February 27, 2021 1:57 AM LONDON (AFP) - A vast iceberg almost the size of Greater London has broken away from the Antarctic ice shelf near a British research station, the British Antarctic Survey said Friday (Feb 26).
Three workers were injured as a massive North Texas foam recycling plant fire burned all day yesterday and into the night.
Repeated, intense wildfires have damaged forests' ability to grow fire resistant and store carbon, causing scientists to rethink how to deploy tree-planting efforts after natural disasters.
Top White House climate officials are meeting virtually today with airline executives to talk about how the sector can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
An iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica on Friday, but chances of it moving a significant distance or running aground are still unknown.
Jim Wightman writes that a year of climate-change activities should convince Congress to pass the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
Sea ice processing is currently having problems. Daily Sea Ice Index/Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis values after February 19 are erroneous. NSIDC is investigating the issue and will correct it as soon as possible.
Russian researchers say they are seeing fewer malnourished polar bears despite shrinking Arctic ice pushing the animals further south.
The competitive retail wing of American Electric Power has signed a clean energy supply deal with apparel firm Abercrombie & Fitch Co. AEP Energy will supply the retailer’s corporate headquarters and two distribution centers in New Albany, Ohio with clean energy through an Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) solution – a long-term, fixed price retail energy […]
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An ice block approaching the size of London splits from the White Continent, close to Halley station.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar pledged $60 million on Thursday to help construct a natural gas pipeline running from Israel into the Gaza Strip, the Qatari government said, a project that aims to ease the energy crisis that long has afflicted the impoverished Palestinian enclave. Natural gas now flowing through a pipeline in … Continued
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Royal Dutch Shell PLC agreed to buy Next Kraftwerke, the operator of a virtual power plant that brings together clean energy capacity across Europe to sell the electricity into the market.
Kansas regulators struck down a proposal by the state's largest utility to impose an extra charge on customers with residential solar panels.
The nation's life-sustaining electrical grid is stumbling into a risk-strewn, low-carbon transformation with inadequate plans, systems and policies in place, a congressionally established expert committee warned yesterday.
The newest pledges by countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions are falling far short of what's needed to limit global warming to what the Paris climate accord seeks, a new United Nations report finds.
Filipino fishing communities find ways to protect their livelihoods against COVID-19 and climate change.
UN says global pledges to cut greenhouse gases aren't even close to what's needed to stem global warming
The world is wildly off track meeting the Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rises to 1.5ۜ°C, despite a recent series of more ambitious new national climate plans
Nations' current carbon-cutting plans will not keep global temperature rise below 1.5C, the UN says.
Kenya's agriculture ministry has opened bids for crop insurance providers to cover more smallholder farmers from the risks and shocks of climate change, under a government program, according to a statement in state-owned MyGov newspaper.
Efforts to blunt the impact of COVID-19 have shown that sweeping behavioral changes are possible, international cooperation helps and technological advances are essential.
Because of climate change, they need to spend much more energy to find food.
February 26, 2021 4:44 PM It says it is driving aerospace towards zero-emission flying, with plans for a commercial aircraft powered by hydrogen by 2035.
The population of monarch butterflies that migrated south to Mexico to hibernate fell 26% from a year earlier.
Remnants believed to be from a rocket were seen re-entering Earth's atmosphere above the skies of Queensland on Thursday. | Reuters
Xcel Energy – Colorado today announced details of its upcoming Clean Energy Plan that will result in an estimated 85% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan will double renewable energy and battery storage on the Xcel Energy Colorado system, providing customers with electricity derived from approximately 80% renewable sources […]
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[Daily Trust] The federal government and some private firms have planned to build Ashama 200 megawatts (MW) solar power farm, which may be the largest in West Africa.
Hong Kong’s target of phasing out new purchases of fossil fuel-powered private cars by 2035 is already “the most progressive in Asia”, and will be subject to review every five years to see if it can be achieved even sooner, the city’s environment minister, Wong Kam-sing, has said.The push to promote electric vehicles is part of Hong Kong’s broader goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, an ambitious timeline that would put it 10 years ahead of the mainland. Over the past decade, the number…
Regulators overseeing the new energy market rules for Australia's main grid must push back against the attempts by the coal lobby to hijack the process.
