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January 18, 2019 (Suva) – Australian coal is killing the Pacific, Fiji PM tells Scott Morrison

Fiji has firmly told Australia to shift away from coal and fossil fuels because climate change is hurting Pacific island nations. Australia must not put the interests of a single industry above the lives of Pacific nations battling climate change, Scott Morrison has been firmly told. Read more.

October 31, 2018 (Port Vila) – Drones to deliver vaccines in Vanuatu in world-first trial.

Drones carrying precious vaccines will soon be taking to the skies over Vanuatu, in a world-first trial that has the potential to revolutionise healthcare for isolated islanders in the Pacific. The Vanuatu government has signed contracts with two commercial drone companies and asked them to deliver temperature-sensitive vaccines to 39 remote villages that health workers often take days to access by car, boat or on foot. Read more.

October 19, 2018 (London) –Sulphur 2020: A shipper’s guide to the upcoming emissions regulations

By January 2020, global fleets will be expected to comply with tighter sulphur emissions regulations, which will see the global limit drop from 3.5% to 0.5%. As the industry counts down to the big day, what do shippers need to know? Read more.

October 16, 2018 (UK) – Scottish Power shifts to 100% wind generation after £700m Drax sale.

Scottish Power has become the first of the UK’s big six energy firms to ditch fossil fuels for electricity generation, by selling off its last remaining gas power stations to Drax for more than £700m. Iberdrola, Scottish Power’s Spanish parent company, said the move was part of its strategy to tackle climate change and would free it up to invest in renewables and power grids in the UK. Read more.

October 13, 2018 (Canberra) – Climate target set by IPCC requires 12 Australian coal-fired power stations to close: Parliamentary Library report.

Australia would need to shut 12 of its coal power stations by 2030 in order to do what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says is necessary to avoid catastrophic effects of climate change. The implication comes from simple arithmetic, produced by the Parliamentary Library, and would require nine power stations closing before the end of their scheduled life. Read more.

October 8, 2018 (Global) – 37 things you need to know about 1.5C global warming.

The UN published a summary on the science of 1.5C global warming on Monday. It’s a big deal. This is the first time the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has gathered evidence on the tougher target demanded by countries on the front line of climate impacts. It validates their concerns, showing that the difference between 1.5C and 2C – the upper limit governments committed to in the Paris Agreement – is critical to millions of people’s homes, jobs and lives. Read more.

October 8, 2018 (Wellington) – Climate change aid ‘not reaching those who need it most’

Around the world money is being poured into helping vulnerable countries fight climate change. But Caritas New Zealand director Julianne Hickey said finance was not getting beyond large institutions and government structures. Read more.

October 7, 2018 (Canberra) – Morrison says Australia won’t provide more money for global climate fund.

Asked if Australia would be held to the target to reduce emissions by 26% to 28% from 2005 levels, Morrison said: “No, we won’t … we’re not held to any of them at all. Nor are we bound to go and tip money into that big climate fund. We’re not going to do that either. I’m not going to spend money on global climate conferences and all that nonsense.” Read more.

October 2, 2018 (California) – Volvo introduces all new electric trucks in North America.

Volvo have introduced all new electric trucks set to be launched in North America from 2020. The initiative will be a collaboration between the Volvo Group, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, and industry leaders in transportation and electrical charging infrastructure. Read more.

September 28, 2018 – ASOS hold a conference for sustainable fashion.

ASOS held a sustainability conference on Wednesday with over 90 of the biggest brands in the fashion industry in attendance. The purpose of the event, entitled The Future of Fashion: Transformation through Collaboration, was to discuss key issues facing the fashion industry and to ensure a more sustainable future. Read more.

September 27, 2018 – World Bank invests $1 billion into battery storage for developing countries.

The Accelerating Battery Storage for Development programme is a new, first of its kind, global initiative to accelerate the development of battery storage for energy systems in developing and middle-income countries. Read more.

September 27, 2018 – World ‘nowhere near on track’ to avoid warming beyond 1.5C target

A massive, immediate transformation in the way the world’s population generates energy, uses transportation and grows food will be required to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5C and the forthcoming analysis is set to lay bare how remote this possibility is. Read more.

