The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided yesterday.
The devil is in the details, as it remains to be seen exactly how China plans to pull this off.
China’s main energy-consuming and producing provinces are directing the equivalent of hundreds of billions of...
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The European Union offered qualified approval to China’s renewed pledges to tackle climate change but insisted Beijing stop construction of coal-fired power stations at home and abroad.“I welcome China’s ambition to curb emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a tweet on Wednesday after Chinese President Xi Jinping made the commitments in a video address to the United Nations General Assembly.“It’s an important step in our…
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/D0EE01638A, Review Article Huwei Wang, Dengyun Zhai, Feiyu Kang Potassium-ion batteries (PIBs) have attracted considerable interest as large-scale energy storage candidates owing to a naturally abundant potassium resource and low cost. Since the birth of PIBs, the solid electrolyte... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
[World Bank] One morning in February, in Kaffrine Region, Senegal, Kaffia Diallo emerged from her tent. She is happy; her new grandson was born just two days earlier. "A beautiful baby," she said, "although I wish he weighed a little more."
Solar projects encroaching on California's Joshua trees can still be built under a state ruling that extends endangered species protections to the desert plant.
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said yesterday that artificial intelligence can help the United States better understand climate change, a day after he seemingly questioned the role humans play in heating the environment.
The World Economic Forum joined the so-called big four accounting firms to help dozens of global businesses improve risk disclosures for issues including climate change and gender-based pay inequality.
China pledged yesterday to stop releasing carbon emissions before 2060 in a surprise move that catapults it ahead of U.S. ambitions on climate change and instantly raised questions about whether it can radically alter its status as the world's top emitter within 40 years.
China and India on Monday agreed to stop sending more troops to their disputed border in the Himalayas, following an escalation in tensions between the two nuclear powers.
To avoid such a lockdown scenario aimed at mitigating climate change, the world must overhaul its economic structures and do capitalism differently.
As COVID-19 threatens farming communities across Africa already struggling with climate change, the continent is at a crossroads. Will its people and their governments continue trying to replicate industrial farming models promoted by developed countries? Or will they move boldly into the uncertain future, embracing ecological agriculture? It is time to choose. Africa is projected […]
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BEIJING: The US is guilty of "obstructing" the global fight against emissions, China said Wednesday, as Beijing seized the climate agenda by vowing to go carbon neutral by 2060 -- a target welcomed by environmentalists despite its patchy detail.
THIS year was supposed to bring great things for Guyana.ExxonMobil discovered massive oil deposits off the South American country's Caribbean coast in 2015, and Guyana sold its first cargo of crude oil this February. As production ramps up, its first stage offshore wells were projected to produce 750,000 barrels a day by 2025, tripling the size of Guyana's economy, from US$3.4 billion to $13 billion.
September 23, 2020 10:26 AM LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Deadly blazes raging across the western United States have again destroyed thousands of homes nestled in forested areas this year - with months of the fire season still to come in a region perilously exposed to climate change.
The B-17 Flying Fortress bomber flew into the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland on September 16, 1944.
Posts online have questioned whether climate change has worsened fires on the West Coast by citing maps that show no fires in Canada or Mexico.
Defaults by Chinese firms on their US dollar-denominated debt have risen significantly this year as the coronavirus pandemic, a slump in oil prices and deteriorating US-China relations have hurt business and reduced their ability to repay.This environment has caused a decline in market confidence, triggering a shortage of dollar liquidity that is limiting some firms’ ability to borrow US dollars to pay back existing debt.US dollar bond defaults by Chinese firms have jumped threefold to US$12…
A recent study warns that without intervention many of the continent's ancient sites could be lost.
A glimpse behind the scenes of the challenges in reporting from the remote Yakutia region of Siberia.
Gannawarra battery has made money and provided valuable services to the grid, and also discovered some potential problems, such as hefty network charges and limitations of market rules.
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Indian villagers appealed their case in a U.S. court against a World Bank branch yesterday over a coal-fired power plant in their seaside community.
As the sun sets on coal in the electric power sector, analysts say suppliers will look to consolidate to ride out the industry's decline.
