The hostility towards foreign journalists in China while reporting on the recent floods in Henan is the result of years of rising nationalist sentiment and reflects the authorities openly sanctioning the intimidation, according to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China.In one of the worst reported cases, two journalists were surrounded by an “angry mob” in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou on Saturday as they reported on the floods, according to Mathias Boelinger, from German public…
The first complete genome sequence for lobster could help fisheries deal with climate change and provide more information on how the human immune system works.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2021, Advance Article DOI : 10.1039/D1EE01475G, Paper Hao Zhang, Yabin Da, Xian Zhang, Jing-Li Fan Climate change-induced coal-fired plant generation efficiency reduction tends to cut power supply by 15.77 billion kWh/year in the 2050s under RCP8.5. The challenges could be more evident if factoring in the rapidly increasing power demand. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
If the clean energy industry has shown us anything the past few years, it’s that it’s booming and ready to power our economy long into the future. The price declines in solar, wind, and battery storage have shown that renewables are available, economical, and growing.
The Queen, whose Balmoral Estate makes her a major landowner in Scotland, is the only person not required to use renewable energy to heat her buildings.
[Daily Trust] The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), an agency of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, has predicted more devastating floods from the end of August to early October.
British summers are likely to regularly see temperatures of above 40C even if humanity manages to limit global warming to 1.5C, the UK’s leading meteorologists have warned.
[VOA] Somalia lacks a national power grid and relies on imported fuel, wood and charcoal to address its energy needs. But energy experts say with the longest coastline in mainland Africa and an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day, Somalia has great potential for onshore wind and solar power.
hurricane, storm Midwest under threat from hurricane-force winds as severe storm system strikes
[UNFPA] Johannesburg, South Africa -- From changing temperatures and weather patterns to extreme storms and rising sea levels, the vulnerability of women and girls across the world is worsening steadily.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) - The Guyana Government yesterday welcomed the discovery of new oil wells within the Stabroek Block offshore, saying it will add to the previously announced gross discovered recoverable resource estimate for the block, estimated at over nine billion oil-equivalent barrels."As with discoveries prior, the Government of Guyana foresees this new development increasing the potential for additional floating production storage and offloading vessels (FPSO)," said Natural Resources Minister with responsibility for the petroleum sector, Vickram Bharrat."This is further set to increase the estimated recoverable resource given by the operator, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL). In this regard, the ministry and the petroleum sector regulatory agencies remain...
Renewables overtake both coal and nuclear for first time to become second biggest source of electricity generation in US in 2020.
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[VOA] Some Nigerian companies are using coconut and palm shells to make charcoal briquettes in an effort to slow ongoing deforestation. Nigeria banned charcoal exports after a World Bank report showed the country lost nearly half its forest cover in just a decade.
Wind and solar projects are queuing up, but short term factors and high coal prices cause us to lift our wholesale price forecasts.
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UK summers are likely to regularly see temperatures above 40°C even if humanity manages to limit global warming to 1.5°C, meteorologists have warned
Last year was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eight sunniest on record in the UK, scientists warn.
Seven people died and many are feared missing in Honzar village of J&K's Kishtwar district as a cloudburst swept away houses, a ration depot, a bridge and other properties early Wednesday. In Himachal, nine people died while several were reported missing following flash floods in Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba districts on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.
A senior official in charge of flood control has vowed to step up monitoring and early warnings after Typhoon In-fa wreaked havoc in central China, with more extreme weather ahead.The combined effects of Typhoon In-fa and an area of high pressure in the Pacific generated the record rainfall that caused last week’s deadly floods in Henan province, killing at least 71 people and affecting more than 13.3 million, with some 2.4 million displaced.Wang Zhihua, head of disaster relief at the China…
In the last few weeks, the managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore has gained attention for his personal views on some politically charged topics, echoing a similar evolution among his central banking peers as they address the world beyond money supply.In a series of recent lectures as a visiting scholar at a local university’s think tank, Ravi Menon has tackled several top issues facing policy makers both in the city state and globally: a possible wealth tax and minimum wage…
Rep. Sean Casten is pushing for a #HotFercSummer with the help of Fergie's "Fergalicious" lyrics.
For Latin America, this quickening green transition could attract hundreds of billions in investment, help spur an economic recovery and let nations leapfrog technologically.
The Good, the Bad and the Urgent: MDB Climate Finance in 2020
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Multilateral development banks (MDBs) play an important role in financing developing countries’ efforts to reduce emissions and protect against the effects of climate change, and 2020 was a critical waypoint for MDB climate finance. For one, it marked the due date for the climate finance targets many MDBs set in 2015. 2020 was also the year by which developed countries committed...
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[Government of Mauritius] A certificate award ceremony for participants having completed the Coral Culture Training Programme (CCTP) was held, today, at the Village Hall of Bel Ombre. Some 20 participants, comprising mainly coastal community members and fishers, received their certificates on this occasion. Award of certificate ceremonies will also be held in other localities for a total of 105 participants.
GOP irrationality cripples action on global warming and covid-19.
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -- When it comes to climate change, Uganda has been doing one thing right, and that is maintaining a small carbon footprint. According to the information from Our World in Data, 2017 statistics stood at 0.12 tonnes per capita.
