Wildfire victims sue PG&E’s former management for neglect

California company accused of ‘dereliction of duty’, claimants fear it will not be able to pay $13.5bn settlement. A trust representing more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) electrical grid is suing nearly two dozen of the utility’s former executives and board members for alleged dereliction of their […]

‘Mutual suicide’: US issues stark warning on climate change

The United States has warned inaction by world powers on climate change is tantamount to a “mutual suicide pact” after countries such as China, India, and Russia expressed scepticism on the global security threat it posed. John Kerry, the US special presidential envoy for climate, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the Pentagon […]

US, Canada pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050

United States President Joe Biden says that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to work towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. “We’re launching a high-level, climate-ambition ministerial and to align our policies and our goals to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” Biden said in a speech on Tuesday following a bilateral meeting […]

US energy body to examine climate change threat to power grid

The decision follows power outages in Texas due to an extreme cold snap that left millions of people without electricity. Federal energy regulators in the United States say they will examine threats that climate change and extreme weather events pose to the country’s electric reliability in the wake of last week’s deadly Texas freeze that […]

Family sues Texas power companies for $100m over death of boy, 11

Cristian Pavon’s family says ‘gross negligence’ caused death by ‘hypothermia’, as Texans receive sky-high energy bills. The family of an 11-year-old boy who died during the Texas winter storm and the ensuing blackouts is suing the state’s grid operator and energy company Entergy for $100m as Texans begin to see exorbitant energy bills. Cristian Pavon […]

In extreme Texas cold, Green New Deal turns into hot potato

“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News host Sean Hannity during an interview earlier this week. “Texas is blessed with multiple sources of energy, such as natural gas and nuclear, as well as solar and wind,” the […]

Biden set to declare major disaster in storm-hit Texas

Biden expedites governor’s request as state deals with widespread water access issues and more than 180,000 without power. US President Joe Biden said on Friday he was ready to declare a major disaster in storm-slammed Texas as soon as the declaration hits his desk, and that he would travel to the state as long as […]

Power returns but water an issue as Texas reels from icy storm

Historic storm leaves dozens dead and millions without water as power returns to US state of Texas. Power is returning in the storm-hit US state of Texas, but challenges remain as millions still face water-boil notices and power lines remain downed across the second-largest United States state on Friday. All power plants in the state […]

US Treasury chief Yellen: China tariffs stay in place for now

The United States will keep tariffs imposed on Chinese goods by the former Trump administration in place for now, but will evaluate how to proceed after a thorough review, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told US TV network CNBC. “For the moment, we have kept the tariffs in place that were put in by the Trump […]

UN chief backs new blueprint to end ‘suicidal’ war on nature

A new scientific blueprint for tackling climate change, pollution and the accelerating loss of plant and animal species shows how to end the world’s “suicidal” war on nature, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said. “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is senseless and suicidal,” Guterres wrote in the preface of the United Nations Environment […]

Cruz blasted for reportedly flying to Cancun amid Texas freeze

Senator Ted Cruz comes under fire from Texans after reports that he left struggling state for warmer Mexico. US Senator Ted Cruz faced widespread criticism on social media on Thursday after a journalist claimed images showed Cruz flying to a resort in Cancun, Mexico, while his home state of Texas struggled through a deadly deep […]

It is time to end extractive tourism

As we draw closer to the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, many are hopeful that the vaccine roll-out will help us return to our pre-pandemic “normal”. For a certain privileged group of people, this would mean getting back the “freedom” to travel anywhere they want. Indeed, their perceived […]

US oil output dips by record 40% as cold wave freezes operations

The Permian Basin, which is located in New Mexico and Texas, is the worst affected, with output down between 65 percent and 80 percent from normal levels, traders and executives say. Total U.S. oil production has plunged by close to 40% — the most ever — as an unprecedented cold blast freezes well operations across […]

Boeing backs Trump plane emission rule seen by US states as weak

In lawsuit against US environment agency, 12 states said the rule lags ‘existing technology by more than 10 years’. United States plane maker Boeing Co has backed fuel efficiency standards for new aircraft – the first of their kind – finalised by the Trump administration in its waning days that a dozen states have challenged […]

Millions without power as deep freeze continues across US

At least one person was dead and more than four million were without power in the southern US state of Texas after a rare deep freeze placed an enormous burden on the state’s electrical grid, prompting rolling blackouts and limited ability of some providers to generate power. The cause of the death of the person […]

Why manufacturing is the biggest hurdle in climate change fight

Bill Gates says governments and investors need to find ways to reduce emissions from steel- and cement-making. US billionaire Bill Gates exudes optimism in discussing the world’s ability to tackle climate change – until he hits on manufacturing. About that, he is worried. There is currently no way to make steel or cement without releasing […]

Millions in Texas lose power as winter storm drops temps to -22C

The state of Texas continued to reel under a deep freeze, leaving utilities scrambling to meet record power demand and forcing the state’s grid operator to enforce rotating blackouts early on Monday, putting over two million Texans in the dark. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has sought to cut power use in response […]

Arrest of young Indian activist triggers outrage

Free speech concerns raised after Disha Ravi, 22, is arrested for sharing online ‘toolkit’ with information on the farmers’ protest. The arrest of a 22-year-old Indian climate activist accused of sharing an online “toolkit” of information on the weeks-long farmers’ protests has caused outrage, with many calling it an attack on free speech. Disha Ravi […]

Biden promises to re-engage the US with the world in upcoming G7 meet

In his first event with other G7 leaders, Biden will discuss COVID-19, China and the global economy, the White House says. US President Joe Biden will hold his first event with other leaders from the Group of Seven nations in a virtual meeting on Friday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the world economy and dealing […]

Roses are red and contributing to climate change, florists warn

Florists in Paris are trying to convince their customers to choose locally grown flowers over roses, which must be flown in and contribute to carbon emissions. It is the classic romantic combination: Valentine’s Day and a bouquet of red roses. But some Parisian florists are trying to wean customers off the flowers because of their […]

Spending on green economic stimulus is slowly rising, study finds

Of the $14.9 trillion in public stimulus spending to offset the effects of the pandemic, $1.8 trillion is being used for green purposes, the study finds. Huge amounts of post-pandemic stimulus packages are mostly failing to support action to tackle climate change or halt the loss of biodiversity, but the amount of green spending is […]

Shell freezes salaries, cuts $1bn in bonuses amid overhaul

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant is moving towards greener energy, which also means shedding 9,000 jobs over the next two years, its CEO said. Royal Dutch Shell Plc will not raise salaries for most of its employees this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as it looks to save cash amid an overhaul […]

Trump’s environment policies killed thousands, scientists say

The Trump administration deliberately harnessed racism and class animosity to push policies that caused hundreds of thousands of U.S. deaths, according to a scathing new report in the British medical journal The Lancet. After undertaking a comprehensive assessment of the health and environment impacts of Donald Trump’s presidency, the 33 scientists who co-authored the article […]

US puts climate migrant protections on the table

Guatemala City, Guatemala – The United States government plans to analyse the effects of climate change on migration, including potential legal protections – a move that migrant and refugee rights advocates say is a crucial step in the right direction. In a February 4 executive order otherwise focused on refugee resettlement issues, US President Joe […]