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

3 Lessons from Hong Kong’s Fossil Fuel Vehicle Ban

The City Fix

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

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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.

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.

Study: Fossil fuel pollution causes one in five premature deaths globally

Eco-Business

million annual deaths attributed to fossil fuels, says new study Parts of China, India, Europe and northeastern US are among the hardest-hit areas, suffering a disproportionately high share of 8.7

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.

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.

Fossil fuels add to world’s marine dead zones

Eco-Business

Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is adding to fertiliser run-off and sewage to kill marine life in global dead zones

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.

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”.

Fossil fuel power generation has peaked worldwide, think tanks claim

Business Green

Emerging economies on course to 'leapfrog' fossil fuel power infrastructure and move straight to renewables-dominated grids, according to new analysis from Carbon Tracker and India's CEEW. Overall, the analysis expects fossil fuel demand in emerging markets to peak as early as 2025.

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. History of Polluting Clients.

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.”

Op-ed: US COVID-19 Bailouts Gave Bonuses to Fossil Fuel CEOs While Workers and Planet Suffered

DeSmogBlog

Raging wildfires and worsening storms are destroying homes, decimating communities, and polluting the air and water, all during a pandemic which disproportionately affects those living in polluted areas. Read time: 6 mins This op-ed is a guest post by Julieta Biegner, U.S.

Fossil Fuel Industry and Koch Network Fighting Pennsylvania's Move to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 6 mins As Pennsylvania took a significant step this week towards joining a regional climate initiative to curb carbon pollution from power plants, newly revealed email records show how fossil fuel interests campaigned to oppose this initiative in a state that has the fifth most polluting electric power sector in the nation.

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

Grist

Way back before the Industrial Revolution — when we figured out that we could haul fossil fuels out of the ground, burn them, and use the resulting energy to power machinery on a massive scale — that CO2 figure was more like 280 ppm.

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.

‘Energy Policy Advocates’ and the Fossil Fuel Boosters Attacking Legal Efforts to Hold Climate Polluters Accountable

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 11 mins While fossil fuel companies defend against mounting climate liability lawsuits in court, their surrogates are working in parallel to target the attorneys, academics, and institutions supporting these lawsuits.

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. We need to keep fossils fuels in the ground.

Rapid job growth in Canada’s clean energy sector set to outpace losses in fossil fuels: report

Clean Energy Canada

VANCOUVER — As jobs in fossil fuels decline amid a shifting global landscape, rapid growth in Canada’s clean energy sector will more than make up the difference. At the same time, Canada’s fossil fuel sector will see a 9% drop in employment.

Ending toxic fossil fuel subsidies

Business Green

Ending fossil fuel subsidies offers G7 members the chance to help the planet and benefit their economic future, writes explorer Bertrand Piccard of the Solar Impulse Foundation. Renewable energies still have the reputation of being more costly than fossil sources.

The ‘Big Con’ Revealed: Report Details Fossil Fuel Industry’s Deceptive ‘Net Zero’ Strategy

DeSmogBlog

” “Furthermore… they see the potential for a ‘net zero’ global pathway to provide new business opportunities for them, rather than curtailing production and consumption of their polluting products,” it says. By Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams.

As Subsidies Roll in, the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Winning Efforts to Cast Blue Hydrogen as a ‘Clean’ Fuel

DeSmogBlog

Hydrogen, an energy carrier proposed for helping transition the world away from fossil fuels, is well-suited for the oil and gas industry’s public relations machine. And research is revealing that despite claims that blue hydrogen is a “clean fuel,” the climate impacts don’t stack up.

US$900 billion a year: China is bearing the world's highest cost of air pollution from fossil fuels

Eco-Business

A new study counts the cost of pulmonary and heart diseases, premature deaths and missed work days from fossil fuel-generated air pollution.

Fossil Fuel Companies’ Tough Sell: Oil and Gas Sites With Costly Environmental Clean-up

DeSmogBlog

Biden's infrastructure package devotes $16 billion to clean up abandoned fossil fuel sites. Hold the line and make sure the polluters are still on the hook for cleaning up their messes.”. Last year was rough for major oil companies.

Baltimore, Rhode Island Argue They’re Suing Fossil Fuel Companies Over Climate Deception

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 5 mins At a time when fossil fuel companies are using a public health crisis to demand financial and regulatory support , the governments of Baltimore and Rhode Island are calling out a “decades-long campaign of deception” by these companies in urging courts to advance lawsuits trying to hold polluters responsible for climate damages.