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[Vanguard] Abuja -- VICE President Yemi Osinbajo has described the federal government's solar power initiative as a game changer in the Nigerian energy supply challenge.
February 26, 2021 11:44 AM LONDON (REUTERS) - The voluntary carbon offset credit market has the potential to play a major role in allowing society to continue to emit greenhouse gases, while striving to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius as stipulated in the Paris climate deal.
Renewable Energy Zones and large-scale storage added to the federal government's Infrastructure Priority List.
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Australia's emissions begin to head back up in latest figures, as the Australian economy recovered from the symptoms of Covid-19.
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K-pop superstars Blackpink have emerged as the latest force in the global fight against climate change.
As the European Union looks to hit ambitious climate targets, policymakers are getting more vocal about a potential fork in the road: China.In a speech touting the bloc’s “industry strategy” this week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pointed to the scarcity of raw materials needed to power the switch to electric vehicles and green energy sources, much of which are buried in China.“We import lithium for electric cars, platinum to produce clean hydrogen, silicon metal for solar…
The head of a major Texas energy corporation appeared before lawmakers and apologized for a blackout during a deadly winter freeze. "We could not solve the riddle of a winter storm. And for that, I'm very sorry." (Feb. 25)
Air quality in China improved so much during last year’s coronavirus-related lockdowns the country beat its national standard for levels of harmful PM2.5 particulates, a key pollution indicator.Liu Bingjiang, head of the environment ministry’s air quality management department, said on Thursday PM2.5 concentrations fell to an average of 33 micrograms per cubic metre in the 337 cities across the country where the pollution is monitored.Lunar New Year fireworks blamed for heavy Beijing fogOnce…
US president Joe Biden emailed Cardiff player Anna Hursey, 14, who is a UN climate change champion.
Hyundai will recall 82,000 electric cars globally to replace their batteries after 15 reports of fires involving the vehicles. Despite the relatively small number of cars involved, Hyundai's recall is one of the most expensive in history, signaling how electric car defects could create hefty costs for automakers — at least in the near future.
PM Modi on Thursday dedicated to the nation NLC’s two 500 MW thermal power plants -- built at a cost of Rs 8,000 crore -- and a 709 MW solar power plant. At Coimbatore’s Codissia Trade Fair Complex, the PM laid the foundation stone for the modernization of the lower Bhavani project and inaugurated infrastructure and housing projects for western and southern regions.
Experts have performed computer simulations to explain why woolly mammoths went extinct. They suggest it was a combination of climate change and human hunting.
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Amazon We may still be trying to figure out if CBD actually works, but I’m here to say that it’s time to start thinking about CBN, instead. I got the opportunity to try out Calm by Wellness’s Sleep Oil Tincture , a non-melatonin-based sleep aid that’s packed with 1000mg of CBD plus 90mg of CBN. After trying it out for a full week, I can say it has earned itself a permanent place on my bedside table. So, let’s start quickly with what CBN oil is and why you should care about it. According to the brand, CBN oil features a similar component to CBD (that is, a non-intoxicating, hemp-derived compound). It’s made from the decomposition of THC molecules which are released after CBN-a (CBN acid) is created in the harvesting process. Early evidence...
When animals are displaced by deforestation and global warming, that often puts them and the diseases they carry in proximity to humans.
Food waste creates more greenhouse gases than the airline industry. But there are several ways to fix that, starting with your shopping habits.
When a top Biden appointee joined EPA last month, one of his first agenda items was a briefing on options for strengthening an interstate smog rule thrown out by federal judges more than a year ago.
Climate change will be a top priority for Sara Gonzalez-Rothi, the White House's first adviser focused solely on water.
After shunning the term "climate change" for four years under President Trump, EPA's Twitter account has overflowed in recent weeks with posts about climate justice, climate scientists and the "climate crisis."
February 25, 2021 12:35 PM Experts said Beijing is still likely to give regions leeway to focus on growth and build new coal-fired power stations to head off energy shortages.
Within a decade, if not a few years, the levelized cost of electricity is coming way down for new utility-scale onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to levels below all fossil or conventional fuels including combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA’s […]
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TAXING carbon dioxide emissions would be popular with British voters, polling suggests, as the government moots ways to put a price on carbon that could help tackle the climate crisis and fund a green recovery from the...
