privacy, Zuckerberg needs to be careful that he doesn't throw oil over another burning issue.It's almost a year to the day since the revelation that...
Young people are mad af.
A flat-Earthers conference promises a cruise to Antarctica.
Access to a competitive energy marketplace makes Virginia attractive to other large companies and allows these companies to manage their electricity needs and sustainability goals.
A deadly cyclone that hit southern Africa left extensive flooding that looked like "inland oceans" in images from space taken just days after the storm made landfall.Sentinel-1, a satellite mission that's part of the European Union's Earth-observation program, Copernicus, captured imagery on March 19 that showed far-reaching floodwaters around Mozambique's town of Beira on the coast of the Indian Ocean.Cyclone Idai could turn out to be "one of the worst weather-related disasters" in the Southern Hemisphere, said Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization.In Mozambique, at least 1,000 people are feared dead and tens of thousands have lost their homes, according to the United Nations, after the cyclone made landfall on March 14, bringing...
TREASURY WANTS to retain the ability to use international carbon credits to meet New Zealand's 2050 emissions reduction target, confidential papers show.
Oil companies market themselves as environmentally conscious while actively working against climate regulations, a new report shows.
Electricity generation from U.S. nuclear power plants totaled 807 million megawatt hours in 2018, slightly more than a previous peak in 2010.
[Daily Maverick] In the Tanganda River, Chipinge and Chimanimani districts of Zimbabwe, floods wiped away bridges, homes and human lives.
The names of two hurricanes that caused widespread devastation from Florida to Virginia last year have been retired.
The U.S. refrigerants industry thinks a global deal that is usually billed as a response to climate change could stop Chinese companies from illegally dumping chemicals on the U.S. market.
Virginia's largest electric utility is facing widespread opposition to its $870 million energy efficiency spending plan, which is supposed to help the poor and reduce the need to build new power plants.
A nuclear power plant in Kansas is set to get its first top-to-bottom cybersecurity inspection two years after the facility came into Russian hackers' crosshairs.
A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. This post has separate sections for: Climate Change, Climate Change Impacts, Climate Change Mitigation, and Other Papers.
Climate change impacts
Impact of ambient temperature on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease in Hefei City, China
Climate change impacts on socioeconomic damages from weather-related events in China
Future changes in spring wheat yield in the European Russia as inferred from a large ensemble of high-resolution climate projections (open access)
Impacts of climate change on bovine livestock production in Argentina
The future potential for wine production in Scotland under high-end climate change (open access)
Vulnerability assessment of...
Oil giant may lose lobby access over failure to answer climate change denial questions ExxonMobil faces losing its lobby privileges at the European parliament after the company failed to show up for the first hearing into climate change denial. ExxonMobil would become only the second multinational – after Monsanto – to lose access to MEPs, parliamentary meetings and digital resources if it loses a high-level vote expected by the end of April. Continue reading...
March 22, 2019 5:00 AM BEIRA (Mozambique) • Rescue workers extended their search in Mozambique yesterday for survivors of devastating floods following a powerful cyclone that ripped through southern Africa a week ago, killing hundreds and destroying buildings and farmland.
As NSW prepares to vote in a too-close-to-call election, the silence on the hot-button policy issues of climate change and renewable energy is deafening.
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Last Friday was something of a truancy day for students in 100 countries. A movement that started in Sweden with schoolgirl Greta Thunberg convinced thousands to abandon classrooms -- often with teachers' support -- and protest against their government's climate change programmes. Only a few schools chose to put a positive programme above outrage -- one of which was located in Bangkok.
Renewables share jumps to 21.2 per cent as wind and solar displace coal and gas, but transport emissions soar as government dodges electric vehicle policies.
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BEIRA, Mozambique (AFP) — The death toll from a cyclone that ravaged three southern African countries last week headed Thursday towards 400, as officials estimated that more than 1.7 million people had been affected by the storm and 15,000 people were still stranded in floodwater.As the toll surged from the region's biggest storm in years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced plans to tackle an emerging threat to survivors from malaria and cholera.
A 45,000-year-old log discovered in New Zealand could explain a mysterious global event which may have dramatically influenced the Earth's climate.
The council's climate change research could suffer from job cuts
This winter, 39 cities across northern China, including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei megalopolis and the Fenwei Plain, experienced alarming surges in air pollution. The uptick in smog means these heavily polluted areas are now unlikely to meet their annual air quality targets. Beijing’s gambit to relax anti-pollution curbs in the face of economic pressures, particularly trade tensions with the US, has not helped. In February, average levels of PM2.5 – hazardous ultra-fine airborne particles, known…
According to NASA, the peak volume of arctic sea ice receded enough to tie the seventh lowest level of all time. The loss is the same as missing an area larger than the state of Texas.
Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Total and BP together have spent more than $1 billion on public relations since the Paris Agreement.
PTT Exploration and Production Plc on Thursday acquired Murphy Oil Corp in Malaysia in a deal worth $2.12 billion (67.25 billion baht) to strengthen its long-term growth in Southeast Asia.
Carbon monoxide is a killer with no smell, taste or colour. The Earth billions of years ago contained much higher levels of CO than today, so planets with similar to ancient-earth could still harbour life form
In cities and villages across Mozambique the huge need for aid and assistance is not being met Cyclone Idai brings devastation to Mozambique – visual guide The main road connecting the cyclone-devastated Mozambican city of Beira to neighbouring Zimbabwe comes to an abrupt end. A section almost 100 metres long is almost entirely under water, an angry muddy gash where the tarmac was ripped away by the floods and raging currents. A week after the onset of Cyclone Idai , as the waters have receded in some places, some of those trapped in villages in the midst of the flood waters have at last managed to get out. Continue reading...
