June 27 – July 3 2022
Electricity Use Would Surge under California’s New Climate Plan | San Jose Inside
Without massive investments in clean energy, air board officials warned that more fossil fuels will be needed to power electric cars and ensure a reliable power grid under California’s sweeping new climate strategy.
UK to Guarantee $2 Billion of AfDB Debt to Boost Climate Fight
(Bloomberg) — The UK has agreed to guarantee $2 billion of the debt the African Development Bank has extended to governments on the continent, allowing the lender to free up finance for climate-related projects. Most Read from BloombergRussia Defaults on Foreign Debt for First Time Since 1918Hyunda…
Rambla Climate-House lands on a Spanish ravine to repair its ecosystem
Office for Political Innovation has designed a residence on a ravine in Spain that works to repair the forested landscape’s ecosystem.
G7 leaders reaffirm climate change goals but stress need for energy security: statement
The Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Monday agreed to work together to accelerate the fight against climate change while ensuring their energy security, a statement at a summit in Germany said.
June 20-26 2022
Is Moss Is A Climate Change Superhero In Disguise?
Some mosses even use the ammonia from car exhaust as a nutrient, while others bind heavy metals and metabolize fine dust.
Bangladesh faces ‘worst flooding in 100 years’ while climate talks in Bonn falter
Experts call the record-breaking floods ‘unprecedented, but not unpredictable’, with millions inundated just as climate talks in Germany end on a disappointing note
Attorney Generals Push to Change SEC Climate Disclosure Rules
A multistate coalition led by California Attorney General Rob Bonta submitted comments today in response to the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rule on climate-related financial risk disclosures.
‘Food miles’ have larger climate impact than thought, study suggests – Carbon Brief
Global “food miles” emissions are higher than previously thought – accounting for nearly one-fifth of total food-system emissions – new research suggests.
June 13-19 2022
Water pollution, transparency hamper fast food’s sustainability progress
Despite progress, six major fast food brands must do more to reduce water pollution and provide more transparency in their animal protein supply chains.
Supreme Court climate case might end regulation
The high court’s decision in a case questioning EPA’s authority over greenhouse gases could alter federal regulation in ways never before seen. Such a
Climate disasters collide with Ukraine war to deepen hunger crisis
With temperatures spiking to 110 degrees once more, Jeetram Yadav sat in the shade on his farm outside New Delhi and cupped a handful of this season’s disappointing wheat between his calloused palms. The grains were brown and the size of cumin seeds, shriveled by heat. “I can speak for my village: E…
Forbes Global 2000 Firms Judged ‘Alarmingly Weak’ On Climate Plans
A new report suggests many of the world’s biggest firms have major shortcomings in their climate pledges, opening companies up to allegations of greenwashing.
US Firms Secure 19 Deals to Export Liquified Natural Gas, Driven in Part by the War in Ukraine – Inside Climate News
War has been good for U.S. companies that liquefy natural gas and send it overseas in giant, ocean-going vessels, raising the possibility of a significant climate liability, according to an environmental nonprofit that’s been tracking LNG trends across the country. Since the Russian invasion of Ukra…
Clouds played an important role in the history of climate
Were Earth’s oceans completely covered by ice during the Cryogenian period, about 700 million years ago, or was there an ice-free belt of open water around the equator where sponges and other forms of life could survive? Using global climate models, a team of researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of…
Vermont passes $225M for climate initiatives | Energy News Network
Plus, Danskammer gas plant loses permit appeal in NY
Renewable credits may undercut climate targets — study
The practice of incorporating the use of renewable energy certificates into emissions reporting “casts serious doubt on the veracity of reported corporate
SEC Democrats Worry Climate Reporting Plan Falls Short on Audits
Democratic SEC Commissioners Allison Lee and Caroline Crenshaw are raising more questions about whether the agency’s climate disclosure proposal would do enough to elicit reliable greenhouse gas emissions data from companies.
Fiji says Asia’s biggest security threat is climate change, not conflict | CNN
Fiji’s defense minister said on Sunday that climate change posed the biggest security threat in the Asia-Pacific region, a shift in tone at a defense summit dominated by the war in Ukraine and disputes between China and the United States.
June 6-12 2022
Why the global soil shortage threatens food, medicine and the climate
Topsoil is eroding at a fast pace due to climate change and poor farming practices that experts say threatens food supply, the environment and water security.
‘Hidden world’ of marine life discovered in Antarctic ‘river’ under ice
New Zealand scientists ‘jumping up and down’ at find during investigation of climate-induced melt of ice shelf
Environmentalists join forces to fight ‘carbon bomb’ fossil fuel projects
Coalition of lawyers, journalists and campaigners challenge climate-busting mega projects exposed in Guardian investigation
May 30 – June 5 2022
EU missed climate spending target despite claiming it was met: Auditors
BRUSSELS: The European Union missed its target to spend 20 per cent of its pre-2020 budget on fighting climate change and overstated its green spending to claim that the goal had been met, the European Court of Auditors said on Monday (May 30). The EU had pledged to spend at least 20 per cent of it…
California, New Zealand announce climate change partnership
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Top officials from California and New Zealand signed a pledge Friday agreeing to help fight climate change by sharing ideas and best practices, including how to put millions more electric vehicles on the road.
Facebook, fact checking and the plastics-climate debate
The website PolitiFact is weighing in on claims in the plastics-climate change debate, declaring public statements from the plastics industry “half true.”
ADB approves $250m loan to help Philippines’ climate ambitions
RIYADH: The Asian Development Bank has approved a $250 million policy-based loan to support the Philippines in adapting and mitigating climate change. This will help the Philippines deliver its Nationally Determined Contribution — a commitment to help advance global efforts to stabilize the world’s…
Linking nitrous oxide to climate risk is yet another example of the disdain shown to women’s pain | Isabelle Oderberg
Why this report? Why now? Why did I get all those rolling eye emoji text messages?
German Chancellor accused of comparing climate activists to Nazis
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was accused Monday of comparing climate activists to Nazis, in allegations that his spokesperson said were “completely absurd.”
European Commission overreported climate spending by €72 billion, auditors find
Only 13% of EU spending 2014-20 was relevant to climate action, not 20% as claimed, the European Court of Auditors said, with the biggest gap in farming policy
Europe should use its Putin-proofing energy plans to reinvigorate climate action
Many of the actions being taken for Europe’s energy security will cut emissions – so why not submit a stronger climate target to the UN?
May 16-22 2022
Melbourne invests $50m to become a greener, sustainable city
City of Melbourne will invest more than $50m in creating a greener, sustainable city and help deliver on its commitment to fight urban climate change
How Sustainable is the Creation of Thermoelectric Generation Technology?
In a new article published in the journal Sustainability, researchers from Colombia, Chile, and Brazil have presented a review of recent developments and trends in thermoelectric power generation systems. The overarching aim is to investigate the sustainability of the technology and provide an insig…
From degrowth to a sustainable food system transformation
Proponents of degrowth have long argued that economic growth is detrimental to the environment. Now, scientists show that concerning the food sector, curbing growth alone would not make our food system sustainable — but changing what we eat and putting a price on carbon would.
US farmers can help in the battle for climate resiliency. A massive bill highlights how.
As Congress looks to renew the Farm Bill in 2023, programs focused on climate change and sustainable agriculture will need more funding.
Policymakers underestimate methane’s climate and air quality impacts
Methane emissions have been increasing rapidly in recent years, contributing significantly to global warming. Despite this, methane is not adequately treated within existing national and international governance frameworks. Researchers now highlight the urgent need for action in a new study.
May 9-15 2022
‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022
Report reveals extent of sixth mass bleaching event with worst-affected reefs between Cape Tribulation and Whitsundays
For East Africa’s pastoralists, climate change already fueling violence, hunger
In 2008 and 2009, a severe drought swept through much of Kenya and Tanzania. Nomadic herders, or pastoralists, such as the Maasai people in Tanzania, pushed south in search of greener expanses, bringing tens of thousands of cattle with them.
The Work-From-Home climate challenge
Companies might have thought a silver lining from the pandemic was that remote work was slashing emissions. They’re thinking again.
Every heatwave enhanced by climate change: experts
All heatwaves today bear the unmistakable and measurable fingerprint of global warming, top experts on quantifying the impact of climate change on extreme weather said Wednesday.
CCRI launches new climate technology in Jamaica – Reinsurance News
The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI) has released new technology in Jamaica that is set to help countries that are most exposed to
DNA provides unique look at moa and climate change
Ancient moa DNA has provided insights into how species react to climate change, a new study has found.
Climate: World getting ‘measurably closer’ to 1.5-degree threshold
There is a 50:50 chance of average global temperature reaching 1.5 degrees Celcius above pre-industrial levels in the next five years, and the likelihood is increasing with time, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), published on Tuesday in Geneva.
May 2-8 2022
Temperatures break records in India as heat wave scorches region
Here’s your weekly roundup of climate change news for the week of April 25 to May 1, 2022.
Climate activist gains 11% of Australia’s AGL Energy, to vote against company split
Mike Cannon-Brookes, a tech billionaire and climate activist, said he has gained an 11.28% interest in Australia’s AGL Energy , a move that follows the company’s rejection of a $3.8 billion takeover offer he made with Brookfield Asset Management.
Sunak urged to issue green bonds with higher returns if climate goals missed
Thinktank says following Chile’s example would give ministers greater incentive to meet targets
Vacuuming carbon from the air could stop climate change. Not everyone likes the idea
With the climate warming rapidly, scientists are finding that cutting fossil fuels may not be enough. Carbon dioxide emissions may need to be vacuumed right out of the air.
Climate zealots vs. N.Y. homeowners and workers
A draft proposal to cut greenhouse emissions would be a job-killing disaster that also will zap residents and homeowners with sky-high energy costs.
April 25 – May 1 2022
Twitter Bans Climate Change Denial Ads
Twitter announces that it will prohibit advertisements that contradict the scientific consensus on climate change.
‘The fact is we’re behind’: Minn. climate plan calls for swift, strong action
The Climate Action Framework lays out expansive goals and actions in a broad range of areas, from transportation to clean energy to agriculture.
Research: Insects are dying off because of climate, farming
Scientists found that tropical regions were at the greatest risk for insect declines.
How the US military is waging war on climate change
Climate change means the U.S. military has no choice but to adapt and learn to operate within a rapidly-changing world.
John Kerry is trying to convince the world to act on climate change. Russia’s war made it that much harder
As global temperature climbs fossil fuel emissions climb to new highs, Russia’s war in Ukraine is roiling energy markets and putting short-term climate goals at risk
US climate activist dies after setting himself on fire outside supreme court
Wynn Bruce, 50, from Colorado, who friend said had been planning self-immolation for a year, died on Saturday from his injuries
April 11-17 2022
Study: Africa cyclones exacerbated by climate change
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Extreme rainfall in southeast Africa has become heavier and more likely to occur during cyclones because of climate change, according to a new analysis released Monday by an international team of weather scientists.
Inside a legal doctrine that could derail Biden climate regs
Conservative groups have asked the Supreme Court to establish a more muscular major questions doctrine that could strike down climate rules.
As climate change intensifies extreme weather events, local newspapers see a bright future in meteorology
“Every phone has a weather app on it. So where do you add value, layer in expertise?”
Despite Big Oil Roadblocks, Poll Shows Majority in US Support Climate Action
Amid congressional inaction, solid majorities of U.S. adults favor policies to slash greenhouse gas pollution, a new Gallup survey found.
Climate change a major threat to global health, says WHO
Climate change poses a serious threat to human health that calls for urgent action and global collaboration on scales seen in the COVID-19 response, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
Climate change demands near perfect weed control in soybean
Growing crops in a changing climate is tough enough, but when weeds factor in, soybean yields take a massive hit. That’s according to new research from the University of Illinois and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and it means farmers will need to achieve greater weed control than ever to a…
April 4-10 2022
No obituary for Earth: Scientists fight climate doom talk
It’s not the end of the world. It only seems that way. Climate change is going to get worse , but as gloomy as the latest scientific reports are, including today’s from the United Nations, scientist after scientist stresses that curbing global warming is not hopeless.
5 takeaways from the big U.N. report on climate change
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres chided global leaders in a searing critique, saying the new report highlighted “a litany of broken climate promises.”
March 28 – April 3 2022
Tropical forests have big climate benefits beyond carbon storage
Study finds that trees cool the planet by one-third of a degree through biophysical mechanisms such as humidifying the air.
A global warming pause that didn’t happen hampered climate science
Trying to explain why global warming appeared to slow down in the early 2000s distracted scientists and shook their confidence.
Climate change may cause spike in low sodium-related hospitalizations
A study has found that climate change may cause a spike in cases of a condition called hyponatremia, or critically low sodium levels in the blood.
March 21-27 2022
UN secretary general: World is ‘sleepwalking to climate catastrophe’
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday warned that time is running out to meet the international goal of keeping climate change below 1.5 degrees Celsius, saying that the world is “sleepwalking to climate catastrophe.“Speaking at the Economist Sustainability Summit, Guterres sai…
Hold the Plastic! Footprint Releases Results of New Consumer Study Examining Attitudes Toward Plastic, Sustainability and Climate Change
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The US considers making companies disclose emissions and climate risks
The US Securities and Exchange Commission is weighing new rules that would ask all listed companies to share information about emissions, goals and climate risks.
Reporting requirements on climate change toughening up internationally
The US SEC has issued proposals for public comment that would force any company trading in the US to disclose climate-related information.
March 14-20 2022
How an Electric Truck Factory Became a Lightning Rod in Georgia
The governor hailed the factory as an economic boon that would put Georgia at the vanguard of the green economy. Not everyone liked the idea.
