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New Zealand announces its biggest emissions reduction project in history

Eliminating coal from the Glenbrook Steel Plant’s energy mix will reduce emissions by 1%, or the equivalent of removing 300,000 cars from the road. The country’s primary steel plant will switch from coal to renewable electricity as part of New Zealand’s greatest emissions reduction programme ever, which the government claims would have the same environmental …

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Industrial heavyweights call for urgent action on cutting Australia’s emissions

In order for Australia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet its goal of keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, some of the country’s largest heavy industrial companies, including BHP, BlueScope, Rio Tinto, and Woodside, say urgent action is required from governments, investors, and business. After their endorsement of a research in February that …

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Trust breaks down at Cop27 as UN chief urges countries to reach agreement in final 24 hours

‘This is no time for finger-pointing. The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction,’ UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres warns In the final 24-hour stretch of Cop27, countries remain bitterly divided over the path forward on the global climate crisis. United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres arrived back in Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday to push …

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COP27 will be ‘failure’ without new climate fund, says Vanuatu

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – The Pacific island state of Vanuatu will consider the COP27 climate talks “a failure” if they conclude without a new fund for vulnerable countries to tackle “loss and damage” fuelled by global warming, its climate change minister said. Ralph Regenvanu said Vanuatu was the first nation to introduce the term “loss …

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In Egypt, host of COP27, a small step toward green energy

BENBAN, Egypt — From a distance, the endless landscape of solar panels stretching toward the horizon can easily be mistaken for crops nearing harvest. But here in the desert in southern Egypt, workers have been cultivating another precious commodity: electricity. After the sun strikes the photovoltaic solar panels, a thermal charge generates electricity that runs …

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Mexico ups target for cutting emissions, boosting renewables

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Mexico announced Saturday it’s raising its target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and boosting the rollout of renewable energy, though it remains a regional laggard on climate action. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico would aim to reduce emissions by 35% compared to doing nothing by 2030. That’s up from an …

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African nations push for more climate finance ahead of COP

CAIRO, – African ministers meeting in Cairo two months ahead of the COP27 climate summit called on Friday for a sharp expansion of climate financing for their continent while pushing back against an abrupt move away from fossil fuels. Egypt, an oil and gas producer considered highly vulnerable to climate change, has positioned itself as …

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California Approves a Wave of Aggressive New Climate Measures

After lobbying by the governor, lawmakers adopted $54 billion in climate spending and voted to keep open the state’s last nuclear plant. California, with an economy that ranks as the world’s fifth-largest, embarked this week on its most aggressive effort yet to confront climate change, after lawmakers passed a flurry of bills designed to cut …

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New Zealand releases its first national plan to protect against climate-driven disasters

Climate minister says the aim is to equip people ‘so that when climate events occur their lives can continue’ New Zealand has released its first national plan to prepare for the floods, fires and rising seas it expects to be unleashed by the climate crisis in the coming years. Climate minister James Shaw, releasing the …

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