Friday, February 28, 2020

The Heartland Institute's Answer to Greta

To counter the appeal of Greta Thunberg the fossil fuel funded Heartland Institute has hired a young German women by the name of Naomi Seibt. The institute is known for its disinformation efforts including targeting public school children with "educational" materials that misrepresent the facts about climate change.  Like Seibt, Heartland casts aspersions on science, sews doubt and muddies the waters to weaken support for climate action.. "Climate change alarmism at its very core is a despicably anti-human ideology," she has said.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Coronavirus Related Stock Losses in 2 days Equal to the Cost of Climate Adaptation for the Next 10 Years

Stock market losses associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) equals the cost of climate adaption over the next decade.  Standard and Poor's 500 recorded a $1.7 trillion loss in two days of trading due to coronavirus. This is roughly equivalent to the estimated cost of climate adaption until 2030. This according to a 2019 report from the Global Commission on Adaptation which is led by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank chief executive Kristalina Georgieva and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as well as and 31 other world leaders.

The report indicated that investing $1.8 trillion in climate adaptation could yield benefits worth more than $7 trillion. This involves investments in warning systems, infrastructure, agriculture, mangroves, and water. They say these investments would provide a "triple dividend" that includes avoiding future losses, generating positive economic gains through innovation, and delivering social and environmental benefits. All together this dividend is valued at $7.1 trillion.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Climate Related Excertps from the Tenth Democratic Presidential Debate in Charleston

Seven candidates participated in Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina. The participants in the tenth Democratic presidential debate were Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobachar. Here are excerpts of the six times that climate change was mentioned in the debate.

STEYER: And let me say that I got into this race because I wanted to fight for economic justice, for racial justice, and to make sure we had climate justice for the American people.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

A Turning Point for Canada as Protestors Diffuse a Massive Carbon Bomb

A massive environmental disaster has been averted in Canada. The interrelated combination of protest and economics have killed the Frontier tar sands mine. Citing the ongoing debate over climate policy in Canada, Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd., has withdrawn its application to build a massive tar sands project in northern Alberta. The result is that hundreds of square kilometers of pristine land will not be destroyed and millions of tons of carbon will be left in the ground.

The $20.6-billion Frontier mine, was to be located 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. It was the largest tarsands mine ever proposed. A July 2019, joint federal-provincial review panel concluded that the mine would adversely impact 292 square kilometres of wetlands and boreal forest. It also would have been a climate catastrophe producing 260,000-barrels-per-day and generating 160 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over its 40 year lifespan.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Coronavirus Reduces China's Emissions by 25 Percent

Corornavirus (COVID-19) has slowed Chinese emissions. China burns about half the coal used globally while at the same time it is the leading market for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles. This duality is evident in Shanxi, which is both China's coal mining region and the location of some of the country's largest solar and wind power projects.

China is both a clean energy leader and a dirty energy behemoth. China is now the world's second largest economy and the largest carbon emitter. Their coal powered economic growth has unleashed a carbon bomb. Overall the country's carbon output tripled between 2000 and 2018, and its CO2 emissions now represents almost one third of the global total. An analysis by Global Energy Monitor reveals that the situation is going from bad to worse as the country is currently building or planing 148 gigawatts of new coal power capacity.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Event - Circularity 20: Circular Economy Conference

Circularity 20: Circular Economy Conference will take place on May 18-20, 2020 at the May 18 - 20, 2020 at the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia‎. This is the largest circular economy conference in the United States. Join 1,000+ thought leaders and practitioners to accelerate the circular economy. Rates Increase Feb. 28. Types: Design & Materials, Next-Gen Packaging, Business Model Innovation.

Event - Renewable Energy Markets 2020: Call for Abstracts

Renewable Energy Markets™ (REM) will take place on September 9–11, 2020,  at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. REM™ is seeking abstracts for presentations and panels that are timely, engaging, and informative. Are you a dynamic speaker with compelling story to tell? Presentations/sessions should be as discussion-oriented as possible. Ideally sessions will feature new data or ideas, consider important issues, and most importantly, fresh and informed thinking about where renewable energy markets are headed. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Why We Should Stand in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en People

For anyone confused about the Wet’suwet’en situation this informative read provides important context.  The original author's name has been withheld for their safety.

Wet'suwet'en is an Indigenous nation whose territory covers around 22,000 sq km of land (would have been much larger before contact) in northwest B.C.