U.S. makes ‘pitifully low’ international climate investment, activists say | Energy News Network
CLIMATE: Activists say U.S. international climate financing is “pitifully too low,” and that a recently approved $1 billion investment falls short of even
Tens of thousands take part in climate protests across France
Demonstrations call for greater focus on environmental crisis in runup to presidential election next month
Ban Ki-moon warns UK against fracking as world stands at ‘dangerous’ point
Former UN secretary general says countries face stark choices brought on by the war in Ukraine
March 7-13 2022
G7 discussed need for energy diversity including nuclear, Japan says
Japan’s industry minister Koichi Hagiuda said he and other Group of Seven (G7) energy ministers agreed on the need to quickly diversify energy sources, including using nuclear power, during a meeting on Thursday to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
These Energy Stocks Are Surging As Oil And Gas Prices Keep Climbing With No Relief In Sight
While surging energy prices have roiled markets, shares of oil and gas companies have skyrocketed.
U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm calls on oil and gas companies to raise output
Fuel prices are at record highs. The Department of Energy calls on companies to start drilling. The message is at odds with a prior focus on green technologies.
Inflation rose 7.9% in February as Food and Energy Costs Push Prices to Highest in More than 40 Years
Technology Leaders Launch SustainableIT.org to Address Climate Change
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Head of Energy Loans Department Key Player in Biden’s Climate Agenda
‘Unscientific’: Morrison government wanted IPCC to say Great Barrier Reef ‘not yet in crisis’
Australian officials attempted to water down language around health of world’s largest coral reef in latest climate change report
India’s Commitment to Climate Action and Potential for US-India Partnership
SEC is considering climate disclosure rules for U.S. companies – and facing threats of lawsuits
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Amazon Rainforest is Speeding Toward Climate ‘Tipping Point’
A new study warns the Amazon could become a dry savanna within a few decades
U.S. climate czar Kerry says Ukraine crisis is a ‘defining moment’ for the century
U.S. climate czar Kerry says Ukraine crisis is a ‘defining moment’ for the century
How the war in Ukraine and climate change are shaping the nuclear industry
Russia and China have dominated nuclear power for decades, but the United States may have an opening due to the recent Ukraine war and new nuclear technology.
Feb 28-March 6 2022
German envoy to raise energy security, climate on US visit
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s vice chancellor is traveling to Washington for talks with U.S. officials that will focus on energy security and the need to ramp up renewable energy supplies in the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Germany gets a large share of its energy from Russia in the form of coal, o…
Supreme Court Will Hear Biggest Climate Change Case in a Decade
The court could handcuff President Biden’s climate change agenda — and restrict federal agencies from enacting new regulations governing health, workplace safety and more.
Climate Bill: Amendment passes to reduce methane by 46% by 2050
MLAs have been debating 70 amendments at the further consideration stage of a climate change bill.
‘Crisis’: Climate panel flags Great Barrier Reef devastation
SYDNEY (AP) — It was the silence of the sea that first rattled the teenage snorkeler, followed by a sense of horror as she saw the coral below had been drained of its kaleidoscopic color. This once-vibrant site on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — a site she’d previously likened to a busy capital cit…
Climate change is expected to hit heritage sites across Africa
Research sheds light on the future of floods at culturally important sites.
China Banished Cryptocurrencies. Now, ‘Mining’ Is Even Dirtier.
New research shows that China’s Bitcoin ban has sent the process of creating new coins, known as mining, to countries where it uses far less renewable energy.
With ‘Limited Amount of Time Left,’ New IPCC Report Urges Climate Adaptation
Human and natural systems are already buckling under the influence of global warming, write the authors of a landmark report
Feb 21-27 2022
What happened in Climate tech in 2021 – TechCrunch
2021 was a hell of a year for startups operating in the climate space. Globally, around 1,400 investors are looking at the next generation of companies that are tackling climate change. They deployed more than $40 billion across more than 600 deals — that’s more than twice as much capit…
Climate change poses a real danger to U.S. national security, expert says
George Mason University’s Jim Kinter says an additional foot of rising sea levels by 2050 will adversely affect U.S. national security while simultaneously inflicting potentially “devastating” consequences to a Virginia economy dependent on a robust military presence.
Over 1,000 Groups Call On Biden To Use His Executive Authority on Climate And “Build Back Fossil Free”
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Sasse Blasts John Kerry for Prioritizing Climate Change Cooperation as Russia Invades Ukraine
Senator Ben Sasse excoriated John Kerry for his response to the then potential — and now ongoing — Russian invasion of Ukraine.
N. America’s old pipelines seek new life moving carbon in climate push
By Rod Nickel, Liz Hampton and Nia Williams (Reuters) – North American oil and gas pipeline companies are gearing up to compete for a budding market moving greenhouse gases to carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects – by building new pipelines to transport carbon dioxide or giving new life to ol…
As climate change costs mount, Biden seeks to price damages
HARDIN, Mont. (AP) — In the coal fields of eastern Montana, climate change is forcing a…
US, Egypt launch group to prepare for COP27 climate summit
CAIRO (AP) — The United States and Egypt on Monday launched a joint working group to prepare for the next climate change summit in November, the American envoy for climate issues said. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said the group is focused on the United Nations’ COP27 conference…
Climate activists welcome green energy transition funding for Africa, in EU-Africa investment package
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Study: Reducing poverty and climate goals aren’t at odds
Moving 1 billion people out of poverty would only slightly increase emissions.
New Negative-Emission Construction Material Could Help Mitigate Climate Change and Improve Infrastructure
Mitigating climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world’s population. Now, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has developed an entirely new material that’s a low-cost, high-impact sustainable solution to address one of the largest contributors to climate cha…
US climate envoy Kerry in Egypt to discuss COP27 summit
The United States and Egypt on Monday launched a working group to prepare for the COP27 climate summit this year, with US envoy John Kerry urging more countries to come on board.
Feb 14-20 2022
Climate Disclosure Poses Thorny Questions for SEC as Rules Weighed
A key sticking point as the agency considers corporate rules is how much detail to demand about emissions produced by businesses’ suppliers and customers.
US Army goes green, announcing new climate strategy
The plan, outlined by the Army in a document titled “Climate Strategy,” calls for the service to cut its emissions by 50% by 2030.
At Maryland climate bill hearing, gas companies and others take issue with requirements for newly constructed buildings
Representatives of gas and electric companies, unionized gas fitters and commercial real estate groups were among those who took to Annapolis Tuesday to say that the climate change legislation proposed by state lawmakers goes “too far, too fast.”
Climate Crisis Has Made Western US Megadrought Worst in 1,200 Years
“Climate change is here and now,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “If a 1,200 year mega-drought isn’t enough to make people realize that, I don’t know what is.”
Karankawa Kadla, climate groups fight oil company Gulf Coast expansion over native settlement
The indigenous people native to Texas want to protect what remains as evidence of their…
Weathering climate change may be easier for birds with big brains
Brain size is associated with some species shrinking more slowly than others.
U.S. corn-based ethanol worse for the climate than gasoline, study finds
Corn-based ethanol, which for years has been mixed in huge quantities into gasoline sold at U.S. pumps, is likely a much bigger contributor to global warming than straight gasoline, according to a study published Monday.
Ending the debate: New research solves long-standing Antarctic climate change mystery
New research led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst definitively resolves a long-standing discrepancy in the geologic record that pitted studies of marine ice-sheet behavior against those that reconstructed past conditions on land. The research, published recently in the journal Geology, and…
Feb 7-13 2022
What To Make Of The Labor Department’s Request For Comment On Protecting Retirement Assets From Climate Risks
The Labor Department requested public comment on what actions it should take to protect retirement assets from climate risks. TCFD recommendations and ISSB’s Climate-Related Disclosures Prototype are a good starting point. The DoL should also consider research on broadening the range of pollutants.
Nations to review harrowing catalogue of climate impacts
Nearly 200 nations kick off a virtual UN meeting Monday to finalise what is sure to be a harrowing catalogue of climate change impacts — past, present and future.
The Government Is Confusing Values And Science In Climate Policy
Last Friday, a federal judge in Louisiana granted a preliminary injunction barring federal agencies from using a set of obscure climate measures to justify regulations targeting greenhouse gas emissions.
Nature’s Say: How Voices from Hawai’i Are Reframing the Climate Conversation – Inside Climate News
The Parc Chanot exhibition space in Marseille, France, early last September was a sea of slim-tailored suits tapered tight at the ankles. Diplomats and agents consulaires floated through pavilions, vibing protocol. After a one-year Covid delay, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature,…
16 youths get trial date in effort to hold Montana accountable in climate fight
In Held v. State of Montana, 16 youth plaintiffs have sued the state over its energy policy, alleging that fossil fuel development accelerates climate change.
Climate change is forecast to threaten the future of snow sports but reducing global carbon emissions would change that
If temperatures continue to rise at the projected rate, more than half of all of the Winter Olympics host cities will have winters that are “unreliable” for creating safe and fair competition surfaces.
Jan 31- Feb 6 2022
Coming soon: Climate lockdowns?
The proclaimed crisis of climate changes appears ready to become the new COVID.
Council Post: Why Building Renovation Can Make Or Break Climate Action
When it comes to renovations, countries need to make taking action easier and more attractive than not taking action at all.
Paris Agreement Climate Limits Still Catastrophic for Coral Reefs
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will still be catastrophic for coral reefs, new research suggests. Scientists led by the University of Leeds have discovered that more than 90% of tropical coral reefs will suffer frequent heat stress – their number one threat – even un
Infographic: How wetlands can help fight climate change
Wetlands bring health, food and water security benefits to four billion people globally – but many are under threat.
The World Isn’t Ready for Climate Change Induced Inflation
What is Greenflation and how will it impact the way we spend?
Jan 24-30 2022
Congress is spending billions on carbon capture. Is it a climate savior or a boondoggle?
About $17B will build technology that can reduce emissions. But some worry it’s being hijacked to keep U.S. burning fossil fuels.
Last year saw $329 billion in climate and weather-related losses, Aon finds
Data: Aon; Table: Thomas Oide/AxiosThe insurer Aon is out Tuesday with its summary of natural disasters report from 2021, which has a heavy emphasis on economic losses from climate and extreme weather events.Why it matters: As the world warms, certain extreme events are becoming more severe and freq…
Jan 17-23 2022
In battle against climate crisis, don’t overlook the blockchain
A growing number of developing countries are exploring blockchain technology to address environmental threats, like climate change.
Is your seafood climate friendly? Scientists outline the benefits of marine aquaculture
As a major source of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, food production has long occupied an important place in the climate-change discussion. Writing in BioScience, Alice Jones of the University of Adelaide, and an international team of scientists from the University and The Nature Conservancy, discus…
US Coal Stockpiles Near Historic Lows
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says in its latest short-term energy outlook (pdf) that coal inventories in …
How Next Gen Satellites Are Transforming Our View of Climate Change
Scientists didn’t have the tech to visualize changes like this even five or 10 years ago, though they had the data.
Ash from Tonga volcano eruption reaches record altitude but climate cooling unlikely
The Tonga volcanic eruption was the most powerful our planet has experienced in 30 years.
The Surprisingly Low Price Tag on Preventing Climate Disaster
Exactly how much would it cost to stop the apocalypse? Yuval Noah Harari crunched the numbers
How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial
America’s largest oil firm claims its history of publicly denying the climate crisis is protected by the first amendment
Jan 10-16 2022
With fewer animals to spread their seeds, plants may have trouble adapting to climate change
Picture a mature, broad-branched tree like an oak, maple or fig. How does it reproduce so that its offspring don’t grow up in its shadow, fighting for light?
Giving nuclear power a second look to fight climate change
Americans are sharply divided over the safety of nuclear power. But if we’re going to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, we don’t dare dismiss it out of hand, writes columnist Jon Talton.
Cities And The Climate-Data Gap
Cities are generating a chorus of climate data, but have yet to teach it to sing in tune.
Climate Change is Causing $3.8 Billion Loss Annually to Pakistan
The rising temperatures, sea levels, and pollution caused by climate change have severely impacted Pakistan’s economy, reported the Express Tribune.
Enel Offers Climate-Linked Bond Triplet After Junk Jumbo
Enel SpA is kicking off sales of top-rated debt aimed at fighting climate change, offering 2.75 billion euros ($3.11 billion) of bonds tied to emissions targets.
Century-old ranchland study yields new data on climate change, evolution of North Dakota’s native prairie
When researchers at the Northern Great Plains Research Lab near Mandan first began researching the sustainability of North Dakota’s native grasslands in 1916, the words “climate change” would have meant little to them. But a century-old study is aiding new research to address today’s problems.
VC shifts focus to Climate Tech
As he mulled it over during the past two years, the answer became apparent for him: climate technology. In a phone call on Wednesday, I caught up with Sabet to learn more about his shift, and how, among successful venture capitalists,
Silicon Valley Bank Commits to $5 Billion in Sustainable Finance and Carbon Neutral Operations to Support a Healthier Planet
/PRNewswire/ — Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors, today announced it has committed to provide at…
UAE convenes world leaders from policy, business and industry to take climate action and accelerate sustainable development
– Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will host heads of state, more than 500 global speakers, 150 government ministers, 1,000 international businesses, and 3,000 students
Jan 3-9 2022
Africa’s ‘Great Green Wall’ could have far-reaching climate effects
The “Great Green Wall,” a tree-planting project to stop desertification in northern Africa, could alter climate patterns in the region and beyond.
Democrats hit pause on Biden’s climate, social spending package
Senate Democrats are putting President Biden’s climate and social spending plan on the back burner as they plan to debate voting rights legislation this month and hold a vote on changing the Senate’s filibuster rule.Democratic aides say the Build Back Better bill won’t be ready for floor action anyt…
To Fight Climate Change, First You Need to Measure It
Scientists at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory are using monitoring equipment to track our impact on the planet more accurately than ever before.
Sense data shows that Covid and climate change are having lasting impacts on home energy use and budgets
Based on an analysis of anonymized energy data in more than 10,000 homes that have the Sense home energy monitor, Sense released today an analysis of 2021 home electricity usage which reveals that many of the trends set in motion by Covid are now persisting into a second year.
Climate Change Is Making Your Seasonal Allergies Worse, According to New Research
Hay fever is one of the most common allergies in the United States, and scientists believe global warming is the reason why so many people are experiencing worsening symptoms.
Polar bears eating reindeer: Normal behavior or result of climate change?
