Climate

Steve August 14, 2020

Hurricane Maria and Heat Wave Henrietta? For decades, meteorologists have named hurricanes and ranked them according to severity. Naming and categorizing heat waves too could increase public awareness of the extreme weather events and their dangers, contends a newly formed group that includes public health and climate experts. Developing such a system is one of […]

Steve August 14, 2020

Read time: 12 mins Late one night this past April, four people on off-road vehicles drove into a small, Indigenous village near the town of Blue River in British Columbia, Canada. It was dark and the vehicles drove through deep snow, smashing through wooden signs and barriers that guarded the village of tiny houses, erected […]

Steve August 14, 2020

Sign up to get our weekly newsletter straight to your inbox, plus breaking news, investigations and extra bulletins from key events Joe Biden’s presidential campaign got a boost this week as he named Kamala Harris his running mate.  Her appointment was seen as another sign that a Biden administration would make climate action a priority. Harris […]

Steve August 13, 2020

Read time: 5 mins A New England-based environmental law group is taking major oil companies to court, claiming the firms have failed to adapt some of their petroleum storage terminals to withstand increasingly severe storm and flooding events worsened by the climate crisis.  Tags:  shell Providence rhode island Conservation Law Foundation climate litigation ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) Massachusetts Read […]

Steve August 13, 2020

Rather than getting wiped out by Ice Age hunters, woolly rhinos charged to extinction in Siberia around 14,000 years ago when the climate turned warm and wet, a study of ancient DNA suggests. Numbers of breeding woolly rhinos stayed relatively constant for tens of thousands of years until at least about 18,500 years ago, more […]

Steve August 13, 2020

The government is working to develop its climate plan in time for a UN deadline at the end of the year – leaving just seven countries to formally endorse the 2015 deal Angola has ratified the Paris climate Agreement, leaving just seven nations to formally endorse the 2015 accord.  Angola’s newly appointed minister of foreign […]

Steve August 13, 2020

President Bolsonaro could rebuild the economy faster after Covid-19 by making low-carbon growth a pillar of recovery, international study says President Jair Bolsonaro could revive Brazil’s economic growth more quickly after Covid-19 by shifting to low-carbon policies that safeguard the Amazon rainforest, an international report said on Thursday. The study, by the New Climate Economy […]

Steve August 13, 2020

More than four years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, eight of 197 signatories have not formally backed the deal. Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon ratified in February 2020 Turkey and three large oil exporting nations are among seven countries that have not yet ratified the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Angola joined Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon and ratified […]

Steve August 13, 2020

Coal falls to 33% of electricity generation in the first half of 2020, hit by declines in US and EU as Covid-19 cuts world power demand Wind and solar energy generated 10% of the world’s electricity in the first half of the year – doubling their market share since countries vowed to cut emissions to […]

Steve August 12, 2020

In the transition to a decarbonized electric power system, variable renewable energy (VRE) resources such as wind and solar photovoltaics play a vital role due to their availability, scalability, and affordability. However, the degree to which VRE resources can be successfully deployed to decarbonize the electric power system hinges on the future availability and cost […]

Steve August 12, 2020

Read time: 4 mins Communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon are calling for an end to “violence against Indigenous peoples and nature” as a trial into a devastating oil spill resumes today.  The Kichwa and Shuar tribes launched a lawsuit against the government and state-owned oil company Petroecuador in April after two pipelines ruptured. Around 27,000 Indigenous […]

Steve August 11, 2020

Read time: 7 mins When I arrived on Sunday, August 9, scores of tiny plastic pellets lined the sandy bank of the Mississippi River downstream from New Orleans, Louisiana, where they glistened in the sun, not far from a War of 1812 battlefield. These precursors of everyday plastic products, also known as nurdles, spilled from a shipping container […]