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Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is overhauling a methane-reduction program after a scathing report from Canada’s environment commissioner. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada praised for climate leadership despite scathing watchdog report on climate-policy failures

As one of the few countries to have enshrined net-zero into law, Canada has earned praise for its climate leadership. Yet an independent report calls out its continued failures to reduce emissions.
One ‘mechanical tree’ is about 1,000 times faster at removing carbon dioxide from air than a natural tree. The first is to start operating in Arizona in 2022. Illustration via Arizona State University

These machines scrub greenhouse gases from the air – an inventor of direct air capture technology shows how it works

Klaus Lackner is finding new ways to cut the technology’s high costs and energy demand, and he’s about to launch the first ‘mechanical tree’.
South African marine biodiversity is unique and valuable and the Wild Coast is an especially rich part of that heritage. Peter Unger via GettyImages

Planned seismic survey by Shell has kicked up a storm in South Africa. Here’s an explainer

Researchers share their insights on seismic surveys in South Africa.
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Liquid marbles: how this tiny, emerging technology could solve carbon capture and storage problems

Critics say investing in carbon capture and storage means betting on technology that’s not yet proven to work at scale. Using liquid marbles could make a huge difference.
Despite fossil fuel use driving a climate crisis, new fields are still in development. Pxhere

We should ban all new oil and gas fields

If we want to limit global warming to below 2°C, most of our untapped fossil fuel reserves need to be kept in the ground.
Delegates having worked on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement pose for a photo in Glasgow on Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

We were at COP26: It had mixed results

COP26 saw progress and announcements, but the commitments made by states — in addition to having to pass the test of implementation —fall far short of what the science requires.
Most carbon dioxide captured in the U.S. today is used to extract more oil. Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Why the oil industry’s pivot to carbon capture and storage – while it keeps on drilling – isn’t a climate change solution

Most carbon dioxide captured in the U.S. today is used to extract more oil. Two scholars point to another way: biological sequestration.
The consensus-based nature of the UN climate change summits means any single country with a significant fossil fuel interest can either weaken or sink an otherwise stronger multilateral agreement. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Climate change denial 2.0 was on full display at COP26, but there was also pushback

The recent climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, shows that climate change deniers have shifted their tactics to thwart the efforts of countries to phase out fossil fuel use.

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