Recently, scientists in Hornsund, Svalbard—a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic ocean—witnessed a polar bear pursuing a reindeer into the sea before killing it, dragging it ashore and eating it. The video that they captured was widely shared on news and social media platforms. Then, two days later…
Dec 27-Jan 2 2022
Multi-sphere interactions underlie impacts of the Arctic on Eurasian climate change
Observations suggest a warming trend in the Arctic, and a cooling trend in Eurasia during the past several decades. Is there a cause-and-effect relationship in this pattern? The question has been hotly debated for quite a while.
Excessively wet year in eastern US shows fingerprints of climate change
Five tropical storms and a summer of frequent thunderstorm activity have propelled parts of the eastern United States to one of its wettest calendar years on record.
Chile Writes Its Constitution, Confronting Climate Change Head On
Chile has lots of lithium, which is essential to the world’s transition to green energy. But anger over powerful mining interests, a water crisis and inequality has driven Chile to rethink how it defines itself.
Dec 20-26 2021
The Amazon is the Planet’s Counterweight to Global Warming, a Place of Stupefying Richness Under Relentless Assault – Inside Climate News
Photography by Larry C. Price This article is part of a series produced in partnership with NBC News and Undark Magazine, a non-profit, editorially independent digital magazine exploring the intersection of science and society. TRAIRÃO, Brazil—Jaim Teixeira surveys his property from the back of a mo…
Campaigners lose court action over lawfulness of UK climate policies
Plan B Earth group argued ministers had not taken ‘practical and effective’ steps to reduce emissions
Electric vehicle stocks tumble after Manchin rejects Biden’s climate and social plan
The EV incentives under the Build Back Better plan include up to $12,500 per vehicle and are viewed as critical to spur consumer demand.
UBS excludes Exxon Mobil from climate funds
UBS Asset Management has excluded Exxon Mobil and four other “unresponsive” energy companies from its climate aware range of funds, including one managed for UK pension scheme NEST, the firms said on Monday.
Climate, politics demand Biden get tough on auto pollution
New EPA rules wrapped anemic pollution reductions with tinsel and bows for the auto industry in the form of loopholes and giveaways.
Climate research shifting to ‘solutions science’
At this year’s annual conference of the American Geophysical Union, several urgent themes emerged. Among them: Climate change is rapidly reshaping the
Dec 13-19 2021
Russia vetoes UN security council resolution linking climate crisis to international peace
The resolution proposed that the climate crisis could potentially threaten ‘global peace, security and stability’
N.Y.C.’s Gas Ban Takes Fight Against Climate Change to the Kitchen
New York will become the nation’s largest city to enact a ban on gas heat and stoves in new buildings. It’s a major step away from fossil fuels that is expected to influence wider markets.
Europe’s big meat and dairy firms accused of climate ‘greenwash’
PARIS: Greenhouse gas emissions from Europe’s biggest meat and dairy firms continue to increase, according to a new report Monday (Dec 13), which found many firms are polluting “with impunity”. The non-profit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) said many major companies had no climate…
The politics of climate change and ESG are about to get ugly | Greenbiz
During 2022, climate and mandatory ESG reporting will be on the ballot in scores of states and localities.
Wetlands point to extinction problems beyond climate change
It’s not just climate change that’s driving extinctions: Wetland mismanagement is endangering 40,000 small but vital plant and animal species, according to the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD).
Dec 6-12 2021
With climate on the mind, lawmakers pitch tree protection plans
The carbon storage power of forests will be key to actually realizing net-zero emissions in Massachusetts over the next three decades, but trees can also be important tools to address some of the impacts of a changing climate.
Energy poverty vs. climate change in Africa
Fighting climate change could come at the expense of fighting poverty in energy-poor countries
Biden gives the federal government 3 decades to reach an ambitious climate goal
NPR’s Noel King speaks to Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Adviser, about President Biden’s order to make federal vehicles and buildings carbon neutral by 2050.
Climate-Only Models Likely Underestimate Species Extinction, Study Finds
Ecologists estimate that 15 to 37% of species will go extinct as a direct result of climate change. But when you consider the indirect effects of climate change, extinction rates may be higher, new research suggests.
From the Field: ‘climate-smart’ development in an uncertain world
Today, when the UN plans initiatives to help vulnerable communities become more resilient, the climate crisis has to be part of the equation. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is connecting the dots between people and the impacts that climate change is having on their lives.
Finding Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe – Inside Climate News
This article was originally published by Yale Environment 360. Read the original story here. When ecological genomicist Christian Voolstra started work on corals in Saudi Arabia in 2009, one of the biggest bonuses to his job was scuba diving on the gorgeous reefs. Things have changed. “I was just ba…
Indian demand for air-conditioning heats up climate fears
Growing energy consumption has researchers looking for more environmentally-friendly methods to keep cool
Greens Back German Coalition Deal With Large Wing Still Unhappy
The Green Party had to make major compromises to its climate agenda, underscoring the decarbonization challenge ahead
US spending on airport expansion flies under the radar for climate activists
Public funding of $25 billion to airports generated little controversy despite flying’s outsized climate impact, in contrast to the European discourse
Why the Climate Panic About Africa Is Wrong
Once again, the rich world sees Africans as a threat to the planet.
Study sheds light on Antarctic Ocean climate riddle
Some scientists believe that as the Antarctic climate changes — complete with melting sea ice, shifting wind patterns and changing ocean currents — the
Nov 29-Dec 5 2021
Climate Scientist Warns That Countries Are Going to Start Geoengineering the Earth
A climate scientist believes that since geoengineering the earth to cool down the climate is so affordable, countries will inevitably start doing it.
New way climate change is affecting animal species
Scientists are continuing to discover ways in which climate change is already affecting animal species around the world.
Flood of money pours into climate technology
Funds are making moves to achieve climate solutions breakthroughs, as well as investing in companies that seek to help communities better manage the climate risks they already face today.Driving the news: StormSensor, a company that monitors watersheds in real time, including providing flood data, a…
Hundreds of toxic sites in California threatened by sea level rise due to climate change
Hundreds of toxic sites in California will be threatened as sea levels rise due to climate change, according to environmental health professors at UC Berkeley and UCLA.The professors released a new project Tuesday called “Toxic Tides” that highlights the impact rising sea levels will have on Califor…
Biden to expand National Space Council to advance workforce, climate goals
The Cabinet-level body will now include the secretaries of Education, Labor, Agriculture and Interior, along with the national climate adviser.
Nov 22-28 2021
Study casts doubt on climate emissions pledge estimates
A new analysis casts doubt on whether scientists can precisely estimate how much nations’ combined emissions-cutting pledges will stem global warming, instead showing a wide range of potential outcomes.Why it matters: World leaders need to know if emissions targets currently on the table would meet…
The ocean must be part of global climate conversations
COP26 may not have delivered a clear pathway towards keeping “1.5 alive,” but nature was at the forefront of high-level climate negotiations like never before.
Euro zone banks still missing ECB’s climate risk goals
Euro zone banks still missing ECB’s climate risk goals
Nov 15-21 2021
Watered-Down Climate Deal Shows World Leaders Still Aren’t In Emergency Mode
Despite on-stage rhetoric befitting the global crisis, the U.N. summit in Glasgow wrapped up with a last-minute compromise on coal.
Brazil businesses lean on government to shift climate stance
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Powerful businesses are urging Brazilian President Jair…
Arctic researchers want to state their case before international climate change policy makers
Arctic researchers from WHOI and Falmouth’s Woodwell Climate Research Center testified at Cop26 on the need to include the region in climate change
Tuvalu laments watered down climate pact
A South Pacific island nation at risk of from rising sea levels has expressed disappointment at the international climate pact struck last week.
‘COP26 hasn’t solved the problem’: scientists react to UN climate deal
The Glasgow Climate Pact is a step forward, researchers say, but efforts to decarbonize are not enough to limit global temperature rises to 2 °C.
Nov 8-14 2021
Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds
An examination of 196 country reports to the United Nations reveals a giant gap between what nations declare their emissions to be versus the greenhouse gases they are sending into the atmosphere. The gap ranges from at least 8.5 billion to as high as 13.3 billion tons a year — surpassing the annua…
Saudi Arabia’s climate plan relies on more oil
Saudi Arabia says it wants to join the global fight against climate change. But its strategy is counterintuitive at best.
Plans To Dig the Biggest Lithium Mine in the US Face Mounting Opposition – Inside Climate News
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Nevada—Deep below the tangled roots of the old-growth sagebrush of Thacker Pass, in an extinct super-volcano, lies one of the world’s largest deposits of lithium—a key element for the transition to clean energy. But above ground, a cluster of tents has risen in the Northern Nevada d…
Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds
Exclusive: poll of 10 countries including US, UK, France and Germany finds people prioritising measures that are already habits
Nov 1-7 2021
Xi Jinping makes no major climate pledges in written Cop26 address
President of China, world’s worst emissions source, calls for more support for developing countries
What the Supreme Court’s move means for EPA climate rules
The Supreme Court may hamper President Biden’s climate agenda after the justices agreed to review the scope of EPA’s power to regulate carbon emissions.
Turkey’s President Erdogan to skip COP26 climate summit
Turkey’s president was due to address the climate summit in the UK but returned to Istanbul after a G20 meeting in Rome.
Biden faults China, Russia for absence at G-20 climate talks
The president made the remarks at a press conference in Rome following the G-20 summit Sunday evening, ahead of his trip to the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow on Monday.
G20 pledge climate action but make few commitments
The agreement between the world’s richest economies makes no reference to cutting emissions by 2050.
Oct 25-31 2021
Climate change: Major US oil companies to be quizzed in Congress
A US congressional hearing will examine whether oil companies misled the public about climate change.
Mexico to call for more climate funds at Cop 26 | Argus Media
Mexico will call for increased financing to meet emissions reduction targets across Latin America at the UN Cop 26 climate conference in Glasgow next month, foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said.
Doomed to fail? How automakers’ climate vows fall short – and who is to blame
Boston Consulting Group has said that at least 90 percent of cars and 70 percent of trucks must be electric by 2030 in order to meet climate targets, but few brands have vowed to be all-electric by then.
COP-bound Chile promotes green brand | Argus Media
Chile is dispatching a potent delegation to the COP26 meeting in Scotland next week, reinforcing its vanguard climate role in Latin America.
Gulf Arab states, squeezed by climate change, still tout oil
The global energy transition is perhaps nowhere more perplexing than in the Arabian Peninsula
What Does International Oil Companies Divestiture Mean for Africa — and for Climate Initiatives? The State of African Energy 2022 (By NJ Ayuk) | Africanews
By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber Giving indigenous companies a chance to step up their game in the African energy market is
Opinion | Solar and Wind Force Poverty on Africa
Letting us use reliable energy doesn’t mean a climate disaster.
Climate Change May Cut Africa GDP 30% by 2050, Kenyatta Says
Africa’s gross domestic product could contract by as much as 30% by 2050 if action isn’t urgently taken to adapt to climate change, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said without stating the source of the data.
ABC News Plans Climate Change Coverage Push (Exclusive)
The network will report from all 7 continents in November and create a new climate-focused production unit in news expansion.
China will honour its climate pledges – look at the changes we have already made | Zheng Zeguang
Cop26 is a chance for developed countries to take the lead in cutting emissions and making good on financial promises, says Zheng Zeguang, Chinese ambassador to the UK
Oct 18-24 2021
COP26: Does a climate summit need 25,000 people? And more questions
BBC science correspondent Matt McGrath answers your questions about Glasgow’s COP26 climate summit.
World waits for specifics on U.S. climate plan
The Biden administration owes the world more detail about how the United States plans to deliver on its Paris Agreement commitments.
Democrats search for plan B as climate program falters
Democrats are preparing for the possibility that the Clean Electricity Performance Program goes down amid hardening opposition from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin. But the potential demise of the CEPP could bring its own set of political challenges, as negotiations on the reco…
‘Brown recovery’ wipes out hopes that pandemic stimulus would drive climate spending
“The world missed an opportunity to have a green recovery,” said Obama climate official Alice Hill. “We hoped it would. But it didn’t.”
Oct 11-17 2021
China’s plan to build more coal-fired plants deals blow to UK’s Cop26 ambitions
Renewed commitment to coal could scupper Britain’s aim to secure global phase-out pact at climate summit
New wind farms would dot US coastlines under Biden plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven major offshore wind farms would be developed on the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico under a plan announced Wednesday by the Biden administration.
New Science Shows Earth’s Natural Carbon Sinks Hold Vital Power in Climate Fight
Earth’s vast habitats from the poles to the equator have robust capacity to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere due to previously undiscovered rock nitrogen weathering reactions that distribute natural fertilizers around the world. The new science underscores the importance of preserving t
Climate Watch: Nigeria to develop clean cooking policy | TheCable
Despite directly impacting our communities, health and livelihood, climate-related reports usually take a back seat to dominant news beats like politics and business. Climate Watch aims to ensure you never
Tens of thousands rally in Belgium climate march ahead of COP26
Tens of thousands of protesters join the first major climate march in Brussels since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, just weeks before the UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.
Climate investing is difficult as ‘greenwashing is everywhere’: Tikehau Capital
Antoine Flamarion, co-Founder of Tikehau Capital, discusses the company’s pledge to manage $5 billion of assets dedicated to combatting climate change by 2025 and the challenges that may pose.
In Glasgow, China-US Tensions Could Shape Climate Future
Global momentum is building on the climate crisis but action will be impossible without two nations, China and the United States, which together account for more than half of emissions — and whose governments don’t get along.
Major climate action at stake in fight over twin bills pending in Congress
Biden’s plan to try to fortify the U.S. against extreme weather and cut carbon emissions — the most significant climate action ever taken by the U.S. — is in two pieces of pending legislation. Scientists warn lawmakers to agree on…
UK companies, investors call for mandatory climate plan disclosures
UK companies, investors call for mandatory climate plan disclosures
Oct 4-10 2021
What the ‘Pandora Papers’ show about how the powerful hide money from public view
The global investigation sheds new light on how the world’s wealthy use a network of lawyers and financial institutions to obscure their finances from authorities, their creditors and the public.
