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The Climate Recap, brought to you by the Beckisphere Climate Corner, is the place to get your dose of global and US-based climate news in around 20 minutes. How are we doing at reducing the impacts of and preparing for climate change?
125 Episodes
Mexico bans solar geoengineering after rogue experiment | Climate Change News‘It’s time to start suing’: States tee up next WOTUS war | E&E NewsHSBC’s secretive loan to a coal company bulldozing a village | The Bureau of Investigative JournalismGas Stoves Back Under Scrutiny With New US Limits Proposed | BNA NewsGas industry hires Democrats to win support of liberal voters | The Washington PostDeSantis keeps heat on gas stoves issue, proposing tax exemption | The HillEnergy transition funding spikes | AxiosRenewables Projected to Soon Be One-Fourth of US Electricity | Inside Climate News24/7 carbon-free energy is about to become a reality in California | Canary MediaCalifornia greenlights more than 800 MW of storage and solar to bolster power grid reliability | Utility DriveFeds offer $700 mil to lithium project at heat of ESA dispute | E&E NewsTexas’ most populous county adopts a climate plan | GristIndia to annually invite bids for 8 GW wind power projects to 2030, govt order | ReutersIndia pledges $4.3 bil for cleaner energy | GristSource list-
California contends with flooding, power outage as severe storms batter the state | CBS NewsLake Tahoe snowpack levels nearly 250% above normal | Fox40Low water levels have created an energy crisis at the world’s largest dam | The Washington PostSatellites watch Europe get hit by most severe winter heatwave ever | SpaceOzone layer may be restored in decades, UN report says | BBCWE QUIT | Extinction Rebellion UKPublic Order Bill: The British government wants to hand police unprecedented powers to handle protestors. Human rights activists say it’s an affront to democracyGermany: Police clear climate activists from coal village | DWBiden EPA Backs Off Plan to Crack Down on Smog From Permian Oil Drillers | BloombergAhead of Major Court Case, E.P.A. Revises Clean-Water Protections | The NYTimesDo Gas Stoves Have Health Risks? | The NYTimesSource list- YouTube channel- Me A Coffee-
Did world leaders and trends do the climate crisis any favors in 2022?Source list- @beckisphereInstagram @theclimaterecapPatreon- Me A Coffee-
This Will Be The Coldest Christmas In Decades… | Ryan Hall, Y’allExtreme winter spells trouble for food insecure | AxiosState of the climate: 2022 to date is fourth warmest year on record | Carbon BriefArctic is rapidly turning warmer, wetter, and riskier: report | AxiosDrought emergency declared for all Southern California | The LA TimesAt Least 141 Die in Congo After Floods Hit Kinshasa | The NYTimesMet Office forecasts 2023 will be hotter than 2022 | BBC NewsHSBC Halts Finance for New Oil and Gas Fields in Climate Change Move | BloombergGlobal coal consumption to reach all-time high this year - IEA | ReutersFinal deal on EU carbon market (ETS) give heavy industry a free pass at the expense of households and taxpayers | Carbon Market WatchCalifornia cuts payments to homeowners for solar panels feeding energy back to the grid | CNBCNuclear fusion science reaches major milestone but materials and tech challenges remain | AxiosWhen I say "last week," I mean the week before last. Sources and honorable mentions-
LA bans new oil wells

LA bans new oil wells


Global renewable capacity set to double over next five years, says IEA | ReutersUS utilities to triple battery storage capacity in 2025 - EIA | ReutersUK coal mine approval sparks global fury and hypocrisy claims | Climate Change NewsOnshore wind rules to be relaxed after Tory revolt | BBC‘Burn everything’: Poland chokes on the smog of war | ReutersEU agrees new law to kick deforestation out of supply chains | EuractivAlberta regulator withholding list of dangerous oil and gas sites | The NarwhalFederal data: Kansas oil spill biggest in Keystone history | AP NewsIn historic move, Los Angeles bans new oil wells, phases out existing ones | LA NewsCalifornia’s biggest cities ban polystyrene | GristVanguard Quits Net-Zero Group, Marking Biggest Defection Yet | BloombergUN official ‘alarmed’ by jailing of climate activist who blocked traffic on Sydney Harbour Bridge | The GuardianQueensland’s indigenous women rangers given Earthshot Prize for protecting Great Barrier Reef | The GuardianSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
Greta sues Sweden

Greta sues Sweden