Rescuers race to reach tens of thousands of people trapped by vast areas of flooding Idai first hit Mozambique on 4 March as a tropical depression with torrential rain that also affected southern Malawi. It then changed course, moving back over the sea where the storm strengthened to a cyclone with the equivalent force of a category 3 hurricane. Continue reading...
Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 14, triggering flash floods, ferocious winds, and mudslides across the two countries.
Brazil's former President Michel Temer was arrested on Thursday in "Operation Radioactivity," a probe of alleged graft in the construction of a nuclear power plant, threatening to delay debate over the government's ambitious fiscal reforms.
Nuclear power generated more electricity in 2018 than ever despite a wave of announced reactor shutdowns, the Energy Information Administration reported earlier today.
President Trump signed an executive order this afternoon to promote transparency and free speech on college campuses, including for institutions receiving money from agencies like EPA.
Discord among commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about whether to incorporate greenhouse gas emission analysis into project environmental assessments bubbled to the surface once again today at the agency's monthly public meeting.
Mount Everest expedition operators are finding increasing numbers of climbers' dead bodies on the world's highest peak as high temperatures melt glaciers and snow.
Rescue workers plucked more survivors to safety from trees and roofs on Thursday, a week after a cyclone ripped through southern Africa and triggered devastating floods that have killed hundreds of people and displaced hundreds of thousands.
Melting ice in high altitude mountainous habitats contribute to global warming, rather than help slow it down, scientists from Colorado have said.
Filed under: Impact, US, Weather Parts of Lake Michigan have been turned into a surreal scene as moving water underneath the thawing surface causes shards of ice to pile up in wild, mesmerizing patterns.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
A way of turning cellulose from plants into a superior jet fuel might help limit the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from flying
Parts of southern Africa have been left devastated after Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying towns and villages in its path.
A storm brought down power poles in Muang district of Nakhon Phanom overnight, causing widespread blackouts, as the weather office issued a new, four-region storm warning.
March 21, 2019 2:31 PM SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's average concentrations of lung-damaging particles known as PM2.5 rose by 5.2 per cent in the first two months of the year, the environment ministry said on Thursday (March 21), casting doubt over the country's ability to meet winter targets.
German article on CE LINK
Stranded motorist tells of encountering scenes of ‘total devastation and death’ A man who walked through an area of Mozambique’s flood-hit countryside in the wake of Cyclone Idai has said he saw hundreds of bodies by the side of the road, describing scenes of “devastation and destruction”. Graham Taylor was trying to drive home from the ravaged port city of Beira eastward to Chimoio on Saturday, two days after the cyclone made landfall. Stranded in the floods, he abandoned his car and walked more than 15 miles (25km) from the village of Lamego to Nhamatanda early on Monday morning. Continue reading...
North Dakota's Republican-led Senate yesterday killed a proposal by top GOP House members to tap some earnings from the state's voter-approved oil tax savings account to help offset income taxes.
Several Democratic lawmakers are pointing to EPA's adoption of an obscure regulatory interpretation as fresh evidence of allegedly improper involvement by air chief Bill Wehrum and another political appointee in a policy shift of keen interest to a client of their former law firm.
EPA Region 9 Administrator Mike Stoker has spent about 20 percent of his workdays in the San Francisco office where the bulk of his staff works.
Minnesota is among the fastest-warming states in the U.S., and the changing climate is having an impact on some beloved elements of outdoor life (March 21)
Brazil's former President Michel Temer was arrested on Thursday in an investigation of alleged graft in the construction of a nuclear power plant, prosecutors said, threatening to delay debate over the government's ambitious fiscal reforms.
Canada-based Carbon Engineering has exceeded its financing target which will enable it to deploy its first commercial operation to remove carbon dioxide directly from the air, it said on Thursday.
When President Trump proposed opening nearly the entire U.S. coastline to more offshore oil and gas drilling, the backlash from states seeking exemptions was swift. Governors, Republican and Democratic, and state legislatures up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines protested so vigorously...
[Observer] Liberia's Minister of Mines and Energy, Gesler E. Murray, said the protection and sustainable use of marine resources are cardinal steps to a healthy environment and, as such, everyone should ensure that the basin of the ocean remains clean.
First-term U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala says she is working to address climate change in South Florida by pushing for Everglades restoration, carbon fees and federal infrastructure improvements. During an hour-long town hall Wednesday evening at the Palmetto Bay Municipal Center, Shalala recapped her first three and half months as a new congresswoman from Florida’s 27th Congressional District. While she briefly discussed healthcare costs and conditions at immigrant detention centers, she mainly focused on climate change, saying people have to “think bigger than we’ve ever thought before” to curb carbon emissions. “The debate is going to be whether we can continue to take incremental steps or whether we need to take a giant step,” she told more than 40 attendees at the gathering. “Everybody is warning...
PUERTO RICO — In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a flag at their home. Neighbors created amateur security systems, banging on pots for a minute each night to mark the start of a...
Mozambique's Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia said on Thursday the death toll has risen to 242 in the country, after a cyclone ripped through southern Africa and triggered devastating floods that have killed hundreds of people and displaced hundreds of thousands.
[Tunis Afrique Presse] Beira /Mozambique -Aid workers rushed to save people trapped by floods around the Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, after a powerful cyclone killed hundreds and left a trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa.