Business titans with climate goals duck reconciliation
The Democratic bid to fight climate change through budget reconciliation is posing a major test for corporate climate commitments. So far, top companies like Amazon.com Inc. and JP Morgan Chase & Co. are failing to embrace the high-stakes challenge, experts say.
Climate change: Synthetic component for jet fuel aims to cut flying’s carbon footprint
Airline giant Lufthansa is poised to be the first customer to use the synthetic kerosene, and the move comes as pressure continues to grow on major industries to do more to tackle carbon emissions and pollution.
New climate risk disclosure recommendations explained | Stanford News
California should use its $260 billion annual spending and $1 trillion pension funds to advance its climate agenda through climate risk disclosure requirements, according to a Stanford-led group of advisors appointed by Gov. Newsom. Two advisors explain how more disclosure can do that.
Apple and Disney among companies backing groups against US climate bill
Amazon and Microsoft also supporting lobby groups fighting legislation despite promises to combat climate crisis, analysis finds
Sep 27-Oct 3 2021
China’s emissions on track to peak by mid-2020s: IEA – Carbon Brief
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that China’s existing policies put its CO2 emissions on track to peak by the mid-2020s.
Why a top climate investor is worried about all the market money in Tesla
It’s still early days in climate investing, and that has TPG’s Jim Coulter worried about similarities to the tech bubble of the 1990s.
Earth is dimming due to climate change
Warming ocean waters have caused a drop in the brightness of the Earth, according to a new study.
With weeks to go before the global climate summit, pressure is on Biden administration for a legislative win
If the U.S. heads to the U.N. Climate Change Conference with proposals still under debate in Congress, China could balk at making its own changes.
Could Climate Change be Altering the Marine Food Web? | | SBU News
STONY BROOK, NY, September 28, 2021 – Climate change is redistributing biodiversity globally, and distributional shifts of organisms often follow the speed and direction of environmental changes. Research by scientists at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) rev…
Exxon splits with lobbyist who divulged climate strategy
Exxon Mobil Corp. has parted ways with Keith McCoy, its lobbyist who divulged aspects of the company’s climate strategy in a secretly recorded video.
Thinktank calls for carbon trading desk for small farmers and climate-focused livestock research
The Grattan Institute’s report on agriculture says farmers should directly benefit from efforts to curb emissions, currently 15% of Australia’s total
Denver’s airport makes plans to plug all oil and gas wells as it focuses on sustainability
Denver International Airport is getting out of oil and gas business for good and will plug all of its 64 remaining wells within three years under a new environmental sustainability plan.
Coastal Resilience, Sustainability Initiative addresses climate change’s effects on coast
The Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative looks to approach and solve the challenges of climate change in the coastal area using interdisciplinary expertise and research opportunities.
Finance Chiefs Urge More Companies to Link Debt to Sustainability Goals
A group of finance chiefs from large international companies is urging peers to tie more of their companies’ financing to corporate sustainability goals.
Sep 20-26 2021
China Just Entered a Major International Climate Agreement. Now Comes the Hard Part – Inside Climate News
China began enforcing the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol last week—and the climate implications are huge. The agreement requires China and other signatory nations to slash the production and use of powerful greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) over the coming decades, and t…
House signals progress, but climate provisions remain ‘TBD’
The House Budget Committee will vote on a version of the partisan $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill Saturday in hopes of mollifying competing Democratic factions and quickly reaching a deal with the Senate, but climate remains a major sticking point in negotiations.
Climate protests led by youths spread across the world: Live Updates
Climate activists are taking to the streets in more than 1,400 locations around the world Friday, just weeks before the global COP26 summit in Glasgow. Follow here for the latest.
The E.P.A. issues a regulation that will sharply reduce the use of HFCs, a powerful driver of climate change.
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue a final regulation on Thursday morning that will slash the use of hydrofluorocarbons, widely used in air-conditioning and refrigeration.
Study: Climate Change causing high ‘psychological distress’ among teens and young adults
A recent international study concluded that young people are experiencing “high levels of psychological distress” from climate change and governmental inaction on the growing crisis.
A surprising bit of good news about coral reefs and climate change
New research suggests that coral reefs may be able to adapt their way through a warming world.
Amazon, Microsoft, Breakthrough Energy share climate news as ‘Climate Week’ kicks off
Climate Week is kicking off Monday in New York City and major companies including Amazon and Microsoft as well as Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy are sharing news of their efforts to decarbonize.
Africa in the news: Vaccine, energy, and climate change updates
Tamara White summarizes the latest news from Africa.
Sep 12-19 2021
Australia is shaping up to be the villain of COP26 climate talks
If Australia’s allies were worried that the country might cause them problems at upcoming climate talks in Glasgow, the past week of events should leave little doubt in their minds. It will.
Expanding on east side, Rust Belt Riders aims to make composting, sustainability easier
In the United States, up to 40% of food is wasted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Florida’s Majestic Manatees Are Starving to Death – Inside Climate News
ORLANDO, Fla.—The manatee was too weak to swim. She lay still in a medical pool at a SeaWorld rehabilitation center, only lifting her whiskered snout every so often to breathe. Her snout rested upon a pipe to make the effort easier. Her body was slender, hardly that of the chunky manatee—a relative…
Mudslide on scenic Colorado highway reveals vulnerabilities of aging infrastructure amid climate change
Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon was built decades before global warming was top of mind.
Sep 5-11 2021
Climate Change Is Boosting Nuclear Power. Where Uranium Fits In.
Nuclear energy, and the uranium used to fuel it, are back in the spotlight, with climate change an increasing worry for a world ravaged by extreme weather events.
Climate Action: Guterres Hails Latin American And Caribbean Leadership | Scoop News
The UN chief on Wednesday commended the leadership of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on climate action. Secretary-General António Guterres said he was counting on these nations to send a strong signal to the 26th UN Climate Change …
Africa: New Guidelines to Help States Adapt to Climate Change
Press Release – For generations, people have combed the sponge-like cloud forests around the city of Xalapa, Mexico for edible mushrooms. But a combination of deforestation and climate-change-related drought have devastated mushroom crops, an important source of income in a region beset by poverty.
Democrats Unveil Details of Sweeping Climate Change Spending Plan
At the heart of a budget bill is a powerful mechanism that would cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, which are fueling climate change.
U.S. climate envoy Kerry visits Asia for talks on emissions
Talks in Japan and China, the two Asian economic powerhouses, will be “to engage with international counterparts,” the State Department said.
Europe is key staging ground for climate lawyers dogging Big Oil
A recent report that makes the role of human activity “unequivocal” in global climate…
New report shows impacts of climate change and extreme weather in Latin America and Caribbean
The “State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020” provides a snapshot of the effects of increasing temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, storms and retreating glaciers.
Australia won’t allow UN climate goals in UK free trade deal
The Australian government has confirmed it has refused to allow climate change goals to be written into a proposed free trade deal with Britain
Animals are ‘shape-shifting’ in response to climate change, alarming scientists
Wood mice have larger ears. Australian parrots have bulkier bills. And the shifts are happening very quickly, researchers say.
What is the Asia-Pacific Climate Finance Fund (ACliFF)?
This video highlights the Asia-Pacific Climate Finance Fund support for financial risk management products to increase investments in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and address extreme weather events in ADB developing member countries.
Aug 29-Sep 4 2021
Power Grids Feel The Pressure Of Intense Storms Driven By Climate Change
Hurricane Ida destroyed major transmission towers designed to withstand strong winds. As President Biden pursues a massive grid buildout, energy infrastructure will need to be more climate resilient.
As Caldor Fire Continues to Burn Near Lake Tahoe, Firefighters Hunker Down
Fire officials began digging in for a long battle against the Caldor Fire, despite early success in keeping flames away from the resort town of South Lake Tahoe.
One bit of positive news is buried in the alarming IPCC report and it is about the ozone layer
The ‘tug-of-war’ between ozone recovery and gas emissions is lessening some impacts of climate change in Australia — for now
2-Year-Old Boy and His Parents Die in NYC Basement Apartment Due to Hurricane Ida Flooding
Lobsang Lama, his mother Mingma Sherpa, 48, and father Ang Lama, 50, were found ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ inside their home on 64th Street in Woodside, Queens.
U.S.-China tensions spill into climate talks
Chinese officials have used special climate envoy John Kerry’s visit to warn the U.S. that mutual work on climate change can’t be untethered from other tensions between the two powers.Driving the news: “The Sino-U.S. climate change cooperation cannot be separated from the overall environment of Sino…
More than 45 dead after Ida’s remnants blindside Northeast
NEW YORK (AP) — A stunned U.S. East Coast faced a rising death toll, surging rivers and tornado damage Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped the region with record-breaking rain, drowning more than 40 people in their homes and cars.
U.S. health department sets up climate change office
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has established an office to address climate change and health equity at the national level, Secretary Xavier Becerra said on Monday.
The World Has Finally Stopped Using Leaded Gasoline. Algeria Used The Last Stockpile
A calamitous invention that poisoned air, water and soil for generations is no more, according to a report from the United Nations.
Australia environment court orders authorities to address climate change
The Land and Environment Court of New South Wales on Thursday ruled that the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) had failed in its duty to ensure the protection of the environment from clim…
Aug 22-28 2021
Exxon sting surfaces in climate litigation
A secret recording of an Exxon Mobil Corp. lobbyist has surfaced in climate change litigation against the oil giant.
Madagascar Suffering Through Worst Climate-Induced Famine
“Southern Madagascar is the only place in the world with famine-like conditions that are NOT driven by conflict, but the #ClimateEmergency,” tweeted United Nations Office for the Coordination of Hu…
COVID, natural hazards and climate crisis in Asia and the Pacific expand ‘riskcape’
The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic with natural hazards, made worse by climate change, has reshaped and expanded the disaster “riskscape” in Asia and the Pacific, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the UN’s regional commission there.
First-ever water shortage declared for Lake Mead on Colorado River, prompting cuts
The cuts will disproportionately affect water users in Arizona, while sparing California for now.
Climate Crisis Brings A New Mental Health Concern: ‘Climate Anxiety’
The news is filled with headlines about climate change. And that’s affecting the mental health of many. It has different names — climate anxiety, eco anxiety or even climate grief.
Climate Change News: Facebook Announces Plan To Be ‘Water Positive’ By 2030
Facebook expands its latest efforts towards climate change.
Aug 15-21, 2021
Biden’s pro-car, pro-gasoline moves leave green allies fuming
The climate-focused administration is “caught between what it needs for elections and its long term policy goals.”
Climate impact of coal sales from US lands scrutinized
U.S. officials have launched a review of climate damage from coal mining on public lands as the Biden administration expands scrutiny of government fossil fuel sales that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
Three in four say climate ‘tipping points’ close
Some 73 percent of people now believe that Earth’s climate is approaching abrupt and irreversible “tipping points” due to human activity, according to a global opinion poll released Tuesday.
Why climate change could make some places colder
As much of the Northern Hemisphere continues to bake in a year of unprecedented heat waves, some areas of the world could become much colder.
Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming
Scientists who warned of heat waves and rising seas this week also say that it’s possible to avoid the worst effects of the warming climate. They’re relying on computer models of the world economy.
Aug 8-14, 2021
Sixth Assessment Report
The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence
from paleoclimate, observations, process u…
Bill Gates pledges $1.5B to climate projects with Energy Department
Bill Gates has pledged $1.5 billion to climate collaborations with the Department of Energy (DOE) through his climate investment fund Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, the Wall Street Journal reports.The backdrop: Global warming is happening so fast that scientists now say we’ll cross a crucial temperat…
Biden-backed ‘blue’ hydrogen may pollute more than coal, study finds
Infrastructure bill includes $8bn to develop ‘clean hydrogen’ but study found large emissions from production of ‘blue’ hydrogen
Opinion | The Climate-Change Cop-Out Is a Politician’s Best Friend
Global warming means it’s never your fault.
Climate change will transform cooling effects of volcanic eruptions
Researchers have shown that human-caused climate change will have important consequences for how volcanic gases interact with the atmosphere.
Senate Democrats Outline $3.5 Trillion Antipoverty, Climate Plan
The plan is set to offer universal prekindergarten, two free years of community college, and expand Medicare to cover hearing, dental and vision care. Action on the budget proposal will come after the Senate wraps up a bipartisan infrastructure bill.
What Infrastructure Investors Need To Know About The Latest Climate Change Report
What today’s IPCC report shows is that we’re already in a period where climate change is going to have rapid impacts on economies and infrastructure, and unfortunately this will be non-linear and difficult to predict.
Why China’s climate policy matters to us all
The global battle against climate change is likely to be won or lost in China.
Climate change ‘unequivocal’ and ‘unprecedented,’ says new U.N. report
New IPCC report reflects greater certainty, includes finer grained projections
Aug 2-7, 2021
California drought forces shutdown of historic Hyatt hydropower plant
A largescale California hydropower plant was shut down on Thursday after ongoing drought conditions reduced water levels in Lake Oroville to historic lows, according to the Sacramento Bee.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Why it matters: It is the first time …
“It’s dire and it’s only getting worse”: California tourist town running out of water amid drought
The wells that Mendocino, California, depends on are drying up amid a devastating drought in the state.
Customer data key for CBH sustainability
Sustainability refers to ensuring that future generations have access to the same resources as generations previously
Plant pathogen infection risk tracks global crop yields under climate change – Nature Climate Change
The authors model the impact of future temperature changes on infection risk for 12 major crops from 80 fungal and oomycete plant pathogens. They find increased risk, as well as crop yield, at higher latitudes and predict major shifts in pathogen assemblages in the United States, Europe and China.
As climate change disrupts supply chains, American life is poised to change drastically
Thanks to capitalism’s inability to account for climate disasters, future economic turmoil is all but guaranteed
Democrats Seek $500 Billion in Climate Damages From Big Polluting Companies
Under a draft plan Democrats are circulating, the Treasury Department would tax a handful of the biggest emitters of planet-warming pollution to pay for climate change.
