Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday said that Japan would set up a 2 trillion yen (US$19 billion) fund to support the development of green technologies over the next decade, and invest another 1 trillion yen in digitalisation, as the country seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and spur economic growth.In a press conference held the day before the end of the current extraordinary Diet session, which started on October 26, Suga reiterated the importance of taking environmental…
Federal pipeline safety regulators are seeking a $122,000 fine and demanding changes in the way Enbridge Inc. operates its Lakehead pipeline system in the Great Lakes region.
Occidental Petroleum Corp., which has set the most aggressive climate goal among major U.S. oil producers, eventually sees its nascent carbon capture operation becoming its primary business line, CEO Vicki Hollub said this week.
The Trump administration's announcement yesterday that it will sell the first drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month is firing a debate about whether Joe Biden and the Bureau of Land Management can -- and will -- stop it.
Saudi Arabia, Russia and other oil producing countries have agreed to start pumping more oil next month, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cloud the outlook for demand.
Biden’s pick to lead the National Economic Council brought sustainability concepts to Wall Street and can bring private-sector ideas to Washington.
[FAO] Rome -- New FAO report examines the potential of soil organisms in ensuring sustainable agri-food systems and mitigating climate change
Global efforts to reduce wasted energy have faced a major setback in 2020, sidelining a relatively simple way of slashing emissions and hitting climate goals.
Governments around the world are gearing up to use an old regulatory tool for a new purpose: protecting the economy from climate change.
With transportation responsible for a quarter of emissions, it will be hard to meet the federal government's national pollution targets without addressing Canada's car conundrum, write Merran Smith and Sarah Petrevan.
[East African] With less than a decade to meet global energy goals, sub-Saharan Africa is ways away to provide affordable, reliable, modern energy due to lack of financing, according to the latest UN report.
An early-morning explosion at an oil refinery in the South African coastal city of Durban has caused a large fire and sent plumes of black smoke into the air
( Pensoft Publishers ) While extraction of DNA from water samples provides a convenient and non-invasive way to study aquatic biodiversity, reliable evidence that this approach is accurate enough to estimate the number of fish per species and their biomass in natural habitats, is still lacking. A new study, published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics, demonstrates the high precision of the method, after comparing environmental DNA data with manually collected information from a fishery farm.
The U.S. government has stepped up a feud with Beijing over security by adding China’s biggest processor chip maker and a state-owned oil giant to a blacklist that limits access to American technology and investment
New Zealand and Canadian researchers have been studying a chain of volcanic islands, known as the Marshall Islands, located between Hawaii and the Phillipines, over the last 70 years.
Battery storage is emerging as a technology "no brainer", but it is creating headaches for regulators trying to decide who can own and operate them.
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ACT announces it has overachieved its 2020 emissions target, reducing emissions by 45 per cent, thanks to a shift to 100 per cent renewable electricity.
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December 04, 2020 8:48 AM The World Heritage-listed site off Australia's north-eastern coast has lost more than half its coral in the past three decades.
A combination of corporate and state government demand rescued many wind and solar projects in 2020. Chris Briggs explains why.
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December 04, 2020 7:37 AM The cut is part of legally-binding plans for the country to become carbon neutral by 2050.
CARBON prices continued their upward charge yesterday, gaining 25 cents to contribute to a phenomenal 47 per cent rise over a year.
Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum calls on Australia to set zero carbon target, saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific region.
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ADVISORY: Press Call on 5-Year Anniversary of the Paris Agreement and Expectations for the Climate Ambition Summit
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Some of the largest fossil fuel producers in the world, including Australia, China, Canada and the United States, are among those pursuing major expansions in ...
A deadly mix of extreme heat, air pollution and intense farming are combining to produce the "worst outlook for public health our generation has seen," ...
Parts of Southern California are on alert as winds near hurricane force, a parched landscape and the nation's hottest temperatures set the stage for life-threatening fire weather conditions and preemptive power shutoffs.
A variety of glaciers, bays, domes, mounts and inlets in Antarctica have been named in honour of modern British scientists and explorers.
Despite strenuous objections from the Trump administration, a federal judge will allow a Detroit utility and the Sierra Club to proceed with a deal intended to fully shutter three coal-fired power plants by the end of 2022.
December 03, 2020 3:30 PM Cyclone Burevi hit Sri Lanka overnight, rattling the island nation but leaving it relatively unscathed on its way to southern India.
