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Will hydrogen be a blessing or a curse? Probably a bit of both, but the fossil fuel industry is fighting for much more of the second.
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Egypt’s Meteorological Authority on Sunday announced that Egypt’s temperatures will increase during the coming period due to low pressure monsoon coming from India and increasing humidity. The authority expects very hot weather on southern Upper Egypt, hot weather on Cairo and Lower Egypt, and moderate weather on the northern coasts. Maximum temperatures will reach 43C, …
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BERLIN (AP) — Thunderstorms brought a much-needed cooldown to parts of Western Europe over the weekend as the continent sweltered under its first summer heatwave. Dozens of people were reported drowned as they sought relief from the heat. Forecasters predicted further downpours Monday moving westward toward Poland, which has seen five days of unusually hot …
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Thunderstorms brought a much-needed cooldown to parts of western Europe over the weekend as the continent swelters under its first summer heatwave
We are much closer to crossing them than we think -- and it’s all because of our greenhouse gas emissions.
Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Legislature are reprising a fight from last year, passing legislation Monday to require Gov. Tom Wolf (D) to go through them if he wants to impose a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Colorado ended its latest legislative session with some major climate victories, including a measure that sets a new national benchmark for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
This story has been made freely available as a public service to our readers. Please consider supporting SCMP’s journalism by subscribing.Hong Kong has raised the first typhoon warning signal of the year.The city’s Observatory issued the standby signal No 1 at 4.15pm on Friday, saying a tropical cyclone was likely to affect the city as it was centred about 800km away.Forecasters cautioned the public to be prepared for changes in the weather while planning outdoor activities, and said the No 1…
Egypt’s Meteorological Authority announced Wednesday that moderate temperatures will prevail over Greater Cairo, the Delta governorates, the northern coasts, Upper Egypt, and South Sinai starting Friday. Active winds are expected for Greater Cairo, the northern coasts, and Southern Upper Egypt during the coming 24 hours. The authority stated that Friday will mark the end of …
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Halogen sales will be banned from September 1, while fluorescent bulbs will be phased out from 2023. It is claimed that the move will reduce the UK's carbon emissions by 1.26 million tons a year.
[FAO] Rome -- FAO-led study expands evidence base for insights on how to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions
Global asset managers — including J.P. Morgan Asset Management Inc. and Fidelity International Ltd. — will urge five Asian power generators to curb greenhouse gas emissions in an initiative coordinated by the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change.
Vehicle tailpipe emissions are traveling across state lines and killing thousands of people in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, according to new research published today.
EPA's laboratory charged with ensuring vehicles comply with emissions standards adequately mitigated the negative impacts of COVID-19, according to a new report from the agency's internal watchdog.
Canada could reach one-third of its greenhouse gas reduction targets by making better use of its vast forests, prairies and wetlands, says a report by more than three dozen scientists.
Scores of groups and individuals today urged the Biden administration to restore California's authority to set stricter tailpipe emissions standards beyond the federal level.
Angus Taylor inflates Gorgon CCS role in emissions data, as reductions from renewables offset by growth in fossil fuels.
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The Egyptian Meteorological Authority announced that the current heatwave gripping the country will subside by Tuesday in the northern parts. Moderate weather will prevail at the northern coasts, with hot weather in Greater Cairo, the Delta governorates, and northern Upper Egypt, and very hot weather in southern Sinai and southern Upper Egypt. The weather will …
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Meteorologists predict very hot weather on Monday during the daytime over Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt, northeastern coasts, South Sinai, and Upper Egypt, with moderately hot weather expected on the northwestern coasts. The weather will be mild by nightfall over Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt, northern coasts, and northern Upper Egypt, while moderate on South Sinai and …
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Qatar has introduced tougher measures to protect laborers from heat stress as the Gulf Arab state’s human rights record comes under renewed focus ahead of hosting the 2022 soccer World Cup. New regulations issued on Wednesday, the latest in a series of labour reforms, extended a ban on outdoor work during the peak heat season …
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The Hague District Court ruled that the Anglo-Dutch energy giant has a duty of care to reduce emissions and its current reduction plans are not concrete enough. The decision could set a precedent.
The Biden administration is reaching deep into its toolbox for ways to lower carbon emissions and boost U.S. manufacturing. So far, that hasn't included a border tax on carbon-intensive imports.
If UK banks and investors were a country, they would be among world's leading emitters.
New research shows Australia is lagging behind international peers in emissions reductions, despite what the Morrison government may claim.
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a law yesterday mandating that a broad swath of industries essentially eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The new standards, the most aggressive in the nation, will go into effect in 2023.
Taiwan launched island-wide power cuts on Monday evening following a spike in demand amid a heatwave and drought and failure at a power plant, the second such outage in the global tech hub in a week.Phased blackouts hit the self-ruled island, which major chip makers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) call home, on Thursday following an outage at a plant in the southern city of Kaohsiung, which worried investors amid a global chip shortage.It was not immediately clear whether…
'Ghost forests' in North Carolina are causing 'tree farts' that are resulting in increased greenhouse gas emissions. Dead trees are releasing carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in trace amounts
Scientists warn that the stratosphere could lose 4% of its thickness by the end of the century.
The German government adopted an ambitious plan yesterday to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2045, five years earlier and with deeper cuts than previously planned.
China's major copper smelters have vowed to reduce purchases of concentrate this year as the country seeks to curb its carbon emissions, according to a state-run research firm.
It's a massive country with massive emissions.
The country is responsible for 27% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.
[The Conversation Africa] Translating complex climate science into language people understand has always been difficult. At various times, the aim of different climate policies has been holding average global temperature rise to 2°C or 1.5°C, or ensuring emissions peak by a particular year. Net zero targets are the most recent attempt to simplify the climate crisis in order to make it manageable.
Chinese greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 zipped past the United States and other developed countries combined.
Recent pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions fail to account for the rich world's historical carbon debt to poorer ones.
Denmark aims to boost spending on green farming technologies to slash carbon emissions in one of its most polluting industries as part of the measures to reach the Nordic country's ambitious climate targets.
Food website labeled beef the 'biggest climate offender in the American diet'. Around 15% of total global greenhouse gas emissions is down to livestock.
Broad coalition of groups push Biden to go hard on 2035 target for a zero carbon grid, considered the key to the new emissions reduction targets.
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Countries are adopting very different strategies for how they take into account carbon pulled out of the air by their forests.
The United States is on course to reduce emissions by about 30% over 10 years. That leaves a large gap in President Biden's goal of cutting CO2 in half.
For President Joe Biden to reach his ambitious goal of slashing America's greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, huge reductions would have to come from somewhere other than one of the worst culprits: auto tailpipes.That's because...
The United States and several other nations have pledged to cut carbon emissions faster, putting pressure on other big polluters to clean up their acts.
The Biden administration has asked a federal court to drop a Trump-era lawsuit over an emissions pact between California and the Canadian province of Quebec.
Canada has never had a hard time setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The challenge has been to actually meet those targets.
President Joe Biden announced the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% as he kicked off a climate summit with 40 other world leaders.
US president Joe Biden will commit the world’s second-biggest emitter to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52 per cent by 2030 at a climate summit today
As Scotland's food and drink sector focuses on sustainability and the goal of net zero carbon emissions, there's no denying the numerous challenges ahead ... but there are also abundant opportunities, explains John Davidson of Scotland Food & Drink
At an international climate summit convened by U.S. President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged Thursday that Canada would aggressively curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
The president will begin a climate summit by announcing that the United States will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half, based on 2005 levels, by the end of the decade.
Typhoon Surigae continued its sluggish northward journey on Thursday, local time, as the storm continued to lash the northern Philippines with rough surf, heavy rain and strong winds for the sixth consecutive day.
Two Italian managers in Fiat Chrysler's diesel engine program have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit in a widening case alleging a scheme to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.
Tsunamis can be generated by earthquakes, landslides, undersea volcanic eruptions and even crashing meteorites. And despite better warnings, we are more at risk. By Paul Gorman.
When the tsunami came ...
Environmentalists had hoped that pandemic-related declines in emissions-fueling activity might signal a shift in consumption that could continue.
Scott Morrison has pledged to protect industry as Australia heads toward net zero carbon emissions 'as quickly as passively and preferably by 2050'.
Strong winds and high waves lashed the eastern Philippines on Monday as the strongest typhoon ever recorded in April barrelled past in the Pacific Ocean, killing one man and triggering flooding in lower-lying communities, disaster officials said.The national weather bureau issued a severe wind and heavy rainfall warning on Monday, saying “destructive typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 110km (68 miles) from the centre of the storm”.More than 100,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas…
MANILA (Reuters) -Strong winds and high waves lashed the eastern Philippines on Monday as the strongest typhoon ever recorded in April barrelled past in the Pacific Ocean, killing one man and triggering flooding in lower-lying communities, disaster officials said. The national weather bureau issued a severe wind and heavy rainfall warning on Monday, saying "destructive typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 110 km (68.35 miles) from the centre of the storm". More than 100,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas, according to provincial disaster agencies. The core of Surigae, or Bising as the storm is known locally, is not expected to hit land. But with a diameter of 500 km and winds reaching 195 km per hour, parts of the eastern islands of Samar experienced flooding, while several...
Britain is set for a mini heatwave from today as the mercury is set to hit highs of 66F this afternoon with most of the country expected to remain sunny and warm throughout the week.
An approaching typhoon has flooded villages in the eastern and central Philippines, where more than 68,000 people have been evacuated to safety as a precaution although the unusual summer storm may not blow inland
Freezing temperatures, snow and ice might come to mind when you think of Siberia, but the past week has seen the region experiencing a record-breaking heatwave with 118 F heat.
It is the first African country to get money for reducing carbon emissions through forest protection.
Greenhouse-gas emissions from European Union farms haven't declined since 2010, even as the government earmarked more than €100 billion ($119 billion) toward climate-change efforts since 2014, according to a report from the E.U.'s financial watchdog.
WITH carbon emissions from academic travel plummeting by close to 90 per cent, New Zealand universities are looking at how they can lock-in some of those reductions in a post-Covid world.
Beijing has reportedly reached peak carbon emissions well ahead of schedule, but an environmental expert says it is an achievement other Chinese cities may have difficulty replicating.A report in Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily cited research from an “authoritative institute” that showed the capital hit peak emissions in 2012 – eight years before President Xi Jinping announced China’s target of reaching the peak before 2030. It said emissions had significantly declined since 2013…
All units at a major Chinese dam designed to send power from the Yangtze valley in the southwest to the most populous parts of the country have started generating electricity, state media reported on Wednesday.Wudongde Dam, the world’s seventh-largest hydroelectric station, is a major plank of the country’s plans to meet its growing electricity needs while cutting emissions.Yang Zongli, director of the Wudongde project, said the station’s 12 turbines could help the country reach “peak emissions…
NET Zero Secretary Michael Matheson has admitted Scotland failing to hit legally-set carbon reduction targets for the third year running is a “wake-up call” to keep ambitious aims on track.
Switching to more sustainable production of soy and maize could boost food security in the...
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Shell will cut emissions faster than planned after being ordered to do so by a court in The Hague last month.
Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's biggest meat processing company, said today it plans to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through land conservation and other measures.
Canadian oilsands producers said on Wednesday they would form an alliance to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from their operations by 2050, as the cash-rich firms come under pressure to meet the country's goal on energy transition.
California launched work yesterday on a sweeping plan to make its economy carbon-neutral by 2045. But the new effort is overshadowed by fears the state can't meet a less ambitious mandate to reduce its emissions by 2030.
[AI London] G20 countries account for almost 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions
Acitivists say they are "dumbfounded" by the WA government's decision to approve the plan, saying it also ignores scope 3 emissions.
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Some of the hottest days of the year are expected in the Northeast this weekend as a heatwave could break records in some cities.
THE LEADER of Edinburgh City Council has warned that the electricity grid “cannot cope” with a huge shift away from petrol and diesel cars – as he sets out the authority’s strategy to cut carbon emissions.
The world economy is roaring again, and it has the emissions to prove it.
( Washington State University ) A new study in Global Biogeochemical Cycles shows per-area greenhouse gas emissions from the world's water reservoirs are around 29% higher than suggested by previous studies, but that practical measures could be taken to help reduce that impact.
A heatwave and brisk economic activities have combined to set off record-breaking electricity consumption in southern Chinese provinces, prompting the state-owned power grid operator to ration power to factories and commercial services providers.China Southern Power Grid has posted record peak-capacity loading of more than 200 gigawatts in the past three weeks, the China Central Television (CCTV) reported on its website on Monday. About two-thirds of the capacity came from Guangdong, the most…
Energy Minister Angus Taylor said emissions were 20 per cent below 2005 levels with gas emissions from transport, Australia's third largest source of pollution, falling by 12 per cent.
With the majority of the UK set to enjoy a mini heatwave next week, many of us will be looking for ways to keep our homes cool. The solution? A fan is a must-have. The Honeywell Turbo Fan...
Other companies could soon face the same legal pressure.
TEN YEARS AGO, Europe's greenhouse gas emissions were growing on the back of an economic recovery, but remained below the cap.
Two new studies show that low-income communities and Americans of color saw greater heat exposures in 97 percent of cities analyzed, as well as higher hospitalization rates when smog and heat waves collide.
Self-driving vehicles could become a common form of transportation within the next decade, but researchers are warning they may worsen greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
British-Swiss company Mootral says its garlic-based feed supplement helps to reduce a cow's methane emissions by an average of 30%. Now, its converting those savings into carbon credits.
STATEMENT: IEA Releases Report to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions by 2050
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WASHINGTON (May 18, 2021)—The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released a special report laying out a comprehensive pathway for the global energy sector to reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. The report, Net-Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, examines what actions are needed from governments, companies, investors and citizens to...
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A Nova Scotia MP unveiled an online tool Monday to help small and medium-size municipalities across Canada develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A DRAMATIC DROP in air travel due to Covid-19 contributed to a 32 per cent drop in Victoria University's carbon emissions in 2020 compared to 2019.
A study by Charles University in Prague found the region of the atmosphere from 12 to 40 miles above the Earth has been shrinking by 328ft per decade.
Americans' preferences for bigger houses and wider use of air conditioning could drive up energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. residential buildings, even with a continued trend toward carbon-free electricity, according to a new study.
A Southern California air quality board voted Friday to require large warehouses to drastically cut diesel emissions in an apparent first-of-its-kind regulation to reduce pollution in the nation's smoggiest region.
China's annual emissions exceeded those of all developed nations combined in 2019, the first time this has happened since national greenhouse gas emissions have been measured, according to a new report from the Rhodium Group.
Ambitious new commitments of state governments go some way to filling the void left by the lack of a national climate policy.
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Countries around the world have been committing to ambitious measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions. New research shows they have further to go than they thought.
A coal company is joining calls for the Supreme Court to review EPA's authority to broadly regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
ESB market reform proposals raise concerns about emissions, consumer outcomes, and the lingering issues over the payment for grid connections.
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Scientists are tracking cows' methane emissions. They want to see if there are any advantages to breeding cattle that have lower emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas.
California may regain the right to set its own vehicle emissions standards as part of the Biden administration's push to reverse Trump-era environmental policies.
Conservative lawmakers and commentators spread false claims that Biden’s recent pledge to curb greenhouse gas emissions included a proposal to cut red meat consumption by 90 percent.
Nations have pledged massive cuts on greenhouse gas emissions, paving the way for a torrent of regulation set to benefit green stocks and bonds.
Climate Action Tracker analysis shows that Japan needs to reduce emissions by 62% by 2030 from 2013 levels to meet Paris Agreement targets.
Allegations of federal overreach are traditionally a favored Republican rallying cry. But it's a cry that the Democratic Biden administration is now sounding as it moves to restore California's freedom to set its own tailpipe emissions standards.
Biden's plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half is slightly more aggressive than California's, and is among the world's most ambitious.
Suga announced Thursday that Japan will target a 46% cut in greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 from 2013 levels, a sharp upgrade from its earlier ...
Biden announced the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% percent as he kicked off a climate summit with 40 other world leaders.
Joe Biden has confirmed the new climate target for the United States will be to slash emissions by at least half by 2030. Australia refuses to budge.
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Biden will announce the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% percent as he kicks off a climate summit with 40 other world leaders.
Visa Inc. will aim to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 after already reaching carbon neutrality across its own operations last year.
The president will commit the United States to deep cuts in emissions at an Earth Day summit meeting that starts on Thursday, according to people ...
The Trudeau government is expected to announce a new target for greenhouse gas emissions — at least a 40 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.
Billionaire Tom Steyer joined academics and environmental activists in urging California to end net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
President Biden will announce plans this week to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least half by the end of this decade, as part of an aggressive push to combat climate change at home and convince other major economies to follow suit.
Building sites produce emissions and air pollution. Cities, developers and construction machinery manufacturers are looking for ways to clean them up.
Two prize-winning companies have developed technology that can inject carbon dioxide into concrete and store it there "for good".
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As the world confronts a warming climate, the federal Liberals are committing billions more dollars to a variety of measures meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the economy and help drive a "green recovery" from the pandemic-induced economic slowdown.
An approaching typhoon has left at least one person dead and another missing and prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people as a precaution in the eastern and central Philippines, although the unusual summer storm is not expected to blow into land, officials said today.
South Africa’s latest proposed reduction targets on greenhouse gas emissions, while an improvement on before, do not go far enough to avert a disastrous rise in global temperatures this century.
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To address the matter, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government is set to release a new carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions target for fiscal ...