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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...

20.12.14~20.12.20 Fed Joins International Network Fighting Climate Change

... The Federal Reserve said it had formally joined an international network of central banks in an initiative aimed at better understanding the risks posed to economies by climate change.The Fed’s Board of Governors voted 5-0 to accept membership in the Network for Greening the Financial System, which includes 75 central banks, the Fed said in a statement Tuesday. “As we...

20.11.30~20.12.06 2020 on track to be one of three warmest years on record | World Meteorological Organization

Geneva, 2 December 2020 (WMO) - Climate change continued its relentless march in 2020, which is on track to be one of the three warmest years on record. 2011-2020 will be the warmest decade on record, with the warmest six years all being since 2015, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Ocean heat is at record levels and more than...

20.11.23~20.11.29 Climate change could bring the start of Autumn forward by almost a WEEK because trees are capturing more carbon causing leaves to fall sooner

The start of autumn could begin a week sooner in the future due to climate change causing trees to capture more carbon and drop their leaves earlier in the year....However, a new, large-scale study of European trees by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has found this trend has started to reverse and leaves are falling earlier.  The new discovery...

20.11.16~20.11.22 Hawaiian Seaweed Makes Cows 90% Less Gassy – And That’s Good For Climate Change

Symbrosia is scaling the production of red seaweed, Asparagopsis taxiformis, for use as a ...  SYMBROSIA INC.The red seaweed is called Asparagopsis taxiformis, or A. taxiformis for short. The startup that’s turning it into a supplement for livestock is called Symbrosia. Research has shown that replacing just 0.4% of a cow’s feed with A. taxiformis reduces the amount of methane...

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”,...

20.10.12~20.10.18 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...

20.09.14~20.09.20 Facebook says it’s cracking down on climate change misinformation. Scientists say it’s not doing enough.

Facebook says it’s moving aggressively to counter climate-change misinformation with a Climate Science Information Center that launched Tuesday and aims to connect users with science-based facts....Facebook is launching a Climate Science Information CenterDistrust from the climate science community grew in September 2019 when the C02 Coalition, which claims that carbon dioxide from humans is beneficial for the planet, succeeded...

20.09.07~20.09.13 California’s climate crisis is deepening as 500,000 go dark

In a matter of weeks, California has been hit with two record-breaking heat waves, hundreds of blazes, freak lightning storms and dangerously poor air quality, and now unusually strong winds are threatening to knock down power lines and ignite more wildfires.That’s prompting the state’s largest utility to impose power cuts for more than 500,000 people, and with dangerous conditions...

Occidental-backed company will build new U.S. CO2 removal plant (20.08.17~20.08.23)

… (Reuters) - A new venture backed by U.S. oil and gas producer Occidental Petroleum Corp will develop the largest ever facility to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere through a process known as direct air capture, the companies said on Wednesday.Occidental’s venture capital arm, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC, has formed a company with sustainability-focused private equity firm...

Climate experts call for ‘dangerous’ Michael Moore film to be taken down (20.04.20 ~ 20.05.03)

… A new Michael Moore-produced documentary that takes aim at the supposed hypocrisy of the green movement is “dangerous, misleading and destructive” and should be removed from public viewing, according to an assortment of climate scientists and environmental campaigners. The film, Planet of the Humans, was released on the eve of Earth Day last week by its producer, Michael Moore,...

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...

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...

Climate strikes, environmental protests in January 2020 (20.01.27 ~ 20.02.02)

Jan. 3: - The first climate strike of 2020 was led by the Fridays for Future movement, taking place across the globe from Uganda to Australia, with students not attending school for one day a week to raise awareness on the effects of climate change. Jan. 6: - A group of students at the University of British Colombia in Canada, ranging in...

Goldman Sachs Unveils $750 Billion Climate Plan For Investing in Solutions, and Vows Never to Support Arctic Drilling (20.01.13 ~ 20.01.19)

... David Solomon, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, recently wrote an editorial in the Financial Times in which he laid out the premise behind a $750 billon plan for a decade of investing, financing, and advisory activity that will exclusively cover nine climate-critical areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and carbon reductions. With this move, Goldman Sachs becomes the first...

