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US insurance industry lags in divesting from fossil fuels

by Insure Our Future The number of insurance companies withdrawing coverage for coal has more than doubled in 2019 as the industry’s retreat from the sector accelerates and spreads beyond Europe, the Unfriend Coal campaign revealed in Insuring Coal No More, its third annual scorecard on insurance and climate change. However, the report finds that […]

‘Bleak’ U.N. Report on a Planet in Peril Looms Over New Climate Talks

Deeper and faster cuts are now required Global greenhouse gas emissions have grown by 1.5 percent every year over the last decade. To stay within relatively safe limits, emissions must decline sharply, by 7.6 percent every year, between 2020 and 2030. Even if every country fulfills its current pledges under the Paris Agreement — and […]

The numbers keep getting more frightening

by Bill Mckibben, E360 Climate change is many things — a moral issue, a question of intergenerational justice, an economic threat, and now a daily and terrifying reality. But it’s also a math problem, a point I’ve been trying to make for awhile now. Let’s run some new numbers. First: 11,000, as in the number […]

DHL to debut electric delivery vans in US cities

by Lisa Baertlein, Reuters DHL will debut StreetScooter’s zero-emission Work L delivery van in two urban U.S. markets, one on each coast, starting in Spring 2020, the companies said. They did not specify which markets would be the first. Full deployment could come in 2022 and 2023, said Ulrich Stuhec, StreetScooter’s chief technology officer, who […]

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European Investment Bank drops fossil fuel funding

The European Union is to stop funding oil, gas and coal projects at the end of 2021, cutting €2bn (£1.7bn) of yearly investments. by BBC, November 14, 2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s financing department, will bar funding for most fossil fuel projects. The ban will come into effect a year later than […]

California won’t buy cars from GM, Toyota, and others siding with Trump

by Rachel Becker, Cal Matters Starting immediately, California state agencies will no longer buy gas-powered sedans, officials said Friday. And starting in January, the state will stop purchasing vehicles from carmakers that haven’t agreed to follow California’s clean car rules. The decision affects General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and multiple other automakers that sided with […]

Keystone pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota

by Emily S. Rueb and Niraj Chokshi, NY Times The Keystone pipeline system, an addition to which has been the subject of environmental protests for years, leaked about 383,000 gallons of crude oil in North Dakota, covering an estimated half-acre of wetland, state environmental regulators said. The spill, which began on Tuesday night and has […]

The US is set to drown the world in oil

by Global Witness The sheer scale of this new production dwarfs that of every other country in the world and would spell disaster for the world’s ambitions to curb climate change – the effects of which we’re already witnessing through massive heat waves, flooding, and extreme weather. Earlier this year, we crunched the numbers from […]

Government shutdown may facilitate Keystone pipeline

by Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune The developer of the Keystone XL Pipeline is asking a Montana judge to stay his order blocking construction while it appeals his decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Absent a stay of the permanent injunction, TransCanada will continue to suffer irreparable harm,” TransCanada writes in a motion […]

Judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline, says climate impact can’t be ignored

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked all further work on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the Trump administration had failed to justify its decision to reverse a prior decision by the Obama administration and to approve the tar sands oil delivery project. It was a striking victory for […]