Climate

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Climate change is already impacting energy, farming, shipping and countless other business sectors. Like an earthquake, the reverberations of severe weather events and changing weather patterns reach companies in all corners of the world, impacting energy supply and demand balances, disrupting supply chains and commodity prices, and exposing companies to new forms of political risk and costly regulatory changes.
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Region’s expected increase in coal-fired power plants could turn out to be ‘more fizz than boom’ as construction rates fall markedly The number of new coal-fired power plants starting construction across south-east Asia has fallen markedly over the past two years as Australia has increasingly looked to the region to expand its thermal coal exports.Analysis by US-based climate research and advocacy group Global Energy Monitor found work on only 1.5 gigawatts of new coal generation – equivalent to one large Australian plant – began in the region in the six months to June, all of it in Indonesia. Related: How...
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New York lawsuit alleges company was ‘exposed to far greater risk from climate change than investors were led to believe’ExxonMobil is to face trial in New York City on Tuesday, accused of misleading investors over the business risks caused by regulations aimed at addressing the climate crisis.The oil and gas giant has been taken to court by New York’s attorney general for allegedly covering up the costs it will incur from government rules designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading...
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Russian navy discovers yet-to-be-named islands previously hidden under glaciersThe Russian navy says it has discovered five new islands revealed by melting glaciers in the remote Arctic.An expedition in August and September charted the islands, which have yet to be named and were previously hidden under glaciers, said the head of the northern fleet, Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev. Continue reading...
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By Jim Poyser My life profoundly changed after training with the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. I was trained in 2012 in San Francisco, and at that time I had a career firmly in place as a newspaper editor. I was looking for the training to augment my understanding of current climate science. Instead, the training became a turbo boost to change my life so I could focus solely on climate solutions. Within a year, I had transitioned to run a statewide non-profit, Earth Charter Indiana, formed to support and promote the principles of the Earth Charter. It was a perfect fit for...
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Our two-year study shows the lake has been stable since the 1990s. Costly ‘solutions’ shift focus from the complex causes of the region’s deadly crisis Lake Chad is a hydrological miracle – a life-giving, freshwater lake in the Sahara desert. But the region around the lake has been engulfed in a violent crisis for more than a decade, which has left nearly 10 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.Military crackdowns on insurgent groups such as Boko Haram have failed to end the violence. Bringing durable peace to the region requires unpicking a Gordian knot of many interlinked factors:...
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More than half of Australia’s Paris emissions commitment will come from controversial credits from previous targetsThe federal environment department says it is not aware of any countries other than Australia planning to use controversial “carryover credits” to meet international climate commitments.The comment, at a Senate estimates hearing on Monday, comes as the Morrison government rebuffs calls from international leaders, analysts and activists for it to abandon the use the credits to meet its 2030 Paris emissions goal. Related: How does Scott Morrison's climate declaration at the United Nations stack up? Related: Pacific leaders plead with Australia to drop plans...
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Plates will mean perks such as free parking as part of scheme to push zero-emission vehiclesGreen coloured number plates will be issued for electric cars under government plans to encourage drivers to buy zero-emission vehicles.The government said the new licence plates would make the least polluting cars easily identifiable and help their drivers benefit from incentives such as free parking or access to clean air zones. Related: UK plans to accelerate decarbonisation of transport sector Related: Labour party pledges to ban sale of non-electric cars by 2030 Continue reading...
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It’s a day when people all around the world are basically saying, “I want to know what the climate crisis means for me. And I want to know how we solve it. Come talk to me and my friends and colleagues.” So that’s what we’re doing, with Climate Reality Leader volunteers trained by former Vice President Al Gore leading conversations and giving presentations in all 50 US states and all seven continents. (Yup, we’ve even got Antarctica.) Learn What’s Happening – and What You Can Do You know the climate crisis is big. You’ve seen the terrifying hurricanes, endless droughts, and crushing heatwaves...
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When the world gets warmer, it impacts real people’s lives. Real people just like you are suffering right now because of our changing climate. And some are unfairly impacted more than others. The elderly. Children. Communities of color. And perhaps most acutely, the homeless. Individuals experiencing homelessness know what the climate crisis feels like. Unlike so many of us, they cannot turn to the comforts of home when temperatures soar to new heights or torrential rains fall or wildfire soot blankets the earth around them. Clean drinking water is not always readily accessible. Nor are a dry pair of shoes. Things so many...
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Looking at the actions of the US federal government, you’d be forgiven for letting your climate optimism fade. But even as this administration works to unwind years of hard-won progress, there’s hope on the horizon. And that hope is you. You want climate action. And chances are, so do your friends, colleagues, and almost everyone you know. From the recent, historic global climate strikes to the increase in major media coverage of this crisis, the incredible number of people calling out for climate action is quickly becoming impossible to ignore… or deny. And recent public-opinion polling conducted by several major organizations, including Climate...
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Despite the tremendous source of energy shining in the sky, deniers keep debating and downplaying the merits of solar power and other renewable energies, asking the same questions over and over again: How effective is solar energy? Isn’t it more expensive? What happens when the sun goes down or it’s cloudy? We’ve busted those myths before, but a question we always get is a sheepish, OK, but what are solar panels made of and are we hurting the climate by creating them? No need to be sheepish. It’s a bit complicated!                      First, there’s the panel itself. The large black solar panels you...
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By Pernille Jægerfelt Mouritsen, project manager at Nordic Sustainability and editor of Cities100 In our increasingly urbanized world, cities – already responsible for over 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and consuming more than two-thirds of the world’s energy – are becoming ever more critical agents in tackling the climate crisis they are paradoxically also contributing to. As populations grow, these issues are not subsiding nor are they become easier to solve. However, as the new Cities100 report testifies, cities are upping their ambition to significantly cut carbon emissions, while also creating safe, livable, and equitable places to live for...
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Plans for two experiments to potentially slow global warming by deploying tiny particles into the atmosphere have sparked an international debate over whether such tests should be allowed without some form of government scrutiny.
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The two countries will launch an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity, signaling a sharp contrast to Donald Trump’s promotion of coal as an important global energy source.
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There are many reasons, but the biggest is that China is burning more coal again.
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Flooding in China continues to take lives and destroy towns. Climate change is causing this issue to worsen, so the government is supporting innovators to create sponge cities that rapidly and safely absorb water.
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As the world gets hotter and sea levels rise, one American island is fighting to stay alive.
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Damming rivers may seem like a clean and easy solution for Albania and other energy-hungry countries. But the devil is in the details.
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