MSCI to acquire Carbon Delta

Founded in 2015, Carbon Delta is a global leader for climate change scenario analysis. Together, MSCI and Carbon Delta will create an extensive climate risk assessment and reporting offering for the institutional market, providing global investors with solutions to help them better understand the impact of climate change on their investment portfolios and comply with mandatory and voluntary climate...

Oil prices fell on Thursday, pulled down by record U.S. crude production that led to a surge in stockpiles.

Oil prices fell on Thursday, pulled down by record U.S. crude production that led to a surge in stockpiles. Outside the United States, however, oil markets remained tense as exemptions to U.S. sanctions on Iran expired, a political crisis in Venezuela escalates, and as producer club OPEC keeps withholding supply.... An excerpt from Reuters

Members of the European Parliament urge California to exclude REDD from its cap and trade scheme: “Adopting the Tropical Forest Standard would water down climate ambition in California, the...

Last week, six Members of the European Parliament wrote to the California Air Resources Board urging the ARB to reject the proposed California Tropical Forest Standard. In November 2018, the ARB held a public meeting about the proposed Tropical Forest Standard. But the Board failed to reach a decision at that meeting. The EU has never allowed forest credits in...

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

Oil steadies after Trump presses OPEC to offset Iran sanctions

Oil prices steadied on Monday, after a weeks-long rally was halted on Friday when the market tumbled after U.S. President Donald Trump demanded that producer club OPEC raise output to soften the impact of U.S. sanctions against Iran.... An excerpt from Reuters

Wolf says regional cap-and trade plan needs ‘serious’ look

Governor Tom Wolf said Monday he wants to take a serious look at Pennsylvania joining a consortium of states that sets caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Democrat's comments came at a news conference touting his administration's efforts to fight climate change and set targets to slash Pennsylvania's future greenhouse gas emissions. Wolf's administration has previously issued a...

CDFA and Air Resources Board launch public-private partnership to advance carbon farming

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Air Resources Board are announcing the launch of a public-private initiative to advance climate smart agriculture and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on agricultural lands. This partnership will create a mechanism for leading businesses in the food and fiber supply chain to directly fund climate projects on California...

California signs up for China’s Belt and Road Forum to help in fight against climate change

California’s Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis said she was attending the event primarily to “talk about climate change and urge participants to prioritise the issue, and consider how the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ can drive positive action for this global threat”. But Kounalakis, who spoke at a forum on subnational cooperation in fighting global warming, praised China’s plans to introduce a...

California defends decision to maintain post-2020 ETS caps as it confirms surplus volume

California regulator ARB defended its decision to maintain the current emissions cap trajectory of its WCI-linked ETS to 2030, despite confirming that there were more than 218 million surplus compliance units at the end of the market’s second compliance period, according to a letter sent to legislators Tuesday.... An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Californian insurance commissioner refuses to mandate climate risk disclosures

The California Department of Insurance currently requires the disclosure of fossil fuel-related investments by companies writing more than $100m in premiums. However, this excludes half of the insurance companies in California, and the department has not required insurers to disclose fossil fuel underwriting or to divest from the sector.... An excerpt from The Actuary

Virginia completes rule to allow trading with RGGI

Virginia air regulators have finalized a regulation that imposes a declining cap on carbon emissions from the state's utilities and is intended to allow trading with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. However, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is facing pressure to issue a line-item veto of a GOP-authored provision in the state...

NHL to purchase carbon offsets to counter playoff air travel

The National Hockey League said on Monday it would purchase carbon credits to offset airline emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases during the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the first round of the playoffs, which has the highest number of teams traveling and is currently underway, the NHL will offset more than 465 metric tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to taking 99...

How Bird is working to make its scooters a truly sustainable transportation option

The scooter company Bird wants to make urban transportation more sustainable by replacing short car trips in cities. But this goal is made more difficult because the company has its own sustainability challenges: the pollution from trips taken to collect the electric scooters so that they can be charged, the power used for charging, and the short life of...