The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, a system of currents, has long been considered capable of a sudden shutdown, which could have dramatic climate effects.
[FrontPageAfrica] Bauchi State -- Development Journalist and Environmental Justice Advocate of Liberia, Moses R. Quollin is appointed as national director of the Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative (Global ECC Initiative) in Liberia.
In yellow-green and purple versions of the reef-building Acropora tenuis, the genes that code for particular fluorescent and other colorful proteins become more active in the summer, protecting...
Mangrove forests with a greater variety of plant and animal species store more carbon than more biologically homogenous mangrove forests, according to a new study.
[New Times] Rwandans could start using locally produced cooking gas from Lake Kivu by the end of 2022 thanks to a project that seeks to process methane into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Bad news for allergy sufferers: it's getting worse.
The storm that left dozens of Texans dead, millions without power and nearly 15 million with water issues could be the costliest disaster in state history, exceeding the $125 billion in damage from Hurricane Harvey.
An oil and gas exploration and production company is suing the Biden administration to try and force officials to issue 50 pending drilling permit applications in North Dakota.
[IPS] Bonn, Germany -- For Sudanese youth, climate change is synonymous with insecurity.
The acting head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is expanding the agency's efforts to push public companies to be transparent about the threats they face from climate change.
It is grim findings for our glacier region in the days of Covid-19.
A new report looks at the pandemic effects of businesses in and around the towns of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef.
It found 518 jobs ...
The “social cost of carbon,” or SCC, was created to show policy makers the gap between the market price of fossil fuels and the cost of the environmental damage they cause.
Murdoch papers and Murdoch's Sky News have ramped up their campaign to have nuclear laws repealed, and far-right Coalition MPs and former MPs are along for the ride.
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Bad weather, Covid and a surging Australian dollar leads New Energy Solar to report $74m loss for 2020 - but the ASX-listed remains optimistic.
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Google's decision to snub RenewEconomy - apparently because it does not do "public interest" journalism - and include Sky News and a celebrity gossip site on its "showcase, bodes ill for Australian media.
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The UK will never hit its carbon reduction targets unless a grant scheme is rescued, a watchdog says.
Misleading claims by prominent conservatives including Fox News personalities that wind turbines caused Texas power outages whipped through Facebook.
Did you know that Texas isn't even that great a performer in terms of proportion of wind power? Here's every state that's better!
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Chinese scientists have upgraded the world’s first Covid-19 pandemic forecast system to factor in complex climate data for more accurate predictions and the next generation will include input relating to air traffic and natural disasters to further improve its precision.The “Global Prediction System for the Covid-19 Pandemic” combines dynamic climate statistics with epidemic modelling, taking into account temperature and humidity as well as the effectiveness of government pandemic control…
Scientists are developing a 'digital twin' of Earth that creates and tests simulations to predict future events like extreme weather and food shortages to help world leaders better prepare.
Vowing to simplify, amplify and accelerate the energy transition, this new cleantech company brings to business and local communities around the world the benefits of smart energy efficiency services and access to affordable clean energy Portugal, 24, February 2021 - 2021 brings many new and exciting prospects, and Cleanwatts is one of them. Emerging from the tech company Virtual Power Solutions (VPS), Cleanwatts combines the power of digital and industrial technology with deep domain expertise...
Manchin, the most pro-fossil fuels Democrat in the Senate, is seen as a crucial vote for Haaland’s nomination given the emerging opposition from Republicans.
National Grid Renewables, which includes the renewables development company formerly known as Geronimo Energy, announced today the start of construction on the 200-MW Prairie Wolf Solar Project in Coles County, Illinois. The project is poised to generate tax revenue, landowner income and charitable initiatives, all while adding more clean energy to the electric grid. As […]
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At least $14 trillion needs to be invested in the grid worldwide by 2050 to support an evolved power system, according to BloombergNEF’s new Power Grid Long-Term Outlook 2021 published this week. The transition to electric heating and transport will drive up electricity demand, while the tremendous growth of wind and solar add additional strain on the grid. […]
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All rocky planets within the galaxy could have the same building blocks as Earth at their core - originally forming from tiny particles of ice and carbon, University of Copenhagen researchers claim.
A crew for a private contractor hired by EPA removed an abandoned boat from Lake Tahoe yesterday that sank off the lake's south shore in January and was believed to be leaking oil.
