Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow likely to be delayed by a year (20.05.18 ~ 20.05.31)

…Vital international climate talks due to be hosted by the UK are expected to be delayed until late next year because of the coronavirus crisis, it has emerged, dashing hopes they could be reconvened sooner. The UN talks, known as Cop26, were to be held in Glasgow this November, but in early April...

CO2 sucked out of the atmosphere can be reused for new chemical processes (20.06.15 ~ 20.06.21)

... DAC is implemented in pilot plants by several companies in Europe and North America, and on an industrial scale by a Swiss company called Climeworks. They plan to suck one percent of the global CO2 emission in 2025. For this task, they will need to install around 750,000 DAC units.

EUが水素社会へのシフトを宣言。2030年までに1000万トンの再生可能水素生産を目指す (20.08.10~20.08.16)

…2020年7月8日、EU(欧州連合)が『A Hydrogen Strategy for a climate neutral Europe 』という宣言を発表しました。意訳すると「欧州が気候変動に対応するための戦略として水素を重視する」といったところでしょうか。...まず2020~2024年までに6ギガワットの電力を使い100万トンのリニューアブル水素を生み出す計画としています。続いて、2025~2030年には40ギガワットで1000万トンの水素を生産することを目指します。そうして2030年以降は、主たるエネルギーを水素としてCO2フリーの社会を築くというのが目標です。… An excerpt fromhttps://clicccar.com/2020/08/16/1003574/ - 20.08.10 (Mon.). Arctic wildfires emit more CO2 in two months than whole of 2019 | Dhaka Tribunehttps://www.dhakatribune.com/world/2020/08/09/arctic-wildfires-emit-more-co2-in-two-months-than-whole-of-2019 - 20.08.11 (Tue.). Australia sets out plans to store CO2 in oil and gas reservoirs - Energy Live Newshttps://www.energylivenews.com/2020/08/10/australia-sets-out-plans-to-store-co2-in-oil-and-gas-reservoirs/. BASF calculates...

CO2 price of €200 for EU net zero: Shell (20.05.04 ~ 20.05.17)

… "Our analysis assumes a rising carbon pricing mechanism — whether explicit or implicit — to more than €200/t CO2 equivalent (CO2e) by 2050 to deliver and sustain the emission cuts and CO2 management necessary for the EU to reach climate neutrality," Shell said today. This is well above...

Environment Ministry, NASA to check dust

Korea’s Ministry of Environment announced Sunday it will again cooperate with NASA, this time with the help of satellite technology, to pinpoint the international and domestic factors behind local air pollution. According to NIER, the second joint study will likely launch around 2021 after a set of satellite instruments are launched jointly by Korea, the United States and Europe.... An excerpt...

[IMO] Implementation of sulphur 2020 limit – carriage ban adopted

An amendment to support consistent implementation of the forthcoming 0.50% limit on sulphur in ships fuel oil was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday (26 October). The new 0.50% limit (reduced from 3.50% currently) on sulphur in ships' fuel oil will be in force from 1 January 2020, under IMO's MARPOL treaty, with benefits for the environment...

‘20.08.24~’20.08.30 A Wireless Device Creating Fuel From Sunlight, CO2 and Water

Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, CO2, and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without any additional electricity.Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity. The device, developed by a team from the University of Cambridge, is a...

U.S. Blocks U.N. Resolution on Geoengineering

"The United States joined Saudi Arabia to derail a U.N. resolution that sought to improve the world’s understanding of potential efforts to lace the sky with sunlight-reflecting aerosols or use carbon-catching fans." An excerpt from Scientific American"

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,”...

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...

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...

Dems demand Trump abide by Paris climate deal

The legislation — which is expected to be unveiled Wednesday, according to five sources — is part of a blitz by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats to refocus the House agenda as they adjust to a world after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to the Justice Department. The bill is just one of several non-Mueller agenda items...

Maersk looks at biofuels as it sets its sights on carbon neutrality by 2050

The Mette Maersk, one of the company’s biggest vessels, will this month set off on a 25,000 nautical miles round trip from Rotterdam to Shanghai using a blend containing 20 percent of so-called second-generation biofuel produced from plant waste. The switch should save the environment 1.5 million kilograms of CO2, the equivalent of what 200 households emit in a...

‘20.08.31~’20.09.06 World’s first ‘carbon-capture at sea’ set for shipping trials

...Japanese shipbuilding giant Mitsubishi announced on Monday (31 August) that it will build and test a carbon-capture system for ships, aimed at significantly reducing the emissions of the maritime sector....In 2018, members of the International Maritime Organisation agreed to club together and work towards a 50% cut in emissions by mid-century. Technologies like hydrogen, ammonia and even...

