This could be a game changer for space travel.
[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- A mobile application called Carbon Converter, which helps users calculate their CO2 emissions and offset them by buying trees, has just been launched by Tunisian environmental activists.
Rondrotiana Barimalala is a climate researcher at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a lead author for the IPCC report to the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report titled Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. The report says we can act on climate change but warns that time […]
Between 2015 and 2100, if the world follows a 1.5°C global warming trajectory instead of a 3.1°C one it would mean 1.8 billion fewer people will experience a tropical storm in their lifetime
Turkeys really were voting for an early Christmas last week. That’s because of reports that around 50 per cent of them might be saved because of a shortage of CO2 gas used to humanely kill Yuletide turkeys and then process their meat. What mordant satirist could have imagined a shortage of the very gas we are desperately trying to scrub from the atmosphere.
The sheer number of people across the globe susceptible to climate-induced stress has fostered a sense of urgency among mental health professionals seeking to understand ...
[African Arguments] Environmental degradation is a key driver of insecurity. To achieve peace, we must protect the planet and finance these efforts accordingly.
Next month’s United Nations environment conference in southwest China will include a declaration on building a global ecological civilisation and preserving biodiversity, according to a government official.“The Kunming Declaration will be one of the main outcomes ... it is a call for action to all parties to respond to the call to build a community of life on Earth, to stop the loss of biodiversity, to enhance human well-being and to achieve sustainable development,” Cui Shuhong, an official…
STATEMENT: U.S. Phase-Down of HFCs Good for Climate and American Industry
Thu, 09/23/2021 - 13:40
WASHINGTON (September 23, 2021)—The Biden administration finalized a rule to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are super-pollutants used in refrigeration and air conditioning appliances and a major contributor to global warming.
The rule implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) follows the passage of the bipartisan American...
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[WHO] Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change.
[Seychelles News Agency] Seychelles on Thursday examined ways to help visitors minimise their carbon footprint when staying in the island nation during a "Green Recovery of Tourism" symposium.
[Vanguard] PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that the Federal Government is planning to establish ten new National Park across the country as one of the measures to tackle biodiversity loss in the country.
The UK government has agreed to subsidize a major US fertilizer manufacturer at a cost of several million pounds to taxpayers in order to restart carbon dioxide production vital to Britain's food supply.
Republicans refuse to reduce the threat from covid-19, global warming and gun violence. They prefer to deal with the consequences.
[UN News] The President of Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, asked for United Nations Member States to "materialize all the promises made to Africa in compensation for the sacrifices agreed to protect humanity against global warming."
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Sendy Limited, a tech-logistics company, and META Electric, an electric vehicle dealer and leaser, have teamed up to introduce electric-powered vans to safeguard small businesses from expensive logistics and reduce their carbon footprint.
Toyota is dumping the big V8 engine in the latest redesign of its Tundra full-size pickup truck, a bold move in a market that likes big, powerful engines (Sept. 21)
One-fifth of carbon offset units issued through federal government's Emissions Reduction Fund may have no basis in emissions reductions, new research finds.
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[Daily News] A GLOBAL environmental activist from India, who is currently traveling across the world on a bicycle, Dr Raj Phanden has arrived in Tanzania, with a strong message to Tanzanians community to preserve and protect the world's nature/environment.
The food and drink industry is warning of supermarket shortages because of a lack of CO2.
A shortage of carbon dioxide used to stun pigs at abattoirs means a backlog of animals is growing.
Even with the commitments countries have already made, the world is likely to blow past the goals we've set.
Critical fire weather conditions are expected to persist through Sunday in Sequoia National Park, where a wildfire reached the Giant Forest.
A shift in the weather accelerated the fires in the Sequoia National Park on Friday. The flames scorched a grouping of sequoias that mark the entrance to a grove of 2,000 sequoias.
The whitest paint in the world has been created in a lab at Purdue University in the US, a paint so white that it could eventually reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning, scientists say.The paint has now made it into the Guinness World Records book as the whitest ever made.So why did the scientists create such a paint? It turns out that breaking a world record wasn’t the goal of the researchers – curbing global warming was.“When we started this project about seven years ago, we…
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[SAnews.gov.za] Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says addressing increasing global environmental challenges such as climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, ocean degradation, and inefficient resource use has become even more important as countries seek to rebuild their economies and enhance resilience against future shocks.
