Introduction

The dominant influence on Earth’s climate & environment is human activity fuelled by the world energy system. This has been identified as a unique geological…Continue readingIntroduction

Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Flooding Across Iran

Heavy rains in Iran have set off flash floods and landslides in 21 of the country’s 31 provinces, killing at least 53 people, heavily damaging…Continue readingHeavy Rain Causes Deadly Flooding Across Iran

Rosneft starts production drilling at Payakhskoye field in Russia

Moscow-based integrated energy company Rosneft has started production drilling at the Payakhskoye field on the Taimyr Peninsula in Russia. The field is part of Rosneft’s…Continue readingRosneft starts production drilling at Payakhskoye field in Russia

Wintershall Dea begins production from Nova oil field, offshore Norway

Wintershall Dea and its partners Sval Energi and Pandion Energy Norge have started production from the Nova oil field (previously Skarfjell) located in the Norwegian…Continue readingWintershall Dea begins production from Nova oil field, offshore Norway

New study finds global forest area has declined by 81 million hectares from 1960 to 2019

A team of researchers have found that the global forest area has declined by 81.7 million hectares from 1960 to 2019, equivalent to an area…Continue readingNew study finds global forest area has declined by 81 million hectares from 1960 to 2019

Climate change killed 40 million Australian mangroves in 2015. Here’s why they’ll probably never grow back

Mangroves are enormously valuable coastal ecosystems. Healthy mangrove ecosystems not only buffer shorelines against rising sea levels, but they also provide valuable protection against erosion,…Continue readingClimate change killed 40 million Australian mangroves in 2015. Here’s why they’ll probably never grow back

Giant Sequoias Are Built to Withstand Fire, But Not These Fires

In the last two years, fires have consumed nearly 20% of them, according to the Forest Service. In Kings Canyon, hundreds of giant sequoias have…Continue readingGiant Sequoias Are Built to Withstand Fire, But Not These Fires

Turtle pooed ‘pure plastic’ for six days after rescue from Sydney beach

The 127-gram hatchling was found lying on its back in a rockpool near Sydney’s Tamarama beach. It was missing one of its four flippers, had…Continue readingTurtle pooed ‘pure plastic’ for six days after rescue from Sydney beach

Climate change is killing more elephants than poaching

Illegal ivory poaching once posed a significant threat to Kenya’s elephants. But now the giants of the animal kingdom are facing an even bigger risk:…Continue readingClimate change is killing more elephants than poaching

BP profits highest in 14 years, raking in $8.5 billion

BP reported a profit of $8.5 billion for its second quarter on Tuesday, its biggest windfall in 14 years. Just days earlier, the two largest…Continue readingBP profits highest in 14 years, raking in $8.5 billion

Exxon, Chevron post blockbuster profits on oil price boom

The nation’s biggest oil companies — ExxonMobil and Chevron — saw their profits roughly triple in the second-quarter. On Friday, Exxon reported net income of…Continue readingExxon, Chevron post blockbuster profits on oil price boom

Shell reports record profits on surging oil and gas prices

The UK-headquartered group, Europe’s largest oil company, reported adjusted earnings of $11.5 billion in the second three months of the year, breaking the record $9.1…Continue readingShell reports record profits on surging oil and gas prices

ADNOC Drilling wins $2 billion worth of contracts for Ghasha mega-project

The Ghasha gas project is located on the north-western shore of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is developing…Continue readingADNOC Drilling wins $2 billion worth of contracts for Ghasha mega-project

Algeria, Nigeria, and Niger sign MoU for $13 billion Trans Saharan gas pipeline

The more than 4,000km (2,485 mile) long onshore gas pipeline is planned to start in Warri in Nigeria, travel through Niger, and end in Hassi…Continue readingAlgeria, Nigeria, and Niger sign MoU for $13 billion Trans Saharan gas pipeline

Australian Prime Minister parrots a pro-coal talking point as Ampol offers ‘carbon neutral’ petrol

Supporters of Australia’s coal export industry have been arguing for the past decade that global greenhouse gas emissions would go up if overseas customers had…Continue readingAustralian Prime Minister parrots a pro-coal talking point as Ampol offers ‘carbon neutral’ petrol

Asia goes nuclear

Japan has begun restarting nuclear plants that have been idle since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledging to get at least…Continue readingAsia goes nuclear

Turkey’s new power plant exposes ‘huge contradictions’ of net zero pledge

The $2.17 billion Hunutlu coal fired power plant is the largest foreign direct investment in Turkey by China. Despite the efforts of campaigners, and several…Continue readingTurkey’s new power plant exposes ‘huge contradictions’ of net zero pledge

Hotter, Longer and More Widespread Heat Waves Scorch China

More than 900 million Chinese, about 65% of the population, are living under some kind of heat warning. Temperatures have reached, or exceeded, the highs…Continue readingHotter, Longer and More Widespread Heat Waves Scorch China