The just transition that is currently being executed is a balance between energy security and climate change, according to one analyst
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Matauranga Maori (traditional Maori knowledge) has a vital part to play in finding solutions to a myriad of urgent problems - including climate change - according to the New Zealand Association of Scientists.
PARIS: The global economy's business-as-usual approach to climate change has seen Earth's "vital signs" deteriorate to record levels, an influential group of scientists said on Wednesday, warning that several climate tipping points were now imminent.
A group of scientists said governments have failed to address the root cause of climate change: "the overexploitation of the Earth."
China’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2060 covers various greenhouse gases – not just carbon dioxide, its climate envoy said on the weekend, signalling a potential shift in Beijing’s climate change policy.Addressing a financial forum in Beijing on Saturday, Xie Zhenhua, China’s special envoy on climate change, said the carbon neutrality target included greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy.“This is different from the 2030 target,” Xie said, referring to the date by which China…
Continued growth in the renewables market depends heavily on the widespread implementation of effective energy storage technologies.
New rules championed by Angus Taylor could benefit coal and stifle the pace of the clean energy transition. "It's terrible," said one insider.
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Henan adheres to a familiar formula in Xi Jinping's China: Authorities turn tragedy into triumph, while controlling victims' narratives.
Queensland government fast tracks new "state of the art" renewable energy training facility, complete with onsite wind turbine and solar farm.
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They are relics of Scotland’s industrial past and have lain disused underneath Scotland’s biggest city for decades.
Scientists call for three-pronged action on emissions after new research finds Covid-19 did little to slow climate emergency.
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US firms are hugely interested in working with China on climate-related issues, according to the nation’s top climate diplomat, Xie Zhenhua.Xie, China’s climate change envoy, said at a financial forum in Beijing over the weekend that China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, held two round table meetings for American multinationals in China in May and July.The firms are keen to cooperate with their Chinese counterparts and promote green and low-carbon…
Government spokesperson Allegra Stratton's advice on not rinsing plates before putting them in the dishwasher has been diluted after No10 achieved an 'E' rating for its carbon footprint.
A few measures of what it takes to execute a field monitoring program of glaciers for 37 years, with no helicopter support (Illustration by Megan Pelto). 2021 Field Season: For the 38th consecutive summer we are heading into the field later this week to measure the impact of climate change on North Cascade glaciers. We will complete detailed measurements on 10 glaciers, three of which are part of the World …
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The floods in the central province of Henan pose a threat to one of China’s biggest agricultural regions, but any disruption to national food supplies will only be temporary, according to analysts.The so-called granary of China accounts for almost a third of the national wheat supply and around a tenth of the nation’s corn, vegetable and pork production.But as of Monday, 972,100 hectares (2.4 million acres) of crop fields have been affected by the floods, raising concerns over food inflation…
Noah Kane, 22, is an avid climber who films his climbs in the northeast United States. Kane can be seen climbing - and descending - The Eaglet in New Hampshire which is 2,422ft above sea level.
The global economy and capitalism are at a crossroads, with the COVID-19 being the primary impetus for this view, followed by climate change, digital technology ...
China’s emissions exceed those of developed countries, in large part because of its population of more than 1.4-billion people
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The government hopes the measure will help meet Japan's international pledge to become carbon neutral by 2050.
[Govt of SA] Minister Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment participated in a July Ministerial Climate Change meeting hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 26 President-Designate, Mr. Alok Sharma, on 25 and 26 July 2021 in London, UK.
[This Day] As humanity moves towards a more carbon neutral world, investors are looking at producing green interventions, including renewable energy sources that would help achieve the goal.
Beijing’s decisions on coal could have an important impact on two key issues that divided Group of 20 rich nations in talks last week, according to Chinese observers.G20 energy and environment ministers agreed to accelerate the transition to clean energy to tackle climate change during the summit in Naples.But they were split on when to phase out coal and ending international funding for coal “despite a prolonged and tireless discussion”, according to a G20 presidency statement on Friday.Most…
ACC is advertising for a manager for its Climate Change Impact Fund, which it says will, over time, have between $50 million to $100 million to invest.
[Egypt Online] Environment Minister Yasmeen Fouad has stressed that Egypt is keen on sharing its own visions and ideas on climate change-related issues.
[Egypt Online] Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb announced his support on Sunday to the states and peoples affected by floods and the high temperature that killed hundreds of people in the past few days in several parts of the world whether in Europe or Asia.
Mary Simon, who on Monday became the first indigenous person to be named governor general of Canada, has fought to preserve her people’s way of life, opposing oil drilling in the Arctic, supporting seal hunting and defending Inuit culture.As Canada’s head of state and Queen Elizabeth’s representative in the Commonwealth nation, Simon said her appointment marks “an important step forward on the long path towards reconciliation.”It followed the painful discoveries of more than 1,000 unmarked…
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2021, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D1EE01271A, Paper Zhao Li, Qi Wang, Xiaowan Bai, Maoyu Wang, Zhenzhong Yang, Yingge Du, George E. Sterbinsky, Duojie Wu, Zhenzhen Yang, Huajun Tian, Fuping Pan, Meng Gu, Yuanyue Liu, Zhenxing Feng, Yang Yang Changes in the local atomic arrangement in crystal caused by the lattice-mismatch-induced strain can efficiently regulate the performance of zinc-air batteries (ZABs) electrocatalysts in many manners, mainly due to modulated... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Australia's biggest battery is ready to begin production with its Tesla Megapacks, but Elon Musk has warned of looming supply crunch.
