New York Bill Introduced To Eliminate Greenhouse Gases By 2050

As reported by UtilityDIVE, a dozen New York lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at codifying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s climate change goals, including a 100% reduction in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050. “This is, quite simply, one of the strongest, smartest, and most thoughtful pieces of climate legislation the public has

Proposed EPA Carbon Rules (cartoon)

Looks like a comment on today’s EPA carbon rule, but we do hope you’ll notice that this cartoon is seven years old. Thanks to the artist and the University of Colorado—Boulder for being ahead of their time! (Or not.)

Shutter 1.2% Of Power Plants, Cut Carbon Costs By 20%

The nation’s most-polluting power plant, Georgia Power Company’s Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia, emits more carbon dioxide than all of Maine’s energy emissions. Here’s more from Environment America: On September 10, the Environment America Research & Policy Center, an independent nonprofit, and the Frontier Group presented a mighty appealing fast track toward limiting the U.S.

Managing Emissions Two-Degree Target Growing Ever More Difficult

  With each year that passes us by the carbon dioxide emission reductions required to limit global warming to a 2°C increase are becoming more and more difficult to reach according to new figures reported today in the latest Global Carbon Project calculations published today in the advanced online edition of the journal Nature Climate Change. “A

In First, Hubble Telescope 'Profiles' Black Hole Disc

Of Black Holes & Quasars: No Earth or space-based telescope has ever observed a black hole directly. This is because the extreme, gravitational field of a black hole generates a massive, encircling disc of dust and gas, called an accretion disc. Whenever a large object, like a star, gets sucked into the hole’s event horizon,

Where and How? New Carbon Footprint Study Shows Location, Lifestyle Matter

UC Berkeley Researchers Jones and Kammen, working at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) have conducted a landmark GHG emission analysis of U.S. households, and which also provides a tool for more effective consumer and governmental policy decision-making. The “tool” here is the “carbon calculator” made available for free on the Cool Climate Network website.

Dual Amazon Droughts Alarm Scientists

2005 saw the worst drought in the Amazon rainforest for over a hundred years, and was believed to be just that; a one in a hundred year event. Sadly, only five years later and another drought hit the Amazon rainforest. And scientists now believe that the 2010 drought may have been even more devastating to

Trade Winds in Tropical Atlantic Have Weakened

With 70% of our planet covered with water, understanding the effect it has on our lives and the world around us is important, but sadly, the necessity for understanding it is also a hindrance in doing so; with so much water, it is difficult to acquire accurate and reliable measurements. Scientists have long attempted to

Climate Change Will Continue to Year 3000

According to new research published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Geoscience the current impact of CO2 on the atmosphere will have lasting effects for the next thousand years, in the best case scenario. Within the proposed thousand years, the computer simulations created saw climate change patterns reversing in places such as Canada,

High Speed Trains Pollute Less

Spain is home to the Alta Velocidad Española train service, which operates high speed trains at up to 300 kilometres per hour on dedicated tracks throughout the country. And according to a new study published in the journal Transportation Research Record these AVE trains consume 29 percent less energy than conventional trans per passenger transported,

Earthquakes Could Hamper Carbon Sequestration

Carbon sequestration is one of a number of proposed solutions to minimizing the ejection of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and thus mitigating the growing climate change and warming currently taking place. However according to Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback there is a major point being overlooked in the furthering of these proposals. Zoback believes that

Fires Likely to Unlock Large Storehouses of Carbon

One of the most disastrous results of climate change is the initialization of feedback loops which themselves further the impact of climate change. One of the most potentially dangerous of these are the fires which burn through the dryer parts of our planet. And according to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience

Reality and Need Separated by 5 Gigatonnes

A report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has outlined the “emissions gap” between where nations are currently heading, in terms of their emissions mitigation, and where science says we need to be, by the time we hit 2020. According to the report, nations are capable of delivering almost 60% of the emissions reductions

Hybrid Tug Boat Cuts Emissions

Every now and then we get to cover a story that is just simply awesome. For me, as a kid, whenever I wasn’t watching Thomas the Tank Engine, I would desperately be trying to watch TUGS. I like the idea of tug boats. They’re small but powerful. And now, a new study by the University

Global CO2 Emissions Continue to Rise

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have continued to rise according to a new study led by the University of Exeter. Part of the annual carbon budget update by the Global Carbon Project, the study – which also involved the University of East Anglia – found that  in 2009 CO2 emissions were only 1.3 percent below

Threatening CO2 Producers Yet to be Built

Research by scientists from the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology has found that the real C02 threat’s to Earth’s climate have yet to be built. Scientists Steven Davis and Ken Caldeira believe that as it stands, we can prevent the inertia in our production of carbon tipping our climate past the point of no

