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    Pesticides and fertilisers from agriculture have overtaken fossil fuels as the largest human source of sulphur in the environment, a study has revealed. Reactive sulphur is a key component of acid rain — but one that used to be derived primarily from the use of coal-fired power plants. The threat from acid rain was first revealed in the 1970s, when experts found such was responsible for damage to ecosystems across the northeastern US and Europe. This rain, they realised, was derived from fossil fuel emissions from industrial centres as far as hundreds of kilometres away from the affected forests and waterways.  In the US, the findings ultimately led to the establishment of the Clean Air Act in 1990, with this...
    (CNN)High levels of toxic chemicals have been found in stranded dolphins and whales along the southeastern coast of the United States, according to a new study published on Wednesday.Arsenic, mercury and other chemicals were found in their bodies, giving more information on contaminant concentrations in dolphins and other toothed whales, researchers said.Toothed whales include dolphins, porpoises and other whales like the melon-headed whale and the Cuvier's beaked whale. Conservationists warn Covid waste may result in more masks than jellyfish in the seaThese toxic chemicals mostly enter the ecosystem from the burning of fossil fuels and mining, said Alistair Dove, vice president of research and conservation at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Dove was not involved in the study. How...
    Buying food that is locally grown from your farmer’s market or local grocer is a great way to minimize your environmental impact, but growing your own food takes it to the next level. The easiest way to imagine how growing your own food reduces your carbon footprint and benefits the planet is to think of food production and distribution in terms of an empty jar. The fuller the jar is, the greater the environmental impact, and the more components involved in producing your food and bringing your food to your plate. Fossil Fuels and Fresh Produce When you take into account the typical energy cost of transporting food to your local grocer, it is estimated that an average distance of 1,500 miles is...
    LONDON (AP) — BP plc said Tuesday it plans to slash dividends as the global oil company prepares for declining sales of fossil fuels by boosting investment in alternative energy projects. London-based BP said it will increase spending on low-carbon technology, including renewable energy projects, 10-fold to $5 billion a year over the next decade. The company expects oil and gas production to drop by about 40% over the same period. To help finance the strategic shift, BP said it will cut dividends to 5.25 cents a share from 10.5 cents in the first quarter. That will help the company meet its previously announced goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner. BP announced the shift...
    Alexandria Herr August 2, 2020 10:59AM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. Police violence and pollution are more connected than you might realize — and they have financial ties too. A new investigation documents how the fossil fuel industry finances police groups in major U.S. cities while polluting majority Black and brown communities. The report from the Public Accountability Initiative and LittleSis, a nonprofit corporate and government accountability research institute, details how oil and gas companies are funding police foundations around the country, from New Orleans to Detroit. In some states, the...
    In the first half of 2020, renewables overtook fossil fuels in power generation in Europe. A difference of 6% For the first time in Europe, the renewable energies were used more than fossil fuels. Indeed, during the first half of 2020, 40% ofelectricity on the continent were generated by renewables against 34% for fossil fuels. The rest was provided by nuclear power, reports Europe 1. Containment and the weather are the causes This trend of reversal is due to the coronavirus health crisis, because with the containment measures, there had been a slowdown in economic activity. In addition, European industries and businesses have consumed lessenergy than usual.Thus, theEuropean Union saw a 7% drop in demand forelectricity. Moreover, the green energies...
    Costa Rica has set a goal to eliminate all single-use plastics and fossil fuels by 2021. If it achieves this milestone, it would be the first country to become carbon neutral. President Carlos Alvarado Quesada announced the ambitious plan at his inauguration in early 2020. It’s not too far fetched since the country already gets almost 99% of its energy from renewable sources. The country uses resources like rivers, volcanos, geothermal, solar, and wind power to make energy. “Decarbonization is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first. “When we reach 200 years of independent life we will take Costa Rica forward...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to divest the university’s endowment of fossil fuel investments. The university says it will immediately end new direct investment in fossil fuels and will fully divest from public investments in fossil fuels by July 2023. It will allow pre-existing multi-year private investments, which it stopped acquiring in 2017, to lapse. UVM will continue investing in opportunities that focus on sustainability, climate change and mitigation. President Suresh Garimella says divesting from fossil fuels is the right thing to do, given the school’s history and longstanding commitment to sustainability. “As the climate crisis deepens, divestment — here and at other schools — is also the right thing...
    Minnesota has a proud history of holding bad corporate actors accountable — from tobacco companies to opioid manufacturers — when they knowingly conceal damaging information about their products from regulators and the public. This is particularly true when that secrecy results in harm to public health, private property, and public resources. In late June, Attorney General Keith Ellison acted in Minnesota’s tradition of guarding the public interest when he filed a consumer protection lawsuit against three of the nation’s largest fossil fuel entities — ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute (API). In the lawsuit, he seeks to recover civil penalties and restitution for the harm to Minnesotans caused by these companies’ decades-long efforts to intentionally mislead the public...
