Deep Decarbonising Can Still Happen

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

The UN’s inspirational vision for climate change control is one that each and every one of us can share, says May East Take a deep breath. Take a deep breath and be aware of what you are breathing. For the first time in human history we are the first humans to breathe 400 parts per

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Combat Global Warming by Taxing Carbon

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

This month, energy experts from the United States, China, and 13 other nations released a report to the United Nations called “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization” offering practical paths for transitioning their countries away from fossil fuels. This is a response to the message relentlessly championed by the world’s climate scientists: Stop burning things that release

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China and US Boost Search for CCS Solution

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there’s been plenty of talk about CCS and little action, with few projects being implemented

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UK Calls for Cancelling of Carbon Permits to Revive EU Emissions Trading

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Britain said it wants deeper reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System than those proposed by the European Commission and Germany, favouring cancelling a “significant number” of carbon permits over launching a tool to regulate market supply. In a report detailing its vision for the fourth phase of the EU ETS, which will run

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China Could Reveal Carbon Cap by First Quarter of 2015

Jul 14th, 2014 | By

Recent reports have suggested China, the world’s biggest carbon polluter, could shortly reveal when its emissions will peak. Addressing the media at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, an annual gathering of environment ministers, Xie Zhenhua said this could be announced as part of China’s proposed contribution to a proposed UN climate change agreement. “Study and research

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Bold Pathways Point to a Low-carbon Future

Jul 11th, 2014 | By

Scientists often hesitate to give a cut-and-dried, yes-or-no answer when asked how serious climate change is going to be, and whether the world can still escape significant damage. Surprisingly, perhaps, a report prepared for a UN conference in September is unequivocal. Yes, it says − the worst is not bound to happen. The good news

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Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

Jul 10th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Biologists in the US have identified the genetic machinery that tells a plant how to respond to more carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Four genes from three different gene families together control the density of stomata, or breathing pores, on the foliage of the healthy plant. As carbon dioxide levels in

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Quick Fixes Won’t Solve CO2 Danger

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Once again, US scientists have come to the same conclusion: there really is no alternative. The only way to contain climate change and limit global warming, they say, is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It won’t really help to concentrate on limiting methane emissions, or even potent greenhouse gases such as hydrofluorcarbons,

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Does Carbon Capture and Storage Need a Makeover?

Jun 25th, 2014 | By

The technology illustrates the equal importance of having influential support and lobbying, as well as a compelling message and market. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves compressing waste greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels and piping them underground into disused oil wells or underground aquifers. The technology could all but eliminate carbon emissions from fossil

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Carbon Pollution: Limits are Step in Right Direction

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

The federal government recently proposed the first-ever rules to limit carbon pollution from power plants – the U.S.’s single largest source of the pollution driving climate change. This is good news. As we’re seeing here in Montana, the impacts of climate change are already here. Glaciers in Glacier National Park are disappearing, wildfires and pine

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Japan to Offer Green Tech to India to Cut Carbon Emissions

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Japan is set to offer its cutting-edge green technologies to India to combat climate change and help reduce emissions which would earn Japanese firms carbon credits, a report has said. Japan plans to sign an agreement on green technologies with India at next month’s summit meeting in Tokyo between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and

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Increasing Coal Use Threatening Global Climate

Jun 17th, 2014 | By

Coal’s share in overall Global Energy Market has reached an all-time high since 1970. Many developed countries still rely heavily on coal for energy. Major economies in Asia, including China and India are setting up new power projects based on coal. Coal’s all time high figures in the last 40 years show that despite climate

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U.N. Climate Talks Fracture Over Future of Carbon Markets

Jun 16th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – The use of carbon markets to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions was dealt a blow on Sunday after two weeks of United Nations talks on designing and reforming the mechanisms ended in deadlock. The negotiations, held as part of U.N. climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, made scant progress as envoys representing almost 200 nations tied reforms to progress

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Brazil’s Winning Lead on Carbon Cuts

Jun 15th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Brazil might or might not win the World Cup, but it so far seems a clear winner in the race to reduce carbon emissions – having stopped 3.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere during the last decade. A team of economists and scientists report in the US journal Science that

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How Earth Avoided Global Warming in the Past

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

A new study has revealed that development of a huge mountain range in the middle of the ancient supercontinent, Pangea helped Earth to avoid huge rise in atmospheric CO2 last time. Dr Yves Godderis said that the formation of these mountains meant that the rock weathering, which was threatening to slow to a walk through

