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    TOKYO (AP) — Japan adopted a new energy policy on Friday that promotes nuclear and renewables as sources of clean energy to achieve the country’s pledge of reaching carbon neutrality in 2050. The new basic energy plan, adopted by the Cabinet just in time for the climate summit in early November, calls for drastically increasing use of renewable energy to...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea set a new goal on Monday for fighting climate change over the next decade, saying it will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2018 levels by 2030. The country had faced criticism that its initial plan for a 26.3% reduction was too modest. In promising stronger contributions to...
    China’s recent decision to end financial support for building new coal plants abroad could make a major difference in global efforts to limit the use of fossil fuels. The International Energy Agency estimated in its World Energy Outlook that China ending funding for overseas coal, a new policy announced last month, could lead to the cancellation of up to 190...
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The International Energy Agency is urging governments to make stronger commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions at an upcoming U.N. climate summit, warning the world is not on track to meet environmental goals and that new investment in clean energy was needed to “jolt the energy system onto a new set of rails.” The Paris-based international...
    Melbourne, AustraliaAustralia's energy minister on Monday rejected a call from the lobby group for the country's biggest companies to set stricter emissions limits on polluters but gave no indication what targets the government may announce ahead of UN climate talks this month.Prime Minister Scott Morrison is working on securing support from the Liberal Party's rural partner, the Nationals, to back...
    U.S. oil refiner Phillips 66 announced Thursday it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from its operations and products by 2030, a move that follows mounting pressure on the energy sector to reduce emissions. Phillips 66 said in a press release it will cut Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 30% by the end of the decade, affecting...
    China made a big splash at the United Nations General Assembly, with President Xi Jinping announcing the country would stop building new coal plants abroad, which, if fulfilled, would cut off all international public support for the dirtiest fossil fuel. But China’s decision to focus on overseas coal suggests Beijing is not ready to grapple with curbing its appetite at...
    BERLIN (AP) — Computer-maker HP, consumer goods business Procter & Gamble and coffee capsule company Nespresso have joined a corporate pledge to sharply cut their greenhouse gas emissions over nearly two decades. The Climate Pledge, a grouping of companies and organizations spearheaded by Amazon, said Monday that it has signed up 86 new members for its voluntary measures. In total,...
    The Biden administration and European Union officials reached a deal to reduce methane emissions at least 30% by the decade's end and are looking to secure commitments from other nations to make cutting the potent greenhouse gas into a global effort. Officials from the EU and the United States agreed to the "Global Methane Pledge" and will likely pitch...
    (CNN)Six major climate provisions in congressional Democrats' massive budget bill could slash US greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1 billion tons per year by 2030, a new analysis from the nonpartisan Rhodium Group found. It would be comparable to removing all passenger vehicles from the road, or the yearly greenhouse gas emissions of Texas and Florida combined, according to the...
    Scientists have succeeded in potty-training cows — getting them to urinate in a specially built toilet — in a move that could help curb greenhouse emissions. When cattle are allowed to graze and relieve themselves freely, the release of their bodily waste can lead to the contamination of local soil and nearby waterways. And while this problem can be controlled...
    Labratory-grown pork could be mass-produced in China within four years, a company has claimed. Shanghai-based firm CellX has made prototype pork from cells harvested from the country’s native black pig.  The product – touted for its environmental credentials – was unveiled on Friday. CellX argues that lab-grown meat could cut carbon dioxide emissions from rearing animals.  Shanghai-based firm CellX...
    (CNN)Authorities in the French capital of Paris are forcing drivers to slow down, setting a speed limit on almost all the city's roads, in a bid to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. But will it work? There are questions over whether the rule -- which limits drivers to 30 kilometers per hour (19 miles per hour) -- will actually...
    TOKYO - U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met in Tokyo on Tuesday with Japan’s top diplomat to push efforts to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations conference in November.  Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi highlighted what he said was the importance of getting other major carbon emitters, especially China, to cooperate.  “China is the world’s biggest carbon emitter and the...