September 26, 2018 (New York) – Macron rejects trade deals with countries outside Paris climate accord

Emmanuel Macron has announced France will no longer accept “commercial agreements” with countries that do not “respect” the Paris Climate Accord during a fiery speech at the United Nations General Assembly. The French president called for the upholding of trade rules that “guarantee fair competition on equal footing” during his Tuesday speech, following a Monday afternoon meeting with Donald Trump and the US president’s speech on Monday morning. Mr Macron appeared defiant towards Mr Trump, suggesting he’d no longer negotiate trade deals with the US after its withdrawal from the climate agreement last year. Read more.

September 24, 2018 (New York)  – World Benchmarking Alliance to Rank Companies’ Performance on SDGs

Aviva, the Index Initiative and the UN Foundation launched the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), which will develop free, publicly available benchmarks that compare and rank companies’ performance on the SDGs. The Alliance aims to incentivize and accelerate private sector action on sustainable development. Read more.

September 21, 2018 (London) – UK Parliament to eliminate their single-use plastic by 2019 with compostable items.

In a bid to encourage the public to reduce their plastic pollution, Parliament will eliminate all single-use plastic from their catering services by 2019. Read more.

September 14, 2018 (USA) – United Airlines’ Stunning New Greenhouse Gas Strategy Will Completely Change the Future of Air Travel

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munozrevealed that United had committed to reducing the company’s greenhouse gases 50 percent by 2050. According to Munoz, if the company achieves its goal, it will be the equivalent of taking 4.5 million cars off the road. Read more.

September 14, 2018 (Australia) – Half of dead baby turtles found by Australian scientists have stomachs full of plastic

Baby sea turtles are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of plastic pollution, according to a new study which found around half of the recently hatched reptiles had stomachs full of plastic. In recent years, scientists have realised that animals ranging from plankton to whales are regularly consuming plastic, since around 10 million tons of it ends up in the sea every year. Turtles were some of the first creatures ever observed consuming plastic, with reports of bags being found in their stomachs stretching back to the 1980s. Read more.

September 13, 2018 (San Francisco) – World Energy and United Airlines Launch Longest Transatlantic Biofuels Flight From SFO

World Energy, the global leader in renewable jet fuel production, is pleased to announce its participation in United Airlines’ biofuel flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Zurich Airport on Friday. A United Boeing 787 will be powered by World Energy’s low-carbon aviation fuel, and take place during Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit. The flight is part of an ongoing commitment to addressing climate change and follows on the heels of Governor Brown’s Executive Order for California to be net-zero carbon by 2045. Read more.

September 12, 2018 (North Africa) – Here’s How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again.

The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert, but parts of it could be made green if massive solar and wind farms set up shop there, a new study finds. These farms could increase rain in the Sahara, especially in the neighboring Sahel region, a semiarid area that lies south of the giant desert, the researchers said in the study, which was published online Sept. 7 in the journal Science. Read more.

September 10, 2018 (San Francisco) – Plan to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch gets underway.

An ambitious project to clean up the ocean’s plastic pollution got underway over the weekend as members of The Ocean Cleanup project began towing their system out to sea. If it works as expected, they’ll try to take a bite out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — a huge collection of floating trash that’s three times the size of France, or about double the size of Texas. The Ocean Cleanup System 001 consists of a 2,000 foot (600 meter) long floating barrier with a 10 foot (3 meter) skirt that hangs below it, under the water. Read more.

August‎ ‎31‎, ‎2018 (Samoa) – World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital – Samoan PM

The prime minister of Samoa has called climate change an “existential threat … for all our Pacific family” and said that any world leader who denied climate change’s existence should be taken to a mental hospital. In a searing speech delivered on Thursday night during a visit to Sydney, Tuilaepa Sailele berated leaders who fail to take climate change seriously, singling out Australia, as well as India, China and the US, which he said were the “three countries that are responsible for all this disaster”. Read more.

August‎ ‎31‎, ‎2018 (Europe) – Hoist the Mainsail! Shipowners Use Wind Again to Cut Emissions

Hoist the mainsail — a thing that looks like a giant vertical pipe — and switch on your battery the size of a small bus: merchant shippers are trying out bold new approaches in their battle to improve environmental performance against a backdrop of mounting regulatory pressure. Maersk Tankers A/S is testing two almost 100-foot-high rotor sails on one of its fuel carriers, while Norway’s Golden Energy Offshore Services AS this week said it ordered two of Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc’s battery-powered energy storage systems for it ships. Read more.

August‎ ‎30‎, ‎2018 (South Africa) – UK government announces £56m investment in South Africa battery storage project

This will form part of a contribution through the Clean Energy Technology Fund to a $500 million (£385m) investment by the World Bank and the African Development Bank in partnership with the Government of South Africa. Read more.

August‎ ‎30‎, ‎2018 (Australia) – Australia’s new PM risks climate trade-off with EU

Scott Morrison is not expected to quit the Paris Agreement, as it could jeopardise ongoing trade talks with the EU, although he has no plan to meet climate targets. Read more.

August‎ ‎28‎, ‎2018 (California) – ‘Apocalyptic threat’: dire climate report raises fears for California’s future

California’s summer of deadly wildfires and dangerous heatwaves will soon be the new normal if nothing is done to stop climate change, a report released on Monday warns. City heatwaves could lead to two to three times as many deaths by 2050, the report says. By 2100, without a reduction in emissions, the state could see a 77% increase in the average area burned by wildfires. The report also warns of erosion of up to 67% of its famous coastline, up to an 8.8F (4.9C) rise in average maximum temperatures, and billions of dollars in damages. Read more.

August 16, 2018 (Bangkok) – Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste.

Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China’s crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year. Southeast Asia nations fear they are the new dumping ground for the world’s trash after China banned the entry of several types of waste as part of a campaign against “foreign garbage”. Thailand’s ban comes weeks after regional neighbor Vietnam said it would stop issuing new licenses for waste imports and crack down on illegal shipments of paper, plastic and metal. Read more.

July 19, 2018 (Papeete) – French Polynesia gets its first fully electric bus

French Polynesia has taken receipt of its first 100 percent electric bus. The Chinese built bus can travel at least 200 kilometres before needing recharging. Read more.

July 18, 2018 (Tokyo) – China to buy 60% of world’s electric vehicles in 2035, says study – Industrial policy spurs investment and growth in world’s largest market

China is forecast to make up almost 60% of the world’s electric vehicle sales by 2035, a recent study predicts, with the country’s market swelling as global automakers step up investment to meet state quotas for production of electric cars. Read more 

July 17,2018 (Fiji) – Fiji joins treaty to stamp out illegal fishing.

Fiji’s parliament has agreed to sign up to a key treaty to stamp out illegal fishing. The treaty, known as Port State Measures, is administered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Read more.

July 11,2018 (Niue) – Niue joins growing Pacific movement to ban plastics

Niue is the latest Pacific country to ban single-use plastic bags. Niue Tourism chief executive Felicity Bollen said the country had set aside the next 12 months to wean itself off the habit of a lifetime. Read more.

July 4, 2018 (Stockholm) – Sweden to reach its 2030 renewable energy target this year

Swedish utilities and power generators have already installed so many wind turbines that the Nordic nation is on course to reach its 2030 renewable energy target late this year. Read more.

June 14 2018 (England) – Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres

Using carrots to create concrete, turning wood into plastic, or even compressing it into a “super wood” that is as light and strong as titanium might sound like a series of almost Frankensteinish experiments. Yet all three are among the latest examples of employing natural fibres from plants as eco-friendly additives or alternatives to man-made materials. Read more.

June 14 2018 (Singapore) – Asia-Pacific Green Investment Meeting Charts Progress on Unlocking Climate Finance

Countries in Asia and the Pacific face requirements to the scale of multi-trillion dollars over the next 20 years to finance the transition to low-carbon, climate friendly, sustainable, and resilient economies as set out in the Paris Agreement, according to the International Finance Corporation. However, there is a wide gap between the amount of finance currently mobilized by governments and private sector actors and the scale of finance required to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Read more.

June 14, 2018 (Korea) – Samsung Electronics to Expand Use of Renewable Energy

Samsung Electronics is making a concerted effort in the United States, Europe and China – markets that are well-equipped with infrastructure for the development and transmission of renewable energy – to increase its use of renewable energy. As part of this effort, Samsung plans to source renewable energy for 100% of the energy used for all of its factories, office buildings, and operational facilities in the United States, Europe and China by 2020. In the medium to long-term, the company will seek to further increase its use of renewable energy around the world. Read more.

June 14, 2018 (Brussels) – EU ends target for food-based biofuels and phases out palm oil in cars only in 2030

European countries will no longer be forced to subsidise food-based biofuels to meet the EU’s future green energy targets, under an agreement reached early this morning by EU governments, the European Parliament and the Commission. For those EU countries that decide to mandate food-based biofuels after 2020, the deal limits their contribution to the levels achieved nationally in 2020. Read more.

June 5, 2018 (Netherlands) – Study warns of stranded fossil fuel assets as clean energy technology soars

Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are getting cheaper and more abundant by the day, which is hurting demand for coal, oil, and natural gas. As demand falls for conventional fuels, so will prices. Companies that laid claim to coal mines or oil wells, won’t be able to turn a profit by digging up that fuel. They will default on their loans, pushing banks to the brink of failure. Prices are likely to crash before 2035, costing the global economy as much as $4 trillion, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Read more.

May 29, 2018 (Brussels) – EU plans the phasing out of landfilling by 2035 as it issues Waste Management Rules for Circular Economy. 

The EU has issued a set of waste management directives as part of a broader Circular Economy Action Plan adopted in December 2015. The new rules aim to prevent waste and increase recycling. The legislation approved by EU Member States aims to strengthen the European waste hierarchy, which prioritizes actions to take at products’ end of life. The hierarchy first seeks to prevent waste, then aims to prepare for, in order of preference, materials’ reuse, recycling, recovery or disposal. Read more.

May 21, 2018 (Japan) – Japan Offers Protection From Illegal Fishing

Japan will continue to assist the Pa­cific Island coun­tries in improv­ing their capacity to protect their waters from illegal fishing, says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Read more.

May 20, 2018 (UK) – New ‘plastic tax’ planned to drive use of unrecyclable material out of existence.

Government plans to use existing system to supercharge costs of using non-recyclable plastics. Firms who package goods in unrecyclable plastic will be hit with massive costs under plans to drive its use “out of existence”. Read more.

May 16, 2018 (UK) – World’s first plastic-free mark will help shoppers choose eco-friendly products

The world’s first plastic-free Trust Mark to help shoppers know which products are made from eco-friendly packaging will be appearing in supermarkets from this month. Read more.

May 11, 2018 (Germany) – Bonn climate talks: key outcomes from the May 2018 UN climate conference

Over the past two weeks, more than 3,000 diplomats and observers have been in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how to bring the Paris Agreement on climate change to life when it enters force in 2020. Read more.

May 11, 2018 (Sweden) – Volvo unveils electric garbage truck that won’t wake up sleeping babies

Garbage trucks may soon be much quieter. Volvo introduced a new electric garbage truck design this week called the Volvo FE Electric. The truck is built to optimize efficiency and quietly hauling away trash. Read more.

May 10, 2018 (USA) – California Becomes First State to Order Solar on New Homes

California just sent the clearest signal yet that rooftop power is moving beyond a niche market and becoming the norm. On Wednesday, the Golden State became the first in the U.S. to require solar panels on almost all new homes. Most new units built after Jan. 1, 2020, will be required to include solar systems as part of the standards adopted by the California Energy Commission. While that’s a boost for the solar industry, critics warned that it will also drive up the cost of buying a house by almost $10,000. Solar shares surged on the decision. Homebuilders fell. Read more.

May 8, 2018 (China) – How China Took Charge of the Electric Bus Revolution

Between the gleaming towers of the Chinese city of Shenzhen, some 16,000 buses shuttle commuters to and from their destinations. But they’re not like the diesel-guzzling behemoths that run the streets of most cities. They’re quieter, and they run entirely on electricity. Read more.

May 7, 2018 (World Shipping) – Currently used technologies can decarbonise our shipping fleet.

The best case scenario would be to incorporate better ship design along with better fuels. And that is happening today. For example, there’s the Aquarius Ecoship, a cargo ship devised by a Japanese company called Eco Marine Power that is driven by a phalanx of rigid sails and solar panels.  Read more.

Apr. 27, 2018 (European Union) – EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides.

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees. The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday, is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses. Read more.

Apr. 27, 2018 (European Union) – Sentinel tracks ships’ dirty emissions from orbit

The new EU satellite tasked with tracking dirty air has demonstrated how it will become a powerful tool to monitor emissions from shipping. Sentinel-5P was launched in October last year and this week completed its in-orbit commissioning phase. But already it is clear the satellite’s data will be transformative. Read more.

Apr. 5, 2018 (USA) – Microsoft signed the largest corporate solar deal in US history

Microsoft has announced the biggest solar power deal in US corporate history. The technology firm – which already has other renewable energy deals in the US and elsewhere – entered into an agreement with sPower to buy most of the solar energy from its two new power plants in Virginia. It is the biggest corporate solar agreement to date both for Microsoft, and for the US. The plants will produce a total of 500 MW, of which Microsoft will buy 315 MW. Read more.

