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Activists Skeptical of Exxon’s Net-Zero Promise

Activists Skeptical of Exxon’s Net-Zero Promise

After pressure from its investors, ExxonMobil has promised to achieve net zero emissions for its operations by 2050. The pledge includes emissions from the company’s oil, gas and chemical production and the energy used to power these operations, Reuters reported.

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    Methane Levels Dramatically Increase

    Methane Levels Dramatically Increase

    Methane levels in the atmosphere experienced a dramatic rise in 2019, preliminary data released Sunday shows. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that methane levels increased by 11.54 parts per billion (ppb) in 2019 over 2018 levels, the largest increase since 2014. “Last year’s jump in methane is one of the biggest we’ve seen […]

    Coronavirus: Air Pollution Might Raise Risk of Fatality

    Coronavirus: Air Pollution Might Raise Risk of Fatality

    By Ajit Niranjan Two main risk factors are currently known to raise the chance of dying from the novel coronavirus that has brought the world to a halt: being old and having a weak immune system. Air pollution makes the second of those more likely. “If you live in a polluted area, your lungs are […]

    Earth Is Hurtling Towards a Catastrophe Worse Than the Dinosaur Extinction

    Earth Is Hurtling Towards a Catastrophe Worse Than the Dinosaur Extinction

    By Andrew Glikson At several points in the history of our planet, increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused extreme global warming, prompting the majority of species on Earth to die out. In the past, these events were triggered by a huge volcanic eruption or asteroid impact. Now, Earth is heading for […]

    Human Cooperation Can Restore Climate Patterns: The Case of the Ozone Layer and the Southern Jet Stream

    Human Cooperation Can Restore Climate Patterns: The Case of the Ozone Layer and the Southern Jet Stream

    Emissions from the chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons used as refrigerants and aerosols didn’t just burn a hole in the ozone layer. They also shifted the Southern Hemisphere’s jet stream south towards Antarctica. Now, a study published in Nature Wednesday found that the 1987 Montreal Protocol banning those substances wasn’t just successful in helping to repair the […]

    New Player Begins Clearing Rainforest for World’s Largest Palm Oil Plantation

    New Player Begins Clearing Rainforest for World’s Largest Palm Oil Plantation

    A new company has begun clearing rainforest in an area of Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province earmarked to become the world’s largest oil palm plantation, in a vast project that has been mired in allegations of lawbreaking. If seen through to completion, the Tanah Merah project will generate an estimated $6 billion in timber and create […]

    The Rich Are to Blame for the Climate Crisis, International Study Finds

    The Rich Are to Blame for the Climate Crisis, International Study Finds

    A new international study has pinpointed an enormous chasm in the amount of resources the rich use versus the poor — both within their own countries and compared to an international population, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Energy. The researchers found that the wealthiest tenth of people use up about […]

    Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

    Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

    By Justin Mikulka ExxonMobil is a company capable of contradictions. It has been lobbying against government efforts to address climate change while running ads touting its own efforts to do so. And while the oil giant has been responsible for massive methane releases, Exxon has now proposed a new regulatory framework for cutting emissions of […]