Joe Biden has endorsed the Green New Deal in all but name | Julian Brave NoiseCat

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/07/20 - 3:07am

Biden rode a wave of establishment endorsements to the nomination this spring. But it’s progressive ideas that might carry him to the presidency

On Tuesday, Joe Biden did something unprecedented for a Democratic candidate assured of nomination: he moved left. In a speech delivered from Wilmington in his home state of Delaware, Biden unveiled the most ambitious clean energy and environmental justice plans ever proposed by the nominee of a major American political party. The plans, which the Biden campaign described to reporters as “the legislation he goes up to [Capitol Hill] immediately to get done,” outline $2tn in investments in clean energy, jobs and infrastructure that would be carried out over the four years of his first term.

Forty percent of these investments would be directed to communities of color living on the toxic edge of the fossil fuel economy – communities that have also been among the most devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Biden proposes to pair these investments with new performance standards, most notably a clean electricity standard that would transition the United States to a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035.

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Tesla Stock Is Soaring. It's Controversial. And Soon, It Could Be In Your Portfolio

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2020/07/20 - 2:00am

If the electric carmaker enters the S&P 500 index, as is widely expected, Wall Street's most controversial stock would start appearing in even the most mainstream investment accounts.

(Image credit: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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Africa can become a renewable energy superpower – if climate deniers are kept at bay

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/19 - 10:30pm

Nigel Lawson’s thinktank is pushing dirty energy on the continent with the greatest capacity for creating clean fuel

The power of climate science denial in the UK, thankfully, has been in retreat over the past decade. Nigel Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) may still boast a prime Westminster address, but its influence has waned. In fact, its decline aptly mirrors the fortunes of the coal industry, including US titans such as Peabody Energy, which saw its share price plunge 99% between 2008 and 2016 before filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

With countries rightly phasing coal out of their energy mix, the GWPF has turned its sights on Africa to peddle its misinformation about the merits of burning fossil fuels. It has published a new report, derisively titled Heart of Darkness: Why Electricity for Africa is a Security Issue, and launched a glossy website for “energy justice”, which uses the language of climate justice campaigners to try to undermine renewable energy.

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Australia's environment in unsustainable state of decline, major review finds

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/19 - 7:21pm

Review of EPBC Act finds protection laws are ineffective and recommends sweeping changes, including developing legally enforceable national environmental standards

Australia’s environment is in an unsustainable state of decline and laws set up to protect unique species and habitats are ineffective, a major review of the national environmental framework has found.

The interim report from the review of Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act recommends sweeping changes, including the establishment of a set of legally enforceable national environmental standards that set clear rules for environmental protection while allowing for sustainable development.

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China's first climate striker warned: give it up or you can't go back to school

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/19 - 3:53pm

Ou Hongyi, who took part in the #FridaysforFuture protest, says she has been told she cannot return to school unless she stops her activism

Takes initiative. An independent thinker. Engages in study outside of the curriculum. Cares deeply about her community and the world around her. Stands up for her convictions and beliefs.

These are all qualities that would appear to make Ou Hongyi a suitable candidate for studying at her dream institution of Harvard University.

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'Carbon savings' from Covid-19 lockdown halve within weeks

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/19 - 8:51am

Greenhouse gas emissions from energy and transport sectors climb as more people return to work

The UK’s carbon emissions have begun to rebound following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, causing the “carbon savings” triggered by the coronavirus to halve within weeks.

Greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and transport industries climbed last month as more people returned to work, raising demand for fossil fuels from record lows in April when strict lockdown measures were in place, according to new data.

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Covid-19 impact on ethnic minorities linked to housing and air pollution

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/19 - 3:00am

Exclusive: Minority ethnic patients twice as likely to live in deprived environments and to be admitted to intensive care

The severe impact of Covid-19 on people from minority ethnic groups has been linked to air pollution and overcrowded and poor-standard homes by a study of 400 hospital patients.

It found patients from ethnic minorities were twice as likely as white patients to live in areas of environmental and housing deprivation, and that people from these areas were twice as likely to arrive at hospital with more severe coronavirus symptoms and to be admitted to intensive care units (ITU).

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Can a hydrogen boom fuel a green recovery for Britain?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/07/19 - 12:07am

The UK has lost its lead in windpower and batteries, but there is one eco fuel that could transform its post-Covid fortunes…

At the entrance to Saltend Chemicals Park, on the outskirts of Hull, there is a small blue heritage-style plaque, placed there four years ago by the Royal Society of Chemistry. It proudly commemorates: “100 years of innovation in supplying the UK with transportation fuels and important base chemicals.”

A sense of pride in Saltend’s past is understandable: places like this helped drive Britain’s industrial age. But the biggest, most dramatic innovation of all may be yet to come. This month, the Norwegian energy company, Equinor, (formerly Statoil), unveiled proposals to install the biggest facility in the world for making hydrogen from natural gas, using capture and storage technology to extract and bury the resulting carbon under the North Sea.

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Bear seriously injures woman in New Mexico attack

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/18 - 1:39pm
  • Victim suffers broken bones and collapsed lung
  • Authorities say bear encounters not uncommon in ski area

A woman was seriously injured when she was attacked by a bear which approached her and her husband on the deck of a New Mexico ski lodge, authorities said on Saturday.

The bear came within a foot of the couple as they sat outside on Friday night, then chased the woman before attacking her in the parking lot of the ski area on the outskirts of Los Alamos, the state game and fish department said.

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It's not raining – just a 50-mile wide cloud of flying ants

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/18 - 11:29am

Met Office weather radar picks up swarm over south-east coast of England

A swarm of flying ants has been caught on a weather radar over the south-east coast of England. The Met Office’s radar imagery picked up the cloud of ants, about 50 miles (80 km) wide, over Kent and Sussex. Smaller swarms can be seen over London.

The Met Office tweeted a video of the swarm and said: “It’s not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise.

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Ilkley river group accuse environment ministers of blocking bathing application

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/18 - 12:00am

Whole town wants designated status for River Wharfe and Defra is stalling, say campaigners

Campaigners seeking to make a river in Yorkshire the UK’s first to be designated a bathing area have accused environment ministers of blocking their application.

In the spa town of Ilkley, river users and residents submitted a 65-page application to turn part of the River Wharfe in the town into a bathing water area last October.

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