Feb. 15, 2018 (Tuvalu) – Tuvalu’s PM keen for private sector to take bigger role in economic development and the fight on climate change.

Tuvalu’s premier, Enele Sopoaga, says he would like to see the private sector take a role in helping economic development and fighting climate change in his country. Tuvalu is considered one of the most threatened Pacific Island nations because of rising sea levels due to climate change. Mr Sopoaga told Pacific Trade and Invest that Tuvalu was working on many fronts to combat the effects of climate change. Read more.

Feb. 12, 2018 (UN Climate Change News) – Presidencies Outline the Talanoa Dialogue Process

The current and the upcoming presidencies of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23 and COP24) have outlined in a message issued on 8 February 2018 a unique process to prepare the world to take the next steps towards higher climate action. Called the Talanoa Dialogue, this will be an important international conversation in which countries and other key actors will check progress while seeking to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Read more.

Feb. 4, 2018 (United Arab Emirates) – When Nothing Else Makes Sense, Renewables Do

Public-Private Dialogue at IRENA’s 8th Assembly highlights what governments and businesses can do to unlock investment in renewable energy. Read more

Feb. 4, 2018 (Canada) – Bill Gates’ plan to decarbonise the air by stripping CO2 from it and using it to produce carbon-neutral fuel.

The idea is grandiose yet simple: decarbonise the global economy by extracting global-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) straight from the air, using arrays of giant fans and patented chemical whizzery; and then use the gas to make clean, carbon-neutral synthetic diesel and petrol to drive the world’s ships, planes and trucks. Read more.

Feb. 2, 2018 (World Economic Forum) – 4 things companies can do to fix the plastics problem.

In just half a century, plastic has moved from being a symbol of modern domestic bliss to a magnet for derogatory adjectives. As eight million tons of it enter the ocean each year, there is an urgent demand to reconcile plastic’s undeniable functionality within a system that can work for the long-term, protect the environment, and avoid the loss of valuable material. Packaging is plastic’s single biggest application globally. It impacts our lives on a daily basis. Over the past 50 years, we have moved from reusable solutions to disposable, single-use items. But the recycling system hasn’t kept pace. Today, just 2% of the plastic on the market is turned into new packaging. Read more.

Feb. 2, 2018 (Belgium) – EU says no new trade deals with countries not in Paris Agreement

The European Commission (EC) has backed French calls to make trade deals with the world’s second biggest economy contingent on membership of the Paris climate agreement. Read more.

Feb. 2, 2018 (France) – France to Trump: ‘No Paris Agreement, no EU trade agreement’

There will be no trade deal between the EU and US if the Trump administration follows through with its threat to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, a French minister said on Thursday. Read more.

Feb. 1, 2018 (Sweden) – A plant for production of fossil-fuel free steel being piloted.

The leading Swedish steelmaker SSAB confirmed the company will be building the first fossil fuel-free steel plant. It will be powered by hydrogen. This new project, called HYBRIT, will use hydrogen produced with electricity from fossil-free sources. Read more.

Jan. 16, 2018 (USA) – 24-Hour Solar Energy: Molten Salt Makes It Possible, and Prices Are Falling Fast

Molten salt storage in concentrated solar power plants could meet the electricity-on-demand role of coal and gas, allowing more old, fossil fuel plants to retire. Read more.

Jan. 10, (Australia) – A new battery-electric airplane goes into production as popularity grows with flight schools

Slovenia-based light aircraft maker Pipistrel had its Alpha Electro all-electric plane approved for flight in Australia and now the plane is going into operation in Perth. The company even started serial production of the aircraft after seeing demand increase. Battery technology is improving rapidly which enables new application like electric flight. Read more.

Jan. 5, 2018 (UK) – Latte levy: What is the proposal, and how could it help save the environment?

It is estimated that the UK throws away around 2.5bn disposable coffee cups a year. MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee are asking for the Government to introduce a “latte levy” – essentially a 25p charge on every disposable coffee cup bought by consumers. Read more.

Mar. 23 2017 (Sweden) – ‘Moore’s law’ for carbon would defeat global warming

A plan to halve carbon emissions every decade, while green energy continues to double every five years, provides a simple but rigorous roadmap to tackle climate change, scientists say. Read more. Read more.