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10/09/2019

Exxon's Connection to a Nobel Prize in Chemistry Honoring the Shift Toward a 'Fossil Fuel-Free World'

Three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry were announced this morning for their work developing the lithium-ion battery, making "a fossil fuel-free world possible." The great twist: One developed the first functional lithium battery at Exxon, years before the oil giant's shift to climate denial.

(InsideClimate News)

Trump's Fast-tracking of Oil Pipelines Hits Legal Roadblocks

The Trump administration's effort to fast-track major fossil fuel projects has stalled in three of the biggest U.S. pipelines now planned or under construction after legal challenges by environmental groups have successfully moved forward.

(Reuters)

Incoming Top EU Climate Official Pledges to Tax Polluting Imports

The EU will start work immediately on a tax on polluting foreign firms to shelter EU businesses striving to meet a goal to be climate neutral by 2050, says Frans Timmermans, the senior official set to take responsibility for climate in the new European Commission. "We should also be prepared to consider other instruments, for instance a carbon border tax, to level the playing field for European products." 

(Reuters)

The 20 Firms Behind a Third of All Carbon Emissions

New data from world-renowned researchers points to just 20 companies that have contributed to 35 percent of all energy-related carbon emissions—a total of 480 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent— since 1965.

(The Guardian)

PG&E Cuts Power to Half a Million Customers in California to Avoid Starting Fires

Large swaths of central and Northern California were without electricity on Wednesday as the state's largest utility began cutting power as a precaution against sparking wildfires as the winds pick up. Climate change and years of drought have contributed to conditions for wildfires to spread in recent years.

(The New York Times)

Climate Change: Emperor Penguin 'Needs Greater Protection'

Researchers are calling for the conservation status of Emperor penguins to be upgraded from "near threatened" to "vulnerable" to help protect them from the dangers of climate change, which is predicted to degrade the birds' habitats by 2100 and threaten their existence, BBC reports.

(BBC)

The Green Revolution Spreading Across Our Rooftops

Green roofs—rooftops with gardens in place of asphalt—have become increasingly popular as concerns about climate change and dwindling natural resources grow, The New York Times reports. One group estimates the number of green roofs have increased about 15 percent in North America since 2013.

(The New York Times)

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