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The Himalayas: Upstream but Downwind

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region has received much attention as the source of rivers that supply water to 1.3 billion people downstream. It has received far less attention for its role as the recipient of air pollution originating in the plains. Across northern South Asia during the dry season, individual plumes from hundreds of

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Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations

Jun 9th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Any near-term regulation of China’s greenhouse gas emissions would likely allow for future emissions growth, a senior government official said on Monday, discounting any suggestion of imminent carbon cuts by the biggest-emitting nation. Sun CuihuaSun Cuihua, deputy director of the climate change office at the National Development and Reform Commission, said it would be

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China to Limit Carbon Emissions for First Time

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By

The Guardian: China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor. He Jiankun, chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a conference in Beijing on Tuesday that an absolute cap on carbon emissions will be

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Obama’s U.S. Carbon Cuts Likely to Win Muted Applause Abroad

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

Reuters: President Barack Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, due to be announced on Monday, will win muted applause abroad with some hopes it could help a U.N. deal to fight climate change in 2015. Emerging economies including China and India are likely to be lukewarm because they have often said

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How Nature Affects the Carbon Cycle

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The great drylands of the planet – and they cover almost half of the terrestrial surface – may be bigger players in the carbon cycle than anyone had suspected. The world’s semi-arid regions may absorb huge volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere whenever it rains enough. Benjamin Poulter of Montana State University

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Buried Carbon Causes Deep Concern

May 30th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Geographers in the US have found a new factor in the carbon cycle, and – all too ominously – a new potential source of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. They have identified huge deposits of fossil soils, rich in organic carbon, buried beneath the Great Plains of America. The discovery is evidence that the

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Prompt Global Action Can Cut the Cost of Going Carbon Neutral

May 29th, 2014 | By

The United Nations is gearing up for a climate deal to be agreed next year, which will set ambition for emissions cuts from 2020 to 2030. Global net greenhouse gas emissions will have to fall to zero by the end of the century, to keep average surface warming below 2C, found a report by the

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CO2 Levels Hit New High Across Northern Hemisphere

May 29th, 2014 | By

For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million in April throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the World Meteorological Organization reports. This threshold is reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming

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Carbon Trust Opens Mexico Office to Boost Sustainability in Latin America

May 28th, 2014 | By

The Carbon Trust has opened a new office in Mexico in a bid to expand its presence in Latin America and offer the region more guidance on sustainability. The organisation currently has a presence in China, South Africa the UK, and the US. A statement from the Trust said that its move into Mexico boosts

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South Africa has Africa’s Largest Carbon Footprint

May 27th, 2014 | By

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report reveals that South Africa is responsible for the majority of African’s carbon emissions as a result of its coal-intensive energy production, and that the average temperatures across South Africa will increase by 2ºC along the coast and 6ºC inland by the end of the century if no action is taken to combat

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Caribbean Life Hard-hit CDM Carbon Market Seeks New Buyers

May 7th, 2014 | By

Since they first emerged as a result of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, carbon offset markets have been a key part of international emissions reductions agreements, allowing rich countries in the North to invest in “emissions-saving projects” in the South while they continue to emit CO2. The biggest is the U.N.’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for

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UN Agency Brokering Carbon Credits Spends Millions on Staff Despite Drop in Projects

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

The United Nations body tasked with channelling hundreds of billions of dollars to cutting emissions is under growing scrutiny as its once-booming investment program dries up, leaving most of its funds unspent while other climate initiatives are short of cash. The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has helped funnel almost $400-billion into emission-cutting projects

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Value of World’s Forest Carbon Could be Undervalued by $800bn

Mar 13th, 2014 | By

Edinburgh University’s Carbomap, an environmental survey company, has announced the completion of a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica and it reveals that the actual carbon content is 22% higher than published values using traditional satellite methods of measuring forest carbon. Estimated using approved methodologies by the United Nations Framework Convention

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Tanzania: Low Carbon Development to Enhance Climate Adaptation, Reduce Poverty

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

TANZANIA is among countries that produce very low emissions of greenhouse gases with major emitting sectors being forestry through deforestation, transport and farming through crop production and livestock keeping. However the country’s emission of greenhouse gases is predicted to increase unless measures are taken to institute systems that enhance low carbon development in key sectors

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Kenyan Farmers Earn First Ever Carbon Credits From Sustainable Agriculture

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

Climate Action Programme: The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP) involves 60,000 farmers and covers approximately 45,000 hectares to support farming that is more sustainable and climate-friendly. Farmers are now using a wide range of methods to increase the organic matter in soils which should improve the water absorption of soil, nutrient supply and biodiversity, and help prevent erosion.

