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If you replace the word newspaper with country, you describe GB pretty accurate, or at least a large part of it.
 

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Oil Company BP to Get Out of Oil

BP has set its sights on amassing a 50GW renewables portfolio by 2030 as it lays out its strategy to become a net zero company.

Along with its Q2 results today, the oil and gas major set out a plan to increase its investment into low carbon generation tenfold. This would see it grow to $5 billion a year, up from $0.5 billion currently with an interim target of $3-4 billion by 2025.

The company’s solar arm, Lightsource BP is currently targeting around 10GW of solar globally by 2023, and today’s announcement could see this jump significantly.

Along with renewables investment, BP is also hoping to place itself at the forefront of the hydrogen sector with a 10% share of core markets and the carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) sector. Additionally, it is planning to grow it’s bioenergy business from 22,000 b/d in 2019 to more than 100,000 b/d by 2030.
Note: they didn't literally say they are getting out of oil in their 2nd quarter results. That would freak out their stock price. But there is no way to reach net zero carbon without eliminating their oil production business. Instead, they talked about all the renewables and other clean energy they are investing in.
 

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I can see the headlines now: "Landscape ignited, buildings scorched and tens of thousands of coastal residents permanently blinded, suffering 3rd-degree burns when BP 'New Horizon' offshore Solar Array miscalculations redirected their concentration point into residential areas."
 

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Record Arctic blazes may herald new ‘fire regime’ decades sooner than anticipated

The Arctic summer of 2019 was supposed to be an outlier. Featuring massive blazes in Siberia, including what scientists strongly suspected were smoldering fires beneath the peat in the carbon-rich soils of the transition zone between the tundra and Arctic taiga, last year set records for emitting planet-warming greenhouse gases via wildfires. Many scientists thought it might be a one-off, considering that computer model projections tend to show that the emergence of such extreme fire years won’t happen until mid-century.

However, this year is proving those scientists wrong. And it raises the unsettling possibility that fire seasons that begin much earlier than average and end later — and affect delicate Arctic ecosystems — could soon be the new normal.
McCarty has searched through the scientific literature from Arctic nations as part of a report she is co-authoring for the Arctic Council. “This is the type of fire event that would be described by these worst-case modeling scenarios that were supposed to occur mid-century,” she said, adding that we may be 30 years early in seeing such fire impacts, which would require a reevaluation of how the Arctic is responding to global warming.
Sooner than expected. Who could have seen that coming, eh?
 

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The government’s statutory advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, called for new regulations to protect people from rising temperatures. “The recent heatwave shows how ill-suited the current UK building stock is to hot weather, and the risk that overheating poses to us all,” said Kathryn Brown, head of adaptation at the committee. “Yet there is still no legal requirement to ensure homes, hospitals, schools or care homes are designed for the current or future climate. This urgently needs to change and be part of a wider programme of retrofitting and designing buildings within a green economic recovery package.”
 

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Greenland's ice sheet has melted to the point of no return.
"We've passed the point of no return but there's obviously more to come," Howat said. "Rather than being a single tipping point in which we've gone from a happy ice sheet to a rapidly collapsing ice sheet, it's more of a staircase where we've fallen off the first step but there's many more steps to go down into the pit."


 
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