Cut Soot and Save the Arctic

A new study says that cutting soot emissions is the best way to save the rapidly melting Arctic. Soot emissions are a result of burning fossil fuel, wood, and dung, amongst other things, and according to a new study by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson, if we were to cut soot emissions we could drastically

Coal and CO2 Predictions Flawed

CO2 emission estimates based on coal and fossil fuel production are pessimistic at best, says new research. A new study by Tad Patzek, chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, has shown that CO2 emission estimates used for government policy decisions assume unlimited coal and fossil fuel

Curbing Greenhouse Emissions Will Be A Challenge

Since the monumental failure of the Copenhagen summit in December, one must wonder how we’ll ever avert catastrophe. [social_buttons]Instead of coming out of the climate change conference in Copenhagen with a new international climate treaty we found that countries are more divisive than ever, with industrialized nations, new economic powers like China and Argentina, and

Scientists Say 'Paint Roofs White to Tackle Global Warming'

[social_buttons] Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California have suggested a plan to drastically reduce global warming, by painting the world white.  If implemented successfully, it would be the equivalent of taking the world’s 600 million cars off the road for 18 years. Hashem Akbari and Surabi Meno, along with Art Rosenfeld, California

Hong Kong Ecological Footprint is Twice as Large as China's

[social_buttons] A startling new WWF study has revealed that people living in Hong Kong currently use twice as many resources as residents in China, more than double the sustainable level. To feed the vibrant city’s massive demand for natural resources, and absorb the CO2 emitted, residents need an area of land and sea larger than

NASA Says Cut in Soot Emissions Would Slash Global Warming

[social_buttons] Nasa scientists have told government’s that a simple cut in worldwide emissions of soot could lead to a dramatic reduction in the effects of global warming, as well as preventing hundreds of thousands of deaths from air pollution. Soot contains black carbon, thought to be the second largest cause of global warming after carbon

How to Successfully Undermine Good Ideas

The effort to help change the world’s polluting ways is a long road that was never going to be solved overnight. However, with the help of LiveScience.com, maybe we can effectively destroy any hope of it overnight. I call this story “How to Successfully Undermine Good Ideas” thanks to a recent article written over at

Bush’s Legacy Definitely not Climate Change

When you think of Americans who have done a lot for Climate Change, current president George W. Bush doesn’t spring to mind. The guy he beat for the current spot, Al Gore, definitely springs to mind; I like to think of GBW as the anti-Gore. Over the past week rumors and rumblings about a climate

Forests Good; Pollution Bad

Every now and again I like to return to a topic I’ve already touched on before (please don’t ask me to find where I did, the archives confuse me). So when my news feeds pointed me towards this new research, I couldn’t help but head back to another ‘no-brainer’ for you all. To be published

Climate Assumptions ‘Unachievable’

Straight up, I’ll say that the heading is supposed to be “alarmist.” But the fact remains that, unless we do something now, the future is far too unpredictable to depend upon. A report published in Nature by authors Roger Pielke Jr., Tom Wigley and Christopher Green, has described the IPCC’s assumptions that the bulk of

Obvious Alert: Reducing Carbon Emissions Could Help US Economy

In a day and age where the word recession is being thrown around like a football, when asked to make financial sacrifices you’re more likely to get a kick in the crotch then a handshake. But unlike what the critics would have us believe, cutting carbon emissions could actually economically help the US, and similarly

Is Kyoto All for Naught?

The life of someone looking to support the environment is a tough one, especially with news like this. The Kyoto Protocol was supposed to be Earth’s savior; or at least a benefit concert. But new information provided by the Chinese government has shown that by 2010 Chinese greenhouse gas emissions will have managed to eclipse

Only Zero Emissions Can Prevent a Warmer Planet

I played around for a few minutes with a heading that said something along the lines of “Scientists alert us to the Obvious… etc” for this story. It seems to me that I am dealing more and more with people who simply intend to live their lives with their heads buried in the sand. That

EPA Chief on Hot Seat Over California Emissions Denial

Last December, EPA administrator Stephen Johnson denied California’s request to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the Senate released documents putting Johnson squarely in opposition with the scientific and legal experts on his staff when he denied the request.The documents were requested by Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who said:

Automakers Lose Vermont Greenhouse Gas Standards Case

They tried, but Chief Judge of the US District court in Vermont, William K Sessions III ruled against the auto industry’s attempt to block states, including Vermont, from adopting more rigorous greenhouse gas emission standards for new light-duty vehicles. In his ruling, Judge Sessions said the industry failed to prove that the state standards were

Open Challenge to California and all State Governments

It’s time to end Washington’s “We know what’s best for you” grip on this country. The latest incident is the Environmental Protection Agency’s denial of California’s bid for greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUV’s. The landmark regulations would have resulted in a 30 percent reduction in tailpipe greenhouse emissions in new cars and

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