[UNEP] The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the non-profit organization Blue Life launched this week an innovative media model to support climate action. Bringing together some of the biggest media owners and advertisers, the initiative seeks to transform the contribution that paid media advertisers and media owners can make to climate action.
One of the world’s most widely used commodities — palm oil — is also one of its most controversial. Cheap, efficient and extraordinarily versatile, it’s found in thousands of everyday products, from cookies and ice cream to shampoo and fuel. Yet surging cultivation of oil palm trees has come at the expense of vast swathes of tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia. Environmental concerns spurred the introduction of so-called sustainable palm oil, but the uptake has been slow and the program has fa
Queensland Coles supermarkets will be running on 90 per cent renewable electricity within three years under a deal struck with the state government.
When fossil fuel industries collapsed during the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world could've used it as an opportunity to transition to renewable energy sources. Instead, they've poured billions of dollars into saving polluting industries instead of meeting their pledges to massively cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change, CNN reports.The COVID-19 pandemic led to the collapse of fossil fuel industries around the world: Oil famously tanked below $0 a barrel in April, while coal companies were projected to "never recover" from pandemic losses. But several global economies are doing their best to make sure that doesn't happen.In Poland, for example, the government bought up $35 million in unwanted coal to help that struggling industry, CNN reports...
A nuclear-powered icebreaker that Russia says is the world's largest and most powerful set off on Tuesday on a two-week journey to the Arctic as part of Moscow's efforts to tap the region's commercial potential.
"The study will examine people’s responses to terms such as “adaptation,” “mitigation,” “carbon dioxide removal” and “sustainable development.”" LINK
Corbett, Charles R. (2020): "Extraordinary" and "Highly Controversial": Federal Research of Solar Geoengineering Under NEPA. (September 21, 2020). Northwestern University Law Review Online (forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3696942. "This Essay argues that NOAA should use its discretion to conduct a programmatic environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) as an initial step in complying with Congress’s mandate. Federal research into solar geoengineering is an extraordinary and highly controversial policy. The agency should carefully consider the environmental, social, and political impacts that may come with this undertaking. Further, the public deserves an opportunity to weigh in on the matter and to be appraised...
Expanding fast, reliable internet access across Africa will bring advantages for society, business and the climate. But with operators mainly focused on profit, environmental solutions often take a back seat to cost.
New research shows that Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), a key link in the Southern Ocean food web, have refuges from the rapid climatic warming and ice loss that has degraded …
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Until recently, the U.S. mainstream media featured more climate silence than climate science.
[This Day] The United Kingdom has appointed Damilola Ogunbiyi of Nigeria as a co-chair of the UN Climate Change Conference's (COP26) Energy Transition Council as the country kicks off Climate Week 2020. The UK CoP President, Alok Sharma will chair the council alongside Ogunbiyi, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All.
Despite efforts to burnish their green bona fides, oil and gas majors have yet to take adequate steps to decarbonize their operations, according to a new paper by researchers from four universities.
General Electric Co. has long powered the coal industry. But no more.
Nestled among spruce forests in an Alpine valley in southern Austria, a workshop was the first some two decades ago to begin manufacturing a green new material that's now super-sizing wooden buildings and speeding the adoption of a solution to mitigate climate change.
The Coalition's latest energy policy labelled a 'roadmap to nowhere', after sidelining wind and solar and failing to set a post-2030 emissions target.
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CCS, clean hydrogen, steel and aluminium amongst the winners to be prioritised under the Technology Roadmap launched by Angus Taylor.
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Hawaiian Islands utility will end the use of coal power generation and replace it with another 300MW of solar PV and almost 2GWh of energy storage.
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The world’s often-divided nations united Monday to adopt a declaration commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, saying the urgency for all countries to come together “has rarely been greater” amid global challenges ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and violent extremism. The declaration, approved by 193 member nations at the mainly virtual commemoration, praises the United Nations as the only global organization with the power to bring countries together and give “hope to so many people for a better world and ... deliver the future we want.” Born out of the horrors of World War II, the United Nations was established to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war — words enshrined in the U.N. Charter.
