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21.01.04~20.01.10 Carbon Engineering’s Tech Will Suck Carbon From the Sky

... West Texas is a hydrocarbon hot spot, with thousands of wells pumping millions of barrels of oil and billions of cubic feet of natural gas from the Permian Basin. When burned, all that oil and gas will release vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A new facility there aims to do the opposite. Rows of giant fans spread across...

20.12.28~21.01.03 Germany rings in 2021 with CO2 tax, coal phase-out

...From January 1, 2021 the government will charge 25 euros ($30) per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions released by the transport and heating sectors.The pricetag was raised from the government's initially proposed 10 euros per tonne -- a number widely slammed as too low by Germany's Green party, environmentalists and scientists.The price will increase to 55 euros by 2025,...

20.12.21~20.12.27 What The EU-UK Agreement Says About Energy And Climate

...In a new agreement between the UK and EU that narrowly averts a no-deal Brexit, the two sides boast that there will be stronger cooperation on energy and climate.The UK said the agreement facilitates the development of "hybrid projects" in the North Sea that combine offshore wind farms and giant undersea cables known as interconnectors. The UK even dangled...

20.12.07~20.12.13 China targets steeper carbon cut by 2030

...China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will cut its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product, or carbon intensity, by more than 65 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, said Xi.That compares to targets China announced in 2015 of lowering carbon intensity by 60-65 per cent by 2030.Xi also said on Saturday China will boost...

20.11.09~20.11.15 THE BIDEN PLAN FOR A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. That’s why he is outlining a bold plan – a Clean Energy Revolution – to address this grave threat and lead the world in addressing the climate emergency. The Biden Plan will:1. Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no...

20.11.02~20.11.08 Joe Biden vows to rejoin Paris Accord on Climate Change on his first day in office

...Biden, who was vice president when the US Signed it, said in a tweet late on Wednesday. "Today, the Trump Administraction officially left the Pris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it."The Figure referred to the number of day remaining until Wednsday 20 January 2021, when either Biden or Donald Trump will be...

20.10.26~20.11.01 Google partners with U.S. NOAA for environment and climate research

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – Google partners with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop its environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, and climate research system. Google and NOAA cooperate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems, using the Google cloud infrastructure and satellite technologies, to develop “full-scale prototypes that NOAA could ultimately operationalize across its organization”,...

20.10.19~20.10.25 Up to 0.9 gigatonnes more CO2 absorbed by oceans each year than scientists thought

Scientists have been underestimating the amount of carbon our oceans absorb from the atmosphere each year. Previous estimates indicated that about a quarter of the emissions caused by human activity were drawn into the ocean. In other words, more than 2 gigatonnes of CO2 per year. Researchers supported by the EU-funded 4C and RINGO projects have found that the...

20.10.12~20.10.18 NASA Supercomputing Study Breaks Ground For Tree Mapping, Carbon Research

Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests, discovering billions of trees in arid and semi-arid regions and laying the groundwork for more accurate global measurement of carbon storage on land. Using powerful supercomputers and machine learning algorithms, the...

20.10.05~20.10.11 EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (6 October) to update the EU’s climate target for 2030, backing a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, up from 40% currently.Lawmakers in the EU assembly voted the proposed amendment on the 2030 target by 352 votes to 326, with 18 abstentions.... An excerpt from https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-parliament-votes-for-60-carbon-emissions-cut-by-2030/ 20.10.05 (Mon.)Where Trump and...

