Australia Rejects New Coal Mine on Environmental Grounds

An Australian court has rejected plans for a new coal mine on environmental grounds. In a landmark ruling for the coal-dependent nation, Chief Justice Brian Preston said the proposed facility in New South Wales would worse climate change and would be in “the wrong place at the wrong time”. Environmentalists …

Time-Saving Supersonic Airplanes Could Be a Disaster for the Environment

At least three companies are hoping to bring supersonic airplanes back into the skies, but environmental groups worry their return could mean a big increase in greenhouse gasses from aviation. The issue is expected to come to the fore next week as international regulators meet in Canada beginning Monday to …

U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Is Drilling Us Towards Climate Disaster

As the 116th Congress commences, in the wake of dire reports from climate scientists, the debate over U.S. climate policies has taken a welcome turn towards bold solutions. Spurred on by grassroots pressure from Indigenous communities, the youth-led Sunrise Movement and communities from coast to coast fighting fossil fuel infrastructure, Capitol Hill is alive once again with policy …

The Oceans Absorb Even More Heat Than We’ve Thought and That’s Bad News

Two thirds of the planet is covered in water and so no surprisingly oceans have an inordinate effect on the Earth’s climate. They absorb vast amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and regulate global temperatures. But here comes bad news, courtesy of scientists in the United States who have just …

Planting More Trees Won’t Be Enough to Save the Planet

One way of mitigating the adverse effects of man-made climate change is to plant trees. The more trees there are, the more CO2 they absorb from the atmosphere, thereby alleviating the greenhouse effect because plants build their roots, stems and leaves from the CO2 they suck out of the air. …

Hydro and Fossil Fuels Powering Sub-Saharan Africa’s Electricity Growth

They were the top sources of growth between 2005 and 2015. Hydropower and fossil fuel generation have been powering the electricity growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveal they were the top sources of growth between 2005 and 2015. During that period, …

Greenpeace Report: Europe Has 10 Years Left to Ditch Fossil Fuel Cars

Europe must phase out the sales of new gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars by 2028 if it wants to live up to its Paris climate agreement emissions-reduction pledges, according to new research by Germany’s Aerospace Center. Even conventional hybrid cars, which feature gasoline-powered engines, would have to disappear by the mid-2030s …