UN Flags 127 Major Climate-Warming Methane Plumes This Year

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) – A United Nations-led effort to use space satellites to detect methane leaks from fossil fuel infrastructure has alerted governments to 127 major methane plumes across four continents since its launch at the start of this year. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, with 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide … Read more

Ethereum Blockchain Produced Equivalent of Honduras’ Annual Emissions Before Upgrade

[ad_1] LONDON(Reuters) – The Ethereum blockchain’s historical greenhouse gas emissions before a major software upgrade last year were equivalent to the yearly emissions of Honduras, a University of Cambridge study showed on Friday. Blockchains – the digital ledgers that underpin cryptocurrencies – typically consume large amounts of energy as they produce coins and process transactions, … Read more

Britain’s Sunak Tries to Reclaim Climate Narrative With $2 Billion Pledge

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will pledge 1.6 billion pounds ($2 billion) in funding at the U.N. climate summit on Friday, an attempt to bolster his green credentials after watering down Britain’s measures to reach net zero targets. Sunak, in Dubai for COP28 leaders’ day, will try to restore Britain’s reputation as … Read more

Why Hold UN Climate Talks 28 Times? Do They Even Matter?

[ad_1] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ask most people what the annual U.N. climate talks are and the likely answer will be: “Huh?” Ask those who do know and the answer may be: “Why should I care?” The negotiations, called Conference of Parties, are nearly two weeks long and in their 28th iteration in … Read more

World to Hit 1.4C of Warming in Record Hot 2023

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) – With a month to run, 2023 will reach global warming of about 1.4 degrees Celsius (2.5 Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, adding to “a deafening cacophony” of broken climate records, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. The WMO’s provisional State of the Global Climate report confirms that 2023 will be the … Read more

COP28 Summit Opens With Hopes for Early Deal on Climate Damage Fund

[ad_1] By Kate Abnett, Katy Daigle and Valerie Volcovici BRUSSELS/DUBAI (Reuters) – Countries at the U.N.’s COP28 climate summit opening on Thursday hope to clinch an early deal on a new fund to pay for climate-caused damage, aiming to muster some political goodwill before talks turn to divisive topics including the future of fossil fuels. … Read more

US Lists Wolverine as Threatened Species, Citing Climate Change

[ad_1] (Reuters) – The North American wolverine, a fierce mountain predator closely related to badgers and skunks, gained U.S. protection as a threatened species on Wednesday under a Biden administration policy citing threats to the animal’s snowy habitat from climate change. Listing of the wolverine as threatened reverses a 2020 Trump administration determination that such … Read more

Climate Change Is the Biggest Human Health Risk, Says Africa’s Disease Boss

[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – Climate change is the biggest threat to human health in Africa and the rest of the world, the head of the continent’s public health agency said. Mitigating that risk was top of his agenda, Jean Kaseya, the director general of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Reuters … Read more

Chemours, DuPont, Corteva Reach $110 Million ‘Forever Chemicals’ Ohio Settlement

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Chemours, Dupont De Nemours and Corteva have reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. state of Ohio for $110 million to resolve claims associated with toxic “forever chemicals”, the companies said on Wednesday. Chemours said it would be responsible for half of the settlement costs, while DuPont would provide about $39 million. … Read more

Defying Pope’s Calls for Climate Action, US Catholic Bishops Cling to Fossil Fuels

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Hundreds of Catholic institutions around the globe have announced plans to divest their finances of oil, gas and coal to help fight climate change since Pope Francis published his landmark encyclical on environmental stewardship in 2015 urging a break with fossil fuels. But in the United States, the world’s top oil and … Read more