2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun

GreenBiz

2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun. In this strangest of all years, as the death toll mounts from a disease caused by human incursions into once intact ecosystems, we’re observing another death — the demise of fossil fuels.

Despite net-zero pledges, banks used $750 billion to finance fossil fuels in 2020

GreenBiz

Despite net-zero pledges, banks used $750 billion to finance fossil fuels in 2020. The green groups behind the report have warned of an "alarming disconnect" between the global scientific consensus on climate change and the ongoing practices of the world's leading banks.

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3 Lessons from Hong Kong’s Fossil Fuel Vehicle Ban

The City Fix

In densely urbanized Hong Kong, transport is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, at 18%. Vehicle traffic is also a major source of toxic air pollutants like NOx, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide, accounting for 18%, 21%. Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement

GreenBiz

Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement. And energy providers the world over are rushing to slash their reliance on fossil fuels as the clean energy transition gathers pace. . Climate Strategy.

Is Energy-Efficient Architecture Answer to Our Climate Change Challenge

The Environmental Blog

The worst thing about the challenges of climate change is the lack of understanding. Climate change is more than melting ice caps somewhere far away. It is a change that impacts your life wherever you are living. Urban Planning and Climate. Be the Change.

Fossil Fuel Jobs Will Disappear, So Now What?

Andrew Winston

President Joe Biden takes climate change seriously, calling it an “existential threat.” The federal charge is being led by John Kerry, the United States’ first special presidential envoy for climate, and Gina McCarthy, the first White House national climate adviser, but the whole Cabinet is talking about climate in an unprecedented and impressive way. Jobs extracting fossil fuels for energy have a limited future.

Indigenous Leaders Among the 136 Arrested at White House Fossil Fuel Protest

DeSmogBlog

On October 11, Indigenous People’s Day, 136 people, including many Indigenous leaders opposing fossil fuel projects, were arrested in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., while calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and to stop approving fossil fuel projects.

Are lawyers and accountants doing enough on climate change?

GreenBiz

Are lawyers and accountants doing enough on climate change? When it comes to the climate crisis, it’s not just what you make and sell, it’s what you do, and for whom you do it. supported $1.316 trillion in transactions for the fossil fuel industry.

Revealed: Two Thirds of Online Posts from Six Major European Fossil Fuel Companies ‘Greenwashing’

DeSmogBlog

Nearly two thirds of social media posts put out by six major European fossil fuel and energy companies since the end of 2019 present a “green” image of the company, despite the majority of their business activity remaining in fossil fuels, reveals new analysis by Desmog.

Total Quits Fossil Fuel Lobby Group the American Petroleum Institute Over Climate Change

DeSmogBlog

Total pointed to its differences with API over climate policy as its main motivation

Ex-COP26 President’s Role at Fossil Fuel ‘Astroturfing’ Firm Approved

DeSmogBlog

Former UK Energy Minister and original COP26 President Claire O’Neill has been cleared to take up a role at a business consultancy known for running “astroturf” campaigns for fossil fuel companies, despite warnings from the body that approves such appointments.

The methane impact of organic waste vs fossil fuel emissions

Inhabitant

While the focus is usually on fossil fuel emissions as the main climate change culprit, a new analysis by the nonprofit Energy Vision concludes that reducing emissions from organic waste would more steeply reduce methane. And it would cost less to accomplish

In stopping climate change, time is as important as tech

GreenBiz

In stopping climate change, time is as important as tech. The only sure path to stop climate change is to zero out greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. To achieve such rapid cuts in emissions, we need to deploy the fastest possible climate solutions.

Combating climate change – why investors should keep their shares in fossil fuel companies

Eco-Business

Investors who care about the environment are better off holding shares in and exercising their influence over fossil fuel companies

The European Investment Bank Has Quit Fossil Fuels. Now What?

GreenTechMedia

So the EIB's confirmation last month that it would effectively end support for fossil fuels garnered widespread attention — as much for the signal it sends as for the additional impact the bank can make with the freed-up funds. climate summit taking place in Madrid.