[IPS] Rome -Water is a precondition for human existence, and for the sustainability of our planet. It is entwined with almost everything human, from climate change and global economy to gender issues and human rights.
The Trump administration's reliance on industry-funded environmental specialists is again coming under fire, this time by researchers who say that Anthony "Tony" Cox Jr., who leads a key EPA advisory board on air pollution, is a "fringe" scientist and ideologue pushing policies detrimental to public...
Jobs in southeast Kentucky's coal mines are vanishing. What will replace them?
Scientists report evidence that Colorado's Front Range tundra emits more CO2 than it absorbs each year.
Rescue workers plucked more survivors from trees and roofs to safety on Thursday, a week after a cyclone ripped through southern Africa and triggered devastating floods that have killed hundreds of people and displaced hundreds of thousands.
Last week, thousands of students skipped school, calling for better climate ed. Good idea, but how do we make that happen?
Hundreds of Everest climbers have died on the 29,000-ft mountain and many of their bodies are extremely well preserved in the cold climate. Some are now being removed from the Chinese side.
Best known for huge, highway-hogging motorhomes and travel trailers, Thor Industries became the world's largest RV manufacturer when it purchased Germany's Erwin Hymer Group earlier this year. Now it's showing a little bit of city-friendly European camper van sensibility with the Sequence concept, a loaded Ram ProMaster adventure van with solar power, mobile connectivity, sporty Thule accessories and even a slide-out dog bowl. ..
Continue Reading Thor Motor Coach explores new roads with solar-powered, multi-sport camper van
[CAJ News] Chimanimani -THE death toll in the floods devastating Zimbabwe is feared to reach 500 as hundreds of people remain missing.
[The Herald] As humanitarian assistance continues to pour in towards victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai that ravaged Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the African Union Commission yesterday announced a US$350,000 emergency fund for disaster mitigation.
[FrontPageAfrica] New York -The Government of Liberia, in partnership with the Barefoot College of India, is planning to open a Vocational Training Center at the Grand Bassa Community College, for the training of rural women in the use of solar energy. The Center, when established will train on an annual basis, twenty (20) women living in rural areas as Solar Energy Technicians. The Government through the Barefoot College of India, had previously recruited and trained in India, eleven (11) rural grandmothers in the installation and m
Experts say some areas will experience more violent and wetter storms as climate change makes global weather more variable and extreme.
U.S. solar and wind power companies may have the most to gain from the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal backed by several Democratic presidential candidates to end U.S. fossil fuel consumption within a decade.
Chile's President Sebastián Piñera may have bitten off more than he can chew when he offered to host this year's COP 25 climate change summit after Brazil backed out. The country has just one large convention center — and that is booked out in December.
Rep. Paul Tonko today will roll out nine principles for climate legislation, a quiet benchmark for the House Energy and Commerce Committee as it forges ahead through the climate noise.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) expects to create new investment value of 40 billion baht from its new 10,000-megawatt solar power projects for households from 2019-2028.
Missouri regulators reversed course yesterday and gave the go-ahead to one of the nation's largest renewable energy projects: a high-voltage power line delivering wind energy from the Midwest to a power grid for Eastern states.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's newest commissioner tried yesterday to address the renewable energy industry's concerns about his previous work promoting fossil fuels.
A scientist who is being considered to lead the Trump administration's review of climate science is also a former researcher for the oil giant BP PLC and an adviser to a private company that's developing nuclear fusion.
Rescue workers extended their search in Mozambique on Thursday for survivors of devastating floods following a powerful cyclone that ripped through southern Africa a week ago, killing hundreds and destroying buildings and farmland.
[This Day] The World Bank Group has made several announcements to scale up support for both climate adaptation and mitigation in Africa, during the third One Planet Summit.
It seems the Hurricanes are beginning to find things a little predictable.
Week after week, the coaching staff find themselves addressing the fact whoever their opposition is that week will be targeting ...
In a Democratic field where it's increasingly hard to stand out on climate change, the Vermont senator is quick on the draw with a time-tested campaign move.
[WHO] The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing urgent assistance to meet the health needs of thousands of people impacted by flooding in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The floods were triggered by Tropical Cyclone Idai, which swept through the region last week.
March 21, 2019 5:00 AM MAPUTO/HARARE • Mozambique started three days of national mourning yesterday after a powerful cyclone and flooding killed hundreds of people and left a trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa.
The death toll after a powerful cyclone in Mozambique rose to 242 and around 15,000 people still needed to be rescued, the Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia said on Thursday.
CO2CRC has been awarded funding to conduct important research into reducing greenhouse gas emissions in steel production.
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BEIRA, Mozambique (AFP) — Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone which ravaged southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned yesterday.Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique's coast unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the poor country before battering eastern Zimbabwe — killing 705 people across the two nations.
The first of two articles looking at how hydrogen stacks up on emissions and costs. Here, how hydrogen is produced and delivered, and the emissions impact.
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A Japanese weather satellite has provided visual evidence of the historic asteroid that exploded in the atmosphere over the Bering Sea in December that packed a punch of 10 atomic bombs used by the U.S. in Hiroshima, a report said
Access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted, but it's a serious problem across much of the world. Now researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra have tested a new method for sterilizing water using hot bubbles of carbon dioxide, which they've found to be both effective and efficient...