Before first contact, you need to visualize Canada (aka Turtle Island) as a territory that held many, many sovereign nations, each with their own unique cultures, laws, and governance systems. For all intents and purposes, it would have looked more like present-day Europe in that it was a land of many distinct nations.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Trump's 2021 Budget Seeks to Slash Funding for Climate Action While Increasing Support for Fossil Fuels

US President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2021 seeks to kill climate action and science. This budget is a continuation of what we have seen in his previous three budgets. It includes opposition to pollution abatement, energy efficiency and renewable energy, while increasing support for fossil fuels. Here is a breakdown of how this budget impacts the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, and Climate Adaptation Science Centers.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Climate Related Excerpts from the Ninth Democratic Primary Debate

Here are the climate related excerpts from the ninth Democratic primary debate, that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The debate included Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

More Record Breaking Heat

Month after month, year after year, decade after decade we keep setting new temperature records. The world’s five warmest years have all occurred in the last five years and the period from 2010-2019 was the hottest decade ever recorded. We have seen 421 consecutive months of above average temperatures. The five warmest decades on record have all occurred in the last 50 years and each successive decade was warmer than any preceding decade.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Gaming the System: Social Media Undermines Climate Action and Threatens Democracy

The climate crisis represents an unprecedented threat to human civilization. We have known about the looming danger for decades but we have not done anywhere near enough to address it. Although we have seen progress in countries like Sweden and Denmark, countries like the United States and Brazil are moving in the opposite direction. This paper explores how the public has been influenced to make this possible. It specifically explains how governments and private interests have hijacked public narratives to serve political and corporate agendas. This approach is employed by the fossil fuel and other industries. as well as political parties and political leaders like Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Trump Taps a Leading Fossil Fuel Defender as the DOJ's Chief Environmental Enforcer

US President Donald Trump tapped oil industry defender Jeffrey Bossert Clark to lead enforcement of environmental regulations. As head of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division Clark is responsible for overseeing compliance with important environmental protections including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Event - Canadian Sustainability Conference: Beyond Clean: Creating A Greater Vision

The Canadian Sustainability Conference will take place on April 7-8, 2020 at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, 655 Dixon Rd, Toronto, Ontario. There will be 20 education sessions and 90 exhibitors, This is Canada’s leading conference and expo for cleaning, infection control and sustainable environmental solutions.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Four Lawyers and an Unlawful President

U.S. President Donald Trump has had dubious legal representation over the years but none of his layers was more unscrupulous than mob lawyer Roy Cohn. His influence can be seen in Trump's unrelenting altercations with the law. It is fair to say that Cohn groomed Trump to be the man he is today.. From many accounts of the way he operates, Trump acts more like a mafia boss than a president. This is a man who uses the vernacular of organized crime, calling people who tell the truth "rats" and he seeks revenge like the head of a criminal syndicate.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Short Brief on the State of Carbon Capture Research

Research into carbon capture and sequestration has shown both promise and disappointment. A 2010 study indicated that "negative emission technologies…significantly enhances the possibility to meet low concentration targets" (Azar et al, 2010). The American Geophysical Union has also called for further research (Landau, 2018). A recent article published in the Cambridge University Press called for a research agenda on NETS and stated: "There are many technological solutions to address climate change but unfortunately there are no silver bullets" (Nekuda, 2019).

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Why We Need Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Carbon capture and sequestration have often been considered technologies of last resort. As emissions keep rising and global carbon budgets decline, it is becoming increasingly apparent that if we are to stave off the worst of climate change we must deploy and scale these desperate remedies as quickly as possible.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Trump's Doing it Again This Time with Funds Earmarked for Climate Mitigation

U.S. President Donald Trump is up to his old tricks again except this time instead of military aid he is withholding funds for climate action. According to recent reports Trump is sitting on almost a billion dollars earmarked for renewables, electric vehicles and energy efficiency. This comes only a couple of days after Republicans in the Senate acquitted him, completely ignoring clear evidence of efforts to meddle in the presidential election later this year. They did not dispute the fact that the commander-and-chief withheld Ukrainian aid to secure political favors, on the contrary they argued that it is perfectly acceptable if the president believes his reelection is in the national interest.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Event - Sustainability Conference for Future Sustainable Societies 2020

Sustainability Conference for Future Sustainable Societies 2020 will take place on Saturday May 30 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT) at the University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario. This event is organized by Sustainable Development Network (SDN), a chapter organization of HSDN. The theme is diversity and inclusion for sustainable societies. The event will consist of raising awareness and promoting practical models for sustainable development through cooperation, collaboration and striving to reconcile economic growth with environmental interests and the protection of unique societal practices, cultures, and traditions.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Climate Related Excerpts from the New Hampshire Democratic Debate (ABC News)

The Democratic 2020 presidential candidates debated in New Hampshire on February 7 before the New Hampshire primary on February 11. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, and Joe Biden participated. Pete Buttigieg was also present but he made no reference to climate change or related issues so he is not included in these excerpts.

Bernie Sanders

[Y]ou need to rally the American people to tell the drug companies, to tell Wall Street, to tell the insurance companies, to tell the fossil fuel industry this country belongs to all of us, not a handful of special interests.