    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry was in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. Kerry was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, as well as Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday launched a new health office that will prod hospitals to cut carbon emissions, aiming to provide greener, more environmentally friendly medical care. Depending on how much money is at stake, that’s likely to meet with industry resistance. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said the new Office of Climate Change and...
    China Daily | Reuters The onset of the coronavirus pandemic caused unprecedented, worldwide supply-chain disruptions, but experts say that's a drop in the bucket compared with the disruptions that climate change will cause. Wildfires in the American West, flooding in China and Europe and drought in South America are already disrupting supplies of everything from lumber to chocolate to sushi...
    DAIRY farms are trialling “poo power” to fuel milk tankers in efforts to cut their climate impact. The cow-pats are turned into biogas which replaces diesel. 1Poo-powered milk trucks are among the measures outlined to help reduce the carbon footprint of the milk industryCredit: Arla Farmer-owned co-op Arla has carried out a study on the carbon footprint of the milk...
    No COP-outs WHETHER or not you fully subscribe to all of its catastrophic predictions, there’s no doubt that the UN’s latest “code red” climate report makes for troubling reading. Which poses a crucial twin challenge for Boris Johnson and his Government. 2The UK is leading the way in setting ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions — but is yet...
    Senate Democrats unveiled plans Monday to pass legislation, without Republican votes, to put the United States on track to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. “By finally tackling climate change, we can spare our country and our planet the most devastating effects of global warming,” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a...
    The EU announced a series of climate-related policy proposals that the powerful 27-nation body said would substantially cut emissions within 30 years. The policies in the so-called European Green Deal would cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 55% by 2030 and make the continent the first to become carbon-neutral by 2050, the EU announced Wednesday. The wide-ranging plan, which still needs...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Target says it’s working towards a more sustainable and equitable future. The company released a plan Tuesday they’re calling Target Forward. Target says they want to be the market leader when it comes to inclusive and sustainable brands. The company is committing to being a net-zero enterprise, which means nothing goes to the landfill and net zero...
    London (CNN Business)Shell will cut emissions faster than planned after being ordered to do so by a court in The Hague last month.In a statement on Wednesday, the oil company's CEO Ben van Beurden said he was determined "to rise to the challenge." But he kept open the option of appealing the landmark ruling that he said "singled out" Shell...
    Some of the world's biggest oil companies are facing stark pressure from activists concerned about climate change, prompting a string of startling developments on Wednesday. At Exxon Mobil, an activist hedge fund won two board seats, while Chevron investors voted to force the company to cut emissions and a Dutch judge order Shell to drastically cut carbon. The Exxon vote...
    A court in the Netherlands has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 in a landmark case brought by climate activism groups. The Hague District Court ruled that the Anglo-Dutch energy giant has a duty of care to reduce emissions and its current reduction plans are not concrete enough. The decision could...
    In this article RDSA-GBA cyclist passes oil silos at the Royal Dutch Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.Peter Boer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesLONDON — A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled oil giant Royal Dutch Shell must reduce its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels. That's a much higher reduction than...
    (CNN)A Southern California air quality board voted Friday to require large warehouses to drastically cut diesel emissions in an apparent first-of-its-kind regulation to reduce pollution in the nation's smoggiest region."About half of the air pollutants that contribute to smog come from the goods movement industry, with the largest source being heavy-duty trucks heading to warehouses across Southern California," South Coast...
    Flames from a flaring pit near a well in the Bakken Oil Field. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which is odorless when it comes directly out of the gas well. In addition to methane, natural gas typically contains other hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane, butane, and pentanes.Orjan F. Ellingvag | Corbis News | Getty Images A landmark...
    Workers cut up coal carts in Dec. 2019 at a coal mine in Mentougou, west of Beijing, where many mines have been shut as China scrambles to cut carbon emissions.Greg Baker | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING — China's bond defaults are increasingly concentrated in a part of the country whose growth could face greater pressure from tough new restrictions...
    Americans will have no choice but to reduce meat consumption if President Joe Biden is going to slash greenhouse gas emissions by half in the next 10 years, experts say - even if the president is mum so far on how he'll actually achieve that goal. Biden hasn't laid out a plan beyond the big number: reducing greenhouse gas emissions...