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[The Herald] Global pressure patterns are a function of spatial temperature variations. We use weather maps to show spatial pressure variations and through analysing atmospheric variables such as wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure and temperatures, meteorologists are able to predict weather patterns.
Oil prices dropped by almost 1 percent on Monday, with concerns recession could be looming outweighing supply disruptions from OPEC's production cutbacks and from U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.
[Daily Trust] Oil workers have warned the federal government against any hike in electricity tariff.
Cyclone Veronica has been wreaking havoc across Western Australia, bringing heavy rain and destructive winds up to 165 km/h.
Ten years ago, forest owners were looking for carbon prices to rise in the wake of the first sale under the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Australia is the developed world’s worst performer in energy efficiency, but a focused scheme could save the output equivalent of 4.5 Liddell coal generators by 2030.
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CEFC invests $10m in latest green bond from FlexiGroup – a $90.9 million issuance, with a large portion of rooftop solar, and a smaller portion of small-scale battery storage.
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Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone, which ravaged southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned on Sunday.Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique’s coast unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the poor country before battering eastern Zimbabwe – killing 705 people across the two nations.“It is inevitable that cases of cholera and malaria will arise. In many areas we are…
March 24, 2019 6:14 PM BEIRA (REUTERS) - Mozambique has recorded more deaths from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa, a government minister said on Sunday (March 24), with hundreds left in camps after homes were destroyed.
Action group Market Forces urges shareholders to divest holdings in 22 ‘uninvestables’ New analysis shows 22 of Australia’s largest companies are actively working to undermine the Paris agreement targets, betting shareholders’ money on strategies that assume global climate change action fails. Investor action group Market Forces says those companies – worth a combined $121bn and representing 7% of the ASX300 – are “out of line and out of time” and has called on shareholders to divest their holdings. Continue reading...
Worshippers gathered at battered churches in the Mozambican port of Beira on Sunday, praying for divine protection as the death toll crept up from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa.
Mozambique reported scores more deaths on Saturday from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa that have killed at least 732 people.
European Union leaders on Friday pushed back a decision on the bloc's long-term efforts to fight climate change, with some countries opposing a pledge to end most emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.Leaders meeting in Brussels...
Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jake Leschyshyn scored three times Saturday night as the Hurricanes cruised to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen. After capturing two wins on home ice, the ‘Canes now lead the best of seven series 2-0.
Bill Shorten has given a further indication that Labor will not use the ‘accounting trick’ as part of its emissions policy Bill Shorten has signalled Labor is highly unlikely to use carryover credits from the Kyoto protocol as part of its climate change policy, which will be unveiled over the coming weeks. In his strongest comments to date, the Labor leader said over the weekend he recognised that other countries had resolved not to use the accounting system that allows countries to count credits from exceeding their targets under the soon-to-be-obsolete Kyoto protocol periods against their Paris emissions reduction commitments for 2030. Continue reading...
ORKNEY and Davos might not seem like names that go together, but at the World Economic Forum earlier this year, a video about a low-carbon project on the islands caused a buzz. Made by the European Marine Energy Centre, it showed the wind and rain-lashed shores of Orkney, describing it as a “renewable energy powerhouse”.
March 24, 2019 5:00 AM Generations of children may rediscover the pleasures of making mudpies and climbing trees if a new iteration of playground design comes to fruition. The National Parks Board's (NParks) new Nature Playgarden at the Hort Park, opened last week, is the first of a series of playgrounds that relies more on biophilic design. Studies show that children need outdoor play to develop crucial skills - from exploration and risk-taking to motor skills and socialisation. Doing so in a natural environment has added advantages of aiding bone development and boosting immune systems.
On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in the Gulf of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil in the largest oil tanker spill in U.S. history.
Ethan Miller/Getty Wednesday night, a group of 200 or so—a smattering of bankers, financial planners, sustainability consultants, climate activists, and Pierce Brosnan —sat down to dinner by pouring a thick, green water from a flower vase into a bowl of nasturtiums, grass, and clover. “What is this?” a burly, Robert Mitchum -looking guy asked a server. Her answer: “It’s soup.” The crowd had convened for inaugural Grounded Summit, a climate change conference oriented around “synergetic solutions,” and the brainchild of vineyard heiress-turned-environmental philanthropist Julia Jackson. Tickets for the conference, which went for a cool $1200, got attendees into two days of lectures in a colossal geodesic dome, dotted by evergreen “living installations,” framed by a “meditative labyrinth,”...
High-profile federal candidates point to progressive swings in Sydney’s east and north shore as evidence climate change remains key issue The strong showing for independents and Greens on Sydney’s north shore in the New South Wales election, and the likely win for Labor in Coogee, have buoyed the two most high-profile independents contesting Sydney seats in the federal election. The independent MP for the federal seat of Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, said the results showed the electorate was interested in strong female candidates and that climate change remained a major vote-changing issue. Continue reading...
Category 3 system set to cause destructive winds for 12 hours or more while Cyclone Trevor brings floods to NT The threat to the Northern Territory from Cyclone Trevor was predicted to shift from destructive winds to flash flooding on Sunday, as residents in Western Australia’s far north braced for dangerous storm surges caused by Cyclone Veronica. Cyclone Trevor crossed the mainland as a category 4 storm on Sunday morning, producing wind gusts of 230km/h around the NT’s border with Queensland. Continue reading...
Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and two assists and the Carolina Hurricanes kept pace in the playoff race with a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild
A cyclone hit Southern Africa and a "bomb cyclone" hit Nebraska causing massive flooding. NPR's Michel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about the climate implications of these events
Cyclone Trevor has started to make landfall in Australia.The Bureau of Meteorology said the category four storm cell was "starting to make landfall" between Port McArthur and the Northern Territory-Queensland border at 11:20am on...
