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Ireland on Thursday moved to pull its public funds out of fossil fuels, a development that marks the most significant advance to date for a divestment campaign pushed by environmentalists worldwide.
The lower house of Parliament passed a bill that requires the country’s sovereign fund, valued at 8.9 billion euros, or about $10.4 billion, to move out of fossil fuels “as soon as practicable.”
An aide to Thomas Pringle, the member of Parliament who proposed the measure, said the bill had the support of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and was expected to become law. When it does, Ireland will become the first country to formally pledge to divest from fossil fuels.
From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week.
Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports the heat is to blame for at least 54 deaths in southern Quebec, mostly in and near Montreal, which endured record high temperatures.
Mario Rosales, who farms 365 acres along the Rio Grande, knows the river is in bad shape this year. It has already dried to a dusty ribbon of sand in some parts, and most of the water that does flow is diverted to irrigate crops, including Mr. Rosales’s fields of wheat, oats, alfalfa and New Mexico’s beloved chiles.
Because last winter’s mountain snowpack was the second-lowest on record, even that irrigation water may run out at the end of July, three months earlier than usual. But Mr. Rosales isn’t worried. He is sure that the summer thunderstorms, known here as the monsoon, will come.
CONNECTS THE FUTURE OF THE WEB WITH THE LITTLE-KNOWN STORY OF ITS BIRTH. IN 1989, 33-YEAR-OLD COMPUTER PROGRAMMER TIM BERNERS-LEE INVENTED THE WORLD WIDE WEB AND HIS VISIONARY DECISION TO MAKE IT A FREE AND ACCESSIBLE RESOURCE SPARKED A GLOBAL REVOLUTION IN COMMUNICATION.
TIM HAS DECLARED INTERNET ACCESS A HUMAN RIGHT AND HAS CALLED FOR AN “ONLINE MAGNA CARTA” TO PROTECT PRIVACY AND FREE SPEECH, EXTEND CONNECTIVITY TO POPULATIONS WITHOUT ACCESS AND MAINTAIN “ONE WEB” FOR ALL. TIM’S DRAMATIC STORY POSES THE QUESTION: WILL WE FIGHT FOR THE WEB WE WANT OR LET IT BE TAKEN AWAY?
For five years, opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline and members of the Ponca Indian Tribe have sown native tribal corn in the path of the controversial project as a form of resistance.
Now they’ve planted another potential roadblock.
Last weekend, Art and Helen Tanderup, who farm north of Neligh, Nebraska, deeded the 1.6-acre plot of native corn to the native inhabitants of the land, the Ponca.
Selling the land to the Ponca means that TransCanada will have to negotiate with a new landowner, one that has special legal status as a tribe — a tribe that is opposed to the pipeline. The plot becomes the only tribally owned plot of land on the XL pipeline route in the U.S.
UCS visits the EPA’s Midwest Office to investigate how Trump administration policies are hampering the agency and harming Americans’ health.
From the regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency in the tall, modern Ralph Metcalfe Building in downtown Chicago, teams of scientists, investigators, and lawyers enforce the nation’s environmental laws across the EPA’s Region 5: a vast swath of the midwestern United States that includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio as well as the lands of some 35 Native American tribes and the enormous Great Lakes.
On a recent visit, the 12th-floor office walls sported photos of EPA officials actively cleaning up spills, analyzing lab samples, and engaging with community residents. But interviews with current and former staffers struck a strikingly different note as they described the current work environment with a discordant mixture of despair and defiance, candor and fear.
If you’re looking for good news on the climate front, don’t look to the Antarctic. Last week’s spate of studies documenting that its melt rates had tripled is precisely the kind of data that underscores the almost impossible urgency of the moment.
And don’t look to Washington DC, where the unlikely survival of the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, continues to prove the political power of the fossil fuel industry. It’s as if he’s on a reality show where the premise is to see how much petty corruption one man can get away with.
But from somewhat less likely quarters, there’s been reason this month for hope – reason, at least, to think that the basic trajectory of the world away from coal and gas and oil is firmly under way.
Further increasing much needed transparency in the supply chain, a new interactive map shows the connections between international buyers like brands and retailers and their suppliers in China. The Green Supply Chain Map is the brainchild of the U.S. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) in China and was announced last week.
“The Green Supply Chain Map is a leadership initiative dedicated to showcasing brands’ commitment to supply chain transparency and environmental management. It openly links brands' supplier lists to publicly-available environmental data, including real-time data for air emissions and wastewater discharge,” states the IPE's explanation of the map.
“The map has the potential to become a true game-changer for public environmental oversight and improvement efforts for industrial manufacturing in China,” commented Ma Jun, environmentalist and director at IPE. “We hope to see more brands step up their game and join the map to connect the missing dots of accountability in the vast network of global supply chains.”
A growing number of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are capturing the economic, grid, and environmental benefits from community-scale solar (CSS) installations as institutional barriers to development are addressed for this emerging technology solution, according to a new report by Rocky Mountain Institute.
And while recent CSS market growth has exceeded both the so-called “behind-the-meter” solar like rooftop PV systems and utility-scale solar growth rates between 2015-2017, those barriers—encompassing cost, access, and demand—continue to drag on the CSS sector’s overall growth. Progress and Potential for Community-Scale Solar report offers new approaches to help drive additional development and buyer adoption of this clean, reliable, locally-sourced resource.
Last week, the New Orleans City Council — all Democrats — voted 6-1 to approve a big new gas-fired power plant. Sometime in the coming weeks, in Orange County in upstate New York, another vast new gas power plant is expected to go on line — as soon as it’s hooked up to a new pipeline, one of literally dozens planned across the country. Local opponents — environmentalists, community activists — are fighting hard, but somewhere, almost every day, a new piece of natural gas infrastructure goes up.
When I think about my greatest failing as a communicator — and one of the greatest failings of the climate movement — it’s not that global warming still continues. Stopping it cold was always too high an order: The fossil fuel industry is so rich and powerful, and hydrocarbons so central to our economy, that this battle was always going to be uphill. At best we can limit the damage, and in that we’ve made at least some progress.