December 03, 2020 1:40 PM TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan may ban sales of new petrol-engine cars by the mid-2030s in favour of hybrid or electric vehicles, public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday (Dec 3), aligning it with other countries and regions that are imposing curbs on fossil fuel vehicles.
Directives that public health information be reviewed by EPA headquarters before being distributed hampered the agency's response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, according to a new report from the agency's watchdog.
President-elect Joe Biden picked Brian Deese to lead the White House National Economic Council today, putting a climate change policy expert in the top rung of his circle of aides.
EPA could face criticism that it is trying to circumvent a high-profile Clean Water Act ruling through new draft guidance that interprets the Supreme Court opinion.
Former opposition lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung, whose arrival in Denmark this week sparked speculation he had fled Hong Kong, broke his silence on Thursday but gave little away on his plans after reports suggested his family had also left the city.Earlier, Hui said he would return on Friday from climate change meetings in Copenhagen. However, in his latest Facebook post he did not specify the date he would be back in Hong Kong.Hui faces several criminal charges in his home city but received…
"This month, the Government pledged £1bn to the creation of four industrial carbon capture clusters, which will trap emissions from industry." LINK
Bertram, Christine; Merk, Christine (2020): Public perceptions of ocean-based carbon dioxide removal technologies: the nature - engineering divide. In Front. Clim. 2, p. 31. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2020.594194. "We outline past work on the public perceptions and acceptability of ocean-based CDR among laypersons covering the main developments over the past 15 years. We compare and synthesize insights from two distinct strands of literature – one on climate engineering approaches and the other on coastal ecosystem management or blue carbon approaches." LINK
THE GOVERNMENT will decide in March whether a carbon-neutral public service will include the State's investment portfolios.
The research, published in the journal Science Advances, examined various Mars datasets to see if heating via geothermal or underground heat would have been possible 4.1 billion to 3.7 billion years ago or in the Noachian era.
Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Sharleen Gale says if the money is not secured by March 31, 2021, $40 million of funds from the federal government will disappear.
The Jan. 6 auction could conclude a bitter, decades-long battle over drilling in the pristine region. If leases are finalized before Joe Biden takes office, they could be difficult to revoke.
The Government of the British Antarctic Territory today (Thursday 3 December) announces 28 new place names in the Territory – as we near the end of the year marking the …
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OPEC members will meet Thursday to aim for an agreement to extend cuts in oil production after discussions ended in stalemate earlier this week.
December 03, 2020 8:20 AM PARIS (AFP) - From small island states to urbanised powerhouses, every country on Earth faces "multiplying and intensifying" threats to human health as climate change renders future pandemics and system collapses ever more likely, a major study concluded on Thursday (Dec 3) .
[The Conversation Africa] Over 250,000 protected areas make up around 15% of the globe's surface area. They include World Heritage Sites, national parks, provincial parks, nature reserves and many other sites on land or water.
Petrobras is pledging a 25% cut in carbon emissions by 2030, but that hasn't stopped Chief Executive Officer Roberto Castello Branco from dismissing pledges by peers to completely neutralize their carbon footprints two decades later.
California's unexpected rolling power blackouts in August were a stark signal that the state has not prepared to meet the escalating requirements of its clean energy goals, a panel of consultants and energy executives warned yesterday.
A Maryland board approved a key state wetlands permit yesterday for a contested pipeline that would move natural gas to the state's Eastern Shore, sparking immediate pushback from environmental and civil rights groups that oppose the project.
President-elect Joe Biden has included proposals for a new generation of nuclear reactors in his clean energy platform and parted ways with "no-nuke" progressives on his left. What does his stance mean for the electricity mix and presidential politics?
As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its "war on nature" and commits to a future free of planet-warming...
Nevada released a plan yesterday for achieving net-zero emissions economywide by 2050, outlining policies lawmakers could pursue to decarbonize electricity, transportation and other sectors.
President-elect Joe Biden ran on a pledge to green America's economy, but first he will need to navigate an emissions spike.
December 03, 2020 5:00 AM The goals of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement now seem more within reach after recent pledges by major carbon polluting nations, according to a recent report.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Barcelona -- Antonio Guterres calls for more funding to build the resilience of the poorest countries and communities to climate change impacts
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a new target that he says would reduce the U—K—‘s greenhouse gas emissions “faster than any major economy.”
