--- tags: Nature, climate news, wrong direction --- # Climate and Environment News See also [climate and environment science](https://hackmd.io/@alexhkurz/Skd1IMMDt). - [None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use](https://grist.org/business-technology/none-of-the-worlds-top-industries-would-be-profitable-if-they-paid-for-the-natural-capital-they-use/), 2013. ## 2022 - [New drought rules limit outdoor watering to once a week](https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/new-drought-rules-limit-outdoor-watering-to-once-a-week-what-you-need-to-know/ar-AAWDlBQ), Apr 26. - [California grid set record of 97% renewable power on April 3](https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2022/04/california-grid-set-record-with-97-percent-renewable-power-april-3/), Apr 20 - [Wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity for the first time](https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60917445), Mar 30. - [Heat waves hit Arctic and Antarctica at the same time](https://www.livescience.com/arctic-and-antarctica-simultaneous-heatwaves), Mar 20. - [Climate change is biggest 'dealbreaker' on popular dating app](https://thehill.com/policy/equilibrium-sustainability/597723-climate-change-is-biggest-dealbreaker-on-popular-dating-app), Mar 10. - [California Is About to Test Its First Solar Canals](https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/california-is-about-to-test-its-first-solar-canals-180979637/), Feb 25. - [The world produces twice as much plastic waste as it did 20 years ago--and only 9 percent of it gets recycled](https://www.oecd.org/environment/plastic-pollution-is-growing-relentlessly-as-waste-management-and-recycling-fall-short.htm), Feb 22. - [America’s largest inland port is running out of water](https://grist.org/cities/water-pipeline-joliet-illinois), Feb 24 - [London’s National Portrait Gallery cuts ties with BP](https://grist.org/beacon/art-gallery-yes-to-oil-paintings-no-to-oil-funding/), Feb 24 - [To keep Earth habitable, we must reimagine a politics beyond the nation-state](https://www.noemamag.com/the-planet-is-a-political-orphan/), Feb 3 - [World spends $1.8tn a year on subsidies that harm environment](https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/17/world-spends-18tn-a-year-on-subsidies-that-harm-environment-study-finds-aoe), Feb 16 - [Hydrogen in road transport: it’s not going to happen](https://medium.com/enrique-dans/hydrogen-in-road-transport-its-not-going-to-happen-1b232155135d), Feb 6. - [Apple CEO against the right to repair](https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/01/letter-from-tim-cook-to-apple-investors/): "factors broadly impacting our iPhone performance, including [...] customers taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacements" ... "Our profitability and cash flow generation are strong, and we expect to exit the quarter with approximately $130 billion in net cash." - [Nanoplastic pollution found at both of Earth’s poles for first time](https://grist.org/science/nanoplastic-pollution-found-at-both-of-earths-poles-for-first-time/), Jan 31 - [Enshrine the rights of nature and Indigenous protections into law](https://grist.org/climate/chile-mining-boom-new-constitution-prevent-environmental-catastrophe/), Jan 28. - [Oil Industry Faces Skeptical Judges in Baltimore Climate Case](https://news.bloomberglaw.com/environment-and-energy/oil-industry-faces-skeptical-judges-in-baltimore-climate-case), Jan 25. - [BlackRock’s Greenwashing](https://www.dailyposter.com/midday-poster-blackrocks-greenwashing/), Jan 19. - [EV sales overtake diesel, tipping point in the decarbonization of transport?](https://medium.com/enrique-dans/as-ev-sales-overtake-diesel-in-europe-are-we-finally-reach-the-tipping-point-in-the-716bf564d81e), Jan 18. - [Nearly half of GDP in cities at risk of disruption from nature loss](https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/590023-nearly-half-of-gdp-in-cities-at-risk-of-disruption-from-nature-loss), Jan 17. - [Scooters with swappable batteries: the solution for urban mobility?](https://medium.com/enrique-dans/scooters-with-swappable-batteries-the-solution-for-urban-mobility-e55cbdd9853f) Jan 15. - [Top Global Brands and Asset Managers Still Lack Adequate Anti-Deforestation Policies, Report Finds](https://www.desmog.com/2022/01/13/top-global-brands-and-asset-managers-still-lack-adequate-anti-deforestation-policies-report-finds/), Jan 13. - [China’s Artificial Sun Just Broke a Record for Longest Sustained Nuclear Fusion](https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-artificial-sun-reactor-broke-record-for-nuclear-fusion-180979336/), Jan 10. - John von Neumann: [Can We Survive Technology?](http://geosci.uchicago.edu/~kite/doc/von_Neumann_1955.pdf) 1955. ## 2021 - ['The world's richest are plundering the planet'](https://news.sky.com/story/the-worlds-richest-are-plundering-the-planet-billionaires-huge-carbon-footprints-prompt-call-for-action-12460623), Nov 5. - [How a debate over carbon capture derailed California’s landmark climate bill](https://grist.org/politics/carbon-capture-why-california-cant-fill-the-net-zero-gap-in-its-climate-strategy/), Dec 15. - [16th annual Arctic Report Card](https://theconversation.com/2021-arctic-report-card-reveals-a-human-story-of-cascading-disruptions-extreme-events-and-global-connections-172136), Dec 14. - [The Antarctic Circumpolar Current](https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/12/13/climate/antarctic-climate-change.html). - [Cambridge University received more than £14m from oil giants, while Oxford University got almost £8m including donations to Oxford’s Said Business School Centre for Corporate Reputation](https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/british-universities-slammed-for-taking-90m-from-oil-companies-in-four-years/), Dec 11. - [Biden administration was not legally bound to auction gulf drilling rights](https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/dec/13/revealed-biden-administration-was-not-legally-bound-to-auction-gulf-drilling-rights), Dec 13. - [California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies in unprecedented decision](https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/02/california-water-districts-zero-water-requested-supplies), Dec 2. - [Canadas oil capital declares a climate emergency](https://grist.org/beacon/canadas-oil-capital-declares-a-climate-emergency/), Dec 1. - [Forests are shifting to scrublands across large swaths of the Western U.S.](https://grist.org/climate/climate-change-forest-loss), Nov 29. - [Permafrost Thaw in Siberia Creates a Ticking ‘Methane Bomb’ of Greenhouse Gases](https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ticking-timebomb-siberia-thawing-permafrost-releases-more-methane-180978381/), Aug 2021. - [Carbon inequality in 2030](https://oxfamilibrary.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10546/621305/bn-carbon-inequality-2030-051121-en.pdf), Nov 2021, "the world’s richest 1% drove twice the carbon emissions of the poorest half of the global population" - [COP26 leaves too many loopholes for the fossil fuel industry](https://theconversation.com/us/cop26), Nov 11. - [COP26: Fossil fuel industry has largest delegation at climate summit](https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59199484), Nov 8. - [AXA goes less than half the distance on oil & gas](https://reclaimfinance.org/site/en/2021/10/29/axa-goes-less-than-half-the-distance-on-oil-gas/), Oct 29. - [Britain lobbies governments to increase oil and gas production](https://declassifieduk.org/britain-courts-fossil-fuel-lobbying-governments-to-increase-oil-and-gas-production/), Nov 2. - [Toxic fracking waste is leaking into California groundwater](https://grist.org/accountability/fracking-waste-california-aqueduct-section-29-facility/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily), Oct 26. - [How the world’s wealthiest nations prioritise borders over climate action](https://www.tni.org/en/publication/global-climate-wall), Oct 25. - [The cement industry announced a concrete goal to decarbonize](https://grist.org/beacon/a-concrete-plan-to-decarbonize-cement/), Oct 20 - [Extremists are being pitted against moderate centre-right voters in the next chapter of the culture wars](https://www.theguardian.com/global/commentisfree/2021/oct/20/populist-right-covid-conspiracists-moderate-culture-wars), Oct 20. - [The climate is changing faster than cities are adapting](https://theconversation.com/cities-worldwide-arent-adapting-to-climate-change-quickly-enough-169984), Oct 20. "In 2020 the U.S. experienced a record-breaking 22 weather and climate disasters that each caused at least US$1 billion in damage. So far in 2021, the count stands at 18." - [Recycled Lithium Batteries as Good as Newly Mined](https://spectrum.ieee.org/recycled-batteries-good-as-newly-mined), Oct 15. - [Bitcoin energy consumption](https://digiconomist.net/bitcoin-energy-consumption). 1800 kWh per transaction in 2021 compared to [300kWh in 2018](https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S2542435118301776?token=83F8D46BE9A41189C49BF780BE1582FC22A0E20DF754B5ACD578BC9A00E9743604DF7E79F89BF3E7E2B71946414FF5AD&originRegion=us-east-1&originCreation=20211012191150) ... [FAQ](https://cbeci.org/faq). - [Since Mendes’s murder, nearly 1 million sq km of the Amazon, an area roughly the size of Texas and New Mexico combined, have been destroyed](https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/07/the-amazon-rain-forest-is-losing-200000-acres-a-day-soon-it-will-be-too-late), Oct 7. - [Work on Earth’s Climate Earns Nobel Prize in Physics](https://www.quantamagazine.org/pioneering-climate-modelers-earn-nobel-prize-in-physics-20211005/), Oct 5. - [CEO of Mars on Net Zero Emissions](https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/05/mars-ceo-grant-reid-net-zero-emissions-business), Oct 5. - [Six-Month Sentence for Lawyer Who Took on Chevron](https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/10/01/six-month-sentence-lawyer-who-took-chevron-denounced-international-outrage), Oct 1. - [Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Disney are backing business groups that are fighting landmark climate legislation](https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/01/apple-amazon-microsoft-disney-lobby-groups-climate-bill-analysis), Oct 1. - [Record $5bn donation to protect nature could herald new green era of giving](https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/29/record-5bn-donation-to-protect-nature-could-herald-new-green-era-of-giving-aoe), Sep 29. - [Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/climate/endangered-animals-extinct.html), Sep 28. - [The climate crisis inside our heads](https://blog.datawrapper.de/climate-change-grief-anxiety/), Sep 23. - [We can lift people out of poverty without blowing our climate energy budget](https://grist.org/equity/no-eradicating-poverty-is-not-gonna-mess-with-climate-goals/), Sep 20. - [Santa Ana, California, declared a climate emergency last week](grist.org/equity/santa-ana-california-climate-emergency-lead-remediation), Sep 16. - [Clean energy bill, making Illinois national leader in climate change](https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16092021/inside-clean-energy-illinois-clean-energy-bill-debate/), Sep 16. - [227 land and environmental defenders from across the globe were murdered in 2020](https://grist.org/protest/2020-was-the-deadliest-year-for-environmental-activists-heres-why/), Sep 15. - [Clothing company Mammut addresses emissions from fossil-fuel-powered ships](https://grist.org/economics/can-a-tiny-clothing-company-force-the-shipping-industry-to-clean-up-its-act/). Aug 30. - [Gatwick airport plans to carry on as if the world is not burning all around us](https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2021/08/26/gatwick-airport-plans-to-carry-on-as-if-the-world-is-not-burning-all-around-us/). Aug 26. - [Weaponizing economics: Big Oil, economic consultants, and climate policy delay](https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2021.1947636). Aug 25. - [Experts Clash over Cost of Carbon](https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/experts-clash-over-cost-of-carbon/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=earth&utm_content=link&utm_term=2021-08-25_top-stories&spMailingID=70544130&spUserID=NTQxNTA1OTMwODgzS0&spJobID=2183608278&spReportId=MjE4MzYwODI3OAS2). Aug 24. - [Carbon Dividends: A Win-Win for People and for the Climate](https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/carbon-dividends-a-win-win-for-people-and-for-the-climate/). Aug 23. - [Big oil coined ‘carbon footprints’ to blame us for their greed](https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/23/big-oil-coined-carbon-footprints-to-blame-us-for-their-greed-keep-them-on-the-hook), Aug 23. - [Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon hits highest annual level in a decade](https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/20/brazil-amazon-deforestation-report-bolsonaro-climate). Aug 20. - [Air pollution reduces cognitive ability](https://freakonomics.com/podcast/pollution-brain/). Aug 11. "If you have an important test today, you might want to consider rescheduling." [Air Quality Index](https://www.iqair.com/usa/california/orange). - [July was Earth’s hottest month on record](https://www.noaa.gov/news/its-official-july-2021-was-earths-hottest-month-on-record). Aug 13. - [‘Amazon Chernobyl’ lawyer Steven Donziger who won huge damages against Chevron is now facing the ‘first corporate prosecution in America’](https://wallofcontroversy.wordpress.com/2021/06/14/amazon-chernobyl-lawyer-steven-donziger-who-won-huge-damages-against-chevron-is-now-facing-the-first-corporate-prosecution-in-america/), Jun 14 - [China’s Bitcoin mining ban](https://digiconomist.net/how-chinas-bitcoin-mining-ban-affects-energy-consumption-estimates/), Jun 2. - [New momentum reduces emissions gap, but huge gap remains](https://climateactiontracker.org/press/new-momentum-reduces-emissions-gap-but-huge-gap-remains-analysis/), Apr 23. - [Israeli Startup Solves Problem of Bee Colony Collapse](https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/tech-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-the-israeli-startup-that-solved-a-170-year-old-problem-1.9620722). Mar 16. - [What gives billionaires such a massive carbon footprint](https://theconversation.com/private-planes-mansions-and-superyachts-what-gives-billionaires-like-musk-and-abramovich-such-a-massive-carbon-footprint-152514), Feb 16. <!-- ## 2019 - [Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/climate/biodiversity-extinction-united-nations.html), May 6, 2019. -->