World

string(12) "world-topics" Loading...

Europe has its post-Coronavirus Green New Deal. What can we learn from them?

On May 27, the European Union unveiled a €750 billion ($826 billion) recovery proposal as a centerpiece of its economic response to the coronavirus crisis, while also increasing its existing budget. EU officials have said that 25% of the stimulus package will be set aside for climate-friendly measures like building renovation, clean energy technologies, low-carbon vehicles and sustainable land […]

Renewable Roundup: Germany ditches fossil fuels, US renewables surpass coal

Here are some Global Warming stories that have been bubbling up recently in profusion. By Mokurai Major milestone: Coal consumption falls behind renewable energy in the United States The last time the United States consumed more renewable energy than coal was in the 19th century, when hydropower was just getting started and wood burning was […]

June 2nd

Trump pulls out of yet another treaty (making war more likely)

Still bent on opting out of treaties and international programs that the United States initiated or in which it has been a key participant, Donald Trump plans to withdraw from the multilateral Treaty on Open Skies, according to senior White House officials. The treaty, which allows signatory nations to overfly each other for unarmed surveillance, was first proposed 65 years ago in […]

May 24th

8 ways to rebuild a stronger ocean economy after the Coronavirus

Almost no facet of our global economy has been immune to the COVID-19 crisis. Much has been said about the disruption in more familiar sectors such as airlines, restaurants and sports — but the long arm of COVID-19 has also reached out to sea, affecting our “blue economy.” This collection of formal and informal marine jobs, products […]

Renewable Roundup: Big batteries for big grid stability

Remember how the climate change denialists told us that intermittent renewables would destroy grid stability? Now we find that stabilizing the frequency with grid-scale batteries and DC-AC inverters is of at least equal importance. Grid operators pay real money for it. We have of course been talking about using grid-scale battery and other storage for […]

May 14th

Australia listened to the science on coronavirus. Imagine if we did the same for coal mining

Australia’s relative success in stopping the spread of COVID-19 is largely due governments taking expert advice on a complex problem. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of decisions on projects that threaten the environment – most notably, Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. Our research published today in Nature Sustainability documents how state and federal governments repeatedly ignored […]

Climate change future: What will we do when it gets Too Hot for Humans

How hot it feels is determined by the heat index, a combination of temperature and humidity. Over the next 60 years, that number is predicted to skyrocket. Climate scientist and extreme weather expert Radley Horton explains how that will cause unprecedented suffering and disruption around the world. The YEARS Project Read the study Horton and […]

May 11th

Endangered tigers face growing threats from an Asian road-building boom

Tigers are one of the world’s most iconic wild species, but today they are endangered throughout Asia. They once roamed across much of this region, but widespread habitat loss, prey depletion and poaching have reduced their numbers to only about 4,000 individuals.   By Neil Carter, University of Michigan The Conversation Today Asia is experiencing […]

Pollution kills 9 million people a year. How is that okay?

Last December, a Delhi man convicted of rape and murder stood in front of the Indian Supreme Court and argued that, in light of the city’s staggering pollution problem, he should be spared the death penalty. The air quality is “like a gas chamber,” he said in a petition. The water is “full of poison.” Why sentence […]

Global mayors say after the Coronavirus, there’s no return to business as usual – put climate action at center of recovery

Mayors of megacities that are members of C40, a network pledged to addressing climate change, are saying that going back to the old normal in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is not a suitable approach to recovery. The organization represents more than 750 million people and approved a “statement of principles” committing them to ensuring that their recovery plans are driven by […]

May 9th