Anthropogenic forcing and response yield observed positive trend in Earth’s energy imbalance – Nature Communications
Satellite observations reveal a significant positive trend in Earth’s energy imbalance, but the contributing drivers have yet to be understood. Here, the authors show that it is exceptionally unlikely that this trend can be explained by internal variability; instead, anthropogenic forcing and feedba…
Rising gasoline prices signal trouble for climate change action
Cutting oil production before we cut our demand for oil could undermine much of the progress that needs to be made on climate change.Why it matters: If companies cut back on producing oil but consumers don’t cut back on consuming it, demand will exceed supply and prices will shoot up. That’s bad for…
Coal Projects in Asia Face Dwindling Financing as Climate Pressure Mounts
Banks are cutting off funding for new coal-fueled power plants in poorer Asian countries, a move that could hasten the shift toward cleaner energy sources in some of the fastest-growing parts of the world.
Burying carbon dioxide deep in North Dakota’s geology may combat climate change. Is it financially feasible? | Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota’s budding roster of carbon capture projects aim to scrub the emissions of the state’s coal and ethanol industries, and even achieve carbon negative oil production.
AFRICA: $58m from Acumen for climate resilience of smallholder farmers | Afrik 21
Acumen is closing a $58 million fund to finance climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers. Funded by several international financial institutions, the Acumen Agricultural Resilience Fund (ARAF) will work in several countries affected by climate change, most of which are in Africa.
July 26-Aug 1, 2021
The rise of space tourism could affect Earth’s climate in unforeseen ways, scientists worry
Are the effects of rocket launches on the atmosphere really negligible?
Anthropogenic climate change affects marine plankton populations in the Mediterranean Sea
Anthropogenic climate change is already affecting the marine plankton populations present in the western Mediterranean Sea. This is the result of a study led by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) thatwarns on the increasing surfa…
G20 fails to agree on phasing out coal use in warning sign for UN climate summit
The negotiations, which went into overtime, demonstrate how difficult an agreement may be in Glasgow this fall.
What to Expect from the Next Major Global Climate Report
Next month the IPCC will begin releasing its periodic assessment of the state of climate science
Flood Deaths in China Show Road Risks From Climate Change
At least four people died in a highway tunnel in central China that flooded at the same time as a subway tunnel after eight inches of rain fell in a single hour.
July 19-25, 2021
The impact of climate change on Kenya’s Tana river basin
Many species within Kenya’s Tana River Basin will be unable to survive if global temperatures continue to rise as they are on track to do – according to new research. A new study outlines how remaining within the goals of the Paris Agreement would save many species. The research also identifies plac…
Merkel calls for climate change action as she surveys flood damage
“The German language hardly knows any words for the devastation that has been caused here,” the chancellor said.
OPEC Plus Agrees on Oil Production Increase, Easing Pressure on Supplies and Prices
The pact clears the way for the group to pump more oil as global economies revive from pandemic lockdowns.
Climate change goals and oil production are clashing in the U.S.
If we’re to avoid extreme warming, all drilling for oil needs to stop now, experts say, but U.S. fossil fuel production is continuing.
Chinese Unesco official defends plan to list Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’
Tian Xuejun rejects Australia’s ‘groundless accusations’ that China influenced the finding to score political points
July 12-18, 2021
Recycling Mystery: Vapes and Vaping Products
As the use of vapes, or e-cigarettes, has grown, so has the vape-related waste, a mix of plastic, metal, electronics, and glass. What can we do?
Maine shifting recycling costs to companies
Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) has signed into law legislation to make the state the first in the country to shift recycling costs from taxpayers to packing manufacturers.
What to know about the looming rubber ‘apocalypse’
The world now faces a rubber shortage because of multiple supply chain disruptions. “We could be on the cusp of a rubber apocalypse,” Ohio State University professor Katrina Cornish told CNBC. Rubber producers are working against all odds: climate change, disease and the fight for shipping container…
White House appoints new director to steer key climate change report
Allison Crimmins, who worked at the EPA for the past decade, will lead the next National Climate Assessment.
US drilling approvals increase despite Biden climate pledge
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president, underscoring President Joe Biden’s reluctance to more forcefully curb petroleum production in the face of industry and R…
Yellen keeps up push for greater U.S. climate-change regulation, rebuffing concerns of Republicans
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will lead an effort across U.S. financial regulators to better scrutinize the potential of climate-change risk.
Thawing Permafrost has Damaged the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Poses an Ongoing Threat – Inside Climate News
Thawing permafrost threatens to undermine the supports holding up an elevated section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, jeopardizing the structural integrity of one of the world’s largest oil pipelines and raising the potential of an oil spill in a delicate and remote landscape where it would be extreme…
July 5-11, 2021
North America Has Its Hottest June on Record
An analysis by European scientists found that other parts of the world didn’t fare much better, with Europe logging its second-hottest June.
Rebound in global gas demand threatens international climate targets – IEA
A rebound in global gas demand to 2024 following a record fall last year is poised to knock the world off track for a climate goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday.
BOE May Cut Overseas Travel for Staff to Hit Climate Targets
The Bank of England may cut the amount of miles staff can travel by air to hit increasingly stringent environmental targets.
Small majority believe there is still time to avert climate disaster – survey
Survey in 16 countries finds just over half of consumers believe their own behaviour can help
French Senate blocks referendum on climate change
The French Senate has voted to block a referendum promised by President Emmanuel Macron on whether to enshrine the fight against climate change in the French constitution, it said in a statement on Monday.
June 28-July 4, 2021
Whitmer blames flooding on ‘decades of underinvestment,’ pushes infrastructure plan
Whitmer spoke alongside Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan after touring sites flooded in Detroit near Interstate 94.
America’s aging infrastructure: What would $2 trillion actually buy?
Everyone knows our roads, energy grid and other vital structures are in dire need of repair — here’s what it would cost
Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much
Authorities, facing diminishing levels of rainwater that the 50-mile canal needs to operate, plan to unveil a $2 billion plan to build infrastructure to manage and preserve freshwater reserves.
EXCLUSIVE Groups urge G20 to adopt Brady-style debt-for-climate swaps
Three think-tanks will unveil a proposal on Monday to avert a looming debt crisis and help heavily-indebted countries accelerate moves toward more sustainable growth and a low-carbon economy as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tax on climate change
The administration should not be raising the cost of protecting American families from environmental disasters. Public policy should not tax what needs to be encouraged.
EU countries approve landmark climate change law
European Union countries on Monday gave the final seal of approval to a law to make the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding, as EU policymakers prepare a huge new package of policies to fight climate change.
June 21-27, 2021
Companies face growing pressure to disclose their climate change risks
Investors — and securities regulators — want to know more about how vulnerable big businesses are to global warming.
Australia rejects U.N.’s Great Barrier Reef climate warning
“The prospect of losing the World Heritage status of our reef will be a huge shock for many Australians,” Richard Leck of the WWF said.
Will MN farmers carbon bank to fight climate change?
President Joe Biden wants U.S. farmers to be the first in the world with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. The details around how they might achieve that goal are still unclear, but one idea getting a lot of attention involves paying farmers to store carbon in the soil — as a way to reduce the leve…
Con Edison Uses Climate-Change Projections for Decision-Making, Assures It Will ‘Remain Resilient’
Businesses supplied with electricity from Con Edison can be assured that the utility will “remain resilient in the face of climate change,” the company said in its annual sustainability report. Con Edison has committed to supplying its customers with 100% clean electricity by 2040.
New York City Has Ambitious Climate Goals. The Next Mayor Will Determine Whether the City Follows Through – Inside Climate News
When former President Donald Trump announced that the United States would exit the Paris climate agreement in 2017, hundreds of mayors across the country pledged to keep pursuing the goals of the accord. Among them was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who signed a law in 2019 that committed the c…
Young GOPers aren’t denying climate change, they want to tackle it
Why is something that’s affecting us all so polarizing? Young conservatives argue it shouldn’t be.
Google, Facebook, Amazon and more urge SEC to mandate regular climate reports
The tech industry has been vocal on climate issues in the past, even as employees have pressed the companies themselves to do better.
June 14-20, 2021
House passes political spending, climate change corporate disclosures bill
The House passed legislation on Wednesday that would require public companies to disclose data to shareholders regarding key metrics such as political spending, efforts to plan for climate change risks and worker pay disparities.Lawmakers narrowly passed the legislation by a largely party-line vote …
‘Glacier blood’ being studied by scientists to understand climate change
Microalgae have been found growing in snowy mountains thousands of metres above sea level, which scientists say could contribute to increased melting of snow and ice.
Bitcoin miners exit China, beat a path to the U.S. as crypto climate shifts
Beijing appears uneasy not only about the industry’s carbon footprint, but also the intrinsically uncontrollable nature of cryptocurrency.
CEOs want SEC climate reporting separate from earnings but concede new rules are likely
CEOs at the powerful Business Roundtable, investor groups and mostly Democratic lawmakers told the Securities and Exchange Commission they’d support…
Climate change drives ESA listing for Washington bird
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed federal protection for a grouse based solely on climate change forecasts for the Washington Cascades.
Human-driven climate change only half the picture for krill, key species in the Southern Ocean
New research about the fate of krill—one of the most abundant species on Earth—during this century has important implications for not only the Antarctic food web, but for the largest commercial fishery in the Southern Ocean.
‘Dying of thirst’: The Cucapá in Mexico fight against climate change and oblivion
“It is a fight that seems that we will never win,” says Lucía Laguna, as Indigenous Mexicans grapple with geography, the legacy of dams and treaties, narcos and climate change.
G7 Nations Take Aggressive Climate Action but Hold Back on Coal
President Biden pushed climate action after four years in which Donald Trump rejected cooperation with allies. But leaders failed to set an expiration date for burning coal.
California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A Day
As an extreme drought strengths its grip on Sonoma County, Healdsburg officials have unveiled tough new restrictions on water use including limiting individuals to 74 gallons a day and ordering sprinklers and drop irrigation system to be shut down immediately.
Nearly 2 million Northern Californians are under a water shortage emergency as state grapples with severe drought
Northern California residents, from those living by the Bay to those living on lake houseboats, are coming under threat as a severe drought continues to intensify.
Asia’s Oil Giants Will Be Key To Global Climate Fight
Asian carbon cutting will be critical to the effort to reduce global warming. The region releases more carbon than the rest of the world combined. Given Asia is the most populous continent, and most countries within are developing, it is hard for this region to achieve zero carbon emissions. The reg…
Global Climate Fund Initiative gets an approval from state cabinet | News in Mumbai
The state government of Maharashtra, in a recently taken decision, has decide to implement the Global Climate Fund initiative across four districts in the state. As planned, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts will benefit from the six-year long national initiative focused towards…
Permafrost carbon feedbacks threaten global climate goals
Since it was first signed more than five years ago, the Paris Agreement has set the bar for the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with more than 70 countries taking on ambitious nationally determined contributions that exceed initial commitments laid out in the agreement. However, a …
Sustainability News: June 7-13, 2021
The Ruthless Hackers Behind Ransomware Attacks on U.S. Hospitals: ‘They Do Not Care’
An Eastern European group known as Ryuk has hit at least 235 facilities, raking in more than $100 million.
Investors holding $41 trillion demand action on climate — now
Investors managing more than $41 trillion in assets are loudly calling on world leaders to immediately step up their climate game if they don’t want to miss out on a wave of clean energy investment.
Trump dismisses climate change, calls on Biden to fire joint chiefs
Former President Trump issued a statement Thursday dismissing the threat of climate change and saying that President Biden should fire the joint chiefs of staff if they view it as a big problem for the country.
USDA climate hubs to play crucial role as farmers look to adapt
The Agriculture Department’s network of climate hubs will play a key role as USDA seeks to bolster climate research and get farmers and ranchers to employ that research to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Climate change duty of care
Federal Court finds young people owed duty of care for protection from climate change.
Putin says it is ‘myth’ Russia not concerned by climate change
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday it was a “myth” Russia was unconcerned by climate change, but warned against the danger of transforming the drive for carbon neutrality into a tool of “unfair competition”.
Honolulu Adopts Near-term Climate Action Plan | NetZero Insider
The Honolulu City Council adopted a climate action plan that details strategies for curbing the city’s GHGs while boosting renewable energy infrastructure.
Sustainability News: June 1-6, 2021
A 20-foot sea wall? Miami faces the hard choices of climate change – The Boston Globe
The dramatic, $6 billion proposal remains tentative and at least five years off. But the startling suggestion of a massive sea wall up to 20 feet high cutting across beautiful Biscayne Bay was enough to jolt some Miamians to attention.
What the JBS cyberattack means for meat supply
Some shoppers may want to brace themselves for yet another possible supply crunch — this time with meat.
U.S. organic sales soar to new high of nearly $62 billion in 2020 | OTA
U.S. organic sales soared to new highs in 2020, jumping by a record 12.4 percent to $61.9 billion. It marked the first time that total sales of organic food and non-food products have surpassed the $60 billion mark, and reflected a growth rate more than twice the 2019 pace of 5 percent, according to…
Biden Administration Wants Agriculture Subsidies To Help Fight Climate Change
The White House wants to pay farmers for carbon in their soil. Sequestering carbon on farms is straightforward, but benefits are hard to measure. Some worry about creating another subsidy.
Climate lawsuits snowball as South Americans seek a healthy environment
A landmark lawsuit filed against Guyana’s government, arguing that oil production fuels climate change, could bolster legal action as court cases involving energy companies and state authorities surge, according to lawyers and environmentalists.
The Southwest’s climate warning: Drought, wildfire risk and rising temperatures
Some parts of the world are already getting close to, or slipping beyond, the Paris agreement’s temperature limit.
Newly discovered African ‘climate seesaw’ drove human evolution
A scientific consortium has found that ancient El Niño-like weather patterns were the primary drivers of environmental change in sub-Saharan Africa over the last 620 thousand years – the critical time-frame for the evolution of our species. The group found that these ancient weather patterns had mor…
UK funds group calls on G7 to bolster corporate climate disclosures
Britain’s investment industry has called on the G7 to do more to improve corporate reporting on climate-related risks, adding to pressure from the financial sector as it grapples with the uncertainties and escalating costs of extreme weather events.