Australian Prime Minister rules out banning fossil fuel projects

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says Labor will not support a moratorium on fossil fuel projects. “That’s not in our policy and we won’t be…Continue readingAustralian Prime Minister rules out banning fossil fuel projects

INPEX gas company and Northern Territory Government sign statement of commitment to a net zero emissions future

INPEX CORPORATION (INPEX) announced it has signed a statement of commitment to a net zero emissions future with the government of Australia’s Northern Territory, where…Continue readingINPEX gas company and Northern Territory Government sign statement of commitment to a net zero emissions future

GAZ-SYSTEM connects Baltic Pipe to Polish and Danish transmission systems

GAZ-SYSTEM said that the Baltic Pipe project, a 900km long offshore and onshore natural gas pipeline has been connected to the Polish and Danish transmission…Continue readingGAZ-SYSTEM connects Baltic Pipe to Polish and Danish transmission systems

Australia State of the Environment Report

The health of Australia’s environment is poor and has deteriorated over the past five years due to pressures of climate change, habitat loss, invasive species,…Continue readingAustralia State of the Environment Report

Fifty-year extension for Australia’s biggest CO₂ emitter

Oil and gas giant Woodside Energy been given the green light to operate the North West Shelf gas processing facility on the Burrup peninsula, in…Continue readingFifty-year extension for Australia’s biggest CO₂ emitter

Battered by climate change, Latin America must brace for worse

In its State of the Climate report for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for 2021, the WMO said ecosystems, food and water, human health…Continue readingBattered by climate change, Latin America must brace for worse

Storks give up migrating to live on landfill in Spain

At a sprawling landfill near Madrid, hundreds of white storks dodge garbage trucks as they look for scraps of food among the mountains of multicoloured…Continue readingStorks give up migrating to live on landfill in Spain

Italy heatwave peaks with 16 cities on red alert as Tuscany burns

Italy faced the hottest day of the current heatwave Friday with red extreme heat warnings issued for 16 cities across the country, as firefighters battled…Continue readingItaly heatwave peaks with 16 cities on red alert as Tuscany burns

A year on, China’s CO₂ market fails to drive big emission cuts

China’s year-old carbon market has given more than 2,000 power plants a taste of emissions trading, but design flaws and data fraud have meant limited…Continue readingA year on, China’s CO₂ market fails to drive big emission cuts

Gautam Adani ramps up share of coal imports as power crisis grips India

India’s thermal coal imports hit a monthly record in June of 20.9 million tonnes, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government called for increased purchases in…Continue readingGautam Adani ramps up share of coal imports as power crisis grips India

Brutal heat dome moves east, with Central Europe sweltering

A heat wave that brought record temperatures to Britain and parts of France swelled over Central Europe. The toll from a heat dome is rising,…Continue readingBrutal heat dome moves east, with Central Europe sweltering

Corinne Le Quéré: ‘Could we just adapt to climate change? The answer is no’

In the 2000s, Le Quéré was a lead author of the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won a Nobel Peace Prize.…Continue readingCorinne Le Quéré: ‘Could we just adapt to climate change? The answer is no’

Humanity faces ‘collective suicide’

Wildfires and heatwaves wreaking havoc across swathes of the globe show humanity facing “collective suicide”, the UN secretary general has warned. António Guterres told ministers…Continue readingHumanity faces ‘collective suicide’

China speeding up approvals for new coal plants

In the first quarter of 2022, Chinese regulators gave the green light to coal plants with a total capacity of 8.63 gigawatts. That is nearly…Continue readingChina speeding up approvals for new coal plants

Concerns as Pakistan glaciers melt

As dawn breaks over Javed Rahi’s mountain village, a loud boom shatters the silence and a torrent of water comes cascading down from the melting…Continue readingConcerns as Pakistan glaciers melt

‘Everything is dry’- The droughts putting Kenya’s herding cultures at risk

Kenya’s remote Marsabit County, in the far north near the border with Ethiopia, is the land of pastoralists. The region has been dubbed the “Cradle…Continue reading‘Everything is dry’- The droughts putting Kenya’s herding cultures at risk

Britain’s freakish heat demolished records

The maximum temperature reached Tuesday in Coningsby, England — 130 miles (209km) north of London — was unlike anything the village had ever observed. It…Continue readingBritain’s freakish heat demolished records

Biden expects Saudi Arabia to take ‘further steps’ to boost oil supply

US president Joe Biden said he expected Saudi Arabia to take “further steps” to increase the supply of oil in the “coming weeks” following a…Continue readingBiden expects Saudi Arabia to take ‘further steps’ to boost oil supply

Mongolia says Russia-China gas pipeline will break ground in 2024

Mongolia expects Russia to begin construction of the “Power of Siberia 2” gas pipeline through its territory to China within two years, as Moscow moves…Continue readingMongolia says Russia-China gas pipeline will break ground in 2024

Oil drilling to go ahead in Ugandan park despite threat to nature

In 2015, French oil giant TotalEnergies and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the governments of Uganda…Continue readingOil drilling to go ahead in Ugandan park despite threat to nature