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Slushie machines, salt tablets, cooling jackets: the Tokyo Games have already proven to be a hot and humid affair, and experts say the role of climate change can't be overlooked.
Researchers who study evidence of fires through the millennia say to expect more and bigger fires as the climate continues to warm. Fire season is already months longer than in the 1970s.
Rooftop solar exports are subsidising others, and we should stop treating this technology as if they were big fossil fuel generators.
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Rising soil temperatures caused by climate change are providing an ideal breeding ground for poison ivy. A 9 degree Fahrenheit increase made the dreaded plant grow nearly 150 percent faster.
The Government is deciding whether to buy equity in the Sizewell C nuclear power plant or invite outside investment. It comes amid security fears over the involvement of China General Nuclear.
Iron-rich rock layers deposited during Earth’s most extreme ice ages could explain how oxygen persisted in oceans.
Monsoon rains in the Southwest have caused deadly floods
in parts of Arizona and New Mexico.
Many residents of Shanghai stayed home on Monday as Typhoon In-fa continued to lash the city after making landfall at the nearby island-city of Zhoushan on Sunday morning.Over the next 24 hours, the storm moved north before it hit the mainland city of Pinghu, which is quite close to Shanghai, on Monday morning, according to China’s National Meteorological Centre.The meteorological authority said the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, as well as Shanghai municipality, all in eastern China, will…
Millions of people in Zhengzhou just discovered how reliant they had become on the internet after major flooding killed service, as well as electricity, across the city.The floods in the provincial capital of the central Chinese province Henan killed 69 people and forced the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people.When the flooding subsided, millions of people in Zhengzhou struggled with basic communication, transport, buying food and even keeping people alive.Over the past decades, China…
The ability of climate models to predict extremes has been called into question following a string of intense weather events around the world
The frequency of extreme temperature episodes under various future emission scenarios were modelled by researchers led from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Originally published at ILSR.org Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act (SB 489) in 2019, which introduced the idea of a community solar program, and also mandated that New Mexico move to 50% renewable energy by 2030. However, New Mexico’s community solar program was truly born in 2021, when the Community Solar Act […]
The power plant wastewater rule is just one of dozens of Trump administration rollbacks that the Biden team is seeking to reverse in its effort to tackle climate change and reduce pollution that often overburden the poorest communities in the United States.
Russia will likely pay more taxes to the EU than any other country, RBC cited its calculations as saying.
PARIS: Nearly 200 nations start online negotiations Monday to validate a UN science report that will anchor autumn summits charged with preventing climate catastrophe on a planetary scale.
CLIMATE change is making a splash on RNZ this morning. The public broadcaster has published an in-depth report on methane, a report on coal imports hitting and all time high, and a story on a new on-line emissions tracking tool.
A political party in Belgium has requested the appointment of a parliamentary commission to investigate the deadly floods that ravaged several towns this month
Jamaica is being urged to rethink its energy strategy if it is to meet the ambitious target, set by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, of 50 per cent of the electricity generation being from renewables by 2030.Outgoing British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad says Jamaica will have to do something different if it wants to reduce the amount of fossil fuels used in its energy mix."On the energy front I have been speaking with Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Daryl Vaz because he really has to, which he is doing, have a real think about the future energy strategy of the country," Ahmad told the Jamaica Observer as he prepares to end his four-year stint as the top British diplomat in Jamaica.Ahmad argued that one major hurdle that Jamaica faces is that the island's monopoly distributor...
[Nation] Kenya requires Sh6.2 trillion over the next 10 years to fund its war on climate change.
Among the many letters from the public complaining that New Zealand is burning too much coal, Megan Woods has received a few pieces of correspondence as Energy Minister this year which must ...
As a wisecracking cynic once remarked: “The sun would never set on the British empire because God wouldn’t trust an Englishman in the dark“. Perhaps it was an uncharitable remark because most of the British colonies have long gone. But when i quoted this witticism to a British journalist, he countered: “I am sure it […]
Hundreds of scientists are meeting to finalize a landmark climate report. It's meant to guide the next decade of international climate policy, but it's unclear if politicians will act on it.
China is looking isolated as the last enabler of global coal-fired power projects.
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The fires come on the heals of a climate-focused meeting Friday among the Environment and Energy Ministers of the G-20 nations in Naples.
A two-week virtual negotiation begins on the most critical climate change report since 2013.
A simplistic approach to tree restoration without not properly accounting for the complexities of plant and atmosphere interactions can cause problems
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Diplomatic negotiation is about showing your hand to bargain for the maximum interest. And when neither side accepts that the other is in any position of strength, showing up at the bargaining table is already the best result.That is what US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman’s two-day visit to China is about.Among the many thorny bilateral and regional issues such as Covid-19 pandemic control, North Korea, tension over the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, and climate change, Hong…
Hong Kong customs officers have seized more than HK$230 million (US$29.6 million) worth of drugs hidden in various shipments of imported food in three separate busts, two of which were the largest of their kind in 20 years.Four men and one woman were arrested in connection with the three cases, which involved cocaine hidden in a shipment of health food, liquid methamphetamine concealed in a consignment of avocado oil and heroin stuffed in the seasoning packets of instant rice vermicelli.Customs…
Scientific modelling suggests the UK could experience heatwaves of 40C in 10 years, due to global warming. It would put increased pressure on water resources, livestock and crops.
