US supreme court rules against EPA and hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions

The US supreme court has sided with Republican-led states to in effect hobble the federal government’s ability to tackle the climate crisis. In a 6-3…Continue readingUS supreme court rules against EPA and hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions

How does the distant past determine today’s global rate of energy consumption?

Global economic production – the world gross domestic product (GDP) – has been rising steadily relative to global primary energy demands, lending hope that technological…Continue readingHow does the distant past determine today’s global rate of energy consumption?

Carbon dioxide peak for 2022 more than 50% higher than pre-industrial levels

Carbon dioxide measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory peaked for 2022 at 421 parts per million in May, pushing the atmosphere further into…Continue readingCarbon dioxide peak for 2022 more than 50% higher than pre-industrial levels

Record carbon dioxide levels alarm scientists

A new record for the highest daily level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been set this week, ringing alarm bells about the pace…Continue readingRecord carbon dioxide levels alarm scientists

The Tories are going all out to shut down protest. Just Stop Oil activists like me will not be deterred

If your house was burning down and the emergency services were not answering your call, what would you do? Would you try to put out…Continue readingThe Tories are going all out to shut down protest. Just Stop Oil activists like me will not be deterred

India relaxes environment rules for coal mines, citing heatwave

India has relaxed environmental compliance rules for coal mines seeking to ramp up production as power outages exacerbate a sweltering heatwave, a government notice showed.…Continue readingIndia relaxes environment rules for coal mines, citing heatwave

Saudi Aramco overtakes Apple as the world’s most valuable company

Saudi Aramco has overtaken Apple as the world’s most valuable company after higher oil prices pushed shares of the world’s biggest crude exporter to record…Continue readingSaudi Aramco overtakes Apple as the world’s most valuable company

Investors at top US banks refuse to back climate proposals

Investors refused to back resolutions demanding stricter fossil fuel financing policies at three major US banks. Proposals filed at Wells Fargo, Bank of America and…Continue readingInvestors at top US banks refuse to back climate proposals

Boom and Bust Coal 2022

The world has more than 2,400 coal-fired power plants, for a total capacity of nearly 2,100 gigawatts (GW). An additional 176GW of coal capacity is…Continue readingBoom and Bust Coal 2022

With coal surge, China puts energy security and growth before climate

Chinese leaders pledged ahead of climate negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, last November to peak national emissions before 2030 and stop building coal power plants abroad.…Continue readingWith coal surge, China puts energy security and growth before climate

China doubles down on coal

China is in the throes of a building boom to jump start its economy. The government of President Xi Jinping has “scrambled in recent months…Continue readingChina doubles down on coal

Biden Plans to Open More Public Land to Drilling

The Biden administration announced on Friday that it would resume selling leases for new oil and gas drilling on public lands. The Interior Department said…Continue readingBiden Plans to Open More Public Land to Drilling

The oil giants drilling among the giraffes in Uganda

As one of the world’s most famous game reserves, Murchison Falls National Park is home to some of the largest populations of elephants, giraffes, lions…Continue readingThe oil giants drilling among the giraffes in Uganda

Canada approves controversial Bay du Nord offshore oil project

Canada’s environment minister approved Wednesday a controversial offshore oil project expected to see 300 million barrels of oil extracted over 30 years This is equivalent…Continue readingCanada approves controversial Bay du Nord offshore oil project

The world is ‘perilously close’ to irreversible climate change

Amazon rainforest becomes a savanna The 2.5 million square mile rainforest is so vast it creates its own rainfall and is home to 10% of…Continue readingThe world is ‘perilously close’ to irreversible climate change

Increase in atmospheric methane set another record during 2021. Carbon dioxide levels also record a big jump

For the second year in a row, NOAA scientists observed a record annual increase in atmospheric levels of methane, a powerful, heat-trapping greenhouse gas that’s…Continue readingIncrease in atmospheric methane set another record during 2021. Carbon dioxide levels also record a big jump

Narrabri coal mine expansion gets final approval from NSW planning commission

A $400 million coal mine expansion that would result in almost half a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions has been conditionally approved by New…Continue readingNarrabri coal mine expansion gets final approval from NSW planning commission

A striking growth of CO2 emissions from the global cement industry driven by new facilities in emerging countries

Global industrialization and urbanization processes enabled a diverse cement production boom over the past three decades, as cement is the most important building construction material.…Continue readingA striking growth of CO2 emissions from the global cement industry driven by new facilities in emerging countries