Can small modular reactors mitigate climate change?

Eco-Business

While small modular reactors can replace fossil fuels, public confidence in nuclear power is low

Climate Advocates Voice Concerns Over Fossil Fuel Handouts in Stalled Infrastructure Legislation

DeSmogBlog

Blah, blah, blah …” Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, said this week, taking a jab at President Biden’s signature legislative agenda, which is currently imperiled by disagreements within his own party. Climate Leadership? “Blah, blah, blah … Build back better.

‘Desperate’ for workers, will clean energy embrace fossil fuel professionals?

Renewable Energy World

of Energy, and a longtime renewable energy entrepreneur, launched a discussion earlier this month about the acceptance of fossil fuel industry professionals in the advanced energy economy. . This piece begins less like an article and more as an open conversation.

The Greenwashing Files: Fossil Fuel Giants Accused of ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuel companies could face legal challenges over their misleading advertising, after a DeSmog investigation uncovered the extent of their “greenwashing” Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have put companies on notice with the publication of the Greenwashing Files.

Fossil Fuel Industry Engaging in 'Pervasive Fraud' that Threatens Global Economy, Report Warns

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 5 mins Warning of an impending financial implosion driven largely by fossil fuel industry deception, a recent report calls on fossil fuel insiders and other potential whistleblowers to help expose and prosecute this fraud.

Central Banks Helping Funnel Trillions of Dollars into Fossil Fuels Despite Climate Pledges, Research Finds

DeSmogBlog

Central banks are continuing to help channel trillions of dollars into fossil fuels through policy decisions and direct financing, with overall sums rising in recent years, a new report has found. Banks Defend Climate Record.

UK Banks Defend Climate Record Despite Billions Lent to Fossil Fuel Industry This Year

DeSmogBlog

UK banks HSBC and Standard Chartered have rejected criticism of their commitment to tackling climate change, despite financing over £5 billion worth of fossil fuel developments in the first half of this year.

Only Two in 200 ‘Green Zone’ Events at COP26 Mention Fossil Fuels

DeSmogBlog

The UK organisers of the upcoming COP26 climate summit have come under fire for approving just two events that refer to fossil fuels, the primary driver of climate change, in a programme of public events happening alongside the main conference.

Are we finally in the death-throes of the fossil fuel era?

Renewable Energy World

Global efforts to curb the use of fossil fuels are being made by all of the world’s leading nations, but occasionally, despite the genuine momentum, it can still feel like everything is moving a bit too slowly. The fossil fuel era is over”.

PennEast Pipeline Cancelation Could Signal ‘End of an Era’ for Unnecessary Fossil Fuel Projects

DeSmogBlog

This project was never based on actual need,” Jennifer Danis, a senior fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, said in an email to DeSmog. “[T]he

The methane impact of organic waste vs fossil fuel emissions

AGreenLiving

While the focus is usually on fossil fuel emissions as the main climate change culprit, a new analysis by the nonprofit Energy Vision concludes that reducing emissions from organic waste would more steeply reduce methane.

‘Majority of Fossil Fuels Must Stay in Ground to Meet 1.5C Goal’

DeSmogBlog

above the pre-industrial average in 2020, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in its recent report that Earth could hit 1.5C could help avoid the most serious effects of climate change. Fossil Fuel Rationing.

Indigenous Resistance Instrumental in Stopping High-Profile Fossil Fuel Projects, Says Report

DeSmogBlog

The efforts of Indigenous peoples in North America have helped block or delay a long list of major fossil fuel projects over the past decade, successfully leading to the avoidance of a massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.

Extinction Rebellion to Target London’s Financial District Over Fossil Fuel Funding

DeSmogBlog

The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) is planning a series of protests targeting the City of London to demand an end to investments in fossil fuels around the world. No New Fossil Fuel Investments’.

Could the world reverse climate change but still burn all the fossil fuels? Scientists humor the idea.

