The Biden team is trying to avoid falling into the trap of ignoring Chinese human rights abuses in exchange for smooth relations.
Across the world, climate change and Covid-19 disruptions have led to rising food prices in the past year. Southeast Asian countries, which have not been immune to such challenges, need to build resilience in their food security policies.
NOAA Fisheries says it will allow harassment of thousands of dolphins and dozens of whales during construction of the nation's first offshore wind farm, south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, off the coast of Massachusetts.
The military would receive a substantial increase in funding for climate resilience and mitigation under a House spending bill released this morning.
Cuchufleto spent a year walking his owner, Gonzalo Cruz, to a Mexico coal mine that partially collapsed June 4, killing Cruz and six workers. The dog continues to go there in hope of seeing Cruz.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Rep. John Curtis says he's tired of hearing that Republicans — his party colleagues — don't care about climate change or slowing global warming.A former Provo mayor who has served in Congress since 2017, Curtis says Republicans can push for serious climate solutions while holding fast to conservative values. To prove the point, he has formed the Conservative Climate Caucus, an all-GOP group aimed at educating fellow Republicans on climate change and advancing market-based policies to counter the Green New Deal and other Democratic proposals. “Those who watch this caucus will see Republicans do care about this Earth — deeply,'' Curtis said at a news conference Wednesday."We, too, want to leave this Earth better than we found it. We don’t need to kill the U.S. economy to...
5 Ways to Shape a Greener, More Equitable Recovery Through Transport
Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:15
The global coronavirus pandemic brought a wave of public and private initiatives to help societies adapt and recover, from economic stabilization and safety measures to new business models and shifts in consumption. Many of these initiatives are not green, despite the fact that society needs major changes to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change and ensure...
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Climate change is reducing the supply of water from melting snow to many of the...
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The solar plant was delivered in record time, reaching commercial operations within 18 months of signing the Power Purchase Agreement, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 22, 2021/ — AMEA Power (www.AMEAPower.com), a subsidiary of UAE-based Al Nowais Investments (ANI), today announced the official commissioning of its 50MW solar photovoltaic...
After a decade of preparation, China’s national emissions trading scheme (ETS) officially enters the operational...
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What’s now critical to Panasonic’s future growth is its relationship with the world’s biggest maker of electric cars and ability to claim a share of ...
A more than 40-year-old nuclear reactor in central Japan that suffered a deadly accident has resumed operation after being taken offline for a decade after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, as Japan pushes to meet its carbon emissions reduction goal.
A state development agency in Alaska wants to map oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, moving toward a face-off with an administration that has expressly forbid searching for crude in the remote coastal region.
Michigan's second-biggest power provider has announced it will quit burning coal by the middle of the decade, accelerating retirement of two remaining plants by as many as 15 years.
Gabon is the world's second-most forested nation, yet its economy is almost fully reliant on revenues from oil extraction. Environment Minister Lee White hopes to turn some of its trees into a source of income so the country can cut its dependence on fossil fuels.
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency vowed yesterday to improve equity in FEMA's response to disasters while also warning that climate change is making extreme weather events escalate more rapidly than before.
Antarctica is a land of enigmas and contradictions — especially in the age of climate change. While the Antarctic region is warming on the whole, not every part of the continent is heating up at the same pace. In fact, some areas appear to be cooling.
The British government is being urged by its own climate advisers to deliver on its promises to deal with climate change or risk undermining a key environmental summit that it is hosting at the end of the year
Mines turn to solar power because of Eskom’s unreliable coal-generated electricity supply
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A plant that could remove the equivalent to 40 million trees every year is planned for Scotland.
NATURAL gas provider New Fortress Energy (NFE) recently welcomed its very first set of engineering interns at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities across the island, as part of its commitment to the development of youth and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in Jamaica.NFE's Tertiary Engineering Internship Programme, which is opened to students enrolled in the Cryogenics Engineering elective at The University of the West Indies (UWI) as part of their engineering degree, as well as engineering students at the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), is aimed at assisting tertiary students gain meaningful and practical experience in the LNG field to become more competitive and more marketable as they transition into...
New data shows the global offshore wind pipeline has ballooned by more than 200GW since 2020, but completion of all these project is expected to be much slower.
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The UK risks missing its 2035 climate change target by a “huge margin” because too few policies for tackling emissions have been put in place, the country’s top climate advisers warn
The challenges of climate change are everywhere but maybe no more so than in coastal cities that face dual threats of seismic activity and rising seas.
At 5:46am on January 17, 1995, a security camera ...
The Climate Change Committee says the PM's climate leadership is undermined by inadequate policies.
The UK government has once again failed to come forward with sufficient policies to meet...
