Black carbon is a much larger cause of climate change than previously assessed; about twice previous estimates, and 2/3 the effect of CO2

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the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Accounting for all of the ways black carbon can affect climate, it is believed to have a warming effect of about 1.1 Synthesis of black carbon climate forcing terms.

Comprehensive assessment concludes black carbon second-most important human emission in warming climate

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A comprehensive assessment of black-carbon climate forcing accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres estimates that black carbon, with a total climate forcing of +1.1?W?m

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MIT report finds China’s actions on climate change crucial; argues for global economy-wide greenhouse gas tax

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The report—titled “The Role of China in Mitigating Climate Change” and published in the journal Energy Economics , compares the impact of a stringent emissions reduction policy with and without China’s participation. We explore short- and long-term implications of several energy scenarios of China’s role in efforts to mitigate global climate risk. From 2000 to 2010, China’s energy use grew 130%, up from a growth of 50% the previous decade. China Climate Change Policy

Study projects thermoelectric power in Europe and US vulnerable to climate change due to lower summer river flows and higher river water temperatures

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Projected changes in summer mean usable capacity of power plants in the US and Europe for the SRES A2 emissions scenario for the 2040s (2031–2060) relative to the control period (1971–2000). A study published in Nature Climate Change suggests that thermoelectric power plants (i.e., nuclear and fossil-fueled generating units) in Europe and the United States are vulnerable to climate change due to the combined impacts of lower summer river flows and higher river water temperatures.

PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

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Since 2000, the global rate of decarbonization has averaged 0.8%; from 2010 to 2011, global carbon intensity fell by just 0.7%. —Leo Johnson, Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC. —Jonathan Grant, director, sustainability and climate change, PwC.

UK new car CO2 emissions fell 3.5% in 2010 and more than 20% since 2000

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Average CO 2 emissions from new cars have fallen by more than 20% since 2000. Cars in the sub-130 g/km CO 2 category represented almost 40% of the market in 2010 compared with less than 1% in 2000. Executive (-28.1%) and Mini (-25.8%) segments recorded the biggest improvements against the levels of 2000. . The economic and political challenges of high fuel prices, energy security and climate change are shared issues that must be addressed at an international level.

Report Finds Rate of Growth of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Sharply Increased Between 2000 and 2005

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Anthropogenic global greenhouse gas emissions increased by 15% between 2000 and 2005, a sharp increase in the expected rate of growth, according to a new report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The EDGAR statistics will be used to provide a global perspective on worldwide trends in greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15), which will take place in Copenhagen in December 2009.

IPCC: GHG emissions accelerating despite mitigation efforts; major institutional and technological change required to keep the heat down

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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a policymaker’s summary of Working Group III’s (WG III) latest report showing that despite a growing number of climate change mitigation policies, annual anthropogenic GHG emissions grew on average by 1.0

PBL/JRC: Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record in 2013, but growth is slowing down

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Global biofuel production has been growing steadily from 16 billion liters in 2000; 100 billion liters in 2011; and 113 billion liters in 2013. Climate Change Emissions Global CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reached a new all-time high in 2013, according to the annual report “Trends in global CO2 emissions”, released by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the European Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Study Finds On-Road Transportation Sector the Greatest Net Contributor to Atmospheric Warming Now and in Mid-Term; Power Sector Takes the Lead by 2050

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Radiative forcing due to perpetual constant year 2000 emissions grouped by sector for 2020 (left) and 2100 (right) showing the contribution from each species. This approach will make it easier to identify sectors for which emission reductions will be most beneficial for climate and those which may produce unintended consequences.”. It’s good for the climate in the short term and long term, and it’s good for our health.”. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Policy

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EPA report to Congress finds a strong scientific and technical foundation for mitigating black carbon emissions

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted its final Report to Congress on Black Carbon , in response to an October 2009 request from Congress to advance efforts to understand the role of black carbon (BC) in climate change. Effects of BC on climate, as compared to GHGs.

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Cutting Non-CO2 Pollutants Can Delay Abrupt Climate Change; The Fast Action Climate Agenda

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This would mean that the climate system is close to entering if not already within the zone of “dangerous anthropogenic interference” (DAI). “We They are poised to become a larger part of the climate problem over the next few decades. Climate policy.