Why monarch butterflies, now endangered, are on the ‘edge of collapse’

The migratory monarch butterfly, a North American icon with a continent-spanning annual journey, now faces the threat of extinction. Thursday’s decision by the International Union…Continue readingWhy monarch butterflies, now endangered, are on the ‘edge of collapse’

Rising Seas Are the Next Crisis for the World’s Ports

In the years ahead, sea level rise, more intense storm surge and jacked-up tropical storms will be visiting many of the world’s roughly 3,800 ports.…Continue readingRising Seas Are the Next Crisis for the World’s Ports

Scientists rush to save 1,000-year-old trees on the brink of death

No organism on Earth is known to live as long as the Great Basin bristlecone pine. The oldest documented tree, a well-hidden specimen nicknamed “Methuselah,”…Continue readingScientists rush to save 1,000-year-old trees on the brink of death

Met Office issues first ever red warning for extreme heat in England

The Met Office has issued its first ever extreme heat weather red warning for next week across much of England as temperatures hit levels during…Continue readingMet Office issues first ever red warning for extreme heat in England

Firefighters tackle southern Europe wildfires as heatwave passes 45˚C

France, Portugal and Spain are among the European countries particularly affected, with temperatures of more than 45˚C (113˚F) recorded during a heatwave that is also…Continue readingFirefighters tackle southern Europe wildfires as heatwave passes 45˚C

Technical Note:Past and future warming – direct comparison on multi-century timescales

In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report (Assessment Report 5; AR5) concluded that Northern Hemisphere temperatures had reached levels unprecedented in at…Continue readingTechnical Note:Past and future warming – direct comparison on multi-century timescales

Hungary declares ‘energy emergency’ over threat of fuel shortages

Hungary’s government has declared an “energy emergency” in response to supply disruptions and skyrocketing energy prices in Europe, an official said. There is “unlikely to…Continue readingHungary declares ‘energy emergency’ over threat of fuel shortages

Heatwaves in the US, China and Spain

United States: In Texas, temperatures hit triple digits Fahrenheit over the weekend, with some places breaking century-old records. On Saturday, Waco reached 108˚F (42˚C), smashing…Continue readingHeatwaves in the US, China and Spain

Amazon deforestation hits six-year high in Brazil

Deforestation of the Amazon hit a new record during the first half of 2022. Satellite data showed more than 3,980 square kilometers, an area five…Continue readingAmazon deforestation hits six-year high in Brazil

‘Stark raving, barking mad’: experts question the building of homes below ‘worst-case’ flood levels in western Sydney

While 425 square kilometres of land lie within the probable maximum flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean valley, it has also long been identified as fertile for…Continue reading‘Stark raving, barking mad’: experts question the building of homes below ‘worst-case’ flood levels in western Sydney

New Fortress Energy to sell 11 LNG vessels to JV with Apollo for $2bn

New Fortress Energy (NFE) has signed a deal to sell 11 liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure vessels to a joint venture (JV) it will form…Continue readingNew Fortress Energy to sell 11 LNG vessels to JV with Apollo for $2bn

EU votes to class gas and nuclear as green

Under the plans, gas can be classed as a sustainable investment if “the same energy capacity cannot be generated with renewable sources” and plans are…Continue readingEU votes to class gas and nuclear as green

Climate change is shrinking and fragmenting salmon habitat

Salmon famously travel hundreds of miles upstream to reach their home waters to spawn, but climate change is shrinking their destination. A new study offers…Continue readingClimate change is shrinking and fragmenting salmon habitat

Nature restoration no substitute for cutting fossil fuels

Restoring degraded environments, such as by planting trees, is often touted as a solution to the climate crisis. But our new research shows this, while…Continue readingNature restoration no substitute for cutting fossil fuels

‘They’re everywhere’: microplastics in oceans, air and human body

From ocean depths to mountain peaks, humans have littered the planet with tiny shards of plastic. We have even absorbed these microplastics into our bodies—with…Continue reading‘They’re everywhere’: microplastics in oceans, air and human body

Australia flood, boosted by climate change, making history in Sydney

A potent weather system near Australia’s east coast has unloaded tremendous rainfall in the state of New South Wales for days, putting Sydney on track…Continue readingAustralia flood, boosted by climate change, making history in Sydney

Italy declares state of emergency in five regions over drought

Italy is facing an unusually early heatwave and a lack of rainfall, particularly in the northern agricultural Po valley, which has been hit by its…Continue readingItaly declares state of emergency in five regions over drought

Nearly 1 in 4 globally at risk from severe flooding

Almost a quarter of the world’s population are exposed to significant flood risks, according to new research published Tuesday, which warned those in poorer countries…Continue readingNearly 1 in 4 globally at risk from severe flooding

Millions of native animals killed under Tasmania’s property protection permits

Millions of native animals, including wallabies, green rosellas, cockatoos and wombats have been killed in Tasmania, Australia, under property protection permits. In Tasmania, landowners can…Continue readingMillions of native animals killed under Tasmania’s property protection permits

