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Steve August 6, 2020

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Steve August 6, 2020

A top tribunal scrapped water licences for the 600MW Khanyisa coal plant, saying the developer had failed to consider the impact of climate change South Africa is tightening environmental demands for new coal-fired power plants, after what campaigners called a ‘landmark’ ruling that licences for water use should consider the risks of climate change. Global […]

Steve August 6, 2020

The Indian government is doubling down on import taxes for solar modules from China, but domestic manufacturing is not ready to fill the gap India’s great strides on solar development could be hampered by anti-China sentiment, which is compelling the government to cut ties with its most powerful neighbour at any cost. While the relationship […]

Steve August 5, 2020

Just months before starting her PhD, Jessica Varner and her partner bought a small house built in 1798. Located on tidal wetlands along Connecticut’s Patchogue River, the former residence of an ironworker had endured over two centuries of history and neglect. As Varner began to slowly restore the house — discovering its nail-less construction and […]

Steve August 5, 2020

Tuataras may look like your average lizard, but they’re not. The reptiles are the last survivors of an ancient group of reptiles that flourished when dinosaurs roamed the world. Native to New Zealand, tuataras possess a range of remarkable abilities, including a century-long life span, relative imperviousness to many infectious diseases and peak physical activity […]

Steve August 5, 2020

Patches of penguin poop spotted in new high-resolution satellite images of Antarctica reveal a handful of small, previously overlooked emperor penguin colonies. Eight new colonies, plus three newly confirmed, brings the total to 61 — about 20 percent more colonies than thought, researchers report August 5 in Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. That’s the […]

Steve August 5, 2020

It has long been thought that the ingredients for life came together slowly, bit by bit. Now there is evidence it all happened at once in a chemical big bang Earth 5 August 2020 By Michael Marshall Ollie Hirst WHEN Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago, it was a sterile ball of rock, slammed by […]

Steve August 5, 2020

A message to readers from outgoing editor-in-chief Karl Mathiesen, as he moves on to a new opportunity After three years as editor-in-chief, I’m leaving Climate Home News. Megan Darby, who has been doing a fantastic job as acting editor, will continue in that role. CHN will soon be advertising for a new permanent editor. We […]

Steve August 5, 2020

Read time: 6 mins More than a half century ago, the oil industry’s top lobbyist warned his peers of the potentially “catastrophic consequences” of burning fossil fuels, consequences that are already starting to unfold as historic heat scorches Siberia and bakes the Middle East this summer. Extreme heat is among the deadliest consequences of global warming, and a new study […]

Steve August 4, 2020

Some 30% of ship emissions come from domestic voyages, researchers find, urging governments to tackle the sector in national climate plans Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping increased by 9.6% from 2012 to 2018, as rising demand outweighed efficiency improvements. That was revealed on Tuesday in a study commissioned by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the […]

Steve August 4, 2020

By Pat Brennan, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory The ice in one of the world’s highest concentrations of non-polar glaciers could see significant melting before the end of the century, potentially affecting sea levels around the globe, according to a new computer model from the NASA Sea Level Science Team. The region, known as High Mountain […]

Steve August 3, 2020

UN panel’s RCP8.5 scenario of sharply rising emissions matches trends since 2005, PNAS study says, rejecting criticisms it’s “alarmist” A ‘worst-case’ scenario of surging greenhouse gas emissions this century is still the ‘most useful choice’ for government planning until 2050 despite criticisms that it is alarmist, a US study said on Monday. The scenario of […]

Steve August 3, 2020

The energy minister has signalled a major pivot away from Chinese-funded coal plants in Bangladesh, but this is not yet government policy This article was originally published on China Dialogue under a Creative Commons licence. Bangladesh’s minister of power, energy and mineral resources, Nasrul Hamid, surprised energy watchers recently when he said the country is planning to […]

Steve August 2, 2020

Read time: 10 mins With the recent focus on systemic racism in America, the oil and gas industry is depicting itself as leading on the issue of diversity in the workforce. However, its public relations efforts and slick advertisements do not reflect the industry’s actual behavior. In early June, as protests over the killing of George Floyd […]