Shell faces shareholder challenge over climate change approach

Shell faces shareholder challenge over climate change approach

Royal Dutch Shell faces a shareholder challenge over climate change this week, as investors insist oil and gas firms should offer more transparency and action on carbon emissions. A growing number of pension funds have backed a resolution at Shell’s AGM on Tuesday that calls on the company to set tougher carbon targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris climate deal.

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Ethanol Is a Never-Ending Gravy Train for Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers. But What About the Rest of America?

Ethanol Is a Never-Ending Gravy Train for Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers. But What About the Rest of America?

What angers me are the legislative and regulatory mandates that force us to buy gasoline that is 10 percent ethanol—even though it gets lower mileage than 100 percent gasoline, brings none of the proclaimed benefits (environmental or otherwise), drives up food prices, and damages small engines. In fact, in most areas, it’s almost impossible to find E-zero gasoline, and that problem will get worse as mandates increase.

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A dog that transformed a 104-year-old’s life

A dog that transformed a 104-year-old's life

Milt Lessner has "always had dogs" throughout his life – and he's 104 years old, he tells writer Jen Reeder. So are dogs the secret to longevity? "I'd like to think so," he says. "I enjoy the familiarity with them, and the pleasantness, and the bonding – especially the bonding."

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The EU’s plan to set a goal of zero-emissions by 2050 could be a big deal for climate action

The EU’s plan to set a goal of zero-emissions by 2050 could be a big deal for climate action

When the Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015, it was a milestone in taking action against climate change. It set a clear goal—to keep global average temperatures from rising above 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels—and got every country on board (including the US, which can’t leave the accord till 2020).

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Shaped by Time

Shaped by Time

Shaped by Time" is a time-lapse film that explores the power of nature through the erosion of the different landscapes. During thousands of years, the wind, the eruptions, the rain, the frost and the river waters, have shaped these wonderful landscapes, going beyond the natural and becoming artwork of monumental proportions.

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Invasive, Cannibalistic Tree Frogs Are Spreading Across the Gulf Coast

Invasive, Cannibalistic Tree Frogs Are Spreading Across the Gulf Coast

It is a cannibalistic, fist-sized frog covered in a noxious mucous secretion that burns your eyes. Its affinity for human structures leads it to clog drains and short-out the utility switches in which they lurk. They are spreading through the U.S. and we can’t stop them. Several message board commenters report that this proliferation is part of a communist invasion. By Michael Isaac Stein.

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New ‘plastic tax’ planned by ministers to drive use of unrecyclable material out of existence

New 'plastic tax' planned by ministers to drive use of unrecyclable material out of existence

Firms who package goods in unrecyclable plastic will be hit with massive costs under plans to drive its use “out of existence”, The Independent can reveal. Whitehall insiders believe the proposal – effectively a tax on non-reusable plastic – will have a greater impact on the government’s drive to abolish all plastic waste by 2042 than any other measure. A source close to the proposal told The Independent it would make the cost of using unrecyclable plastics “so exorbitantly high” that companies would simply conclude they are no longer worth it.

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Turning carbon dioxide into rock – forever

Turning carbon dioxide into rock - forever

Nested in the snow-covered mountains of western Iceland, a maze of turbines and pipes belches thick billows of steam. This mammoth structure is responsible for providing power to a country where 100% of the electricity comes from renewable sources. The Hellisheidi power station, 25km (15 miles) outside Reykjavik, is Iceland's main geothermal plant, and is one of the largest in the world.

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