The image of a collapsed electrical tower and power lines that Hurricane Ida tossed into the Mississippi River illustrated a fundamental challenge facing the nation: Our power systems weren't built to withstand extreme weather events. Without major investments to reinforce, modernize and clean our grid, the question will not be whether it fails, but when.
The housing corporation is now running the warming centre on an interim basis in collaboration with other organizations in town. For the time being, the shelter is staying open from midnight to 8 a.m., with prospects of extending those hours.
Prince William has announced 15 inaugural finalists for the Earthshot Prize, his ambitious global environmental award that aims to find new ideas and technologies to tackle climate change, air pollution and the Earth’s most pressing challenges
Emissions are bad for business, and curbing them could give producers a competitive edge.
China will ramp up its efforts to phase out single-use plastics, boost recycling and promote alternatives to plastic in the next five years in a bid to curb pollution and meet the country’s carbon neutrality targets.The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s central economic planner, published a five-year action plan for reducing plastic pollution on its website on Wednesday.Jointly issued by the NDRC and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the plan for 2021 to 2025…
RELEASE: New report finds ambitious action by G20 countries alone can limit warming to 1.7°C, keeping 1.5°C goal within reach
Thu, 09/16/2021 - 09:48
Developed countries must also significantly ramp up climate finance to developing countries for the world to achieve the Paris Agreement’s climate goal
WASHINGTON, DC | BERLIN (16 September, 2021) — New research by World Resources Institute and Climate Analytics shows the pivotal role that G20 countries must...
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Ambitious Climate Action by G20 Countries Can Limit Global Warming to 1.7 Degrees C
Thu, 09/16/2021 - 07:45
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s landmark (IPCC) 2021 report left many wondering whether the world can actually limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F), the threshold scientists say is necessary for avoiding the most dangerous climate impacts. New research by WRI and Climate Analytics shows that G20 countries, which account...
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The Southern Hemisphere ozone hole is larger than usual and already surpasses the size of Antarctica, scientists say.
Details of a new pledge between the United States and European Union to reduce emissions of methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- will be announced on Friday, a source familiar with the agreement told CNN.
Air pollution in parts of Hong Kong reached “serious” levels on Wednesday – the most extreme on a five-tier scale – with environmental authorities expecting the same conditions for another two days.Professor Alexis Lau Kai-hon, an air pollution expert at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said the bad air was likely to have been an effect of Typhoon Chanthu, which was located in the East China Sea near Shanghai and expected to head towards South Korea and Japan.“This is quite a…
The cream-coloured motor home, packed full of wardrobes and pushchairs, was abandoned on a roadside verge in Beaconsfield just yards from a recycling centre.
The Global Methane Pledge aims to cut emissions of the potent greenhouse gas by at least 30 percent by the end of the decade.
WASHINGTON: It is the elephant in the genomics room: can extinct species be resurrected? One bioscience firm insists it can, announcing on Monday its intent to use emerging technology to restore the woolly mammoth to the Arctic tundra.
Biden was at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Monday for a round table with federal and state officials on on the wildfires - which Biden blames on global warming.
[FrontPageAfrica] Robertsport -- The Government of Liberia, through the Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday, September 11, launched Liberia's first eco brigade named "Piso Eco-Brigade".
[This Day] Chiemelie Ezeobi reports that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, in line with its watchdog role, recently uncovered an illegal scrap yard in Ikorodu that was a gateway for nefarious activities such as storage of unwholesome processed foods, repackaging of drugs and juice drinks, improper destruction of expired drugs, chemicals, recycling of metals as well as dismantling of electrical and electronics waste.
The benefits of green fingers may far outgrow the allotment - as they could even stop global warming, the Royal Horticultural Society has said.
The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for large swathes of the country including the South West, the Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Pictured: Devon.
Weather forecasts and climate outlooks support humanitarian action
Geneva, 9 September 2021 (WMO) - A weak La Niña event may re-emerge later in 2021 for the second consecutive year, with the risk that forecast precipitation patterns may exacerbate existing drought in some parts of the world and increase the risk of heavy rainfall and flooding in others. But despite La Niña’s cooling influence, temperatures over land areas are expected to be above average between September and November, especially in the northern hemisphere, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
From heatwaves and hurricanes in the US to flooding in Europe and China, the weather...
