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Explainer: Cleaner but not clean - Why scientists say natural gas won't avert climate disaster

Natural gas won't reduce climate changeNatural gas produces half as much carbon dioxide (C02) when burned than coal, but that doesn’t make it harmless. Climate scientists say that rising production of natural gas is emerging as one of the biggest drivers of climate change, and that plans for industry expansion could hobble efforts to stabilize the Earth’s climate.

The U.S. energy industry plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars building pipelines and terminals in coming years to ramp up exports of natural gas in supercooled liquefied form, known as LNG.

In January 2020, the American Petroleum Institute (API), a powerful lobbying group for the oil and gas industry, launched its “Energy for Progress” advertising campaign. The campaign has described natural gas as a “clean” or “environmentally friendly” energy source that has lowered CO2 emissions in the United States. [nL8N2F40CW] It also says that increasing global exports of U.S. gas “offers a solution to help lower the world’s carbon footprint.”


US approves oil leasing plan for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; activists call it 'shameless'

Aalaska Arctic national WildlifeArctic National Wildlife Refuge, the first time the 19-million-acre refuge would be open for oil drilling.

The administration announced the leasing program as Trump prepared to counter-program the Democratic National Convention with a week-long tour of battleground states.

"We're looking at different things," President Trump said when asked about drilling in Alaska during an hour-long interview on Fox & Friends. "We may or may not do it."


Last decade was Earth's hottest on record as climate crisis accelerates

Last decade was Earth's warmestThe past decade was the hottest ever recorded globally, with 2019 either the second or third warmest year on record, as the climate crisis accelerated temperatures upwards worldwide, scientists have confirmed.

Every decade since 1980 has been warmer than the preceding decade, with the period between 2010 and 2019 the hottest yet since worldwide temperature records began in the 19th century. The increase in average global temperature is rapidly gathering pace, with the last decade up to 0.39C warmer than the long-term average, compared with a 0.07C average increase per decade stretching back to 1880.

The past six years, 2014 to 2019, have been the warmest since global records began, a period that has included enormous heatwaves in the US, Europe and India, freakishly hot temperatures in the Arctic, and deadly wildfires from Australia to California to Greece.

TVNL Comment: No, folks, it's not a hoax or fake news.  It's science.  It's fact. It's real.  Wake up, America.


E.P.A. to Lift Obama-Era Controls on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas

Trump lifts Obama restrictions on environmentThe Trump administration is expected in the coming days to lift Obama-era controls on the release of methane, a powerful climate-warming gas that is emitted from leaks and flares in oil and gas wells.

The new rule on methane pollution, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, has been expected for months, and will be made public before Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke anonymously to avoid publicly pre-empting the official announcement.

The rollback of the methane rule is the latest move in the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to weaken environmental standards, which has continued unabated during the coronavirus pandemic.


Residents and environmental workers in Mauritius race to contain oil spill and protect coastline

Oil spill in MauritiusEnvironmental activists and residents of Mauritius worked to try to reduce the damage from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef.

The Indian Ocean island's prime minister declared a state of emergency and appealed for international help.

One ton of oil from the Japanese ship's four tons has leaked into the sea, according to officials.

Wildlife workers carried dozens of baby tortoises and rare plants from an island near the spill, Ile aux Aigrettes, to the mainland.


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  • Canada's last fully intact Arctic ice shelf collapses

    Canadian ice shelf collapsesThe last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday.

    The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut.

    “Above normal air temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the ice shelf are all part of the recipe for ice shelf break up,” the Canadian Ice Service said on Twitter when it announced the loss on Sunday.

    “Entire cities are that size. These are big pieces of ice,” said Luke Copland, a glaciologist at the University of Ottawa who was part of the research team studying the Milne Ice Shelf.


    Greta Thunberg won a $1.15M humanitarian prize. She's donating it all to environmental groups.

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    Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is pledging to donate $1.15 million she's won in prize money to groups working to fight climate change.

    Thunberg was selected to win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from 136 nominees from 46 different countries, the foundation said in a statement. She was chosen because of the way she “has been able to mobilise younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists," said Jorge Sampaio, chair of the prize jury, in a statement.


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