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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.

Fossil Fuel Companies Are Promoting ‘Lower Carbon,’ ‘Responsibly Sourced’ Oil and Gas

DeSmogBlog

Both EQT and Chesapeake will seek certification from outside providers, including a business called Project Canary, which touts its ability to collect data on methane emissions and pollutants from oil and gas wells and offers a certification it calls TrustWell.

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New Mexico Stuck With $8 billion in Cleanup for Oil Wells, Highlighting Dangers From Fossil Fuel Dependence

DeSmogBlog

Inadequate bonding requirements means there is a serious gap in available funding to properly clean up after the fossil fuel industry. Enormous sums of taxpayer money and money meant for public schools, along with the long-term health of our lands, are on the line.”.

Methane Emissions Spiked in 2020. Scientists Fear Feedback Loops

DeSmogBlog

Preliminary data shows that methane emissions jumped in 2020 by the largest amount since systematic record-keeping began decades ago. And despite a dip in polluting activities due to the pandemic, concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose to its highest level in 3.6

UN: Slashing methane emissions 'one of the best ways' to curb global temperature rise

Business Green

Methane emissions reduction could significantly reduce rates of global warming at a relatively low cost, major research warns. As such, the report emphasises that methane mitigation is "one of the best ways of limiting warming in this and subsequent decades".

Investigation: How the Meat Industry is Climate-Washing its Polluting Business Model

DeSmogBlog

A study published in Science last year found that even if emissions from fossil fuels ceased right away, projected eating habits would make it impossible to keep global average temperature rises to 1.5C.

Oil Industry Wages Major Lobbying Campaign to Kill Proposed Methane Fee

DeSmogBlog

The oil industry has launched an all-out pressure campaign to kill an attempt by Congressional Democrats to tax methane – an extremely powerful greenhouse gas – for the first time. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which is considering the methane fee as part of the $3.5

How farmers and seaweed can help tackle ocean pollution

Business Green

When it comes to ocean health, the work of convincing farmers to ditch their synthetic fertilizers can't happen fast enough. We're bringing them in as formal employees and providing health insurance.".

One researcher’s quest to quantify the environmental cost of abandoned oil wells

Grist

Amy Townsend-Small has been chasing methane her entire professional life. When fracking took off around 2010, Townsend-Small shifted her focus to a new and growing problem: methane leaks from oil and gas activity. million kilograms of methane into the atmosphere each year.

Raising Pressure on Biden, Dozens of Indigenous Activists Occupy Bureau of Indian Affairs and Climate Justice Advocates Decry Gulf ‘Sacrifice Zones’

DeSmogBlog

This week, environmental advocates addressed intensifying fossil fuel pollution, climate injustices, and the Biden administration’s failure to take the lead on climate change solutions during the People vs. Fossil Fuels protests in Washington, D.C.

The hydrogen hype bubble may have finally popped

Renewable Energy World

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) punched a hole in the fossil fuel industry’s hydrogen hype bubble when they denied a Title V Air Permit to NRG Energy’s Astoria Gas Turbine Power Plant last Wednesday. By Abbe Ramanan, Clean Energy Group.

We’re Doing Climate Action Wrong: Communities of Color Have a Better Answer

Front And Centered

Instead of focusing on the category of gases that cause climate change, we should work to reduce and eliminate the pollutants that cause immediate health impacts. First, obviously, fossil fuels are entwined into every part of our economy.

The prospects for I-1631 eliminating 20 million tons of carbon pollution annually by 2035

Low Carbon Prosperity

The initiative, also known as the “Protect Washington Act”, imposes a steadily increasing carbon pollution fee on most fossil fuel uses and directs revenue toward projects to reduce carbon emissions, as well as investments in forests, water, community preparedness, and support to displaced workers and people with lower incomes. The initial carbon pollution fee of $15 per (tCO2e) in 2020 increases annually by $2/tCO2e plus urban-area inflation.

CO2 Storage Plans Risk Leaving Future Generations with ‘Carbon Bombs’, Energy Expert Warns

DeSmogBlog

A number of big polluters, including fossil fuel companies, support and are involved in the UK’s CCS plans. . oil major Chevron, in partnership with other fossil fuel giants. By Tracy Keeling.