Grist

Imagine a future when burning fossil fuels remains the norm, even as humanity realizes it has no choice but to stop climate change. Barasso has made a habit of calling for climate action while celebrating the coal industry. Climate & Energy Energy Science

How Does Climate Change Impact the Brain?

Green Living Guy

Many humans believe that we can outsmart climate change. The post How Does Climate Change Impact the Brain? After all, we are one of the most intelligent species on Earth, right? Well, this may be a temporary standing.

Banks Due At UK’s ‘Green’ Investment Summit ‘Financed £700 Billion in Fossil Fuels Since Paris Agreement’

DeSmogBlog

Bank bosses due to attend a green investment summit tomorrow head institutions which have provided over £700 billion of financing for the fossil fuel industry since the 2015 Paris Agreement, including £129 billion in 2020 alone. .

NAACP Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Uses Deception to Conceal Damage to BIPOC Communities

DeSmogBlog

The fossil fuel industry continues to use a long list of deceptive tactics to conceal environmental destruction that harms Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income communities. That’s the top finding of a newly released NAACP report titled “Fossil Fuel Foolery.”

Fossil-fuel exporters must rethink monetary policy

Eco-Business

In the face of the challenge posed by climate change, the focus of monetary policy often seems very short term. Central bankers must break this “curse of horizons” and take decisive steps to address fossil-fuel-related risks

Guardian halts fossil fuel advertising

Business Green

The Guardian has today become the first major global news organisation to announce a ban on advertising from oil and gas companies, despite the fossil fuels industry's role as a major advertiser and the media outlet admitting it faces a "precarious" financial future.

Fossil Fuel Giants Ignoring IEA ‘Net Zero’ Report Despite Pledges, Analysis Finds

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuel companies are pressing ahead with new oil and gas developments, despite a recent warning from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that this will make the Paris Agreement goals impossible to meet, an analysis has found.

After Calling for Climate Action, US Chamber of Commerce Pushes Pro-Fossil Fuel Agenda

DeSmogBlog

Chamber of Commerce over its lobbying on climate change issues published a report today criticizing the pro-business lobbying and advocacy group for continuing to push for pro-fossil fuel policies despite recognizing that climate change is real.

COP26 Hires Law Firm That Defended Fossil Fuel Giants Over Environmental Disasters

DeSmogBlog

The UK government has appointed a law firm with a history of defending fossil fuel companies over environmental disasters to provide legal services for the upcoming COP26 climate summit. Law firms have a responsibility to act to prevent climate catastrophe.

Let’s say we stop burning fossil fuels. What happens next?

Grist

There is no world in which we don’t need carbon removal” to avert climate disaster, Byrum said. The International Panel on Climate Change estimates that 430 ppm marks the threshold beyond which the climate will heat up by more than 1.5

Fossil Fuel Tax Programs to Cut Emissions Lead to Lots of Industry Profit, Little Climate Action

DeSmogBlog

The fossil fuel industry and its investors have financially benefited from tax policies and subsidies designed to reduce the emissions from oil, gas, and coal — sometimes without taking the action required to tackle climate change. From @climate.

Analysis: Fossil Fuel Tax Programs to Cut Emissions Lead to Lots of Industry Profit, Little Climate Action

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 12 mins The fossil fuel industry and its investors have financially benefited from tax policies and subsidies designed to reduce the emissions from oil, gas, and coal — sometimes without taking the action required to tackle climate change.

Dozens of Christian Organisations Announce Fossil Fuel Divestment Ahead of G7 and COP26

DeSmogBlog

Three dozen Christian organisations and institutions from across the world — including dioceses from the Church of England — announced their divestment from fossil fuels today and urged leaders to take greater action on climate change ahead of major global summits this year.

Students find obscure law that could make university fossil fuel investments illegal

Grist

College students fighting to get their schools to stop investing in fossil fuels have stumbled on a new idea that could bring fresh attention to their cause: Those investments might be illegal. But Hamilton and his colleagues at the Climate Defense Project, who also saw the memo, did.