When it comes to saving sea turtles, Israeli rescuers have discovered that mayonnaise is a miracle.
AOC wants to dissolve ICE and DHS in massive immigration overhaul after it was revealed Joe Biden reopened facilities for housing unaccompanied minors arriving at the border.
Scientists who study the marine ecosystems have frequently failed to involve local researchers in projects, a study finds.
For Sudanese youth, climate change is synonymous with insecurity. “We are living in a continuous insecurity due to many factors that puts Sudan on top of the list when it comes to climate vulnerability,” said Nisreen Elsaim, Sudanese climate activist and chair of United Nations Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She said […]
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is visiting the northern state of Acre, in the Amazon rainforest, where several cities have been hit by floods
THE OTAGO Regional Council is considering joining a Carbon Zero Alliance proposed by the Dunedin City Council late last year.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned world leaders that climate change is a threat to security of all nations and sharply criticised people across the globe who say this is "green stuff from a bunch of tree-hugging, tofu-munchers...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday held his first virtual bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden and dissed Donald Trump without mentioning the ex-president’s name.Trudeau thanked Biden for last month reentering the U.S. into the Paris climate accords, saying “U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past years.”(Watch the video above).“And I have to say as we were preparing the joint rollout of the communique from this, it’s nice when the Americans are not pulling out all the references to climate change and instead adding them in,” Trudeau added.Trump routinely dismissed the climate crisis, contrary to the opinion of the vast majority of scientists worldwide. He called it “bullshit” and a Chinese hoax and his administration pursued a decidedly anti-environment agenda...
[This Day] The Women in Energy Network (WIEN) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) have concluded plan to host the International Women in Energy symposium with the theme: 'Light Up Africa.'
A major oil and gas group has lost significant portions of its membership in recent years, according to a new analysis.
Rep. Deb Haaland offered few hints about the future of the federal oil and gas program under President Biden when grilled by GOP senators from oil states yesterday at her confirmation hearing.
Bill Gates is aiming to work more closely with Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos to combat a climate crisis that the Microsoft Corp. co-founder said could dwarf the current pandemic in fatalities and global impact.
A tiny, creeping menace is threatening forests across Europe. And scientists believe climate change is a big part of the problem.
New calculations by the electric power industry show it can mount the most ambitious carbon dioxide emissions-cutting plan in U.S. history.
MINISTER of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change Pearnel Charles Jr is calling for positive behaviour change towards plastic pollution as the Government gears up to implement the third phase of the ban on single-use plastics come June 2021.
The massive disruption of Texas and what turned out to be a highly vulnerable power grid to a super snow and ice storm last week should have been no surprise. Nor should the COVID-19 pandemic.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] As the U.N. Security Council meets to discuss growing threats from a heating planet, here are some places where storms, wildfires and drought are fuelling security risks
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Climate change aggravates conflict and unrest all over the world. Could investing in climate adaptation reduce the risk of war and civil strife?
According to the Global PV Installer Monitor 2020/2021, JinkoSolar maintained its leading position as the best known module brand in Australia in 2020.
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When it comes to saving sea turtles, Israeli rescuers have discovered that mayonnaise is a miracle.Employees at Israel’s National Sea Turtle Rescue Centre are treating endangered green sea turtles affected by a devastating oil spill that has coated Israel’s coast with thick black tar.The spill, which Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority has called one of the country’s worst ecological disasters on record, has coated most of Israel’s 120 miles (195km) of Mediterranean coastline with sticky tar.It…
Campaigners call for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to make system changes including a carbon emissions tax.
Named storms have formed in the Atlantic before the official June 1 start of hurricane season in each of the last six years. The National Hurricane Center is discussing starting the season in May.
Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel LLC has been ordered by a federal judge to clean up a Kentucky mine site.
Genevieve Guenther wants to change the way we talk about climate change.
EJSCREEN, a wonky, mostly unknown EPA mapping tool, has drawn the attention of the Biden administration, which has promised to bolster its data in a way that could help environmental lawyers and community activists build stronger cases against oil and gas infrastructure, power plants, and other industrial facilities in minority and low-income neighborhoods.
