Will the offshore wind industry solve pay and environmental issues?

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/10/13 - 2:05am

Offshore wind is on the verge of becoming a major new industry in the U.S. There's a push to make sure it creates lots of good-paying union jobs.

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Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 9:00pm

International Energy Agency says $4tn investment needed over decade to reach net zero target

Current plans to cut global carbon emissions will fall 60% short of their 2050 net zero target, the International Energy Agency has said, as it urged leaders to use the upcoming Cop26 climate conference to send an “unmistakable signal” with concrete policy plans.

In its annual World Energy Outlook, redesigned this year as a “guidebook” for world leaders attending the summit in Glasgow, the IEA predicted that carbon emissions would decrease by just 40% by the middle of the century if countries stick to their climate pledges.

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Nationals won’t back net zero ‘unless it’s right for the regions’, Bridget McKenzie says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 8:47pm

Call for ‘respect’ for junior Coalition party comes as cabinet meets to consider new climate roadmap

Chris Bowen has warned the Business Council of Australia and News Corp’s recent conversions to climate action does not mean mission accomplished for evidence-based policy to combat the risks of global heating, because misinformation will likely intensify.

Bowen, the shadow climate change minister, welcomed the more positive posture from the BCA, which now champions ambitious targets, and from News Corp – a trenchant media opponent of climate action that has now launched the “Mission Zero” editorial project.

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‘Adapt or die’: resilience to climate change needed, says Environment Agency

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 3:36pm

Report warns England faces more floods and droughts, rising sea levels and greater demand on water supplies

England faces more floods and droughts, rising sea levels and greater demand on water supplies due to climate change, the Environment Agency has warned.

Ahead of the UN Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow, the government agency is warning that adaptation – becoming resilient to the already inevitable effects of climate change – is just as important as actions to cut greenhouse gases.

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Cop26: Ed Miliband urges UK PM to ‘get off the sun lounger and start being a statesman’

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 2:30pm

Shadow business secretary hits out at Boris Johnson and says Britain is stalling on climate pledges

Boris Johnson needs to “get off the sun lounger and start being a statesman” with less than three weeks to go before the Cop26 global climate change summit in Glasgow, Ed Miliband will say on Wednesday.

With Johnson on holiday in Spain, the shadow business secretary will say the UK is in danger of allowing “greenwashing” at Cop26, with insufficient pledges from countries across the world so far to make the summit a success.

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Insulate Britain says No 10 avoiding having protesters in prison during Cop26

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 11:51am

Climate activist group was responding to injunctions that ban protests on M4 and M25 and around Dover

Insulate Britain protesters have accused the government of delaying taking action against them to avoid the embarrassment of having demonstrators in prison while Glasgow hosts a crucial climate summit.

Members of the climate activist group, who have blocked motorways and busy roads in and around London, were in the high court on Tuesday morning. They were responding to three injunctions granted to National Highways that ban the group from protesting on the M25, on the M4 and around the port of Dover.

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China’s plan to build more coal-fired plants deals blow to UK’s Cop26 ambitions

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 11:32am

Renewed commitment to coal could scupper Britain’s aim to secure global phase-out pact at climate summit

China plans to build more coal-fired power plants and has hinted that it will rethink its timetable to slash emissions, in a significant blow to the UK’s ambitions for securing a global agreement on phasing out coal at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

In a statement after a meeting of Beijing’s National Energy Commission, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, stressed the importance of regular energy supply, after swathes of the country were plunged into darkness by rolling blackouts that hit factories and homes.

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Global energy crisis: how key countries are responding

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 11:05am

As demand increases amid the pandemic, there is a shortage of supply – and prices are rising rapidly

Global energy markets are facing the perfect storm. Demand for energy shot up after China and other major economies began to recover from the pandemic. In Europe, a cold winter depleted gas reserves, while a long spell of still days reduced wind power supply to the grid. Meanwhile, CO2 prices have hit record levels. Russia, one of Europe’s biggest suppliers, had declined to increase supplies on the short-term spot market, although the Kremlin recently said it was starting to help out.

In Asia and Europe, energy prices are going in one direction: up. And the US is watching anxiously.

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Macron reveals €30bn plan to ‘reindustrialise’ France in likely re-election bid

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 9:38am

French president uses speech to outline his plan for French innovation in 2030

Emmanuel Macron has given a taste of his likely re-election bid by announcing a €30bn (£25.4bn) plan to “reindustrialise” France and make it a global leader on green hydrogen, create new, smaller nuclear reactors and invest in French television series and video games to challenge foreign offerings on platforms like Netflix.

Macron, who is expected to run for re-election in April but will not launch his campaign until next year, used a 90-minute speech at the Élysée to outline his long-term plan for French innovation in 2030. He sought to reconnect with his promise in the previous election to build a “start-up nation” – deliberately focusing on his favoured topic of the economy in an attempt to contrast with the right and far-right, who are concerned with identity and immigration, while the left is focusing on working hours and salary increases.