One day after federal trade minister Jim Carr confirmed Winnipeg will see at least $40 million from this year's gas tax allocation, Mayor Brian Bowman said he hopes to see that money spent on local roads.
[The Herald] Last week Cyclone Idai battered Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique, leaving a trail of death and destruction of biblical proportions, with close to two million people affected by the tropical storm. In Zimbabwe, the death toll stood at 142, Malawi 57 while in Mozambique it is feared that up to 1 000 people have died. Many more are still missing and the death toll is rising.
Mozambique reported scores more deaths on Saturday from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa that have killed at least 732 people and left thousands in desperate need of help, many on rooftops and trees.
Could our collective preference for balmy weather be lulling us into a false sense of complacency toward climate change?
A pilot scheme, which will be launched in Coventry, West Midlands, later this year, will see motorists given cash credits for public transport, electric car and bike hire.
The death toll in Mozambique has climbed to 417 after a cyclone devastated swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometres (miles), the government said Saturday. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe. "At this time 417 deaths have been recorded," Lands and Environment Minister Celso Correia told reporters in the port city of Beira.
The death toll after a powerful cyclone in Mozambique has risen to 417, the Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia said on Saturday, adding that the situation remained critical.
Calen Addison scored 5:43 into overtime as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 in game one of their opening round WHL playoff series on Friday.
Sea-level rise, coastal erosion and cyclones are occurring at an increasing frequency, an inevitable force that we haven’t experienced before.
Report finds Fema unnecessarily shared personal information, including bank details, with outside contractor The US disaster relief agency unnecessarily released sensitive identifiable data, including banking information, of 2.3m disaster survivors to an outside contractor, according to a report by theOffice of Inspector General. The survivors, who were affected by hurricanes Harvey , Irma , and Maria , as well as the 2017 wildfires in California , had provided their information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) while applying for transitional sheltering in hotels. Continue reading...
The Department of Homeland Security inspector general said Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency unlawfully shared the private information, such as bank numbers, of 2.3 million hurricane and wildfire survivors with a federal contractor that was helping them find temporary housing.
Researchers say they've developed a new method of powering electric cars that successfully balances zero-emission standards, increased capability, and potentially a fix to costly production.
The broadcaster's film will explore potential threats to our planet and the possible solutions.
A "major privacy incident" unnecessarily exposed hurricane and wildfire survivors' banking information to a contractor.
The Nathaniel B. Palmer is headed back to port in Chile. Scientists aboard the vessel have spent the last several weeks conducting research at Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica. There’s a sense of excitement to return home to family. Victoria Fitzgerald, a PhD student at the University of Alabama, left, and Scott Braddock, a PhD student at the University of Maine, explore one of the Schaefer Islands off the west coast of Antarctica. Credit: Carolyn Beeler/The World University of Alabama PhD student Victoria Fitzgerald is excited to see her 10-month-old daughter. “I left and she was barely crawling,” Fitzgerald said. “And now she’s like standing up for herself.” University of Gothenburg researcher Aleksandra Mazur helps prepare a traditional Swedish Mardi Gras pastry for the scientists and crew...
Cases are reported in the flooded port city of Beira, a week after it was hit by a deadly cyclone.
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Water Can Exacerbate Inequality—or It Can Help Solve It Comments|Add Comment|PrintWaiting for water in Darfur. (Flickr/UN Photo)
Inequality around the world is rising, expanding the divides between the "haves" and "have-nots."
This is true for incomes, development levels—and for water security. The gap between those countries able to manage drought, flooding, and dirty water and those with little capacity to do so is also widening, with the potential to deteriorate as climate change makes...
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased 2.87 parts per million at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory in 2018, the fourth largest on record.
Torrential rains in Malawi have caused dozens of deaths. Arjan van de Merwe/UNDP/Flickr Robert Šakić Trogrlić, Heriot-Watt University Severe floods...
EPA, after an ad hoc attempt to rework one facet of the New Source Review permitting program quickly ran into a lawsuit last year, now appears to be pursuing the same objective through a formal rulemaking.
The arrest of a former Brazilian president on corruption charges is raising questions about how a Swedish consulting company won a contract to help build a nuclear power plant at the center of what prosecutors say was a massive bribery and kickback scheme.
May I have your attention, please: These trains are delayed … forever. Between 2001 and 2010, the MTA sent 2,500 decommissioned Redbird and Brightliner model subway cars to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of six states. Since being sunk, the trains have turned into a home for flounder, tuna, coral, barnacles...
A team of researchers led by British Antarctic Survey has for the first time mapped the deepest part of the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean. This part of …
Mount Everest has claimed the lives of almost 300 climbers since the first attempt to conquer the mountain in 1921 -- two-thirds of whom are buried in the mountain’s ice and snow.
Another key litigant is exiting the fight over the Obama EPA's limits on emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants from power plants.
When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in March 1989 in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, it released a record-setting 11 million gallons of crude oil into a uniquely vulnerable environment, killing thousands of birds and animals and marring 1,300 miles of pristine coastline for decades. Thirty years later, its legacy can be seen across the oil and gas industry and in responses to other environmental disasters.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched an initiative to advance the design, construction and operation of low- or zero-carbon emitting buildings in the state.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Every day climate-related disasters are happening all around the globe, and this trend will keep increasing. Just between 1998 and 2017, "climate-related and geophysical disasters killed 1.3 million people and left a further 4.4 billion injured, homeless, displaced or in need of emergency assistance", according to U.N. figures.
