Dana Varinsky, provided by Published 1:18 pm CST, Friday, November 23, 2018 Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool A new report analyzes the impacts climate change is having in the US now, and what the country could look like by 2100. The findings are dire, predicting severe sea-level rise, more insect-borne disease, and big increases in precipitation. The report is mandated by a 1990 law, and some experts believe the Trump administration's decision to release it on Black Friday was an attempt to hide these stark realities. On Black Friday, as many Americans were shopping or spending time with family, the Trump administration published a major report on climate change. The study, called the National Climate Assessment, is the fourth in an ongoing series mandated by a 1990 law. It looks at how climate change is affecting the US now and what the country might look like by the end of the century. The findings are dire. The researchers found that … [Read more...] about The Trump administration released a dire new report on climate change that predicts hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses
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The display easily set the Guinness world record for the number of postcards. Photo: AFP A massive collage of 125,000 drawings and messages from children around the world about climate change was rolled out on a shrinking Swiss glacier on Friday, smashing the world record for giant postcards. The mosaic of postcards, measuring 2,500 square metres (26,910 square feet), was laid out in the snow on the Aletsch glacier in the Swiss Alps, at an altitude of 3,400 metres. The event aims to "boost a global youth climate movement ahead of the next global climate conference (COP24) in Poland", next month, said the WAVE foundation, which organised the event in cooperation with Swiss authorities. The display easily set the Guinness world record for the number of postcards strung together in a single image, beating the last record held by a collage of 16,000 individual postcards, WAVE said. Photo:AFP The individual postcards feature children's drawings … [Read more...] about Record-breaking Swiss Alps postcard sends message against climate change
Nov 15, 1:45 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Ranjitha Shastry 11/15/18 AT 1:15 AM A recent report by the United Nations said we have about 12 years to contain the climate change catastrophe, and it pointed out that emerging not-so-eco-friendly technologies, like cryptocurrencies, are large contributors to the crisis. And research published Oct. 29 by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change supports that point by the U.N., calling bitcoin "a power-hungry cryptocurrency."According to researchers from the university, who mainly looked at bitcoin — the best-known cryptocurrency that is used as an investment tool, as well as a payment system — the broad adoption of the cryptocurrency at a rate similar to technologies used in transportation, housing, and food could alone produce enough CO2 emissions to push warming above 2 degrees Celsius in less … [Read more...] about Mining Bitcoin, Energy-Intensive Cryptocurrencies Could Worsen Climate Change, Report Says
Big oil spent only 1.3% of 2018 capital expenditure on green energy European majors are making greater efforts than the US oil giants to invest in clean energy Low carbon infrastructure seen as essential to combatting climate change Despite years of claims and commitments about clean investment and alleviating climate change, the world’s largest oil companies have contributed just 1% of their spending budgets to green energy in 2018. Companies like Royal Dutch Shell, Total, and BP, have all accelerated efforts into renewables and battery technology in recent years. But many efforts have been overshadowed by the oil industry’s efforts to block or overturn environmental regulations. CDP, an environmental research charity that works with over 650 major institutional investors with $US87 trillion in assets, claim that the world’s top 24 publicly-listed companies spent just 1.3 per cent of total budgets of $US260 billion on low carbon energy in 2018. “This 1% … [Read more...] about Big Oil claims it’s doing its part to combat climate change. A new study finds it’s not even close.
A year ago, Royal Dutch Shell, now the largest oil company in the world, acquired NewMotion, a company with thousands of electric car charging points throughout Europe. A month later, Shell started installing fast chargers at some of its largest gas stations. In late October, the company started installing ultrafast chargers that can fully charge the newest electric cars in 10 minutes. It’s one small piece of a company in transition as it grapples with how to address climate change. “If you want to be a long-term relevant company that is on the right side of history, you have to be involved in this discussion, because it’s the most important discussion of our time,” CEO Ben van Beurden tells Fast Company. By 2035, Shell plans to cut its carbon footprint 25%, and 50% by 2050–including the emissions not only from its own operations but from customers using its products. The cuts are in line with the company’s “Sky scenario,” a vision … [Read more...] about Is it possible for an oil company to help fight climate change?