China’s CO2 emissions have rebounded from a steep, but short-lived, fall due to the Covid-19...
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Keyboardist Edwin Congreave says musicians should stop global tours to slow climate change.
Nature, Published online: 03 December 2020; doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2985-2Author Correction: Observed controls on resilience of groundwater to climate variability in sub-Saharan Africa
This year is on course to be one of the three warmest ever recorded and could even top the record set in 2016, the United Nations said on Wednesday.The past six years, 2015 to 2020, are set to make up all six of the hottest years since modern records began in 1850, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said in its provisional 2020 State of the Global Climate report.The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change calls for capping global warming at well below two degrees Celsius above the pre…
During the day Sri Lankan authorities evacuated over 75,000 people from homes on the east coast where cyclone Burevi, packing winds of up to 90 kph (56 mph) was set to hit. The island's disaster management centre advised those living near its path to stay indoors. Earlier in the day Athula Karunanayake, the chief of the meteorology department said the wind speeds could reach 80 to 90 kph (50 to 56 mph).
The world’s two biggest trading nations ought to resume regular dialogue at strategic and operational levels to prevent disputes from spiralling out of control, avoiding the kind of quarrel that led to the ruinous two-year-long US-China trade war, said China’s former top trade envoy.The United States and China should relaunch their biannual strategic and economic dialogues (SEDs) when president-elect Joe Biden takes office in January to discuss five issues: their trade gap, protection of…
Entering December, which is the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, sea ice extent remains far below average, dominated by the lack of ice on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the Arctic Ocean. As was the case for … Continue reading →
Geothermal energy on Mars may have melted ice below the planet’s surface billions of years ago, creating an environment that could have been suitable for life
Heat waves, air pollution and extreme weather are making people sick and, increasingly, killing people. A key report by global physicians says fossil fuels are to blame.
Countries around the world are poised to pump out over 120% more fossil fuels than needed to meet the Paris Climate Agreement, a new report says.
Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung has denied being in Denmark to seek political asylum, even as the organiser of his trip reportedly said climate change meetings Hui was there to attend were fictitious.Hui, who is out on bail and faces charges in relation to a protest in July, landed in the country on Monday and said he would return to Hong Kong at the end of the week, despite Uffe Elbaek, a member of the Danish parliament and a well-known pro-protester activist, saying he would do …
December 02, 2020 2:15 PM SINGAPORE - The goals of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement now seem more within reach after recent climate pledges by major carbon polluting nations, according to a recent report.
[This Day] The federal government yesterday officially launched the five million solar power connections scheme nationwide, assuring that it will benefit 25 million Nigerians and catalyse economic activities for benefitting communities.
Southern California utilities warned they may cut power this week to more than 300,000 customers as dry, gusty weather raises the threat of wildfire danger in the region.
The Fish and Wildlife Service denied Endangered Species Act protection today for the tufted puffin, a boldly colored seabird whose future scientists warn may be darkened by oil spills and a warming planet.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressing President-elect Joe Biden to nominate California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols to be his EPA administrator, a move that would offer a chief foe of President Trump's environmental agenda the chance to reverse many of the previous administration's policies.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a bipartisan nuclear policy and infrastructure package 16-5 this morning.
Tackling climate change is set to be at the heart of the UN's global mission, said UN chief Antonio Guterres, adding a 'global coalition' on reducing emissions to net zero would be a key goal.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday gave a dire assessment of humanity's fight against global warming, warning that the world's top priority must be protecting the Earth -- and our survival.
Provisional figures indicate that 2020 will be one of the hottest in a record dating back to 1850.
"In Kim Stanley Robinson’s anti-dystopian novel, climate change is the crisis that finally forces mankind to deal with global inequality." LINK
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The crew of the Polar Star, the U.S. Coast Guard's only working heavy-duty icebreaker, is preparing for a rare mission north to the Arctic after the coronavirus pandemic scuttled their usual journey.
December 02, 2020 12:12 PM New Zealand joins 32 other countries including Japan, Canada, France and Britain that have declared a climate emergency.
High resolution imagery shows ocean waves are taking their toll on the giant ice block called A68a.
New Zealand joins 32 other countries including Japan, Canada, France and Britain that have declared a climate emergency
A one--in-500-year-flood in Northland in July this year.
INSURANCE could be hard to get by mid-century on at least 10,000 homes vulnerable to flooding and storm surges, a new report shows.
Britain’s new polar ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, has been handed over from Cammell Laird shipyard to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), …
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GETTY ATLANTA—For months, Jon Ossoff has focused his campaign for U.S. Senate in Georgia on the Democratic Party’s standard slate of 2020 issues, like health care, climate change, and the COVID-19 response. But as the runoff campaign to decide control of the Senate heats up, Ossoff is increasingly leaning on another issue: his Republican opponent’s stock portfolio. So far, Ossoff and fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock have been essentially running as a team in Georgia's two runoffs. But their opponents are different, and Ossoff is beginning to ratchet up his efforts to blow a hole through the polished reputation of his rival, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), with new developments about Perdue’s personal financial moves in Washington. Read more at The Daily Beast.
[Daily Trust] The Federal Government yesterday launched the Solar Power Naija scheme targeted at providing five million connections that will benefit 25 million Nigerians while creating 250,000 jobs.
Venezuela almost tripled its crude oil exports even as the U.S. continues to tighten sanctions against companies seeking to do business with its ruling regime.
Reaching Britain's net-zero emissions pledge will cost the energy industry £3 trillion ($4 trillion) as the nation upends its heating and transport sectors and expands renewable power generation.
Scientists who spent months studying how to accelerate U.S. energy innovation to deal with climate change came to a dismal conclusion.
President-elect Joe Biden's plan for a 100% carbon-free power sector by 2035 could endanger grid reliability and carry an "extremely high" cost that makes such a time frame unlikely, the CEO of Texas-based Vistra Corp. said yesterday.
Coal-fired power plants and metal smelters would require more stringent supervision and face tougher financing under a plan to improve evaluation of the environmental and climate impact of projects in China's Belt and Road Initiative.
The Atlantic isn't the only ocean basin experiencing climate-juiced tropical storms.
Vineyard Wind will temporarily withdraw its application for federal approval to erect the first large offshore wind farm in the country, in an apparent attempt to pause the Trump administration's review of the project days before it was scheduled to publish a final analysis.
[East African] Kenya dropped Independent Power Producers as private project partners in geothermal power production due to their perceived "sluggishness" in supporting government efforts to generate clean and cheaper energy.
December 02, 2020 5:00 AM SYDNEY • An intense heatwave returned to Australia's south and east yesterday, the first day of the southern hemisphere summer, raising risks of bush fires after the country sweltered through its hottest November on record.
Australia's economy is bouncing back, but not thanks to any 'gas-led recovery', with coal and gas sectors contracting in latest quarterly GDP figures.
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Older adults exposed to air pollution might have a heightened risk of abnormal "plaque" accumulation in the brain, a new study suggests.
New Zealand declared a climate emergency on Wednesday as it launched a plan to make its public sector carbon neutral by 2025.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will this afternoon personally move a motion in the House to declare a climate change emergency in New Zealand.
The move is largely symbolic and Ardern herself has acknowledged ...
A sugar hit of COVID-hit transport, growing renewables and suspicious revisions - all the hidden bits in Australia's new emissions data
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OPEC and allied countries including Russia agreed yesterday to increase oil production by 500,000 barrels a day from January and said they would meet monthly to decide further output levels, gingerly adding more crude to a global economy still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
If the United States follows through with President-elect Joe Biden's plan to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035, most power plants will need to stop burning fossil fuels.
The Department of Energy has issued a final rule rolling back liquefied natural gas project reviews under a landmark environmental law, the latest in a string of Trump administration actions aimed at overhauling the federal approach to the National Environmental Policy Act.
While the warm temperatures will last throughout the weekend, the country's south-east can brace for wild rain and storms over Saturday.
It would give him more tools in a narrowly divided Congress, but risks alienating Republicans and moderate Democrats.
[MAP] Rabat -- Morocco's experience in the field of renewable energy was highlighted on Thursday during the 1st UK-Africa Virtual Ministerial Symposium, held under the theme "Opportunities and Challenges of Renewable Energy in Africa."
Nestlé SA, the world's largest food company, said it will invest 3.2 billion Swiss francs ($3.6 billion) over the next five years in an effort to fight climate change.
A new boss is coming to the California agency known for its first-in-the-nation policies on clean cars, greenhouse gas emissions and other climate programs.
