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Climate change Stories September 16

Equally important as adopting renewables is ensuring the buildings they power are also sustainable. Electrek spoke with Breana Wheeler, US director of operations at BREEAM, the world’s first green building certification program, about what the ideal decarbonized building looks like and how US real estate investors should see climate change as an opportunity.

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Climate change Stories August 16

US President Joe Biden today signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, and that’s going to give the transition of the United States to clean energy a big boost. According to the American Clean Power Association, the new law could add up to an additional 550 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from wind, solar, and other clean energy sources. Electrek spoke with Enrico Viale, head of renewable energy company Enel North America, about the challenges that states face as they move away from fossil fuels and how Enel is working with states to help them deploy clean energy, distributed energy resources, and energy storage.

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Climate change Stories August 9

A new quest is underway due to the melting ice caps in Greenland. The world’s richest billionaires, including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Michael Bloomberg, are funding a campaign to search for resources critical to the EV industry and climate change.

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Climate change Stories August 7

The Senate’s passing of the Inflation Reduction Act should be applauded as a major step toward protecting our planet. However, it is important to note that while this agreement offers big incentives for electric cars, it also abandoned on the side of the road a critically important class of electric vehicle: electric bicycles.

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The Senate has voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes nearly $400 billion over 10 years in funding for climate and energy related programs, and an extension and improvement of the US electric car tax credit.

Update: Since many EVs may lose access to tax credits within a week or so, we’ve posted an article to help you find out how best to navigate these changes for most affected EVs in the US.

Major Update: The bill has been signed. It is now law.

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Climate change Stories August 6

Ford has sent two electric F-150 Lightnings to help with the Kentucky flood response, providing mobile power for crews to help get 10-15 families back in their homes per day.

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Climate change Stories July 14

Coal investor and US Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV) opposes his own political party’s clean energy program. And since not a single Republican will support the infrastructure bill that contains the program, Manchin has disproportionate power to sink the US plan to decarbonize in order to slow global warming and meet the Paris Agreement target of net-zero by 2050. Why does he oppose it?

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Climate change Stories June 28

The world’s largest carbon direct air capture facility has started construction in Iceland, run by Swiss startup Climeworks AG.

When construction finishes in 18-24 months, their facility, named “Mammoth,” will be able to remove 36,000 tons of CO2 from the air per year – which is .0001% of the 36 billion tons of CO2 emitted per year by humanity.

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Climate change Stories June 26

Every new passenger car sold in the world will be electric by 2040, according to Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods in an interview aired this weekend by CNBC.

The interview also covered the company’s climate ambitions, putting a flashy coat of paint on an organization that is the world’s fifth-largest historical polluter and has pushed climate denial at a high level for half a century.

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Climate change Stories February 22

Swedish EV automaker Polestar has begun sharing its initial list of potential collaborators for its Polestar 0 Project – the company’s initiative to change the way cars are made by eliminating emissions from the entire supply chain. In addition to announcing the industry suppliers on board, Polestar is extending a global call for collaboration over the next month to garner even more support.

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Climate change Stories November 12, 2021

The COP26, aka the United Nations Climate Change Conference UK 2021, has officially finished in Glasgow. But the final agreement has not yet been put in place, and that will likely come over the weekend. Here’s Electrek‘s daily roundup of the key happenings at the world’s most important summit ever.

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Climate change Stories October 27, 2021

COP26, also known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference UK 2021, kicks off Sunday October 31, and officially runs until Friday, November 12. It’s being held in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus (pictured). Here are five things everyone needs to know about this crucial summit.

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Climate change Stories September 23, 2021

The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and more than 35 other industry and environmental organizations, including the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April to set national targets to curb the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other appliances.

The EPA delivered today. It’s the first time the federal government has set national limits on HFCs. It’s also the Biden administration’s first concrete regulatory step to tackle emissions since the US’s announcement that it would slash emissions 50% by 2030.

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Climate change Stories September 6, 2021

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • German wind turbine maker Nordex unveils its first 6 MW onshore turbine.
  • More than 200 health journals globally call for emergency climate change action.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Climate change Stories August 9, 2021

The world’s largest-ever report about climate change was published today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations group of nearly 200 leading climate scientists that looked at more than 14,000 scientific papers. It’s pretty grim – but far from hopeless. There are things we all can and must all do. As US Senator Ed Markey says, “We can’t agonize – we must organize.”

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Climate change Stories August 6, 2021

The Edward Hyatt hydroelectric power plant at Lake Oroville, California, was shut down yesterday for the first time since it opened in 1967 because of low water levels due to drought. Lake Oroville is California’s second-largest reservoir.