Meta tops list of US corporate solar adopters with 3.6 GW, more than Amazon and Apple combined: SEIA | Utility DiveEvidence grows of forced labour and slavery in production of solar panels and wind turbines | The GuardianSwedish activists sue state over its climate policies | AP NewsGreta Thunberg, 600 others sue Sweden for climate inaction | Al JazeeraPuerto Rican towns sue Big Oil under RICO alleging collusion on climate denial | ReutersScholz welcomes Qatar LNG deal as ‘building block’ for German energy security | ReutersNetherlands reportedly set to forcibly close 3,000 farms to comply with EU mandate | Fox NewsCanada unveils climate adaptation plan | GristUS to Auction Almost 1 Mil Acres Off Alaska for Oil Drilling | YahooIndustry players unite to build trust in carbon storage | AxiosSources- Buy Me a Coffee:
How much got done at COP27, the big UN climate conference in Egypt in mid-November? What ended up being on the final agenda? Listen to COP27 Week 1's recap first to gain more context.Source list- Me a Coffee:
Flash floods in Australia’s southeast cut off inland towns | Reuters‘Rain bursts’ over Sydney have intensified by 40% over the last two decades, research finds | The GuardianWarmest Armistice Day ever for England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland | The GuardianStudy: Extreme heat is responsible for hundreds of deaths in Texas prisons | GristWorld has nine years to avert catastrophic global warming, study shows | The Washington PostWorld’s biggest carmakers to build 40 mil more vehicles than 1.5ºC climate target will allow | The GuardianMethane emissions from 15 meat and dairy companies rival those of the EU | The GuardianAfricans Sun: Why Solar Not Gas Offers Continent the Best Economic Opportunity in the Transition | Carbon Tracker InitiativeHow Oil & Gas Funding Distorts Energy Research | GizmodoMichael Bloomberg announces a new initiative to phase out coal in 25 countries | The NYTimesSouth Africa pitches $84 bil plan to shift from coal to clean energy | Climate Change NewsEU agrees law to remove CO2 with woodlands and other carbon sinks | ReutersGermany to leave Energy Charter Treaty | PoliticoClimate protesters in Lisbon storm building urge minister to resign | The GuardianRainn Wilson Changes Name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson For Melting Arctic | THR News$13 bil to reduce energy bills | GrisBarcelona students to take mandatory climate crisis module from 2024 | The GuardianCoal projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments approved without environmental impact statements | The GuardianSwitzerland Is Paying Poorer Nations to Cut Emissions on Its Behalf | The NYTimesAnalysis: US falling $32 bil short on ‘fair share’ of $100 bil climate finance goal | Carbon BriefSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
COP27 Week 1 Recap

COP27 Week 1 Recap


What's the backdrop of this year's conference? And what got done on week 1?Source list- Buy Me a Coffee:
UNESCO finds that some iconic World Heritage glaciers will disappear by 2050 | UNESCOClimate risks and rewards for the global workforce | AxiosReport: Countries need an impossible amount of land to meet climate pledges | GristProtected areas provide thermal buffer against climate change | Science AdvancesThe staying power of fossil fuel subsidies | AxiosCorporate climate action lags pledges | AxiosBig food companies commit to regenerative agriculture, but skepticism remains | NPRIntroducing a $25,000 car that makes fuel from the sun | AxiosUK Energy Supplies: Wind Farms Generate Record Electricity as Temepreature Dips | Bloomberg150 Tourists Held Hostage in Peru in Oil Spills Protest: Report | InsiderAramco beats expectations with record quarterly profit of $42 bil | Arab NewsBP rakes in quarterly profit of $8.2 bil as oil majors post another round of bumper earnings | CNBCShell and Total, Oil Giants Report Huge Profits on Its Second-Highest Profit | The NYTimesElectricity prices dictated by gas producers who provide less than half of UK electricity | UCLLNG tankers idle off Europe’s coast as traders wait for gas price rise | Financial TimesHidden emissions in liquid gas imports threaten targets | BBC NewsSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