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September 21, 2020 6:21 PM LONDON (REUTERS) - Prone to frequent flying, a passion for SUVs and big spending, the richest 1 per cent of the world's population produced twice as many planet-heating emissions as the poorest half of humanity over the past quarter-century, researchers said on Monday (Sept 21).
Naturalist David Attenborough hopes a new documentary about his life and career - "David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet" - alerts people to the need to act over climate change. (Sept. 21)
Energy Minister Angus Taylor will reveal the government's first Low Emissions Technology Statement, detailing a bold plan to get emissions down and slow global warming.
[Vanguard] Situated about 100km from Ilorin (the capital of Kwara state) in Asa local government, is a renewable energy factory with big ambitions of changing the way families cook. Founded by Mark Obisesan, a young Nigerian with a background in computing and Information Technology, Rianol Energy is gradually influencing what happens in many kitchens across several households. Rianol Energy specializes in the production of ethanol as a cheaper and much safer alternative to kerosene and gas.
Singh, M.; Krishnan, R.; Goswami, B.; Choudhury, A. D.; Swapna, P.; Vellore, R. et al. (2020): Fingerprint of volcanic forcing on the ENSO-Indian monsoon coupling. In Science Advances 6 (38). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aba8164. "Here, we investigate how LVEs influence the nonlinear behavior of the ENSO and IM dynamical systems using historical data, 25 paleoclimate reconstructions, last-millennium climate simulations, large-ensemble targeted climate sensitivity experiments, and advanced analysis techniques." LINK
"The European Commission on Thursday (17 September) defended its plan to bring carbon removals from agriculture, land use and forestry into the EU’s updated climate target for 2030, saying this was in line with UNFCCC standards." LINK
"The concept of net zero means these residual emissions need to be removed from the atmosphere through negative-emission technologies, including carbon capture and storage, or natural carbon sinks such as forests. However, many negative-emission technologies cannot currently operate at scale, so companies may pledge net zero to signal their future intentions. This makes it difficult to hold companies to account for emission reductions." LINK
Prone to frequent flying, a passion for SUVs and big spending, the richest one per cent of the world's population produced twice as many planet-heating emissions as the poorest half of humanity over the last quarter-century, researchers said on Monday.
MPs last week urged the Prime Minister to bring the sales ban forward to 2030 from 2040 in order to help the Government achieve its target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
Libya's commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a yearlong military attempt to capture the capital, Tripoli, said Friday that oil production would restart soon, ending a monthslong blockade of the nation's vital oil fields.
The oil industry may sue Colorado if the state's energy regulators follow through on a plan to impose a 2,000-foot setback between new oil and gas wells and surrounding homes and schools.
Beijing’s latest energy policy will sharply increase wind and solar, but can’t save the climate on its own.
The United Nations today marks its 75th anniversary hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic and besieged by climate change.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos promised in February to pour at least $10 billion of his personal fortune into fighting climate change, and that the effort would "begin issuing grants this summer ."
The country’s oil minister talks tough to fellow OPEC+ members and oil traders alike.
Origin Energy restarts fracking in Beetaloo basin after Covid-19 triggered pause, a project that could cause Australia to blow through its carbon targets.
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A small device can harvest energy from the breeze generated as you walk and could potentially be used to power your gadgets
The new 'nano-generator', which is made of two plastic strips in a tube, captures and stores wind energy to power electronic devices.
President Xi Jinping for the first time announced China’s long-term goals to reduce carbon emissions on Tuesday – less than an hour after his US counterpart Donald Trump slammed Beijing for “rampant pollution”.Xi told the United Nations General Assembly that China would scale up its voluntary emissions targets under the Paris climate agreement, that it aimed to hit peak emissions before 2030, and to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.“The Paris Agreement … outlines the minimum steps to be…
The Yukon government is looking for people age 12 to 25 to join a youth panel on climate change, which will provide feedback and advice on the territory's environmental protection plans.
[Govt of SA] Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has congratulated the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for winning the Gold Award in the category 'Climate Change' for the top-rated radio series, Die Kwik Styg, at the virtual 2020 Ecologic Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday night.