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Climate change Stories April 22, 2021

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate kicks off today. Keep an eye on these three countries.
  • Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves a Global Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Climate change Stories April 19, 2021

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Researchers produce ultrawhite paint that can cool buildings and reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • Vietnam’s largest wind farm comes online.
  • China and US pledge to cooperate on fighting climate change.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Climate change Stories April 15, 2021

Two powerful corporate networks that represent more than 80 companies with a combined $1.3 trillion in annual revenue have today written to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The pair of letters calls for interim strong fuel economy and emission standards and 100% zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales of light-duty vehicles by 2035 at the latest.

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Climate change Stories February 25, 2021

Systemic tax abuse, corruption, and money laundering slow down climate action, says the United Nations’ High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI Panel).

The FACTI Panel, which includes former world leaders and central bank governors, business and civil society heads and academics, says bankers, lawyers, and accountants who enable financial crime must face punitive sanctions.

The panel has today released its final report, “Financial Integrity for Sustainable Development,” in which it says stronger laws and institutions are needed to prevent cross-border corruption and money laundering. As much as 2.7% of the global GDP is laundered by criminals annually.

Electrek spoke with Dalia Grybauskaitė, FACTI co-chair and the former president of Lithuania, about how governments can tackle climate change with global finance reform.

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Climate change Stories February 19, 2021

Newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden wasted no time in rejoining the Paris Agreement to fight climate change on January 20. After 30 days, the US has today officially once again become part of the 189-country agreement.

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Climate change Stories February 16, 2021

Microsoft cofounder, philanthropist, and innovator Bill Gates just released his much anticipated book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need. He describes it, simply, as “a plan for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.” And as usual, the internet is responding with polarized excitement and conspiracy theories.

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Climate change Stories November 23, 2020

John Kerry has been named special presidential envoy for climate change on the National Security Council — aka “climate czar” — by US president-elect Joe Biden. It’s a brand-new position.

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Climate change Stories November 21, 2020

  • How can Americans break through the partisan divide when it comes to talking about the climate crisis?
  • Scientists rank five types of soft drink containers from best to worst for the environment.
  • Small farmers globally are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis. Here’s the help they’re getting.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories November 14, 2020

  • The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season breaks the record for the number of named storms with 29. Why?
  • We look at three state environmental amendments and initiatives that were passed by voters.
  • What’s regenerative farming, and how could it help reduce climate change? Woody Harrelson tells us.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories November 12, 2020

The Federal Reserve’s November 2020 “Financial Stability Report,” which usually examines how economic and market forces could impact banks, insurance companies, and other firms, has addressed the implications of climate change for financial stability for the very first time.

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Climate change Stories November 9, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice president-elect Kamala Harris were declared the winners of the US election on Saturday, and their climate change priorities have already been published on the Biden-Harris Transition website.

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Climate change Stories November 7, 2020

  • Why would a state that is extremely vulnerable to climate change vote for Donald Trump?
  • Small Island Developing States lead the fight against climate change — and usually suffer the most.
  • The president of the Oakland Firefighters Union talks about what it’s like to face wildfires firsthand.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories November 4, 2020

Key Biscayne, an island town in Miami-Dade County and one of Florida’s wealthiest towns, is also very vulnerable to rising seas. And last night, in the 2020 election, it soundly voted to approve a $100 million bond to protect itself from sea-level rise. Its decision driver? Staving off dropping property values.

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Climate change Stories November 3, 2020

As of midnight Eastern, the US leaves the Paris Agreement, the 2015 pact between 197 countries to stop global warming “well below” 2C, and work to hold it at 1.5C. Donald Trump formally withdrew the US from the global climate pact on November 4, 2019. The timing in relation to the US election is coincidental, but the outcome of the election will impact what comes next.

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Climate change Stories October 31, 2020

Just in case you didn’t notice, the US election is next week, on Tuesday, November 3. We at Electrek ran a Climate Crisis Weekly roundup on October 10 with the headline, “Humanity’s future rests on American voters.” Someone on the subreddit r/JoeBiden declared, “Tech website Electrek backs Biden for president.” Our reaction to that? We’ll take it.

And here’s why. Electrek is for electric vehicles, green energy, slowing and eventually reversing climate change, and protecting and renewing the environment. And we’ll hop on whatever e-bus we have to ride in order to get closest to the goal of progressing those things.

So instead of rounding up the week’s climate change stories, we’ve done something different this week. Some of us in the 9to5 network explain — each with a unique perspective, from all over the US (and world) — why we back Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election. In short, it’s because he’s the e-bus that gets us closest to our destination. Because we believe, with a passion, in what we write about.