Reheating the shale gas debate will not solve the gas crunch

Business Green

Don't listen to the fossil fuel enthusiasts pushing fracking as a solution for the UK's currently volatile energy market, argues ECIU's Dr Simon Cran-McGreehin.

Global Briefing: From methane to showers, Trump administration steps up assault on environmental regulation

Business Green

The Trump administration stepped up its pre-election effort to roll back environmental regulations this week, confirming plans to axe methane emissions standards for the oil and gas industry and signalling further such moves are on the cards ahead of polling day in November.

The Problem With Calling Fracked Gas ‘Responsibly Sourced’

DeSmogBlog

Instead, we suggest a new ratio for more accurately calculating fracked gas’s full impacts so that the fossil fuel industry can’t use RSG standards as a thin green veil for continuing its polluting practices.

DOE Quietly Backs Plan for Carbon Capture Network Larger Than Entire Oil Pipeline System

DeSmogBlog

In March, over 300 climate and environmental justice advocacy groups sent a letter to Congress, arguing that subsidizing carbon capture “could entrench the fossil economy for decades to come.”. Prolonging ‘Negative Attributes of Fossil Fuels’.

Sustainability Guide for Greenhouses and Nurseries: Getting Started

Green Business Bureau

A study conducted by the University of Kentucky found that the dominant contributor to the carbon footprint and variable costs of field-grown trees is equipment use, or, more specifically, the combustion of fossil fuels which occurs at harvest time.

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‘Code Red for Humanity’: IPCC Report Warns Window for Climate Action Is Closing Fast

DeSmogBlog

” “Limiting other greenhouse gases and air pollutants, especially methane, could have benefits both for health and the climate,” Zhai added. By Jake Johnson at Common Dreams.

After Ida, Toxic Smoke From Shell’s Norco Plant in Louisiana Creates Apocalyptic Landscape

DeSmogBlog

Refinery flares can add to air pollution in the wake of natural disasters. This process adds to air pollution because it leads to flaring off excess toxic gases , together with natural gas and oxygen, to keep the chemicals from building up to dangerous pressures.”. NORCO, LOUISIANA ??—

Sustainability Guide for Greenhouses and Nurseries: Getting Started

Green Business Bureau

A study conducted by the University of Kentucky found that the dominant contributor to the carbon footprint and variable costs of field-grown trees is equipment use, or, more specifically, the combustion of fossil fuels which occurs at harvest time.

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How Big a Difference Can Biodegradable Straws Make to the Environment?

Green Business Bureau

Rather, by using an alternative resource to fossil fuels, biodegradable straws enable a reduced ecological footprint across the whole of the product lifespan – from production to disposal. Yet, given the environmental impact of plastic straws , they don’t make sense for the health of our planet either. When pollution from decomposing plastic can be up to 23 times as bad on land as it is in the ocean, the switch to biodegradable alternatives can make a huge difference.

Global Briefing: UN summit sees $400bn pledged towards clean energy

Business Green

All the top green business news from around the world this week, including fresh WHO air pollution guidelines and global coal, methane and HFC commitments. World Health Organisation unveils tighter air pollution guidelines.

25 badass women shaping climate action in 2021

GreenBiz

Ardern is being watched closely : Her administration has been criticized for being lenient on reducing biogenic methane from agricultural production — notably dairy cattle and sheep — which accounts for almost half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions and roughly 6.6

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How India’s Renewable Energy Sector Survived and Thrived in a Turbulent 2020

GreenTechMedia

With power demand expected to triple by 2040 as India’s population continues to achieve upward mobility, fossil fuels are poised to see continued growth even as the clean energy market thrives. And to what extent can they mitigate the increase in fossil fuel use?

In defence of COP26

Business Green

But within hours of it being signed the pollution-loving Australian government signalled it had no intention to strengthen its disgracefully weak 2030 emissions targets. Phase out or down is semantics, but the recognition is there that fossil fuels are the problem.

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'Climate breakdown has already begun': Green figures react to IPCC's landmark climate warning

Business Green

The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.

Using captured CO2 in everyday products could help fight climate change, but will consumers want them?

Business Green

The technology to capture climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions from smokestacks, and even from the air around us, already exists; so too does the technology to use this carbon dioxide to make products like plastics, concrete , carbonated drinks and even fuel for aircraft and automobiles.