Flights and rail services were cancelled in several Chinese coastal cities on Sunday as Typhoon In-fa arrived, with further heavy rain expected following last week’s devastating floods further inland.The national meteorological administration raised the alert for heavy rain from yellow to amber – the second highest grade – across large areas of the country on Sunday while a typhoon amber alert has been in place since Friday.It said In-fa had made landfall in Zhoushan city in Zhejiang province…
NEW DELHI: Swathes of India are battling deadly floods and landslides after heavy monsoon rains, just the latest example of how the vast country is on the frontline of climate change.
In the first seven months of this year the nation has experienced two cyclones, a glacier collapse in the Himalayas, a heatwave and floods
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Instagram “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time,” the late icon Maya Angelou once said, and indeed Black women have long been the canaries in the coal mine before controversy, corruption, and scandal emerge, providing the receipts and spending the time and energy to expose deception and scams. It was Black women who spoke out loudly about Donald Trump in 2016 . Black women who organized #MuteRKelly long before it was socially accepted that the R&B singer’s behavior was criminally wrong. Black women who created the MeToo movement and helmed Black Lives Matter —the most marginalized among us steadfastly trying to improve conditions for all of us. And now it is Black women who have used the viral hashtag #DariusCrooks...
Advocates say the devastating heat dome in B.C. in June through early July should be a wake-up call for health authorities to develop new measures to better protect the elderly and other vulnerable populations from future extreme weather emergencies.
Yet another scorching summer has brought more unmistakable reminders that climate change is intensifying and altering everyday life. What will it take for leaders to finally act?
Tropical Storm Nepartak, which formed Friday night over the western Pacific Ocean, may arrive at the shores of mainland Japan by Tuesday.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon signed a deal Saturday to broker Iraqi fuel sales in hopes of alleviating a crippling financial and energy crisis in the small Mediterranean country, Lebanese and Iraqi media reported. The deal allows Beirut to resell 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil from Iraq — fuel that Lebanon cannot use in …
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Devastating floods in central China this week have highlighted how vulnerable cities can be to extreme rainfall, as the world faces more such weather events due to climate change.Water and engineering experts say long-term urban planning, including better drainage systems, and reliable weather forecasts are key to protecting lives and property.Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, has been inundated with record rainfall – a year’s worth in days, and more than 200mm in an hour – since last…
More than 7.5 million people have now been affected by the flooding in central China, according to the Henan provincial authorities, more than double the 3 million reported on Thursday.At least 56 people have died, and another five are still missing, according to a government statement. About 585,000 people have been temporarily evacuated from their homes, while another 919,000 were relocated by the government.The deadly floods – which the local authorities have described figuratively as a …
What is Amazon going to do over its immense carbon emissions? When will it raise wages? Jeff Bezos is happy to never get asked those questions.
The recent heatwave has made way for a deluge of torrential rain (inset), with many areas of the UK battered overnight.
New floods have again swamped areas of Belgium and washed away cars as a wave of thunderstorms and heavy rain hit the country on Saturday
Getty Alaska is one of the most difficult places to plan a vacation to. It’s not because of safety, or how wild it is, although these two things are important. Instead, it’s difficult because it is so awe-inspiringly huge, and there are a plethora of good choices. Do you go to the Kenai Peninsula, a rainforest encrusted place teeming with wildlife where you might spot a whale? Or head to Juneau and Sitka of the Southeast—lands overflowing with glaciers and culture? Do you opt for a more rugged experience in the interior, or a more laid back experience aboard a cruise? But here’s the thing about Alaska: there are no wrong decisions, only decisions to be made. No matter where you go, you’ll be awestruck, inspired, and have your breath taken away—after spending nearly two weeks there, I’m...
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As China redoubles efforts to help the central province of Henan recover from floods that have left at least 56 dead, the typhoon that largely contributed to the deluge is fast approaching other parts of the country.Over the past several days, the heaviest rains in decades have caused massive floods throughout Henan, starting in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou before wreaking havoc in other cities and towns.The flood control headquarters of Xinxiang, a city of 6 million where thousands are…
Australia on Friday avoided having the Great Barrier Reef listed as an endangered World Heritage Site by Unesco, despite concerns about climate change-fuelled damage to the ecosystem’s corals.At a World Heritage Committee meeting chaired by China, delegates voted not to downgrade the reef to “in danger”, after a concerted lobbying effort by Canberra.“May I sincerely thank the esteemed delegates for recognising Australia’s commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef,” Australia’s Environment…
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced Friday that it will not list the Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger,' it is asking for reports on how it will be protected moving forward.
The US scored high for its fertile land and manufacturing capacity, but it lost out on its proximity to large foreign cities that could put a strain on its resources and cause a migrant crisis.
A heatwave and potential lightning are coming to the Pacific Northwest and northern California on Thursday, sparking worries for new wildfires.
Most people today know home solar can help you save on energy costs while reducing your carbon footprint. Plus, when you combine solar panels with a battery you don’t have to suffer through a power outage whether it’s caused by a storm, overwhelmed power grid or cyberattack. However, there are still homeowners with unshaded roofs […]
[Daily Maverick] Climate change is a global issue and there are calls for a global concerted and orchestrated process to deal with the problem. Yet it is apparent that global-level commitment is ill-suited to create the mass social movement needed to generate the complex, multisectoral and context-relevant solutions needed for appropriate action.