Global carbon dioxide emissions rebounded to their highest level in history in 2021

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by 6% in 2021 to 36.3 billion tons, their highest ever level, as the world economy rebounded strongly from…Continue readingGlobal carbon dioxide emissions rebounded to their highest level in history in 2021

Deforestation emissions far higher than previously thought

Carbon emissions from tropical deforestation this century are far higher than previously thought, doubling in just two decades and continuing to accelerate, according to a…Continue readingDeforestation emissions far higher than previously thought

World’s top banks show minimal clear commitments to shift financing away from fossil fuels

The top 10 banks—ranked as the largest funders of fossil fuel organizations—are talking more about climate change in general. However, in an analysis of annual…Continue readingWorld’s top banks show minimal clear commitments to shift financing away from fossil fuels

Each Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 metric tons of snow

The remote continent is becoming increasingly accessible—during the 2019-20 season, the number of sightseeing visitors reached 74,000, with the vast majority travelling by ship. All…Continue readingEach Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 metric tons of snow

Saudi Aramco closed a deal to sell a stake in its natural-gas pipelines for $15.5 billion

An investor group, led by BlackRock, acquired a 49% stake in Aramco Gas Pipelines Co. in a lease and leaseback deal in December, according to…Continue readingSaudi Aramco closed a deal to sell a stake in its natural-gas pipelines for $15.5 billion

Chinese government to help run coal power plants at full capacity

China will help its coal-fired power plants run at full capacity, the government has announced, raising further alarm about the fate of Beijing’s climate pledges.…Continue readingChinese government to help run coal power plants at full capacity

World spends $US1.8 trillion a year on subsidies that harm environment

Research prompts warnings humanity is ‘financing its own extinction’ through subsidies damaging to the climate and wildlife. From tax breaks for beef production in the…Continue readingWorld spends $US1.8 trillion a year on subsidies that harm environment

The great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

From the U.S. to China, in Europe, India and Japan, fossil fuels are staging a comeback, clean energy stocks are taking a hammering, and the…Continue readingThe great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

The World Has Been Using A Lot More Oil Than We Thought

For the past 15 years the world has been using more oil than the primary monitoring agency thought. The changes aren’t small. At 2.9 billion barrels,…Continue readingThe World Has Been Using A Lot More Oil Than We Thought

Europe’s biggest banks provide £24 billion to oil and gas firms despite net zero pledges

25 European banks have provided $US33 billion (£24 billion) in loans and other financing to 50 companies with large oil and gas expansion plans, less…Continue readingEurope’s biggest banks provide £24 billion to oil and gas firms despite net zero pledges

EU includes gas and nuclear in guidebook for ‘green’ investments

The European Commission has been accused of undermining its climate goals after it defied critics by pushing ahead with plans to include gas and nuclear…Continue readingEU includes gas and nuclear in guidebook for ‘green’ investments

IEA: Electricity CO₂ emissions reach record high and set to remain constant to 2024

After small drop in 2020, global electricity demand grew by 6% in 2021. It was the largest ever annual increase in absolute terms (over 1,500 TWh).…Continue readingIEA: Electricity CO₂ emissions reach record high and set to remain constant to 2024

Study – Rapid glacier retreat rates observed in West Antarctica

The Pope, Smith and Kohler glaciers, in the Amundsen Sea Embayment of West Antarctica, have experienced enhanced ocean-induced ice-shelf melt, glacier acceleration, ice thinning and…Continue readingStudy – Rapid glacier retreat rates observed in West Antarctica

Accumulated heat in the upper ocean is at record levels again

The world’s oceans are hotter than ever before, continuing their record-breaking temperature streak for the sixth straight year. For the last year, the researchers found…Continue readingAccumulated heat in the upper ocean is at record levels again

Could Or Should Wood Be A Climate Solution?

When the EU adopted its 2009 Renewable Energy Directive — a plan to reach 20% renewable energy by 2020 to help the bloc adhere to…Continue readingCould Or Should Wood Be A Climate Solution?

