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Is the world on track to move past coal, oil and gas production?
Scientists, economists and Indigenous activists met in Oxford in September to discuss a challenge central to solving climate change: how can the world rid itself of fossil fuels?
Fossil fuels: Is the world on track for moving past coal, oil and gas production?
Scientists, economists and Indigenous activists met in Oxford in September to discuss a challenge central to solving climate change: how can the world rid itself of fossil fuels? The event was the latest in a string of scientific conferences examining how to address fossil fuel supply – in addition to demand. Amid rebounding global emissions and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, experts discussed where the world stood on meeting its climate goals, which regions are likely to invest heavily in new fossil-fuel projects and continued misinformation from the oil and gas industry.
Ce que la guerre en Ukraine signifie pour les objectifs climatiques de l’Asie
Les files d’attente devant les pompes à essence au Sri Lanka ont diminué, mais pas l’anxiété. Asanka Sampath, une employée d’usine de 43 ans, est toujours vigilante. Il vérifie les messages sur son téléphone, passe devant la pompe et parcourt les réseaux sociaux pour voir si le carburant est arrivé. Les retards pourraient signifier être laissé bloqué pendant des jours. “J’en ai vraiment marre”, a-t-il déclaré. Ses frustrations font écho à celles des 22 millions d’habitants de la nation insulaire, confrontée à la pire crise économique de son histoire en raison de lourdes dettes, de la perte de revenus touristiques pendant la pandémie et de la flambée des coûts. L’agitation politique qui en a résulté a culminé avec la formation d’un nouveau gouvernement, mais la reprise a été compliquée par l’invasion de l’Ukraine par la Russie et le bouleversement des marchés mondiaux de l’énergie qui en a résulté.
What the war in Ukraine means for Asia's climate goals
The queues outside petrol pumps in Sri Lanka have lessened, but not the anxiety. Asanka Sampath, a 43-year-old factory clerk, is forever vigilant. He checks his phone for messages, walks past the pump, and browses social media to see if fuel has arrived. Delays could mean being left stranded for days. "I am really fed up with this," he said. His frustrations echo that of the 22-million inhabitants of the island nation, facing its worst ever economic crisis because of heavy debts, lost tourism revenue during the pandemic, and surging costs. The consequent political turmoil culminated with the formation of a new government, but recovery has been complicated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the consequent upending of global energy markets.
First fish certification welfare standards welcomed, but more must be done
On 1 September, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council opened the second and last open public consultation on its fish welfare project. This project aims to identify key impacts on farmed aquatic animal welfare and develop new and improved welfare standards. ASC's draft humane slaughter standards for fish include a ban on the use of ice slurry – a cruel slaughter method that leaves fish fighting for their lives as ice gets lodged in their gills. This follows Friends of the Sea's 2021 introduction species-specific welfare standards to improve fish rearing, slaughter, transport, handling, and welfare training.
Canada’s West Coast can export LNG globally, but East Coast faces pipeline constraints, TC Energy CEO says
Canada's West Coast is positioned to become a reliable supplier of liquefied natural gas, but the East Coast faces pipeline constraints, says TC Energy Corp.'s chief executive officer.
International Geneva: 12 faces of tomorrow
They are the ones that make the wheels of Geneva go round. In one way or another, these 12 directors, experts, advocates of international organisations, among many others are shaping the future of multilateralism.
Indigenous-led Cedar LNG seeks regulatory approval under new climate rules
Cedar LNG, an Indigenous-led project in British Columbia, is hoping to become one of the first energy proposals in Canada to win approval in a new regulatory process that is designed to pay greater scrutiny to climate impacts.
Curbing fuel subsidies is only the first step out of energy crisis
Indonesia’s fuel subsidies have been a recurring problem for the country’s economy. For years, they have been weighing on the state budget, providing unjust support for fossil fuels and slowing the much-awaited clean energy transition. But skyrocketing global energy prices could require the country to allocate a colossal Rp 700 trillion (US$46.6 billion) for energy subsidies this year – more than four times the budgeted amount.
