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August 9, 2021

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Humans have pushed the climate into ‘unprecedented’ territory, landmark U.N. report finds

By Brady Denni and Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-09 15:43:08

More than three decades ago, a collection of scientists sanctioned by the United Nations first warned that humans were fueling a dangerous greenhouse effect and that if the world didn’t act collectively and deliberately to slow Earth’s warming, there could be “profound consequences” for people and nature alike. On Monday, that same body — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — issued its latest and most dire assessment about the state of the planet, detailing how humans have altered the environment at an “unprecedented” pace and cautioning that the world risks increasingly catastrophic impacts in the absence of rapid greenhouse gas reductions. [ read more … ]

Climate

A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.

By Brad Plumer and Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-09 15:42:47

Nations have delayed curbing their fossil-fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer stop global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, though there is still a short window to prevent the most harrowing future, a major new United Nations scientific report has concluded. Humans have already heated the planet by roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius, or 2 degrees Fahrenheit, since the 19th century, largely by burning coal, oil and gas for energy. And the consequences can be felt across the globe: This summer alone, blistering heat waves have killed hundreds of people in the United States and Canada, floods have devastated Germany and China, and wildfires have raged out of control in Siberia, Turkey and Greece. [ read more … ]

IPCC: Window closing to stop worst effects of climate change

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-09 15:43:55

World leaders are rapidly running out of time to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. And without dramatic action, even less ambitious goals — such as checking climate change at 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels — soon could be out of reach. That’s the sobering conclusion of the world’s top climate scientists, who today released a milestone report on the state of global warming. The analysis by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, wasn’t limited to temperature projections either. [ read more … ]

Reactions to Administration’s EV and Auto Emission Plan

Carmakers’ EV Pledge Gives Burned Environmentalists Deja Vu

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-09 15:43:24

The chief executives of the world’s biggest automakers gathered with President Barack Obama at the Washington Convention Center in 2011 to announce they had agreed to double the average fuel economy of their vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon — the largest increase in history. Five years later, after Donald Trump was elected, the companies asked the president-elect to roll back the standards. He did. [ read more … ]

Markets

The Era of Cheap Natural Gas Ends as Prices Surge by 1,000%

By Anna Shiryaevskaya, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-09 15:44:14

The era of cheap natural gas is over, giving way to an age of far more costly energy that will create ripple effects across the global economy. Natural gas, used to generate electricity and heat homes, was abundant and cheap during much of the last decade amid a boom in supply from the U.S. to Australia. That came crashing to a halt this year as demand drastically outpaced new supply. European gas rates reached a record this week, while deliveries of the liquefied fuel to Asia are near an all-time high for this time of year. [ read more … ]

Renewables Are Fast Replacing Coal, Except in Rural America

By Katherine Blunt and photographs by Adria Malcolm, The Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-09 15:42:29

U.S. utilities are moving to replace coal plants with renewable-energy sources, but the shift is happening more slowly at the cooperatives that serve much of rural America. Electric cooperatives sourced 32% of their power from coal in 2019, according to industry data. By comparison, the U.S. as a whole got about 23% of its electricity from coal that year, a 42-year low, according to the Energy Information Administration. [ read more … ]

EVs

Want an EV charger? Good luck finding one, study says

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-09 15:43:39

Nobody walks in LA, as the song goes. But if you do, there’s a decent chance in Los Angeles of finding a nearby electric-vehicle charging station. Wander the poorer neighborhoods of San Antonio, Chicago or Baltimore, though, and you’re out of luck. Such are the results of a new report that posed a question of growing importance for the transportation sector: Where does one fuel these snazzy new EVs that are coming out if you’re not fortunate enough to have a garage or driveway? [ read more … ]

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