Friday, February 7, 2020

A Decade from Hell on the Road to Ruin

In the last ten years we have witnessed a series of calamities starting with the massive oil spill from BP's rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The effects of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 resulted in the largest oil spill in American history and the effects are being felt to this day.

The decade has been marked by extreme weather including deadly hurricanes and heatwaves. Last year was the second warmest year on record, 2019 will also be remembered for the fact that July was the hottest month ever recorded. The months of June, September, October and December also broke records. With only one exception every month in 2019 has been in the top three hottest on record.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Trump Administration is Racking Up a String of Environmental Losses in Court

Teflon Don may seem like he is impervious to legal challenges but he is anything but invincible when there are actual trials with actual evidence. The Trump administration has won only two of 39 environmental-regulation cases. Although Trump’s bellicose pronouncements capture headlines, the courts are quietly but consistently overturning his attempts to weaken environmental protections. A wide range of organizations and individuals are successfully turning to the courts to oppose the recklessness of this administration. In many instances Trump's environmental rollbacks were overturned and, in several cases, the courts ordered agencies to enforce their own rules.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Trump's State of Disunion (2020 Edition)

Trump's 2020 State of the Union address reaffirmed his ongoing penchant for dishonesty, his utter lack of civility and his conspicuous avoidance of climate change. Trump began by refusing to shake the hand of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and he went on to deliver the most divisive State of the Union speech in the modern memory.

Trump bragged about the fact that the US is the world's largest producer of fossil fuels. He did not acknowledge the mounting evidence that suggest fossil fuels are on their way out, and not once did he mention renewable energy. As is often the case with this president, he tried to take credit that is not his to take. "The United States has become the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world, by far. With the tremendous progress we have made over the past three years." The truth is this happened in 2012, four years before he was president. Trump boasted about energy jobs but what he failed to say is that there are now more renewable energy jobs than there are jobs in the fossil fuel industry.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

China and the EU: Two More Reasons Why 2020 Will Be a Make or Break Year

The decisions made this year may well determine the fate of life on Earth. Our actions have become especially important in the wake of our failure to reign-in emissions and address collapsing ecosystems.  In a previous post I outlined four reasons why 2020 will be a make or break year for environmental action.  Events in China and the EU provide two additional reasons.

This year will also see a major shift away from dirty energy. Investors, insurers and banks are abandoning fossil fuels. Major lending institutions have stopped financing coal, oil and gas at the start of 2020 and the Guardian become the first major news organization to refuse ads from fossil fuel companies.

Monday, February 3, 2020

The End is Near for Dirty Energy: Fossil Fuels are Being Abandoned by Investors, Insurers and Banks

“I’m done with fossil fuels. They’re done. They’re just done. We’re starting to see divestment all over the world.” - CNBC’s Jim Cramer

The fact that investors, insurance companies and banks are abandoning the fossil fuel industry is a clear sign that coal, oil and gas are in the final stage of their energy dominance. Those who refuse to come to terms with this fundamental reality will by punished financially and in the court of public opinion.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Event - Impact Investing World Forum Conference

This impact investing conference will take place on April 30 - May 1, 2020 at the The Great Hall, Kensington Conference and Events Centre, Hornton St, Kensington, London W8 7NX. There will be 200 Delegates and 25 speakers including including UBS, EIF, Big Issue, MoJ and DFID.

Event - Iber-REN

Iber-REN will take place on September 22-23, 2020 at the new VP Plaza España Design hotel in Madrid, Spain. Iber-REN unites the entire Iberian renewable energy value chain, offering premium networking experiences with 300 key decision-makers and more than 80 speakers in a 5-star setting. Network with senior level decision makers.

Bring your whole team to Iber-REN and maximise your networking opportunities. Get in front of the right people by exhibiting at Iber-REN you will have the opportunity to showcase your latest products to over 200 attending delegates, proving your commitment and position with the Iberian clean energy sector. Conduct face-to-face meetings and reach important prospects in an environment designed for business. Invite your key clients to Iber-REN for a special discounted rate and shake hands with key players in the market.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Event - E-TALIA 2020 Summit

E-TALIA 2020 Summit will take place on April 28 - 29, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan, Italy. This is a strategy & technology summit to drive the Italian energy transition to solar, wind and electric vehicles. This annual congress will help accelerate renewable energy projects, grid investments, energy storage, asset management and EV charging network across one of Europe’s strongest renewable energy markets. E-TALIA 2020 will unite traders, utilities, corporates, investors and banks with Italy’s renewable energy value chain to unlock the country’s wind and solar potential. This summit will also assist corporate/industrial players with their energy strategies, accelerating electricity storage and E-mobility, to achieve a 32 percent clean energy goal by 2030. Over 300 people are expected to attend this summit which will include more than 25 hours of content. There will be 80 industry leaders who will be speaking at E-TALIA 2020.