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Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

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The average Los Angeles commuter wastes almost 5.5 days each year in gridlock … adding roads and highways only encourages people to use private transport modes. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit

October 16, 2017 — The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Continue reading Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

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A man cuts a tree uprooted by Hurricane Maria in a street in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population. Its governor this week appealed to Trump for additional federal aid

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Oct. 13, 2017) — President Donald Trump warned on Thursday, October 12, that his willingness to expend federal aid on hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited. Continue reading Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

40 European firms set sights on PH renewable energy market

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CLEAN ENERGY. There are 5,760 solar panels atop SM City North EDSA’s parking building. Rappler file photo

Companies from 13 European countries eye investments in solar generation, hydropower, wind power, and electric vehicles

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 12, 2017) — About 40 European companies are set to visit the Philippines this month to explore opportunities in the local renewable energy sector, said an official of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines. Continue reading 40 European firms set sights on PH renewable energy market

Trump requests $29 billion for storm-hit Puerto Rico

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TRUMP IN PUERTO RICO. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit residents affected by Hurricane Maria in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

US President Donald Trump asks for a package that includes $12.77 billion in disaster relief and a $16-billion bailout for a critical flood insurance program

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Oct. 5, 2017) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, October 4, asked Congress for a bumper $29-billion package of emergency relief after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico. Continue reading Trump requests $29 billion for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy

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A rooftop covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. The US is still the second fastest-growing market for renewables despite Donald Trump’s pledge to revive coal. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

Renewables accounted for two-thirds of new power added to world’s grids last year, says International Energy Agency

October 4, 2017 — Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time and leading experts to hail a “new era”. Continue reading Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy

Australian cities to have 50C summer days by 2040, study says

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Researchers say that 50C summer days in Sydney could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5C. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Researchers say Sydney and Melbourne would have unprecedented temperatures even if Paris target met

October 3, 2017 — Even if the Paris agreement to limit the global temperature rise to below 2°C is met, summer heatwaves in major Australian cities are likely to reach highs of 50°C by 2040, a study published on Wednesday warns. Continue reading Australian cities to have 50C summer days by 2040, study says

Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels

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A Catholic church spire against smoky coal power plants in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi

October 3, 2017 — More than 40 Catholic institutions are to announce the largest ever faith-based divestment from fossil fuels, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi. Continue reading Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels

US exports of tar sands waste are fuelling Delhi’s air pollution crisis

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Last winter, Delhi was placed under a state of emergency as smog settled over the city (Photo: Jama Masjit)

India has emerged as the world’s largest importer of petroleum coke, an oil byproduct that is now a major cause of pollution in the capital

September 28, 2017 — Come winter and the Indian capital, New Delhi, is preparing to once again struggle beneath the noxious fumes that have become a perennial crisis. Continue reading US exports of tar sands waste are fuelling Delhi’s air pollution crisis

Bird flu in PH: 90-day waiting period in Pampanga epicenter begins

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An official from the Bureau of Animal Industry says San Luis, Pampanga may be declared bird flu-free by December 20

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 27, 2017) — The 90-day waiting period has already begun for the farm at the epicenter of the avian influenza or bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga, an agriculture official said Tuesday, September 26. Continue reading Bird flu in PH: 90-day waiting period in Pampanga epicenter begins

Reef damage could cost Australia a million tourists – study

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DAMAGED. A diver swims amid bleached corals near Orpheus Island, March 2017. Photo by Greg Torda/ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Even if parts of the reef hurt by bleaching bounce back, scientists say it could take up to a decade for even the fastest growing corals to recover

SYDNEY, Australia – Mass coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could cost the region more than a million tourists a year and up to Aus$1.0 billion (US$760 million) in lost revenue, a study warned Wednesday, April 12. Continue reading Reef damage could cost Australia a million tourists – study