How Do Countries' New Emissions-reduction Plans Stack Up? Comments|Add Comment|PrintWindmills on a field in Biedesheim, Germany. Germany, as well as the rest of the 27 EU member states, submitted new NDCs that will further cut emissions. Photo by Karsten Wurth/Unsplash
A new UN report finds that countries’ emissions-reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement are falling far short of what’s needed to prevent the most dangerous impacts of climate change.
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The White House, under the Presidency of Joe Biden just released an Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains stating the country needs to have resilient, diverse and secure supply chains to ensure economic prosperity and national security. Among the acknowledged threats that can reduce the resilience of America’s supply chains include climate change and extreme […]
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Sea level rise will displace millions by 2100 — and the Louisiana bayous, where Colette Pichon Battle lives, may disappear entirely. She describes how we can avert the worst when disaster strikes.
Moon Dog Brewing, an independent Australian craft brewery based out of Melbourne, is exploring ways to reduce its carbon footprint and drive environmental sustainability. To this end, the Moon Dog team selected Energis, a residential and commercial energy solutions company, to design a solar system that would reduce their reliance on using energy from the […]
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Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in Feb. 25 as the 16th Secretary of Energy by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, after a confirmation vote of 64-35 in the U.S. Senate. Secretary Granholm is only the second woman to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). “I am humbled by the faith President Biden has placed […]
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February 26, 2021 9:00 PM Plans to cut greenhouse gases are far too weak to prevent a climate catastrophe.
Exxon Mobil Corp. erased almost every drop of oil-sands crude from its books in a sweeping revision of worldwide reserves to depths never before seen in the company's modern history.
President Biden's nominee to serve as U.S. trade representative (USTR) appears headed for easy approval following a friendly reception yesterday by senators from both parties who used her confirmation hearing to raise concerns about an assortment of energy and environmental issues.
The world needs to double investments in grid upgrades to accommodate a surge of low-carbon energy in coming decades, or risk bottlenecks that could hinder the transition away from fossil fuels, according to a new analysis.
Jennifer Granholm was sworn in as the nation's 16th secretary of Energy last night, giving her a pivotal role in President Biden's aggressive plans to decarbonize the power sector, even as she is likely to be constrained by the limited powers of the massive agency.
A huge iceberg (1270 km²) the size of the county of Bedfordshire has broken off the 150-m thick Brunt Ice Shelf, almost a decade after scientists at British Antarctic Survey …
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The UK government plan announced in 2020 is to ban new petrol and diesel model cars by 2030, but some fossil-fuelled cars are to be exempt. Now it has emerged that the concession came after lobbying by the UK car-makers' trade body
The latest round of national climate pledges falls “far short of what is required” to...
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February 26, 2021 6:24 PM Some 100,000 at-risk art pieces have been moved to the new Louvre Conservation Centre in Lievin 190km north.
Residents of 152 cities and towns in the Pacific Northwest are particularly vulnerable to climate-fueled wildfires. Residents of 60 other communities are most susceptible to floods. And people living in 75 towns are most liable to suffer — maybe even die — because of heat waves.
Climate change is driving up the costs of disasters across the nation. But federal money for fortifying homes is going unspent because of daunting complexities within the program.
[Vanguard] WHEN in November 2017, the Federal Government formally signed a $5.8 billion contract for the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project in Taraba State, it was seen as a watershed in the long history of the project that was billed to become Nigeria's largest electricity producer with an installed capacity of 3,050 megawatts.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told his French counterpart on Thursday that he wanted to find ways to work with France on issues concerning central and eastern Europe, amid scepticism about Beijing’s influence in the region.In a phone call with Emmanuel Macron, Xi said China wanted to expand cooperation with France on various issues, from climate change and global coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts to G20 debt relief initiatives.China’s attempts to compete with the European Union for…
The UNFCCC launched its ‘Climate Action: NDC Scorecard’ on Feb 26. The report assesses countries’ progress in meeting climate mitigation, adaptation and financing goals.
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If you suffer the itchy, sneezy, wheezy consequences of seasonal allergies, you're probably painfully aware that pollen season is starting earlier and lasting longer than ever.
[This Day] The Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) is supporting access to renewable energy for Nigerian manufacturers with ?70 million under the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Finance (SUNREF) Nigeria Programme for renewable energy.
[Foroyaa] The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and National Resources (MECCNAR) has on Tuesday commenced a two-day forum to update its National Determined Contribution (NDC) on climate change activities in The Gambia.