Greater glider now endangered as logging, bushfires and global heating hit numbers

One of the world’s biggest gliding mammals – the once common greater glider – has been pushed closer to extinction and is now officially endangered.…Continue readingGreater glider now endangered as logging, bushfires and global heating hit numbers

Even temporarily overshooting 2°C would cause permanent damage to Earth’s species

Unless urgent action is taken, emissions are expected to cause the planet to continue heating rapidly over the next few decades, prompting the global average…Continue readingEven temporarily overshooting 2°C would cause permanent damage to Earth’s species

Biden opens door to more offshore drilling, despite earlier climate vow

The proposed program for offshore drilling between 2023 and 2028 would ban exploration off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. But by leaving the possibility for…Continue readingBiden opens door to more offshore drilling, despite earlier climate vow

Shell signs up to Qatar project as LNG demand booms

Shell has become the latest international partner in the expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Qatar as global demand for…Continue readingShell signs up to Qatar project as LNG demand booms

Western Australia’s EPA urges 50-year extension of country’s most polluting gas project

The WA Environment Protection Authority (EPA) advised the state government it should give the greenlight to oil and gas giant Woodside Energy to run its…Continue readingWestern Australia’s EPA urges 50-year extension of country’s most polluting gas project

Arctic temperatures are increasing four times faster than global warming

A new analysis of observed temperatures shows the Arctic is heating up more than four times faster than the rate of global warming. The trend…Continue readingArctic temperatures are increasing four times faster than global warming

Japan Swelters Through a Punishing Heat Wave

Japan is enduring one of its worst heat waves on record, raising concern about potential power shortages amid surging demand, even as officials urged people…Continue readingJapan Swelters Through a Punishing Heat Wave

Heat wave sweeps Northern Hemisphere

Rome tied its hottest temperature on record, while several other Italian cities set monthly records – Rome hit its highest reliable temperature recorded at 105˚F…Continue readingHeat wave sweeps Northern Hemisphere

Australian Queensland state government gives environmental approval to coalmine expansion

Queensland has granted environmental approval to a plan to expand an open-cut coalmine near Toowoomba and extend its life for another 12 years, in a…Continue readingAustralian Queensland state government gives environmental approval to coalmine expansion

‘All is lost’: Floods in India’s Assam leave trail of destruction

Millions in Assam have been affected by the floods since heavy pre-monsoon rains first hit the region last month, inundating large parts of the valley.…Continue reading‘All is lost’: Floods in India’s Assam leave trail of destruction

Spain and Portugal suffering driest climate for 1,200 years

Most rain on the Iberian peninsula (most of Spain and Portugal, as well as a small area of Southern France, Andorra, and Gibraltar) falls in…Continue readingSpain and Portugal suffering driest climate for 1,200 years

Burning planet

Scientists have been able quickly to prove that record-breaking temperatures are no natural occurrence. A study published last month showed that the south Asian heatwave…Continue readingBurning planet

Experts warn the NSW South Coast marine environment is undergoing a ‘dynamic state of change’

Scientists estimate that Australia’s east coast estuaries are warming four times faster than anywhere else in the world. Prof Maria Byrne from the Sydney Institute…Continue readingExperts warn the NSW South Coast marine environment is undergoing a ‘dynamic state of change’

Emissions warning: calls to stop ‘skyrocketing’ land clearing in NSW

Land clearing in New South Wales (NSW), Australia continues to exceed the long-term average. 51,400 hectares (127,012 acres) of woody vegetation was cleared across the…Continue readingEmissions warning: calls to stop ‘skyrocketing’ land clearing in NSW

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

Cement carbon dioxide emissions double in 20 years

In 2021, worldwide emissions from making cement for buildings, roads and other infrastructure hit nearly 2.6GtCO₂ (billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide), which is more…Continue readingCement carbon dioxide emissions double in 20 years

US gas exporters sign flurry of deals

US liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers have announced a string of deals to boost exports. Cheniere Energy, the biggest American exporter, said it had reached…Continue readingUS gas exporters sign flurry of deals

Forest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze

When the U.S. Forest Service started an intentional fire in the Santa Fe National Forest in early April, the aim was to reduce the risk…Continue readingForest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze

Systematic warming pool discovered in the Pacific due to human activities

In a study just released in the journal Communications Earth and Environment, Dr. Armineh Barkhordarian confirms that this systematic warming pool is not the result…Continue readingSystematic warming pool discovered in the Pacific due to human activities

Hundreds of thousands evacuated in China amid heavy rains, floods

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in southern China, according to state media, amid floods and landslides triggered by the…Continue readingHundreds of thousands evacuated in China amid heavy rains, floods

Bangladesh floods: Experts say climate crisis worsening situation

Experts say the catastrophic rain-triggered floods, which submerged large part of the country’s northern and northeastern areas, are an outcome of climate change. Saiful Islam,…Continue readingBangladesh floods: Experts say climate crisis worsening situation