The wildfires in northern Ontario should spark conversations about climate change with people in southern Ontario who are seeing and smelling smoke, says Hind Al-Abadleh, an expert on air pollution, aerosols and climate change.
Cutting carbon emissions to zero in the next 30 years would save about 74 million lives this century, a new analysis estimates.
TOWN SQUARE | The apartments include fully equipped kitchens with Energy Star-certified appliances, ceiling fans and large closets. Up to two cats are allowed per unit.
[New Dawn] The European Union is one of the few signatories to the 2015 Paris climate agreement that initially committed to binding limits on its carbon dioxide emissions, having promised to reduce them by 40% (and now 55%) from 1990 levels by 2030. On July 14, the European Commission presented a comprehensive package of measures aimed at achieving massive reductions in EU firms' and households' CO2 emissions in the short term in order to meet the 55% target by 2030 and make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050.
[This is Africa] There is significant potential for the community trusts to improve the financial position of communities. But it's not happening.
As China aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, telecoms giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE are leveraging technologies to help customers and suppliers cut their carbon footprint and embrace renewable energy.The companies are helping the internet, transport and government sectors to increase energy efficiency and supporting renewable energy projects using their information and communications technology (ICT).“Carbon neutrality has by and large become a globally recognised mission, one to…
GLOBAL leaders jetting into Glasgow in November will allow Scotland “to show leadership on climate action on the international stage”, boasted the SNP’s net zero secretary.
ESB's post-2025 energy market reform slammed by clean energy industry which says it will slow new investment and prop up coal generators.
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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Those working to stop slavery should look to the successful tactics of climate activists, putting energy into pressure-based strategies against corporate wrongdoing
Acciona gets clearance for an expanded solar farm, a 600MW project in the heart of coal country in central Queensland.
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The remark comes after Allegra Stratton faced criticism for advising the public not to rinse their dishes before they put them into a dishwasher to help tackle climate change.
Ten years ago, climate change denier Viscount Christopher Monckton announced he had sold out a talk at the Northern Club in Auckland.
Zhengzhou’s much-hyped smart city systems, which were supposed to help planners with urban management and safety, have come under heavy scrutiny after recent floods wreaked havoc with city infrastructure and caused dozens of deaths.Two high-profile smart city projects in Zhengzhou, a city of 10 million people in central China, have been singled out for criticism after record rainstorms battered Henan province last week, causing at least 66 deaths, including 14 in the local subway system and six…
Deadly floods in the central Chinese province of Henan will have an inevitable impact on the supply of non-ferrous metals, with lead and aluminium the most severely hit, according to analysts.The flooding, which has been described by local authorities as a “one in one thousand year event”, has killed at least 73 people and affected more than 13 million residents, or 13 per cent of the province’s total population.The disaster has also tangled supply chains for key materials and products.The…
Earth's 'vital signs' are getting worse and there's evidence that many are close or have surpassed 'tipping points,' scientists warned on Wednesday in a new study.
A book on coral reefs you don't want to miss out on.
DOñANA NATIONAL PARK, Spain: At a nature reserve in southern Spain, four baby Iberian lynxes sleep peacefully beside their mother, part of a captive breeding programme that has brought the species back from the brink of extinction.
[263Chat] Coronavirus waste has become a new form of pollution as single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) floods our rivers and dams.
Inspire, a company that purchases renewable energy credits (RECS) and retires them on behalf of its customers, announced it has signed an agreement to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell New Energies US LLC. As part of Shell, Inspire intends to rapidly scale its offering of access to sustainable energy to U.S. households. According […]
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Acute food insecurity is on the rise. Nearly 750 million peopleglobally were food-insecure in 2019, and at least 121 million people are estimated to have been pushed into similar levels of risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is expected to increase due to the impacts of climate change on global food systems and crop production: Smallholder farmers are...
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[New Frame] What will the renewable energy economy mean for millions of people who have spent their lives digging for coal, oil and gas, or servicing other carbon-intensive industries?
Germany’s Green party has come a long way from the radical fringe group of the 1980s, moving into the mainstream and appealing to a wider swath of voters backing policies for tackling climate change. It has helped shape Germany’s exit from nuclear power and pushed for Europe’s industrial powerhouse to become a world leader in hydrogen technology. Now, it heads into the Sept. 26 election in a strong position to be part of the next coalition government, and perhaps even to lead it.
Such shifts are being observed globally, researchers say
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[Tunis Afrique Presse] Beirut/Lebanon -- As thousands of devout Muslims flock to Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage this week, scientists warn the sacred rite is under threat due to deadly rising heat.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2021, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D1EE01773J, Paper Geon-Tae Park, Nam-Yung Park, Tae-Chong Noh, Been Namkoong, Hoon-Hee Ryu, Ji-Yong Shin, Thorsten Beierling, Chong Seung Yoon, Yang-Kook Sun Recharging capability of Ni-rich layered cathodes deteriorates rapidly upon cycling mainly from mechanical instability caused by removing a large amount of Li ions from the host structure. Through multi-stage microstructural... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Dozens of tourist sites have offered free entrance or half-priced tickets for visitors who wear Erke trainers to thank the brand for donating 50 million yuan (US$7.7 million) to help flood-devasted Henan province get back on its feet.Erke, made by the Xiamen-based China Hongxing Sports company, said it would donate cash and goods to the victims of major floods that devastated Henan last week.The floods, caused by a “once in a thousand-year” rainstorm, killed 69 people, left five missing and…
[The Conversation Africa] Kenya's Tana River - the longest in the country - snakes through a river basin which encompasses a huge range of ecosystems, from lush forests along the upper reaches of the river on the slopes of Mount Kenya to dry rangelands and even coastal mangroves where the river meets the Indian Ocean.