February 26, 2021 11:53 AM TOKYO (REUTERS) - Mitsubishi Corp has decided to pull out of the Vinh Tan 3 power plant in Vietnam, two sources familiar with the company's thinking on the matter told Reuters, as it shifts away from carbon-intensive businesses in the face of climate change.
Texas blackouts have lessons for Australia. As climate impacts grow, new market reforms are introduced, and more battery storage comes into the grid.
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February 26, 2021 11:34 AM LONDON (REUTERS) - An expected dash by big corporations for offsets to meet their climate targets has prompted financial exchanges to launch carbon futures contracts to capitalise on what could be a multi-billion dollar market.
State-owned operators Sunwater and Seqwater faced a class action lawsuit following the floods in southeast Queensland in 2011.
NATIONAL Party leader Judith Collins seems to have abandoned her dismissal of the need for urgent action on climate change - and found a love for the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Hyundai Australia confirms it will recall electric Kona and Ioniq cars sold in Australia and replace their battery packs due to potential fire risk.
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February 26, 2021 5:00 AM BEIJING • China has promised to dedicate its new five-year plan to tackling climate change, but concerns about economic growth and energy security are expected to temper the country's green ambitions.
In two opinions written by Chief Justice Matthew Durrant, the Utah Supreme Court reversed lower courts' decisions to punish an environmental group for challenging private meetings three county commissions held with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Those 2017 meetings led to the reduction of Utah's two large national monuments.
It’s an exciting time for energy policy in Western Australia, after the Liberals’ decision to ‘one-up’ Labor by making an election promise to close all coal fired power stations within a few years and by 2030. Last week there were two significant events: An AIE (Australian Institute of Energy) sponsored debate between the parties’ energy […]
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Known formally as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), it is the driving force which brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico up to the UK.
February 25, 2021 7:25 PM SINGAPORE - The fight against climate change could get a leg up with a collaboration between two players to enhance solutions which can be applied to areas such as monitoring the quality of coastal waters and greenhouse gas emissions.
Across the world, fire seasons are growing longer and more intense. New research suggests that as fires burner bigger, hotter and more frequently, forests and their carbon storage capabilities are suffering.
EPA's decision to leave a key ground-level ozone standard unchanged was flawed due to a failure to consider the impact on imperiled plant and animal species, a conservation group lawyer said today in announcing a legal challenge.
The fireball that lit up the sky across the Prairies on Monday morning was a small piece of a comet that burned up in the atmosphere, researchers at the University of Alberta say.
[allAfrica] Cape Town -- "The urgency to get a vaccine to everyone, everywhere cannot be underestimated. As a country, we will be joining efforts to help the world recover better by ending the pandemic as a priority, addressing food security and hunger, getting all our children back to school, addressing climate change, and protecting the most marginalized. We must ensure that no one is left behind."
In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the effort to get the federal government to address environmental racism and the global energy consumption of bitcoin.
The United Nations said yesterday that new requests by Yemen's Houthi rebels will further delay U.N. experts from examining an oil tanker moored off the war-torn country's coast loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil that is at risk of leaking.
Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue utility Ameren Corp. over toxic discharges from coal ash that they say can ultimately reach the Mississippi River.
The Biden administration today sidestepped its first official opportunity to join in approving a ban on fracking that was adopted across the Delaware River Basin, capping off a debate that's been brewing for more than a decade.
The nation's 574 federally recognized tribes are gaining momentum in their long drive to co-manage the country's national parks and other public lands — and they've got a new occupant in the White House who may help make it happen.
Classic Car Gallery - A Journey Through Motoring History, by automotive writer Lance Cole, shows off a treasure trove of motoring beauties. Pictured: The famous Jaguar E-Type.
February 25, 2021 12:23 PM China will seek to keep average levels of PM2.5 at 34.5 micrograms per cubic metre over the course of 2021.
[This Day] Ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, the President-Designate, Alok Sharma MP, recently visited Nigeria to discuss the United Kingdom's collaborative partnership on adaptation and action to avert climate damage.
