When Joe Biden boasted to world leaders last month that the US would halve its greenhouse emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels — urging his counterparts from countries like China and India to commit to stronger action — the US president left environmentalists unconvinced. The cuts are more ambitious than previous targets to burn less fossil fuel. But they will not stop the US from overshooting its fair share of the emissions that can be released to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally 1.5C, according to independent research project Climate Action Tracker. This is a question of justice: The US has polluted the atmosphere more than any other economy on the planet and also has more money to deal with it. Factoring in those inequalities, Biden's pledge is "very close to or just within" the range of cuts needed to reach 2C, said Andreas Geiges, a researcher at Climate Analytics, which jointly runs the project. But it falls … [Read more...] about Climate justice: Do pledges ignore unequal emissions?
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Alchemist Theophrastus Bombast, better known as Paracelsus, was the first to talk about hydrogen (H2). That was in the 16th century. Since then, the first element of the periodic table has been in the spotlight many times and today it comes in several "colors" depending on how it is made. The most recent hype occurred in the 1990s when Japan and South Korea invested heavily in creating a hydrogen economy, producing the gas mostly from fossil fuels. "The decarbonization impact depends on how hydrogen is produced, where it is sourced and where the consumer is situated," IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera told DW. "The use of hydrogen does not emit CO2, but its production and transportation can." The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organization mandated to promote the sustainable use of renewable energy among its 160 member states. Hydrogen: From grey to green Hydrogen was first produced via the gasification of lignite (brown coal … [Read more...] about How to be sure hydrogen is ‘green’ when it comes in so many colors
Germany's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the country's 2019 climate protection act is in part unconstitutional. "The regulations irreversibly postpone high emission reduction burdens until periods after 2030," the court said. It added that the law does not explain in enough detail how greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced after 2031. The judges in Karlsruhe gave the legislature until the end of next year to draw up clearer reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions for the period after 2030. What is the case about? The complaint was filed by a group of nine mostly young people . They are supported by several environmental associations, such as Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and Fridays for Future. Watch video 02:31 Share Norfolk's encroaching shore Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3sR3H The … [Read more...] about German climate law is partly unconstitutional, top court rules
Carol Chen was running a designer gown rental service in Singapore when the world shut down. Fancy frocks were the furthest thing from anyone’s mind during the coronavirus pandemic, and Chen realised she had to quickly pivot her business. Instead of stressing about how she was going to afford the rent on her 280 square metre (3,000 sq ft) space, she took a pair of scissors to a slightly damaged red sequinned gown – and made snazzy, stylish face masks. “People loved it,” said Chen. “This was at a time when masks weren’t even mandatory, so the idea of making a high-end mask was crazy. I did think, ‘Who’s going to wear this?’.” A lot of people, as it turns out. The brand, Maskela, soon found its way onto the faces of celebrities such as US actress Sarah Jessica Parker (who wore a printed blue one) and Netflix reality show Selling Sunset ’s Chrishell Stause, who donned a sparkly gold number. Within a few months, Chen hit sales of US$100,000. Today, Maskela masks are … [Read more...] about Face masks in lace, turquoise brocade for $33 and up – Maskela entrepreneur’s pivot from dress rental in pandemic pays off
Many observers agree that in the aftermath of Deby's death, the Sahel region's fight against Islamist extremism hangs in the balance. "Chad has played a very instrumental role in combating violent extremism across the Sahel, with the military deployed in other countries, such as Mali and Niger Republic," says Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C. He adds that Chad's battle-hardened troops are a "very strong component of the multinational task force in the Lake Chad basin." "People are going to feel the loss of Deby, the impact that he had on the Chadian military, and Chad's ability to focus on external interventions," Fomunyoh told DW. The void left by Deby, who was allegedly killed on the frontline fighting rebels belonging to the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), has left a power vacuum and a formerly stable country teetering on the brink of crisis. Deby was a powerful ally for multilateralism … [Read more...] about How Chad’s instability could affect G5 neighbors