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Exxon Mobil will lower greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2025

Irving - U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil is setting short-term targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years as the company responds to investor and public pressure to address climate change.

UN Climate Summit — Respecting nature and 'fixing the future'

On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Saturday, a U.N. climate summit will test how far political leaders are willing to go in pursuit of its goals. Climate change impacts are intensifying, and it is time we make peace with nature.

Op-Ed: Earth is on the threshold of becoming too hot for humans

Last month was the hottest May on record worldwide, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service. Globally, May was 0.63 degrees Celsius warmer than the average of May between 1981 and 2010. Face it, folks - The Earth has reached its heat threshold.

UN climate talks in limbo as countries refuse to compromise

Madrid - The climate talks in Madrid have encountered some huge obstacles after participating countries failed to come to a consensus on draft documents presented overnight.

Wildfires and power cuts in Europe as heatwave breaks records

Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least three people in Italy.

Human influence on global droughts goes back 100 years

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a study from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City.

On Earth Day — Verizon announces plan to go carbon neutral

Verizon announced on Monday, April 22, the communications giant will go carbon-neutral by 2035 for Scope 1 and 2 emissions, encompassing direct emissions and those from the purchase of energy.

2018 saw global warming emissions reach a record level

The International Energy Agency reported on Tuesday March 26 that global warming emissions reached a record level last year in spite of efforts in the US, Europe, and China to reduce emissions through cleaner power and sales of more electric vehicles

Investors urge fast-food giants to root out climate risks

More than 80 investors with $6.4 trillion (£5trn) in assets under management have told six of the world’s largest fast-food companies to urgently tackle climate and water risks in their supply chains.

Carbon tax or cap-and-trade — Which system works best?

Fighting global warming will require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution if the world is to avoid the consequences of climate change. How nations go about achieving zero emissions in a cost-effective way is the key.

Federal judge blocks Keystone XL Pipeline

The future of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline has been thrown into doubt after a federal judge in Montana blocked its construction, saying the Trump administration approved it after an incomplete analysis.

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.

Trump takes credit for drop in greenhouse gas emissions in 2017

Washington - There's good news for the environment, the EPA announced on Monday. U.S. emissions of global warming greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent in 2017 — despite Trump's efforts to revive the coal industry.

Study shows how air-conditioners will make a warming world worse

With more frequent episodes of extreme heat around the globe - the cooling effects of air-conditioning are needed more than ever to relieve heat stress and exposure to worsening pollution. But this is making the problem even worse.

McDonald's is first restaurant company to set emission standards

This week, McDonald’s became the first global restaurant company to set an emissions reduction target in line with what the science says is needed to hold global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.

EPA proposes repeal of Obama-era 'Clean Power Plan'

Washington - The Trump administration and EPA chief Scott Pruitt figure there must be more than one way to skin a cat, so they have decided to try another tactic in gutting the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Clean energy momentum in U.S continues as wind power soars

Clean energy's momentum continues into 2017 and beyond, and there is no stopping it, President Obama asserted in a thesis published in the journal Science on Monday.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions — can we meet our goals?

The annual UN Environment Report came out on Thursday, and the news is not good. The report says that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will exceed what is required to keep global warming to an internationally agreed target.

Canada's GHGSat launches greenhouse gas satellite

When India's PSLV rocket was launched on Tuesday, among the 20 satellites put into orbit around the Earth was a GHGSat satellite named "Claire," the world's first satellite capable of measuring greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities.

New Alberta plant will produce renewable diesel and jet fuel

Edmonton - Edmonton-based SBI BioEnergy, Inc. broke ground on Monday for a $10 million mini-refinery in Edmonton Industrial Park that would turn fats and grease into renewable diesel and jet fuel.

Over two-thirds of Mount Everest's glaciers could be gone by 2100

Kathmandu - If greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise, glaciers in the Everest region of the Himalayas could experience dramatic changes in the decades to come.

Op-Ed: Climate change will be solved by cities, not governments

More than half of the world's 7.2 billion people live in cities, and people living in cities are responsible for half of all greenhouse gas emissions. But tackling the challenge of these emissions is going to be done at the city level, and not by nations.

China's nuclear power plants — Thinking on a grand scale

China President Xi Jinping's agreement with U.S. President Obama last week to bring greenhouse gas emissions to a peak by 2030 is a daunting task. It will require a major economic and environmental program aimed at reducing China's dependence on coal.

A third of the world's food goes to waste, U.N. says

A U.N. report published on Wednesday says a whole third of the world's food goes to waste, making it the third major source of greenhouse gas emission behind those of U.S. and China.

Siberian cave study warns of permafrost thaw tipping point

Evidence assembled from stalactite and stalagmite formations in frozen caves in Siberia by a team of international scientists led by Oxford University gives some clues as to what might happen if global temperatures continue to rise.

The Big Thaw: Permafrost thaw to cause significant Global Warming

Thawing of permafrost is expected to cause significant additional global warming, not yet accounted for in climate predictions, warn scientists attached to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a report released this week..

Australia: World's worst per capita Greenhouse Gas polluter

According to a list of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita compiled by the World Resources Institute, the “annual per capita GHG pollution” in units of “tonnes CO2-equivalent per person per year”, Australia is the world's leading polluter.

Scientists: Marine life at high-risk of extinction

An expert panel of scientists discovered the world's oceans are at a high risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history.

Study: Shale gas by fracking more dangerous than conventional gas

Ithaca - A new study released this week reveals that shale gas, the product of a highly controversial extraction method called hydraulic fracturing, brings with it a greater greenhouse gas impact than conventional oil, gas, and coal over a 20-year period.

Danish document causes storm at Copenhagen climate negotiations

The second day of negotiations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions was thrown into an uproar over a leaked document which is a draft agreement for the Copenhagen negotiation.
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