Chad declares state of emergency as floods affect 1 mil people | ReutersStorm Nalgae: floods and landslides in Philippines kill at least 72 | The GuardianClimate crisis fuelling unseasonably warm October in UK and Europe | The GuardianClimate-warming methane emissions rising faster than ever, study says | The Washington PostCO2 emissions growth slows way down | AxiosEnergy crisis sparked by Ukraine war to speed up green transition, IEA | ReutersClimate pledges to date are not enough to meet Paris targets | AxiosCOP27: Climate Change threatening global health - report | BBCMost children will regularly face extreme heat by 2050, UNICEF | The Washington PostClimate crisis study finds heatwaves have cost global economy $16 tril | The GuardianBolsonaro’s defeat is a climate turning point | AxiosLula pushes Brazil-Indonesia-Congo rainforest alliance if elected | ReutersThis Amazon road led to vast deforestation. Brazil’s president wants it paved. | GPBEU approves ban on new combustion-engine cars from 2035 | AP News100 UK universities pledge to divest from fossil fuels | The GuardianClimate activist arrested after gluing heat to “girl with a Pearl Earring” | AxiosClimate activists stage march to condemn COP26 failure | Belfast TelegraphClimate activists glue themselves to dinosaur exhibit at Berlin museum | ReutersNew York still vulnerable 10 years after Hurricane Sandy, protesters warn | The GuardianThe World’s Largest Carbon Removal Plant is Now Under Construction | BloombergCOP27 host Egypt plans to push gas as the perfect solution | Climate Change NewsOil Giants, With Billions in Profits, Face Criticism and an Uncertain Outlook | The NYTimesSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
Southeast Australia braces more rain residents told evacuate | ReutersCyclone lashes Bangladesh, killing nine flooding low-lying areas | ReutersRoslyn Moves Inland and Breaks Up After Lashing Mexican Coast | The NYTimesNew fossil fuels ‘incompatible’ with 1.5ºC goal, comprehensive analysis finds | Carbon BriefAustralia signs up to global pledge cut methane emissions by 30% | ReutersFrance becomes latest country to leave controversial energy charter treaty | The GuardianLandowners call for scrapping of plans to ban solar energy from England’s farmland | The GuardianUK’s Lloyds ditches project finance new oil and gas fields | Reuters​​Biden ‘social cost of carbon’ climate risk measure upheld by US appeals court | ReutersUS is seriously underestimating consequences, CO2 study | ReutersApple calls on global supply chain to decarbonize by 2030 | AppleItaly’s Meloni aims to make climate change a right-wing issue | PoliticoEgypt shuts down event spaces on first Monday of COP27 in a blow to NGOs | The GuardianCOP27: ‘Greenwash’ PR firm Hill+Knowlton helping organise UN climate conference | Open DemocracyBureau of Meteorology was cowering in the corner on climate crisis, former staff claim | The GuardianRevenue cap ‘catastrophic’ for low-carbon electricity companies | The TimesAnalysis: Biden’s EV minerals cash fruitless without permitting reform | ReutersSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
Amount of ocean heat found to be accelerating and fueling extreme weather events | The GuardianIncreasing Hurricane Intensification Rate Near the US Atlantic Coast | Geophysical Research LettersClean Energy, Electric Cars Are Hitting Tipping Points for Global Mass Adoption | BloombergSolar powers India towards its 175GW renewables target for 2022 | Energy MonitorAustralia and Singapore strike agreement to achieve net-zero | AP News‘Rewiring the nation’: Albanese and Andrews governments to jointly fund renewable energy zones | The GuardianHelsinki Utility Finds a Surprising Heat Source: Icy Seawater | BloombergThe Netherlands to leave embattled Energy Charter Treaty | PoliticoWhy environmentalists went after Canada’s biggest bank for greenwashing | CBCUS Plans First Sale of Offshore Wind Rights Off California | BloombergRuling could result in trials against oil majors over Louisiana wetlands damage | NolaNJ sues oil, gas firms, trade group over climate change | AP NewsNew England’s pioneering power experiment | GristTruss faces major rebellion on fracking as senior Tories pledge to defy whip | The GuardianRishi Sunak: What are the climate credentials of the UK’s next prime minister | EdieAt war, Russia aims to claim Ukraine’s land – and its carbon emissions | The Washington PostEverybody’s Business: The net zero blind spot | Net Zero TrackerBlackRock tells UK ‘no’ to halting investment in coal, oil and gas | ReutersHSBC Put on Notice for Greenwashing Because of Investments | AdWeekUp in Smoke: California’s Greenhouse Gas Reductions Could Be Wiped Out By 2020 Wildfires | Energy Policy Institute at the University of ChicagoSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
