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21.02.15~20.02.21 World Bank, IMF to consider climate change in debt reduction talks

...WASHINGTON: The World Bank is working with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on ways to factor climate change into the negotiations about reducing the debt burdens of some poor countries, World Bank President David Malpass told Reuters in a Friday interview.Three countries — Ethiopia, Chad and Zambia — have already initiated negotiations with creditors under a new Common Framework...

21.02.08~20.02.14 London loses carbon futures trading to Amsterdam, in Brexit hit to City

...Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) today said it will move its trading of European carbon futures and options to its Netherlands-based exchange in Amsterdam from London during the second quarter, in the latest sign of financial activity leaving Britain for the bloc due to Brexit. ... EU carbon allowances (EUAs) are the currency used in the EUs emissions trading system (ETS), the 27-member...

21.02.01~20.02.07 U.K.’s Boris Johnson Considers G-7 Bid on Green Border Levies

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering using his G-7 presidency to try to forge an alliance on carbon border taxes, according to two people familiar with the matter.As holder of the rotating G-7 presidency and host of global climate change talks in November, Johnson has said he wants to make cutting emissions a key priority for recovery efforts.As...

21.01.18~20.01.24 Biden administration to unveil more climate policies, urges China to toughen emissions target

... A memo seen by Reuters on Thursday showed Biden will unveil a second round of executive orders as soon as Jan. 27 that include an omnibus order to combat climate change domestically and elevate the issue as a national security priority. ... Biden, a Democrat who took office on Jan. 20, quickly issued executive orders canceling the Keystone XL pipeline that...

21.01.11~20.01.17 Prime Minister commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

... The Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today announce that the UK will commit at least £3 billion to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years. The funding will be allocated from the UK’s existing commitment of £11.6bn for international climate finance and will deliver transformational change in protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting...

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...

20.12.28~21.01.03 Germany rings in 2021 with CO2 tax, coal phase-out

...From January 1, 2021 the government will charge 25 euros ($30) per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions released by the transport and heating sectors.The pricetag was raised from the government's initially proposed 10 euros per tonne -- a number widely slammed as too low by Germany's Green party, environmentalists and scientists.The price will increase to 55 euros by 2025,...

20.12.21~20.12.27 What The EU-UK Agreement Says About Energy And Climate

...In a new agreement between the UK and EU that narrowly averts a no-deal Brexit, the two sides boast that there will be stronger cooperation on energy and climate.The UK said the agreement facilitates the development of "hybrid projects" in the North Sea that combine offshore wind farms and giant undersea cables known as interconnectors. The UK even dangled...

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...

20.12.07~20.12.13 China targets steeper carbon cut by 2030

...China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will cut its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product, or carbon intensity, by more than 65 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, said Xi.That compares to targets China announced in 2015 of lowering carbon intensity by 60-65 per cent by 2030.Xi also said on Saturday China will boost...

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...

20.11.16~20.11.22 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...

20.10.12~20.10.18 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...

20.10.05~20.10.11 EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (6 October) to update the EU’s climate target for 2030, backing a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, up from 40% currently.Lawmakers in the EU assembly voted the proposed amendment on the 2030 target by 352 votes to 326, with 18 abstentions.... An excerpt from https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-parliament-votes-for-60-carbon-emissions-cut-by-2030/ 20.10.05 (Mon.)Where Trump and...

20.09.21~20.09.27 Climate change: China aims for ‘carbon neutrality by 2060’ – BBC News

... China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced....China is the world's biggest source of carbon dioxide, responsible for around 28% of global emissions. ... Back in 2014 Mr Xi and then US-President Barack Obama came to a surprise agreement on climate change, which became a key building block of...

‘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 battery power...

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 they were postponed as governments around...

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 the current price of allowances under the EU's emissions trading...

Climate and the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package (20.03.23 ~ 20.03.29)

... The measure does not include $3 billion for the government to buy oil and fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a provision sought by Republicans and President Trump. But it also does not have an extension of federal tax credits for wind and solar energy that Democrats had tried to attach. The package also has been stripped of language that House...