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In addition to the environment, fossil fuels are making less and less economic sense.
Power Engineering Crews have started work installing the first energy storage battery units at Florida Power & Light’s massive Manatee Energy Storage Center. The utility says FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center will be the biggest solar power-battery storage facility in the world when operational. The Parrish, Fla., center will have 400 MW of output and 900MWh of […]
Although greener than petrol and diesel cars, electric vehicles will lead to heavy congestion in towns and cities such as London, the Institute for Public Policy Research claims.
Amazon announced Wednesday it will purchase power from a massive new solar farm in Alberta, marking the e-commerce giant's second renewable energy investment in Canada.
Developers behind the Cambo oilfield plan to extract 150 million barrels of oil under proposals handed to Downing Street by Siccar Point Energy.
It's been a year and a half since California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) directed oil regulators to consider new health and safety measures to protect people living near oil and gas drilling sites.
The Illinois attorney general and a power company have reached an agreement to close three unlined coal ash ponds that have polluted a river known for outdoor recreation, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday.
The chilling report by the U.N.'s climate science advisory panel paints a grim — and deadly — picture for a warming planet.
Honda has said publicly it will phase out sales of gasoline-powered cars completely, setting 2040 as the goal.
How to Transform Food Systems in the Face of Climate Change
Wed, 06/23/2021 - 05:00
Climate change is already undermining food systems in many parts of the world, contributing to a rise in global hunger and threatening the livelihoods of millions of farmers, herders and fishers.
In the arid regions of Ethiopia, droughts are becoming more severe, frequent and prolonged, degrading vegetation needed for livestock. This threatens the 60-70% of Ethiopia’s population...
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Hydrogen is one of the energy solutions that can significantly address climate change and has a vital role to play in decarbonization.
A former official at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is joining the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America as a policy assistant, the trade group announced yesterday.
Federal subsidies played a key role in helping to sustain the U.S. shale boom over the past two decades, swelling the expected value of oil and gas projects by as much as $20 billion per year, according to a new report.
A federal court ruling yesterday could influence how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reviews and approves pipelines, with major implications for the gas industry, emissions and legal cases around the country, analysts say.
A company with technology to better insulate buildings raised $22 million from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a fund backed by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates that invests in climate solutions.
Germany's national rail operator yesterday announced plans to reopen 20 stretches of railway around the country that have been closed over the years, a move intended to help get more people and freight on trains as the country steps up efforts to fight climate change.
House Republicans may send their own delegation to this year's global climate talks in Scotland, elbowing into a White House effort to rebuild credibility on the world stage.
Elliott Green Power grows its management team, aiming to double solar portfolio and add batteries, while still looking for buyers for its Australian assets.
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[HRW] Item 2: Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner's annual report
A move to allow the Australian government to invest in clean technology for the coal and gas industries has been slapped down after the Greens and Labor teamed up.
Investing in new gas is a poor choice, risking stranded asset write-offs for shareholders and worsening climate change. I wouldn’t spend a cent on it.
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A bill to establish a tax credit for domestic solar manufacturers has been introduced to the US federal parliament. Meanwhile, in Australia...
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A new report from an international renewables agency shows that new renewables are beating existing coal on price, all around the world.
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A draft recommendation from UNESCO listed the reef's world heritage status as 'in danger' due to Australia's failure to address the effects of climate change on the 2,300km stretch of coral.
Compensation for farmers and other rural industries will be crucial to a potential deal between the Nationals and Liberals on contentious climate targets.
RELEASE: WRI, UNEP, GEF and Partners Launch Zero Carbon Building Accelerator
Tue, 06/22/2021 - 13:40
WASHINGTON (June 22, 2021) — Buildings are one of the largest contributors to climate change, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions. But they are also the biggest, most cost-effective climate mitigation solution available – making up 58% of urban mitigation potential. Today, World Resources Institute, with support from the Global Environment...
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An appeals court today roundly rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's "ostrich-like approach" to evaluating the need for new pipeline projects, handing a key victory to pipeline opponents.
Energy Toolbase today announced that it has commissioned two energy storage systems (ESS) with Today’s Power (TPI), a renewable energy company based in Little Rock, Arkansas that develops, owns, and operates renewable assets. TPI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based utility service cooperative owned by 17 Arkansas […]
An interactive map created by US climate news website Climate Central, shows people in Liverpool, Hull, Blackpool and along the Norfolk coast would lose their homes by 2050.
Scientists had hoped that Florida's coral reefs could outrun warming waters by migrating to cooler northern seas. But a combination of intolerably hot tropical waters and increasingly frequent cold snaps due to climate change has dashed those dreams.