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Carbon Output ‘Will climb 29% by 2035′

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The good news, from the climate’s standpoint, is that while global demand for energy is continuing to grow, the growth is slowing. The bad news is that one energy giant predicts global carbon dioxide emissions will probably rise by almost a third in the next 20 years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says

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Global Warming is ‘Almost Definitely’ Caused by Humans, UN Report Claims

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

Global warming is unequivocal and human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC’s full and final findings on the state of the planet’s climate have been published and the report, which was put together for the UN, says that limiting climate

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China Unhappy with ‘Carbon Budget’ Reference in IPCC Review

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

Documents released yesterday show that China wanted references to a global “carbon budget” to be excluded from the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Government officials told the UN’s top climate scientists last year that countries should not be told there is a fixed volume of carbon dioxide that can be burnt before the world

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Ireland’s Turf War Plan is ‘Bad News for Climate’

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The cutting of turf or peat is one of the traditional images of life in Ireland. Many Irish households, particularly in rural areas, still rely on turf cut from the country’s bog lands for fuel – especially in these times of rising energy prices. Environmentalists have long argued that these turf bogs or

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Black Carbon Pollution Is Two To Three Times Worse In India And China Than Previously Thought

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

A new study has found that global estimates of black carbon emissions in certain areas of India and China could be two to three more times concentrated than previously thought. Black carbon, a major element of soot, is a particle that is generated by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel or biomass. Published in Proceedings of

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Fungus Governs Soil’s Carbon Content

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Most of the planet’s carbon is neither in the forests nor the atmosphere. It is in the soil under your feet. US scientists think that they have identified the mechanism that keeps most of this awesome treasury of carbon locked away in the soil – or surrenders much more of it back to

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Sidelining Science is Undermining Emission Cuts

Jan 11th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Mitigation targets used to be dictated by science. Research would define the limits of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations beyond which it was not safe to stray, and countries would then peg their commitments to this evidence. But agreements coming from the COP15 (Conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) meeting

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Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon, Scientists Say

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Microscopic fungi that live in plants’ roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The role of these fungi is currently unaccounted for in

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Value of Global CO2 Markets Drops 38 pct in 2013

Jan 5th, 2014 | By

Reuters – The value of global carbon markets dropped 38 percent to 38.4 billion euros ($52.9 billion) in 2013, as prices slid in the main EU and U.N. schemes and trade was limited in new programmes, analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said on Thursday. The value of carbon permits and credits traded was down

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Carbon Market Looks a Little Livelier

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: Don’t put any bets on it – but at long last the world-wide trade in carbon looks set to improve, if only just a little. In mid-December the European Union adopted an emergency law designed to  firm up prices in its Emissions Trading System (ETS). Many people see carbon trading as a key weapon in

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Most companies Still Releasing Unsustainable Amounts of CO2

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Reuters: The majority of large global corporations that have reported their annual greenhouse gas emissions for several years now are still releasing more carbon dioxide than they should, a new study published on Wednesday showed. And most companies scrutinized in the study are still not using science-based thresholds to set emissions targets and to drive actions

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Chinese Forest Project First to Seek Local Carbon Cash

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Reuters: A Chinese forestry firm has applied to receive offset credits under the nation’s nascent carbon market, the first to target domestic emissions trading schemes to fund reforestation projects. Plantation firm Cuifeng said it could store 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year over two decades in trees by planting 867 hectares of new forest across

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Environmental Activists Blocking Coal Company From Clear-Felling State Forest

Dec 16th, 2013 | By

The Guardian: Protesters are blocking the entrances to a north-west New South Wales coal mine, vowing to stop tractors from clearing the forest. Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek project, near Boggabri, has been the target of sustained protests from environmentalists. On Monday, scores of activists linked to Greenpeace and anti-coal and gas group Lock the Gate blockaded

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Pouring Water on Coal Power

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

New Straits Times: The latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conclude that we are quickly using up our carbon “budget” — the amount of carbon that we can afford to emit while still having a good chance of limiting global warming to 2ºC.. According to the IPCC, keeping the global temperature

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Study Rebuts IPCC, Calls For More Severe Emissions Cuts

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

Climate Central: The globally agreed upon political goal of limiting global warming to 3.6°F (2°C) above preindustrial levels would bring “potentially disastrous impacts,” and a far more ambitious plan to slash emissions of global warming gases is needed, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and economists. The study, published Tuesday in PLOS One,