    Cynthia Lummis, the only female member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is pursuing a return to Congress as a senator representing Wyoming to secure a future for fossil fuels. "A great deal of my interest in returning to Washington is based on the tough climate that our energy sector faces," said Lummis, 65, who left Congress in 2017 after eight years as Wyoming's sole representative in the House. Lummis is positioned to take advantage of the state's first election-year Senate vacancy since 1995 in a state that has not sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1970. Wyoming, the state with the smallest population, is the nation's largest coal producer thanks to its Powder River Basin and one...
    Yessenia FunesA minute ago•Filed to:ENDANGERED PIPELINESENDANGERED PIPELINESOIL AND GASPIPELINESRIPSaveNative Americans and indigenous rights activists march and hold up signs in protest during a Native Nations March in Denver, Colorado, on March 10, 2017. Image: Jason Connolly / AFP (Getty Images) The end of fossil fuels is nigh. This week alone, we’ve seen three major pipelines get smacked TF up. First, a judge ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down and emptied of all crude oil in 30 days. Then, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was canceled due to its endless delays and increasing costs. Just hours after that, the Supreme Court upheld the rejection of a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. This comes after months of fossil fuel...
    Dharna Noor10 minutes ago•Filed to:Atlantic Coast PipelineAtlantic Coast Pipelinedaploil and gasSavePhoto: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) After a years-long campaign waged by environmental justice activists, energy giants Duke and Dominion abruptly cancelled their plans to build an $8 billion, 600-mile fracked gas pipeline on Sunday, citing “ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty,” as well as “litigation risk.” The move, which came just one day before a court order to scrap another major fossil fuel pipeline, is a sign of the importance of grassroots opposition movements and their legal battles. And it’s also a sign that fossil fuels are a bad investment. In a statement, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette blamed environmentalists for the project’s cancellation. “The well-funded, obstructionist environmental lobby...
    Another D.C. university has announced its commitment to stop investing in companies that deal in fossil fuels. George Washington University’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to make no new investments in fossil fuel-related businesses and divest in those types of investments, which remain part of its endowment. “I think it is a really important step that the board has taken,” said GW President Thomas LeBlanc. This is the first time the school’s trustees have made a formal announcement on divesting, but LeBlanc said the school has been reducing the number of fossil fuel-related investments it has for some time. Now, he said, only about 3% of the investments remain. The school pledged to move on from those holdings over the...
    The covid-19 pandemic will accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, which will increase the demand for raw materials such as lithium and cobalt, offering opportunities but also risks for producing countries, according to a United Nations report. “Investment in clean energy is increasing at a rate of 600,000 million dollars a year, while that of fossil fuels has decreased by 400,000 million so far in 2020,” said the presentation of the report.
    New York (CNN Business)The Vatican is urging Catholics and the private sector to "progressively and without delay" divest from fossil fuel producers and other entities that perpetuate climate change. The announcement was made Thursday in "Laudato Si," a Vatican encyclical written by Pope Francis that is something of a best practices manual for church leaders and workers. In it, the pope said that "less harmful alternatives can be used transiently" and called on richer countries to help finance the costs so they don't "fall disproportionately on the poorest countries.""Building safe, accessible, reliable and efficient energy systems based on renewable energy sources would make it possible to respond to the needs of the poorest populations and at the same time limit...
    FILE PHOTO: People walk on St. Peter’s Square after the Vatican reports its first case of coronavirus, at the Vatican, March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican urged Catholics on Thursday to disinvest from the armaments and fossil fuel industries and to closely monitor companies in sectors such as mining to check if they are damaging the environment. The calls were contained in a 225-page manual for church leaders and workers to mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical “Laudato Si” (Praised Be) on the need to protect nature, life and defenseless people. The compendium suggests practical steps to achieve the goals of the encyclical, which strongly supported agreements to contain global...
    LONDON – Extinction Rebellion activists staged a protest on Monday at an oilfield in southern England part owned by British energy company UK Oil & Gas Plc, according to a spokeswoman for the group and photos on social media. Two activists entered the site and climbed aboard a shipping container and hung up a banner saying “Climate Emergency” while two others locked themselves together to block the entrance to the site, the Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman said. “We’re calling on the government to stop investing in fossil fuels and to invest in a green recovery,” the spokeswoman said, speaking from the site at Horse Hill in the county of Surrey. Police had arrived at the site, the spokeswoman added.