Inside Climate News - Today's Climate

  • 12.13.19

    Renewables 'Hit a Wall' in Saturated Upper Midwest Grid

    E&E News

    The Clean Grid Alliance, which includes renewable energy developers, environmental groups, turbine maker Vestas and Google, says transmission congestion in the Upper Midwest threatens to dramatically slow renewable energy development there. 

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  • 12.13.19

    These Cities Want to Ban Natural Gas. But Would It Be Legal?

    InsideClimate News

    With concerns about natural gas's impact on climate change rising, several Massachusetts cities and towns have started exploring outright bans on new natural gas hookups in commercial and residential buildings. But in Massachusetts, as Cambridge discovered, it might be harder—if not impossible—to do.

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  • 12.13.19

    Hopes Dim for Broad Deal on Global Carbon Market at UN Talks

    Bloomberg

    As nearly 200 nations wrap up climate talks in Madrid, a rift between industrial and developing nations about how to use carbon markets risks watering down a deal that could unlock hundreds of billions of dollars in aid for climate-related projects, Bloomberg reports. Read more from ICN on how environmental justice groups say carbon markets hurt the poor.

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NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 12.14.19

    Our Future Depends on the Arctic

    Save it from the ravages of warming and we can save the planet.
  • 12.14.19

    As U.N. Climate Talks Go to Overtime, a Battle for the ‘Spirit’ of the Paris Pact

    World leaders meeting in Madrid remained at loggerheads on Saturday about whether they could commit, just on paper, to raise voluntary climate targets next year.
  • 12.13.19

    We Have Climate Leaders. Now We Need Followers.

    To win over more nations, we need fixes with tangible benefits, like reducing local air pollution and cutting energy costs.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 12.15.19

    UN climate talks end with limited progress on emissions targets

    Partial agreement at COP25 that countries must be more ambitious to fulfil Paris goals

    Climate talks in Madrid have ended with a partial agreement to ask countries to come up with more ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the terms of the 2015 Paris accord.

    Few countries came to this year’s talks with updated plans to reach the Paris goals, though the EU finally agreed its long-term target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Experts say more ambitious emissions cuts are needed globally if the Paris pledge to hold global heating to no more than 2C is to be met.

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  • 12.15.19

    Let there be dark: the battle to save our sky from light pollution

    The spread of electrical lighting is blocking out the stars and threatens the health of many species … including humans. Now our national parks plan to take back the night

    NOAA-20 probably has the best view of the North York Moors, even though it’s 512 miles away. In one sweep – on a clear night – the weather satellite can see the whole national park, from the forests in the south near Scarborough to the heather-covered moorland just south-east of Middlesbrough.

    When Richard Darn walks these hills – on a clear night – he can’t quite make out NOAA-20 as it scurries from pole to pole because the skyglow from Middlesbrough pollutes the darkness. Yet down in the southern forests, the night sky is pristine and ideal for satellite spotting. Places with truly dark skies like this are shrinking. In the areas where you can see why the ancients decided that a group of stars looked like a great bear, or scorpion, or Orion the hunter, the faintest dots of the constellations are being drowned in skyglow, or winked out by a brash neon sign or stray security light.

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  • 12.14.19

    Rupert Murdoch says 'no climate change deniers around' – but his writers prove him wrong

    Some columnists in News Corp’s papers didn’t get their boss’s message

    “There are no climate change deniers around I can assure you,” Rupert Murdoch said last month at News Corp’s annual general meeting.

    His declaration that the publisher of the Daily Telegraph, the Australian and owner of Sky News was free of climate deniers was widely greeted with mirth.

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