Bangladesh, India floods kill over 100; millions in need of aid

Floodwaters have inundated more of Bangladesh and northeast India, officials say, as authorities struggle to reach more than 9.5 million people stranded with little food…Continue readingBangladesh, India floods kill over 100; millions in need of aid

Niger is in the eye of the climate crisis – and children are starving

Niger is on the frontline of the climate crisis. Increasingly erratic rainfall and longer dry seasons mean that many parts of the country have not…Continue readingNiger is in the eye of the climate crisis – and children are starving

Dutch join Germany, Austria, in reverting to coal

The Netherlands said it would lift all restrictions on power stations fired by the fossil fuel, which were previously limited to just over a third…Continue readingDutch join Germany, Austria, in reverting to coal

Germany fires up coal plants to avert gas shortage as Russia cuts supply

Germany will significantly increase its use of coal to preserve energy supplies ahead of the winter, as Russian cuts to gas exports threaten shortfalls in…Continue readingGermany fires up coal plants to avert gas shortage as Russia cuts supply

Spain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heatwave in Europe

Firefighters in Spain and Germany are struggling to contain wildfires amid a heatwave in Western Europe, unusual for this time of year. The worst damage…Continue readingSpain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heatwave in Europe

Europe’s five hottest summers since 1500

In just more than two decades, the continent has experienced its five hottest summers since 1500. 2021: Hottest ever Last year was Europe’s hottest summer…Continue readingEurope’s five hottest summers since 1500

Mollusc mass mortality event

In the shallow waters and seagrass meadow of Spain’s Ebro delta, there are almost no solid surfaces for creatures to latch on to. That’s where…Continue readingMollusc mass mortality event

These maps illustrate the seriousness of the western drought in the U.S.

The historic drought in the western United States is about to get worse. Much of the West is already experiencing severe to exceptional drought, but…Continue readingThese maps illustrate the seriousness of the western drought in the U.S.

Global coal consumption: Spotlight on China’s consumption for power generation

“China’s influence on coal markets is difficult to overstate”, says the International Energy Agency’s Coal 2021 report, which was published in mid-December China’s overall coal…Continue readingGlobal coal consumption: Spotlight on China’s consumption for power generation

Antarctic is changing dramatically, with global consequences

Antarctic ice sheets are melting, the continent’s climate is changing, and the Southern Ocean is warming, becoming more acidic and losing oxygen. Locally, changing climates…Continue readingAntarctic is changing dramatically, with global consequences

Prolonged heat wave baking much of central, eastern Lower 48

A significant heat dome has been crowding weather maps over the Lower 48 states for the past week, bringing blistering temperatures that have toppled records.…Continue readingProlonged heat wave baking much of central, eastern Lower 48

First evidence of microplastics in Antarctic snow

Most people see Antarctica as a pristine, relatively untouched place, but a new study published today has revealed the presence of microplastics – plastic pieces…Continue readingFirst evidence of microplastics in Antarctic snow

Sea level rise in England will force 200,000 to abandon homes

Sea level rise will force the abandonment of about 200,000 coastal properties in England within 30 years, new data suggests, as the climate crisis takes…Continue readingSea level rise in England will force 200,000 to abandon homes

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?

Iraq swept by tenth sandstorm in weeks

Iraq temporarily closed Baghdad airport Monday as choking clouds of dust blanketed the capital, the latest crippling sandstorm in a country that has warned climate…Continue readingIraq swept by tenth sandstorm in weeks

A huge Atlantic ocean current is slowing down—if it collapses, La Niña could become the norm for Australia

Climate change is slowing down the conveyor belt of ocean currents that brings warm water from the tropics up to the North Atlantic. Our research,…Continue readingA huge Atlantic ocean current is slowing down—if it collapses, La Niña could become the norm for Australia

QatarEnergy signs deal with TotalEnergies for North Field East

QatarEnergy signed a partnership deal with TotalEnergies for the North Field East expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, and said more…Continue readingQatarEnergy signs deal with TotalEnergies for North Field East

Tanzania signs natural gas deal with Equinor and Shell

Tanzania has signed a framework agreement with Norway’s Equinor and Britain’s Shell that will bring them closer to starting construction on a $30 billion project…Continue readingTanzania signs natural gas deal with Equinor and Shell

Canada’s oil sands: why some of the world’s dirtiest fuel is now in hot demand

Alberta’s producers — forced to contend with sub-zero oil prices just a couple of years ago — are using the windfall from $100 a barrel…Continue readingCanada’s oil sands: why some of the world’s dirtiest fuel is now in hot demand

Oil and gas back in vogue for retail investors

Oil and gas is back in fashion — at least on the stock market. Soaring fossil fuel prices, pushed higher by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,…Continue readingOil and gas back in vogue for retail investors

97% of Portugal in severe drought

Almost the whole of Portugal was in severe drought at the end of May. The month of May was the hottest in the southern European…Continue reading97% of Portugal in severe drought

