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Today's climate and energy headlines:
- Bloomberg: Renewables to win two-thirds of newenergy investment by 2030
- EU states avoid green energy overhaul after courtbacks Swedish scheme
- Nasa rocket launch postponed after 'water flowproblem'
- Green light for £1.5bn Dudgeon offshore windfarm
- Carbohydrates boost trees' drought survivalchances
- China's Hurdle to Fast Action on ClimateChange
- Republican Politician Claims Climate Change Is'Greatest Deception In History Of Mankind'
- The Amount Of Carbon Dioxide In Our Air JustReached A New Record, And Scientists AreWorried
- There are good reasons to be anapocaloptimist
- The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: How BusinessMedia Covered "Risky Business" ClimateReport
- Climate change impacts on wildfires in aMediterranean environment
- The politics of Amazonian deforestation:environmental policy and climate changeknowledge
A major new report from Bloomberg New Energy Financepublished today suggests Europe is on course to halve greenhousegas emissions from the power sector by 2030, by securing nearly $1trillion of investments in renewable energy technologies. Fallingcosts for solar and onshore wind look set to make Europesubsidy-free during the 2020s, the report says.
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Sweden’s renewable energy support scheme is compatible withEuropean Union law, the European Court of Justice said on Tuesday,in a ruling that means member states will avoid a radical overhaulof their renewable energy laws. Renewable energy industry groupswelcomed Tuesday’s ruling and German economy minister SigmarGabriel called the decision “a clear signal on the continuedsupport of renewable energy in Europe”. The rulingwill ease pressureon Germany to reach acompromise with the Commission over its energy subsidies, the piecesuggests.
The planned launch yesterday of NASA’s Orbiting CarbonObservatory-2 satellite was delayed after technicians discovered awater flow problem. The New York Timesand Scientific Americanhave more onthe new satellite, which is intended to monitor global carbondioxide levels. You can watch hereas the NASA team have a secondgo at launching the much-anticipated satellite thismorning.
Statoil and Statkraft have confirmed work will begin nextyear on a giant 402 megawatt wind farm off the Norfolk coast, withexpected completion in 2017. The Norwegian controlled energycompanies will be paid roughly triple the current wholesale powerprice for every unit of electricity the project generates,reports The Telegraph. The planned £1.5 billionproject will support up to 450 jobs and produce power for 410,000households by 2017, say the developers.
An international team of scientists has found that tress withhigher levels of compounds called non-structural carbohydrates arebetter able to tolerate droughts, surviving up to 17 days longerthen species without the crucial ingredient. The discovery couldhelp restore forests devastated by logging and increase theirresilience to future climate change, say theresearchers.
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The Chinese government is still figuring out how much it canafford to participate in a global deal to cut emissions. Hopes wereignited this month after the deputy director of the ChineseAdvisory Committee on Climate Change told a conference the countrywould for the first time put an ‘absolute cap’ on emissions. But itremains to be seen what China’s official position will be whenworld leaders convene in September ahead the UNFCCC negotiations inParis next year.
Louisiana state representative Lenar Whitney this weekdeclared global warming to be “the greatest deception in thehistory of mankind”. Referencing Al Gore’s 2006 documentary AnInconvenient Truth, the politician argued the planet “has donenothing but get colder each year since the film’s release.” DespiteWhitney’s outburst, the climate change debate appears to beshifting in the US with prominent republicans publiclyacknowledging the need for urgent action on climate change, thepiece suggests.
June was the third month in a row where, for the entiremonth, average levels of carbon dioxide were above 400 parts permillion, according to the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration’s Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii. That’s thelongest time in recorded history that this much carbon dioxide hasbeen in the atmosphere. Soon we could reach level of global warmingthat would be too difficult for some humans to adapt to, scientistswarn.
The climate clock is still ticking but there are incredibleopportunities to make things better, argues Andrew Simms, authorand founder of the climate change programme at the New EconomicsFoundation. Simms offers seven reasons to be an apocaloptimist,loosely defined as “someone who knows it’s all going to s**t, butstill thinks it will turn out ok”.
Refusing to act on climate change will be bad for business,according to a major recent report assessing the alarming risks ofunchecked global warming on the U.S. economy. But while some topbusiness media outlets recognise global warming as a serious issuefor their audience, others are still stuck in denial.
New climate science.
A new study concludes that rising temperatures in the futurewill promote an increase in the number of forest fires across theMediterranean – that’s if no further improvements in firemanagement are introduced.
A new paper reviews the science and politics of deforestationin the Amazon from 1970 until today, focusing on the increasingrelevance of climate change knowledge to understanding andmanagement of the state of the vast Amazon forest.