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Uniper drops coal case as tensions rise over treaty on fossil fuel projects
German energy company Uniper has been forced by its government to drop a lawsuit against the Netherlands over the proposed closure of coal power plants, highlighting the tensions over a treaty protecting fossil fuel projects.
The Cost of Plastic Pollution: How economic instruments can address recovery and prevention
The problem of plastic pollution is gaining increasing attention from the media, from politicians, from scientists, from environmentalists, and, hopefully, from the public. However, unlike the problem of climate change for which our technological and business communities are presenting numerous partial solutions which taken together are likely to make a very big difference, there is relatively little being put forward on meaningful solutions for our plastic problems.
Quad and the WTO focus on fishing
Some rare good news in global trade talks, and attempts to tackle an ecological and human rights disaster.
India unveils new commitments that could make or break global climate response
Almost nine months after Narendra Modi committed India to a net-zero goal and a drastic increase in the share of renewables, the country’s cabinet has finally approved an enhanced climate action plan, adding more ambitious targets but leaving some expected goals out.
UN, IMF disagree on who should foot the bill of the energy crisis
UN chief António Guterres called for windfall taxes on oil and gas this week, arguing it is “immoral” for fossil fuel companies to reap record profits while ordinary people suffer from a cost of living squeeze.
MC Explains: Proposed changes in Energy Conservation regulations - why are they important for India?
Union Minister of Power Raj Kumar Singh introduced the "Energy Conservation Amendment Bill, 2022" in the Lok Sabha, which aims to boost clean energy and help in achieving India's commitments towards climate change.
Earth Today | Gender and climate change group
Clehan Williams (left), adviser to Senator Matthew Samuda, minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation, joins representatives of the team that developed Jamaica’s Gender and Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan at the recent unveiling of the document. From second left are: Consultant gender specialists Anika Grey and Indi McLymont-Lafayette; Dr Orville Grey, regional manager, Caribbean, at the Green Climate Fund; Angie Dazé, gender equality and social inclusion lead at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Sharon Coburn Robinson, principal director at the Bureau of Gender Affairs; Catherine Senecal, programme manager, resilience at IISD; and Omar Alcock, senior technical officer (mitigation) at the Climate Change Division.
What Modi got right about our broken power sector
When electricity was first being introduced in India, city by city, the cost was a major impediment. A bulb in 1905 cost Rs 2 in Bombay — money that could buy 21 kg wheat at the time. So, the government decided to reduce the cost per unit to encourage people to get electricity connections.
Seize Energy Transition Funding Opportunity
Indonesia's energy transition requires significant investment to develop renewable energy generation, clean fuels, power grids, and energy storage. However, Indonesia also has a huge opportunity to attract investment in the renewable energy sector while developing innovative financing instruments.
Jamaica launches gender and climate change strategy and action plan
Jamaica has launched a gender and climate change strategy and action plan (GCCSAP) that it says has been developed and guided by a national gender and climate change assessment, which provided an overview of the policy and institutional contexts for gender-responsive climate action.
Is it just the heat, or does the concept of 'uneconomic growth' make a lot more sense now?
Something to ponder if you’re stuck in one of the many places so hot now that sitting in a darkened room is recommended, giving you more time alone with your thoughts: are we paying the price for a big mistake?
Gas in Africa: Still a 'transition fuel'?
The science is clear: to limit global warming to 1.5°C – beyond which some climate impacts will become irreversible and self-reinforcing – new oil and gas fields should no longer be being licensed for development, and we should be transitioning away from burning coal, oil and gas as quickly as possible across all sectors.
Why reporting on GHGs more often would help Canada advance its climate agenda
Canada should measure and report statistics on greenhouse gas emissions quarterly instead of annually to bring them in line with the way economic indicators are reported and as a way to give more weight to environmental health and wellness, says a prominent environmental economist.
'Watchful Optimism' from Climate Analysts as Canada Energy Regulator Plots Net-Zero Future
With the Canada Energy Regulator still months away from completing its next projection of the country’s future oil and gas production, climate policy watchers are cautiously optimistic that the analysis will chart a real course for a low-carbon future—and rooting for the CER to get its modelling right.
Pourquoi déclarer plus souvent les GES aiderait le Canada à faire avancer son programme climatique
Le Canada devrait mesurer et publier des statistiques sur les émissions de gaz à effet de serre trimestriellement plutôt qu’annuellement pour les aligner sur la façon dont les indicateurs économiques sont déclarés et comme un moyen de donner plus de poids à la santé et au bien-être environnementaux, déclare un éminent économiste de l’environnement.
Jamaica develops gender, climate change strategy and action plan
Jamaica now has a Gender and Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (GCCSAP). The Plan’s development was guided by a national gender and climate change assessment, which provided an overview of the policy and institutional contexts for gender-responsive climate action.
Air Conditioning Will Not Save Us
It keeps happening. Every summer, unprecedented heat surges through cities across the United States—in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho; in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio; and in Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey. Last week, a heat wave melted records in Texas with unrelenting highs well into the 100s for days. And just when residents need it most, the electrical grid fails. Every year, hundreds die from heat-related illness in the U.S., and thousands more end up in emergency rooms from heat stress. Compared to other weather-related disasters, the emergency response to extreme heat from U.S. leaders has been minimal. As a result, many places remain unprepared. How, then, do we make our cities more resilient?
Province keeps spotlight on invasive species
Be alert Manitobans: invasive species are seeking to tag along on your beach and fishing trips. Zebra mussels, rusty crayfish and spiny water fleas are the three main aquatic invasive species on the province’s radar. To prevent the spread, Candace Parks, aquatic invasive species specialist, said Manitobans should clean, drain and dry anything that goes in the water, be it boat, kayak or inflatable toy.
Alberta pumps $40 million more to carbon capture
In an effort to curb emissions, Alberta is continuing to pump millions of dollars into carbon capture technologies. This week, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) announced it was investing $40 million of public money into 11 carbon capture projects to help position the province for even greater funding opportunities from Ottawa. The ERA funding also aligns with the province’s plan to invest over $300 million over the next four years in further carbon capture projects.