Alberta, coal lobbyists talked for years about more open-pit mining in the Rockies: documents

Documents released under Alberta Freedom of Information laws confirm the United Conservative Party government was talking with the coal industry about relaxing a policy that protected the Rocky Mountains from open-pit mines long before making those plans public. The documents also show the province was talking about opening those landscapes to the potential of more … Read more

Unsold Chinese EVs Are Piling Up At Ports

Good morning! It’s Wednesday, April 17, 2024, and this is The Morning Shift, your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know. The Toyota CH-R Is Dead in America 1st Gear: Ports Are Filling With Unsold Cars, Mostly From China … Read more

No, Dubai’s Floods Weren’t Caused By Cloud Seeding

Dubai is underwater. Heavy storms have caused flash flooding across the United Arab Emirates, leading to shocking scenes circulating on social media: Cars abandoned by the roadside, planes sloshing through flooded runways. Hundreds of flights have been canceled at Dubai’s busy international airport, and at least 18 people have died in neighboring Oman. News reports … Read more

Biden wants to triple China tariffs on steel, aluminum imports

President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are expected to meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco in November. Saul Loeb | Afp | Getty Images President Joe Biden is calling on the U.S. Trade Representative to triple the China tariff rate on steel and aluminum imports … Read more

A shift to renewable energy is ‘hopeless’ without efficiencies, environmentalist says

Solar panels and wind turbines in the Netherlands. Daniel Bosma | Moment | Getty Images Explorer and environmentalist Bertrand Piccard has called for a renewed focus on cutting energy waste, saying it’s “hopeless” to shift to renewables without improving efficiency. Around three-quarters of the world’s energy is wasted, Piccard told an “IOT: Powering the Digital … Read more

Ecuador rations power, declares emergency as drought limits hydro output – National

Ecuador on Tuesday began to ration electricity in the country’s main cities as a drought linked to the El Niño weather pattern depletes reservoirs and limits output at hydroelectric plants that produce about 75% of the nation’s power. The power cuts were announced on Monday night by the ministry of energy, which said in a statement … Read more

SFU researchers say ant pheromones could help prevent tick bites

By Mateo Muego Global News Posted April 15, 2024 7:15 pm 1 min read Descrease article font size Increase article font size New research from Simon Fraser University reveals ants could be a solution to prevent tick bites. In a media release Monday, the university said researchers found that ticks would avoid ants and the … Read more

The Paradox That’s Supercharging Climate Change

No good deed goes unpunished—and that includes trying to slow climate change. By cutting greenhouse gas emissions, humanity will spew out fewer planet-cooling aerosols—small particles of pollution that act like tiny umbrellas to bounce some of the sun’s energy back into space. “Even more important than this direct reflection effect, they alter the properties of … Read more

Green hydrogen tech boss warns of AI energy consumption risk

Vertigo3d | E+ | Getty Images The chief technology officer of Ceres Power has warned that as artificial intelligence tools become more widely used for efficiency, there is a risk that this could result in even higher energy consumption. “What scares me is the energy consumption if you’re using ChatGPT [for simple queries],” Caroline Hargrove … Read more

China boosts global coal power

Chinese flag on a background of coal. Andrzej Rostek | Istock | Getty Images The world added more coal power capacity last year than any year since 2016, with China driving most growth and future planned capacity, according to new research.  A report by Global Energy Monitor released Thursday found that net annual coal capacity … Read more