1. Fossil fuel companies at COP27: necessary for innovation or lip service? You decide.
COP27 awash with fossil fuel representatives, research shows
Adam Taylor, The Washington Post, November 10, 2022
“The groups behind the report — Corporate Accountability, Corporate Europe Observatory and Global Witness — said in a joint statement that their analysis showed that industry influence at the top climate summit was growing, even as global policymakers tried to mitigate the impact of the industry. Many fossil fuel companies argue that they must be part of the solution to climate change, setting net-zero emissions targets and publicizing emissions-reducing programs. Activists say the industry only gets in the way of necessary policy changes.”
2. TikTok’s @thegarbagequeen thinks not
3. What do the midterms’ lack of red wave mean for climate legislation?
Enviros pounce on wish lists post midterm ‘green wave’
Hannah Northey, Lamar Johnson, Jack Forrest, E&E News GreenWire, November 10, 2022
“Conservation groups, armed with an influx of funding from the Inflation Reduction Act and the bipartisan infrastructure package, are now dusting off playbooks in states like Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota, where Democrats now hold a trifecta, controlling both chambers of the legislature and governorships.
‘It’s really like a green wave that we’re seeing across the country,’ said Nick Abraham, the League of Conservation Voters’ state communications director. ‘We’re seeing [that] the folks that ran on climate absolutely won.’”
4. What if boats ran on…ammonia?
The race is on to build the world’s first ammonia-powered ship
Maria Gallucci, Canary Media, November 10, 2022
“International shipping accounted for about 2 percent of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2021 — a percentage that’s expected to climb as more vessels deliver more goods and as other sectors reduce their share of global emissions. The vast majority of today’s ships burn highly polluting petroleum-based fuels. Tens of thousands of freighters spew not only carbon dioxide emissions and methane but also air pollution, which threatens the health of people living near ports.
Cargo owners, regulators and environmental groups are ratcheting up pressure to curb emissions from cargo ships. In response, the industry has started to significantly scale up investments and research efforts to advance alternative fuels such as ammonia, hydrogen, methanol and battery power, as well as energy-saving devices like wind-snatching kites and rotor sails.”
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