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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...

Wolf says regional cap-and trade plan needs ‘serious’ look

Governor Tom Wolf said Monday he wants to take a serious look at Pennsylvania joining a consortium of states that sets caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Democrat's comments came at a news conference touting his administration's efforts to fight climate change and set targets to slash Pennsylvania's future greenhouse gas emissions. Wolf's administration has previously issued a...

CDFA and Air Resources Board launch public-private partnership to advance carbon farming

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Air Resources Board are announcing the launch of a public-private initiative to advance climate smart agriculture and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on agricultural lands. This partnership will create a mechanism for leading businesses in the food and fiber supply chain to directly fund climate projects on California...

French low-carbon label plants seeds of agricultural and forestry transition

Created by a decree adopted on 28 November 2018, the low-carbon label was officially presented to the Ecological Transition Ministry on 23 April. Its aim is to encourage the development of projects that reduce and sequester greenhouse gas emissions. The label intends to promote these projects throughout the country, regardless of whether companies, local authorities, associations or even individuals are...

KEPCO to bear the brunt of soaring Korean CO2 prices

South Korean carbon prices rose to fresh record highs on Friday, leaving state-owned utility KEPCO to pick up the bill as the firm is obligated to compensate power companies for the CO2 allowances they have to buy.... An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

EU Plans Forestry ‘Carbon Farming’ to Meet Carbon-Neutral Goal

The European Commission is drawing up a “carbon farming” plan that will financially reward farmers and forest managers that restore abandoned land, to help the European Union achieve its Paris Agreement climate goals. EU Energy and Climate Commissioner Miguel Canete , speaking at an EU forestry conference, said the carbon farming plan would be outlined later in 2019 as a...

Minting and Managing Carbon Credits on OpenLaw & Ethereum

OpenLaw provides templates and methods to call the Ethereum blockchain to timestamp signatures, store agreement data (such as purchase price), and call persistent programs (or “smart contracts”) to help manage party performance of agreements without downtime and as strictly stipulated Essentially, under the California LCFS program, PG&E earns carbon credits by selling low-carbon fuel to its customers, and these credits...

California defends decision to maintain post-2020 ETS caps as it confirms surplus volume

California regulator ARB defended its decision to maintain the current emissions cap trajectory of its WCI-linked ETS to 2030, despite confirming that there were more than 218 million surplus compliance units at the end of the market’s second compliance period, according to a letter sent to legislators Tuesday.... An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Guangdong carbon market closes higher

Carbon emissions allowances closed at 22.49 yuan (3.35 U.S. dollars) per tonne on Wednesday, 0.13 percent up from Tuesday, at the China Emissions Exchange (Guangzhou), the largest local carbon market in China. The allowances, officially known as Guangdong Emissions Allowances (GDEA).. Since its opening in December 2013, the market has traded 112.13 million tonnes of GDEA, with a total turnover...

Virginia completes rule to allow trading with RGGI

Virginia air regulators have finalized a regulation that imposes a declining cap on carbon emissions from the state's utilities and is intended to allow trading with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. However, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is facing pressure to issue a line-item veto of a GOP-authored provision in the state...

NHL to purchase carbon offsets to counter playoff air travel

The National Hockey League said on Monday it would purchase carbon credits to offset airline emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases during the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the first round of the playoffs, which has the highest number of teams traveling and is currently underway, the NHL will offset more than 465 metric tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to taking 99...