20.09.28~20.10.04 G20エネルギ -大臣会合

...9月27日から28日、議長国サウジアラビアの下、G20エネルギー大臣会合(テレビ会議)が開催されました。サウジアラビア王国のアブドルアジーズ・ビン・サルマン・ビン・アブドルアジーズ・エネルギー大臣(HRH Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister for Energy)が議長を務め、我が国からは、27日のセッションに梶山弘志経済産業大臣及び鷲尾英一郎外務副大臣が出席し、28日のセッションに長坂康正経済産業副大臣が出席しました。...今次会合では、循環炭素経済(CCE: Circular Carbon Economy)、エネルギー・アクセス、エネルギー安全保障・市場安定化等について議論が行われ、同会合の成果文書として、「G20エネルギー大臣コミュニケ(英文(PDF))」が発出されました。同コミュニケでは、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大が世界のエネルギー市場の不安定化を招いている状況に対し、エネルギーシステムの強靱化に向けた国際協力の重要性を確認しました。また、安全、安価で、持続可能なエネルギーへのアクセス実現の重要性を確認しました。さらに、昨年のG20大阪サミットにおいて確認された3E+S(Energy Security(エネルギー安全保障)、Economic Efficiency(経済効率)、Environment(環境)+Safety(安全))を実現するためにはエネルギー転換が重要であることを再確認しました。同コミュニケは、本年11月21日から22日に開催予定のG20サミットに提出される予定です。〔参考〕参加メンバー参加国等:26か国・地域(サウジアラビア(議長国)、日本(前議長国)、イタリア(次期議長国)、アメリカ合衆国、アルゼンチン、オーストラリア、ブラジル、カナダ、中華人民共和国、EU、フランス、ドイツ、イギリス、インド、インドネシア、メキシコ、トルコ、韓国、ロシア、南アフリカ、ヨルダン、ノルウェー、シンガポール、スペイン、スイス、アラブ首長国連邦)招待国際機関等:11機関(KAPSARC(キングアブドラ石油研究センター)、IEA(国際エネルギー機関)、IEF(国際エネルギーフォーラム)、IRENA(国際再生可能エネルギー機関)、NEA(原子力機関)、OECD(経済協力開発機構)、GCCSI(グローバルCCSインスティテュート)、CEM(クリーンエネルギー大臣会合)、MI(ミッション・イノベーション)、SEforALL(万人のための持続可能なエネルギー)、OPEC(石油輸出国機構))An excerpt from https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/press/release/press4_008798.html 20.09.28 (Mon.)World Leaders Sound Alarm About Climate Changehttps://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/09/27/world-leaders-to-u-n---if-coronavirus-doesn-t-kill-us--climate-change-willRepsol trabaja en proyecto pionero de captura y almacenamiento de CO2 para megayacimiento de gas en Indonesiahttps://www.elconfidencialdigital.com/articulo/ultima-hora/repsol-trabaja-proyecto-pionero-captura-almacenamiento-co2-megayacimiento-gas-indonesia/20200927143116166524.html食品ロスと気候変動を同時解決へ | 日経ESGhttps://project.nikkeibp.co.jp/ESG/atcl/column/00005/092500004/日本ロレアル・ブリュア社長「全拠点をカーボンニュートラルに」 | 日経ESGhttps://project.nikkeibp.co.jp/ESG/atcl/column/00004/092500002/温暖化対策、行動で示せ 熱波、山火事被害 ポルトガルの若者 33カ国を提訴「残された時間短い」 - 毎日新聞https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200928/ddm/007/030/169000c持続可能な航空燃料へEUの一歩 | トラベルジャーナルhttps://www.tjnet.co.jp/2020/09/28/%E6%8C%81%E7%B6%9A%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E3%81%AA%E8%88%AA%E7%A9%BA%E7%87%83%E6%96%99%E3%81%B8eu%E3%81%AE%E4%B8%80%E6%AD%A9/CPS Energy が2019年サステナビリティ報告書公開:紀伊民報AGARAhttps://www.agara.co.jp/article/8288320.09.29 (Tue.)Getting to the Sweet Spot in Curbing...

20.09.21~20.09.27 Climate change: China aims for ‘carbon neutrality by 2060’ – BBC News

... China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced....China is the world's biggest source of carbon dioxide, responsible for around 28% of global emissions. ... Back in 2014 Mr Xi and then US-President Barack Obama came to a surprise agreement on climate change, which became a key building block of...

Trump’s Next Chief of Staff Is Open to Doing More on Climate (20.03.09 ~ 20.03.15)

... In selecting Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina to serve as his next chief of staff, President Trump is bringing into the White House a Republican lawmaker who has raised concerns about climate change and expressed a desire to do something about it. ... Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, accepted climate science and even worked to better prepare the military...

EU plans for 2030 climate target can shape Cop26 momentum, ministers warn (20.03.02 ~ 20.03.08)

... In a letter to the EU Commission’s climate chief Frans Timmermans, environment ministers from 12 EU countries said the EU should present plans for a new 2030 climate target by June 2020, three months earlier than the Commission’s proposed date of September. The ministers raised concerns Brussels’ timetable would leave too little time for the goals to be agreed by...

Mike Bloomberg says he has the best record on climate change. Does he? (20.02.24 ~ 20.03.01)

... Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person in America, per Forbes, has used his immense wealth for years to back a variety of causes and institutions, ranging from the Museum of Science in Boston to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater. And climate change has been a major focus of his spending. In giving the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign more than $100...