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Climate change Stories October 24, 2020

  • Naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall illustrates animals’ evolution due to climate change.
  • Air pollution killed a half-million newborn babies globally in 2019, according to a new report.
  • Young people living in the Arctic Circle describe the climate change they see now in a BBC My World film.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories October 17, 2020

  • Many Americans say they don’t quite understand the “Green New Deal,” so we demystify it here.
  • The percentage of Americans that are alarmed about the climate crisis has doubled in five years.
  • Regardless of how you feel about Greta Thunberg, the documentary I am Greta is a must-watch.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories October 10, 2020

  • The US presidential election is almost here and voting has started. For the earth’s future, it’s everything.
  • Vice President Joe Biden releases the first political ad exclusively about climate change in the US.
  • Prince William and Sir David Attenborough launch the biggest environmental award ever, at $50 million.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories October 3, 2020

  • Greenland’s ice is melting faster than at any time in the past 12,000 years, according to a new study.
  • Sir David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet debuts on Sunday to help us better understand climate change.
  • The Environmental Defense Fund launches the Climate Authenticity Meter to evaluate businesses’ climate goals.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories September 26, 2020

  • The biggest climate summit of 2020 took place this week, with more than 350 events.
  • Which countries take climate change the most seriously? The ones who’ve experienced it.
  • What if the US joined the EU and China in making a pledge to fight climate change?
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories September 23, 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping (above), in a surprise announcement yesterday, told the United Nations General Assembly via video that China would achieve a peak in carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060. This will require a radical reshaping of the Chinese economy.

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Climate change Stories September 19, 2020

  • The world’s wildlife population has declined by more than two-thirds in the last 50 years — WWF
  • As much as 80% of the European Union’s electricity could be fossil fuel-free by 2030.
  • Here’s why a new study of sea urchins will provide great insight into the effects of climate change.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories September 5, 2020

  • The UN secretary-general urges G20 nations to ditch coal completely in a climate conference.
  • Planting seagrass needs to play an important part in reducing emissions. Here’s why.
  • Writer Andrew McCormick asks, “The sitting president has no climate plan. Why isn’t that headline news?”
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories August 29, 2020

  • Climate change is causing warmer waters, and it’s making hurricanes more dangerous.
  • Pop-up “corona cycleways” in European cities could result in health benefits of $3 billion a year.
  • What’s in the US Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis report?
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories August 22, 2020

  • The NOAA Weather Prediction Center thinks Death Valley may have broken a global heat record.
  • An environmental science professor describes how climate change affects her students’ mental health.
  • Trump plans to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. These animals would be destroyed.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories August 15, 2020

  • Mauritius suffered a really bad oil spill — and as feared, it’s killing its marine life.
  • Carbon dioxide emissions make oceans more acidic, and that’s not good for marine creatures.
  • Maine’s lobster fishery lost its sustainability certification due to the endangerment of the Right Whale.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories August 8, 2020

  • Most US states are cutting emissions without federal help. Here’s who’s succeeding and failing.
  • A Chilean photographer’s images of Patagonia’s glaciers reveal a starkly different landscape from a century ago.
  • Bill Gates posts a blog on lessons from the pandemic that should guide our response to the climate crisis.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories August 1, 2020

  • Two new groundbreaking, comprehensive studies prove that reducing air pollution saves lives.
  • UN Secretary-General António Guterres has new youth leaders to advise him on climate action.
  • July 29 was International Tiger Day, which highlights the importance of protecting the species.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories July 25, 2020

  • Polar bears live on Arctic sea ice, and it’s melting fast.
  • Many African, Asian, and Latin American countries meet the UN’s sustainable development goals.
  • Oceana launches Ship Speed Watch, an online tool to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories July 18, 2020

  • Influencers such as Greta Thunberg, Joaquin Phoenix, and Greenpeace call for EU leaders to “face the climate emergency.”
  • The fast-food giant Burger King has taken a novel approach to reduce methane emissions.
  • A new study finds that tree planting does not always boost ecosystem carbon stocks.
  • And more…

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Climate change Stories July 13, 2020

Last week, the Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders climate unity task force put forward a number of recommendations to combat climate change, as Electrek reported on July 9. That followed a huge climate plan from the House Democrats in June to bring the US to net zero by 2050. But are they good preliminary plans?

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Climate change Stories July 11, 2020

  • The latest IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been released, identifying the species most at risk of extinction.
  • Vermont becomes the first state in the US to pass a ban on food waste.
  • Colorado State University raises its 2020 hurricane forecast in July from 19 named storms up to 20.
  • And more…

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