Global plastic use and waste on track to triple by 2060

A world severely blighted by plastic pollution is on track to see the use of plastics nearly triple in less than four decades. Even with…Continue readingGlobal plastic use and waste on track to triple by 2060

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

A ‘Perfect Recipe for Extreme Wildfire’:
New Mexico’s Record-Breaking, Early Fire Season

Fueled by abnormally dry, warm conditions and spread by strong winds, wildfires have burned more than 600,000 acres across New Mexico this spring — making…Continue readingA ‘Perfect Recipe for Extreme Wildfire’:
New Mexico’s Record-Breaking, Early Fire Season

Old King Coal: price reaches highest level in more than 200 years, on track for $500

Coal prices are soaring, hitting $462 per tonne today, up from $186 on the 23rd of February and likely to pass $500 this year. Russia is Europe’s…Continue readingOld King Coal: price reaches highest level in more than 200 years, on track for $500

‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51˚C (124˚F)

Muhammad Akbar, 40, sells dried chickpeas on a wheelbarrow in Jacobabad, and has suffered heatstroke three times in his life. But now, he says, the…Continue reading‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51˚C (124˚F)

Climate change ravages Iraq as palm trees make way for desert

Basra, Iraq – Southern Iraq was once known as the “black land” – the vast swaths of palm trees blocking out everything else, and providing…Continue readingClimate change ravages Iraq as palm trees make way for desert

Venture Global to build $13 billion LNG plant on US Gulf coast

Venture Global LNG has said it will build one of the US’s largest new liquefied natural gas export plants on the Louisiana coast, the first…Continue readingVenture Global to build $13 billion LNG plant on US Gulf coast

In India, waiting for the monsoon

The summer monsoon, which typically arrives in June and continues till September, is life and livelihood. More than 75% of India’s annual rainfall occurs during…Continue readingIn India, waiting for the monsoon

Four climate change records broken in 2021: WMO State of the Climate Report

Four key climate change indicators—greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification—set new records in 2021. “It is just a matter of…Continue readingFour climate change records broken in 2021: WMO State of the Climate Report

Bringing order to the chaos of sea level projections

In their effort to provide decision makers with insight into the consequences of climate change, climate researchers are bringing order to the large number of…Continue readingBringing order to the chaos of sea level projections

Iraq sandstorm grounds flights, sends 1,000 to hospitals

Iraq closed public buildings and temporarily shut airports Monday as another sandstorm—the ninth since mid-April—hit the country. More than 1,000 people were hospitalised across the…Continue readingIraq sandstorm grounds flights, sends 1,000 to hospitals

‘Sleeping through extinction’: China urged to end delays to COP15 summit

After two years of delays, governments had been scheduled to meet in Kunming, China, for COP15 in late April to negotiate this decade’s targets to…Continue reading‘Sleeping through extinction’: China urged to end delays to COP15 summit

Russia to cut gas supplies to Finland on Saturday: Gasum

The Finnish company said the move by Russia would not cause disruptions in supplies. “It is highly regrettable that natural gas supplies under our supply…Continue readingRussia to cut gas supplies to Finland on Saturday: Gasum

Germany, Qatar sign energy partnership agreement

Qatar and Germany have signed a declaration to deepen their energy partnership, with a focus on trade in hydrogen and liquefied natural gas (LNG), as…Continue readingGermany, Qatar sign energy partnership agreement

Australia’s oil and gas regulator criticised after chief hands out environmental ‘excellence’ awards at industry dinner

The outgoing head of Australia’s offshore oil and gas regulator has helped hand out awards to fossil fuel companies, including Santos, Inpex and Beach Energy,…Continue readingAustralia’s oil and gas regulator criticised after chief hands out environmental ‘excellence’ awards at industry dinner

Coal, oil price surges on Ukraine war make Asia’s richest richer

Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani are profiting from a surge in global commodity prices triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, burnishing their fossil-fuel credentials even…Continue readingCoal, oil price surges on Ukraine war make Asia’s richest richer

EU accepts it will burn more coal in move away from Russian gas

Brussels has given the green light for the EU to burn more coal over the next decade as it tries to end the use of…Continue readingEU accepts it will burn more coal in move away from Russian gas

Hotter Hotspots, Drier Dryspots, Wetter Wetspots, and Stronger Storms

Background (Nino neutral) global warming (relative to 1880-1920) is now at least 1.2°C (2.2°F) as a result of accelerated warming since 2015. What else is…Continue readingHotter Hotspots, Drier Dryspots, Wetter Wetspots, and Stronger Storms

US shale companies enjoy ‘tsunami of cash’ on high oil prices

America’s shale oil companies are enjoying a cash bonanza, as soaring oil prices and months of capital restraint transform the fortunes and balance sheets of…Continue readingUS shale companies enjoy ‘tsunami of cash’ on high oil prices

Australia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster for decades in ‘clear and stark climate warning’

Australia’s tropical rainforest trees have being dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of global heating, according to new research that…Continue readingAustralia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster for decades in ‘clear and stark climate warning’

