The Planet Desperately Needs That UN Plastics Treaty

This week in Uruguay, scientists, environmentalists, and government representatives—and, of course, lobbyists—are gathering to begin negotiations on a United Nations treaty on plastics. It’s only the start of talks, so we don’t know how they will shape up, but some of the bargaining chips on the table include production limits and phasing out particularly troublesome chemical … Read more

Energy markets facing ‘one or two years of extreme volatility’: CEO

This image, from March 2022, shows wind turbines and gas storage facilities in Germany. Europe’s energy markets have experienced turbulence in recent months. Jan Woitas | Picture Alliance | Getty Images The CEO of Italian power firm Enel told CNBC Tuesday that turbulence in energy markets was likely to persist for some time. “Things are … Read more

Who’s going to pay for an ethical chocolate bar? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Europe, the world’s biggest consumer of chocolate, and West Africa, the leading grower of the cocoa beans used to make it, share a common goal to make the sector sustainable. But they have opposing views on how to put an end to the social, … Read more

“Jamestown will be lost”: Climate change threatens to sink historic colony

Jamestown, Virginia — More than 400 years after the first European settlers arrived, Jamestown, Virginia, is struggling to survive the ravages of climate change.  “We are concerned that if we don’t take action, Jamestown will be lost,” said Elizabeth Kostelny, who runs Preservation Virginia, the nonprofit overseeing the colony’s original 22 acres along the James … Read more

Jamestown shores up seawall to fight flood threat

Jamestown shores up seawall to fight flood threat – CBS News Watch CBS News Rising sea levels and climate change are threatening historic Jamestown, Virginia. Kris Van Cleave has an update on the race to save history. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now … Read more

Biden grants PG&E $1 billion to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open

Aerial view of the Diablo Canyon, the only operational nuclear plant left in California, due to be shutdown in 2024 despite safely producing nearly 15% of the state’s green electrical energy power, is viewed in these aerial photos taken on December 1, 2021, near Avila Beach, California. George Rose | Getty Images The Biden administration … Read more

Marine biologists capture audio recordings of coral to analyze reef health

Marine biologists capture audio recordings of coral to analyze reef health – CBS News Watch CBS News As climate change and human activity threaten ocean life, researchers are now monitoring the sound of coral reefs in an attempt to analyze their health. And the public can listen in and help. Ian Lee has more. Be … Read more

New global climate deal struck at conference in Egypt

Climate reparations, or “loss and damage” funding, is a highly divisive and emotive issue that is seen as a fundamental question of climate justice. Sean Gallup | Getty Images News | Getty Images Government ministers and negotiators from nearly 200 countries finally secured an agreement Sunday aimed at keeping a critically important global heating target … Read more

The Latest | UN Climate Summit

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — The European Union’s climate chief criticized the outcomes of the meeting Sharm el-Sheikh, saying it was “not enough of a step forward for people and planet” and did “not address the yawning gap between climate science and our climate policies.” Frans Timmermans said the 27-nation bloc had supported the deal in … Read more

A big new Exxon Mobil climate deal that got assist from Joe Biden

Could it be that Big Oil’s next big thing got a big assist from Joe Biden? Maybe, if carbon capture and storage is indeed as big a deal as ExxonMobil’s first-of-its-kind deal to extract, transport and store carbon from other companies’ factories implies. The deal, announced last month, calls for ExxonMobil to capture carbon emitted … Read more