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2022-09-23

World Bank head under pressure to quit over climate change doubts

David Malpass criticised for lack of leadership on environment-related finance for developing countries.

Climate change: Spike in Amazon emissions linked to law enforcement

Carbon emissions in the Amazon region in 2019 and 2020 more than doubled compared to the average of the previous eight years, according to a new study.

New Jersey first state to introduce climate change curriculum in schools

The program will also introduce students to careers in climate change.

China urges Europe to take positive steps on climate change

SHANGHAI, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Europe and other developed countries must take "positive action" to implement climate change goals as geopolitical uncertainties threaten to undermine their efforts, China's top climate envoy told his German counterpart.

U.S. ratifies global treaty to curb climate-warming chemicals in air conditioning, refrigeration

The Senate voted to ratify a global climate treaty that will phase down the use and production of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, chemicals widely used in air conditioning and refrigeration.

What went right this week: climate compensation for developing countries, plus more

Denmark promised funding for poorer countries experiencing climate impacts, a four-day week trial showed promise, and the British public became ‘woke’, plus more positive news

The Tonga Volcano Shook the World. It May Also Affect the Climate.

Scientists say water vapor injected into the stratosphere by the volcanic eruption in January may have a slight, though temporary, warming effect.

Global leaders meet in Pittsburgh for climate talks

Officials from around the world are meeting in Pittsburgh to discuss global climate change efforts. The event comes as leaders prepare to meet this fall for the next U.N. climate summit in Egypt.

Australia climate change inaction violated islanders’ rights: UN

UN ruling creates ‘a pathway’ to allow climate victims to force national governments to address their plight.

Duke Energy Is Leaking a Potent Climate-Warming Gas at More Than Five Times the Rate of Other Utilities

The gas, sulfur hexafluoride, is one of the most potent and long-lasting climate pollutants—known collectively as “the immortals”—because they remain in the atmosphere for thousands of years.

Multi-agency Climate Science Report Warns About “Tipping Points”

The report warns that “urgent action is needed to mitigate emissions and adapt to our changing climate”.

Biden meets with U.K. leader under cloud of climate skepticism

President Joe Biden celebrated his climate victories at the United Nations on Wednesday. Then he sat down with British Prime Minister Liz Truss, who is staffing the highest ranks of her new government with officials who reject climate science.

2022-09-21

UN chief: 'Tax fossil fuel profits for climate damage'

Windfall profits made by fossil fuel companies should be taxed to pay for climate damage, according to the UN Secretary General.

During the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and climate change were high on the agenda amid soaring prices for energy and food.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and climate change dominated speeches at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday.

Marcos to rich nations: Fulfill climate finance promises

In the run up to the climate talks in November, Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, Jr urged world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on 20 September to pay for climate disasters. He also promoted "peaceful uses of nuclear energy".

Climate change could wipe $108 billion from U.S. property market, study finds

Losing such a huge amount of private land over a few years could have far-reaching consequences, including threatening local economies.

International "collaboration gap" threatens to undermine climate progress and delay net zero by decades

New report sets out urgent priorities to rapidly make more clean technologies the most affordable options in key sectors.

California Has Provided Incentives for Methane Capture at Dairies, but the Program May Have ‘Unintended Consequences’

Scientists and environmentalists appeal for more data, noting that research on the ammonia emissions from processed manure raises troubling questions about a vital element of California’s climate change strategy.

2022-09-19

Criticism intensifies after big oil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims

Fury as ‘explosive’ files reveal largest oil companies contradicted public statements and wished bedbugs upon critical activists

California Has Provided Incentives for Methane Capture at Dairies, but the Program May Have ‘Unintended Consequences’

Scientists and environmentalists appeal for more data, noting that research on the ammonia emissions from processed manure raises troubling questions about a vital element of California’s climate change strategy.

As farmers split from the GOP on climate change, they're getting billions to fight it

If you ask Iowa farmer Robb Ewoldt about the federal dollars he's received over the last few years to help make his land more sustainable, it's clear he's a big fan.

China, Europe, US drought: Is 2022 the driest year recorded?

Europe and parts of China have experienced extreme temperatures this summer, dry conditions in Africa have put millions at risk of starvation, and the American West continues to see a persistent lack of rainfall.

New Zealand central bank says working with partners on climate

Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Adrian Orr says ‘climate impacts’ already being felt.

Iraq's political stalemate pushes climate action to backseat

A political crisis has left Iraq without a functional government and unable to act on worsening climate change impacts.

2022-09-13

Biden to tout climate change, prescription drugs law at White House event

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will celebrate his climate change and drug pricing law, The Inflation Reduction Act, on Tuesday with an event at the White House to highlight Democrats' commitment to progressive priorities ahead of the November election.

Climate study says summers in Illinois, much of Midwest to feature 'Extreme Heat Belt'

Over a 30-year period from 1991 to 2021, the average number of days with temperatures 90 degrees and above was 14.8.

Are Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner and the like to blame for jet-fueled climate change?

Political leaders should leverage the private jetting industry to drive further advancements in sustainable aviation.

Westport's GOP leader breaks with party, stumps for Democrats' climate bill

WESTPORT — After Democrats won passage of a $370 billion climate-and-energy spending plan on a strictly party-line vote in Congress, their victory tour in Connecticut began Monday with a conspicuous host: a Republican.

Climate Change Could Strain Relations Between King Charles III and U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss

For more than half a century, the late Queen’s son Prince Charles—now King Charles III—has beaten the environmental drum with increasing intensity. In his early twenties, he gave prescient speeches on pollution. In his middle age, he founded high profile sustainability initiatives. And in January, at age 73, he issued his most stark call for radical climate action by business and government. “The world is on the brink,” he wrote in an essay. “And we need the mobilizing urgency of a war-like footing if we are to win.”

Displaced by drought, climate migrants clash with Zimbabwe’s timber industry

After suffering from extreme drought, farmers have settled in timber plantations in eastern Zimbabwe, clashing with government and industry

Mercedes-Benz climate case dropped by German court, appeal planned

BERLIN (Reuters) -A lawsuit accusing Mercedes-Benz of infringing on people's freedoms by exacerbating climate change was dropped by the Stuttgart district court on Tuesday but the German climate NGO behind the case said it planned to appeal.

South Africa close to producing plan for Western climate aid despite hurdles

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African ministers will meet in the coming days to discuss an investment plan for billions of dollars pledged by rich nations for a transition to green energy, aiming to complete it before November's COP27 climate summit, the environment minister said.

Advocates call on U.S. to help flooded Pakistan in the name of climate justice

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Huma Yusuf, columnist for the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, about climate justice following the flooding that put one third of Pakistan under water.

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