Canada’s energy jobs transition bill stirs divisiveness in oil heartland

Canada’s energy jobs transition bill stirs divisiveness in oil heartland

Jan 22 (Reuters) – In western Canada’s oil sector, controversy rages over federal government legislation to help the fossil fuel workforce transition to a greener economy, but union and community leaders warn that the politicization of the Just Transition Bill is obscuring the needs of workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is expected to … Read more

Explainer: Why weeks of rain in California won’t end historic drought

Explainer: Why weeks of rain in California won’t end historic drought

Jan 12 (Reuters) – California has been flooded since December 26 by seven atmospheric rivers which dumped up to 30 inches (76 cm) of rain in some areas, but the drought that has gripped the western United States remains far from over. Virtually none of the storms reached the Colorado River Basin, meaning the river … Read more

Biden’s climate agenda has a problem: Not enough workers

Biden’s climate agenda has a problem: Not enough workers

Jan 11 (Reuters) – U.S. clean energy companies are offering better wages and benefits, bringing in trainers from abroad and considering ideas such as buying roofs and electrical repair shops just to hire their workers as companies try to overcome a labor shortage that threatens to derail President Joe Biden’s climate change agenda. The Cut … Read more

Powell: Fed needs independence to fight inflation, should avoid social policy

Powell: Fed needs independence to fight inflation, should avoid social policy

STOCKHOLM, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s independence from political influence is key to its ability to fight inflation, but requires it to stay clear of issues like that climate change that go beyond its mandate established by Congress, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday. “Restoring price stability when inflation is high may … Read more

Analysis: UN wilderness deal can help wildlife as long as countries keep promises

Analysis: UN wilderness deal can help wildlife as long as countries keep promises

MONTREAL, Dec 22 (Reuters) – A new agreement on conservation adopted this week at the United Nations summit in Montreal puts the world on track to halt the rapid decline of nature – but only if rich countries provide enough funds and that all countries give priority to conservation. The objectives set out in the … Read more

California hit by deadly ‘atmospheric river’ storm

California hit by deadly ‘atmospheric river’ storm

SACRAMENTO, California, Jan 5 (Reuters) – A massive Pacific storm unleashed high winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall across California for a second day on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of outbreaks and threatening much of the state with flash floods and mudslides. At least two deaths have been reported since Wednesday. … Read more

Drought-stricken Kenyan pastoralists are saving wildlife – and their livelihoods

Drought-stricken Kenyan pastoralists are saving wildlife – and their livelihoods

Drought drives animals into villages to eat crops, attack livestock Communities and private landowners team up to protect wildlife Agriculture being a threat to biodiversity, reserves are developing OLCHORO VILLAGE OIROWUA, Kenya, August 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Robert Nampaso and more than 30 other Maasai herding families leased part of their land in … Read more

The pace of the new climate, sustainable trade rules will not let up

The pace of the new climate, sustainable trade rules will not let up

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The past year has been the busiest in history for climate and sustainability rule-making, with relentless expectations expected in 2023 as policymakers tighten the net around behavior unstable or fraudulent businesses. Of Canada to South Africathe rules proposed or implemented covered everything from promoting transparency in companies’ supply chains to … Read more

Bill Gates bullish on climate innovation, even if 1.5C target is out of reach

Bill Gates bullish on climate innovation, even if 1.5C target is out of reach

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – When it comes to climate change, Bill Gates considers himself a realist – even if that means admitting the world has no chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Given “the overall scale of our industrial economy…we’re going to have to do a mind-boggling job of staying below 2 … Read more

Keystone cleanup turns remote Kansas valley into a small town

Keystone cleanup turns remote Kansas valley into a small town

WASHINGTON, Kan., Dec 18 (Reuters) – Farmer Bill Pannbacker received a call earlier this month from a representative of TC Energy Corp, telling him that his Keystone pipeline, which runs through his farmland in the countryside of Kansas, had suffered an oil spill. But he was unprepared for what he saw on his land, which … Read more