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Europe’s love affair with fossil fuels

One of the few positive outcomes of the Covid-19 lock-down has been the clear skies, rise in air quality and drop in carbon levels. With the lock-downs easing in much of Europe and governments keen to get their economies back on track, there is at least an acknowledgement that a return to the old ‘normal’ […]

August 24th

Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?

The Trump administration has announced that it is opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development – the latest twist in a decades-long battle over the fate of this remote area. Its timing is truly terrible. Caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic […]

August 23rd

The global coal fleet shrank for first time on record in 2020

The world’s fleet of coal-fired power stations has got smaller for the first time on record, with more capacity retired in the first half of 2020 than the amount opened. This is according to the latest Global Coal Plant Tracker (GCPT) results by Global Energy Monitor (GEM), which we completed last month and report for the first time here. […]

August 23rd

A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren’t well understood

Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone, according to international law. Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test. National Oceanographic and […]

August 22nd

EPA weakens Methane Rule as pollution soars

This year, levels of methane, a powerful heat-trapping gas, hit an all-time high, driven in large part by pollution leaking from gas pipelines and drilling sites. Plugging these leaks is cheap, has enormous upsides for the climate, and is widely supported by major players in the industry, which is why it’s striking that the EPA has decided to weaken […]

August 21st

I arranged a climate change protest at my high school. The reactionary racist attacks changed me

In December 2019, I met with school administrators at my high school in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. Inspired by 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, with whom I shared age and a passion for youth-orchestrated climate strikes, I wanted to amplify young voices in my community and decided to organize a school walkout. I aspired to create a […]

August 20th

Columbia University has a new idea about carbon pricing. Here’s the quick summary.

How much to charge for each ton of emissions is perhaps the most crucial element of a carbon pricing policy. However, there is little consensus among economists about the appropriate level for carbon prices. By Noah Kaufman, Alexander R. Barron, Wojciech Krawczyk, Peter Marsters, and Haewon McJeon Center on Global Energy Policy Setting CO2 prices […]

August 19th

Columbia University’s new model for pricing carbon will help meet net-zero climate change goals

An article released today by researchers at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy in the journal Nature Climate Change introduces a new approach for pricing carbon — Near-term to Net Zero. As policymakers and advocates increasingly focus on net-zero emissions by midcentury, the Near-term to Net Zero approach is a method of setting carbon prices that could […]

August 19th

Trump Admin pushes forward with ‘Deeply Damaging’ plan for oil drilling in ANWR

Environmental advocates vowed to sue the U.S. Department of Interior following its announcement Monday that the Trump administration has finalized plans to auction off oil and gas leasing rights in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). “The door is being flung wide open for oil and gas drilling to impose irreversible harm to one of America’s […]

August 17th