China’s coal production hit record levels in 2021

China’s coal production reached record levels last year as the state encouraged miners to ramp up their fossil fuel output to safeguard the country’s energy…Continue readingChina’s coal production hit record levels in 2021

UK government: 4°C warming by 2100: “can’t be ruled out”

As required by the UK Climate Change Act 2008, the government has today submitted the Third Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) to Parliament. Professor Richard…Continue readingUK government: 4°C warming by 2100: “can’t be ruled out”

China fires up giant coal power plant in face of calls for cuts

China, under fire for approving new coal power stations as other countries try to curb greenhouse gases, has completed the first 1,000-megawatt unit of the…Continue readingChina fires up giant coal power plant in face of calls for cuts

Coal power’s sharp rebound is taking it to a new record in 2021, threatening net zero goals

After falling in 2019 and 2020, global power generation from coal is expected to jump by 9% in 2021 to an all-time high. Depending on…Continue readingCoal power’s sharp rebound is taking it to a new record in 2021, threatening net zero goals

Study – The Expanding Coal Power Fleet in Southeast Asia

Coal combustion for power generation made up 30% of global CO2 emissions in 2018. To achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to keep global…Continue readingStudy – The Expanding Coal Power Fleet in Southeast Asia

The world is burning the most coal ever to keep the lights on

The world likely will generate more electricity from the dirtiest source this year than ever before, indicating just how far the energy transition still needs…Continue readingThe world is burning the most coal ever to keep the lights on

As climate ‘net-zero’ plans grow, so do concerns from scientists

Scientists and monitoring groups are growing increasingly alarmed at the slew of vague net-zero pledges that appear to privilege offsets and future technological breakthroughs over…Continue readingAs climate ‘net-zero’ plans grow, so do concerns from scientists

The East African Pipeline

TotalEnergies & China’s CNOOC will drill more than 431 wells in Uganda and pump the crude in a pipeline heated to 50˚C 1,450km (900 miles)…Continue readingThe East African Pipeline

UN: Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record in 2020

The World Meteorological Organization reported Monday that greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and increased at a faster rate than the…Continue readingUN: Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record in 2020

Germany portrays itself as a climate leader. But it’s still razing villages for coal mines.

Germany’s Garzweiler coal mine has already swallowed more than a dozen villages. Centuries-old churches and family homes have been razed and the land they were…Continue readingGermany portrays itself as a climate leader. But it’s still razing villages for coal mines.

Climate: Removing CO₂ from the air no longer optional

“We need drastic, radical emissions reductions, and on top of that we need some CDR,” said Glen Peters, research director at the Centre for International…Continue readingClimate: Removing CO₂ from the air no longer optional

Colossal Fossil Total Projects Peak Oil by 2030, Still ‘Leaves it to Others’ to Meet Paris Targets

Total Energies is leaving it to others to meet the carbon reduction goals in the Paris agreement, after the Paris-based colossal fossil predicted the world…Continue readingColossal Fossil Total Projects Peak Oil by 2030, Still ‘Leaves it to Others’ to Meet Paris Targets

Norway to keep searching for oil and gas

A minority coalition of the Labour Party and the rural Centre Party will take power after defeating the Conservative-led government in last month’s election. “The…Continue readingNorway to keep searching for oil and gas

‘Running out of time’: Asia struggles to kick coal addiction

Hopes for a cleaner future have been fired by pledges from top coal consumer China and other countries to go carbon neutral, but much of…Continue reading‘Running out of time’: Asia struggles to kick coal addiction

A new global energy economy is emerging, but the transformation still has a long way to go

Today’s emission reduction pledges cover less than 20% of the gap that needs to be closed by 2030 to keep a 1.5 °C path within…Continue readingA new global energy economy is emerging, but the transformation still has a long way to go

China’s pledge on overseas coal — by the numbers

China’s promise to stop financing coal power abroad is a positive step, but researchers say the emissions savings pale in comparison to those from its…Continue readingChina’s pledge on overseas coal — by the numbers

Wave of net zero emission targets will still cause dangerous warming

National net zero emission targets could, if fully implemented, reduce best estimates of projected global average temperature increase to 2.0–2.4 °C by 2100, bringing the Paris…Continue readingWave of net zero emission targets will still cause dangerous warming

Russia’s New Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, shown as the dashed line in the image below, was connected on September 10, 2021. The 1,230km (764 mile) long…Continue readingRussia’s New Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

Reducing CO₂ emissions by targeting the world’s hyper-polluting power plants

Maps of fossil-fueled power plants’ CO2 emissions. Taller spikes indicate that plants emit CO2 at higher levels. Colors signify plants’ primary fuels (blue = coal,…Continue readingReducing CO₂ emissions by targeting the world’s hyper-polluting power plants

Global electric power demand returns to pre-pandemic levels

Carbon dioxide emissions from the global electric power sector rebounded in the first half of 2021 to above pre-pandemic levels, according to an analysis, signalling…Continue readingGlobal electric power demand returns to pre-pandemic levels

Greenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years, says leaked UN report

Global greenhouse gas emissions must peak in the next four years, coal and gas-fired power plants must close in the next decade and lifestyle and…Continue readingGreenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years, says leaked UN report

IPCC report’s verdict on climate crimes of humanity: guilty as hell

“If we do not halt our emissions soon, our future climate could well become some kind of hell on Earth,” says Prof Tim Palmer at…Continue readingIPCC report’s verdict on climate crimes of humanity: guilty as hell

Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet

The comprehensive assessment of climate science published on Monday, the sixth such report from the IPCC since 1988, has been eight years in the making. It represents the world’s…Continue readingMajor climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet

Keeping Earth cool: Is the 1.5˚C target ‘mission impossible’?

Earth’s temperature is projected to hit 1.5˚C or 1.6˚C around 2030 in all five scenarios—a full decade earlier than a similar prediction the IPCC made…Continue readingKeeping Earth cool: Is the 1.5˚C target ‘mission impossible’?

Betting on the best case: higher end warming is underrepresented in research

“We find that there is a substantial mismatch between likely warming rates and research coverage. 1.5 °C and 2 °C scenarios are substantially overrepresented. More…Continue readingBetting on the best case: higher end warming is underrepresented in research

Critical measures of global heating reaching tipping point, study finds

“There is growing evidence we are getting close to or have already gone beyond tipping points associated with important parts of the Earth system” The…Continue readingCritical measures of global heating reaching tipping point, study finds

California’s carbon mitigation efforts may be thwarted by climate change itself

To meet an ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, California’s policymakers are relying in part on forests and shrublands to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere, but…Continue readingCalifornia’s carbon mitigation efforts may be thwarted by climate change itself

Covid recovery to drive all-time emissions high: IEA

Carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high by 2023 as just two percent of pandemic recovery finance is being spent on clean energy. “Not…Continue readingCovid recovery to drive all-time emissions high: IEA

‘Reckless’: G20 states subsidised fossil fuels by $3tn since 2015, says report

This backing for coal, oil and gas is “​​reckless” in the face of the escalating climate emergency, according to the report’s authors, and urgent action is…Continue reading‘Reckless’: G20 states subsidised fossil fuels by $3tn since 2015, says report

Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO₂ than it absorbs

“The positive feedback, where deforestation and climate change drive a release of carbon from the remaining forest that reinforces additional warming and more carbon loss is…Continue readingAmazon rainforest now emitting more CO₂ than it absorbs

US drilling approvals increase despite Biden climate pledge

“Every indication is they have no plans of actually fulfilling their campaign promise”.Continue readingUS drilling approvals increase despite Biden climate pledge

France Drops Plans to Enshrine Climate Fight in Constitution

The French government said that it would drop its plans to enshrine the fight against climate change in the Constitution, effectively giving up on what was seen…Continue readingFrance Drops Plans to Enshrine Climate Fight in Constitution

The scientists fighting to save the ocean’s most important carbon capture system

Kelp are essentially the ocean’s equivalent of trees, capturing up to 20 times more carbon per acre than land forests. They also provide a vital habitat for…Continue readingThe scientists fighting to save the ocean’s most important carbon capture system

Reducing carbon emissions not enough, expert warns

Chair of CCAG, Sir David King said: “I believe we have five years left to get on top of this global problem. We began talking seriously…Continue readingReducing carbon emissions not enough, expert warns

No breakthrough during ‘exhausting’ online climate talks

“I cannot say that there was really any breakthrough in the consultations that took place here” said United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa.Continue readingNo breakthrough during ‘exhausting’ online climate talks

Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time

“Carbon dioxide going up in a few decades like that is extremely unusual”. “For example, when the Earth climbed out of the last ice age,…Continue readingCarbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time

Earth’s history sends climate warning

“If we allow fossil fuel burning to continue to grow, our grandchildren may experience CO₂ levels that haven’t been seen on Earth for around 50 million years, a…Continue readingEarth’s history sends climate warning

Prepare for DISORDERLY shift to low-carbon era

“There is no longer any realistic chance for an orderly transition.”Continue readingPrepare for DISORDERLY shift to low-carbon era

Climate change: how bad could the future be if we do nothing?

The nightmare scenario: Year 2100, global waming exceeds 4˚C:→ Massive frequent wildfires→ Dead coral reefs→ Frequent prolonged droughts→ Increased air pollution→ Ice-free Arctic summers→ Rapid sea…Continue readingClimate change: how bad could the future be if we do nothing?