Latest Carbon neutrality News

Clean energy project in Nevada desert could be worth $3B

Dec. 13, 2020 11:22 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A company specializing in clean energy design has unveiled plans to build a carbon-neutral industrial park in the northern Nevada desert that it says would be the largest in the United States powered by locally generated renewable energy. TerraScale officials say the Energos project they...

FILE - This illustration provided by Carbon Engineering in October 2018 shows one of the designs of the company's air contactor assemblies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. More than a 100 countries  — responsible for about two-thirds of the world's heat-trapping gases — have announced plans to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero

EXPLAINER: The real math behind "net zero" carbon emissions

Dec. 11, 2020 4:07 PM EST

More than 100 countries — responsible for about two-thirds of the world's heat-trapping gases — have announced plans to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero" in coming decades to help curb man-made climate change. The target has also been embraced by companies, states and cities...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, the sun rises amid smog during the dry season in Mexico City. Five years after a historic climate deal in Paris, world leaders are again meeting to increase their efforts to fight global warming. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Five years on, signs that Paris climate accord is working

Dec. 11, 2020 12:06 PM EST

The forecast for global warming is looking a little less bleak in the long term, but not so rosy in the short term. With numerous countries pledging to clean up their act and projected temperature rises now smaller than they once were, scientists and diplomats say the outlook for mid-to-late century is not as...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, California Public Utilities Commissioner Liane M. Randolph listens during a meeting in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Randolph as the new Chair of the California Air Resources Board on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Newsom taps new head of powerful California air board

Dec. 9, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom tapped a veteran regulator Wednesday as the next chair of the powerful Air Resources Board, which implements the state's ambitious climate change goals. Liane Randolph, 55, will begin the job in January. She takes over for Mary Nichols, who is termed...

Seattle mayor wants to ban gas heat in some new buildings

Dec. 5, 2020 10:31 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Mayor Jenny Durkan said this week Seattle should ban natural gas heat in some new buildings in response to a two-year increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Road transportation accounts for much of the city's emissions, but emissions in that sector actually dropped slightly from 2016 to...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Suga announced a 2 trillion green fund to promote innovation and technology to achieve his pledge to achieve a carbon free society by 2050.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae, Pool)

Japan PM pledges $19B to promote ecological businesses

Dec. 4, 2020 9:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged a 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) fund on Friday to promote ecological businesses and innovation to achieve his goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Suga, who took office in mid-September, set climate change as one of his main policy goals...

Nestle to spend $3.6 billion on improving climate footprint

Dec. 3, 2020 1:06 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Nestle, the world's biggest food company, said Thursday that it will spend 3.2 billion Swiss francs ($3.6 billion) over five years to improve its climate footprint. Nestle said the investment will increase the Switzerland-based company's use of renewable energy, which it aims to use...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Herman Termeer, 54, stands on the roof of his home as the Blue Ridge Fire burns along the hillside in Chino Hills, Calif. An overheating world obliterated weather records in 2020 — an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts and ice melt — the United Nations’ weather agency reported Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

Dec. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EST

As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting...

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moves a motion in the Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand, to declare a climate emergency, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Joining more than 30 other countries around the world, New Zealand took the symbolic step of declaring a climate emergency. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand symbolically declares climate emergency

Dec. 1, 2020 10:38 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Joining more than 30 countries, New Zealand on Wednesday took the symbolic step of declaring a climate emergency. Lawmakers voted 76-43 in favor of the motion, in a split that followed party lines. The government also launched a new initiative requiring many public agencies...

Maine climate plan calls for climate neutrality by 2045

Dec. 1, 2020 3:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor said Tuesday she will seek to use a series of law change proposals to help the state reach carbon neutrality by 2045. Gov. Janet Mills made the statement as the state released its four-year climate plan, entitled “Maine Won't Wait.” Mills,...