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Kazakhstan energy price uprising risks another blow to carbon pricing
Unprecedented protests in Kazakhstan over a gas price hike this week have seen the government quickly roll back energy policy reforms, endangering the development of one of the region’s carbon markets in a further example of the political challenges of the clean energy transition.
Private climate investment needs to get intentional about gender and equity — here’s how
The private capital committed by members of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) has the potential to transform climate investments. Yet climate investment decision-makers don’t reflect the diversity we need for a just transition. They are therefore likely to overlook the women outside of their networks driving many solutions.
2021: Year in review
As 2021 comes to a close, we look back on the year that was in stories from across northeast Winnipeg.
Two and three-wheelers drive sale of EVs
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an independent think tank, said in July 2021 that India lagged behind other key markets for Electric Vehicles such as China, Europe, and the United States.
Development economist: U.S., EU might not see eye-to-eye on steel deal
While some in the U.S. view a recent deal with the European Union to resolve tariffs on steel and aluminum as a step toward a so-called “climate club” approach to global decarbonization, the EU likely will not, according to an economist who has been studying policies designed to guard against “carbon leakage.”
Canada Must Leave 83% of Fossil Fuels in the Ground in Latest 1.5°C Scenario
Canada must leave 83% of its fossil fuel reserves and 84% of its tar sands/oil sands in the ground if the world is to have even a 50% chance of holding average global warming to 1.5°C, according to a paper published in the prestigious journal Nature.
Fish health improves when mercury releases into lakes cut off
Mercury contamination in freshwater fish populations falls quickly once new sources of the toxic chemical are cut off, says new research.
Fish show quick improvement when mercury releases into lakes cut off: study
New research has found mercury contamination in freshwater fish populations falls quickly once the sources of the toxic chemical are cut off.
Fish populations quickly recover from mercury contamination when source of toxin cut off: study
Paul Blanchfield, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature, said the finding that lakes can rebound quickly from mercury pollution is 'a very good news story'.
Carbon border adjustments are back in the spotlight
Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s recently released mandate letter will keep her busy for the foreseeable future.
Investing in nature to protect and benefit people
In this fifth interview of the “17 Rooms” podcast, Rosina Bierbaum and Richard Florizone discuss near-term opportunities and challenges for scaling nature-based solutions. Bierbaum, professor at University of Maryland and University of Michigan, and Florizone, president at International Institute for Sustainable Development, moderated Room 15 focused on Sustainable Development Goal number 15—on life on land—during the 2021 17 Rooms flagship process.
Fish can bounce back quickly from mercury pollution
An encouraging new experiment hints that cutting off mercury pollution to bodies of water can quickly translate into lower levels of the toxic substance in seafood.
Reducing Mercury Entering Lakes Could Reduce Mercury in the Fish We Eat
This is according to a new paper, published today in Nature. During the study, conducted over 15 years, scientists intentionally added a traceable form of mercury to a lake and its watershed. They discovered that the new mercury they added quickly built up in fish populations, and then declined almost as quickly once they stopped additions.
Freshwater fish can recover from mercury pollution in just a few years
Mercury pollution is a major global environmental problem, with small-scale gold mining and coal burning the two biggest sources, but fish can recover quickly when the pollution stops.
Experimental lake shows fish populations can recover quickly from mercury contamination
Mercury pollution is a global problem. Emissions from gold mining, coal burning, and other industrial processes travel through the atmosphere, eventually falling to Earth as rain or snow. The poison can make its way to fish and the humans who eat them, where it can damage the developing nervous system, causing problems with memory and language in children exposed in the womb.
Study: Fish can recover from mercury pollution faster than thought
Mercury pollution remains a problem in many parts of the Great Lakes, but new research from Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area in northern Ontario shows that efforts to reduce the amount of mercury going into a lake can have quick and dramatic effects on the levels of the pollutant in fish populations.
Predicting recovery of mercury-contaminated fish populations
Reducing mercury pollution entering lakes lowers how much harmful mercury is found in freshwater fish destined for consumers' plates.
Liberia Launches Nat'l Adaption Plan and 1st Adaptation Communication to Combat Climate Change
Liberia has launched its National Adaption Plan (NAP) which is intended to help Liberia tackle the issue of climate change through a sound adaptation programme that involves a whole-of-society approach to achieve the goals, vision, and specific objectives.
Canada's energy regulator criticized for not modelling a net-zero future
The federal agency tasked with projecting Canada's supply and demand of energy for the next few decades is drawing criticism for what's missing in its latest annual report: A roadmap for the sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Biden halts federal aid to new fossil fuel projects overseas, with some exceptions
The Biden administration has ordered an immediate halt to new federal support for coal plants and other carbon-intensive projects overseas, a major policy shift designed to fight climate change and accelerate renewable energy worldwide.