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The Choice May Be Global Warming or a New Ice Age

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

The National: For many of us, the debate over the reality of climate change never goes beyond wondering if it can explain a recent bout of freakish weather Yet for many of the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos living in the UAE the debate has taken a tragically personal turn. Yeb Sano, leader of the Philippines

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The Reality Behind Europe’s Response To Climate Change

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

One in every three European cities studied have no plans yet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions British cities – unlike their counterparts on the mainland – are taking the lead in making plans to curb and handle the impact of climate change. So says Diana Reckien, of Columbia University in the US, in a study

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Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for Centuries

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Science Daily: Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth’s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study suggests that it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to

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Warsaw Climate Conference Ends by Giving India and China Another Break

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Two of the fastest growing economies in the world — China and India — got a “Get out of Carbon Jail Free Card” from the 200 countries taking part in the climate conference in Warsaw. The two countries received vastly reduced goals for emissions as a price for their support of the final agreement.Todd Stern,

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Acid Rain, Ozone Depletion Led to Mass Extinction 250 Million Years Ago

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

NDTV News: Acid rain and ozone depletion fuelled extinction of 90 per cent of marine species and 70 per cent terrestrial species around 250 million years ago, a new study has found. At the end of the Permian period, there was a mass extinction so severe that it remains the most traumatic known species die-off

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Glaciers Set to Halve in Next 100 Years

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

3 News New Zealand: Scientists at Victoria University say that glaciers in the central South Island are melting by 160 metres a year and will more than halve in size by 2100. Their findings have implications for tourism operators who rely on the frozen masses as their income. “The future looks very different. These glaciers will

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No Time for Delay in Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions : IPCC Scientists

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

As the end of the second week of climate talks draws nigh in Warsaw, a group of high profile scientists have laid out what needs to happen to stay below two degrees of global warming. The answer? Deep greenhouse gas cuts, and no more excuses for delay. A matter of urgency In its latest report, the

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Warsaw : All Nations Accept CO2 Targets

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: Paul Brown, one of the editors of the Climate News Network, has reported from the UN climate talks in Warsaw since the start. In his final dispatch on the unscheduled last day, he reports how compromises have kept the talks on track – but only just. For the first time, all countries

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India Among Biggest Emitters of Greenhouse Gases

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

Zee News India: India and China are among the world’s biggest contributors to fossil fuel emissions with India’s carbon dioxide discharge increasing by a whopping 7.7 per cent last year, a new study said today. “Based on estimates of economic activity in 2013, emissions are set to rise 2.1 per cent in 2013 to reach

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Just 90 Companies Caused Two-Thirds of Man-Made Global Warming Emissions

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests. The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and

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Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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Canadian environmental scientist David Keith wants to change the world’s climate by creating a type of sun filter in the sky to halt global warming. In an interview, he argues the technology is effective and inexpensive, but critics liken it to a nuclear bomb. While delegates meeting in Warsaw at the United Nations climate talks

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Historic CO2 Emissions Require Cuts Now

Nov 21st, 2013 | By

Two scientists urge the world to start reducing greenhouse emissions right now. There’s no time to be lost, they argue in Nature Climate Change. Future global temperatures depend on how much carbon dioxide has accumulated in the atmosphere, so as emissions increase, so does the rate of warming. The reasoning by Myles Allen, of the

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Climate Change: IIM Don PR Shukla Urges India to Look Beyond Coal

Nov 21st, 2013 | By

Economic Times: As the world looks at ways to restrict global temperature rise to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, IIM don PR Shukla urges India to look beyond coal to address its development needs. Scientists from across the world have came together to refute the coal industry’s claim that ‘high efficiency coal’ is a solution to climate woes. This

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Global Warming: UN Climate Chief Says Coal Can be Part of Solution

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

The Guardian: Coal power can be part of the solution to tackling global warming, the UN climate chief told a major coal industry summit on Monday. Her remarks, at a summit that takes place as the second week of UN climate negotiations get under way in Warsaw, prompted strong criticism from the head of the UK’s

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Putting a Human Face to Impacts of Climate Change

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

 Rising temperatures. Melting icecaps. Dying coral reefs. The list of physical manifestations of greenhouse gas emissions that are discussed during climate talks tends to omit one vital component of the issue — the effect on human beings themselves. This is according to Koko Warner, head of Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section at the United Nations

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