Archives for January 2017

1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan sue EPA over water crisis

(Reuters) – More than 1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan who say the Environmental Protection Agency mismanaged the water crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning have sued the U.S. government, seeking class action status for their claims.

Reuters: Environment

Mitigation technology: Half full or nearly empty?

Tracking progress toward the Paris 2015 goal is critical to the terms of the agreement. A new analysis shows how various drivers influence CO 2 emissions, and indicates that more technological advancements are needed to make deep cuts in global emissions.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3205

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Sparks fly as culprit sought for Chile blazes

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – As Chilean authorities battle the historic blazes that have taken 11 lives, burned over 1,000 homes and wiped an entire town off the map, the theories about who may be to blame have spread as quickly as the wildfires themselves.

Reuters: Environment

EU set to meet green energy goal; UK trails: document

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is on track to meet its goal for renewables to supply up 20 percent of its energy by 2020, the EU executive said in a report seen by Reuters, although Britain, Ireland and Luxembourg are lagging behind.

Reuters: Environment

ONW: Week of January 30, 2017 – Number 352

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Key indicators to track current progress and future ambition of the Paris Agreement

This paper presents interrelated indicators for tracking progress towards the Paris Agreement. Findings show broad consistency with keeping warming below 2 °C, but technological advances are needed to achieve net-zero emissions.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3202

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Ice That Sparkles Like Diamonds Washes Onto Japanese Shores

Nicknamed ‘jewelry ice,’ a rare kind of winter river ice on the northern island of Hokkaido has captivated locals and attracted photographers.

Honda, GM to jointly produce fuel cell power systems in U.S. from 2020

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co Ltd and General Motors Co (GM) will jointly produce pollution-free hydrogen fuel cell power systems in the United States from around 2020, the companies said Monday, despite President Donald Trump’s promises to dismantle U.S. environmental regulations intended to spur green car demand.

Reuters: Environment

Deadly bird flu strains created by industrial poultry farms

As deadly H5Nx bird flu strains diversify in giant, fast-rotation flocks and and adapt to poultry that tens of thousands of human handlers care for and process every day, the emergence of a deadly human-specific flu becomes ever more likely, writes Robert G. Wallace. The industry can no longer blame wild birds for the problems it is creating – and must urgently reform its own practices.
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Tepco spots possible nuclear fuel debris at Japan’s Fukushima reactor

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, said on Monday it may have found nuclear fuel debris below the damaged No. 2 reactor, one of three that had meltdowns in the 2011 disaster.

Reuters: Environment