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Carbon capture too expensive, takes too long to build: Report
By betting it can solve its emissions problem with carbon capture and storage, Canada's oil and gas industry risks saddling itself with expensive stranded assets, a new report argues.
ELA Offers A Bursary Again
For the second year in a row, the Experimental Lakes Area is offering an undergraduate bursary for a university student. Pauline Gerrard is deputy director of the ELA and says the David Schindler Bursary is worth $2,000.
Marine Protected Areas Congress Seeks To Protect 30% Of Global Ocean By 2030
Ocean conservation professionals and high-level officials are meeting in Vancouver, Canada, this week to chart a course toward protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030.
Legal expert: ECT withdrawal 'is the only possible course of action'
Following the decision by several EU member states to leave the controversial Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), the European Commission must now put proposals on the table for the EU to withdraw collectively, says Lukas Schaugg.
Indonesia has a deal to get off coal. But it's building new coal plants
The U.S. helped broker a $20 billion deal to transition Indonesia to renewables from coal. International observers are excited, but inside Indonesia, there are doubts about the deal.
In U-turn, Brussels recommends EU-wide exit from controversial Energy Charter Treaty
In a notable U-turn, the European Commission has proposed a collective and coordinated exit of all 27 member states from the controversial Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), an obscure international agreement that protects energy investors from unexpected circumstances that might hurt their profit expectations.
View: India needs accelerated support for electric vehicles to achieve net zero
The recent Auto Expo 2023, India's largest motor show, generated significant excitement with the launch of several low- and zero-emission vehicle models, including electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen, and hybrids. While the event confirmed the auto industry’s growing focus on decarbonization, it also showed that India urgently needs to accelerate budgetary support for zero-emission technologies—particularly EVs, as the most mature and commercially viable segment in the transport sector.
Just transition beyond climate change
There has been plenty of political rhetoric around plans for Canada's Just Transition to a low-carbon economy and how it risks jeopardizing livelihoods, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Meanwhile, those working in the policy landscape say it's a chance for communities to move away from the boom-and-bust cycles of resource development and have a say in shaping their local economies.
How the oil sands compete in a world of lower demand and far lower emissions
Oil production in Alberta has never been higher – output almost reached 4 million barrels a day last November, led by the oil sands. It is why Canada's exports to the United States have doubled since 2005, winning market share from the likes of Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
Socio-political feasibility of coal power phase-out and its role in mitigation pathways
In IPCC pathways limiting warming to 1.5 °C, global coal power generation declines rapidly due to its emissions intensity and substitutability. However, we find that in countries heavily dependent on coal—China, India and South Africa—this translates to a national decline twice as rapid as that achieved historically for any power technology in any country, relative to system size. This raises questions about socio-political feasibility. Here we constrain an integrated assessment model to the Powering Past Coal Alliance’s differentiated phase-out timelines of 2030 in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/European Union and 2050 elsewhere which, for large coal consumers, lies within the range of historical transitions. We find that limiting warming to 1.5 °C then requires CO2 emissions reductions in the global North to be 50% more rapid than if this socio-political reality is ignored. This additional mitigation is focused on Europe and the United States, in transport and industry and implies more rapid decline in global oil and gas production.
Despite billions to get off coal, why is Indonesia still building new coal plants?
Not far from the white sand beaches on the island of Borneo, the Indonesian government is building what it calls a "green industrial park." In the ground-breaking ceremony, Indonesia's president said this area of more than 40,000 acres would become a hub for green manufacturing using the country's vast mineral reserves.
A new hope in the battle against climate change
What is hailed as one of the biggest breakthroughs in the battle against climate change comes from Denmark, one of the European Union’s biggest producers of oil and natural gas.
What the Union budget gets right and wrong when it comes to protecting the environment
Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman reiterated 'green' 23 times and 'sustainable' nine times in her budget speech on February 1. She pegged 'green growth' as one among four opportunities that can be transformative during Amrit Kaal, the term first used by Prime Minister of India in 2021, referring to the next 25 years in India's growth. The expenditure budget increased by 33% in capital to Rs 10 lakh crore (Rs 10 trillion).
Fifty shades of green: The union budget's environmental hits and misses
Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman reiterated 'green' 23 times and 'sustainable' nine times in her budget speech on February 1. She pegged 'green growth' as one among four opportunities that can be transformative during Amrit Kaal, the term first used by Prime Minister of India in 2021, referring to the next 25 years in India’s growth. The expenditure budget increased by 33% in capital to Rs. 10 lakh crores (Rs. 10 trillion).
Why don't we talk about acid rain and the ozone hole anymore? Scientists debunk misinformation
If you're over 30, you likely remember a time when there was a lot of hand-wringing over the ozone hole and skin cancer, or the threat of acid rain destroying ecosystems.
Budget 2023: Govt allocates Rs 35,000 crore for energy transition with 'green growth' in focus
The government has allocated Rs 35,000 crore for "priority capital investments" towards India’s energy transition to meet its net-zero objectives, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced Wednesday, calling "green growth" one of the country's top priorities for the year.
Green Growth Ranks High in Union Budget 2023-24
Green found prominence in the Union Budget 2023-24 that finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman presented on Wednesday, January 31, in parliament. Green growth – from green credits to green energy to green mobility to green farming – was among the seven main priorities that made it to the Budget this year.
Indian budget funds green hydrogen push
The Indian government announced its new budget on Wednesday, which allocates $2.4 billion to create a green hydrogen industry in the country. The fuel is considered key to moving away from fossil fuels in hard-to-decarbonize sectors, and has garnered big investment around the world in recent years. The World's environment correspondent Carolyn Beeler reports.
On World Wetlands Day, the world’s 'Great Lakes' are Exhibit A for why wetlands matter: Ted Lawrence
It might not be grabbing headlines around the globe, but tomorrow's U.N. World Wetlands Day matters. Wetlands across the globe provide many services, from improving water quality and protecting from floods and droughts, to providing habitats for countless flora and fauna, much of which we depend on. More broadly, World Wetlands Day accords us a rare and precious opportunity to celebrate North America’s abundant — but certainly not infinite — freshwater supplies.
Founder of Midsummer Analytics to speak at FSU’s South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference
Robert Smith, founder of Midsummer Analytics and a senior associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, will speak at Florida State University on Thursday, Feb. 2, about avenues to replace gross domestic product (GDP) as the central measure of a country’s progress.