The two biggest climate announcements this week have come from the G20 summit in Bali, not COP27. The US and China agree to re-start climate discussions and the US is expected to announce a $15 billion package for Indonesia
to cut its reliance on coal.
As for COP 27 - it has been marked by unresolved agreements. It should be aiming for: 1. keeping the 1.5°C target alive, 2. a robust Global Adaptation Goal, 3. catering for loss and
damage funding (see article) and 4. the
transformation of the world financial system. Watch this space...
Australian petrol retailer Ampol has partnered with electric vehicle manufacturer SEA Electric to develop a network of charging stations. Importantly, the aim is "to support the uptake of lower emission commercial vehicles in key parts of the transport sector” as an industry-first.SEA Electric sells its own EV vehicles as well as power systems that can be fitted to existing models.According to SEA Asia/Pacific president, Bill Gilespie "we are building an entire customer led ecosystem to simplify the transition to electrification, with full factory warranty, 24/7 support and roadside assistance" plus charging stations nationally.https://www.innovationaus.com/ampol-teams-up-with-sea-electric-for-ev-charger-rollout/
The US Dept of Agriculture has approved
a vaccine for honeybees to prevent further devastation to the
insects, who are key to the global food supply. The
vaccine, developed by Georgia-based biotech
Dalan Animal Health, is targeting American Foulbrood, a widespread deadly disease in Australia, US and globally, caused
by Paenibacillus larvae bacteria.To administer the novel vaccine, beekeepers can mix it into the feed the
worker bees consume and then feed to the queen.This is great news as the company proposes to use the format of this vaccine to target other diseases that honeybees face. https://www.cnet.com/science/biology/first-ever-honeybee-vaccine-approved-to-target-deadly-global-disease/