Iran's sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reports. An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that aired on Sunday...
Senate issues major blow to Morrison government, rejecting Taylor's quest to open up ARENA funds for CCS and fossil hydrogen, blocking new regulations.
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Tuesday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the U.N. World Heritage Committee’s proposal. The committee said in a draft report on Monday that “there is no possible doubt” that the network of colorful …
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[Africa Renewal] New York -- Major commitments will be announced at Ministerial Forums on 21-25 June to accelerate access and transition to clean energy by 2030
Crews have started work installing the first energy storage battery units at Florida Power & Light’s massive Manatee Energy Storage Center. The utility says FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center will be the biggest solar power-battery storage facility in the world when operational. The Parrish, Fla., center will have 400 MW of output and 900MWh of capacity, enough […]
In a step that escalates tensions surrounding West Virginia's coal regulations, conservation groups threatened to sue the Interior Department yesterday over its oversight of mines in the state that contaminate drinking water.
The House Appropriations Committee today proposed a 10% hike in spending on agriculture and related programs in fiscal 2022, with new money targeted for addressing climate change, conducting additional farm research and getting more Americans connected to the Internet.
The Senate this morning passed legislation to make it easier for farmers to access carbon markets in what boosters say could be a critical step to address climate change in the agricultural sector.
Millions of people worldwide are in for a disastrous future of hunger and disease due to climate change, according to a draft report from the UN.
Oracle is giving itself 4 years to be 100% powered by renewable energy while Amazon claims to be world’s largest buyer of renewable energy This week two large American companies made big claims about their use of renewable energy. Oracle pledged to power its global operations, both its facilities and its cloud, with 100% renewable energy […]
[263Chat] A top Chinese bank with a global portfolio including fossil fuel extraction, has tentatively agreed to stop financing the controversial Sengwa coal project in Gokwe after bowing to civic pressure.
Officers say they will facilitate rallies from climate change groups and and even schoolchildren while the world’s leaders attend the COP26.
[Namibian] Southern Africa is popularly associated with sunshine. Does that make the region exceptionally suited to solar energy generation?
Polish energy officials say human error was to blame for a massive outage at Europe's largest brown coal power plant of Belchatow last month and a separate fire there just days later, according to the state PAP news agency.
Environmental groups are calling on President Biden to nominate a climate-conscious candidate to serve as a new commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent agency widely seen as critical to the energy transition.
The country's pipeline safety agency needs to develop performance measures to gauge whether previous regulatory changes are achieving their desired results, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
Bitcoin mining is reviving fossil fuel plants in some states, while the cryptocurrency's backers say it may be pivotal for driving U.S. renewable power. Love it or hate it, the technology is set to make profound changes to the U.S. electricity mix, with implications for emissions and consumer bills.
Tesla Inc. and Spirit Airlines Inc. are leading the charge to transition their sectors to a low-carbon future, according to two Moody's Investors Service reports.
A Massachusetts judge yesterday rejected Exxon Mobil Corp.'s requests to toss out a climate change lawsuit brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D).
SpaceX is set to launch satellites that track and monitor climate change and endangered wildlife from above the Earth.
MORE than half of employees think businesses are not doing enough to tackle climate change, a new survey reveals.
Asia's third-largest economy imported about 4.2 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in May
Wind Catching shares some information about the Windcatcher, a wind power innovation that is the size of the Eiffel Tower.
Plunging costs of solar could prompt coal plants in India, China and much of Europe to be shutdown early, delivering another blow to Australia's huge thermal coal export industry.
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New GOP group claims Republicans care deeply about the Earth, but insists fossil fuels can be a major part of the global solution to climate change. Sound familiar?
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CLIMATE Change Minister James Shaw told this morning's Environment Select Committee that using revenues from ETS auctions to pay a carbon dividend would be "socially progressive."
Clean Energy Regulator says commitments from major energy users, including Australia's three largest supermarket chains, is spurring demand for renewable energy certificates.
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Climate change could expose half of all global cotton-growing regions, including India, to high risks from temperature increases, changes in rainfall patterns and extreme weather events by 2040, according to a global study. Under a worst-case climate scenario, all global cotton-growing regions will be exposed to increased risk from at least one climate hazard by 2040.
China has started building a laboratory deep underground in the Gobi Desert to assess whether it would be a suitable location for a nuclear waste dump, amid moves to expand its nuclear power capacity.The Beishan Underground Research Laboratory in the northwestern province of Gansu will be used to research long-term storage of high-level radioactive waste. With its deepest level to be built 560 metres (1,837 feet) below ground, it will be the world’s largest lab of its kind, according to the…
The $42 million project will replace the community’s aging air terminal, supporting economic recovery, while also adapting to climate change, says N.W.T.,'s liberal MP Michael McLeod.
