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'Necessary evil': France refires coal plant amid energy woes (Nov 30 2022 - AP News)
SAINT-AVOLD, France (AP) - The end of France’s coal era seemed so certain last year that the operator of one of the country’s last coal-burning plants posted an upbeat educational video on YouTube...

'Zombie’ viruses are thawing in melting permafrost because of climate change (Dec 2 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
The thawing of the permafrost due to climate change may expose a vast store of ancient viruses, according to a team of European researchers, who say they have found 13 previously unknown pathogens...

After 'disappointing' COP27, calls grow for new approach to fighting climate change (Nov 28 2022 - Reuters)
November 28 - In the hundreds of pavilions and stalls on the sprawling Blue Zone of the COP27 climate negotiations there was a buzzing trade fair atmosphere, a world away from the rooms where the...

EU’s new climate change plan will cause biodiversity loss and deforestation: Analysis (Dec 2 2022 - ehn)
In a plan full of sustainable efforts, the incentivizing of biomass burning has climate experts concerned. The findings come on the heels of other testing that found the forever chemicals in some...

From Floods to Droughts, Every Region of the World Suffered Water Extremes Last Year: UN (Nov 29 2022 - Commondreams)
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Germany plans to keep coal-fired plants ready in case Russian gas is cut (Mar 31 2024 - New York Times)
The power plants, due to be shut down, would be kept in reserve to provide electricity if Russia ended shipments of natural gas. Germany plans to order coal-fired power plants that were due to be...

GM Targeting $50 Billion In EV Revenue By 2025 (Nov 27 2022 - insideevs)
In a recent press release, General Motors outlined several of its short-term goals related to electrification. Undoubtedly, the firm is dedicated to launching EVs and soon aims to have multiple...

More With Less: Climate and Clean Energy Require Rethinking Rivers (Nov 28 2022 - Climate Crocks)
Laurence Smith PhD in the New York Times: Last month, record low water levels in the Mississippi River backed up nearly 3,000 barges - the equivalent of 210,000 container trucks - on America’s...

On the edge of retreat An island community moved to the mainland (Nov 28 2022 - Washington Post)
(Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post) (Zoeann Murphy/TWP) A century ago, about 250 people lived on Hog Island, a seven-mile expanse off the Virginia coast. They raised livestock and gathered...

Radical interventions for climate-impacted systems - Nature Climate Change (Dec 1 2022 - Nature)
Standard solutions to the threat of >1.5?°C global average warming are not ambitious enough to prevent large-scale irreversible loss. Meaningful climate action requires interventions that are...

Should you not have kids because of climate change? It’s complicated. (Dec 2 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
When Meera Sanghani-Jorgensen was in her 30s, she and her husband began to discuss having children. They both wanted to have kids, but Sanghani-Jorgensen couldn’t shake the feeling that, by giving...

The Texas Group Waging a National Crusade Against Climate Action (Dec 4 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is shaping laws, running influence campaigns and taking legal action in a bid to promote fossil fuels. Gelles is writing a series of articles about groups...

U. S. to Pay Millions to Move Tribes Threatened by Climate Change (Nov 30 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
Two tribes in Alaska and a third in Washington State will get $25 million each to retreat to higher ground. WASHINGTON - The Biden administration will give three Native tribes $75 million to move...

We looked at 1,200 possibilities for the planet’s future. These are our best hope. (Dec 1 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
It’s the world’s most important climate goal: limiting the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit). It’s the aspiration of global agreements, and to...

What Is Prince William’s Earthshot Prize? (Dec 1 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
The charity will award $6 million to five entrepreneurs from around the globe working on breakthrough climate solutions. William and Catherine, the Prince and Princess of Wales, arrived in Boston...

Who Pays the Bill for Climate Change? (Dec 2 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
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Who should pay for loss and damage? Spoiler: not China (Nov 29 2022 - Climate Change News - Politics)
While there is a case for South Korea, UAE and Israel to join the donor pool, whichever way you measure it the US should pay more Protesters call for a loss and damage fund at Cop27 (Photo credit:...

With Federal Aid on the Table, Utilities Shift to Embrace Climate Goals (Nov 29 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
As billions in government subsidies were at stake, the electric utility industry shed its opposition to clean-air regulation and put its lobbying muscle behind passing President Biden’s climate...

With money on the table, states identify 120,000 leak-prone oil wells (Dec 2 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
Across the country, fossil fuel companies have walked away from thousands of oil and gas wells, leaving them unplugged and idle even as many of these drill sites leak greenhouse gas emissions and...

X-rays reveal elusive chemistry for better electric vehicle batteries (Dec 5 2022 - PHYS.ORG - Technology)
DOE's Battery500 consortium zeroes-in on lithium metal anodes Many electronics, including smartphones and even electric vehicles, currently rely on conventional lithium-ion batteries. While...

Zinc batteries offer greater safety, but many improvements needed to compete with lithium (Dec 2 2022 - PHYS.ORG - Technology)
Zinc batteries potentially offer a much lower fire risk than their market-leading yet fire-prone lithium-ion cousins, but researchers have concluded that the technology still needs a major boost to...