Loss and damage: Fight over human harm, huge climate costs

Loss and damage: Fight over human harm, huge climate costs

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — It was a total loss — the type that is usually glossed over in big impersonal statistics like $40 billion in damage from this summer’s Pakistan floods that put one-third of the nation underwater. “We lost everything, our home and our possessions,” said Taj Mai, a mother of seven who … Read more

Crucial illegal road threatens Amazon rainforest

Crucial illegal road threatens Amazon rainforest

An illegal dirt road ripping through protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon is now just a few miles shy of connecting two of the worst areas of deforestation in the region, according to satellite images and accounts from people familiar with the area. If the road is completed it will turn a large area of … Read more

The Southwest’s unchecked thirst for Colorado River water could prove devastating upstream

The Southwest’s unchecked thirst for Colorado River water could prove devastating upstream

Vernal, UT CNN — Among those who love to chase trout with flies made of feathers, just the mention of a certain seven-mile stretch of Utah’s Green River can turn a hardened man rhapsodic. “I’ve guided in New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Alaska,” said Gordon Tharrett, describing his 30-year career guiding elite fly fishers around the … Read more

CEOs on gas, renewables and the energy crisis

CEOs on gas, renewables and the energy crisis

From the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain shocks to rising inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, governments and businesses around the world are attempting to tackle and solve major crises — many of them interlinked — on multiple fronts. Against this challenging backdrop, energy markets have been roiled, with gas and oil prices surging and … Read more

Watchdog has concerns with projects at US nuclear repository

Watchdog has concerns with projects at US nuclear repository

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — There’s no way of knowing if cost increases and missed construction deadlines will continue at the only US underground nuclear waste repository, according to independent federal investigators, according to results of a federal watchdog report made public Tuesday. The Government Accountability Office outlined the concerns in its reportnoting that the US … Read more

Court rules Australian minister has no climate duty of care

Court rules Australian minister has no climate duty of care

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An appeals court on Tuesday overturned a groundbreaking ruling that Australia’s environment minister had a duty to protect younger people against climate change. Three Federal Court judges ruled for a variety of reasons that the court should not impose on Environment Minister Sussan Ley a duty of care. Eight Australian teenagers … Read more

Forget 5G. Let’s Talk About 6G.

Forget 5G.  Let’s Talk About 6G.

As wireless carriers jostle to see who can win the race to deliver 5G services to customers, planning is already well under way for what comes next. Yes, we’re talking about 6G. That might seem premature, since 5G has a long way to go before most consumers and businesses have it—let alone take advantage of … Read more

Will NJ wave hello to a new source of energy from the ocean?

Will NJ wave hello to a new source of energy from the ocean?

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (AP) — Some New Jersey lawmakers want to harness the power of the ocean’s waves to create a new source of clean electricity, and several companies say they are eager to build projects there. Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak plans to introduce legislation soon that would add wave energy to New Jersey’s energy master … Read more

Hope, hard reality mix in Japanese town wrecked by disaster

Hope, hard reality mix in Japanese town wrecked by disaster

FUTABA, Japan (AP) — Yasushi Hosozawa returned on the first day possible after a small section of his hometown, Futaba, reopened in January — 11 years after the nuclear meltdown at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi plant. It has not been easy. Futaba, which hosts part of the plant, saw the evacuation of all 7,000 residents … Read more

Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm

Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In southwestern Pennsylvania, eight locks and dams that for decades helped barges move goods along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers will in a few years also generate enough power for 75,000 homes. Rye Development, a Boston-based hydropower company, is retrofitting the dams with turbines to generate electricity and says the upgraded … Read more