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.

The Guardian bans fossil fuel advertising

GreenBiz

The media group will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies, despite acknowledging decision will have implications for its revenues. Corporate Strategy media oil Oil & Gas

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Dow embraces circularity. and fossil fuels

GreenBiz

Dow is looking to lead on the circular economy — not so much on moving away from fossil fuels. Circular Economy chemical recycling Dow GreenBiz 20 Natural Gas Renewable Energy Solar Wind Power

Major banks still back fossil fuel industry despite climate pledges

Inhabitat - Innovation

This year's Banking on Climate Chaos report shows that despite feel-good environmental marketing, major financial institutions still back fossil fuel companies

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 unprecedented COVID-19 dip in global financing for fossil fuels offers the world's largest banks a stark choice point going forward," she said.

Why food production is as dangerous for the planet as fossil fuels

GreenBiz

Traditional food production is causing cataphoric losses to nature

Air pollution caused by fossil fuels kills millions

Inhabitat - Innovation

A new study has found that more than 8 million people died in 2018 from poor air quality caused by fossil fuel combustion

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. .

DNC reverses pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies

Inhabitat - Innovation

The DNC has removed a pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies from its ledger of party demands

So You Think We're Reducing Fossil Fuel Use? Think Again.

Jim Conca

If you think we’re doing a good job of curbing fossil fuel use, you're mistaken. Oil production is exploding in America. Growth in coal in the developing world shows no sign of slowing, and gas has kicked into high gear most everywhere. Renewables are increasing slower. Nuclear and hydro are flat

Biden's new executive order cuts fossil fuel subsidies

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a recent executive order, President Joe Biden has directed federal agencies to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. The agencies are to find new opportunities that will "spur innovation, commercialization, and deployment of clean energy technology

Harvard University pledges to divest from fossil fuels

Inhabitant

Harvard University president Lawrence Bacow has announced that the institution will divest from its fossil fuel holdings. The announcement came Tuesday, stating that the institution has already been cutting its investments in fossil fuels

Green Tech vs. Fossil Fuel Jobs: Which Are You More Likely to Land?

U.S. Green Technology

Green tech jobs happen to be more plentiful than fossil fuel jobs today. Image from [link] Question for you: Are you more likely to find a job in fossil fuels or in green technology? Yes, the green tech industry is “greener” — or newer — than that for fossil fuels. The post Green Tech vs. Fossil Fuel Jobs: Which Are You More Likely to Land? Green Technology fossil fuels green technology YaShekia King

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.

Fossil fuel use leads to worse and longer droughts

Eco-Business

Human reliance on fossil fuels is resulting in worse and longer droughts. It’s a familiar message across the world

Request for Proposals Fossil Fuel Transition Study

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Seattle Office of Economic Development, Jan 23, 2020 The Office of Economic Development (OED) is implementing an Inclusive Economy Agenda. This mission rests on three OED competencies to serve underserved populations: building self sufficiency and improving access to employment, family-wage job and wealth creation, and capacity-building for neighborhood resilience in the face of displacement. […]. Member News Opportunities Public Policy

Carbon 'rainbow': Unilever pledges $1.2B to scrub fossil fuels from cleaning products

GreenBiz

to scrub fossil fuels from cleaning products. More than 46 percent of Unilever's cleaning and laundry products' carbon footprint is incurred by chemicals made from fossil fuel-produced carbon, most of which are used in surfactants. .

Understanding the Fossil Fuel Industry's Legacy of White Supremacy

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 10 mins In December, The New York Times published a story revealing how ExxonMobil and other oil companies had paid a public relations firm named FTI to build “news” and information websites falsely suggesting grassroots support for the fossil fuel industry and its initiatives.

Fight or switch? How the low-carbon transition is disrupting fossil fuel politics

GreenBiz

Global fossil fuel and overall energy consumption are still rising. But the new focus on them shows that the end is near. Energy & Climate oil

Fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty—a call to disarm

Eco-Business

Campaigners hope to end the expansion of fossil fuels across the world and wind down existing production by getting countries to sign up to a new international accord

Renewable electricity overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

CleanTech Alliance

Source: The Guadian, October 13, 2019 Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses than fossil fuels for the first time over the last quarter, according to new research. The renewables record was set in the third quarter of this year after its share of the electricity mix rose to 40%. It is […]. Industry News

Renewable energy surpasses fossil fuels in the UK

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a first for the United Kingdom, wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable energy sources have generated more electricity than their fossil fuel counterparts of coal and natural gas

Fossil fuels demonstrating their unreliability

Eco-Business

As oil markets fluctuate wildly, how can the world economy still be running on a commodity that not only wreaks havoc on the planet when extracted and burned, but is unpredictable and volatile

Green hydrogen could curb one-third of fossil fuel and industry emissions by 2050

GreenBiz

That's according to a BloombergNEF report that calls policy support for the hydrogen economy "insufficient.". decarbonization hydrogen Hydropower Renewable Energy

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.

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

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 4 mins 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.

Fossil fuel companies denied seismic blasting permit renewals

Inhabitat - Innovation

Once current permits expire on November 30, companies will not be allowed to renew them

‘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.

A ?Just Transition? for Fossil Fuel Workers

GreenTechMedia

The transition away from fossil fuels isn’t a nice-to-have. And that means disrupting entire classes of employment and communities that depend on fossil fuel extraction — in other words, helping people find work in another sector.

US limits international financing for fossil fuels in development banks, but leaves 'wiggle room' for natural gas

Eco-Business

The Biden administration has opposed fossil fuels financing through multinational development banks — unless clean alternatives are 'unfeasible' putting pressure on China, Japan, and Korea, major backers of fossil fuel projects in Asia

G20 stimulus plans favouring fossil fuels

Eco-Business

A ‘remarkable departure’ from long-term rises in energy-related emissions is being undermined by government responses to the pandemic, a new assessment has found

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.

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.

How colonialism’s legacy makes it harder for countries to escape poverty and fossil fuels today

Eco-Business

While fossil fuels were powering wealthy nations' economic growth in the 19th and 20th centuries, many countries across the Global South remained largely impoverished

‘Fossil Fuel Companies Knew’: Honolulu Files Lawsuit Over Climate Impacts

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 4 mins Hawaii has officially joined the fight to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the climate crisis.

Fossil Fuel Jobs Will Disappear, So Now What?

Andrew Winston

Fossil fuel companies and go-slow politicians predictably chant that this perspective will “destroy the economy” and “kill jobs.” Jobs extracting fossil fuels for energy have a limited future. More people already work in wind and solar than in fossil fuel extraction. As well, asset management company Lazard (not Greenpeace), reports that, on average globally, building solar and wind plants is cheaper than building fossil fuel capacity.

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

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas are the source of just over 80% of the world’s energy. To avert catastrophic warming, the global community must rapidly reduce how much of these fuels it extracts and burns. Fossil Fuel Rationing.

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.

Global fossil fuel demand’s ‘staggering’ fall

Eco-Business

The world’s energy markets are in upheaval, as experts report an historic fall in global fossil fuel demand

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.

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 fuels: Heading down, but not yet out

Eco-Business

Renewable energy is making rapid inroads into the market, but fossil fuels still wield enormous global influence

Fossil Fuel Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 5 Deaths Globally, New Study Reveals

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 5 mins Fossil fuel air pollution is responsible for roughly one in five deaths worldwide, a much higher death toll than previously thought, according to a new study published Tuesday.