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Police carry Greta Thunberg, other activists away at German coal mine protest

BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany carried Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and other protesters away Tuesday from the edge of an open coal pit mine where they demonstrated against the ongoing destruction of a village to make way for the mine’s expansion, German news agency dpa reported.Thunberg was among hundreds of people who resumed anti-mining protests at multiple locations in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia a day after the last two climate activists holed up in a tunnel beneath the village of Luetzerath left the site.The German government reached a deal with energy company RWE last year allowing it to destroy the village in return for ending coal use by 2030, rather than 2038. Both argue the coal is needed to ensure Germany’s energy security that’s...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Climate Change

 

2022 was one of the warmest on record as Earth heats up

DENVER — Earth's fever persisted last year, not quite spiking to a record high but still in the top five or six warmest on record, government agencies reported Thursday.But expect record-shattering hot years soon, likely in the next couple years because of "relentless" climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas, U.S. government scientists said.Despite a La Nina, a cooling of the equatorial Pacific that slightly reduces global average temperatures, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculates 2022's global average temperature was 58.55 degrees (14.76 degrees Celsius), ranking sixth hottest on record. NOAA doesn't include the polar regions because of data concerns, but soon will.If the Arctic — which is warming three to four times faster than the rest of the...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Climate Change

 

NOAA: Ian, drought supercharged US weather extremes in 2022

DENVER — Costly weather disasters kept raining down on America last year, pounding the nation with 18 climate extremes that caused at least $1 billion in damage each, totaling more than $165 billion, federal climate scientists calculated Tuesday.Even though 2022 wasn’t near record hot for the United States, it was the third-wildest year nationally both in number of extremes that cost $1 billion and overall damage from those weather catastrophes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report issued at the American Meteorological Society's conference.The amount, cost and death toll of billion-dollar weather disaster s make up a key measurement, adjusted for inflation, that NOAA uses to see how bad human-caused climate change is getting. They led to at least 474...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Climate Change

 

UN says ozone layer slowly healing, hole to mend by 2066

DENVER (AP) — Earth’s protective ozone layer is slowly but noticeably healing at a pace that would fully mend the hole over Antarctica in about 43 years, a new United Nations report says.A once-every-four-years scientific assessment found recovery in progress, more than 35 years after every nation in the world agreed to stop producing chemicals that chomp on the layer of ozone in Earth’s atmosphere that shields the planet from harmful radiation linked to skin cancer, cataracts and crop damage.“In the upper stratosphere and in the ozone hole we see things getting better,” said Paul Newman, co-chair of the scientific assessment.The progress is slow, according to the report presented Monday at the American Meteorological Society convention in Denver. The global average amount of ozone 18...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Climate Change

 

CES 2023: Companies tout environmental tech innovations

LAS VEGAS — (AP) — The mottled bright green leaves of a pothos plant stood out against the flashy expanse of electric vehicles and smart products at the CES tech show in Las Vegas this year. This particular version of the familiar houseplant was bioengineered to remove 30 times the amount of indoor air pollutants of a typical house plant, according to Neoplants, the Paris-based company that created it.Customers are already joining a waitlist for seedlings still in the nursery.Neoplants founder and CEO Lionel Mora is a passionate former Google employee who sings a bit of a different tune than other founders at the electronics convention, with its technology-can-solve-anything vibe. He says before people turn to engineering solutions, they need to address consumption. But, "when it comes to...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Climate Change

 

How Long Would Society Last During a Total Grid Collapse? - YouTube

A summary of how other systems of infrastructure (like roadways, water, sewer, and telecommunications) depend on electricity and how long each system could last under total blackout conditions. This video was guest produced by my editor, Wesley, who is also the actor in the blackout scenes ;) Practical Engineering is a YouTube channel about infrastructure and the human-made world around us. It is hosted, written, and produced by Grady Hillhouse. We have new videos posted regularly, so please subscribe for updates. If you enjoyed the video, hit that ‘like’ button, give us a comment, or watch another of our videos!WATCH VIDEO ON YOUTUBE ...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Climate Change

 

Six climate breakthroughs that made 2022 a step toward net zero

The damage caused by climate change over this past year was at times so immense it was hard to comprehend. In Pakistan alone, extreme summer flooding killed thousands, displaced millions and caused over $40 billion in losses. Fall floods in Nigeria killed hundreds and displaced over 1 million people. Droughts in Europe, China and the U.S. dried out once-unstoppable rivers and slowed the flows of commerce on major arteries like the Mississippi and the Rhine.In the face of these extremes, the human response was uneven at best. Consumption of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, rebounded in 2022. Countries like the U.K. and China seemed to back away from major climate pledges.But all of this gloom came with more than a silver lining. In fact, it's all too easy to overlook the steps toward a...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Climate Change

 

Biden's natural gas "phase out" is the next looming disaster

ack on December 7th (Pearl Harbor Day, appropriately enough), the Biden administration issued a declaration via the Department of Energy ordering all new or refurbished federal buildings to eliminate the use of natural gas and become fully “electrified” beginning in 2025. The order didn’t receive much attention in the press at the time, but this foolish plan needs to be checked at the door. This was, of course, yet another sop to the climate change fanatics, but the White House clearly wanted to bill it in a way that made the plan seem even “better for America.” The order declared that electrifying federal buildings in this fashion would save the taxpayers eight million dollars annually “in upfront equipment costs.” But as the Free Beacon discovered when delving into the numbers, this plan...

Published on 1/11/2023 (21 days ago) Climate Change

 

JPMorgan Chase Targets More Than $2.5 Trillion over 10 Years to Advance Climate Action and Sustainable Development

 0-year target to include $1 trillion for green initiatives, such as renewable energy and clean technologies. JPMorgan Chase aims to finance and facilitate more than $2.5 trillion over 10 years – beginning this year through the end of 2030 - to advance long-term solutions that address climate change and contribute to sustainable development. The firm will bring together its capital and expertise to help clients, customers and communities address these vital issues.This long-term target complements the firm’s Paris-aligned financing strategy and will help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by encouraging actions that set a path for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The firm will share an update and additional information on its Paris-aligned strategy with the release of...

Published on 1/11/2023 (21 days ago) Climate Change

 

EPA Announces Plans To Try To Reduce Nitrogen Oxide Emissions

On March 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a “Good Neighbor” Plan that would expand Ozone nitrogen oxide (NOx) controls to industrial sources by 2026. The plan seeks to require NOx controls based predominately upon EPA’s Reasonable Available Control Technology (RACT) program for industrial sources in the covered states.It will do this by establishing an allowance-based ozone season trading program with NOx emissions budgets for fossil fuel-fired power plants in 25 states. The rule would also establish NOx emissions limitations for certain other industrial stationary sources in 23 states.EPA will hold a public hearing on the proposal and will post details on this page as soon as they are available. The public comment period for the proposal is open for 60 days...

Published on 1/11/2023 (21 days ago) Climate Change

 

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