Sustainability News: May 24-31, 2021
ExxonMobil and Chevron suffer shareholder rebellions over climate
Exxon loses two board seats to activist hedge fund
‘Cataclysmic day’ for oil companies sparks climate hope
Court and investor defeats over carbon emissions a historic turning point, say campaigners and lawyers
Elon Musk and Bitcoin miners say they want to address crypto’s sustainability problem
Tesla recently stopped taking Bitcoin payment for vehicles.
Russia’s Polymetal increases its sustainability-linked financing to $680 million
A roundup of all the mining news in the precious metals sector with a variety of company news, mining sector analysis, newsletter writer insights and executive interviews.
Germany’s Scholz proposes “climate club” to avoid trade friction
Germany’s Scholz proposes “climate club” to avoid trade friction
Mexico slow to shift climate gear, but some cities speed ahead
On a sunny morning at Mexico City’s main wholesale market, traders in aprons rushed metal handcarts of fresh produce between the stores distributing more than a third of the country’s fruit and vegetables.
African rainforests still slowed climate change despite record heat and drought
Intact rainforests across tropical Africa continued to remove carbon from the atmosphere before and during the 2015-2016 El Niño, despite the extreme heat and drought. Theyl removed 1.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere during the El Niño monitoring period. This rate is equ…
Biden Signs Executive Order to Examine Financial Impact of Climate Change
“Our modern financial system was built on the assumption that the climate was stable… We no longer live in such a world,” said National Economic Council director Brian Deese
Remarks by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at 26th International Conference on Future of Asia
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaking at the virtual conference (Photo: VGP) NDO- Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on May 20 delivered a speech at the 26th International Conference on the Future of Asia that was held virtually. The event had the theme “Shaping the post-COVID era:
Sustainability News: May 17-23, 2021
Seaweed Solution? Researchers Find Underwater Plant Could Help Fight Climate Change When Consumed By Livestock
New research shows livestock lunching on the underwater plant can dramatically lower the harmful levels of methane released by cows.
Biden climate adviser says existing nuclear essential for emissions goals
Biden climate adviser says existing nuclear essential for emissions goals
Opinion | Climate Lawsuits Take a Hit
The Supreme Court makes it harder for cities to duck federal courts.
Ripple Partners with Sustainability Leaders to Reach Goals by 2030
Ripple has added its voice to the ongoing cryptocurrency sustainability pool with the announcement that it aims to hit carbon net zero by 2030. And it has partnered with various sustainability leaders to achieve that aim.
Central Banks Jump Into Climate-Change Policy Fray
Regulators are focusing on risks to financial systems and economies. Some say they are going beyond their remits.
Off-the-grid homes are coming to your neighborhood, as climate change creates suburban survivalists
Increasingly extreme weather from climate change is now a year-round phenomenon. This has homebuilders reconsidering how they design and power new homes.
Rubber Made From Dandelions is Making Tires More Sustainable – Truly a Wondrous Plant
In the quest for more sustainable products, dandelions are being used to produce award-winning rubber for tires named Taraxagum, for the species.
Sustainability News: May 10-16, 2021
Live updates: Gas shortages at some US stations
The Colonial Pipeline finally launched the restart of its operations yesterday after a six-day shutdown caused by a ransomware attack. Follow here for the latest.
Colonial Pipeline restarted operations, owners say ‘it will take several days’ for supply chain to return to normal
Gas prices jumped above $3 Wednesday as nervous motorists filled up after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. Drivers feared fuel shortages.
Biden says ‘don’t panic’ amid gas shortage, warns gas stations against price gouging after Colonial hack
President Biden said “don’t panic” amid the gas shortage following the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, while warning gas stations against “price gouging” and taking advantage of consumers, and maintaining that the U.S. will “return to normal” in the next several days.
Exploring effects of climate change on Africa’s energy transition |
The African Climate Foundation launches its Strategic Framework that captures ideas around climate funding and Africa’s energy transition.
Report: Companies Continue to Set Sustainability Targets Without Understanding How to Achieve Them
Companies of all sizes across business sectors are elevating sustainability as a core tenet of their practices, yet a new Black & Veatch report discovers that many companies continue to establish targets without a clear understanding of how to achieve them.
Amazon Raises $1B With First Sustainability Bond
Amazon issued its first sustainability bond Monday, raising $1 billion to fund projects that “advance people and the planet.”
Using Gene Reserves to Protect Rare Species From Climate Change
UK landowners and conservationists welcome wider-spread use of Gene Conservation Units (GCUs) to help protect some of the rarest plants and insects, research at the University of York has shown. In particular, the Great Yellow Bumblebee and the Mountain Ringlet Butterfly, which are at risk of fur
Climate to ravage Kenya’s tea production
Climate change is set to devastate Kenya’s tea production as the world’s largest exporter faces rising temperatures, erratic rainfall and insect infestations, according to analysis released on Monday.
60 Staff At Major UK Hospital Ditch Meat And Fish In Sustainability Drive
NHS Kings College London Hospital staff are ditching meat as part of No Meat May, a charity campaign endorsed by Joanna Lumley
Palm oil challenges in the West: EU ambassador insists sustainability is non-negotiable for consumers
Consumers in the EU are ‘demanding sustainability’ when it comes to palm oil and related food products, according to an EU ambassador, fanning the flames of ongoing strife with palm oil producing countries in the ASEAN region.
Sustainability News: May 3-9, 2021
Faced with climate challenges, Vietnamese rice farmers switch to shrimp
Faced with climate challenges, Vietnamese rice farmers switch to shrimp
Farming groups weigh in on Consumers and Climate First Act
Legislation designed to lead Illinois down a path to a clean energy economy is being applauded by farming groups.
How to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs
President Biden and his climate team have made a fast start in their effort to combat climate change at home and abroad, including a series of
Can hydropower help solve the climate crisis? This $63-billion plan is banking on it
Conservationists and dam operators have some ideas for President Biden’s infrastructure plan.
A 50,000-Year History of Current Flow Yields New Climate Clues – Eos
The first high-resolution historical record of Europe’s Glacial Eastern Boundary Current sheds new light on ocean circulation, ice sheet dynamics, and climate change.
Alaska Spring River Melt Betting Tradition Now Part of Climate Record
A tradition begun more than a century ago is now an important part of the Alaskan climate record — and it shows spring river melt is happening earlier, Reuters reports.
New Climate Pledges Give Us a 50-50 Shot to Meet the Paris Agreement
Updated climate pledges that leaders from more than a dozen nations will put the world on track for 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit (2.4 degrees Celsius) of warming by the end of the century. And they up the odds of actually meeting the Paris Agreement targets a bit.
Berkshire shareholders reject climate change, diversity proposals that Buffett opposed
Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) shareholders on Saturday easily rejected proposals requiring the company run since 1965 by Warren Buffett to disclose more about its efforts to address climate change and promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce.
China’s Climate Policy Has Major Implications for Trade
Reduced Chinese reliance on fossil fuel imports and rising demand for renewables inputs would have major effects on trading relationships.
Video games get serious about climate change
From Sims Eco Lifestyle to Minecraft Climate City, environmental issues are becoming a popular theme in video games. But can the industry deliver on its own green message?
Sustainability News: April 26-May 2, 2021
Climate crisis: Deforestation of Amazon rainforest has accelerated since Bolsonaro took office, report finds
Annual rate of tree fellling in Brazil’s tropical wilds has almost doubled since conservative became president
Investors are taking a more active role steering companies toward greater sustainability.
BlackRock’s former head of sustainable investing says ESG and sustainability investing are distractions | Greenbiz
Tariq Fancy says climate change is the greatest market failure in history. Only true regulation can thwart disaster.
Wall Street Bets Bigger on ESG as Sustainability Takes Hold
Investors are taking a more active role steering companies toward greater sustainability.
These Climate-Conscious Farmers Say Americans Eat Too Much Meat
The meat and dairy industry accounts for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
More reasons for optimism on climate change than we’ve seen for decades
It’s unusual for researchers who study our catastrophically changing climate to use the words “optimism” and “climate change” in the same sentence.
Exxon investors warned by activist fund about climate risks
Engine No. 1 says the Irving-based company faces an “existential business risk” by…
Report: Green initiatives at state agencies increasing sustainability, saving money
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- New York has committed to relying 100% on renewable energy to power the state by 2040. It has also turned the light on state agencies, requiring them to adopt green initiativ…
Malaysia Sells World’s 1st Sovereign Dollar Sustainability Sukuk
Malaysia became the first country to sell a dollar Sukuk linked to sustainable activities, adding to a growing number of issuers turning to debt financing for environmental and social projects.
Sustainability News: April 19-25, 2021
Companies are crucial to solving the climate crisis. 75% are falling short
Less than a quarter of the world’s big public companies are doing their part to address the climate crisis, according to new research highlighting the shortcomings of corporate climate pledges.
Trudeau Was a Global Climate Hero. Now Canada Risks Falling Behind.
Canada is the only G7 nation whose greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the Paris Agreement. The main reason: its oil sands.
Ahead of the Climate Summit, Environmental Groups Urge Biden to Champion Methane Reductions as a Quick Warming Fix – Inside Climate News
The Environmental Defense Fund has a clear message for the Biden Administration on the eve of an international climate summit marking the U.S.’s further re-entry into the Paris climate agreement: “We need to cut methane now.“ So says the U.S.-based environmental advocacy organization in a 15-secon…
Cannabis Companies Begin To Embrace Sustainability
Earth Day 2021 is upon us, and cannabis companies across the industry are mobilizing to take “sustainability” from buzzword to business practice by the time April 22nd rolls around. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a national teach-in on the environment to raise awareness a…
John Mandyck on Carbon Trading and Real Estate Sustainability
A conversation with John Mandyck, CEO of the Urban Green Council, on real estate’s response to climate change and a carbon trading market
Climate change: Coal is powering the economic recovery from the Covid crisis, IEA says
Global carbon dioxide emissions are set to surge dangerously this year as the global economy undergoes a huge recovery.
The realities of climate change are pushing big businesses to focus on sustainability
A consensus appears to be taking root in Corporate America: What’s good for the environment can also be good for business.
Sustainability took a back seat to the pandemic. Now Phoenix restaurants are re-prioritizing
During the pandemic, restaurants relied heavily on takeout. Here’s what metro Phoenix restaurant owners are doing to prioritize sustainability now.
Inside the Rule-Breaking Movement to Make High-End Sushi More Sustainable
They’re bucking generations of tradition to change the omakase experience.
Sustainability News: April 12-18, 2021
Apple’s $200 million fund aims to fight climate change and boost business
Apple has announced a $200 million investment fund designed to remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere and support sustainable forestry — and to generate financial returns for the company.
China Criticizes U.S. on Climate as Xi Meets Merkel, Macron
Beijing criticized the U.S.’s track record on global warming while climate envoy John Kerry was in China seeking greater cooperation on the issue.
AP Interview: Beijing says US ‘too negative’ toward China
BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat said Friday that U.S. policy toward China is “too negative” and that cooperation could be critically important as the Biden administration focuses on…
The auto industry ‘has to move’ on electrification as consumers become more conscious, Nissan CEO says
Nissan plans to electrify 100% of its new vehicles on offer by the early 2030s.
Despite flaws, commodity eco-labels contribute to sustainability (commentary)
In a recent report entitled “Destruction: certified” Greenpeace concluded that “certification is not a solution to deforestation, forest degradation and other ecosystem conversion”. Although Greenpeace acknowledges some positive impacts of labels, such as organic food or FSC, the overall conclusion …
How Honolulu, Hawaii is working toward sustainability and supporting its residents in the process
A bill signed into law in December 2020 says the city will transition to 100% renewable energy and become carbon neutral by 2045.
Did You Know Half of the World’s Methane Emissions Come From Aquatic Ecosystems? – The Wire Science
Cultivating rice releases more methane per year globally than all coastal wetlands and open oceans together.
Cyclone Seroja kills 160 people, exposes Indonesia’s climate vulnerability
Campaigners say a government rollback of environmental regulations increases Indonesia’s vulnerability to flash floods and landslides
Redfin Survey Finds Climate Change Influencing Relocation Decisions
Redfin research finds climate change affecting relocation decisions. Is it time for real estate investors to respond, too?
Deeper intelligence to drive sustainability in 2021 and beyond
Majority of businesses in MEA have embraced sustainability reporting standards
Sustainability News: April 5-11, 2021
Bank of America pledges $1 trillion by 2030 toward environmental sustainability – Charlotte Business Journal
Bank of America Corp. on Thursday pledged $1 trillion by 2030 to support environmental sustainability.
The crypto art community is having a sustainability reckoning
Blockchain technology’s many features have made it a hit in the art world, most notably the ability to stop forgeries and give artists a cut of future sales.
Sustainability rankings don’t always identify sustainable companies
British American Tobacco (famous for cigarettes), Coca-Cola (world-renowned for its sugary soft drinks) and Glencore (a British/Swiss mining company) were recently ranked in the top five most environmentally and socially responsible companies on the FTSE 100, the share index of the 100 biggest compa…
How Sustainability Shifts Can Save The Ski Industry With Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company
Just saying you are a green company is not enough. You have to walk the walk. Your CEO down to your junior employees have to wholeheartedly believe in your mission.
Could a ‘Crypto Climate Accord’ erase cryptocurrencies’ carbon footprint?
It’s a long shot, and bitcoin probably stands in the way
Shell threatens to leave US trade groups over climate disagreements
The Netherlands-based oil major took aim at the American Petroleum Institute, the Texas…
Scientists’ findings suggest corals will withstand climate change
Charles Darwin, the British naturalist who championed the theory of evolution, noted that corals form far-reaching structures, largely made of limestone, that surround tropical islands. He didn’t know how they performed this feat.
Amazon ‘illegally retaliated’ against climate activists
The firm fired two tech workers who had criticised the firm’s environmental practices.
Jellyfish May Benefit From Climate Change
Researchers are studying jellyfish beach strandings, like this one in Denmark, along the West Coast. SilverSnapper / Getty Images
John Kerry says Biden’s ambitious climate plan is ‘not a counter to China’
China accounts for around 30% of the world’s CO2 emissions, more than twice that of the U.S., but it’s spending more on clean energy development.
