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Rio Tinto spending $1b to reach net-zero emissions

Friday - Mining giant Rio Tinto says it wants its globe-spanning operations to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and will spend $US1 billion over the next five years to reduce its carbon footprint.

Dire prospects await corporate climate-wreckers

Friday - Reputational damage, financial vulnerability and a lack of access to capital are likely impacts on firms that fail to respond to the climate crisis this decade, experts surveyed for a new study say.

Netherlands faces pressure as global test case

Friday - The Netherlands is under pressure to slash emissions in sectors such as power generation and agriculture after a ruling by a top court made the government a reluctant test case for tougher global climate policies.

Skip the jargon if you want people to care

Friday - If you’re confused what the “circular economy” is, or what it means for a company to go “net-zero,” you’re far from alone.

FIFA aims for carbon-neutral 2022 World Cup

Friday - FIFA aims to reach carbon neutrality at the next World Cup, to be hosted by Qatar in 2022, in spite of environmental challenges linked to the location of the event.

Crisis could pose catastrophic threat, experts warn

Thursday - Climate change could become a “catastrophic” threat to global security, as people lose their livelihoods, fall ill and battle over scarce water and food, a host of US security, military and intelligence experts have warned.

JPMorgan Chase to curb fossil fuel loans

Thursday - JPMorgan Chase, one of the world’s biggest lenders to fossil fuel projects, will curb loans to coal firms and bar the financing of oil and gas developments in the Arctic.


A third of plants and animals risk mass extinction

Thursday - Within 50 years, a third of all plant and animal species could be caught up in a mass extinction, as a consequence of climate change driven by ever-rising temperatures. What is new about this warning...

Ride-hailing operations highly carbon intensive

Thursday - A new study finds the ride-hailing companies emit nearly 70 percent more carbon thanks largely to a practice known as “deadheading.”

Not in five years, but holy grail of energy on its way

Wednesday - Recent reports from scientists pursuing a new kind of nuclear fusion technology are encouraging, but we are still some distance away from the “holy grail of clean energy”.

Old batteries can be source of new energy

Wednesday - Driving an electric-powered vehicle rather than one reliant on fossil fuels is a key way to tackle climate change and improve air quality − but it does leave the old batteries behind as a nasty...

Newly waterproofed Arctic seed vault hits 1m samples

Wednesday - The Arctic global seed vault has reached the milestone of having one million varieties stored in its deep freeze.

Solar power booms just miles from the Arctic Circle

Wednesday - For years after northern Finland's largest printing plant blanketed its facility's eight roofs with solar panels, the curious beat a path to the extraordinary spectacle.

Older people can be mobilised to fight crisis

Wednesday - Older people can be nudged into taking action on climate change by getting them to think about their legacy, researchers say.

Australia's carbon emissions fall just 0.3%

Tuesday - Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have dipped slightly on the back of new clean energy and a sharp fall from agriculture due to drought, but the decline was almost entirely wiped out by surging...

Fertiliser could power ocean-going ships

Tuesday - Ocean-going ships could be powered by ammonia within the decade as the shipping industry takes action to curb carbon emissions.

Billions are pouring into mobility technology

Tuesday - Over the past decade, almost $US200 billion has been invested globally in mobility technology that promises to improve our ability to get around.

Bots produce quarter of climate tweets

Tuesday - The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day...

How these big polluters are free to up emissions

Monday - The Australian Coalition Government's safeguards mechanism was meant to stop rises in industrial emissions cancelling out cuts paid for by taxpayers – but it’s a colossal failure.


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