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21.03.29~20.04.04 Bill Gates – Backed Plot to Manipulate Weather/Climate Scrubbed

…Headlines were made last month when plans  to manipulate the weather/climate in an ambitious experiment went public; however, it appears the Bill Gates – backed plot to do so has been scrubbed for now. After getting push-back from people around the world and in Sweden, where the initial experiment was to unfold, a decision was made not to pursue...

21.03.15~20.03.21 NASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force

... As a leading agency observing and understanding environmental changes to Earth, NASA has joined the National Climate Task Force. President Joe Biden issued an executive order Jan. 27, which initially outlined details of the task force. The administration’s climate agenda outlines putting climate at the center of the country’s foreign policy and national security and encourages a governmentwide approach to...

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...

20.11.30~20.12.06 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...

20.10.26~20.11.01 Google partners with U.S. NOAA for environment and climate research

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – Google partners with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop its environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, and climate research system. Google and NOAA cooperate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems, using the Google cloud infrastructure and satellite technologies, to develop “full-scale prototypes that NOAA could ultimately operationalize across its organization”,...

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 RINGO projects have found that the...

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...

Goldman Sachs Unveils $750 Billion Climate Plan For Investing in Solutions, and Vows Never to Support Arctic Drilling (20.01.13 ~ 20.01.19)

... David Solomon, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, recently wrote an editorial in the Financial Times in which he laid out the premise behind a $750 billon plan for a decade of investing, financing, and advisory activity that will exclusively cover nine climate-critical areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and carbon reductions. With this move, Goldman Sachs becomes the first...

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...

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 summit "to combat the existential threat...

Putin says OPEC+ still committed to crude production agreement

Russian president Vladimir Putin said Saturday that Russia is meeting its obligations under the OPEC/non-OPEC crude production agreement, and participants remain committed to the arrangement, despite ongoing uncertainty over world energy market developments.... An excerpt from S&P Global

EU-Russia-Ukraine Gas Transit Talks Possible in May, Official Says

The next round of negotiations between Ukraine, Russia, and the European Commission on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2019 could be held in the coming weeks, Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic has said, according to Ukranews.... An excerpt from Russia Business Today

Gazprom in Talks with CNPC over China Gas Deliveries

Russian gas major Gazprom has discussed deliveries to China with the country’s CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation), the Russian company said in a statement on Thursday, according to Reuters. Also on Thursday, the state-run gas giant said it would start filling the Power of Siberia pipeline, which supplies gas to China, in the third quarter, and deliveries to China...

Russia’s Gazprom to begin gas injection into China pipeline in Q3

Gas giant Gazprom plans to start injections of Russian gas into the 38 Bcm/year capacity Power of Siberia pipeline in the third quarter of 2019 ahead of first commercial flows to China at the start of December, the company said late Thursday.... An excerpt from S&P Global

Six belt and road countries want renewables over coal: study

People living in six belt and road countries favour investment in renewable energy over the construction of coal-fired power plants, according to a study released by climate change group E3G. The survey, which analysed responses from citizens in Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam, found that the majority selected renewables as the type of energy their respective countries...

Russia’s Novatek Sells 20% In Arctic LNG 2 To Chinese Firms

Russian gas producer Novatek said on Thursday that it had signed agreements with two Chinese companies, under which the Asian firms will become shareholders in the Arctic LNG project with 10 percent each. Novatek, the largest Russian producer and exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), signed an agreement with CNOOC and another deal with China National Oil and Gas Exploration...

Interview: OPEC, Russia oil market role ‘diminishing’: IEA’s Birol

OPEC, Russia and nine other non-OPEC partners are in the midst of a 1.2 million b/d production cut that has helped oil prices recover from a slump in the last three months of 2018. The cut agreement is scheduled to run through June and is likely to be adjusted after the US announced it would end all waivers from...

Bloomberg plugs US funding gap for UN climate body

The billionaire philanthropist has contributed $5.5 million to cover international climate negotiation costs and related initiatives in the private sector. Some of Bloomberg’s payment will cover core administrative costs at the UN climate headquarters in Bonn, according to the statement. Other funds are earmarked to support climate initiatives by states, cities, businesses and community groups, which run in parallel to...

Poor Russian crude quality leads Belarus to cut oil-product exports

Belarus is limiting oil-product exports as a result of a deterioration in the quality of crude supplied from Russia, state news agency Belta reported Monday. In mid-April, Belarus threatened to suspend Russian crude transit to Europe over ongoing economic disputes. Belarusian officials suggested part of the Druzhba pipeline, which delivers more than 1 million b/d of crude to Europe via...

Trump to Escalate Iran Feud by Ending Waivers; Oil Prices Climb

The Trump administration said it won’t renew waivers that let countries buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions, a move that roiled energy markets and risks upsetting major importers such as China and India. ... An excerpt from Bloomberg

OPEC, Russia alliance has long-term future: Saudi adviser

"Cooperation will continue between Russia and Saudi Arabia," Ibrahim al-Muhanna said at the International Oil Summit in Paris, stressing that "it is the core of OPEC+ cooperation." OPEC, Russia and nine other non-OPEC partners are in the midst of a 1.2 million b/d production cut that has helped oil prices recover from a massive slump in the last three months...

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...

Nations seek to shift gears on UN Article 6 carbon market talks

Governments are looking to change their approach on agreeing to a global rulebook for carbon markets in an effort to avoid a repeat failure that almost crashed the UN climate talks last year....An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Poland wins €215m EU grant for gas link to Norway

The European Commission officially signed a €214.9 million grant on Monday (15 April) for works on a new Baltic gas pipeline project aimed at connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway. The Baltic Pipe Project, also known as “Norwegian corridor”, aims at creating a new gas supply route in the European market that will lessen the region’s dependence on Russian imports. in...

The agreement on EU support for Baltic Pipe signed

Gaz-System signed the agreement on co-financing the Baltic Pipe construction works under the Connecting Europe Facility with the Innovation and Network Executive Agency of the EU. The ceremony of signing the agreement for the subsidy in the maximum amount of nearly EUR 215 million, took place in Brussels on 15 April 2019. The Baltic Pipe is a strategic project aimed...

Council adopts gas directive amendment: EU rules extended to pipelines to and from third countries

. The Council today formally adopted an amendment to the so-called gas directive which aims at closing a legal gap in the EU's regulatory framework and boosting competition in the gas market. This is the final step in the legislative process.The overall objective of the amendment to the gas directive is to ensure that the rules governing the EU's...

US-Russia Policy Hits European Energy Supply [GGP]

... the US government is focussing on the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In doing so, it wants to reduce not only Russian state revenues, but also European dependence on Russian energy im­ports. In this context, the US policy is aimed squarely at the German federal govern­ment, which was described by President Donald J. Trump as a “prisoner...

EU states dole out another 62 mln free EUAs, bringing 2019 completion rate to near 80%

A handful of EU member states doled out another 61.7 million free carbon allowances in the past two weeks, with laggards Italy and Spain making big steps towards completing their 2019 allocations....An excerpt from Carbon Pulse