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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:26:29 PM EST
Japan: Rain hampers rescue work after deadly landslides - DW
Rain hampered rescue efforts in Japan on Sunday as 20 people remained missing in Atami after flash floods caused deadly landslides in the coastal city.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga convened his cabinet to discuss the previous day's floods that affected some 130 buildings and caused landslides that half-submerged houses in the coastal city, 90 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo, Kyodo news agency. reported.

Suga asked those in the affected areas to remain on alert while also warning citizens in the central and eastern parts of the country that they could be caught in further rains.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 03:13:22 PM EST
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of climate change flooding municipal ruins
[NOLA, Atlanta,] Detroit going green to help slow flooding during heavy rains
["]Green infrastructure["] typically is more cost-effective when designed to manage smaller, more common storm events, said Anika Goss-Foster, CEO of Detroit Future City, which provides education programs and technical assistance on green infrastructure practices.
by Cat on Sat Jul 10th, 2021 at 11:55:56 PM EST
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Fires rage in several states as heat wave broils US West
"Bootleg Fire": 224 mi2 (580 km2) in Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest; "Beckwourth Complex Fire": doubling in size between Friday and Saturday to increased to 131 mi2 (339 km2) at the UT-NV border; No-names: WA, ID, SoCal, AZ
One Dead, Dozens Evacuated As Forest Fires Sweep Through Central Russia, 9 July
"Five separate blazes in the Chelyabinsk region were estimated to have spread across 20 hectares, while 14,000 hectares overall, an area about the size of Kuwait, have been affected."
Four dead from devastating Cyprus forest fire, 4 July
50 km2s (19 mi2) in Troodos foothills
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Burnt area in European countries a/o 30 June
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:16:31 PM EST
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National Interagency Fire Center a/o 23 July

"Dixie Fire"has entered the room.
California's huge Dixie Fire exploded to "megafire" status late Thursday, forcing more mandatory evacuations in nearby communities, fire officials said Friday. At more than 221 square miles in size, it's now the largest wildfire in California.
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Meanwhile, further north in Oregon, crews were making progress in the fight against the nation's largest fire, the Bootleg Fire, as weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames there. The fire, which has destroyed an area half the size of Rhode Island, was 40% contained after burning some 70 homes, mainly cabins, fire officials said.
long wild fire disease, ahem
Growing research points to potential long-term health damage from breathing in microscopic particles of smoke [sic], with MILLIONS of people potentially at risk far from where huge fires burn.
by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 09:35:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 09:17:27 PM EST
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Lancet Planetary Health has entered the room
Fortunately ...
A malaria vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline is currently in Phase III clinical testing, according to the CDC. A dengue vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur is available in some countries, but the WHO recommends only vaccinating those who have had a confirmed previous infection.
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Beyond vaccines, the infrastructure for malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment is advancing rapidly, [Stanford assist prof of wtf Erin] Mordecai said. But for dengue, she added, similar infrastructure is lagging in sub-Saharan Africa [BWAH!], where she expects that disease to become much more prevalent [LOL] due to climate change.
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:43:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 01:35:41 PM EST
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China steps up climate fight with emissions trading scheme
The programme was launched just days after the European Union unveiled its detailed plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
< wipes tears > Which has been received by infestors like a bag of frosted hair
China first announced plans for a nationwide carbon market a decade ago, but progress was slowed by the influential coal-industry lobby and policies that prioritised economic growth over the environment.
INCONCEIVABLE
The scheme will set pollution caps for big-power businesses for the first time, and allows firms to buy the right to pollute from others with a lower carbon footprint.
such asssss EU26? Califronia, USA? Or Vanuatu?
Citigroup estimates $800 million worth of credits will be bought for this year, rising to $25 billion by the end of the decade. That would make China's trading scheme about a third the size of Europe's market, currently the biggest in the world.

The scheme was originally expected to be far bigger in scope, covering seven sectors including aviation and petrochemicals.

Low ambition ...
Opening trade at the market in Shanghai started off at 52.7 yuan ($8) per ton of carbon on Friday [16 July] morning.

The average carbon price in China is only expected to hover around $4.60 this year - far below the average EU price of $49.40 per ton, Citic Securities said in a recent research note.

by Cat on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 02:45:10 PM EST
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wut
By next summer, the plan's 6.3 million participants from federal civilian agencies and uniformed services will gain access to a mutual fund window in which they can designate portions of their accounts to any of more than 5,000 funds, including some that consider ESG factors, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board [FRTIB], which administers the TSP [Thrift Savings Plan].
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Levin thinks ESG could be an area for bipartisan collaboration because it comes down to "orthodox economic theory."

"If you believe in capitalism, you have to believe in markets, choice, and transparency," Levin said.

of ETF indices

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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Criteria

by Cat on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 05:04:26 PM EST
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Emission Trading is a bunch of malarkey but I'm tired of arguing about it.  

Let the fools play their stupid games while the lung disease rates soar.

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 06:24:02 PM EST
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wut
Democrats are eyeing a tax on imports [a/k/a tariffs] from countries that don't have strong policies aimed at combating climate change, seeking to include such a tax in a wide-ranging spending package that could pass without Republican votes.
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Carbon border taxes is an idea that is increasingly getting interest from policymakers across the globe, with the European Union proposing a similar idea this week.
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Democrats said that they are interested in an import tax in an effort to ensure that other countries don't undercut [BWAH!] U.S. efforts to combat climate change. ... Democrats' budget deal comes the same week that such a tax was included in a RAFT of ambitious emission reduction proposals by the European Union. The European Commission's proposed carbon border tax would apply to importation of products such as carbon-intensive cement, electricity < DESERTEC wipes tears > and steel. The proposal calls for the tax to take effect in 2026.
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Democrats have not proposed a carbon-pricing system in their budget deal. The White House has declined to either endorse or rule out a carbon-pricing system. In June, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said there "may be a very big fight in the Senate on this issue when we get to where the Senate has a role."
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"I will make sure as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee that no carbon policy hits working people and working families," [Sen. Ron Wyden] said
REDD+ is ded
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:06:05 PM EST
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Big Solar: Where do large solar power plants pay off?
Production costs for solar energy have dropped by 90% between 2009 and 2020, according to US investment bank Lazard. In 2020, electricity from large-scale solar plants cost a global average of just $0.037/kWh. By comparison, the costs of generating electricity from new coal-powered plants was three times that at $0.112/kWh, while natural gas cost $0.059 [anywhere but Baltimore], nuclear $0.163, and wind $0.04/kWh.
For this reason among others, US infestors are throwing money into "carbon-capture pipelines."
The new projects would essentially do the opposite by capturing carbon dioxide at ethanol refineries and transporting it to sites where it could be buried thousands of feet underground. [...] While Summit Carbon Solutions, whose pipeline will connect refineries in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota to a ["]sequestration site["] in North Dakota, says it plans to build the world's largest carbon capture and storage project. Both hope to start some operations by 2024.
Gonna make a mint.
by Cat on Mon Jul 26th, 2021 at 07:10:26 PM EST
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