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. ...

Fine dust damages Hanoi’s air “mainly from the exhaust system of the car”

"Air pollution in Hanoi jumped sharply in the peak hours by about 70 percent of the fine dust emitted by cars and motorcycles." An excerpt from Shilfa

‘Construction fever’ responsible for one fifth of China’s CO2 emissions (20.06.01~ 20.06.14)

... A growing urban population and land scarcity have contributed to significant growth in construction – particularly of high-rise buildings – across China. Since 2010, China has been responsible for around half of the world’s growth in construction, with many buildings only standing for around 30 years before being demolished. Their...

New Mexico Governor Signs Landmark Clean Energy Bill

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed sweeping energy legislation on Friday that calls for New Mexico’s major electric utilities to get 100 percent of their power from carbon emission-free sources by 2045. Current law requires that 20 percent of New Mexico’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. SB 489 raises that threshold to 50 percent by 2030 for investor-owned utilities like...

Stiglitz urges joint EU-China trade sanctions against the US on climate change

China and the European Union have emerged as the biggest supporters of the Paris accord after US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the pact in 2017. Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz has called on Europe and China to join forces against the United States at the WTO, saying America has become a “free-rider” on climate change under the...

Russia floats first law to regulate CO2 emissions

The draft bill would give the government powers to introduce greenhouse gas emission targets for companies, and charges for those that exceed them, with proceeds potentially going into a fund to support carbon-cutting projects. The legislation, which has been drawn up by the Ministry of Economic Development, is under consultation with other ministries and stakeholders and expected to be finalised...

Korea Global Adaptation Week to Chart a Path to a Climate-Resilient Future

world experts and leaders will meet next week at the Korea Global Adaptation Week in Songdo (8-12 April) to discuss ways to enhance adaptation to climate change. Hosted by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Global Adaptation Week is organized by UN Climate Change, the Korea Environment Institute (KEI), the Korea Adaptation Centre for Climate...

Climate Change Could Make Russia Great Again

A decade ago, geologists estimated that 30 percent of the world’s natural gas reserves and 13 percent of its petroleum deposits were trapped beneath the ice floes of the Arctic Circle, along with rare minerals and other valuable resources. As the rising temperature melts the icebergs, not only will those resources become accessible but, as U.S. Secretary of State...

How drones and satellite images are measuring the forests used for carbon offsets

"Diego Saez-Gil, cofounder of Pachama, a startup in Y Combinator’s current cohort that is building a new, technology-verified marketplace for forest carbon offsets." An excerpt from Fast Company

Climate change: Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

"In a non-binding resolution, adopted with 369 votes to 116 and 40 abstentions, MEPs say that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European Commission in its November communication would enable the EU to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, the commitment made by the EU under the Paris climate agreement. They support the...

Lebanon gasification plant shuts down temporarily

Operations shut down Jan. 24 at the award-winning waste-to-energy gasification plant in Lebanon to allow the city to evaluate the plant’s cost-effectiveness. PHG Energy, parent company of Aries Clean Energy, initially said the gasification would divert 8,000 tons of wood and bio-solid waste from the landfill, as well as convert 450 tons of tires into electricity. The plant is the...

London Tackles Fast Fashion Waste

Londoners have saved over 750,000 items of clothing from landfill in six months, according to textile reuse charity TRAID. The amount of clothes saved so far, TRAID says, amounts to a carbon saving of 2,100 tonnes and a water saving of 353.6 million litres.. Commenting on the project, Mary Creagh MP, Chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), said: “The way...

London Launches The World’S First Ultra-Low Emission Zone

London has developed the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) planned for Central London, an area within which all cars (other than taxis), motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles are required to meet exhaust emissions standards or pay a daily charge to travel. The central London ULEZ will be in place from 8 April 2019.... An excerpt...

Feds could tell you when to drive if carbon price law stands, court told

The law is so broad, a lawyer for the province said on Day 1 of a four-day Appeal Court hearing, that it would give the Ottawa powers that would destabilize Canada in the name of curbing the cumulative effects of global-warming emissions.“They could regulate where you live, how often you drive your car,” Josh Hunter told the five-justice panel....

Three countries in Eastern Africa join the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

"Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda are now among the 56 countries and the first three in Eastern Africa who have joined the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA)." An excerpt from Climate&Agriculture Network for Africa"

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...