World Bank President Says Please Reduce Carbon Emissions

By: Monday November 19, 2012 11:10 am

Jim Yong Kim, the new President of the World Bank, called on the world to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a shift for an organization that usually does not weigh in on the subject. Kim’s report, “Why a 4° Centigrade Warmer World Must Be Avoided,” has a very specific intent. “It is my hope that this report shocks us into action,” Kim writes in the foreward.

 

Low-Productive Congress Finishes Spending Bill, Beats War Drums With Iran on Way Out the Door

By: Monday September 24, 2012 7:45 am

The Senate passed, by a 90-1 count, an “Iran containment” resolution that creates that “red line” Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded for recently. And, it puts the red line for Iran’s nuclear program at a nuclear capability rather than a nuclear weapon, a shift from current Presidential policy.

Call for Climate Change Policy Paradigm Shift

By: Sunday September 9, 2012 4:00 pm

Nature Climate Change‘s most recent issue included a paper by Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows entitled, “A new paradigm for climate change” [subs. req'd]. Kevin works at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Mechanical Civil and Aerospace Engineering and Alice works at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, School of Mechanical Civil and Aerospace Engineering, University of Manchester. The discussion and arguments in the paper aren’t exactly novel if you’ve paid attention to the policy side of the climate change topic but bears examination as much as other works on the climate-policy interface, in which I am very interested.

Methane Showing Up in Water Contaminated By Fracking

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 2:50 pm

The biggest reason for the decline in greenhouse gas emissions in the US over the past couple years is the replacement of dirty coal with natural gas to generate electricity. But this will not last if the fracking that has unlocked so much natural gas leads to the release of underground methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Among all the other pollutants we’re seeing in the water supply of areas with a high frequency of fracking, we’re starting to see lots of methane out there.

US Finalizes 2025 Fuel Efficiency Standard of 54.5 MPG

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 1:40 pm

The United States has finalized fuel economy rules that would increase the average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost twice as much as the current standards. It’s the first update since the mid-1980s, and it should have a big impact on the annual cost of fueling up cars and trucks as well as the emitting of greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change’s Disastrous Effects Already Taking Root

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 11:45 am

You can find multiple examples like this US Geological Survey study, all pointing to the same conclusion – climate change has gone out of the theoretical and into the here and now, with first-hand reporting across the globe of the definitive and pronounced changes caused by a warming planet.

Climate Change Nearing “Irreversible” Stage

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 3:37 pm

While phasing out coal is not at all a bad thing, it’s not really being accomplished by the new EPA rule as much as by market forces. Which means that we’re looking at what amounts to a status quo as far as emissions goes. That’s not only inadequate to stop climate change in the future, but we may be at the tipping point of irreversible damage, according to Scientific American.

The End of Coal? New EPA Rules Will Limit GHG Emissions in New Plants

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 9:00 am

After years of study, the EPA will finally release their initial greenhouse gas emissions rules for power plants, which are likely to end the construction of any coal-fired plants from this point forward. The rules have a delay and do not apply to existing coal-fired plants, but they will change how utilities and generation companies plan for the future.

Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half

By: Friday January 27, 2012 2:22 pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a new bill out to kill fossil fuel subsidies that come in the form of tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. Instead, Sanders would redirect those funds to generate 10 million solar roofs in America, which would create installation jobs and significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Durban Conference Ends With Agreement for Later Agreement on Emissions Targets

By: Monday December 12, 2011 2:15 pm

The countries at the Durban climate conference made an agreement to make an agreement. I am skeptical they will make an agreement in 2015, which would not take effect until 2020. For the time being, the world will still operate under the auspices of the Kyoto protocol, which only covered industrialized nations, and to which the United States, one of the world’s biggest emitters, is not a signatory.

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