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20.10.19~20.10.25 Up to 0.9 gigatonnes more CO2 absorbed by oceans each year than scientists thought

Scientists have been underestimating the amount of carbon our oceans absorb from the atmosphere each year. Previous estimates indicated that about a quarter of the emissions caused by human activity were drawn into the ocean. In other words, more than 2 gigatonnes of CO2 per year. Researchers supported by the EU-funded 4C and...

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...

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....

20.09.28~20.10.04 G20エネルギ -大臣会合

...9月27日から28日、議長国サウジアラビアの下、G20エネルギー大臣会合(テレビ会議)が開催されました。サウジアラビア王国のアブドルアジーズ・ビン・サルマン・ビン・アブドルアジーズ・エネルギー大臣(HRH Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister for Energy)が議長を務め、我が国からは、27日のセッションに梶山弘志経済産業大臣及び鷲尾英一郎外務副大臣が出席し、28日のセッションに長坂康正経済産業副大臣が出席しました。...今次会合では、循環炭素経済(CCE: Circular Carbon Economy)、エネルギー・アクセス、エネルギー安全保障・市場安定化等について議論が行われ、同会合の成果文書として、「G20エネルギー大臣コミュニケ(英文(PDF))」が発出されました。同コミュニケでは、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大が世界のエネルギー市場の不安定化を招いている状況に対し、エネルギーシステムの強靱化に向けた国際協力の重要性を確認しました。また、安全、安価で、持続可能なエネルギーへのアクセス実現の重要性を確認しました。さらに、昨年のG20大阪サミットにおいて確認された3E+S(Energy Security(エネルギー安全保障)、Economic Efficiency(経済効率)、Environment(環境)+Safety(安全))を実現するためにはエネルギー転換が重要であることを再確認しました。同コミュニケは、本年11月21日から22日に開催予定のG20サミットに提出される予定です。〔参考〕参加メンバー参加国等:26か国・地域(サウジアラビア(議長国)、日本(前議長国)、イタリア(次期議長国)、アメリカ合衆国、アルゼンチン、オーストラリア、ブラジル、カナダ、中華人民共和国、EU、フランス、ドイツ、イギリス、インド、インドネシア、メキシコ、トルコ、韓国、ロシア、南アフリカ、ヨルダン、ノルウェー、シンガポール、スペイン、スイス、アラブ首長国連邦)招待国際機関等:11機関(KAPSARC(キングアブドラ石油研究センター)、IEA(国際エネルギー機関)、IEF(国際エネルギーフォーラム)、IRENA(国際再生可能エネルギー機関)、NEA(原子力機関)、OECD(経済協力開発機構)、GCCSI(グローバルCCSインスティテュート)、CEM(クリーンエネルギー大臣会合)、MI(ミッション・イノベーション)、SEforALL(万人のための持続可能なエネルギー)、OPEC(石油輸出国機構))An excerpt from https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/press/release/press4_008798.html 20.09.28 (Mon.)World Leaders Sound Alarm About Climate Changehttps://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/09/27/world-leaders-to-u-n---if-coronavirus-doesn-t-kill-us--climate-change-willRepsol trabaja en proyecto pionero de captura y almacenamiento de CO2 para megayacimiento de gas en Indonesiahttps://www.elconfidencialdigital.com/articulo/ultima-hora/repsol-trabaja-proyecto-pionero-captura-almacenamiento-co2-megayacimiento-gas-indonesia/20200927143116166524.html食品ロスと気候変動を同時解決へ | 日経ESGhttps://project.nikkeibp.co.jp/ESG/atcl/column/00005/092500004/日本ロレアル・ブリュア社長「全拠点をカーボンニュートラルに」 | 日経ESGhttps://project.nikkeibp.co.jp/ESG/atcl/column/00004/092500002/温暖化対策、行動で示せ 熱波、山火事被害 ポルトガルの若者 33カ国を提訴「残された時間短い」 - 毎日新聞https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200928/ddm/007/030/169000c持続可能な航空燃料へEUの一歩 | トラベルジャーナルhttps://www.tjnet.co.jp/2020/09/28/%E6%8C%81%E7%B6%9A%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E3%81%AA%E8%88%AA%E7%A9%BA%E7%87%83%E6%96%99%E3%81%B8eu%E3%81%AE%E4%B8%80%E6%AD%A9/CPS Energy が2019年サステナビリティ報告書公開:紀伊民報AGARAhttps://www.agara.co.jp/article/8288320.09.29 (Tue.)Getting...

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...