[Namibian] MINISTER of finance Iipumbu Shiimi last week announced the state and the private sector are set to collaborate on three water projects, a student village and a solar power plant.
CAMPAIGNERS have warned it would be “completely indefensible” for the UK Government to approve a new oil field near Shetland.
This week, BloombergNEF’s released estimates for its global benchmark that tracks the levelized cost of electricity, or LCOE, for utility-scale PV and onshore wind. The LCOE looks at the all-in cost to build, operate, and maintain power plants and then calculates the cost per megawatt-hour (MWh) of the energy produced based on all of those […]
A federal judge yesterday dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe challenging the operation of the Dakota Access pipeline.
Average temperatures in the Greater Yellowstone Area have increased by 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1950 and could rise by another 10 F or more by 2100, according to a report on climate change released today.
HEALTH MINISTER Andrew told a public health conference in Wellington yesterday that some towns and communities won't survive the effects of climate change.
Cars.com 2021 American-Made Index is out and the Telsa Model 3 is the first all-electric car taking the No. 1 spot. Ford Mustang is in second place.
[Vanguard] In a bid to find a lasting solution to the incessant clashes between farmers and herders, the joint climate change bill review committee and the legal working group yesterday met to fast track the passage of the Bill on Climate Change aimed at ending the clashes.
Even a more than 400% jump in the number of fracking crews working the U.S. shale patch isn't enough to send oil output soaring. In fact, it's just enough to keep production relatively flat this year, according to Primary Vision Inc., which has tracked data on frack crews since 2013.
Higher oil prices could help some crude producers transition to cleaner forms of energy, the head of BP PLC said yesterday.
Developers of a $2.5 billion underground transmission line have filed a complaint with federal regulators arguing that the approval process required by grid operator PJM Interconnection LLC will delay the project by at least two years and expose it to unnecessary risk.
Australia said Tuesday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the UN World Heritage Committee's ...
Australia said yesterday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the U.N. World Heritage Committee's proposal.
Property owners on the front lines of climate disasters often stay put for reasons that have little to do with risk but everything to do with quality of life, familial bonds and shared history, experts told a major adaptation conference being hosted this week by Columbia University.
Tucker Carlson, left. featured a video of New York University professor of bioethics and philosophy Mathew Liao, right, who addressed climate change.
Clean Energy Council says it, too, has tried to initiate a national approach to solar panel recycling that was ignored by the federal government.
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A firm that has developed recycling technology which it reckons can help slash the emissions associated with concrete production has won seven-figure backing from a group of investors led by prominent oil services entrepreneurs.
WA hydrogen minister says the federal government rejected the up to 26GW Asian Renewable Energy Hub "prematurely" and with no meaningful engagement.
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The research, led by the University of Bristol, involved asking 626 primary and secondary school teachers across England for their views on climate change education.
( University of Johannesburg ) UJ researchers take a novel step to change hydrogenation into a safe, low energy process. They use a very stable three phase emulsion to transform a toxic waste product into valuable feedstock. The process does not require flammable, compressed hydrogen gas. The emulsion catalysis efficiently hydrogenates nitrobenzene at room temperature to output aniline. Aniline is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. The bi-metallic hydrogenation catalyst is fully recovered afterwards.
With Britain's offshore wind power capacity growing at speed, we see how huge turbines are installed.
Shifting to electric vehicles will still leave the UK with transport problems, a report says.
PHASA-35 is a cutting edge drone being developed by BAE systems at their facility in Warton, Lancashire that can fly about at 70,000ft above the surface for 20 months.
Australia has said it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the UN World Heritage Committee's proposal.The committee said...
Around 70 activists staged a demonstration outside the Texas Senator's $2million property in the ritzy River Oaks neighborhood on Monday morning, before police were called to the scene.
Lorde is sharing details about her comeback album, world tour and her 'feral' cover image for 'Solar Power.'
Coloured graphics designed by a Reading academic represent changing temperatures over time
Australia has said it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status due to climate change.
THE CONVERSATION | Australia's top economists overwhelmingly back government measures to speed the transition to electric cars in order to meet emission reduction targets.
[This Day] As plans for the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow intensifies, Chiemelie Ezeobi writes on the efforts by UK Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility, a UK Aid-funded demand-led technical assistance programme that helps the Nigerian government deliver socially inclusive, climate-smart infrastructure
BRISBANE: Australia will strongly oppose a Unesco plan to list the Great Barrier Reef as "in danger" over its deterioration caused by climate change, the government said Tuesday.
Iran's sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, the country's state TV reported.