Climate

Steve October 28, 2020

Brussels’ proposed green reforms to the Energy Charter Treaty face resistance from Japan, yet do not go far enough for environmental campaigners The EU is trying to remove fossil fuels from the list of investments protected by the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) in order to stop its member states being sued over climate action. Recently, […]

Steve October 28, 2020

President Moon Jae-in’s announcement follows a three-day visit by Cop26 president-designate Alok Sharma to South Korea President Moon Jae-in has announced South Korea will commit to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, turning an election promise into a policy pledge.   “Together with the international community, we will actively respond to climate change and aim for […]

Steve October 28, 2020

The move could scrap 8GW of planned coal projects which haven’t been fully approved, sending a strong signal to investors in the region coal is out of favour The Filipino government will no longer accept proposals to build new coal power plants, in a significant policy shift designed to boost the deployment of renewable energy. […]

Steve October 28, 2020

Banks, companies and governments are axing support for coal, driven by climate concerns and competition from renewables, but hundreds of plants are still in planning In May 2019, UN chief Antonio Guterres urged the world: “Stop building new coal plants by 2020.” His unusually prescriptive solution to the climate crisis was inspired by a tour […]

Steve October 28, 2020

By Shaoni Bhattacharya A woman views the work Kaktovik, Alaska, US by Brian Adams, featuring at the Arctic: Culture and Climate exhibition at the British MuseumNEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock An animated globe on the wall shows a lovely, generous white snow cap over the North Pole and the Arctic in 1979 that shrinks, then shrinks and shrinks again […]

Steve October 27, 2020

A new study of Greenland’s shrinking ice sheet reveals that many of the island’s glaciers are not only retreating, but are also undergoing other physical changes. Some of those changes are causing the rerouting of freshwater rivers beneath the glaciers, where it meets the bedrock. These rivers carry nutrients into the ocean, so this reconfiguring […]

Steve October 26, 2020

Prime minister Yoshihide Suga has promised to “fundamentally shift” Japan’s coal policy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 Japan will slash its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, the prime minster announced on Monday – a major shift in climate ambition for the world’s third largest economy. Yoshihide Suga indicated his government would rethink […]

Steve October 24, 2020

Read time: 14 mins Photography by Peter Bennett On a busy corner in Vista Hermosa, a neighborhood just west of downtown Los Angeles, early signs of construction have begun on a 7-story, 64-unit apartment building called Firmin Court. The project’s developer, the Decro Group, has pledged that the new building, which is one of six active […]

Steve October 23, 2020

Under its Plan for Action on Climate Change, MIT has a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 32 percent below its 2014 emission levels, by 2030. Those reductions are now at 24 percent, and the Institute is on track to meet or exceed the goal, said Joe Higgins, vice president for […]