A top choice to become President-elect Joe Biden's domestic climate adviser is a former Republican and an immigrant from Pakistan who is currently driving New York's effort to be a national leader on renewable energy.
Environmental activists celebrated the decision as a “watershed moment.”
[Monitor] Inadequate government support and limited financing from commercial banks, among others, are hindering the private sector from investing in renewable energy, a new report has revealed.
[The Conversation Africa] According to the State of the Global Air 2020 report, ambient air pollution was responsible for around 5,000 premature deaths in Kenya in 2019 alone. It is the fourth most important risk factor in driving death and disability combined in Kenya. Indeed, the 2017 national economic survey estimated that 19.9 million Kenyans suffer from respiratory ailments that are exacerbated by poor air quality.
The big shift by NSW from coal to renewables is all too much for the Nationals and Sky News.
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In what has turned out to be an incredibly challenging year for sectors across the board, the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing has reiterated the importance of sustainable business practices.
It has advised all organisations they should incorporate sustainability, philanthropy, and ESG or “environmental, social, and governance” – an umbrella term covering wide-ranging issues such as climate change and resource scarcity – into their strategies.
“It shouldn’t be an afterthought. It should be a…
Namibia has put 170 "high value" wild elephants up for sale due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, the southern African country's environmental ministry announced on Wednesday.
Angus Taylor says there is nothing that 'terrifies' him about climate change, as he resists calls for Australia to set a 2050 zero emissions target.
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The Prime Minister has today (Friday 4 December) announced a new ambitious target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Recognising the
Boris Johnson wants the UK to lead the charge ahead of hosting next year's climate talks. He hopes Britain will cut emissions faster than any other major economy and has beefed up his target.
December 04, 2020 7:01 AM Mr Deese, 42, would be the youngest person to head the National Economic Council.
December 04, 2020 5:00 AM TOKYO • Japan may ban sales of new petrol-engine cars by the mid-2030s in favour of hybrid or electric vehicles, public broadcaster NHK reported yesterday, aligning it with other countries and regions that are imposing curbs on fossil fuel vehicles.
So now we have a climate emergency. Are we really going to do this thing? If we are, a lot of the changes have to be about cars. Transport accounts for 20 per cent of New Zealand's greenhouse ...
The "ambitious" target would see the UK cutting emissions faster than any major economy so far, the PM says.
The UK government has pledged to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68 per cent of 1990 levels by 2030, marking a significant bump from existing plans for a 53-57 per cent reduction
The European Union has proposed a “new green tech alliance” with Joe Biden’s incoming administration, amid mounting calls for Brussels to stop treating Beijing simply as a partner on climate change issues and also regard it as a competitor.The concept was included in a new transatlantic agenda put forth by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, which also proposes China should be the top geopolitical issue to be tackled jointly by Brussels and Washington.As China brands itself as a…
Saudi Arabia, Russia and other oil producing countries have agreed to start tentatively increasing output next month even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cloud the outlook for demand.
The move is part of efforts to reduce climate change-causing emissions and fits within a government goal of reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions effectively ...
The Trump administration named two people — Crawford Patkotak and Thomas Emanuel Dans — to serve on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
Researchers say the paintings in modern-day Colombia are believed to be about 12,000 years old.
Soler Glacier in 1987 and 2020 Landsat images. Red arrow indicates 1987 terminus location, yellow arrow indicates 2020 terminus location on north side of glacier. Yellow dots indicate margin of lake and purple arrows indicate specific locations where glacier thinning is evident. Soler Glacier is an outlet glacier on the east side of the Northern Patagonia Icefield (NPI). The terminus response of this glacier has been slower and more limited …
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A changing climate threatens to undermine the past 50 years of gains in public health
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An EPA employee who was in agency headquarters earlier this week has tested positive for COVID-19.
More than 70 organizations are urging President-elect Joe Biden not to pick California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols as EPA administrator.
Climate change offers a major test for scientific integrity in the United States after inaction by government officials led to the world's highest pandemic death rates, according to an expert panel whose findings are published in The Lancet .
The Trump administration will sell leases to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month, just two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden — who has sworn to bar drilling in the refuge — enters the White House.
Nearly a decade after wildfire damaged a rare squirrel's habitat, researchers are hunting for the animal and clues about how its habitat has changed.
