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Carbon capture and storage gets bipartisan backing by lawmakers

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is throwing its support behind a still-developing type of technology that seeks to capture carbon that’s released during activities such as burning fossil fuels to prevent it from going into the atmosphere.

Petaluma, California moves to ban new gas stations

The city of Petaluma, Calif., has just done something no other city in the U.S. has done —it banned the construction of new gas stations. And with automakers shifting to EVs, we may be seeing the start of a new trend.

How the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling the end of fossil fuels

COVID-19 has not only caused a temporary drop in global CO2 emissions, it has also reduced the share of power generated by burning coal - a trend that could in fact outlast the pandemic.

Coronavirus triggers biggest ever plunge in energy demand

The Covid-19 pandemic represents the biggest shock to the global energy system in more than seven decades, with the drop in demand this year set to dwarf the impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

The end of the fossil fuel era could be on the horizon

The use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil for generating electricity fell in 2019 in the United States, the European Union, and India, at the same time overall power output rose, a turning point for the global energy mix.

UK to ban fossil fuel-powered vehicles in 12 — 15 years

London - Britain will ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars from 2035 - five years earlier than planned - heaping pressure on an auto industry that is already struggling to cope with a global sales slump and the fallout from Brexit.

Guardian Media Group stops accepting ads from fossil fuel groups

Climate advocacy groups and campaigners celebrated after the Guardian Media Group announced Wednesday that it "will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies."

A look at how the climate crisis has progressed since 1992

World leaders held the first United Nations conference to tackle climate change in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. On December 2, COP 25 will take place. Since that first meeting, the world has gotten hotter, spewed more GHG, and seen more extreme weather events.

New data shows stronger than expected growth in renewables

After revising its three-year U.S. power forecast, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has predicted major declines for fossil fuels and nuclear power alongside strong growth in renewables by 2022.

Carbon capture may go down in defeat as wind power takes hold

Fossil fuel stakeholders are leaning on carbon capture to keep coal and other fossil fuels relevant, but the technology has yet to prove itself commercially. However, renewable energy technologies are surging globally, and at competitive prices.

Renewable electricity overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses than fossil fuels for the first time over the last quarter, according to new research.

Celebrating fossil fuels as the world raises the climate alarm

The contrast could not have been greater between the political and economic conversations at the Southern States Energy Board meeting in Louisville on Tuesday and Wednesday and the global chorus of urgent calls for action on climate change at the UN.

Fossil fuel's demise rests on a world awakened to climate crisis

While youth activists stormed the streets around the globe demanding action on the climate crisis - Republican lawmakers, including leadership, huddled with the fossil fuel industry, a major source of fundraising for U.S. policymakers.

'Nature is angry,' and the UN climate summit calls for action now

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is banking on new pledges from governments and businesses to abandon fossil fuels during a special climate summit in New York on Monday.

Pharma going green? Making Tylenol from plant material

Researchers based at the University of Wisconsin - Madison have developed at method to synthesize acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol — from a natural compound derived from plant material, reducing the reliance upon fossil fuels.

Natural gas boom is on a collision course with climate crisis

A global boom in natural gas pipelines and terminals is putting the energy industry on a "collision course" with the Paris climate goals, according to a new analysis of investment in the world's new favorite fossil fuel.

Op-Ed: Natural gas is now 'freedom gas' says Energy Department

Freeport - The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday it was authorizing new natural gas exports - referring to the gas as "freedom gas," in promoting American energy, American jobs, and the American economy.

Maserati: Drivers want fossil fuel powered cars

While most car manufacturers are creating lines of electric, or at least hybrid, vehicles, Maserati is remaining firm and will continue to develop cars powered by the combustion engine, the company has confirmed in a forthright statement.

Does nuclear power have a place in the world of renewable energy?

The effects of global warming have hastened the switch to renewable energy sources, including hydro, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal generation of electricity. However, nuclear power has seemingly been put on the shelf — but is this the right move?

Funding fossil fuels is 'cash cow' for Canada's major banks

A new report published this week shows that 33 global banks provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement at the end of 2015. Five of Canada's major banks have funded $454 billion of that amount.

Study finds fossil fuels are main source of carbon in the Arctic

Five years of testing at sites across the Arctic tracked seasonal fluctuations and sources of black carbon, or soot, which contributes to global warming and ice melt.

Los Angeles takes steps to replace natural gas with renewables

Los Angeles - Los Angeles will abandon a plan to replace three aging gas power plants along its coast with newer natural gas technology. Instead, the city will invest in renewable energy as it seeks to move away from fossil fuels, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday.

Lives are at stake unless we break our addiction to fossil fuels

Katowice - Human addiction to fossil fuels as the answer to our energy needs and economic growth is slowly killing the planet. After a few promising years of minimal carbon-emission growth, the world is on pace to burn a bunch more fossil fuels.

Britain's renewable electric capacity overtakes fossil fuels

Britain's renewable electricity capacity has overtaken that of fossil fuel generators such as gas and coal for the first time, a report said on Tuesday.

The impact of burning fossil fuels on today's extreme weather

A new study warns that the continued burning of fossil fuels will likely lead to even more extreme summers than that of 2018 because of its impact on the jet stream.

China continues to expand coal power plants

Beijing - China's declared intent to cancel new coal power stations appears not to have happened and instead an expansion of the fossil-duel powered plants appears to have taken place, according to an expert report.

Humans need to get back on track to avoid warming past 1.5C

The author of a key UN climate report coming out on October 8 says limiting temperature rise would require enormous, immediate transformation in human activity.

Report looks at not so environmentally-friendly impacts of EVs

Sales of electric vehicles around the world rose by 54 percent in 2017, taking global stock across the three-million threshold. And as EV sales continue to rise, you may be surprised to learn there are economic and environmental consequences to consider.

Britain is 'on-track' for coal-free summers as coal-power dips

London - Great Britain is on the verge of doing away with the need for coal-fired power over the summer months, according to analysts. This is the headline seen in a new quarterly report on the country's energy mix.

Public finance for energy in Africa focuses on fossil fuels

A recent analysis shows the majority of public aid for energy projects in Africa has been channeled into fossil fuels, causing some to accuse governments of jeopardizing clean energy development to ensure their own financial gain.
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