Sustainability News: March 29- April 4, 2021
US climate envoy heads to India to push ‘climate ambition’
John Kerry’s overseas trip includes the UAE and Bangladesh, a country especially vulnerable to climate change.
Demand for climate grants outpaces funds
BOSTON — Nearly 100 cities and towns applied for funding from the state last year for climate change resiliency and adaptation projects, only to be turned away.
U.S. and China’s next economic battle will be over climate change, experts say
The world’s foremost economic superpowers are turning their attention to climate change as the next path to commercial supremacy.
Google Maps to start showing eco-friendly routes
The driving app will highlight trips with lowest emissions based on factors such as traffic and slopes.
U.S. Companies Resist Activist Investor’s Climate Campaign
A billionaire British hedge-fund manager’s campaign to make large public companies set near-term targets for carbon-emission cuts is encountering challenges.
The complexities of predicting climate change effects
We currently face significant challenges to accurately predict the impacts of our changing climate on individual species, as well as their ecosystems.
Benefits of ‘Drastic’ Climate Action Outweigh Costs: Economists
The cost of global warming will far outweigh the cost of rapidly cutting greenhouse gas emissions, more than 700 economists from around the world said Tuesday in an unprecedented call to climate ac…
From toilet paper to coffee, here are some of the products that could soon be in short supply because of the Suez Canal blockage
Experts say that the blockage is costing about $400 million an hour and that it could take weeks to move the freighter.
USA: Are federal disaster policies making climate change even worse?
Even where municipalities know they are in harm’s way, the market knows that if climate-related disasters happen, the city or county will be bailed out.
NASA joins White House Climate Task Force
NASA has joined the White House National Climate Task Force, another step in the agency’s continued study of climate change and global warming.
Blocking The Sun Could Help Prevent Climate Change But May Be Risky, Says New Report
The US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has called for the establishment of a research program to investigate the potential
How Will Ongoing Climate Change Efforts Impact US Jobs?
President Joe Biden’s new infrastructure bill is heavily focused on tackling climate change. According to The New York Times, sources familiar with the bill said that “it includes building electric…
Sustainability News: March 22-28 2021
A NASA study says it’s the first to directly measure humans’ role in climate change
We can now measure the effect of greenhouse gases directly.
EU’s top court rejects effort to force tougher climate rules
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Thursday rejected an effort by a Scandinavian youth group and families around the world to force the EU to set more ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, arguing they were not
Suez Canal blocked by traffic jam after massive container ship runs aground
Eight tug boats are working to free a large container ship stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal, halting marine traffic through one of the busiest and most important waterways in the world.
Using Tax Policy to Rein In Climate Change
The Biden administration is likely to pursue several options to encourage renewable energy production and reduce fossil fuel dependence
New Report: Advancing the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy into a New Decade
Three caribou standing in the tundra.(Credit: Andrew Ramey, USGS. Public domain.)
Facing sweltering soldiers and flooded ports, NATO to focus on climate change
Biden administration makes possible a shift that couldn’t happen under Trump.
Fed’s pursuit of climate-change disclosure is ‘imperfect’ but developing: Brainard
Banking-committee Republicans may have revived their call for the Federal Reserve to tap the brakes in regulating climate-change risk. But at least one Fed leader reminded investors Tuesday that the pursuit of climate-change preparedness, though “imperfect” right now, must move forward.
Fed sets up panels to examine risks that climate change poses to the financial system
The Federal Reserve has taken another step forward in efforts to ensure that the financial system is protected against climate risks.
Emphasizing urgency alone won’t increase support for major climate policies, study finds
In light of recent extreme climate events—from wildfires blazing through the western US to snowstorms sweeping Texas into a blackout—climate scientists and
World’s top emitters far from meeting climate goals | Reuters Video
AUDIO ONLY The world’s biggest carbon-emitting companies are far from aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement, a report by the leading climate-focused investor group showed on Monday. Emer McCarthy reports.
White House climate czar and Big Oil meet, talk cooperation after meeting
Representatives from the oil and gas industry and national climate adviser Gina McCarthy struck a cooperative tone following a meeting on Monday where the two sides discussed how companies can align with the Biden administration’s ambitious climate goals. Industry and White House officials after th…
White House prepares massive infrastructure bill with universal pre-K, free community college, climate measures
The Biden administration is putting together its next major legislative effort.
Sustainability Spotlight: Making Shipping Greener While Meeting Consumer Delivery Demands
As brands expand their international and e-commerce sales, they risk increasing their carbon footprint.
World Water Day addresses sustainability in agriculture, fertilizer sectors
HOUSTON (ICIS)–Global organisations addressed sustainability – including within the agricultural sector and fertilizer industry – during World Water Day on 22 March.
Sustainability News: March 15-21 2021
Changing the way we conduct research: Advocating for sustainability science
To stay in step with their times, make their voices heard and play a decisive role in shaping major future directions, researchers must move toward a “sustainability science.”
Meet the Pioneer Rethinking Liquor Sustainability
Our columnist recently talked to sixth-generation rum maker Roberto Serrallés about how liquor companies can become more sustainable and environmentally conscious.
How sustainability is becoming a part of mainstream funding and investment
The year 2020 saw increased focus on sustainability, with many businesses focusing on impact and growth at the same time. And giving them the tailwind to do this are several green venture capital funds.
Hear Actionable Insights and Practical Solutions at The Economist’s Sustainability Week 2021
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Watch CNBC’s full interview with Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson on China, sustainability and innovation
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson joins CNBC’s “Halftime Report” team to discuss the company’s annual meeting, China prospects, sustainability goals, Covid’s impact and more.
Companies may have climate risk blind spots, new analysis shows | Greenbiz
Guidance from disclosure initiatives such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure and Sustainable Accounting Standards Board doesn’t cover everything companies need to know.
USDA conservation program seen as way to help battle climate change
Incentives are seen as critical to increasing participation in a program that could help the Biden administration reach climate goals.
How a new approach is shining a light on a hidden sustainability challenge for data centers
Scope 3 analysis is now making batteries part of organizations' carbon accounting
Mask use amid pandemic leaves questions about sustainability – The DePaulia
Last March, Minsu Song had been in the middle of the Disney College Program and had anticipated staying until April, but her stay in Florida was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic and she found herself on the next flight back to Iowa. She was unemployed and uninspired. The constant boredom led h…
Sustainability News: March 8-14 2021
Regenerative agriculture is the next great ally in fight against climate change
It seems that every week a new agribusiness, consumer packaged goods company, bank, technology corporation, celebrity or Facebook friend announces support for regenerative agriculture. For those of us who have been working on climate and/or agriculture solutions for the last couple of decades, this…
Climate change may not expand drylands
Does a warmer climate mean more dry land? For years, researchers projected that drylands—including deserts, savannas and shrublands—will expand as the planet warms, but new research from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) challenges those prevailing views.
Biden administration sharpens focus on climate risks to financial system
This week is providing fresh hints of the Biden’s administration’s efforts on both climate funding and climate-related risks to the financial system.Driving the news: Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the board of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) that its work will b…
Sustainability and airline success now inexorably linked: Air France chief
The rise of sustainability as a challenge for the airline industry has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, to the point where business success is inexorably linked to carriers significantly reducing their environmental footprints, in the view of Air France chief executive Anne Rigail.
Naomi Klein: how big tech helps India target climate activists
The long read: Companies such as Google and Facebook appear to be aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian environmental campaigners
Robert Miller: Addressing climate change at the local level
A proposed bill would encourage Connecticut towns to create their own plans to mitigate…
GIST Researchers Find “Best Case” Goals for Climate Warming Could Still Result in Massive Wildfire Risk
/PRNewswire/ — The landmark 2015 Paris Agreement resulted in multiple studies examining the impact of global temperature increases, but these rarely…
What’s the Most Climate-Safe Place in the World?
It is easy to be pessimistic about the future. It is also easy to scientifically verify that pessimism through persuasive papers and charts. It is easier still to lose yourself in bleak visions of fires and floods, food and water shortages, widespread human suffering, violent apocalyptic cults, bad …
Atlantic Ocean circulation is the weakest in at least 1,600 years, study finds – here’s what that means for the climate
New study finds evidence of an unprecedented slowdown in North Atlantic Ocean circulation, likely to due to human-caused climate change.
Sustainability News: March 1-7 2021
Properly Done Financial Audits Are A Powerful Tool For Addressing Climate Change
Recent guidance from the International Accounting Standards Board and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board give investors a powerful tool to ensure that companies and their auditors are taking the effects of climate change into account in the financial statements.
China sets moderate new energy goals for climate change
China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has announced generally moderate new energy and climate targets that give little sign that it will step up its pace in combatting climate change
‘Local’ gets loud on journalism: Report for America sustainability report offers hope as communities pitch in to save local news
Report for America’s partner newsrooms see 61% fundraising growth, largely from individual donors in 2020
NEW YORK (PRWEB) March 03, 2021 Report for America today released…
Mastercard Issues $600 Million Sustainability Bond
Mastercard today announced that it has successfully priced a $600 million Sustainability Bond at a fixed rate of 1.90%. This milestone further supports the…
Corporate sustainability initiatives may open doors for carbon offset startups – TechCrunch
“You’re seeing a lot of large companies … are now investing significant amounts into really trying to understand their emissions profile and prioritize emission reductions in a data-driven way.”
How Blockchain Technology Could Transform Sustainability – Metropolis
A Gensler principal shares shares her views on how blockchain technology may help crack the code on sustainable architecture.
Invasive Treefrogs Have Snuck Into Louisiana and They Are Not Good Neighbors
Keep an eye on your toilet bowl (seriously).
Scientists creating Earth’s digital twin for extreme climate event projections
In a type of pixelated cloning experiment meant to act as an experimental model for Earth’s climatic fluctuations, computer scientists at ETH Zurich are attempting to create a detailed digital twin of our
Report calls for textile sustainability in Brazil | Materials & Production News | News
Report calls for textile sustainability in Brazil
Sustainability News: February 22-28 2021
US power sector emissions fell 38% in past 15 years, blowing past Obama climate targets: Report
The U.S. power sector has already slashed more emissions than what would have been required by the Obama administration’s climate mandate.
Will jobs! jobs! more jobs! make free-market case for climate action? » Yale Climate Connections
Will capitalism, and free-market forces (and emphasis on more jobs?) supplant political expediency as a major factor in advancing bipartisan support for renewable energy?
Climate Change is Weakening the Ocean Currents That Shape Weather on Both Sides of the Atlantic – Inside Climate News
Since the end of the last ice age, a swirling system of ocean-spanning currents has churned consistently in the Atlantic, distributing heat energy along the ocean surface from the tropics toward the poles, with heavy, cold water slowly flowing back toward the equator along the bottom of the sea. Col…
Earth’s long-term climate stabilized by clouds
Reduced planetary albedo due to fewer low clouds on early Earth could explain some 40% of the required forcing to offset the faint young Sun, according to global climate model experiments.
“Science-based” corporate climate targets are no such thing, says former advisor
As the number of businesses setting ‘science-based’ targets surges, experts are calling for more transparency over how those numbers are calculated
Midcoasters say $90M natural gas line expansion isn’t aligned with state climate change plan
The midcoast does not currently have natural gas service, but at a virtual forum on the project Tuesday night, dozens in the region said they don’t want it.
The Weekly Planet: The Great Climate Bill of 2021 Is Being Shaped Now
The game before the game has started.
Possible irreversible changes to sub-systems prior to reaching climate change tipping points
Recently a pair of researchers with the University of Copenhagen published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describing their work looking into the possibility of changes to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and the circumstances that could lead to s…
UNA faces the enormous challenge of changing Almeria’s agricultural sustainability model
Almeria’s Union of Agricultural Producers (UNA) was established in April 2019 to manage the foundation of a new exploitation model in the Almeria countryside and the southeast of the peninsula.
Small and medium-sized producers, mai…
‘Mercury Stories: Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element’
‘Mercury Stories’ by Henrik Selin and Noelle E. Selin, a new MIT PRESS book, is an interdisciplinary analysis of human interactions with mercury through history that sheds light on efforts to promote and achieve sustainability.
AB InBev Signs Record $10.1 Billion ESG-Linked Facility
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, maker of beer brands Budweiser and Stella Artois, has signed a $10.1 billion debt facility that costs more to service if the company falls short on a set of sustainability targets.
Consumer interest in sustainability is still growing
More shoppers are linking social concerns to environmental threats.
Ireland one of top nations for fairness and sustainability
Ireland has been rated as one of the most progressive countries in the world in transitioning towards an equitable, fair and sustainable society, according to a new international study.The Transitions
Shaping the Future of Market-Based Action on Sustainability
Sustainability News: February 15-21 2021
“Disasters Within Disaster” – Death Toll Rises To 30 As Texas Energy Crisis Hits Sixth Day
The cascading effects of days without power have effectively transformed some parts of Texas into a third-world country.
Bill Gates says “we need hundreds of Elon Musks”
With Tesla, Elon Musk has helped electric cars become more mainstream.
Billionaires’ Favorite Climate Solution Is a Dangerous Distraction
An Elon Musk tweet can do everything from moving the stock market to convincing people to invest in a joke cryptocurrency. So when the richest man on Earth tweeted in late January about kicking $100 million to whoever could come up with the best technology to capture carbon from the air, the world t…
Climate change is fueling recruitment into armed groups
Research has repeatedly highlighted how climatic shifts contribute to fragility and undermine livelihoods and new data shows how this has created conditions that are conducive to the growth of armed groups.
Citing climate emergency, California Democrats introduce a bill to ban fracking by 2027
Feb. 17—California would ban hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, by 2027, under a bill introduced in the State Senate on Wednesday. The bill, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Sen. Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, also would prohibit the issuance of new permits for frackin…
Yard Stick provides measurement technology to combat climate change – TechCrunch
The solution to the world’s climate change problems could be under our feet. But you can’t manage something until you can measure it, and that’s where Yard Stick comes in.