IISD Report: India’s State Owned Energy Enterprises, 2020–2050
A study titled “India’s State Owned Energy Enterprises, 2020-2050” was released by the IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development). India has established itself as one of the leading growing economies in support of climate action. It has demonstrated leadership in the expansion of renewable energy, setting a goal to install 500 GW of non-fossil electricity by 2030 and leading the International Solar Alliance. In accordance with the Glasgow Climate Pact, India committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2070 at the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2021.
New coalition calls for targets to reduce risk of floods, wildfires and heat waves in Canada
Climate Proof Canada makes the recommendations just as the federal Liberal government is expected to release a climate adaptation strategy before the next international climate conference in Egypt in November.
PSUs- the Pathway for India’s Clean Energy Goals to Net Zero By 2070
Coal India Limited (CIL), NTPC, and Indian Railways, three of India’s largest central state-owned enterprises, can help the nation achieve its climate goals while also capturing a portion of the clean energy market and reducing an anticipated 22%-28% cash flow gap by 2050 as India moves towards net-zero, according to a new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
Coal India's Rs 41,000 Crore Of Cash Flow At Risk As India Ramps Climate Ambitions
The world's largest coal producer will see more than Rs 41,000 crore of its cash flow at risk if it fails to diversify revenue sources with India continuing to ramp up climate ambitions.
Coal India, NTPC, Railways can help meet clean energy goals: Report
Three of India's biggest central state-owned enterprises -- Coal India Limited (CIL), NTPC, and Indian Railways -- can help the country reach its climate goals while seizing a share of the clean energy market and mitigating an estimated 22-28 per cent cash flow gap by 2050 as India gears itself towards net-zero, a new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) said on Tuesday.
Can Coal India, NTPC and Indian Railways help India reach its climate goal?
Coal India, NTPC, and Railways can help our nation to meet clean energy goals as per the report of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Faute de preuve : La nouvelle Stratégie nationale d'adaptation du Canada doit protéger les Canadiens des effets des changements climatiques
La Stratégie nationale d'adaptation du Canada devrait être finalisée au cours des prochaines semaines et dévoilée avant la conférence internationale sur les changements climatiques COP 27. Bien qu'elle promette d'être un grand pas en avant dans la protection des Canadiens contre les répercussions croissantes des changements climatiques, sans objectifs à court terme ni mesures pour nous préparer contre l'intensification des inondations, des feux incontrôlés et de la canicule à laquelle nous sommes déjà confrontés, ce sera trop peu, trop tard.
Mud slinging in South Africa over energy choices
South Africa needs new power generation, but just how additional supply should be delivered is a matter of much – and increasingly heated – debate.
RICHARD HALSEY: Just transition finance proposal needs better transparency
The Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) could be a great opportunity for SA. The $8.5bn international commitment — announced in November 2021 to help support the country’s just energy transition — could contribute to tackling some of its most pressing energy, social and environmental challenges. It could position the country as a leader in this new type of international support and set an example for other countries.
Gas: The lesser of two evils or a viable option?
Gas, a controversial energy source, is widely regarded as a way for African countries to wean themselves off coal and reduce emissions. It’s known as a transition fuel but what does this mean? According to Cem Gürsan, a PhD candidate at the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University, in the Netherlands, a transition fuel is a low-carbon fuel (such as natural gas) which is substituted for a higher-content fossil fuel (coal and oil) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Natural gas is considered as a transition fuel – a temporary solution to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while more sustainable technologies mature. However, there is a major divide where many are opposed to gas but others are serious proponents of its use.
India's Long Awaited Hydrogen Policy Revealed
With a $2.5 billion plan to boost hydrogen production and demand in the country, India is betting on the fuel to help achieve its 2070 net zero target. Lights On can reveal details of the new plan, expected to be published towards the end of this month, which according to its designers will avert nearly 50 million metric tonnes (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions per year by the end of the decade, and lead to the addition of 150 GW of renewable capacity.