THE two-day London meeting of climate ministers from around the world wrapped yesterday with countries reaffirming commitment to prioritising loss and damage - a contentious article under the Paris Agreement which small island developing states have been lobbying to put on the agenda.Loss and damage includes the effects of sudden-onset climate disasters such as hurricanes, as well as slow-onset events such as sea level rise.The Jamaican delegation, led by Pearnel Charles Jr, minister of housing, urban renewal, environment and climate change, welcomed the reaffirmations, particularly in light of the raft of climate-related disasters so far in 2021, the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, as well as the experiences of struggling economies like Jamaica.The delegation also welcomed the meetings'...
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US military leaders said on Tuesday that they see Arctic operations as a deterrent to China, which has staked a claim to the region as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, and increasingly as a base for operations in the Indo-Pacific.Panellists including US Air Force officials Kelli Seybolt and Lieutenant General Clinton Hinote discussed the strengthening of what Seybolt called defence relationships with “six of the seven other Arctic nations providing key strategic advantages”, excluding…
Two big solar and battery storage projects will replace a 522MW coal generator due to retire soon in Nevada.
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Nature, Published online: 28 July 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02078-5Researchers debate whether an ancient fossil is the oldest animal yet discovered, and a new way to eavesdrop on glaciers.
Receding glaciers and smoky skies are some of the stark changes that come to mind when Caroline Hedin thinks about how the Rocky Mountains are changing.
The British government is planning to press ahead with its flagship Sizewell C nuclear project even without Chinese funding, according to a person familiar with the situation.The proposed £20 billion (US$27.5 billion) plant in eastern England is still viable, despite the government exploring ways to remove state-owned China General Nuclear Power (CGN) from all future projects in the UK, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.The government committed in December to financing at…
China’s capacity for generating power from non-fossil energy is poised to exceed that of coal power plants by the end of the year, according to the China Electricity Council.However, the carbon-intensive fuel will still dominate the nation’s power supply for years to come because so little of the capacity available at renewable energy projects is actually used.While investment in non-fossil fuel projects will make up 90 per cent of the total 189 billion yuan (US$29.2 billion) to be spent on all…
Chinese actor Wang Yibo and former PLA singer Han Hong have been mired in controversy this week as some have labelled their charity work at the front line of the floods in Henan province “just for show”.The floods in the central China have killed 71 people in the past week and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.Han, one of China’s most well-known singers, went with a team from her charity foundation and Wang on Thursday to Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, to deliver supplies to a local…
A senior US diplomat has called on China to rise above their differences and work with the United States on difficult global issues such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic as a responsible global power.Deputy Secretary...
[SAnews.gov.za] With emerging markets requiring an estimated US$3-4 trillion annually in low-carbon investments over the next 15 years, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy has called on developed countries to ensure access to long-term, predictable, and affordable finance for developing countries.
If anyone wants to turn a blind eye to climate change, they have no excuse to continue to do so after a series of events this month.Scientists and the world watched in disbelief when unprecedented flooding caused by two months’ worth of rainfall in two days inundated cities and towns and killed at least 200 people in Germany and Belgium.A few days later, it was China’s turn. From July 17, Zhengzhou city received a year’s worth of rain in just three days. Serious floods swept through the central…
REUTERS When Olympic organizers heard Typhoon Nepartak was heading their way across the Pacific, it must have felt like a storm too far . Delayed for a year by a still-raging global pandemic and with athletes forced to compete in empty arenas, these Tokyo Games have had no luck. But one group of athletes—in the brand-new Olympic sport of surfing—celebrated the news and even moved their gold-medal rounds forward by 24 hours to make the most of the perfect storm conditions. The result, with the three final rounds of the shortboard event crammed into a single day on big if messy swells on Tuesday, was spectacular. The first medal to be awarded was in the men’s bronze-medal round. Australian Owen Wright, who had to learn to walk again after suffering a traumatic brain injury in an accident...
US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman has called on China to work with the US as a responsible global power on difficult issues including climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.Speaking after her talks on Monday with senior Chinese officials, Sherman said the US welcomed vigorous economic competition with China but did not want it to veer into conflict.“There are some things that rise above specific differences that are the global responsibility of great powers,” she said, soon after…
Overheating was investigated using direct temperature monitoring and surveys in 750 households in 2010, 2017 and 2018 by researchers led from the University of Loughborough.
The initiative, developed in partnership with Treedom, involved all the Group’s personnel 27th July 2021 - Fincons Group, an established international family company providing IT business consulting and system integration, planted 1750 new trees in Africa, one for each member of the Group, to celebrate World Environment Day. The initiative was carried out in partnership with Treedom. The "Fincons Forest" is composed of 14 types of trees that reflect local African biodiversity and eco-systems. The...