Nigeria Floods Kill Hundreds and Displace Over a Million | The NYTimesFirst came the fires. Now Australia is facing devastating floods. | The Washington PostRare ‘triple’ La Niña climate event looks likely – what does the future hold? | NatureHistoric October heat shatters record in the Pacific Northwest | The Washington PostEconomic losses from hurricanes cannot be nationally offset under unabated warming | Environmental Research LettersHurricane ripple effects | AxiosOil and mining sectors have climate cash to spare | AxiosIn Texas, a New Study Will Determine Where Extreme Weather Hazards and Environmental Justice Collide | Inside Climate NewsDue to fossil fuel crisis, payback from renewables drops to one year | Climate Change News20 Nations at High Risk From Global Warming Might Halt Debt Payments | The NYTimesMPs issue 10-point environmental wishlist for Liz Truss | The GuardianGermany extends lifespan of all three nuclear power plants | PoliticoMexican president outlines renewable energy push ahead of Kerry visit | ReutersCarbon Capture Projects See Meteoric Growth in 2022 | Yale E360Scripted TV and Movies Ignore Climate Change Concerns | Variety:Iraqi minister admits gas flaring cancer link | BBC NewsEnergy crisis means a ‘very dark winter’ for Europe’s forest | PoliticoSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
Chad climate disaster leaves record 2.1 mil people hungry | Reuters:Alaska cancels snow crab season for first time after population crash | The Washington PostThe 2022 Living Planet Index Is Out. Here’s How to Understand It. | The NYTimesGive up the gas: switching to electric appliances could save Australians up to $1,900 a year, report says | The GuardianBiden's security strategy goes big on climate | AxiosChina needs $17 tril in investments to meet climate goals, World Bank says | ReutersChina's LNG needs and the geopolitics in tow | AxiosUS Air Force releases climate change plan | NBC NewsArkansas opens EV charging station rebate program early to meet high demand | Arkansas AdvocateVolkswagen: The scandal explained | BBCCity Council permanently bans large, new fossil fuel developments | City of Vancouver$3.6 mil for indigenous land stewardship | GristAmid historic drought, California approves $140 mil desalination plant | ReutersLouisiana carbon capture project draws criticism from environmental advocates | LA IlluminatorEgypt silenced climate experts’ voices before hosting COP27, HRW says | The GuardianBanks Try Quiet Quitting Net-Zero as Fortune Favors Fossil Fuels | BloombergUK firms using legal muscle to facilitate human rights and climate abuses - report | The GuardianUS law protecting endangered species hampered by poor resources, study says  | The GuardianOil Industry Moves to Overturn Historic California Drilling Protection Law | Inside Climate NewsSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
Barges stranded as Mississippi River water levels reach critical low | The GuardianIan is the 15th billion-dollar disaster this year so far | NOAASurging Weather-related Power Outages | Climate CentraClimate Crisis Poses as Great a Risk to Energy Systems as Russia’s Ukraine Invasion, WMO Warns | EcoWatchHeat waves taking humanitarian toll | AxiosUK heat waves linked to record excess deaths among elderly in England | The Washington PostEnvironment sector has failed to become more inclusive, study suggests | The GuardianBanks Run by Women Lend Less to Big Polluters, ECB Study Finds | BloombergIndonesia Pans EV Subsidies in 2023 to Reduce Pollution, Spur Adoption | BloombergStudy busts myth about EV greenhouse gas emissions and dirty grids | Green Car ReportsGreta Thunberg: Germany making ‘mistake’ by ditching nuclear power for coal | DWBraverman says ‘fire engine blocking’ Just Stop Oil demo ‘indefensible’ | Belfast TelegraphDirect action not ruled out by conservation groups over environment policies | BBC NewsI’m part of the ‘anit-growth coalition’ Liz Truss hates – and proud of it | George Monbiot | The GuardianEE North America to develop 10 GW of renewable energy projects in the US by 2026 | PR News WireWill the Farm Bill be the next big climate package? | GristBlackRock, Citigroup CEOs Won’t Be Returning to Key Climate Talks | BloombergSerious debt crisis unfolding across developing countries | ReutersMinisters hope to ban solar projects from most English farms | The GuardianSource list- Buy Me a Coffee:
