Tag Archives: fossil fuels

New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

a flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the yasuní national park in ecuador
A flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the Yasuní national park in Ecuador. Photograph: Georg Ismar/Alamy

State oil company starts second phase of drilling in one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots

January 10, 2018 — Ecuador’s state oil company has begun drilling the first of 97 planned wells inside a new field of the Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Continue reading New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

offshore oil platform in the background in the santa barbara channel off the california
Pelicans float with an offshore oil platform in the background in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. The government plans to allow drilling in 90% of the outer continental shelf. Photograph: Mark J Terrill/AP

Ryan Zinke unveils plan to offer leases in Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic while environmental groups and some Republicans lead outcry

January 4, 2018 — The Trump administration has unveiled a plan that would open almost all US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans. Continue reading Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

open pit mine and power plant
Open pit mine and power plant (Photo: Deposit Photos)

The Green Party will only join a coalition promising to close at least 7GW of coal power capacity by 2020, its lawmakers say, as Germany likely faces another election

November 23, 2017 — Germany’s Green Party has made the closure of seven gigawatts (GW) of coal power a deal-breaker if it is to enter government, a key negotiator has said. Continue reading German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

Plumbing the Depths of the Marine Carbon Cycle

a tropical storm beginning to form in the south china sea
A tropical storm beginning to form in the South China Sea in July 2017, as seen from the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (NPP) weather satellite. Credit: NOAA/NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Scientists measure dissolved black carbon in South China Sea water samples to better understand the carbon cycle in the oceans, which absorb roughly half of all carbon emitted into the atmosphere

November 21, 2017 — To fully understand how the oceans regulate carbon concentrations in the atmosphere, scientists must have detailed knowledge of the marine carbon cycle. A large amount of Continue reading Plumbing the Depths of the Marine Carbon Cycle

Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability
A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies says 50% renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Chief scientist-commissioned report warns Australia risks missing global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty

November 19, 2017 — Australia’s power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel. Continue reading Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

white house officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation
White House officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn

November 13, 2017 — The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil Continue reading ‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

Fossil fuel burning set to hit record high in 2017, scientists warn

big polluters like china are acting to cut emissions
Big polluters like China are acting to cut emissions but low rains have reduced low-carbon hydroelectric output this year. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The rise would end three years of flat carbon emissions – a ‘huge leap backward’ say some scientists, while others say the longer term trend is more hopeful

November 13, 2017 — The burning of fossil fuels around the world is set to hit a record high in 2017, climate scientists have warned, following three years of flat growth that raised hopes that a peak in global emissions had been reached. Continue reading Fossil fuel burning set to hit record high in 2017, scientists warn

Medibank drops fossil-fuel investments worth tens of millions of dollars

medibank will move to low-carbon investments and shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments
Medibank will move to low-carbon investments and shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Australia’s largest private health insurer says it ‘acknowledges the science of climate change and the impacts on human health’

November 13, 2017 — Australia’s largest private health insurer, Medibank, will shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments because of the effects of climate change on human health. Continue reading Medibank drops fossil-fuel investments worth tens of millions of dollars

Experts Ponder Why Administration Released Tough Climate Report

a sign urging action to combat human-induced climate change
A sign urging action to combat human-induced climate change. Scientists and policy experts speculated as to why the Trump administration issued a tough climate report last Friday. Credit: Tobias Titz/Getty Images

Scientists and policy experts say the White House released the report, which differs from the administration’s stance, without political tampering to avoid potential further controversy

November 6, 2017 — Although the Trump administration is busily rolling back Obama era climate policies, it also allowed the release last Friday of a major report that runs counter to the Continue reading Experts Ponder Why Administration Released Tough Climate Report

Bonn climate talks must go further than Paris pledges to succeed

frank bainimarama (L), prime minister of fiji and host of the bonn talks, meets with ambassador aziz mekouar of morocco
Frank Bainimarama (L), prime minister of Fiji and host of the Bonn talks, meets with Ambassador Aziz Mekouar of Morocco. Photograph: James Dowson/UNFCCC

Hosts Fiji will be aiming to build transparency and constructive dialogue – and this will be crucial to successfully ratcheting up the tough climate targets sidestepped at Paris

November 6, 2017 — Talanoa is a Fijian term for discussions aimed at building consensus, airing differences constructively, and finding ways to overcome difficulties or embark on new projects. It is one of Continue reading Bonn climate talks must go further than Paris pledges to succeed