For the second year in a row, Xcel Energy has hit a significant milestone in its quest to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. Xcel reported that it broke its own record for a single-year drop in emissions in 2020, cutting carbon emissions company-wide by approximately six million tons, a 12% reduction over […]
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Israel’s government has imposed a ban on fish sales following a disastrous oil spill
A keen awareness about the intersection of our ecosystem and the “accelerating destabilisation of the climate” is helping shift the narrative for climate action and can help us transition from being polluters to becoming protectors of the climate, said Marco Lambertini, Director General at the World Wide Fund for Nature. “Science has never been clearer. […]
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[Ethiopian Herald] The role of market adaptation during massive levels of catastrophe like climate change should not be underestimated as they can play a big role. For example a study by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) issued on October 2020 indicates that the food price in Addis Ababa remained steady despite COVID-19 outbreak.
A new report suggests the economic impact of the pandemic led to a massive increase in federal aid to Canada's oil patch.
There are fewer than 100 days until the 2021 Atlantic basin hurricane season begins and you may be asking yourself, "Wait, didn't the last season just end?"
The extinction of woolly mammoths was hastened by a warming climate that shrank and fragmented their habitat, and was then exacerbated by human hunting
Exxon Mobil Corp. is selling most of its drilling and exploration assets off the coast of the U.K. in the North Sea for more than $1 billion.
Republican-held congressional districts running through the nation's center hold the most potential for creating jobs in wind and solar power and could be a key to jump-starting successful clean energy political strategies, a Brookings Institution study concludes.
The European Union is bolstering its €14 trillion ($17 trillion) economy against damage caused by the impacts of climate change, from droughts to floods and forest loss.
[East African] South Sudan was among countries most impacted by extreme weather events in recent years according to the global Climate Risk Index 2021. The index ranks countries according to their vulnerability both in terms of fatalities and economic loss.
Coal generators and oil and gas producers dominate latest list of Australia's largest emitters.
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Spanish energy giant Iberdrola says it will have 95GW of wind and solar capacity by the end of the decade, and another 900MW in Australia by 2025.
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A natural gas pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea from Russia to the German coast is shaking up geopolitics. Nord Stream 2, as it’s called, fuels worries in the U.S. and other countries that the link could give the Kremlin new leverage over Germany and other NATO allies. Pipe construction, halted in 2019, resumed in December 2020, yet U.S. sanctions still threaten to pull the brakes on the project backed by the Russia’s Gazprom PJSC.
Trina Solar launches new business unit focused on providing solar and storage solutions, grid services, and microgrids.
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Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is seriously considering a run against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022, launching a listening tour on issues including the pandemic, "managing misinformation," fighting climate change and for social justice.
After the one-year respite caused by COVID-19, carbon emissions will be staying stubbornly high, just as they were before the pandemic pushed down world ...
A clean powered world will be better than a fossil fuelled one, but there's still room for improvement in the human rights space.
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( Frontiers ) Climate change is contributing to longer pollen seasons, but one element that's often understudied is pollen transport. The spring irritant can travel from hundreds of kilometers away; understanding how much pollen is non-local can give scientists better insight into the length, timing, and severity of allergy season. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have analyzed data in Bavaria, Germany in order to better understand how the pollen season is changing over time.
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Hong Kong’s new budget will have a greener focus, with authorities set to phase out the purchase of fossil fuel-powered private cars by 2035, placing an increased emphasis on green finance and upgrading facilities at the city’s country parks.But local green groups said the budget missed the mark when it came to funding for renewable energy that would help Hong Kong transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy, raising questions over whether the city would be able to hit its stated goal of…
Glacier dammed lake formation at HPN4 Glacier, Chile between Landsat images of Feb. 2020 and Feb. 2021, yellow arrows indicating new calving fronts on either end of lake. HPN4 Glacier drains the southern side of NPI just east of Steffen Glacier. The terminus retreated little from 1987-2015, see below (Pelto, 2015 and 2017). The main change is in the eastern tributary 1-2 km north of the terminus. In 1987 there were …
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Colombian power generator Isagén has completed the acquisition of two small hydroelectric plants with a total capacity of 39.8 MW from Generadora Luzma. In a statement, the Medellín-based firm did not provide details of the transaction but said the Luzma I and Luzma II facilities in northwestern Antioquia department formed part of its clean energy strategy. “With […]
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Royal Marines from 45 Commando have been diving into sub-zero temperature waters, building shelters out of snow and wood and traversing harsh terrain in a training exercise.