Meet the Innovators in Elemental Excelerator’s 9th Cohort

Elemental Excelerator

As always, equity and access is at the forefront of our mission to fund critical solutions for climate change, particularly in communities affected by the compounding effects of pollution, vulnerable infrastructure, and limited economic opportunities.

Want to prevent California’s looming flood disaster? Grow a marsh.

Grist

Scientists have known this in a roundabout way for a long time: After all, the coal and oil deposits that have fueled civilization since the Industrial Revolution come from ancient marsh and marine ecosystems that, after accumulating huge quantities of carbon, were buried and fossilized over millions of years. Fossil fuels, you might say, are an aged form of blue carbon. DWR measures the CO2 and methane emissions from the wetlands it created on Sherman Island.

RBG left these 4 lessons for the climate fight

GreenBiz

Black and Hispanic Americans are exposed to 63 percent and 56 percent more pollution than they create. American Trucking Associations , the trucking industry argued that the EPA should consider implementation costs when setting pollution limits.

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Meet Elemental’s 17 Earthshot Companies in Cohort 8

Elemental Excelerator

These decentralized tools will help municipalities and utilities reduce pollution and improve operations to provide clean water for all communities. And we’re placing bets on technologies that can put a dent in methane by targeting organic waste and … cow emissions! Most wastewater technologies are concentrated in water treatment facilities, where they help manage the downstream symptoms of pollution. The seaweed solution to livestock methane emissions.

Where Does All The Radioactive Fracking Waste Go?

DeSmogBlog

Those levels are more than 400 times the protective health limits designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for toxic Superfund sites and uranium mills, where fuel for nuclear bombs was once assembled.

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'Every fraction of warming matters': World careering towards irreversible climate impacts, top scientists warn

Business Green

Limiting other greenhouse gases and air pollutants, especially methane, could have benefits both for health and the climate.".

Liars and Wildfires: A Tale of Two Idiots

Green Market Oracle

They flout climate science to defend their interests in fossil fuels which are known to cause climate change. Rather than curtail the extraction of fossil fuels Morrison indicated he wants to curtail people's right to protest coal, the country's leading energy export. "We

Investing beyond meat

Business Green

Until recently, obesity and health concerns were the main drivers in moving better diets up the global agenda but we are now seeing growing awareness of the environmental damage caused by meat production. Red meat from cows, sheep and goats is a particularly large source of greenhouse gases due to the methane produced in ruminant digestion.

Why Communicating Climate Change Continues To Challenge Us

Michael Grossman

Do you want to know why issues like health care, taxes, mass shootings, and immigration rise to the top of voter concerns ? Everyone pays taxes; everyone has a family member who had a health scare, and pretty much every town and city in America has been impacted by gun violence. I get that cow emanation are a significant source of methane emissions, but the average age of people who want to hear about cow burps and farts are seven-years-old (or viewers of South Park).

Where the Presidential Nominees Stand on Environmental Issues

Sustainability Consulting

However, to fulfill a campaign promise to farmers, Trump removed Obama-era clean water protections intended to protect rivers, streams, wetlands and other bodies of water from pollution and runoff from industrial facilities and agriculture.

Online Event - VERGE Energy Conference

Green Market Oracle

Strategies from the Greenest Fleets (Panel Discussion): Government, municipal and commercial fleets are adopting low and zero emissions fuels and vehicles in an effort to meet climate goals, state and city regulations, and in some cases lower fuel costs.

Climate Related Excerpts from the Ninth Democratic Primary Debate

Green Market Oracle

And the Green New Deal that I support, by the way, will create up to 20 million good-paying jobs as we move our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. That is more important than the profits of the fossil fuel industry.

'A cry for survival comes from the planet itself': Joe Biden sworn in as 46th US President with climate action rallying call

Business Green

On the policy front, the Trump administration repeatedly attempted to prop up fossil fuel industries and rolled back a raft of environmental regulations. The Biden-Harris administration will move to heal the country, as they respond to the health, economic, equity, and climate crises.

RBG left these 4 lessons for the climate fight

AGreenLiving

Black and Hispanic Americans are exposed to 63 percent and 56 percent more pollution than they create. American Trucking Associations , the trucking industry argued that the EPA should consider implementation costs when setting pollution limits.

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