Trump’s Next Chief of Staff Is Open to Doing More on Climate (20.03.09 ~ 20.03.15)

... In selecting Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina to serve as his next chief of staff, President Trump is bringing into the White House a Republican lawmaker who has raised concerns about climate change and expressed a desire to do something about it. ... Kelly, a retired...

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...

Mike Bloomberg says he has the best record on climate change. Does he? (20.02.24 ~ 20.03.01)

... Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person in America, per Forbes, has used his immense wealth for years to back a variety of causes and institutions, ranging from the Museum of Science in Boston to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater. And climate change has been a major focus of his spending. In...

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. ...

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...

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.

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...

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...

Pelosi to lead group of Democratic lawmakers to UN climate change conference (19.11.25~19.12.01)

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a group of Democratic lawmakers to a United Nations conference on climate change less than a month after the Trump administration began formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord. The House speaker on Saturday announced she will lead the congressional delegation to the UN COP25 environmental...

Dubai Tourism Announces Sustainability Requirements to be Implemented Across Tourism Sector Over Next 18 Months

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced 19 sustainability requirements that hotel establishments across the emirate will be mandated to comply with under new direction in line with the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. The requirements have been laid out to support the emirate’s hotel establishments in their compliance with the Dubai Tourism hotel classification...

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...

DOE’s Walker: ‘Nobody I know is looking at subsidizing coal’

Despite its past efforts to financially support "fuel-secure" generating resources, the US Department of Energy is not considering adopting policies that would specifically prop up uneconomic coal-fired power plants, the agency's Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker said Monday.... An excerpt from S&P Global

Anti-Fine Dust Body Launched In S. Korea Under Ex-UN Secretary-General

Headed by Ban, the National Council on Climate and Air Quality aims to find solutions to the particulate pollution issue, come up with policy ideas, and coordinate actions with neighboring countries such as China. The 43-member council is composed of several committees and a senior advisory group. A body of 500 members of the public will be launched next month,...

Nicola Sturgeon declares ‘climate emergency’ at SNP conference

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared a "climate emergency" in her speech to the SNP conference.... An excerpt from BBC

S. Korea draws up W6.7tr budget bill to curb fine dust, boost economy

The South Korean government has drawn up an extra budget of 6.7 trillion won ($5.9 billion) in an effort to alleviate the fine dust problem and respond to economic downside risks, the country’s top fiscal policymaker said Wednesday.... An excerpt from Korea Herald

IEEFA update: South Korea takes further steps away from thermal coal

The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has tabled a new draft energy master plan that increases the nation’s ambition to move away from coal and towards renewable energy...... An excerpt from IEEFA

“Britain has been surviving without coal power since Thursday “

At the moment, Great Britain is drawing no power from burning coal. None at all. And it hasn’t since last Thursday. According to tweets from the UK’s national grid the country has been going without coal power for 86 hours straight. The streetlights are still working, the internet is still switched on and the kettles are still boiling. In...

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,”...

Greece Backs Construction Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline

Greece supports the construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline and any other Russian gas supply routes, Dimitrios Velanis, special adviser to the Prime Minister of Greece on relations with Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe, said in an interview with Russian journalists. “We support “Turkish Stream” and any other routes of Russian gas, as well as the participation of...

New Zealand wins cautious support for carbon credit plan

New Zealand’s ETS consultation process has drawn support for allowing ETS companies to buy a limited amount of carbon credits from abroad, but a significant minority want restrictions such as having the government make the purchases or banning international units outright.... An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Buying international permits is a cheap way to cut emissions. It’s that simple

Labor has proposed using international permits as part of its climate policy measures to allow high-emitting businesses to reduce their pollution at least cost. Sticking with basic facts, using international permits to lower the costs associated with reducing pollution was something the Coalition said it was prepared do. So stay with me. The government that flagged using international permits, with a...

Brazil leverages carbon markets for poor farmers

A carbon market in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is distributing revenues to farmworkers rather than landowners.... An excerpt from Partners for Sustainability

Canada’s emissions target gets further away as 2017 report shows increase

The latest national inventory report on emissions, filed this week with the United Nations climate change secretariat, showed 716 million tonnes of greenhouse gases were produced in Canada in 2017, an increase of eight million tonnes from 2016.Canada's existing climate change action plan, which includes the carbon tax and subsidies to spur electric vehicle purchases, only gets Canada about...

Gas set to surpass coal in German power mix this year

German gas-fired power output is set to exceed hard coal across 2019, according to the ICIS Power Horizon model. This would be the first time this has ever happened and is due to an influx of LNG collapsing European natural gas prices. Coal is around 20% more expensive this year, while the cost of EUA carbon certificates is four times...