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November 17, 2022

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Climate talks hit ‘breakdown’ over finance, fossil fuels as time dwindles

By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 14:46:01

With time running out for nations to agree on a road map for tackling climate change, the fate of U.N. climate talks in Egypt appeared in jeopardy Thursday as rich and poor nations continued to disagree on an array of issues, including compensation for harms caused by a warming world. The divide between these two factions at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27, could be seen in an inconclusive 20-page document released early Thursday morning by the Egyptian COP27 presidency. The document showed no consensus around the key issue of finance, particularly funding for irreversible loss and damage caused by rising temperatures. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

A wind project promised Mass. cheap power. Then came inflation

By Miriam Wasser, WBUR  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 14:54:33

There’s more drama in the ongoing saga with Massachusetts’ largest approved offshore wind project, Commonwealth Wind. Months after its developer, Avangrid, signed power contracts with three major utilities, the company is trying to get the state’s Department of Public Utilities to allow it to renegotiate those agreements. The company says supply constraints and rising interest rates require that they charge more for their wind power if the project has a chance of being viable. [ read more … ]

US offshore wind energy industry faces blowback from locals

By Wayne Parry, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 14:54:48

It’s just one cable meant to bring electricity from an offshore wind farm to a former coal-burning power plant in southern New Jersey, but it symbolizes a big challenge facing the renewable energy industry. The cable has been fought over for nearly three years, with no end in sight in a state whose officials are eager to get offshore wind power up and running. Thousands of wind turbines have been proposed for areas along the U.S. coastline as the nation tries to meet an ambitious goal of deploying enough of them offshore by 2030 to power 10 million homes. [ read more … ]

Climate

U.S. isolated on loss and damage

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 09:13:32

The United States is now seen as the biggest obstacle to what poor countries want most out of these talks — a new fund dedicated to help them bounce back from climate disasters. The overwhelming majority of countries at the U.N. climate conference that wraps up Friday in this eccentric and campy Red Sea resort town are demanding a new funding mechanism to help developing nations deal with climate damages that are now unavoidable. Divisions over that issue could prevent leaders from reaching a decision at the summit. [ read more … ]

Politics

What a Republican House means for energy

By Jason Plautz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 14:47:13

Ahead of the midterm elections, many Republicans hoped a red wave would put pressure on the Biden administration’s energy agenda and help reverse it. But any plan to slow down clean energy spending looks more limited now, even as the GOP claimed a majority in the House yesterday. Republicans now have at least 218 House seats, ensuring a slim majority with seven races yet to be called. Democrats are already assured of keeping control of the Senate, meaning Republicans will have a harder time getting their way on appropriations and any plans for permitting reform. [ read more … ]

Pollution

Environmental group alleges carmakers, Bosch deliberately manipulated emissions

By Rachel More, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 14:45:41

Germany’s top four carmakers and parts supplier Bosch knowingly broke rules when developing a type of emissions software, an environmentalist group said on Thursday, in a years-long legal battle that could open the door for a new wave of lawsuits. Audi, Volkswagen, Daimler – now Mercedes-Benz – and BMW commissioned Bosch to develop technology which they knew from the beginning violated regulatory compliance, Environmental Action Germany said at a press conference, citing internal industry documents leaked to it this summer spanning 2006 to 2015. [ read more … ]

Tiny Soot Particles from Fossil Fuel Combustion Kill Thousands Annually. Activists Now Want Biden to Impose Tougher Standards

By Victoria St. Martin, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 14:46:17

A coalition of environmental activists and advocacy groups is urging the Biden administration to toughen federal regulations around soot pollution, a step that they said could prevent thousands of deaths each year from respiratory disorders. The coalition, organized by the Climate Action Campaign, drafted a letter to President Joe Biden earlier this week calling on federal officials to institute the most rigorous air quality standards for fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, to denote bits of pollution smaller than 2.5 microns—about one-thirtieth the diameter of a human hair.
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Healthy teenagers at risk of irregular heartbeats from air pollution, says study

By Ian Sample, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 14:46:33

Healthy teenagers are more prone to irregular heartbeats after breathing in fine particulate air pollution, according to the first major study of its impact on otherwise healthy young individuals.
The findings have raised concern among researchers because heart arrhythmias, which can increase the risk of heart disease and sudden cardiac death, appear to be triggered even when air pollution is within common air quality limits. Doctors monitored heart activity and the air breathed by more than 300 healthy US teenagers over 24-hour periods. They found that higher concentrations of fine particles called PM2.5s increased the risk of irregular heartbeats for the next two hours. [ read more … ]

EVs

China Has Shot at Seizing 60% Share of Global EV Sales This Year

By Colin McKerracher, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-11-17 14:46:50

China just reported electric-vehicle sales data for October, and the numbers continue to break records. A total of 722,000 plug-in passenger and commercial vehicles were sold. Battery-electric vehicles were 22% of the passenger car market, and plug-in hybrids claimed another 9% share. [ read more … ]

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