Mideast sandstorms snarl traffic, close schools, harm health

Sandstorms across the Middle East have delayed flights, closed schools and hospitalised thousands—a phenomenon experts say could worsen as climate change warps regional weather patterns.…Continue readingMideast sandstorms snarl traffic, close schools, harm health

Extreme temperatures compound poverty in Pakistan’s hottest city

Jacobabad in Pakistan’s arid Sindh province is in the grip of the latest heatwave to hit South Asia—peaking at 51˚C (124˚F). Canals in the city—a…Continue readingExtreme temperatures compound poverty in Pakistan’s hottest city

Pakistan city hits nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as blistering heatwave grips nation

Pakistan is in the grip of a blistering heatwave, with parts of the nation already scorched by temperatures of nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as officials warn…Continue readingPakistan city hits nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as blistering heatwave grips nation

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

NASA’s ECOSTRESS detects ‘heat islands’ in extreme Indian heat wave

A relentless heat wave has blanketed India and Pakistan since mid-March, causing dozens of deaths, fires, increased air pollution, and reduced crop yields. Weather forecasts…Continue readingNASA’s ECOSTRESS detects ‘heat islands’ in extreme Indian heat wave

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

World ‘at a crossroads’ in management of droughts, up 29% in a generation and worsening, reports the UN

Humanity is “at a crossroads” when it comes to managing drought and accelerating mitigation must be done “urgently, using every tool we can,” says a…Continue readingWorld ‘at a crossroads’ in management of droughts, up 29% in a generation and worsening, reports the UN

How microplastics in the air are polluting the most remote places on Earth

Microplastics are being transported to some of the most remote places on Earth by the wind, according to new research involving the University of East…Continue readingHow microplastics in the air are polluting the most remote places on Earth

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

Tropical dry forests disappearing rapidly around the globe

Since 2000, more than 71 million hectares of dry forest have been destroyed, an area about twice the size of Germany. Many hotspots of deforestation…Continue readingTropical dry forests disappearing rapidly around the globe

The Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, is at risk of collapse

Spanning more than 179,000 km2 (69,000 square miles) in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, the Pantanal boasts one of the highest concentration of flora and fauna…Continue readingThe Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, is at risk of collapse

‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022

The Reef snapshot: summer 2021-22, quietly published by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Tuesday night after weeks of delay, said above-average water…Continue reading‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022

Facing a new climate reality, Southern California lawns could wither

The relentless dry spell that is withering the American West is steadily warping normal life. Major reservoirs have baked down to record lows and are…Continue readingFacing a new climate reality, Southern California lawns could wither

India tries to adapt to extreme heat but is paying a heavy price

Typically, heat waves in India affect only part of the country, occur in the summer and only last for a week or so. But a…Continue readingIndia tries to adapt to extreme heat but is paying a heavy price

India, Pakistan must brace for even worse heatwaves

The devastating heatwave that gripped India and Pakistan over the last two months is unprecedented, but worse—perhaps far worse—is on the horizon as climate change…Continue readingIndia, Pakistan must brace for even worse heatwaves

Brazil deforestation shatters April record

Satellite images show a total area of destroyed forest cover of 1,012.5 square kilometres (391 square miles) from April 1 to 29, with the last…Continue readingBrazil deforestation shatters April record

‘Canaries in the coalmine’: loss of birds signals changing planet

The world’s birds, described as the planet’s “canaries in the coalmine”, are disappearing in large numbers as the colossal impact of humanity on the Earth…Continue reading‘Canaries in the coalmine’: loss of birds signals changing planet

The number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004

The number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004, according to a survey that counted splats on car registration…Continue readingThe number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004

Precolonial First Nations oyster fisheries sustained millennia of intense harvests

Oyster fisheries in Australia and North America survived for up to 10,000 years prior to colonisation, sustaining First Nations communities even under intense harvest. Oyster…Continue readingPrecolonial First Nations oyster fisheries sustained millennia of intense harvests

Pertamina gets planning approval for $2.4 billion Rokan block development

Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas company Pertamina has reportedly received approval for the $2.41 billion investment plan to expand the Rokan oil block. Pertamina…Continue readingPertamina gets planning approval for $2.4 billion Rokan block development

Construction begins on the world’s largest offshore wind farm

The team building Dogger Bank Wind Farm has officially marked the start of its offshore construction work with the installation of the first length of high voltage…Continue readingConstruction begins on the world’s largest offshore wind farm

Petrobras begins production from FPSO Guanabara in Mero field

The Guanabara floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) has been designed to process up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day and 12 million…Continue readingPetrobras begins production from FPSO Guanabara in Mero field

Heat wave sparks blackouts, questions on India’s coal usage

An unusually early and brutal heat wave is scorching parts of India, with acute power shortages affecting millions as demand for electricity surges to record…Continue readingHeat wave sparks blackouts, questions on India’s coal usage