A solar storm on its way to Earth could mean the Northern Lights might be seen from the UK on Saturday night, forecasters have said.
When Beyoncé asked, “Who run the world?,” scientists might have been listening. A new study appearing in Nature Climate Change this week reveals that having more women involved in land management would conserve more wildlife, reduce harmful greenhouse gasses and give more attention to social inequalities than the currently male-dominated field. In short, women could...
[Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Cyclone Idai cannot be blamed on climate change, but the scale of the disaster probably can be. Climate change is predicted to intensify climatic events, making extreme events worse - both droughts and heavy rain and floods will be more severe. In particular, global warming will not increase the number of cyclones, but will make them more intense. In the Mozambique Channel, this is because the sea water is getting warmer which gives the storms more energy.
Friday’s top story: 500 cities, counties and tribes sue family behind Purdue Pharma. Plus, how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions Subscribe now to receive the morning briefing by email. Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories. Continue reading...
Kyle Simpson and Gayland Stouffer were cleaning up after the devastating floods in Nebraska when they spotted a small black box in the distance. It just sat there, a dark contrast on a wet and muddy field.
[Observer] Ocean acidification, often referred to as "the other CO2 problem," is a major threat to marine ecosystems worldwide, and is the focus of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.3.
Crude oil prices extended losses early Friday as they fell for a second day, following year-to-date highs on Wednesday, with investors weighing the outlook for oil demand.
Budget needs are forcing Saudi Arabia to push for oil prices of at least $70 per barrel this year, industry sources say, even though U.S. shale oil producers could benefit and Riyadh's share of global crude markets might be further eroded.
Malaysia and Indonesia, who account for a combined 85 per cent of the global palm oil supply, have warned that millions of farmers risk losing their livelihoods if the European Union stops using the commodity in its biofuels.The EU’s proposed move comes following a push by the European Parliament to phase out the use of palm oil starting in 2023, ramping up to a ban in 2030, on concerns palm oil production causes deforestation and aggravates climate change.Both countries have threatened to take…
[Premium Times] More than 40 civil society organisations across Africa Thursday unanimously agreed that the region's governments need to pay urgent attention to climate change issues.
In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a flag at their home. Neighbors created amateur security systems, banging on pots for a minute each night to mark the start of a curfew after which any human noise would be considered a call for help.
A growing list of European Parliament members want Exxon Mobil Corp. stripped of its lobbying privileges after the oil giant declined a summons to testify at a climate change hearing yesterday.
Thawing permafrost can release large amounts of climate-warming carbon dioxide and methane. It's a growing concern in the rapidly warming Arctic, where scientists are trying to determine just how quickly the region's frozen soil is thawing out and what that might mean for the global climate.
The nation's largest public utility plans to rely more on solar power in the future, according to proposals in a draft long-range power plan.
[Nation] A climate change activist who pushed for the enactment of a law that mainstreams mitigation of global warming in Kenya's development plans has been named among the world's 100 most influential people.
The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal was suppressed for years – while we should have been driving electric cars. By Beth Gardiner John German had not been looking to make a splash when he commissioned an examination of pollution from diesel cars back in 2013. The exam compared what came out of their exhaust pipes, during the lab tests that were required by law, with emissions on the road under real driving conditions. German and his colleagues at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in the US just wanted to tie up the last loose ends in a big report, and thought the research would give them something positive to say about diesel. They might even be able to offer tips to Europe from the US’s experience in getting the dirty fuel to run a little cleaner. But that was not how it turned...
COMMENT: Before it became a day of horror and heartbreak, last Friday was for a few hours a day of hope.
Hope that the schoolchildren marching to protest endless procrastination on climate change, and ...
The situation in the port city of Beira in Mozambique was "boiling" as residents suffered shortages of food, water and other essentials one week after a devastating cyclone, the head of a South African rescue operation said on Friday. Cyclone Idai battered Beira, a low-lying city of 500,000 residents, with strong winds and torrential rains last week, before moving inland to neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi. In Mozambique, 242 were killed in the storm and resulting floods, according to the official death toll, although this is expected to rise.
The leader of Alberta's United Conservatives says he believes humans are causing climate change and action is needed to tackle it, but those who disagree still have a place in the party.
Former head of a solar company plans to re-open Redbank coal fired generator in the Hunter Valley, once described as the most polluting in Australia.
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A novel blend of old and new technology is helping Australian researchers combine renewable energy and low-cost thermal storage to deliver heat for industrial processes.
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For the third consecutive year, carbon market experts from around the globe met yesterday in Florence to gain insight and exchange experiences related to the development and the day-to-day operation of emissions trading systems.
Ad campaigns hide investment in a huge expansion of oil and gas extraction, says InfluenceMap The largest five stock market listed oil and gas companies spend nearly $200m (£153m) a year lobbying to delay, control or block policies to tackle climate change, according to a new report. Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil were the main companies leading the field in direct lobbying to push against a climate policy to tackle global warming, the report said. Continue reading...
Hold-ups spread from port of Dalian to Fuzhou in Fujian province and Rizhao in Qingdao The number of Chinese ports restricting or delaying Australian coal imports has continued to rise, threatening to end the export bonanza that is bloating federal coffers and signalling possible painful long-term structural change to the economy. In an ominous development for Australia’s trade balance and federal budget, traders and buyers in China reported on Thursday that the hold-ups for Australian shipments that began in February have spread from the northern port of Dalian to Fuzhou in the south-eastern Fujian province and Rizhao in Qingdao. Continue reading...
City of Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is scheduled to announce his 2020 presidential bid on March 30. He's hoping to enter the long list of Democratic presidential hopefuls and is focusing on the issues of gun control, immigration and the environment. Since 2015, Messam has overseen a city of approximately 150,000 residents, and he says proximity to his community is what sets him apart from more experienced candidates. "Name recognition does not define leadership," Messam says. He joined Luis Hernandez on Sundial to talk about his presidential campaign. WLRN: Why have you decided to set your aspirations for the presidency, instead of pursuing Broward County office or a statewide office? MESSAM: You think about the pressing issues of this country in terms of climate change, gun violence, job opportunities...
Environmental legislation proposed by British Columbia is targeting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and would significantly impact it, says the proponent of the project.
The five largest publicly listed oil and gas majors have spent $1 billion since the 2015 Paris climate deal on public relations or lobbying that is "overwhelmingly in conflict" with the landmark accord's goals, a watchdog said Friday. Despite outwardly committing to support the Paris agreement and its aim to limit global temperature rises, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Total spend a total of $200 million a year on efforts "to operate and expand fossil fuel operations," according to InfluenceMap, a pro-transparency monitor. Two of the companies -- Shell and Chevron -- said they rejected the watchdog's findings.
The storm names Florence and Michael have officially been retired by the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee, which includes the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Florence hit Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018. The storm claimed 51 lives and caused severe flooding in much of the Carolinas and Virginia. It is considered one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes to ever hit the Carolinas. Soon after Florence, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 10, 2018. With sustained winds of 155 mph and 45 fatalities it is considered one of the most intense hurricanes in the United States. Storm names are on a six-year rotation schedule. However, names are removed from the list when a storm causes substantial...
Con Ed banned new natural-gas customers in much of Westchester last Friday. Now the greens who are driving that gas shortage want to spread the trouble to the city and Long Island. On Tuesday, 350.org — an extremist enviro group working, its Web site says, to thwart “new coal, oil and gas projects” — released...
Science Paper Refutes EPA Science Advice on Assessing Particulate Pollution Dangers If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopts the advice of its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), now led by former American Petroleum Institute consultant Tony Cox, it will be...
Six Nebraska public drinking water systems went offline, and dozens of wastewater treatment facilities failed.
As its glaciers melt, they reveal the bodies of those who have perished on the mountain - but how deadly is Mount Everest?
Climate change played a hand in the deadly floods in the U.S. upper Midwest that have damaged crops and drowned livestock, scientists said on Thursday, while a Trump administration official said more homework was needed before making that link.
Recent developments on a key EPA advisory committee threaten to upend the agency's long-standing mechanisms for safeguarding the public from common air pollutants, two critics wrote in a newly published paper.
Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) are once again calling for EPA to release the health and safety studies it used in the risk evaluation of pigment violet 29.
EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson is defending the head of the agency's Pacific Southwest branch, whose trips and where he reports to work have come under scrutiny.
Thousands of people remain stranded in floodwaters in the wake of Cyclone Idai, which struck the coast of Mozambique and swept through Zimbabwe last week. Mozambique's Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia told reporters that 15,000 people are still stranded. But as rescue workers struggle to gain access to regions largely choked off by the flooding, the death toll is expected to rise sharply. "Our biggest fight is against the clock," Correia said. The cyclone has claimed more than 200 lives in Mozambique, 139 in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi, officials said. Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi said the death toll there could climb to 1,000. Aerial footage of the devastation shows acres of land submerged in water, sparing only treetops in what has been deemed one of the most destructive natural...
Bodies previously entombed in ice have been made accessible due to global warming Melting glaciers on Mount Everest are exposing the dead bodies of climbers previously entombed in ice, as global warming causes temperatures to rise. Almost 300 climbers have been killed attempting to climb the mountain since the first attempt to scale it in 1922. Continue reading...
What will normal be when a changing climate drives the weather that produces new floods?
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China’s average concentrations of lung-damaging particles known as PM2.5 rose by 5.2 per cent in the first two months of the year, the environment ministry said on Thursday, casting doubt over the country’s ability to meet its winter targets.The nation’s average PM2.5 reading came in at 61 micrograms per cubic metre for January and February, according to a Ministry of Ecology and Environment survey of 337 cities, with only 83 reaching the national standard of 35mcg.Levels of PM2.5 in 28 cities…
The Bank of England will soon spell out how it wants banks, insurers and investment companies to manage the financial risks from climate change, Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday.
WINSLOW, Neb./CHICAGO (Reuters) - Midwestern farmers have been gambling they could ride out the U.S.-China trade war by storing their corn and soybeans anywhere they could - in bins, plastic tubes, in barns or even outside. Record floods have devastated a wide swath of the Farm Belt across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and several other states. Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are approaching $1 billion in Nebraska alone.
Cyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest -- has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). > And for better comparison a GIF...
Debunking Myths: 5 Things to Know About Green Infrastructure Comments|Add Comment|PrintGreen infrastructure like healthy forests, wetlands and coral reefs can cheaply and effectively enhance the performance of traditional built, or “gray infrastructure.” Photo by Marizilda Cruppe/Flickr
More than 600 million people lack clean drinking water. Drought affects more than 35 million every year. And by 2050, 1.3 billion people will live in flood-prone areas. Most people think that building dams,...
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has signed legislation to require the state's largest electric utility to excavate and clean up unlined coal ash pits.
ClearPath is beefing up its advisory board with three former Republican officials at the Department of Energy and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
BALTIMORE — Rep. Paul Tonko pitched industry and environment leaders here today on his new climate policy framework, a general set of principles to judge both incremental and comprehensive climate legislation.
The largest and most robust freshwater ecosystem in the world is succumbing to the stresses of climate change, according to a sweeping new report from U.S. and Canadian scientists who closely monitor the region.
Prof Stephen Belcher is chief scientist at the UK Met Office; Dr Olivier Boucher is...
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Munich Re, world’s largest reinsurance firm, warns premium rises could become social issue Insurers have warned that climate change could make affordable cover for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn (£18bn) of losses in the Californian wildfires. Ernst Rauch, Munich Re’s chief climatologist, told the Guardian that the costs could soon be widely felt, with premium rises already under discussion with clients holding asset concentrations in vulnerable parts of the state. Continue reading...
The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought, according to a scientific report.
Vain promises and empty slogans have got us nowhere. Fossil-fuel extraction must end before more lives are lost As Africa climate week unfurls in Ghana, the countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe count the costs of Cyclone Idai , which ripped through villages and towns, taking hundreds of lives and leaving a trail of destruction. For a continent already racked by the effects of the climate crisis, Idai is another chilling reminder of the destructive power of the kind of storms that will become more common as the world warms up. Continue reading...
Smelter at Tiwai Point, Bluff
THE FIRING UP of an extra pot-line at the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter and a strong dairying season pushed up New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal.
A photographer fends off a very curious polar bear.
The recent storms provide a grim reminder of the prospect of future tropical cyclones in a region under continued threat from climate change
Like everything climate change, it's actually complicated. Let's break down what it means and how to use it.
Researchers at Purdue have developed a new purification technique for removing traces of oil and contaminants from produced water, oil and gas wastewater.
When faced with global challenges such as climate change, it is essential that everyone’s voice is heard and that collective action is taken now to increase our chances of creating a sustainable future.
[Guardian] Scientists have categorically proven that the drive to produce more food to meet the growing world demand is a major factor contributing to a warmer atmosphere around the globe.
Along the Missouri, John Remus controls a network of dams that dictates the fate of millions. ‘It was not designed to handle this.’
As icy, lethal flood waters fed by rains and melting snow recede in Nebraska and Iowa, leaving destroyed homes, drowned cattle and swamped farmland, Midwest states downstream were set on Thursday for a relentless surge of the Missouri River. Flooding from last week's storm has already caused nearly $1.5 billion in damage in Nebraska, killed at least four people with another missing. "This isn't over," said David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.
March 21, 2019 8:32 AM LONDON (REUTERS) - Amnesty International criticised the electric vehicle (EV) industry on Thursday (March 21) for selling itself as environmentally friendly while producing many of its batteries using polluting fossil fuels and unethically sourced minerals.
[Ghana Presidency] The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says measures to deal with the phenomenon of climate change are contained in his Government's Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies.
[The Herald] Chiredzi -Over 300 residents here have lost their houses, which were constructed on wetlands, to flash floods that swept through Chiredzi Town last month.
Rescue workers widened their search in Mozambique and Zimbabwe on Thursday for survivors of devastating floods following a cyclone that ripped through southern Africa a week ago, killing hundreds and destroying buildings and farmland.
[The Herald] Severe floods in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have affected up to 1,5 million people and left up to more than 300 dead after Cyclone Idai tore through the three countries.
The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the state Department of Ecology has the authority to cap carbon pollution from major industrial emitters, something business groups and utilities have argued can only be done by the Legislature.
Obama-era EPA chief Gina McCarthy, former Secretary of State John Kerry and other past government officials are throwing their weight behind part of an appeal by two California cities seeking to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change impacts.
[East African] African countries have renewed their push to combat climate change, with new commitments to boost funding for clean and renewable energy sources as it emerged that the continent has suffered some of the worst effects of climate change in decades.
Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction.
People who live near wind turbines almost always prefer them to a hypothetical power plant that uses fossil fuels, according to a new survey carried out by University of Delaware researchers.
Two studies released yesterday by environmentalists show oil and gas producers spending more than they make from drilling, while major banks and financial institutions put their investors at risk.
President Trump mocked renewable power yesterday, suggesting that wind energy could cause electricity blackouts and lower property values.
Italy's Terna said on Thursday it would spend a record 6.2 billion euros ($7.1 billion) on its power grid to deal with the shift toward the production of more renewable energy.
[East African] Kenya has overhauled the regulatory framework of the energy and petroleum sectors with the enactment of two laws that put emphasis on the management of oil resources and increasing electricity connectivity.
Customers face a false choice between people or the planet when buying electric cars, according to a rights watchdog. Amnesty International has called for the industry to make "radical changes" in five years.
[The Conversation Africa] Severe floods in Malawi have affected about a million people and claimed 56 lives.
Chinese regulators are close to releasing new "green bond" standards that would exclude polluting fossil fuel projects from corporate financing channels designed to lift environmental standards, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
State and national governments believe expanding gas production can be ‘made safe’ and also help reduce world greenhouse gas emissions. Our research disagrees.
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Unsubsidized solar power, energy-smart homes and communities, greening of corporations, and zero-emission hydrogen mean Europe may re-emerge as a global leader in solar systems.
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