Three-Fourths of the Worlds Planned Coal Projects Scrapped Since 2015

Three-Fourths of the Worlds Planned Coal Projects Scrapped Since 2015

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new report has found that since the 2015 signing of the Paris agreement, more than 75% of the world’s planned coal plant projects have been scrapped, and 44 countries have no future coal plans whatsoever. The report’s authors hope this trend will continue as the COP26 conference in […]

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World Falls Short of “Green Recovery” as Global Energy Demand Rebounds

World Falls Short of “Green Recovery” as Global Energy Demand Rebounds

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As global energy demand returns to pre-pandemic levels, energy and climate experts say that the world has failed to make use of the emissions advantage granted by a year in quarantine. The spike in global demand has now pushed global electricity-related emissions 5 percent above 2019 levels.  Although the U.S. and Europe have […]

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Biden Administration Aims For 80% Clean Electricity by 2030

Biden Administration Aims For 80% Clean Electricity by 2030

The Biden administration is aiming to set a national clean energy mandate that the nation obtains 80% of its power from clean, emissions-free sources by 2030. This 2030 aim will be a major step for the United States towards reaching net zero emissions by 2035, Biden’s overall climate goal. 

Why this Matters:  This mandate would lower emissions by requiring a transition to renewables like wind, solar, and nuclear energy.

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75% of Global Companies Failing to Meet Paris Agreement Goals

75% of Global Companies Failing to Meet Paris Agreement Goals

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Though many companies have publicly announced their commitments to achieving net-zero emissions, new research paints a more sobering picture — less than a quarter of the world’s large public companies are on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement by 2050.  In fact, emissions have continued to […]

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Germany Is Shutting Its Coal Mines and Planning the Workers’ Transition

Germany Is Shutting Its Coal Mines and Planning the Workers’ Transition

Germany wants to be the model for transitioning from coal to clean energy. The country plans to stop using coal by 2038 and has dedicated billions of dollars to make it a successful transition. As BBC’s Future Planet reports, a nonprofit near one of the country’s mines are engaging locals in the North-Rhine Westphalia region — many of them employed by the mines — to plan for their future. 

Why This Matters: First off: the European Union has called for an end of coal by 2030. So Germany’s timeline is longer than recommended to hit the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C target, and mine expansions are still planned in coming years.

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Biden’s Updated Climate Targets Could Set the Stage for Next 10 Years of Climate Policy

Biden’s Updated Climate Targets Could Set the Stage for Next 10 Years of Climate Policy

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer This week the world is watching the U.S. with rare intensity. The world has awaited multiple decisions with bated breath, but on April 22nd, U.S. climate ambition will be in the spotlight. The President is expected to announce the nation’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris agreement during his […]

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