"The corporate focus on supporting carbon removal solutions — natural or tech-engineered — has intensified this year, particularly across companies from the food, consumer products and technology sectors. Things are guaranteed to heat up even more in 2021, given the rare bipartisan support this idea seems to enjoy on Capitol Hill." LINK
[New Zimbabwe] The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has assisted 10 222 households in tropical storm Cyclone Idai affected areas with agricultural inputs and cash transfers as part of its humanitarian assistance to alleviate hunger and diseases in the poor communities.
US researchers suggest Venus figurines - small sculptures depicting curvy or obese women - were created during times of food scarcity and symbolised an idealised female body image.
Colombia should ensure that communities like the Wayuu are able to adapt to the changes that droughts and warming will bring.
It's hard to think of anywhere safer or more removed from coronavirus than the North Pole. But that's where Wellington scientist Dr Ruzica Dadic has spent part of her year. A snow and ice physicist at Victoria University of Wellington,...
Maps will feature peaks and glaciers named after British individuals who've advanced polar science.
THE UNITED Nations-backed Production Gap report projects a 2 per cent annual rise in global fossil fuel output this decade, when 6 per cent cuts are needed in line with a 1.5deg warming limit
For those of us in the international climate action community, 2020 isn’t ending the way we expected when we rang in the new year. Even before 2020 dawned, countries were hard at work planning for their first updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in line with the Paris Agreement’s five-year NDC revision cycle. NDCs are official […]
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His climate plan proposes putting youths to work safeguarding the country against climate change.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC has a plan to reduce its carbon emissions — sell fewer products its customers can burn.
American refiners received the least oil from Saudi Arabia since 1985 as a slump in volumes shipped out by the desert kingdom in October are finally reaching U.S. shores.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.
The growth of sectors such as agriculture and mining, which is good for the economy, often causes damage to the natural environment, which in turn hurts people
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Climate change is increasingly damaging the U.N.'s most cherished heritage sites, a leading conservation agency warned yesterday, reporting that Australia's Great Barrier Reef and dozens of other natural wonders are facing severe threats.
The year 2020 is on track to be one of three warmest years on record while the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) continued to rise despite the Covid-19 lockdown, leading to further warming of the planet, said the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in its annual ‘State of the Global Climate’ report.
Strict standards for inverters that control rooftop solar systems, battery storage devices and electric vehicle charging are on their way.
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Telstra's Ben Burge says corporates must take direct responsibility for customer emissions, alludes to Telstra's plans for a carbon-neutral electricity retailer.
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The prevailing lockdowns and travel bans of the COVID-19 pandemic offer a critical lesson in international development: investing in local institutions is crucial to building resilience to crises. When international aid organizations evacuated their staff at the beginning...
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Dr Bill Parish, from Defra, told the inquest there was an 'enthusiastic uptick' in diesel vehicles as the Government gave high priority to early action on carbon dioxide in a bid to tackling climate change
Scientists are urging people and firms to change the way they use technology to reduce emissions.
While Australia's federal government continues to claim a net-zero emissions target would kill the economy, a major new EU report has found the opposite to be true.
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December 02, 2020 10:52 PM COLOMBO (REUTERS) - Sri Lanka evacuated 75,000 people from homes on the east coast, where tropical cyclone Burevi, packing winds of 80km/h to 90km/h is expected to hit the island nation late on Wednesday (Dec 2).
The global pandemic hijacked 2020 and reset priorities, but countries now need to regroup and renew their commitment to cap global warming at well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, as agreed in Paris in 2015. On 12 December, it will be the fifth anniversary of the signing of the landmark climate accord when 196 countries, […]
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Boris Johnson is set to unveil plans for world-leading emissions UK cuts - but are they enough?
Not everyone is affected on the same way by climate change.
Thousands of rock art pictures depicting huge Ice Age creatures such as mastodons have been revealed by researchers in the Amazon rainforest.
The third president of the French Fifth Republic, Giscard d'Estaing expanded his nation's use of nuclear power and high-speed rail, but lost his bid for a second term.
On 8 November, 33 intrepid sailors set off from Les Sables-D’Olonne in western France to take part in the most extreme, solo, non-stop, race around the world: the Vendée Globe. The route of around 45 000 km takes them down through the Atlantic and into the heart of the Southern Ocean – which is where they are heading now. Thanks to information from satellites, an ice exclusion zone has been established to help keep sailors away from icebergs. For extra safety, satellite images and data are being used to map any ice around Antarctica before the sailors pass through.