Exxon Mobil Corp.'s U.K. North Sea assets have attracted suitors from state-owned companies to private equity-backed firms as the U.S. oil giant seeks to exit the aging region altogether, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Energy exploration can proceed along the Eastern Seaboard despite President Trump's recent extension of a ban on oil and gas leasing in parts of the Atlantic Ocean, government lawyers told a federal court this week.
Joe Biden could shut down the Dakota Access pipeline if he's elected president. Energy Transfer LP CEO Kelcy Warren has put $10 million toward making sure that doesn't happen.
Marin County, Calif., is one of the wealthiest places in the country. It is also among the most vulnerable to climate change.
An opponent of the social cost of carbon. A judge backed by industry and conservative activists. And a jurist who refused to acknowledge climate science. One of them could be the next Supreme Court justice.
South Africa must update its old position to make a positive contribution
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If Asia — and in particular China, which accounts for about half the world’s coal consumption — can’t break the habit, devastating climate change will ...
Solar energy generation has grown far cheaper and more efficient in recent years, but no matter how much technology advances, fundamental limitations will always remain: solar panels can only generate power during the daytime, and much of the sunlight is absorbed by the atmosphere during its journey to the ground. What if instead we could collect solar power up in space and beam it down to the surface? We're seeking ideas for technologies and concepts for solar power satellites that will do precisely this.
The industrialized world has been spewing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases faster than they can be contained for centuries. Climate change, and growing popular frustration about the inadequate response, is pushing countries to take action, or at least say they will. Becoming carbon neutral -- also known as climate-neutral or net zero -- is now a legal requirement in some countries, while European authorities are adopting legislation to become the first net zero continent. Even oil compa
Culture wars, lies about targets and baselines, support for fossil fuels and naked hostility to renewables: What has changed for the Coalition since 2004?
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Tesla says fossil fuel cars are on the way out and there is no time to lose. The contrast with the Australian government could not be more stark.
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Campaigning in Pittsburgh, Pa., President Donald Trump portrayed Democratic nominee Joe Biden as an opponent of "oil, guns and God," and said the election "is a matter of economic survival for Pennsylvania."
Bats that normally migrate more than 1500 kilometres in the winter are staying closer to home as the world warms, with young males being the first to make the change
September 23, 2020 12:18 AM WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to boost his country's Paris climate accord target on Tuesday (Sept 22) and called for a green revolution, just minutes after US President Donald Trump blasted China for "rampant pollution."
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the firm has designed a 'tabless' battery that is six times more powerful and will be made in-house at Telsa's factory in Fremont, California.
Can the “energy transition” in Latin America help address the risks caused by greenhouse gases (GHG) on the climate, and the economic depression caused by the pandemic? Energy transition refers to the shift from fossil-based systems of energy production and consumption — including oil, natural gas, and coal — to renewable energy (RE) sources like wind […]
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China's surprise announcement of a long-term goal to curb emissions boosts UN climate talks.
The first presidential debate of the 2020 general election cycle won't have climate change on the agenda.
More than 60 donors are pushing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to select Cabinet members who are unaffiliated with the fossil fuel industry.
[New Times] On a semi-arid 10 hectares in Kiramuruzi Sector in Gatsibo District, women and men are harvesting healthy onions and cabbages.
The meteoric rise of Tesla's stock has been one of the market's top stories of 2020, highlighting a voracious appetite for high-growth companies that could benefit from a shift away from fossil fuels.
President Donald Trump advocates an "America First" mentality, at times putting him at odds with allies. Joe Biden promotes strengthening global alliances to tackle threats like climate change and authoritarianism.
The mega battery will power upcoming Tesla electric vehicles, including the heavy-duty Semi truck and the futuristic Cybertruck, at least one million miles (1.6 million km).
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple chief Tim Cook said Monday he views the recent increase in fires, hurricanes and floods as strong proof that climate change is real.
[Vanguard] The United Kingdom has appointed Damilola Ogunbiyi of Nigeria as a co-chair of the UN Climate Change Conference's (COP26) Energy Transition Council as the country kicks off Climate Week 2020.