    A food website named Epicurious will cancel beef recipes to reduce global emissions but will keep past beef recipes in the archive, the publication wrote Monday. “It might not feel like much, but cutting out just a single ingredient—beef—can have an outsize impact on making a person’s cooking more environmentally friendly,” Epicurious wrote. As a result, “Beef won’t appear in new Epicurious...
    President Biden announced last Thursday the US is aiming to cut greenhouse emissions in half by 2030 and to have zero emissions by 2050. It is part of a wider target set by nations who signed up to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord - which Biden rejoined when he took office - to limit global temperatures warming by 1.5 degrees...
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that while President Joe Biden’s emissions goal is “noble,” “I’m not sure how realistic it is” and argued that cutting emissions by 50% would require “pretty radical stuff.” Brooks said, “Well, it’s noble, and it’s the right policy. I’m not sure how realistic it is. It’s a policy that’s — it’s...
    U.S. President Joe Biden praised world leaders for coming together on climate change and urged them to make good on promises as he closed a virtual climate change summit hosted from the White House. “The commitments we’ve made must become real,” Biden said Friday on the last day of the two-day summit that involved 40 world leaders. Biden pledged during...
    WASHINGTON - The White House brought out the billionaires, the CEOs and the union executives Friday to help sell President Joe Biden's climate-friendly transformation of the U.S. economy at his virtual summit of world leaders.   The closing day of the two-day summit on climate change showcased Bill Gates and Mike Bloomberg, steelworker and electrical union leaders and...
    U.S. President Joe Biden, with presidential climate envoy John Kerry, opened the Leaders Summit on Climate April 22, 2021, by announcing new U.S. targets. AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Joe Biden announced an ambitious new national climate target at a livestreamed summit of world leaders on April 22, 2021: He pledged to cut U.S. carbon emissions in half by the...
    Cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half is doable but hard, experts say, and some of the biggest barriers are political, not technical. President Joe Biden on Thursday committed the United States to reducing emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide and other gases by 50% to 52% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels.  Experts and advocates had been calling for a...
    More On: climate change China underreporting severity of air pollution levels, new study suggests Greta Thunberg to Congress: US must cut fossil fuels before poorer countries As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts Biden announces ambitious emissions goal, cites ‘moral imperative’ For the past 30 years, the global approach to climate policy has been making grand promises and later...
    April 22, 2021, Washington, District of Columbia, USA: President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, in the East Room of the White House, on Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Washington (Credit Image: © Al Drago/CNP via ZUMA Wire) Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and...
    Photograph: J David Ake/AP The US has vowed to cut its planet-heating emissions by at least half by the end of the decade, in a ramping up of ambition aimed at rallying other countries to do more to confront the climate crisis. Ahead of a virtual gathering of dozens of world leaders in a climate summit called by Joe Biden,...
    The Biden administration is moving to address global warming by setting a new, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 50% to 52% below 2005 levels by 2030. Why it matters: The new, non-binding target is about twice as ambitious as the previous U.S. target of a 26% to 28% cut by 2025, which was set during the Obama administration....
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Thursday will kick off a climate summit attended by 40 other world leaders by announcing an ambitious cut in greenhouse gas emissions as he looks to put the US back at the center of the global effort to address the climate crisis and curb carbon emissions.At the White House summit, which will take place...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday will kick off a climate summit attended by 40 other world leaders by announcing an ambitious cut in greenhouse gas emissions as he looks to put the US back at the center of the global effort to address the climate crisis and curb carbon emissions. At the White House summit, which will take place virtually...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE will announce a goal of cutting U.S. emissions in half by the year 2030, a person familiar confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday.  Biden is expected to announce...
    By Jeff Mason and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) – The White House is still putting the finishing touches on its plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, ahead of a summit this week with world leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. President Joe Biden’s administration has been pressing other countries to make ambitious...
    President Biden is expected to pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 50% from 2005 levels by 2030, according to a senior White House official. The administration will express this as a range that has not yet been announced. Fifty percent or more is an aggressive goal and the administration is hoping it will spur other countries to make...
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