Teenagers Deserve a Place at Biden’s Climate Table
Including activists from the Sunrise Movement and elsewhere could improve the president’s climate policy while energizing the youth vote.
Climate elites should check their privilege
Private jets, yacht parties, fancy receptions, and award ceremonies — I’m sure you can conjure up an image of what this lifestyle may look like and who lives it. While you may have envisioned Hollywood actors, pop stars, or Silicon Valley tech giants, I’m actually describing another demographic:…
Climate change: Why Norway, the UK and Canada are climate hypocrites
In Oslo, street lamps are powered by renewables. To conserve energy, the smart lights dim when nobody is around. The Norwegian capital, like the rest of the country, is proud of its exceptional green credentials. Its public transportation system too is powered entirely by renewable energy. Two third…
Fights Over Indian Farm Laws Ignore Green Revolution’s Climate And Economic Problems
Green revolution saved India from hunger but is causing economic and ecological problems. Neither the government nor protesters offer a plan for farmers to grow less rice in water stressed regions. What is required is a just transition to a new ecologically sustainable farming model.
IBM sets new climate goal for 2030
The company is focused on slashing emissions from its operations
Climate change killed off mammoths, sloths, megafauna
In a new study, researchers used statistical analysis to show climate change was the primary driver of the disappearance of North America’s largest species, including mammoths and giant sloths.
What is Next in Business Aviation: A Move Towards Sustainability or Supersonic Flight?
Historically speaking, aviation has always been a gas-guzzling business. As the world demands a new and more sustainable approach to travel, industry, and everyday life, the aviation sector refuses to be left behind. While major aircraft companies like Airbus and Boeing focus on minimising fuel …
Intel – Getting Smart Begins with Data
Jeff Klaus, General Manager of Intel® Data Center Management Solutions, on sustainability, data centres, data and smart business
3M proposes $1 billion in investments toward reaching sustainability goals – Chemical Engineering
3M (St. Paul, Minn.) announced it expects to invest approximately $1 billion over the next 20 years to accelerate new environmental goals: achieve carbon
Could the Focus on Sustainability Help Drive the Graphene Market?
Graphene is a material that has been touted for several market sectors and applications. Graphene has many excellent properties, such as its electrical conductivity and tensile strength. While these are important reasons for using graphene in different applications, how we produce and integrate grap
Music industry sustainability: ‘Every little thing matters’ – Music Ally
Friday’s episode of the Music Ally TV Show was really interesting: an exploration of the music industry and environmental sustainability. “It’s more than just the right thing to do: it’s an essential business obligation,” said Dr Allen Hershkowitz, one of the world’s authorities on this area.
New WVU biology study of trees has implications for future climate change predictions
Scientists have long known that trees are essential to human life, making the air we breathe healthier by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis to store energy and
Climate activist Disha Ravi arrested in India over farmers’ protest ‘toolkit’
Supporters of a young climate activist arrested in India over a farmers’ protest “toolkit,” later shared by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, have called for her release.
Sustainability News: February 8-14 2021
Turtles Worldwide Vulnerable Due to Climate Change, Habitat Loss
Climate change and habitat destruction have left turtles worldwide vulnerable, according to a recent study by a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher
‘Global Vaccine Apartheid’ Is Also a Climate Warning
The covid-19 vaccination effort is finally achieving liftoff in the U.S. In the days since we highlighted the case for optimism about the pandemic ending, data collected by Bloomberg shows 2 million more Americans have received a shot.
Now in a minority position, how will Wyoming’s delegation respond to Biden’s aggressive climate plans?
The sway Wyoming enjoyed in Washington under Trump has dwindled. But the state’s congressional delegation plans to fight back.
EPA to jettison major Obama climate rule, as Biden eyes a bigger push
The Clean Power Plan had been tied up in litigation, then replaced by President Donald Trump.
Russia’s Lavrov holds climate talks with U.S. envoy Kerry amid sanctions concerns
Russia’s Lavrov holds climate talks with U.S. envoy Kerry amid sanctions concerns
Daybreak Feb 12: Boozman: Climate policy threatens farm bill
There are new signs of division on the Senate Agriculture Committee when it comes to climate change. The committee’s top Republican, John Boozman, told members of the National Cotton Council Thursday that funding to address climate change could come out of existing farm bill programs.
Salmon: Why Climate Change Matters
“So, you can eat wild salmon to your hearts content if you can find it and afford it” – Mark Kurlansky
Bill Gates: Climate Change Challenge “Is Way Greater Than The Pandemic”
In an interview that will air Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Bill Gates will discuss how climate change is a “way greater” challenge than COVID-19, saying “the amount of change, new ideas, is way greater than the pandemic.” “And it needs a level of cooperation that would be unprecedented,” Gates sai…
China Hints at a Shift on Climate
A rare public rebuke of the energy agency signals to some that environmental regulators have been empowered to counter the coal industry.
Yellen reportedly looking to name new climate ‘czar’ at Treasury
Yellen reportedly is eyeing Sarah Bloom Raskin, former deputy Treasury secretary during Barack Obama’s presidency, to tackle the role.
US is falling behind its peers in moving away from fossil fuels and tackling climate change: report
The Green Future Index ranks countries in their commitments to shifting society to a low-carbon future.
Oil spill at Chevron Refinery in Richmond contained, clean-up underway
Hazardous Materials crews are responding to a report of an oil spill near the Chevron Refinery in Richmond on Monday afternoon, according to the Contra Costa Health Services.
‘I’m really scared’: Neighbors sound off after 600-gallon oil spill near Richmond’s Chevron refinery
CHEVRON OIL SPILL: A county official says close to 600 gallons flowed into the Bay. He also says “petroleum washed ashore along South Richmond shoreline which will harm wildlife and marine life.”
600 gallons of petroleum spills into San Francisco Bay at Chevron refinery
The spill was discovered at 3 p.m. Tuesday when a sheen was observed on the water, according to joint statements from federal, state and local agencies and Chevron.
How Queen Elizabeth II stands to reap billions from big oil’s sustainability push
Queen Elizabeth II will be a major, if unlikely, beneficiary of big oil’s latest push to diversify toward a more sustainable future.
JP Morgan hires Chuka Umunna for senior sustainability role
The 42-year-old former Labour MP is given European position by US bank
How the Pandemic Shaped Sustainability Goals for Commercial Buildings
Last year provided many unforeseen challenges for the building management industry; despite it all, sustainability commitments stayed steady. But we must seize the opportunity to shift the narrative in the energy industry away from efficiency, towards continuous optimization.
BP and Rosneft Sign Sustainability Deal
BP (NYSE: BP) and Rosneft Oil Company have signed a strategic collaboration agreement focused on supporting the carbon management and sustainability activities of both companies.
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Other Media | MundoAcuicola: Sernapesca triumphs in Courts in defense of fisheries and aquaculture sustainability
Sustainability News: February 1-7 2021
Bioplastics in the sustainability dilemma: Scientists investigate the factors affecting the global land use impacts and CO2 emissions of plant-based plastics
Scientists found that the sustainability of plant-based bioplastics depends largely on the country of origin, its trade relationships and the raw material processed.
What new Amazon CEO Andy Jassy needs to do to become a leader in sustainability like Apple
Few ESG funds own Amazon stock because of its poor record on labor, workplace issues and corporate competition.
^Don’t know if I would call Apple a sustainability leader, but good read about what Amazon needs to do to get on a ESG fund.
NASA Names Its First Climate Advisor
Gavin Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling, will help ensure the Biden Administration has crucial data to inform its emissions reduction goals
The Energy 202: How Democrats may try getting around the filibuster on climate change
Some are eyeing the next budget process to pass a major piece of President Biden’s climate agenda.
Peru: How climate change threatens a city with ‘glacial flood’
The worldwide retreat of mountain glaciers is one of the most visible impacts of climate change. In the wake of receding glaciers, thousands of lakes have formed and expanded.
Bridgestone Issues Sustainability-Linked Credit Facility
Bridgestone Americas Inc. has issued a $1.1 billion “sustainability-linked” credit facility, which the company calls one of the first of its kind in the United States tire industry.
What is Bitcoin and Is It Too Late to Get Started? | ONE37pm
If you’ve been afraid to get involved with Bitcoin, we’ve got you covered. This is everything you need to know to get started.
World – Opinion: On deep-sea mining, climate change, and the guidelines needed to ensure ocean sustainability
I have followed the ongoing tug of war between opposing sides of the deep-sea mining debate and was waiting for someone to offer the third side of the story. Then I came across the first response from one of the small island nations when the newly elected prime minister of the Cook Islands, Mark Bro…
Generation 2030: Vegetarianism: Should We Rethink its Role in Sustainability? | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD
Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
New evidence that Big Tech is ‘MIA’ on climate policy
Big Tech’s failure to show up matters — all hands need to be on deck in the climate fight.
Sustainability benchmarks for plastics recycling and redesign
Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Council Post: Sustainability In The Cannabis Industry: Truly Going Green
Ironically, the cannabis industry isn’t as “green” as you might expect.
Biden’s climate steps could have big impact on energy firms
President Joe Biden has put his team to work reviewing dozens of actions taken by former President Donald Trump, aiming to reverse orders that he says harm the environment or endanger public health.
UK’s Johnson to chair U.N. meeting on climate security
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to chair a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 23 looking at the links between climate change and conflict and prevention measures, his U.N. ambassador said on Monday.
Adventure Travel conference to tackle recovery and sustainability
Virtual Adventure Travel Networking conference takes place this week
Sustainability in Hollywood Backslides Amid COVID: “It’s Everything We Told Everybody Not to Do All These Years”
While plastic waste explodes amid the pandemic, remote work has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and many companies are embracing such practices as paperless call sheets and LED-battery generators.
Sustainability News: January 2021
Biden Just Linked Climate and Security. Next Comes Military Money
Despite the flood of new resources, climate activists remain wary.
The snowy owl spotted in Central Park is an at-risk species thanks to climate change
“Many of us who work with snowy owls would argue that they are one of the three or four species … at most immediate and direct threat from climate change,” said the co-founder of a snowy owl tracking initiative.
GM Sustainability Manager on How Carmaker Will Be Carbon Neutral by 2040
Geraldine Barnuevo, , environmental strategies and sustainability senior manager at GM, spoke to Cheddar about what’s in store for the automaker following its big pledge to go carbon neutral by 2040.
MIT convenes influential industry leaders in the fight against climate change
MIT has announced the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC), which convenes influential industry leaders from a broad range of industries with the aim of vastly accelerating shared solutions to address climate change.
How R/WallStreetBets and Reddit Broke the Internet // ONE37pm
It’s been the biggest story of the last few days, but how did R/WallStreetBets, a group based on Reddit, outsmart Wall Street? Let’s take a look.
Fidelity launches ESG friendly tool for advisers – InvestmentNews
Fidelity’s new technology tool is designed to help advisers create ESG model portfolios and engage clients with impact investing
Day traders wreak havoc on hedge fund bets, Wall Street dips, BlackRock’s progress on sustainability
News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication
Is Sustainability a Key Driver for Emerging Graphene Markets? | BDC Magazine
The market for graphene is at a tipping point, with long periods of R&D now starting to translate into significant purchase orders. For a long time, the graphene market was overwhelmingly driven by a ‘materials push’ whereby graphene firms worked hard to persuade markets of the properties and benefi…
McCormick tops food companies in sustainability rankings
Corporate Knights places the flavor company at No. 6 overall in its annual list.
Exxon planning changes to board, sustainability measures amid activist pressure
Exxon Mobil Corp. is preparing to make changes to its board and adopt further measures to reduce its carbon footprint as the beleaguered energy giant faces…
Biden administration to unveil more climate policies, urges China to toughen emissions target
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration next week will release more policies it believes are needed to tackle climate change and is urging China to toughen one of its targets on greenhouse gas emissions, his top climate advisers said on Saturday.
The Booze Industry Wants to Sell You on Sustainability
It’s an ambitious, multi-faceted and chaotic march to eco-consciousness
FINANCE: ‘Enormously big deal’: Fed creates climate committee
The Federal Reserve announced yesterday the creation of a first-of-its-kind committee to deepen the central bank’s understanding of the risks that climate change poses to the financial system.
Biden pitching a much vaster climate plan than Obama ever attempted
Climate activists celebrate “major step forward,” while oil industry warns of costs.
New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds
Emergency management officials aim to funnel up to $10 billion into preventing climate disasters. The plan “would dwarf all previous grant programs of its kind,” one analyst said.
UN global climate poll: ‘The people’s voice is clear – they want action’
Biggest ever climate change survey finds two-thirds of people think climate change is a global emergency
BlackRock Chief Pushes a Big New Climate Goal for the Corporate World
Larry Fink is using his firm’s huge influence to pressure companies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Commission launches plans for EU sustainability ‘code of conduct’ for food businesses
The European Commission has taken its first steps towards launching a ‘code of conduct’ for actors along the food chain, as part of its aim to increase the sustainability of the food system.
Manufacturers struggle to meet sustainability goals
The manufacturing industry is making good progress in terms of setting sustainability plans, but there’s work to do to achieve them.
What Gets Measured Gets Managed: How Sustainability Reporting Can Help Save The Planet
The answer at which they arrived first appears as rather dry: metrics and disclosures. But fueled by the knowledge that “what gets measured gets managed”
Study shows ocean sustainability efforts are working
There is good news about the world’s oceans. It comes from University of Washington researchers and the journal “Nature Sustainability.” A new scientific article in the journal begins, “Well-designed management
New tool for assessing the benefits, risks and sustainability of the consumption of fish
Researchers from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili’s (Tarragona/Spain) research group TecnATox have optimized the website FishChoice, which helps to consume fish and seafood in a sustainable fashion and not just maximize benefits and minimize risks. The tool has been developed in the framework of a p…
A review of 100 studies crushes assumptions about conflict between profit and sustainability
Going green can keep businesses in the black
Let’s rethink water investments with sustainability and resilience in mind
Now is the time to prioritize upgrading the region’s aging infrastructure, writes Darren Olson of Christopher B. Burke Engineering.
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