"Country targets reducing carbon emissions to net zero for all sectors by 2050 to tackle climate change." LINK
"We face a stark reality. We urgently need to slash greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but this alone will not be enough to keep global temperatures in line with the Paris Agreement goals." LINK
Forest management and climate change are both causes, and both must be addressed.
Experts say a wave of cheap, renewable energy will wipe away the need for new gas fields, pipelines and power stations. Their arguments make sense.
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New Mexico's largest electric utility and one of the nation's premier federal research laboratories will team up on a series of projects aimed at making the electric grid more resilient as the state prepares to add more renewable energy to the mix, officials said yesterday.
The Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club are suing the Trump administration for greenlighting a liquefied natural gas export project on Alaska's North Slope.
[This Day] Manufacturers in Nigeria can reduce their energy cost by about 40 per cent if they key into a new ?70 million renewable energy and energy efficiency facility backed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and European Union Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-ITF), THISDAY has learnt.
Morgan Stanley yesterday became the first major U.S. bank to pledge a radical change to its portfolio in the name of climate change.
If President Trump is able to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he may stymie climate action for generations to come.
State-owned CleanCo signs 10-year deal to power more than 90% of Coles' Queensland sites from July 2022 via two of the state's biggest renewable energy projects.
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Plans to develop of massive offshore wind energy islands in northern European receive boost as climate targets tightened.
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The federal government energy and climate policy has turned into complete farce.
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On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Marshall Islands David Kabua asks UN member nations to ensure his country "will be here to celebrate the UN's 100th anniversary." (Sep. 21)
The Center for Biological Diversity accused Newsom of being friendly to California's oil industry and issuing new permits without proper environmental reviews.
Vietnam is the ninth country to submit its updated NDC to the UNFCCC. The submission followed a comprehensive process over three years, under the guidance of Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. Vietnam’s inclusive NDC review and updating process, which was coordinated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), involved active participation by scientists, […]
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Researchers estimate smoke related health costs from summer bushfires at almost $2 billion, warning climate change will make the future worse.
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General Electric, one of the world's largest makers of coal-fired power plants, plans to say goodbye to coal as it focuses instead on cleaner alternatives.
Climate change poses such a severe threat that the world's only option is to adopt a military-style response reminiscent of the U.S. Marshall Plan to rebuild post-war Europe, Prince Charles said on Monday. A long-time advocate for nature, the British royal said climate change was rapidly becoming a "comprehensive catastrophe" that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "At this late stage I can see no other way forward but to call for a Marshall-like plan for nature, people and planet," Charles said in a video recorded for the launch of a week of virtual climate change events in New York.
"The new package will include more than $300 million towards pilot carbon capture projects, grants for businesses for hydrogen, electric and bio-fuelled vehicles, new microgrids in regional and remote communities and a sector-specific grant program for hotels to increase energy productivity." LINK
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities. The blaze, known as the Bobcat Fire, is expected to grow … Continued
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In a year of record-breaking fires in the US, Australia and beyond, calls are growing to refer to 'climate fires' instead of wildfires. In the face of climate denial, the link to global heating must be unambiguous.
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"The controversial technology of reflecting sunlight away from the planet could help blunt the worst impacts of climate change." LINK
Severe weather in Iowa and a 2020 pandemic that triggered an economic collapse in the spring resulted in significant nuclear power capacity outages this summer.
A new Supreme Court appointment at the twilight of President Trump's first term could shift how justices respond to regulatory challenges and dull Chief Justice John Roberts' swing vote in cases with important energy and environmental consequences.
Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is issuing a stark warning about the United States' rising friction with China: If the two superpowers can't find common ground, humanity stands little chance of defeating climate change and other global perils.
The father of a landmark climate report said Friday that its findings are proof that financial regulators must prepare now for the consequences of climate change.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic and its lockdown restrictions, air travel had become an almost unquestioned...
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MINISTERS should more than treble the amount in a Scottish fund set up to help the poorest countries cope with the impact of climate change, a charity says.
Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said on Monday, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists. Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes found in soil. Not all produce toxins but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate change drives up global temperatures.