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Britain's scorching start to September is set for an abrupt end, as Met Office experts warn of impending thunderstorms, torrential downpours and even hail amid a severe weather warning.
[UN News] With extreme weather events increasingly impacting countries across the world, the deputy UN chief on Monday underlined the importance of limiting temperature rise to the internationally agreed goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] As the African island nation experiences a food-security crisis driven by global warming, researchers say it is an alarm bell for the world
[UCT] A team of researchers from the Catalysis Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and integrated energy and chemical company Sasol have made advancements in the use of commercial iron catalyst, produced cheaply and at large‑scale at Sasol's Secunda plant, which will enable conversion of unavoidable or biogenically derived carbon dioxide (CO2) and green hydrogen directly to a variety of green chemicals and jet fuel.
[The Conversation Africa] Insects are a vital cog in the great wheel of nature. They outnumber humans a billion to one and make up more than 75% of animals on earth. It's no wonder that they are the primary providers of essential ecosystem services such as pollination and waste recycling.
[The Conversation Africa] Tropical forests are well known for being the "lungs" of our planet. Through photosynthesis, the trees in these forests produce oxygen and remove enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate global warming.
Environmental protection group Greenpeace East Asia has found several workshops storing “waste mountains” in Hong Kong’s New Territories, breaching air pollution rules or suspected to be handling hazardous material illegally.Most are on “brownfield” sites earmarked for new town development, including at Kwu Tung North, New Territories North and Yuen Long South.In one case, land resumption has been delayed by two months because some tenants are unhappy with the compensation.“The government needs…
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The world’s sharks and rays have seen declines in their populations since 2014 and more are now threatened with extinction, according to a new red list released Saturday at a global conference aimed at protecting dwindling species.The Komodo dragon is now listed as endangered, notably because of rising sea levels and rising temperatures in its Indonesian habitat. Ebonies and rosewoods threatened by logging were among trees put on the list for the first time this year.There are signs of hope,…
Parts of Britain will be hotter than the Portuguese Algarve as weather systems over the country give way to sunshine in a mini-heatwave set to start next week.
[Ghanaian Times] The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Dr Kwaku Afriyie, has charged the newly constituted governing board of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to vigorously deal with institutions whose activities pollute the environment.
[New Republic] The Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) has achieved another milestone by launching the Second State of the Environment Report (SoER) and First National Environmental Action Plan (NEAP) in the country's history.
A study from American University found that cattle farms use almost 14 times the land as fish and seafood farms to produce a gram of protein. Among farmed fish, salmon used the least land.
[Nation] As the world faces a climate emergency of unprecedented proportions, and with global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) falling nowhere near fast enough to avoid massive harm from global warming, there has been a rallying call for countries to do everything in their power to take urgent action to decarbonise their economies.
Climate-change deniers often exploit confusion about these terms to muddy the waters about the science of global warming. Here’s what you need to know.
[JusticeInfo.net] A former army captain who deserted to form a militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was sentenced on September 21 to life in prison. Chance Mihonya was found guilty of crimes against humanity, war crimes and environmental crimes.
The luxury convoy carting them around the city on a 20-mile journey, which included at least two Range Rovers and one dark SUV, has CO2 emissions of 235g/km per car.
EPA confirms production cut back of HFC-based air conditioning systems. The U.S. agency wants to phase out the chemical to avoid global warming of up to 0.5-degree Celsius by 2100.
Even if India achieves its Paris accord targets and adopts measures to help keep global warming to 1.5 C, its carbon emissions in 2030 could ...
[Monitor] The State minister for Environment, Ms Beatrice Anywar, has called for drastic action and buy-in from new legislators to fight environmental degradation, pollution and the climate crisis.
[The Conversation Africa] The South African coal mining industry has a long history, dating back to the late 19th century, and contributes significantly to the economy. The coal sector employs 92,230 people and annual earnings are R27.9 billion (about US$2 billion). But the industry is causing severe environmental challenges.
A Whitehall chief told ministers to 'panic buy lager' after a summit on the CO2 crisis, it was claimed yesterday, as soaring energy prices sparked fears of food shortages.
The World Health Organization has released guidelines for strict limits on air pollution from cars, power stations and other sources. If countries adopt them, millions of deaths could be avoided
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that the harmful health effects of air pollution kick in at lower levels than it previously thought and it is setting a higher bar for policymakers and the public in its first update to its air quality guidelines in 15 years.