Hundreds of thousands of young salmon are dying in Northern California’s Klamath River as low water levels brought about by drought allow a parasite to thrive, devastating a Native American tribe whose diet and traditions are tied to the fish. And wildlife officials said the Sacramento River is facing a “near-complete loss” of young Chinook …
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The effects of air pollution caused by 'anthropogenic secondary organic aerosols' has been calculated by researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
�FINANCING for adaptation not only needs to be scaled up; it must be more accessible.That is the consensus of participants in the high-level ministerial meeting in London, United Kingdom, where Jamaica's Minister of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change Pearnel Charles Jr is one of five Caribbean ministers attending in person.On day one of the discussions, on Sunday, concerns were expressed that there was no parity between mitigation and adaptation in respect of climate finance. While there was no consensus on how to achieve this goal, participating countries are open to resolving the matter in the interest of all, particularly vulnerable countries. The parties agreed that the processes of the Green Climate Fund and other financing mechanisms must be amended to make financing...
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2021, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D1EE00708D, Review Article Chen Cai, Xueqin Zhang, Mengxiong Wu, Tao Liu, Chun-Yu Lai, Joshua Frank, Bingqing He, Esteban Marcellin, Jianhua Guo, Shihu Hu, Zhiguo Yuan Reduction in methane emissions to the Earth’s atmosphere is a critical strategy for tackling climate change. It is well established that anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) associated with sulfate reduction... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Two leading energy experts slam a survey by an industry-funded consumer body on the "solar tax", saying respondents were misled.
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Two large-scale solar and battery storage projects proposed for Victoria’s Gippsland region underwritten by a “landmark joint venture.”
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If successful — emphasis on 'if' — the technology could signal the beginning of the end for fossil fuels.
Nature, Published online: 27 July 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02055-yGlobal climate models do not need more behavioural science
Allegra Stratton says many British households are already taking the 'micro-steps' in order to be environmentally friendly.
Homes, roads and Tube stations across the capital were deluged, while Whipps Cross was forced to cancel all surgery and outpatient appointments on Monday after the basement was flooded.
Ma Chengfeng counts himself lucky.He said that if he had run out of his house just two minutes later, he would have been swept away by floods triggered by heavy rain last week.Ma lives in Mihe township in Gongyi, a small city about 80km (50 miles) west of Zhengzhou in the central Chinese province of Henan.On Tuesday, he was woken by his wife Wang Fengjuan and the couple fled with their two children to a neighbour’s home on higher ground.On the weekend, Ma was sitting by the side of a road…
Are rich countries living up to their climate promises to the developing world?
Chinese farmer Cheng wades through knee-deep water, pulling dead pigs behind him one-by-one by a rope tied around their ankles as he lines up the bloated carcasses for disposal.More than 100 of Cheng’s pigs drowned in floods that paralysed China’s central Henan province last week, and the outlook for those left alive is bleak.“I’m waiting for the water levels to go down to see what to do with the remaining pigs,” said the 47-year-old farmer from Wangfan village, about 90km (55 miles) north of…
Integrated Planning Helps Kenya Close its Energy Access Gap
Mon, 07/26/2021 - 12:00
Kenya has made significant progress towards universal electrification. Since 2010, access to electricity has increased by more than 7% annually across the country.
This significant milestone is largely thanks to the country’s National Electrification Strategy and the use of integrated approaches, including both the expansion of grid infrastructure and off-grid solar home systems....
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Last week, Ken Bossong of the SUN DAY campaign said that data released over the past decade by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as near-term forecasts by both agencies suggest continued strong growth by renewable energy sources. However, unless accelerated, that growth will fall short […]
“Record-shattering” extremes – which break weather records by large margins – will become more likely...
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Data from the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board shows Newfoundlanders and Labradorians missed out on a lot of recycling refunds last year — to the tune of more than $6 million.
Ethiopia Demonstrates Renewed Commitment to Tackling Climate Change
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Ethiopia has had a turbulent few months: the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the desert locust invasion, extreme weather events including floods, as well as simmering tensions related to the national election along with escalating conflict. But even amidst this backdrop, the country has demonstrated its clear commitment to addressing the climate crisis by submitting not only its...
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The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) announced that yet another heatwave will cover most parts of Egypt starting Tuesday. Very hot and humid weather is predicted in Cairo, the Delta, South Sinai, Upper Egypt, and the north coast. Temperatures will cool slightly at night. Humidity will continue to rise, increasing perceived temperatures by 2C and 4C. …
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JERUSALEM, July 25 (Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday that by mid-century it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 2015 levels, as part of an international push to limit global warming. The government approved the 2050 target and set an interim target of 2030 to reduce emissions by 27 percent from …
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XINXIANG, China, July 26 (Reuters) – Chinese farmer Cheng wades through knee-deep water, pulling dead pigs behind him one-by-one by a rope tied around their ankles as he lines up the bloated carcasses for disposal. More than 100 of Cheng’s pigs drowned in floods that paralysed China’s central Henan province last week, and the outlook …
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A senior U.S. diplomat has called on China to rise above their differences and work with the United States on difficult global issues such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic as a responsible global power
While the early months of 2021 have been cooler than much of the past decade,...
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As countries prepare to return to international negotiations on climate, Australia will find itself lumped in the club of fossil fuelled rogues.
