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Carbon trading gets a green light from the U.N., and Brazil hopes to earn billions

Today 12:00pm - Carbon emissions trading is poised to go global, and billions of dollars — maybe even trillions — could be at stake. That's thanks to last month's U.N. climate summit in Glasgow Scotland, which approved a new international trading system where companies pay for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions somewhere else, rather than doing it themselves.

James Hansen calls bullshit on contemporary climate change claims

Monday - Scientist James Hansen is often credited with alerting the world to the dangers of climate change, now he's calling bullshit on much of what's being said on the topic.

Study sees rail move to battery-electric propulsion as feasible, cost effective

Monday - A new study says railroads could save $94 billion over 20 years by reducing air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions — and help avoid health impacts including an estimated 1,000 premature deaths each year — by retrofitting diesel-electric locomotives with battery power.

Study finds US$278 billion investment could eliminate steel industry carbon emissions

Monday - The steel industry currently accounts for 7% of greenhouse gas emissions as the world reckons with climate change.

Corporations are turning to forest credits in the race to go 'carbon-neutral.' Advocates worry about 'greenwashing.'

Monday - In the forests of Guatemala, China and Scotland, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is planting tens of thousands of trees that suck greenhouse gas out of the air, allowing customers who buy its fuel to claim their driving is carbon-neutral — at least on paper.

4 new myths about climate change—and how to debunk them

Monday - Ten years ago, it may have seemed like climate change denial was an ordinary, if not misinformed, opinion shared among loads of people. Nowadays, with climate disasters plaguing most everywhere in the world, it’s not so practical to live in denial. As of September 2021, only one in every 10 Americans thinks climate change isn’t happening, but around three out of every four believes it is.

UN Security Council considers first ever resolution on security implications of climate change

Friday - The United Nations Security Council may be about to pass its first-ever resolution on the implications of climate change for peace and security. The council has talked about climate security since 2007, and it has acknowledged that environmental challenges such as droughts and degradation of farming land can fuel conflicts in regions like the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. But it has not laid out a systematic approach to assessing these risks or responding to them.


Climate modeling confirms historical records showing rise in hurricane activity

Friday - When forecasting how storms may change in the future, it helps to know something about their past. Judging from historical records dating back to the 1850s, hurricanes in the North Atlantic have...

As climate worsens, environmentalists grapple with the mental toll of activism

Friday - By Emily Henderson - While growing up in the ’90s in Johnson County, Kansas, in a suburb of Kansas City, I had a friend, Kevin Aaron, who was a dedicated environmentalist.

Solar and crop production research shows ‘multi-solving’ climate benefits

Thursday - Agrivoltaics researchers are finding that the multiple benefits from pairing solar power and crops production help increase citizen engagement and support.

These 11 countries could face extreme instability from climate change: U.S. intelligence

Thursday - The nation’s collective intelligence community identified 11 countries vulnerable to geopolitical instability due to climate change in its first-ever National Intelligence Estimate on Climate Change...

How Norilsk, in the Russian Arctic, became one of the most polluted places on Earth

Thursday - A smelting company has poisoned rivers, killed off boreal forest and belched out more sulfur dioxide than active volcanoes. Now it wants to produce more metal for the “green economy.”

A powerful and underappreciated ally in the climate crisis? Fungi

1 Dec 21 - If we want to tackle the climate crisis, we need to address a global blindspot: the vast underground fungal networks that sequester carbon and sustain much of life on Earth.

Think climate change is messy? Wait until geoengineering

1 Dec 21 - Someone's bound to hack the atmosphere to cool the planet. So we urgently need more research on the consequences, says climate scientist Kate Ricke.

A way to reduce air pollution deaths as climate change mitigation goals are set

1 Dec 21 - A team of researchers from China and the U.S. has found that it should be possible to dramatically reduce deaths due to air pollution over the coming decades if climate mitigation strategies are...

$22-trillion time bomb’ ahead unless banks drop high-carbon investments: Moody’s

30 Nov 21 - Financial institutions are facing a US$22-trillion time bomb due to their investments in carbon-intensive industries, Bloomberg News reports, citing a study last week by Moody’s Investment Services.

Asset owners have little impact in reducing carbon footprints of companies: report

30 Nov 21 - The world’s largest stewards of capital are struggling to move the needle on companies’ carbon footprints and emissions reduction efforts, according to research conducted by EDHEC-Risk Institute.

UN shipping body agrees voluntary measures to cut black carbon in the Arctic

30 Nov 21 - Ship operators have been urged to switch to cleaner fuels in the Arctic, under a resolution to cut black carbon emissions at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) last week.

Is the climate crisis really on the WTO’s agenda?

30 Nov 21 - Member states are pushing the climate crisis on the trade agenda at the upcoming Ministerial Conference in Geneva. But looking at the World Trade Organization’s track record, it could be too late...


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NZ Green Investment Finance partners with NZ Post to accelerate EV transition

Today 12:00pm - Media Release - New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) and NZ Post have...

Shift happens - BNZ's Future of agribusiness report

Today 12:00pm - Media Release - The Bank of New Zealand's (BNZ) Shift Happens Future of...

Coastal shipping will help keep New Zealand’s supply chain buoyant

Monday - Media Release - Transport Minister Michael Wood has welcomed the release of the...

Giant crowdfunded note to PM on climate emergency anniversary

Friday - Media Release - On the one-year anniversary of Jacinda Ardern’s Climate...

International meeting could open up ocean mining, drastically undermining ocean health

Friday - Media Release - Critics are sounding the alarm that an upcoming meeting of the...

Record jump in energy and carbon savings from NZ efficient product sales

Thursday - Media Release - The increasing energy efficiency of appliances sold in New...

Our seas are sizzling again: Niwa

1 Dec 21 - Media Release - Coastal sea temperatures around Aotearoa New Zealand have risen...

Hamilton's emissions up

1 Dec 21 - Media Release - A Hamilton City Council report has revealed that operational...

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