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01/11/2021

Oil Companies Lock In Drilling, Challenging Biden on Climate

In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years and undercut President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to curb new drilling because of climate change, the Associated Press reports. Permit stockpiling has centered on oil-rich federal lands in New Mexico and Wyoming.

(Associated Press)

50 Countries Commit to Conserving 30 Percent of Earth’s Land and Oceans

A coalition of 50 countries has committed to conserve almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt habitat destruction and slow wildlife extinctions, The Guardian reports. The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, which includes countries from six continents, made the pledge ahead of the One Planet summit held on Monday in Paris. 

(The Guardian)

The Radical Case for Growing Huge Swaths Bamboo in North America

Bamboo has a bad rap in the U.S. as an invasive nuisance, but the plant can quickly sequester at least double—and maybe even six times—the amount of carbon as a similar stand of trees. Now some people see planting large swaths of bamboo as an attractive solution to restoring degraded land and mitigating climate change.

(Inside Climate News)

As Big Energy Gains, Can Europe’s Community Renewables Compete?

Local wind and solar cooperatives played a key role in launching Europe’s renewable energy movement more than three decades ago, fostering the region’s clean energy growth. But as the European Union chases ambitious climate goals and large corporations play an increasing part in the effort to decarbonize the bloc, can community renewables compete?

(Inside Climate News)

Warming Trends: Big Cat Against Big Cat, Michael Mann’s New Book and Trump Greenlights Killing Birds

Newly released footage shows a Guatemalan jaguar killing a fellow predatory cat species—a rare sight that researchers say could be a consequence of climate change. A new podcast takes aim at bridging the gap between the U.S. and China on climate action. And climate scientist Michael Mann’s new book addresses what he calls the new war on climate. It’s all in the latest Warming Trends.

(Inside Climate News)

UK Pledges $4 Billion to Nature and Biodiversity Protection

Britain will allocate $4 billion over five years to projects aimed at protecting and restoring nature and biodiversity, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. The money will come from an existing commitment of nearly $15 billion for international climate finance.

(Reuters)

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