HSBC Plans to Close Asian Coal Plants to Curb Emissions – While Also Investing £80 Billion in Fossil Fuels

DeSmogBlog

Plans by HSBC to buy and close coal plants in Asia have been dubbed a “cynical” attempt to clean up the bank’s image before the COP26 climate conference by “one of the world’s top financiers of fossil fuels”.

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.

G20 nations subsidized $3 trillion in fossil fuels since Paris agreement

AGreenLiving

A report by BloombergNEF and Bloomberg Philanthropies shows that G20 countries have continued subsidizing fossil fuels at the expense of the environment. trillion in subsidies to fossil fuel since the Paris climate agreement in 2015.

Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument for Using Carbon Capture with Fossil Fuels

DeSmogBlog

Replacing a coal plant with wind turbines, on the other hand, always decreases local air pollution and doesn't come with the associated cost of running a carbon capture system, says Jacobson. Read time: 7 mins New research from Stanford University professor Mark Z.

After Pouring Over $1 Trillion Into Fossil Fuel Finance, CEOs of 6 US Banks Testify Before Congress

DeSmogBlog

Combined, the six CEOs lead organizations that have poured over $1 trillion in financing into the fossil fuel industry since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, based on the numbers tallied in a 2021 report from Rainforest Action Network and other environmental advocates.

Air pollution caused by fossil fuels kills millions

AGreenLiving

New research has revealed that fossil fuel pollution caused approximately 8.7 Experts found that countries that burn fossil fuels heavily for manufacturing and transport are the most affected. and many developed countries in Europe recorded 1 of every 10 deaths due to air pollution. They found that there are direct links between air pollution from burning fossil fuels and ailments such as heart disease, loss of eyesight and respiratory ailments.

Study: Five-fold jump in urban fossil fuel bans worldwide

Business Green

It finds that 43 cities around the world have now enforced fossil fuel bans in heating and/or transport - a five-fold increase on the total documented in REN21's previous survey, conducted last year.

Are fossil fuel adverts a business risk for media organisations and creative agencies?

Business Green

The business and reputational risks for companies that provide a platform for, or create, fossil fuel advertising are growing. As climate concern has risen among the public, fossil giants have poured money into adverts and sponsored content that showcases their clean energy ventures.

Fossil Fuel Companies’ Tough Sell: Oil and Gas Sites With Costly Environmental Clean-up

DeSmogBlog

Biden's infrastructure package devotes $16 billion to clean up abandoned fossil fuel sites. Hold the line and make sure the polluters are still on the hook for cleaning up their messes.”. Last year was rough for major oil companies.

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. This record production is fueling New Mexico’s economic recovery and providing $2.8

Fossil Fuel Companies in UK Awarded £150 Million of Public Money ‘to Find New Ways to Extract Oil, Coal and Gas’

DeSmogBlog

The UK government gave over £150 million in tax breaks to fossil fuel companies in the space of three years, new research has found. The paper found that in 2014, fossil fuel companies received £26,782,754 in tax credits for research and development.

UK Ministers Met 1-on-1 with Fossil Fuel and Biomass Producers Nine Times as Often as Renewables Since Kwasi Kwarteng Took Energy Portfolio

DeSmogBlog

Policymakers met with fossil fuel and biomass producers nine times as often as with their renewable energy counterparts, DeSmog can reveal, raising fresh concerns over the depth of the government’s commitments to reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

Scottish Widows excludes all fossil fuels from flagship £250m green pension fund

Business Green

Scottish Widows has claimed that its £250m Environmental Fund now boasts the widest fossil fuel exclusions of any pension provider in the UK, as it unveiled a reboot of the 31-year-old scheme this morning.

IPG’s turbine tech uses fossil fuel for off-grid EV chargers

Charged

IPG’s Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology is designed to support EV charging in high-use and remote locations by using fossil fuels for grid-independent power generation.

BNEF: Electric vehicles will be cheaper than fossil fuel models by 2027

Business Green

Analysts have predicted that electric cars and vans will be cheaper than fossil fuel alternatives by 2027 as battery costs continue to fall, production ramps up, and new vehicle designs are developed. New polluting vehicles shouldn't be sold for any longer than necessary.".

'Water watch': Apparel, finance, and fossil fuels ranked as most water-intensive and polluting sectors

Business Green

A first-of-its kind study of the water footprint of different industries has concluded that apparel, financial services, and fossil fuels are the sectors with the most acute impact on the world's water resources.

California Governor issues order to ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2035

Charged

To ensure the needed charging infrastructure to support zero-emission vehicles, the governor’s order requires state agencies, in partnership with the private sector, to accelerate deployment of affordable fueling and charging options. The order includes several other anti-pollution measures that oil companies may not like. For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe.