COP26 and the Scary Season of Environmental Urgency

Where does the world stand in achieving the 2° – and 1.5°C ideal – for global warming? A much more detailed answer is forthcoming as COP26 bears witness to nationally determined contribution (NDC)
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Perhaps it’s no coincidence that this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland—COP26—begins on the frightful day of Halloween.

These are scary times on the environmental front and the global risk of damaging climate change has never been greater. More chilling is the fact that the window for averting the worst is rapidly closing. The time to act is now.

So, this year’s 26th annual conference—the first was held in 1995—features world leaders from more than 190 countries and is the most crucial ever. Will the international community at last heed the urgency and aggressively act on reducing carbon emissions and slowing the rate of inevitable climate … Read more...

Think wind power can’t meet our needs? The EU is getting closer to proving you wrong.

While climate talk has by no means been centre stage in this year’s presidential election, it’s quite a different story across the pond. In recent years, the comparatively progressive European Union member states have been turning up the dial on climate concern, and it’s not all hot air. They’ve undertaken a number of initiatives recently, particularly on the wind front, and the numbers are in…and they’re impressive, to say the least.

Though wind power is rarely taken seriously in North America, it’s practically a religion across many parts of Europe. That could be fueled in part by a 2009 European Environment Agency report that confirmed that the continent’s onshore and offshore wind energy potential, harnessed, could meet the EU’s overall energy needs many times over.

A significant milestone was announced last week when the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) reported that more than 100 GW of wind power have … Read more...

Michael’s reaction to OSHA’s ‘aggressive’ mandate, state success and failure in OHS performance, Germany’s amazing renewable investments and more on EHS This Week

We discuss top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news for the past seven days, including OSHA head David Michael’s defending the administration’s record, Washington’s success in minimizing OHS fatalities, the GHS final rule announcement and more.

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