The European Union has a new 1,000 page long energy plan designed to help meet the promises made at the COP 21 summit. As it treads between competing interests, it annoys many and pleases few.
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A US Geological Survey report finds that fracking was the most likely cause of a 4.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Kansas in 2014.
For the first time since 1972, energy-associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal are dropping below natural gas CO2 emissions. The US Energy Information Agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook reports that energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas are expected to be 10 percent higher than coal emissions for 2016. This is a classic case of […]
This month, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals became the first to sanction the “social cost of carbon” concept that is the foundation of most federal carbon emissions standards.
Taking cues from Trump’s exhibitionist tirades, Republicans are ramping up the rhetoric against the EPA. A recent House Energy and Commerce Committee meeting was the latest venue for Republican ranting that climaxed in a condemnation of the Clean Power Plan as “un-American.” Janet McCabe, the EPA’s acting assistant administrator, was called as a witness to […]
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Droughts, lengthy hot spells, heavy downpours, floods, and other extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and intensely every year. Around the world, research teams are analyzing these trends, noting the changes in temperature, rainfall, ice mass, sea level, and many other variables recorded by weather measuring devices. The trends are undeniable: the Earth is […]
The debate about whether or not climate change is happening is over, but the question of what we need to do to lessen or mitigate the effects of global warming is still very much open to discussion. And perhaps as a consequence of the openness of that question, we really haven’t gotten very serious yet […]
This year, we have seen the largest-ever outpouring of reporting and planning for inevitable climate change in the Anthropocene. One of the latest studies, REthinking Energy, draws on worldwide research and financial analysis to form some conclusions about changing our mix of energy, one of the major drivers of the phenomenon, as earth’s population continues to […]
Our modern lifestyle is packed full of behaviors and habits and products that have high carbon emissions attached to them, so there are plenty of areas in our lives that we can address and reduce our own personal carbon footprint. We can reduce phantom (vampire) power draws in our homes, we can upgrade to a […]
More imminent than deadly viruses or terrorists at national events is the phenomenon of climate change, a force examined in a groundbreaking new report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Titled National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods and Wildfires are Threatening the United States’ Most Cherished Historic Sites, the study examines […]
There are the good wildfires, and there are the bad. Unfortunately, the latter often overwhelm the beneficial ones. We’ll go on with stories from San Diego in a minute—it’s a long story of an actually short time—but here’s a word about the bright side first. Whoopi Goldberg had a thought that’s worth repeating: When you […]
Reports out of the Arctic over the past year have been anything but encouraging for planet-watchers, and this new video tracking 25 years of ice melt isn’t any better.
A firefighter pauses at the $2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, August-September 2013 (Calfire photo on facebook). President Obama released the federal budget for 2015 last week. Overall, it involves the lowest deficit ($514 billion) of his five-year tenure in office and restores some funding cut in last year’s sequester. Parts of the new […]
As the Earth’s polar ice caps continue to melt away, shipping companies in the north Atlantic are enjoying a serious boom time. New shipping routes are being opened up, including a “Northwest Passage” that dramatically shortens travel times and fuel costs. Once captain reportedly saved nearly $80,000 on a Vancouver, Canada, to Pori, Finland, trip […]
The Arctic is becoming greener as plant growth increases due to warmer temperatures. More plant growth means more carbon stored as biomass, so it had been thought that this would lead to the Arctic removing enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to slow warming slightly. But new research shows that the stimulation of decomposition rates […]
The ocean warming that has occurred over the past 50 years is primarily caused by humans, new research shows. The new research, from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, shows that the observed ocean warming over the last 50 years is only consistent with climate models when the models include the influence of increasing greenhouse […]
Achieving a state of so-called ‘carbon neutrality’ has long been the Holy Grail for individuals, businesses, and even nations that have an eye fixed on the threat posed by global climate change. It’s a phrase that evokes the idea of a balanced equation, where the emissions we produce can be, in one way or another, […]
We're At 400 Carbon PPM Now. Thank You To The Climate Change Trio Of Fossil Fuels: Oil, Gas, And Coal.
Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have recently measured levels of CO2 in the atmosphere at 400 parts per million. This is the first time in 800,000 years this has happened on planet Earth.
The global levels of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011, only 1 Gt beneath the necessary levels required to keep global temperatures to a 2°C increase. The figures are part of the preliminary estimates provided by the International Energy Agency (IEA) released Thursday. Global […]
2011 was a big year for the environment, in some good ways and some bad ways. Here’s a quick run-down of the top 10 stories of the year, in my opinion: 1. Tremendously high levels of carbon emissions continue to warm Earth. Despite efforts to switch to clean energy, increase energy efficiency, and use more […]
Not for as long as mercury and other toxic pollutant standards have been delayed in the U.S. (21 years), but for about 14 years, regulation of international airline carbon emissions has been delayed. Well, after about 10 years, the E.U. got fed up with waiting around and decided it needed to take action unilaterally. While […]
Well, this has been a week of big news for environmentalists — big good news and big bad news. On the bad news side, we can see that Americans used more fossil fuelsagain in 2010, after falling to a 12-year low in the midst of the economic recession, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Annual […]
Following the initiative of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Australia’s Parliament passed a plan to cut carbon to 5 percent below 2000 levels by 2020 this week.
As drafted, Australia’s 500 leading greenhouse gas emitters will pay $23 (AUS$1 = US$0.99) for every ton of carbon they emit. The carbon pricing is set to take effect next July, assuming the Senate agrees in November, as expected.
Top environmental and climate science news of the past week or so.
Good global weirding (aka climate change, global warming) stories from the past week or so:
Credit Card Statements to Include Your Carbon Emissions Soon (if you have a MasterCard corporate card)
With approximately 80% of companies expressing interest in green travel initiatives and many of those companies implementing programs to help tackle global warming by cutting their own carbon emissions, sustainability leader Brighter Planet and MasterCard have teamed up to provide a first-of-its-kind service for these businesses.
Someone recently contacted me to see if I wanted to feature a couple of environmentally-related infographics on Planetsave. Of course, I love infographics (as most people seem to), and I said yes. Here is the second one, on cap & trade. A pretty good summary of the system. Enjoy. Created By WellHome Energy Audit Related Posts: […]
Manmade climate change is not only a thing of the last hundred years, according to new research from scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). The Roman Conquest, expansion of civilization in China, the Black Death, and the discovery of America, amongst other historical landmarks, have all had large impacts on the climate. […]
Here’s a fun tool. I haven’t tried it out yet (it’s in invitation-only beta mode), but looks like it’s worth some coverage. A Swedish researcher has developed a web app that measures the carbon emissions of your favorite websites. Here’s more from Business Green: The application, called Greenalytics, uses regionally-specific data to calculate the energy used […]
Here’s a cool website I recently found out about. I’m sure you’ve probably seen carbon or ecological footprint calculators before, but a new one from Climate Action takes us one significant step further. First, like many such calculators, you input certain info regarding your electricity usage, gas usage, flying details, etc. and find out, approximately, […]
“DEEP GREEN: Solutions to Stop Global Warming Now” wins Artivist Award for Environmental Preservation
I haven’t seen this film yet, but the Los Angeles Times has called Deep Green “a template” for getting off fossil fuels and the Oregonian praises the film for “offering hope instead of despair.” Sounds good. Here’s more on the film, a direct copy of an email I received from Lyla Foggia (looks like exactly what is […]
I know, Cancun was another roller coaster ride in international climate change negotiation and policy and you’ve probably had a tough time getting a clear picture of what went on there and what the final results are. I’ve been delaying writing a summary piece on the important climate conference for that reason. In the meantime, […]