Climate Change Rises as a Public Priority. But It’s More Partisan Than Ever. (20.02.17 ~ 20.02.23)

... Protecting the environment and tackling climate change have climbed up the list of Americans’ political priorities this year as economic concerns have faded, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. ... ... Percentage of Americans in each party who say the issue is a top policy priority in 2020 ... The Democratic Party, meanwhile, has made combating climate change a more...

George Soros to Start $1 Billion School to Fight Nationalists, Climate Change (20.01.20 ~ 20.01.26)

... Billionaire George Soros said he will commit $1 billion to start a global university to fight authoritarian governments and climate change, calling them twin challenges that threaten the survival of our civilization. ... Taking into account the climate emergency and worldwide unrest, it’s not an exaggeration to say that 2020 and the next few years will determine not only the fate...

Trump Administration Moves to Limit Climate Reviews for Federal Projects (20.01.06 ~ 20.01.12)

... The anticipated rules won’t change what has been the common practice at most federal agencies since President Trump took office three years ago—which has been to check a box on climate change while ignoring a project’s true contribution to global warming when carrying out reviews mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act. But by changing 40-year-old regulations under the landmark...

Australia And The Climate Apocalypse (19.12.30~20.01.05)

... The news about the fires in Australia is just that: unimaginable. While some idiots insist that the situation is part of a phenomenon that is repeated every year, the reality is that the magnitude and gravity of this year’s blazes is unprecedented: 18 people have already died, several dozen more are missing, the conflagration has destroyed an area more...

2020: a crunch year for the biodiversity and climate emergencies (19.12.23~19.12.29)

Humans depend for their very survival on stable and healthy ecosystems and urgent action is needed in 2020 to get the world on track to a more sustainable future. This is a “super year” for the environment—a make or break year in which key international meetings will set the tone and agenda for environmental action in the decade ahead. Here...

Pelosi to lead group of Democratic lawmakers to UN climate change conference (19.11.25~19.12.01)

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a group of Democratic lawmakers to a United Nations conference on climate change less than a month after the Trump administration began formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord. The House speaker on Saturday announced she will lead the congressional delegation to the UN COP25 environmental summit "to combat the existential threat...

Dubai Tourism Announces Sustainability Requirements to be Implemented Across Tourism Sector Over Next 18 Months

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced 19 sustainability requirements that hotel establishments across the emirate will be mandated to comply with under new direction in line with the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. The requirements have been laid out to support the emirate’s hotel establishments in their compliance with the Dubai Tourism hotel classification...

Spain’s socialists win election with Green New Deal platform

Spaniards threw their weight behind a Green New Deal programme on Sunday, after re-electing the pro-climate Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE). The PSOE, which campaigned on a sweeping platform of ecological transition, clinched 29% of the vote and 123 seats in the 350-seat congress. It will need to form a coalition with populist left-wing party Unidos Podemos (UP), which has also called...

DOE’s Walker: ‘Nobody I know is looking at subsidizing coal’

Despite its past efforts to financially support "fuel-secure" generating resources, the US Department of Energy is not considering adopting policies that would specifically prop up uneconomic coal-fired power plants, the agency's Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker said Monday.... An excerpt from S&P Global

Anti-Fine Dust Body Launched In S. Korea Under Ex-UN Secretary-General

Headed by Ban, the National Council on Climate and Air Quality aims to find solutions to the particulate pollution issue, come up with policy ideas, and coordinate actions with neighboring countries such as China. The 43-member council is composed of several committees and a senior advisory group. A body of 500 members of the public will be launched next month,...

Nicola Sturgeon declares ‘climate emergency’ at SNP conference

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared a "climate emergency" in her speech to the SNP conference.... An excerpt from BBC

S. Korea draws up W6.7tr budget bill to curb fine dust, boost economy

The South Korean government has drawn up an extra budget of 6.7 trillion won ($5.9 billion) in an effort to alleviate the fine dust problem and respond to economic downside risks, the country’s top fiscal policymaker said Wednesday.... An excerpt from Korea Herald

IEEFA update: South Korea takes further steps away from thermal coal

The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has tabled a new draft energy master plan that increases the nation’s ambition to move away from coal and towards renewable energy...... An excerpt from IEEFA

“Britain has been surviving without coal power since Thursday “

At the moment, Great Britain is drawing no power from burning coal. None at all. And it hasn’t since last Thursday. According to tweets from the UK’s national grid the country has been going without coal power for 86 hours straight. The streetlights are still working, the internet is still switched on and the kettles are still boiling. In...