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Explainer: should Australia build nuclear power plants to combat the climate crisis?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 9:30am

Though renewable energy could meet 100% of demand by 2025, the nuclear option still looms over discussions on how to rapidly lower emissions. Is it worth it?

Weeks out from the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, political figures and commentators have again suggested Australia should consider nuclear energy as part of its future power grid.

Though renewable energy could meet 100% of demand by 2025 at certain times of day at current rates of progress – a trend that could be turbocharged with active support from the federal government – the prospect of an Australian nuclear power station still looms large in the public conversation.

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Energy crisis: UK government will only support firms on brink of closure

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 8:55am

Industry leaders say means-tested package is no more than ‘flimsy sticking plaster’ for high energy costs

Heavy industry struggling with surging energy costs will only get support if they can prove they have been pushed to the brink of closure, Whitehall sources have said, as industry leaders warned that the package sounded like no more than “flimsy sticking plaster”.

A senior government source said on Tuesday that any scheme for companies would be means-tested, time-limited and repayable to make sure it only dealt with the most severe cases of those about to stop production or go under entirely.

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What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 7:37am

New images show what areas of the world can be saved or lost if carbon emissions aren’t curbed

The land on which 10% of the world’s population lives could be lost to sea level rise if carbon emission trends continue, new maps and visualizations show.

Fifty major cities, mostly in Asia, and at least one large nation on every continent but Australia and Antarctica are at risk. Many small island nations are threatened with near total loss of their land.

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India faces electricity crisis as coal supplies run critically low

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 6:54am

Eight in 10 thermal power stations within days of running out as state blackouts spark protests

India is facing a looming power crisis, as stocks of coal in power plants have fallen to unprecedentedly low levels and states are warning of power blackouts.

States across India have issued panicked warnings that coal supplies to thermal power plants, which convert heat from coal to electricity, are running perilously low.

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Prince Charles' Aston Martin runs on a unique power source

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 3:07am

In 2008, Prince Charles asked engineers to convert his Aston Martin to run on something more environmentally friendly. They came up with a way to power a car that's fit for royalty: wine and cheese.

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Why is arson falsely blamed for the US west’s wildfire emergency? ‘It provides a villain’

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 3:00am

Most fires are started by humans but arson isn’t common – forest management policies, the climate crisis and urban expansion are the real issues

As California endures another grueling wildfire season, the charges against two alleged arsonists this summer attracted widespread attention.

Alexandra Souverneva, a former doctoral student and yoga teacher, made tabloid headlines in September when she told investigators suspecting her of causing the Fawn fire that she had tried to start a fire to boil water she thought contained bear urine. The arrest of Gary Maynard, a former criminal justice professor who allegedly went on a fire-setting spree near Lassen national forest in an effort to trap crews fighting the Dixie fire the month before, prompted warnings about the “potent threat” of an arsonist’s match as the state grapples with megafires.

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Catch limits imposed on menhaden have sparked a population rebound

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 2:09am

Along the Northeast coast, seals, whales and tuna feast on menhaden, fish that rebounded after regulators limited the catch. The oily fish are a foundation of coastal ecosystems from Florida to Maine.

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Michigan tells majority-Black city not to drink tap water amid lead crisis

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 2:00am

Benton Harbor residents have had lead-contaminated water for at least three years as activists call on state to do more

Residents of a majority-Black city in Michigan have been advised by the state not to use tap water for drinking, bathing, or cooking “out of an abundance of caution” owing to lead contamination.

For at least three years, residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan, have been suffering from lead-contaminated water with what experts describe as insufficient intervention from state and local officials.

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California's Justice Department is now investigating the cause of the oil spill

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/10/12 - 12:08am

California Attorney General Rob Bonta says investigators will work to find the cause of the oil spill and whether anything could have been done to prevent the spill.

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US climate push on Australia and allies aims to ramp up pressure on China, ambassador says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 7:42pm

Arthur Sinodinos declares Australia has the potential to be an ‘alternative energy superpower’ as Scott Morrison continues efforts to land new policy

The Biden administration has encouraged Scott Morrison and other allies to commit to stronger action on the climate crisis to ratchet up pressure on China to do its part, according to Arthur Sinodinos, Australia’s ambassador to the US.

As Morrison continues efforts to land a new climate policy ahead of the Cop26 summit in Glasgow, Sinodinos declared on Tuesday Australia had the potential to be “an alternative energy superpower” and he said investors were looking for certainty.

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Elk with car tyre stuck around its neck for two years is free at last

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 5:44pm

Wildlife officials in Colorado successfully remove obstruction from bull elk at fourth attempt this week

Wildlife officials in Colorado say an elusive elk that wandered the hills with a car tyre around its neck for at least two years has at last been freed.

The four-and-a-half-year-old, 270kg (600lb) bull elk was spotted near Pine Junction, south-west of Denver, on Saturday evening and tranquillised, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It was the fourth attempt wildlife officers had made in the past week to try to capture and help it.

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