Kenya lifts ban on genetically modified crops in response to drought | ReutersSydney records wettest year since 1858 as Australia braces for more floods | ReutersScotland ‘snow-free’ for fourth time in six years | BBCSnow loss is fueling the West’s megadrought | GristSouthern California faces new water restrictions next year | Los Angeles TimesDrought-stricken Coalinga, CA may soon run out of water | The Washington Post28 dead as Julia drenches Central America with rainfall | AP NewsInvestment Requirements of a Low-Carbon World: Energy Supply Investment Ratios | Bloomberg NEFDebt costs overshadow climate finance in small island states - report | ReutersWorld aviation agrees ‘aspirational’ net zero plan | BBC NewsEuropean Airlines Misleading Fliers With Carbon-Neutral Claims, Research Finds | Yale E360World Bank to launch new trust fund for emissions reduction grants | ReutersIMF’s New Climate Tool Allows Rwanda to Access $310 Mil | BloombergNew Zealand farmers may pay for greenhouse gas emissions under world’s first plan | The GuardianEuropean Commission aims to end secret system protecting fossil fuel holdings | The GuardianGreek renewables fully cover power demand for first time on record | ReutersSolar energy from Egypt to power European homes through new undersea cable | The IndependentAs US cobalt mine, crucial to making electric vehicles, opens in Idaho | NPRUgandan police arrest anti-pipeline protesters outside EU Embassy | Climate Change NewsLocals in the dark about oil auctions in DRC: report | MongabayUS shift on child labor may scramble EV sector | E&E NewsSource list: Patreon: Or you can buy me a cup of coffee:
UN ups flood aid appeal as Pakistan enters ‘second wave of death’ | Al JazeeraSome Chinese cities break October heat records as others shiver | CNNClimate change made 2022’s northern hemisphere droughts at least 20 times more likely | Carbon BriefNorth America Heat Wave Led to Record Ice Melt in Greenland | BloombergEliminating waste is a climate solution | GristCutting emissions will hit growth, but costs of inaction much higher, says IMF | The GuardianMunich Re tightens oil and gas policies | ReutersDairy co-op Arla to pay farmers more for milk if climate targets met | The GuardianMost electric car buyers don’t switch back to gas | AxiosOregon to cover health-related climate expenses | AP NewsOPEC+ oil output cut ahead of winter fans inflation concerns | ReutersCOP15: ‘World leaders might have to invite themselves’ to summit | The GuardianCOP27: Activists ‘baffled’ that Coca-Cola will be sponsor | BBC NewsCOP27 Farming Coalition Under Fire for Links to Climate Science Denial | DeSmogUK defies climate warnings with new oil and gas licences | BBC NewsBlackRock Faces More ESG Fallout as Louisiana Pulls $794 mil | BloombergInside a conservative group’s war against BlackRock’s ESG investments | AxiosEPA is ‘falling behind’ on power plant rules, report says | The Washington PostSource list- to help Pakistan | The Washington Post: Coca-Cola as sponsor of COP27 |
Biden pledges $60 mil to stormproof Puerto Rico during visit | The GuardianSee the Solar-Powered Florida Town That DIdn’t Lose Power During Ian | Business InsiderYoung people demand climate justice in run-up to COP27 UN talks | The GuardianDuncan’s First Nation sues Alberta for industry impacts | The NarwhalFederal Government’s $20 Bil Embrace of ‘Climate Smart’ Farming | The NYTimesEnergy transition and clean energy jobs | AxiosUS’ first grid-scale hybrid wind-solar-battery plant comes online | Energy Storage NewsWhat will Italy’s new right-wing government mean for energy? Energy MonitorFresh pressure on Biden over World Bank | AxiosWorld Bank criticized over climate crisis spending | The GuardianGreenwashing Enters a $22 Tril Debt Market, Derailing Climate Goals | BloombergClimate Activists Are Missing a Huge Source of Capital Driving Emissions | BloombergSCOTUS prods Biden team on climate | AxiosSource list-
More Americans are moving into hurricanes’ path as climate change risks mount | The Washington PostFlorida’s death toll tops 100 as the search for survivors continues | CNNMethane Might Be a Bigger Climate Problem Than Thought, Study Finds | The NYTimesHuge gas flaring emissions never reported | BBC NewsMining Bitcoin Climate Impact Similar to Beef, Crude Production | BloombergIn Pivotal Climate Case, UN Panel Says Australia Violated Islanders’ Human Rights | Inside Climate NewsNY Implements 2035 All-EV Plan After California Clears the Way | BloombergHow Many EV-Charging Stations Are There in New York City? | BloombergLA restricts water flow to wasteful celebrity mansions: ‘No matter how rich, we’ll treat you the same’ | The GuardianFed Announces Plan to Assess Climate Risks to Banks | The NYTimesEU won’t back climate danger fund talks at COP27, says draft | PoliticoGermany promotes insurance-based Global Shield for climate victims | Climate Change NewsEmissions declaration by equity firm Carlyle under question | AP NewsMexico is world’s deadliest spot for environmental activists | AP NewsNew EWG analysis: Of $7.4 bil spent on two of the USDA’s biggest conservation programs in recent years, very little went to ‘climate-smart’ agriculture | Environmental Working GroupPivotal Supreme Court term begins with WOTUS war | E&E NewsSource list-
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