[Govt of SA] The decision of the North Gauteng High Court setting aside the environmental authorization for the Thabametsi power station has been noted, says the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.
Coca-Cola tops the list of brands responsible for plastic waste for the third year in a row, with more than double the waste of the next two largest polluters, according to a new report.
New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall, a contender for Interior secretary under President-elect Joe Biden, and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley took aim today at royalties for oil and gas drilling on federal land.
EPA and Administrator Andrew Wheeler have signed up for Parler, a social media network marketed as a conservative alternative to Twitter.
EPA has greenlighted the Yazoo Backwater Pumps flood project, saying its 2008 veto doesn't cover the newest iteration of the project. The surprise move shocked green groups who said it sets a dangerous precedent for wetlands protection.
As climate change worsens, SuperAdobe housing could provide a cheaper solution toward halting the exacerbation of damage created by natural disasters.
Record land temperatures, severe drought and fast-warming seas reflect rising concentrations of major greenhouse gases in 2020, says a World Meteorological Organization report.
The Geneva-based UN organisation called it 'another extraordinary year' for the climate - with floods, heatwaves, hurricanes and wildfires threatening lives.
"Many have steeped themselves in a complex, confusing world where they seem to spend most of their time explaining offsets rather than actually avoiding or drawing down greenhouse gas emissions, which is what offsets are intended to do." LINK
"But what does this sci-fi-like act really entail? And how much will it actually take — and cost — to make a difference and slow climate change? Sabine Fuss has been looking for these answers for the last two years. An economist in Berlin, Fuss leads a research group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and was part of the original Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — established by the United Nations to assess the science, risks and impacts of global warming." LINK
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New Zealand promised its public sector would become carbon neutral by 2025 as it declared a climate emergency on Wednesday, a symbolic move that critics said needed to be backed with greater actions to reduce emissions.
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The world's governments plan to produce more than double the amount of coal, oil and gas in 2030 than would be consistent with curbing global warming, the United Nations and research groups said on Wednesday in the latest warning over climate change.
The government also launched a new initiative requiring many public agencies to become carbon neutral by 2025, in part by getting rid of coal boilers and buying electric cars.
[UNEP] On 2 December, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will deliver a landmark speech on the state of the planet at Columbia University, setting the stage for dramatically scaled-up ambition on climate change over the coming year. While warning that current environmental and climate trends are dire, he will point to the many solutions already within reach. Given the urgency of confronting climate change, countries everywhere need to ramp up action. The time to act is now.
A lethal fungus, a rapacious beetle and a changing climate all threaten an iconic tree of the American West, wildlife officials say.
Enbridge Energy Partners LP began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota yesterday, a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project amid legal challenges from local activist and Indigenous groups.
President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration committee is shunning contributions from lobbyists or the fossil fuel industry.
Americans have a more positive perception of the term "natural gas" than of phrases that include the word "methane," according to a new study that examined views of the fossil fuel.
Vineyard Wind said yesterday it will withdraw its application for federal approval to erect the first large offshore wind farm in the country.
Dutch environmentalists yesterday made their case in an international court that Royal Dutch Shell PLC is violating global emissions reduction goals, an argument that could trigger similar lawsuits around the world.
Cannon-Brookes issues challenge to BP to invest more in clean energy, saying he was personally investing more than the oil and gas giant.
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5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda Comments|Add Comment|PrintOcean-based renewable energy like offshore wind turbines can provide clean energy while generating jobs, boosting economies and providing a pathway to decarbonization. Photo by iStock.com
2020 was supposed to be a super year for the ocean.
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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -- Green groups are taking the oil giant to court in a bid to force it to cut emissions, with locals in Nigeria seeking an end to gas flaring
Germany's first auction for decommissioning coal generators results in nearly 5GW of contracted closures, including some plants opened just five years ago.
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On Dec. 2, 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was formed with Indianapolis lawyer William Ruckelshaus as its administrator.
Incoming COP26 chief piles pressure on Morrison government to set zero carbon target, while praising Australian States and Territories for leading the way.
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Nature, Published online: 02 December 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-03405-yErna Solberg on fisheries, fossil fuels and the future of the oceans.
The impacts of climate change on people’s health around the world, including deaths due to heatwaves, are at their “most worrying” since an international initiative began tracking them five years ago
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