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Energy Environ. Sci. , 2021, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D1EE00544H, Paper Open Access   This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence. Venkata Sai Gargeya Vunnava, Shweta Singh Sustainable transition to low carbon and zero waste economy requires a macroscopic evaluation of opportunities and impact of adopting emerging technologies in a region. However, a full assessment of current... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
There were indications both sides wanted to dial down the temperature in the U.S.-China conflict, especially as central China suffers deadly floods.
Form Energy, backed by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, unveils more details of long duration battery storage at a fraction of price of current technologies.
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on 26 July to approve its next report on the physical science basis of climate change, the first part of the Sixth Assessment Report.
The report, prepared by IPCC Working Group I, will provide the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science and multiple lines of evidence.
The meeting is being held remotely, the first time the IPCC has conducted an approval session in this format, from 26 July to 6 August 2021, because of the...
PM Naftali Bennett says the decision will help the country gradually shift to a low-carbon economy.
Drought, heat and drier fuels are causing larger areas to be burned by B.C. wildfires, says forestry expert.
Climate adaptation steams forward with an accelerated speed that can be seen through the Climate Adaptation Summit in January (see previous post), the ECCA 2021 in May/June, and the upcoming COP26. Recent extreme events may spur this development even further (see previous post about attribution of recent heatwaves). To aid climate adaptation, Europe’s Climate-Adapt programme […]
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While not expected to strengthen into a stronger typhoon, Tropical Storm Nepartak could impact a wide area on Tuesday and Wednesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron was greeted with flower garlands and Tahitian dancers on the tarmac as he touched down on Saturday night for his first official trip to French Polynesia.While in the South Pacific territory, he plans to discuss its strategic role in the Indo-Pacific, the legacy of nuclear tests and the existential risk of rising seas posed by global warming.Residents in the sprawling archipelago of more than 100 islands located midway between Mexico and Australia are hoping…
[East African] The Covid-19 pandemic notwithstanding, more than 80 cyclists will embark on the fourth edition of the Great Africa Cycling Safari, a two-month long East African tour, to raise awareness of climate change in the region and spread the gospel of regional integration.
Jude will walk 10 miles each day for 21 days to reach Westminster, where he will lobby ministers.
President Emmanuel Macron is visiting French Polynesia to showcase France’s commitment to the region amid concerns about the impact of climate change on the Pacific island territory, the legacy of French nuclear testing on its atolls — and most of all, growing Chinese dominance in the region.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Typhoon In-fa hit China’s east coast south of Shanghai on Sunday, after airline flights and trains were canceled and the public was ordered to stay indoors. The typhoon made landfall in Zhoushan in Zhejiang province, state TV reported, citing the national weather agency. It forecast rainfall of 250-350 millimeters (10-14 inches). “People …
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An environment group says its application is a ‘watershed’ case for stopping deep sea exploration
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The Tokyo Olympics, already struggling with an outbreak of Covid-19 among athletes, may face another kind of disaster – a tropical storm.Tropical Storm Nepartak, with gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour, was still about 1,800km south of Tokyo on Saturday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.But it is on course to arrive in the Olympic host city by Tuesday, the weather agency said.With spectators banned, how will Japanese fans watch the Olympics?Rowing competitions scheduled to take…
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, July 24 (Reuters) – Rescue teams in India struggled through thick sludge and debris on Saturday to reach dozens of submerged homes as the death toll from landslides and accidents caused by torrential monsoon rain rose to 125. Maharashtra state is being hit by the heaviest rain in July in four decades, experts …
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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rainforests are far more vulnerable than predicted in the past, researchers find, warning areas that are disturbed or fragmented lack resilience to climate warming and drought
With no connection to the UK national grid, Shetland looked to neighbouring Scandinavia for a low-carbon, sustainable heating system model to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, writes Anthony Harrington.
The United States is considering cracking down on Iranian oil sales to China as it braces for the possibility that Tehran may not return to nuclear talks or may adopt a harder line whenever it does, an official said.Washington told Beijing earlier this year its main aim was to revive compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and, assuming a timely return, there was no need to punish Chinese firms violating US sanctions by buying Iranian crude, the official said.That stance is evolving given…
Little is known about the Nahanni aster's place in the ecosystem, but a new management plan aims to learn more about the elusive plant found only at select hot springs in Nahanni National Park Reserve.
Mumbai-Goa and Mumbai-Bangalore National Highways have been shut because of floods
China deployed drones to aid emergency communications and conduct damage assessment in areas affected by this week’s floods, mainland media reported.It represented the first disaster relief deployment for the Wing Loong 2H emergency relief unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which had been tested in an exercise last October for tasks such as restoring communications and sending real-time images in areas without base station coverage.Emergency services once relied on helicopters to drop supplies and…
The death toll from the rain-triggered unprecedented floods in central China has risen to 56 with five people reported missing and the official estimated losses totalled about $10 billion, the state media reported on Friday. The torrential rains, the heaviest in 1,000 years, have affected about three million people in Henan province and a total of 376,000 local residents have been relocated to safe places, the provincial emergency management department said.
Air pollution in many parts of Hong Kong reached serious levels on Friday afternoon under the influence of Tropical Cyclone In-fa, the city’s environmental authority warned, with the situation expected to worsen over the weekend.Readings were at their worst around 5pm, when the Air Quality Health Index reached the highest level on the scale, 10+, in a number of areas. They included Central and Western district, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Chung, Tsuen Wan, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Tung Chung, Sha Tin,…
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