Renewable energy developer RP Global announced that it is investing in the development of PV and wind power projects across Poland. Wojciech Glocko, former EPA Wind and utility manager, has been hired to head up project development together with a team of senior local experts from Poland’s leading public and private renewable energy organizations. The first […]
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Experts warn of the impact of environmental change on two Arctic species - the polar bear and the narwhal, which is known as 'the unicorn of the sea'.
An Iowa man who filled in wetlands along the Des Moines River in order to build a recreational vehicle campground has reached an agreement with federal officials for violating federal clean water laws, EPA said yesterday.
Thirty environmental groups are calling on EPA to improve guidelines around disposal of "forever chemicals," highlighting concern over the toxic substances in landfills and incinerators.
Indirect effects of climate change are driving a split down the middle of the United States in how trees produce seeds.
[Vanguard] IN a sense, and as in the case of petrol, countries that do not have as much sunshine as Africa are already 'selling sunshine' to Nigeria through photovoltaic solar panels and other renewable energy equipment.
Building and construction generates near 40% of global carbon emissions. As urbanization skyrockets, the sector needs to find ways to rapidly decarbonize through net zero building.
Australia's summer of sport under threat from more frequent heat waves and bushfires, sport stars issue a joint call for greater action on climate change.
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The 12x12 inch panel is an early experiment for a technology that could one day harness solar radiation from the sun and beam it to anywhere on the Earth.
[Greenpeace] In response to the Auditor General's report revealing irregular and wasteful expenditure by the Department of Environment, Forest and Fisheries (DEFF), to the tune of R2.9 billion, Greenpeace Africa's Climate and Energy Campaigner Thandile Chinyavanhu has said:
Alaska's Matanuska-Susitna Borough plans to submit a bid to host the 2024 Arctic Winter Games.
A Russian commercial vessel has sailed the Northern Sea Route in February for the first time ever, with multi-year-old ice no longer present.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Sheikh Zaki Yamani, the embodiment of the ascent of Arab petroleum power and the face of the 1973 oil embargo that brought the West to its knees, has died. Yamani was a witness to the 1975 murder of the Saudi king who had plucked him, a non-royal, from obscurity to … Continued
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US President Joe Biden and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau sought on Tuesday to turn the page on the Trump era, stressing the countries' deep ties and pledging to work together to counteract Chinese influence and address climate change. "The United States has no closer friend, no closer friend than Canada," Biden told Trudeau via an electronic video link with the Canadian leader.
Dominion Energy Inc. will remove all remaining coal from its system in South Carolina by 2030, replacing it with natural gas, solar and battery storage, according to documents filed yesterday.
February 24, 2021 7:12 AM Trudeau stressed the countries’ deep ties and pledged to work together on Covid-19 and climate change.
The federal government will recommend flood control measures including storm surge barriers, floodwalls, and elevating homes and other buildings in a report later this year on combating back bay flooding, a major problem in New Jersey that gets comparatively less attention than oceanfront storm surge.
California risks missing its 2030 goals for emissions reductions because a top regulator likely double-counts some cuts, a state report said yesterday.
Utilities across the northern U.S. have long fortified themselves against extreme cold, preventing the widespread outages seen in Texas last week. The dirty secret: The power systems remain highly reliant on fossil fuels to keep the lights on.
[Ethiopian Herald] Action on adaptation is of paramount to foster climate change resilience. As the COP26 Climate Conference President Designate has recently highlighted in his first foreign visit since his full time appointment, action on adaptation is essential to avert climate loss and damage.
February 24, 2021 5:00 AM DUBAI • Saudi Arabia's Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the embodiment of the ascent of Arab petroleum power and the face of the 1973 oil embargo that brought the West to its knees, has died.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] With the COVID-19 crisis nowhere near an end, climate change ever accelerating and an economic crisis in the making, the stakes are higher than ever
[IPS] Nairobi -- Its time for the world to radically change our ways if we are to make peace with the planet and create the environmental conditions so that all of humanity can thrive, delegates attending the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) heard this morning.
Queensland government owned Stanwell Corporation calls for offers of new wind and solar investment opportunities.
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February 24, 2021 12:39 AM British PM also noted how farmers become more susceptible to radicalisation when their crops dry up.
( University of Exeter ) New research has highlighted the value of recycling general anaesthetic used in routine operations.
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