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French parliament approves climate change bill to green the economy – Reuters

France’s National Assembly on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging climate change bill that will prevent future airport expansions, prohibit open-air terrace heaters and reduce packaging waste. France aims to cut greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels but…

Empowering citizens for successful energy transitions

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) The terms “co-creation” and “co-production”, which denote the possibility for laypeople to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives, have been gaining popularity. A new IIASA-led study explored options for empowering citizens as a driver for moving from awareness about the need to transform energy systems to action and participation.

In Minnesota, fighting climate change means changing how to heat buildings – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Brian DeGidio admits he hasn’t thought much about the environmental benefits of the air-source heat pumps he’s working on atop a large apartment complex under construction in St. Paul. It’s a drizzly Friday and DeGidio is hooking refrigerant lines to…

A Fund Cleans Up by Betting on Clean Energy – Barron’s

Lucas White is portfolio manager for Resources and Climate Change Strategies at GMO in Boston. Photograph by Cody O’Loughlin For the four years of the Trump presidency, the White House was hostile to the concept of global warming, although independent…

Activists Spur Maryland County To Join Climate Lawfare Brigade

On Tuesday, Anne Arundel County, Maryland became the latest municipality to file a public nuisance climate change lawsuit against energy companies and a trade association representing the industry. While the county’s decision to file a lawsuit is unsurprising – as…

Joe Biden’s Skewed Climate Change Priorities

It’s not hard to see why politicians like Joe Biden and Boris Johnson want to talk about climate change. First of all, it looks good to the electorate. Caring about the planet (or at least being seen to care about…

One Climate One Oʻahu community plan to fight climate change | University of Hawaiʻi System News – UH System Current News

The City and County of Honolulu in recognition of Earth Day, announced the One Climate One Oʻahu Climate Action Plan 2020–25 (CAP), a science-based, community-driven strategy for Oʻahu to combat climate change and eliminate fossil fuel emissions—the root cause of…

Carbon in the sky and climate change: Earth Day by the numbers – Al Jazeera English

Since Earth Day – the annual day for the environment – started being observed, global warming has dramatically worsened. Could carbon pricing be a silver bullet? Looking back over the past five decades, there’s been a fairly steady descent into…

1 of 695 Fast mitigation of power grids instability risks

(Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)) Skoltech scientists in collaboration with researchers from the University of Arizona and the Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed an approach that allows power grids to return to stability fast after demand response perturbation.

Despite Tensions, U.S. and China Agree to Work Together on Climate Change – The New York Times

The White House has signaled that Mr. Biden will announce more ambitious plans for reducing emissions domestically, after four years in which his predecessor, Donald J. Trump, disparaged the issue. “We’ve seen commitments before where everybody falls short,” Mr. Kerry…