欧州委、グリーンとデジタルを両翼とする新産業政策を発表(EU) (20.03.16 ~ 20.03.22)

... 欧州委員会は3月10日、「欧州新産業戦略PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」をまとめたコミュニケーション(政策文書)を公表した。(1)欧州産業の競争力の維持、(2)「欧州グリーン・ディール(2019年12月12日記事参照)」が掲げる2050年までの気候中立の実現、そして(3)「欧州デジタル化」への対応、が3本柱に挙げられている。 まず、競争力維持のために欧州委は、EUの特徴である欧州単一市場を一層深化させる必要があるとし、同戦略と合わせて「﷟単一市場の障壁の特定および対処PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」および「単一市場ルールのより良い実施と執行のための行動計画PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」と題した2つのコミュニケーションを発表した。両文書では、EU法規制の複雑さ(EUレベルと加盟国レベルでの法規制の関係など)や、加盟国ごとの税制および行政手続きの差異など、単一市場の課題を洗い出すとともに、行動計画が定めるイニシアチブの一環として、加盟国および欧州委から構成される「単一市場実施タスクフォース」を新設して各種の課題に対処していくとしている。 ... 気候変動およびデジタル化に関しては、「グリーンへの移行(Green Transition)」「デジタルへの移行(Digital Transition)」というキーワードを用いて、両課題への企業のスムーズな適応を促すための諸政策を挙げている。 ... ビジネスヨーロッパ(欧州産業連盟)は、欧州新産業戦略の発表に合わせて3月10日、「欧州がグリーンおよびデジタルへの転換を加速している中、世界のほかの地域ではアグレッシブな政策が採られ、一部の国がルールから外れた行動をとっている現状では、欧州は一層戦略的に行動しなければならない」など、包括的な戦略を後押しする声明外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きますを発表した。 ... An excerpt from https://www.jetro.go.jp/biznews/2020/03/389d30ebaafe0851.html - 20.03.16 (Mon.) . The U.K.’s lost seagrass meadows to be resurrected in climate fight https://grist.org/climate/the-u-k-s-lost-seagrass-meadows-to-be-resurrected-in-climate-fight . 「石炭火力への融資はリスク」 気候変動対策で株主提案 https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200316/k10012333021000.html - 20.03.17 (Tue.) . WW3: Climate change must be treated like world war if we are to survive - warning https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1255837/world-war-3-ww3-climate-change-global-warming-rising-sea-levels . 欧州委、グリーンとデジタルを両翼とする新産業政策を発表(EU) | ビジネス短信 - ジェトロ https://www.jetro.go.jp/biznews/2020/03/389d30ebaafe0851.html - 20.03.18 (Wen.) . Steep emissions plunge puts Germany's original 2020 climate target back on the cards https://www.renewablesnow.com/news/steep-emissions-plunge-puts-germanys-original-2020-climate-target-back-on-the-cards-691088/ - 20.03.19...

EU plans for 2030 climate target can shape Cop26 momentum, ministers warn (20.03.02 ~ 20.03.08)

... In a letter to the EU Commission’s climate chief Frans Timmermans, environment ministers from 12 EU countries said the EU should present plans for a new 2030 climate target by June 2020, three months earlier than the Commission’s proposed date of September. The ministers raised concerns Brussels’ timetable would leave too little time for the goals to be agreed by...

Johnson sets out his climate crisis vision as Cameron turns down talks role (20.02.03 ~ 20.02.09)

... Johnson has brought forward the UK’s phaseout of diesel and petrol vehicles by five years to 2035, and hastened the phaseout of coal-fired power by a year to 2024. He reaffirmed the UK’s pledge to switch to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and urged other nations – without naming any – to do the same. ... Some observers see a...

Trump Administration Moves to Limit Climate Reviews for Federal Projects (20.01.06 ~ 20.01.12)

... The anticipated rules won’t change what has been the common practice at most federal agencies since President Trump took office three years ago—which has been to check a box on climate change while ignoring a project’s true contribution to global warming when carrying out reviews mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act. But by changing 40-year-old regulations under the landmark...

Australia And The Climate Apocalypse (19.12.30~20.01.05)

... The news about the fires in Australia is just that: unimaginable. While some idiots insist that the situation is part of a phenomenon that is repeated every year, the reality is that the magnitude and gravity of this year’s blazes is unprecedented: 18 people have already died, several dozen more are missing, the conflagration has destroyed an area more...

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...

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...

British Steel gets £100m government loan to pay carbon bill

British Steel has secured a £100m loan from the government to pay its EU carbon bill, a source close to the company has said. The money means the private equity-owned firm will avoid a steep EU fine. The firm said earlier this month it needed the funds to settle its 2018 pollution bill due at the end of April.... An excerpt from...

New PostCO₂ price debate gathers speed within German grand coalition

More and more politicians from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition are showing openness to the idea of introducing a price on CO₂ and have entered a debate about its possible form and details, writes Konrad Schuller in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. While economy minister Peter Altmaier had long insisted the concept was not on the government’s agenda for this...