Horn of Africa ravaged by worst drought in four decades

In the Horn of Africa as a whole, in an area stretching from northern Kenya to Somalia and swaths of Ethiopia, up to 20 million…Continue readingHorn of Africa ravaged by worst drought in four decades

Where your recycling actually goes

Just 9% of all plastic waste ever created has been recycled. Last year, the U.S. exported 74,000 shipping containers of plastic waste to low-income countries.…Continue readingWhere your recycling actually goes

Over 21% of reptile species at risk of extinction

21% of reptile species are threatened with extinction, including more than half of turtles and crocodiles. More than 40% of amphibians, 25% of mammals and…Continue readingOver 21% of reptile species at risk of extinction

‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite Cop26 pledge

Pristine rainforests were once again destroyed at a relentless rate in 2021, according to new figures, prompting concerns governments will not meet a COP26 deal…Continue reading‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite Cop26 pledge

Past the precipice? Projected coral habitability under global heating

Coral reefs are rapidly declining due to local environmental degradation and global climate change. In particular, corals are vulnerable to ocean heating. Hotter oceans can…Continue readingPast the precipice? Projected coral habitability under global heating

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

Dead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world’s mounting water crisis

Half of all river basins across the world are now “severely affected” by water diversion projects, which can exacerbate drought conditions and lead to human…Continue readingDead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world’s mounting water crisis

Lost golden toad heralds climate’s massive extinction threat

In this mysterious woodland the cloud drapes over mountain ridges and “the trees are dwarfed and wind-sculpted, gnarled and heavily laden with mosses,” said J…Continue readingLost golden toad heralds climate’s massive extinction threat

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

Chile announces unprecedented plan to ration water as drought enters 13th year

As a punishing, record-breaking drought enters its 13th year, Chile has announced an unprecedented plan to ration water for the capital of Santiago, a city…Continue readingChile announces unprecedented plan to ration water as drought enters 13th year

Electric vehicle targets ‘impossible’ without changes to lithium pipeline

Stuart Crow, chair of Lake Resources, said western companies and governments had failed to build adequate supply chains for lithium, making the sudden boom in…Continue readingElectric vehicle targets ‘impossible’ without changes to lithium pipeline

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

Bird populations in Panama rainforest in severe decline

Scientists from the University of Illinois tracked species of birds in a protected forest reserve in central Panama to determine if and how populations had…Continue readingBird populations in Panama rainforest in severe decline

The global ‘plastic flood’ reaches the Arctic

Large quantities of plastic—transported by rivers, the air and shipping–can now be found in the Arctic Ocean. High concentrations of microplastic can be found in…Continue readingThe global ‘plastic flood’ reaches the Arctic

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

Climate warming has dealt yet another blow to the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its sixth massive bleaching event as climate change has warmed the ocean, raising concerns over whether one of the…Continue readingClimate warming has dealt yet another blow to the Great Barrier Reef

Transocean Ltd. Invests in Exploration of Seabed Minerals to Support the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

Transocean Ltd. announced today that it has purchased a minority interest in Ocean Minerals Ltd., a company engaged in the exploration of seabed resources containing metals critical…Continue readingTransocean Ltd. Invests in Exploration of Seabed Minerals to Support the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

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

A disease more lethal than covid-19 has nearly wiped out northern US long-eared bats

15 years after its was first discovered in a New York cave, white-nose syndrome has decimated the nation’s population of northern long-eared bats, reducing their…Continue readingA disease more lethal than covid-19 has nearly wiped out northern US long-eared bats

It’s 70˚F (40˚C) warmer than normal in eastern Antarctica. Scientists are flabbergasted.

The coldest location on the planet has experienced an episode of warm weather this week unlike any ever observed, with temperatures over the eastern Antarctic…Continue readingIt’s 70˚F (40˚C) warmer than normal in eastern Antarctica. Scientists are flabbergasted.

Medium- and long-term contracts signed by Chinese coal suppliers shall account for over 80% of their resources: economic planner

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planner, will launch special investigation into the implementation of medium- and long-term contracts signed…Continue readingMedium- and long-term contracts signed by Chinese coal suppliers shall account for over 80% of their resources: economic planner

US fires have become 4 times larger, 3 times more frequent since 2000

Work published in Science Advances shows that large fires have not only become more common, they are also spreading into new areas, impacting land that…Continue readingUS fires have become 4 times larger, 3 times more frequent since 2000

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

Increasing frequency of El Niño events expected by 2040

The study examined four possible scenarios for future carbon emissions, and found increased risk of El Niño events in all four. This means El Niño…Continue readingIncreasing frequency of El Niño events expected by 2040

Amazon rainforest tipping point is looming

The Amazon is approaching a tipping point, data shows, after which the rainforest would be lost with “profound” implications for the global climate and biodiversity.…Continue readingAmazon rainforest tipping point is looming

Florida wildfires force hundreds to evacuate their homes

Hundreds of residents in the US state of Florida were evacuated from their homes after a rash of wildfires that ignited dead vegetation swept through…Continue readingFlorida wildfires force hundreds to evacuate their homes