[AIM] Maputo -- The Inhambane Provincial Court in southern Mozambique has sentenced a 51 year old Chinese citizen, Liu Rong Wu, to 14 years imprisonment, for his involvement in an environmental crime consisting of an attempt to smuggle about nine kilos of dried seahorses out of the country, reports the independent television station STV.
Taxpayers will foot a bill to open up a key carbon dioxide producer amid food supply and nuclear fears.
BABYSITTING for her daughter one night, a friend of mine was startled by her young grandson coming downstairs in tears. He had been having nightmares because a girl at school had told him the world was getting so hot we would all explode.
The repair of a cement floor in an iconic church in Inuvik is providing scientists with an opportunity to learn more about permafrost and mitigating the impact of its freeze-thaw cycle on buildings.
The chaos was triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.
UK supermarkets could face shortages of meat and other fresh food within weeks after soaring gas prices prompted a major US fertilizer manufacturer to suspend production, turning off most of Britain's supply of carbon dioxide to the food and drink industry in the process.
The L.A. area will see elevated-to-critical conditions through Tuesday, including a Santa Ana wind event that will meet with a warming and drying trend.
[Nation] The government has warned Kenyans against the continued use of coolants and household items that contain harmful Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that have high global warming potential and asked them to embrace the use of water for refrigeration purposes.
Toyota revealed the redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck, ditching the 8-cylinder engine yet increasing its towing capacity.
Fifty years ago, an ad-hoc group of environmentalists gathered in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood with a shared goal of stopping the U.S. from testing nuclear weapons off the western coast of Alaska. Today, Greenpeace is the most recognized environmental organization in the world.
The British pharmaceutical giant said an astonishing 45 per cent of its overall emissions could be traced to asthma inhalers and it has begun trials of a less polluting replacement.
Human-caused global warming is happening at a rate unprecedented in at least 2,000 years, with Canada warming at twice the global rate. So what are the federal parties actually promising when it comes to reducing Canada’s emissions? And will it be enough?
A shortage of carbon dioxide could hit meat production and packaging, UK processors warn.
STATEMENT: U.S., European Union Announce New Pledge to Reduce Global Methane Emissions
Fri, 09/17/2021 - 09:49
WASHINGTON (September 17, 2021)—Today, the United States, the European Union and other major economies announced a new pledge to reduce global methane emissions. The pledge calls for countries to commit to reducing methane by at least 30% by 2030, relative to 2020 levels. The pledge will be formalized at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow,...
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[UNEP] Nairobi, 16 September 2021 -- Meeting this week virtually at the 18th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), 54 African Environment Ministers agreed to step-up the continent's response to accelerate the green and sustainable recovery programme to tackle the triple crisis of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution.
Scientists are trying to figure out why
[FrontPageAfrica] Tahn -- The Society for the Conservation of Nature (SCNL), an environment civil society in collaboration with the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Forestry Development Agency Thursday, September 16, ended a two-day training workshop for persons associated with artisanal and small scale (ASM) mining activities in Tahn, one of the towns around the Gola forest.
There is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids' health despite baseless claims suggesting otherwise.The claims are circulating on social media and elsewhere just as virus outbreaks are hitting many reopened US schools, particularly those without mask mandates.Among the unfounded arguments: Masks can foster germs if they become moist or cause unhealthy levels of carbon dioxide. But experts say washing masks routinely keeps them safe and clean. Disposable ones are to be dumped at end of day.Some argue that young children miss important visual and social cues that enhance learning and development when their classmates and teachers are wearing masks. But others note that children with vision or hearing impairment learn to adapt and that other kids can, too."We don't know for sure...
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo is among the seven officials found guilty by a Jakarta court of environmental negligence over air pollution in the capital.In a civil lawsuit, the Central Jakarta District Court on Thursday ruled that Widodo must set adequate national ambient air quality standards “to protect the people’s health, the environment, and the ecosystem”, though it dismissed a claim the defendants had violated a human right for health, including clean air.The standard for annual…
Neil Wintle decided to buy a Chevy Bolt to reduce his carbon footprint but now he feels misled, because the car is at risk of catching on fire. "It has turned out to be none of the things I thought I was getting when I bought it," he said.
