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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...

England and France top bankers warn of financial risks associated to climate change

The heads of two major central banks have written a stark warning about the financial risks of climate change. Bank of England governor Mark Carney and France's François Villeroy de Galhau set out the dangers to the global economy in an open letter. “If some companies and industries fail to adjust to this new world, they will fail to exist,”...

Greece Backs Construction Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline

Greece supports the construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline and any other Russian gas supply routes, Dimitrios Velanis, special adviser to the Prime Minister of Greece on relations with Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe, said in an interview with Russian journalists. “We support “Turkish Stream” and any other routes of Russian gas, as well as the participation of...

New Zealand wins cautious support for carbon credit plan

New Zealand’s ETS consultation process has drawn support for allowing ETS companies to buy a limited amount of carbon credits from abroad, but a significant minority want restrictions such as having the government make the purchases or banning international units outright.... An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Buying international permits is a cheap way to cut emissions. It’s that simple

Labor has proposed using international permits as part of its climate policy measures to allow high-emitting businesses to reduce their pollution at least cost. Sticking with basic facts, using international permits to lower the costs associated with reducing pollution was something the Coalition said it was prepared do. So stay with me. The government that flagged using international permits, with a...

Brazil leverages carbon markets for poor farmers

A carbon market in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is distributing revenues to farmworkers rather than landowners.... An excerpt from Partners for Sustainability

Canada’s emissions target gets further away as 2017 report shows increase

The latest national inventory report on emissions, filed this week with the United Nations climate change secretariat, showed 716 million tonnes of greenhouse gases were produced in Canada in 2017, an increase of eight million tonnes from 2016.Canada's existing climate change action plan, which includes the carbon tax and subsidies to spur electric vehicle purchases, only gets Canada about...

Gas set to surpass coal in German power mix this year

German gas-fired power output is set to exceed hard coal across 2019, according to the ICIS Power Horizon model. This would be the first time this has ever happened and is due to an influx of LNG collapsing European natural gas prices. Coal is around 20% more expensive this year, while the cost of EUA carbon certificates is four times...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw snubs two-tier Emissions Trading Schemes

Climate Change Minister Minister James Shaw has snubbed recommendations from the environment watchdog for two separate Emissions Trading Schemes — one for fossil fuels and one for farming and forestry. Shaw and Forestry Minister Shane Jones later announced a change to the ETS that will change how forest owners are paid for the carbon their trees absorb from 2021. The...

Trump signs executive orders aimed at boosting energy infrastructure

President Donald Trump signed executive orders Wednesday targeting a key point of friction for natural gas pipeline development, particularly in the Northeast, but details of changes will be left for the Environmental Protection Agency to sort out. The first broad order addresses state water quality reviews, and combines other smaller steps, including a call for revamped LNG safety regulations. A...

Oil Search signs multibillion-dollar PNG gas deal

Oil Search has signed an agreement with the Papua New Guinean government to develop a $US15 billion ($21 billion) gas field in the country. The agreement allows Oil Search, and joint-venture partners Total, Papua New Guinean (PNG) national oil company Kumul Petroleum and ExxonMobil, to develop the Elk-Antelope and P’nyang gas fields off the country’s shores.... An excerpt from SMH

Saudi Arabia-GCC gas pipeline studies to commence within weeks: Falih

Saudi Arabia will begin technical feasibility studies for a natural gas pipeline linking the country to the wider Gulf Cooperation Council "in a number of weeks," Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih told journalists on Monday, on the sidelines of the Gulf Intelligence forum in Riyadh. The IPO is still on track for 2021, Falih added.... An excerpt from SPG Global

World first soil carbon project a giant leap for humankind

The Grounds Keeping Project sequestered 11t CO2-e/ha on farm land between baseline and second round soil sampling over a period of 1 year. This level of sequestration is equivalent to what might be expected from an environmental plantings project in the same region. Furthermore, it is not taking land out of food production, meaning it is agriculture plus carbon...

Saudi Arabia denies report it is mulling non-dollar oil sales

Saudi Arabia Monday denied a Reuters report that it may look to sell oil in currencies other than the dollar. Saudi energy minister, Khalid al-Falih said the report was "absolutely not" true. ... An excerpt from S&P Global

Utah base cited as most at risk in climate change rankings

The Pentagon calls Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah most at risk for negative impacts from climate change among 79 vital military installations in the United States.... An excerpt from MSN

The Carbon Offset Market: Leveraging Forest Carbon’s Value In The Brazilian Amazon

A government-run program in the Amazon rainforest in northwestern Brazil transforms forest carbon value into public wealth by focusing on labor rather than land rights. In the Brazilian state of Acre, some of the revenue from carbon credits is distributed to rural laborers and family farmers without land rights. ... An excerpt from Scien Mag

The decree of self-consumption compensates surpluses and promotes collective consumption

The Minister council has approved the royal decree which regulates self-consumption electric in Spain, which includes a mechanism to compensate for surplus energy, enables the figure of collective self-consumption, opens the door to take advantage of the energy not consumed by the neighbor and reduces the procedures.... An excerpt from Spain's News

Lukoil has concluded Zhenis block’s exploration and development in Kazakhstan

PJSC Lukoil, the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and JSC NC KazMunayGas have concluded a contract for the exploration and development of hydrocarbons on the Zhenis block in the Kazakh Sector of the Caspian Sea. ... An excerpt from World Oil

Pig farmers in the Jiwaka Province will benefit from a livestock traceability system using the blockchain technology, courtesy of the PNG E-Agriculture initiative. A pilot project was launched on...

Pig farmers in the Jiwaka Province will benefit from a livestock traceability system using the blockchain technology, courtesy of the PNG E-Agriculture initiative. A pilot project was launched on March 11 2019 at the Provincial Headquarters in Kurumul, followed by field deployment of the system involving interested pig farmers from the North and South Whagi districts.... An excerpt from PNG...

German government examines CO₂ price – media reports

The country’s transport ministry also wants the new climate cabinet, recently set up by Chancellor Angela Merkel, to debate CO₂ pricing in multiple sectors, according to ministry documents seen by Clean Energy Wire — although a CO₂ price was not included in the ministry’s draft recommendations for reducing transport emissions. ... An excerpt from Clean Energy Wire