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24 09 2021 | 15:59

Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline loses another insurer as U.S.-based Chubb abandons project

The world’s biggest publicly-traded provider of property and casualty insurance, Chubb, has become the 16th insurer to declare that it won’t back the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline, a…

24 09 2021 | 15:53

McDonald’s ditches plastic Happy Meal toys for sustainable options

The plastic toys will be phased out by end of 2025. McDonald’s says it will no longer include plastic toys in Happy Meals by the end of 2025 and make the switch to items made from renewable and…

24 09 2021 | 15:45

Drought in southwest US worst in over a century, induced by climate change, says government report

It also had third-highest daily average temperatures since 1895 between Jan 2020 and Aug 2021. Climate change has led to the worst drought on record in the US and rainfall has been at the lowest 20-…

24 09 2021 | 15:41

Green finance and the EU sustainable taxonomy

How will the EU Commission’s sustainable taxonomy affect the ability of investors to assess the green credentials of financial products and what impact will it have on the real economy? The European…

24 09 2021 | 15:40

Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

Accommodating the gas sector risks diluting standards and discouraging new pools of green capital. 21 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): Incorporating gas-powered generation as a sustainable investment…

24 09 2021 | 15:36

Johnson says he has changed his mind on the climate – but he’s still dragging his feet

Outright denial has been replaced by something that may turn out to be even worse: delay.

24 09 2021 | 15:31

‘Earth looks fragile from space’: Jeff Bezos pledges $1bn to conservation

Donation from $10bn Bezos Earth Fund will go towards biodiversity hotspots in Congo Basin and Andes. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has said he realised just how fragile the Earth was when he…

24 09 2021 | 15:24

Developing nations welcome US climate finance pledge but warn more is needed

Rest of G20 should follow Joe Biden’s lead on funding commitments, says climate envoy. Developing countries and campaigners welcomed the offer of increased climate finance from the US president, Joe…

24 09 2021 | 15:22

WHO slashes guideline limits on air pollution from fossil fuels

Level for the most damaging tiny particles is halved, reflecting new evidence of deadly harm The World Health Organization has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to…

24 09 2021 | 15:21

Packaging generates a lot of waste – now Maine and Oregon want manufacturers to foot the bill for getting rid of it

Most consumers don’t pay much attention to the packaging that their purchases come in, unless it’s hard to open or the item is really over-wrapped. But packaging accounts for about 28% of U.S.…

24 09 2021 | 15:16

Russia forest fire damage worst since records began, says Greenpeace

Analysis shows over 18.16m hectares were destroyed in 2021, an absolute record since satellite monitoring began. Russia has endured its worst forest fire season in the country’s modern history,…

24 09 2021 | 15:15

$5.1 billion spend on offshore gas exploration until 2027 could have fostered 2.5GW of renewable capacity and 4,800 jobs

The government is increasing issuance of gas exploration permits in the offshore sector ignoring risks imposed by global decarbonisation. 20 September 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Increasing issuance of…

24 09 2021 | 14:32

How the Biden administration could create jobs for oil and gas workers

The president has pledged to put people to work plugging abandoned oil and gas wells. An oil or gas well can keep releasing pollution long after it’s retired from use. “When an oil and gas company…

24 09 2021 | 14:31

Climate crisis: history will judge failure to act, Johnson says at UN

PM’s warning to world’s richest countries comes amid suggestions US could commit more funds Boris Johnson has warned the world’s rich countries that “history will judge”, if they fail to act now to…

24 09 2021 | 14:30

Summer Wildfires Emitted More Carbon Dioxide Than India Does in a Year

Wildfires around the world set records for carbon dioxide emissions in July and August, topping India's annual emissions. The world set a scary new record last month: Wildfires 

24 09 2021 | 14:14

Chinese firms in Nigeria face widespread labour abuse allegations, tainting bilateral relationship

The Nigerian government rarely takes action against these allegations.  Nigeria is a key destination for numerous Chinese manufacturing firms, with clusters located in the southwestern cities of…

24 09 2021 | 14:08

South Africa plan for 1.5 gigawatts of coal faces legal challenge

South Africa’s energy regulator and energy department have are facing a demand from some of the country’s leading environmental groups to halt plans to allow the construction of new coal-fired power…

24 09 2021 | 13:56

Can the Great Green Wall save China from the climate crisis?

A tree-planting scheme hopes to shelter Beijing from dust storms and provide local jobs. David Stanway and Carlos Garcia Rawlins travel to the Gobi Desert to meet the people sowing seeds in a race…

24 09 2021 | 13:49

Climate strikes: We’ll take to streets because leaders ‘don’t care about future’, says Greta Thunberg

Young people will protest in more than 1,000 locations across the world on Friday to demand faster action on the climate crisis. Young people across the world will return to the streets this Friday…

23 09 2021 | 09:21

Big line in the sand’: China promises no new coal-fired power projects abroad

Experts welcome Xi Jinping’s announcement at UN as hugely influential, but concerns remain over domestic emissions President Xi Jinping has announced that China will not build new coal-fired power…