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The future is now: How oil and gas companies can decarbonize

  • Our 85+ solutions leverage advanced technology, proprietary data, and deep expertise to help clients in new and exciting ways If the world is to come anywhere near to meeting its climate-change goals, the oil and gas (O&G) industry will have to play a big part (Exhibit 1).
  • The industry’s operations account for 9 percent of all human-made greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.
  • In addition, it produces the fuels that create another 33 percent of global emissions (Exhibit 2).

Sustainable bioenergy use: A clear path to biodiversity regeneration

  • UNEP and its partners promote the development of renewable sources of energy and energy efficiency as part of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative and climate mitigation effort.
  • With the financial support from the International Climate Initiative, UNEP just concluded the Building capacity for enhancing bioenergy sustainability through the use of Global Bioenergy Partnership indicators project in Ethiopia and Kenya.
  • The project is structured around the application and interpretation of 24 indicators to assess the environmental, social and economic impacts of bioenergy production and use.

Climate change education in Canada’s medical schools needs to improve, students say

  • Canadian medical schools have not adequately addressed the urgent need for training related to planetary health and climate change, and members of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students say that must change.
  • The growing health effects of climate change, such as the spread of Lyme disease and heat-related deaths, mean medical students must be prepared, the students’ group wrote in a comment for the Lancet’s Planetary Health journal last week.
  • The medical journal has indicated previously that climate change could be “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” READ MORE: What are medical schools’ policies on pharma interaction?

Scott Morrison looks for wriggle room on climate as he detects the whiff of backlash | Sarah Martin

  • It’s too early to say whether the prime minister, Scott Morrison, is speaking with a forked tongue when he says the government will “evolve” its climate change policy.
  • Morrison is clearly under pressure on the government’s unambitious climate change policy, an issue that may have remained conceptual for some if not for the horror bushfire crisis that has laid bare the consequences of a warmer planet.
  • But as the cries for action have become louder – including from a group of former fire chiefs who have clearly linked the fire crisis to the effects of climate change in Australia – Morrison is detecting the whiff of backlash.

Australia's Wildfires Are Releasing Vast Amounts Of Carbon Emissions

  • All fires emit smoke — a combination of thousands of compounds, including climate-warming greenhouse gases.
  • But the sheer scale of the emissions, and the severity of the fires causing them, are concerning climate scientists around the world.
  • Already, atmospheric watchdogs say, the fires have pumped hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into Earth's atmosphere.

Disinformation and lies are spreading faster than Australia's bushfires

  • Lies have spread faster than grassfire during Australia’s unprecedented national emergency.
  • Others baselessly claim Islamic State is instructing its followers to wage war on the country with fire, that Chinese billionaires are using lasers to clear the path for new cities, or that eco-terrorists are trying to spur action on climate change by manufacturing a catastrophe.
  • They are the ones being used to deflect from climate change’s role in creating longer, more severe fire seasons.

Trump’s Latest Environmental Rollback Is a Middle Finger to Common Sense

  • This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership.
  • The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled plans to gut one of America’s most important environmental laws—a move experts say is as much of a handout to polluting industries as it is a slap in the face to science and local communities.
  • The proposed rules would change how the federal government implements the National Environmental Policy Act, a 50-year-old law that protects air, water and land by requiring federal agencies to conduct detailed environmental assessments of major infrastructure projects.

What Australia’s fires could mean for insurance and real estate in Canada

  • Climate change is raising the frequency and severity of a number of natural disasters, from flooding and cyclones to soil subsidence, which causes structural damage when clay soils start to contract during prolonged periods of drought.
  • The increased risk has implications for insurance and beyond, according to climate risk analyst Karl Mallon.
  • A recent report from his firm, Climate Risk, projects that 720,000 homes, or five per cent of Australia’s housing stock, will be uninsurable by 2100 as coverage becomes unavailable or prohibitively expensive.

Edition for 12 January 2020

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