Daily Archives: November 26, 2019

Coal: Is this the beginning of the end? – BBC News


By Justin Rowlatt Chief environment correspondent    25 November 2019

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This coal-fired power station in West Burton is one of six remaining in the UK

The fuel that powered the industrial revolution may be in decline at last.

This year looks set to see the largest fall in electricity production from coal on record, according to a new report.

The reduction is estimated to be more than the power generated from coal in Germany, Spain and the UK combined.

It is projected to drop by 3% – which is a fall of 300 terawatt hours.

The report by three energy experts – published in the online journal Carbon Brief – draws on energy sector data from around the world for the first seven to 10 months of the year.

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People Fixing the World – Saving the world’s ice – BBC Sounds


Released On: 26 Nov 2019
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Global warming is melting the world’s glaciers and sea ice. In Iceland the effects can already be seen – people there recently held a funeral to mark the death of the Okjokull glacier. So scientists and engineers around the world are trying to come up with ideas to cool the planet and stop the ice from melting. One wants to spray sea water into clouds to make them whiter so they reflect more of the sun’s rays back up. Another plan is to make sea ice more reflective by spreading layers of tiny silica beads on it. Others are devising massive geoengineering projects, such as building giant sun shades in the sky and walls around sea ice to stop warm water wearing it away. But sceptics warn that projects like these are too expensive and are a distraction from the cause of the problem – and we should be focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions instead. Producer Hannah McNeish Photo: Getty Images

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Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Full Band Version)

Published on Aug 7, 2010
A personal tribute I made to the great Beat Musician Gil-Scott Heron.

Waterfront Retreat: A Bay Community Faces Rising Seas and Buyouts

The tiny New Jersey hamlet of Money Island sits perched on a low-lying stretch of the bay’s shore, where an inch of sea level rise can submerge roadways and flood foundations. In the past decade, beset by rising seas and increasing storm damage, many residents of Money Island and other nearby bay communities have opted to take buyouts from the state and abandon their homes. This Yale Environment 360 video explores homeowners’ agonizing decision over whether to stay or go, and the profound impacts this retreat is having on one of the poorest parts of New Jersey.

To read the accompanying article, visit: e360.yale.edu/features/waterfront-retreat-a-bay-community-faces-rising-seas-and-buyouts


The Fossil Fuel Production Gap on Vimeo


Governments are planning to produce about 50 percent more fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting warming to 2°C and 120 percent more than would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C.

Video credit: SEI, IISD, ODI, CICERO, Climate Analytics and the UN Environment Programme


BBC World Service – Newshour, ‘Bleak’ outlook for climate as emissions targets are missed says UN report


Countries will have to increase their carbon-cutting ambitions five fold if the world is to avoid warming by more than 1.5C, the UN report says. The annual emissions gap report shows that even if all current promises are met, the world will warm by more than double that amount by 2100.

Also in the programme: The chief rabbi in the UK attacks the opposition Labour party’s record on anti-Semitism; and Iranian born artist Shirin Neshat gives her view on the continued feud between Iran and the US.

(Picture: Smoke from a large bushfire burning 20,000 hectares in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales Credit: David Gray/AFP)

The Emissions Gap Report 2019: A UN Environment Synthesis Report

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U.N.: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Surged to Record-High Levels in 2018

Nov 26, 2019

The United Nations says greenhouse gas emissions surged to record-high levels last year. The new report also says that the increase in methane levels in 2018 was the highest increase in the last 20 years. Methane is an extremely powerful greenhouse gas. This is the World Meteorologist Organization’s secretary-general, Petteri Taalas.

Petteri Taalas: “And last year, we have seen emissions growth continued, it has been growing for the past two years and the estimate for last year was 2.1 percent increase. So, despite of Paris agreement, the emissions are still, still growing.”