The Future of Life Award, which honors those who take exceptional measures to safeguard the collective future of humanity, is announced today (16 September) on the International Day for the …
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[GroundUp] The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality stopped building RDP houses in Walmer in Gqeberha because, it said, there was methane gas on the site.
Scientists say the Southern Hemisphere ozone hole is larger than usual and already surpasses the size of Antarctica
Each year between August and October, the ozone over the South Pole is depleted – this year the hole is larger than 75 per cent of the holes that had formed by this point in the season since 1979
About 80 per cent of the carbon dioxide released by Australia’s huge wildfires of 2019-2020 was captured by ocean algal blooms that grew due to the iron-rich ash
Egyptian Minister of Environment, Yasmine Fouad, announced Wednesday that Egypt is the first Arab country to announce its standards for environmental sustainability. Back in November, the cabinet announced the first Egyptian standards for environmental sustainability, she said. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Egypt took its decision to go green with its budget, according …
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Prospects for South America's biggest wild cat are likely to get worse in the short term unless the Brazilian government strengthens protections against deforestation for timber and cattle farming
[New Times] The Minister for Environment, Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya, has revealed that the plan by government to plant over 43 million tree seedlings across the country as a way of fighting desertification.
Changes in the position of the polar jet stream around the Arctic may have caused past famines in Europe, and global warming could lead to even bigger changes from around the 2060s
Global Witness, an international human rights group, says a record 227 grassroots environmental activists were killed in 2020. More than half were killed in Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines.
[Vanguard] The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has pledged its readiness to support the Cross River National Park for effective protection and preservation of its biodiversity.
It can suck up to 4,000 tons of CO2 every year.
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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -- From Amazon deforestation to storm-driven power outages and COVID-19, worsening disasters have common causes, which points to how to cut risks, researchers say
The Orca, an installation built by Climeworks, will capture 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year — and serve as a blueprint for similar technology.
The year-long delay to the opening of COP26 has given extra urgency to the world’s attempts to halt the rise in CO2 levels and turn down the heat on global warming.
STONEHENGE, St James - In the quiet, rural community of Stonehenge, a one-man battle to save the environmental has raged for four years. Sixty-five-year-old Basil Edwards collects plastic waste and transforms it into craft, jewellery, and toys. Originally from Catadupa, the man many know only as Doc named his initiative CataDoc Arts."I love to see the place clean; I don't want to see plastic bottles in the drain or in the gully. I want to do my part to save the environment," Edwards told the Jamaica Observer when asked what prompted him to start his initiative back in 2017.He drives around Stonehenge and neighbouring communities including Cambridge, Catadupa, Bottom and Top Stonehenge - in search of bottles."In my community I have large garbage bags placed in strategic locations where residents...
People are likely to be confused by common terms like "mitigation" and "carbon neutral," according to a recent study. How can scientists do a better job communicating about global warming?
[UNEP] Nairobi -- Digital billboards around the Kenyan capital today started to live stream Nairobi's real-time air pollution in an effort to increase air quality awareness among the city's 4.7 million inhabitants.
More than a decade after rich countries pledged to put funding for adaptation and emissions reductions on an equal basis, the adaptation share remains stubbornly ...
Hong Kong must expand its recycling efforts if authorities want a new law charging residents for their rubbish to bring down the overall level of trash, environmental experts have said.While authorities had pledged to increase funding for recycling to HK$1 billion (US$128.6 million) in 2023, one of the biggest hurdles to an effective programme remained food waste, they warned on Monday.Officials from the Environmental Protection Department acknowledged last week that residents had a “lack of…
Up to 50 migrants have crossed the English Channel in small boats tp Dover today as people smugglers take advantage of the weather to reach the UK.
MARSEILLE: The pollution, emissions and clean-up costs of plastic produced in 2019 alone could be $3.7 trillion, according to a report released Monday by wildlife charity WWF, warning of the environmental and economic burden of this "seemingly cheap" material.
MARSEILLE, France, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Indigenous groups urged world leaders on Sunday to back a new target to protect 80 percent of the Amazon basin by 2025, saying bold action was needed to stop deforestation pushing the Earth’s largest rainforest beyond a point of no return. Amazonian delegates launched their campaign at a nine-day …
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The perilous state of the planet’s wildlife will be laid bare when the largest organisation for the protection of nature begins on Friday, hoping to galvanise action on the world’s intertwined biodiversity and climate crises.