IEA estimates energy-related CO2 emissions in 2010 highest in history; 80% of projected 2020 emissions from the power sector are already locked in

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Global leaders agreed a target of limiting temperature increase to 2 °C at the UN climate change talks in Cancun in 2010. For this goal to be achieved, the long-term concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere must be limited to around 450 parts per million of CO 2 -equivalent—a 5% increase compared to an estimated 430 parts per million in 2000—according to the IEA. Climate Change Emissions Policy

Global CO2 emissions up 3% in 2011; per capita CO2 emissions in China reach EU levels

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An estimated cumulative global total of 420 billion tonnes of CO 2 has been emitted between 2000 and 2011 due to human activities, including deforestation—representing between 28 to 42% of the 1,500 to 1,000 billion tonnes maximum for the period 2000-2050 required to keep the rise in average global temperature to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, according to models. Climate Change Emissions

Study Finds Stratospheric Water Vapor Is An Important Driver of Decadal Global Surface Climate Change

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Decadal warming rates arising from (i) greenhouse gases and aerosols alone (black); (ii) that obtained including the stratospheric water decline after 2000 (red); and (iii) including both the stratospheric water vapor decline after 2000 and the increase in the 1980s and 1990s (cyan).

MIT Energy Initiative report on transforming the US transportation system by 2050 to address climate challenges

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Overall, we have substantial opportunities for reducing environmental and climate impacts from light-duty road vehicles.

Study projects net cooling of climate from ship emissions through 2050

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A recent study by an international team calculated that shipping causes a net cooling of climate across all parametrizations of the indirect aerosol effect (IAE) and scenarios throughout the period 1900?2050. The O 3 precursors, SO 2 , and aerosol emissions have effects on atmospheric composition and climate and can affect human health and cause regional pollution and acidification. Climate Change Climate models Emissions Ports and Marine

Daimler receives top marks from Climate Disclosure Project

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Daimler AG has received top marks for disclosure of its climate protection measures aimed at combating climate change, receiving the maximum 100 points in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP’s) “Climate Disclosure Leadership Index” and an “A” rating in the “Climate Performance Leadership Index”. Daimler has the declared aim of adopting a pioneering role in climate protection, and has made a major step further forward on the way to achieving this, the company said.

UC Berkeley study concludes demand reduction policies on light-duty vehicles essential to meeting GHG reduction targets by 2050

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A team from the University of California, Berkeley concludes that reducing demand for light-duty vehicle (LDV) travel will likely be essential to meeting the international greenhouse gas emission and climate targets for the year 2050. persons per vehicle, typical of European averages in 2000.

UN Review of Recent Climate Research Concludes That Impacts Of Climate Change Coming Faster Than Anticipated

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Significant climate anomalies 2008/2009. Source: Climate Change Compendium. A UN review of some 400 major scientific contributions to Earth systems and climate science released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, has found that the pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the worst case predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

World Bank/ICCT report provides guidance to reducing black carbon emissions from diesels in developing countries

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The transportation sector accounted for approximately 19% of global black carbon emissions in the year 2000, according to the report. Black carbon has been found to be second to carbon dioxide in terms of its climate forcing. Climate Change Diesel Emissions Fuels Health Policy

California ARB releases draft plan to cut short-lived climate pollutants

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy. The draft strategy describes proposed actions the State will take to move forward aggressively to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). They are harmful air pollutants and powerful contributors to climate change, trapping heat at many times the level of carbon dioxide, and are responsible for about 40% of current global warming, ARB said.

NOAA study: Increase in stratospheric aerosols has offset some recent climate warming

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A recent increase in the abundance of particles high in the atmosphere has offset about a third of the current climate warming influence of CO 2 change during the past decade, according to a new study led by NOAA and published in the online edition of Science.

Study finds that worldwide SO2 emissions rose between 2000-2005 after decade of decline; China, shipping topped growth

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Sulfur aerosols impact human health, ecosystems, agriculture, and global and regional climate. grid by sector for use in coordinated climate model experiments. Sulfur dioxide forms sulfate aerosols that have a significant effect on global and regional climate.

Study concludes abundant shale gas is neither climate hero nor villain; need for targeted GHG reduction policy

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Shale gas in particular has grown rapidly, from less than one percent of US production in 2000 to 34% in 2012, and projections show strong production growth continuing for the foreseeable future. In this paper, we focus on the implications of growing shale gas production for the climate. Over the range of scenarios that we examine, abundant natural gas by itself is neither a climate hero nor a climate villain.

Devil in the Details: World Leaders Scramble To Salvage and Shape Copenhagens UNFCCC Climate Summit

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Although most countries have already revealed their opening emissions reduction proposals, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer pointed out Thursday that “ we still await clarity from industrialized nations on the provision of large-scale finance to developing countries for immediate and long-term climate action. Climate Change And The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Australia is considered to be one of the most vulnerable developed nations to climate change.

Traveling Through Time, Exploring the String Theory and Hugging the Giant Sequoias

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In one of those alternative realities Al Gore got elected President in 2000 and because he understood what was happening with CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions he made cutting emissions, and developing renewable and clean energy sources our country’s focus and goals.

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Traveling Through Time, Exploring the String Theory and Hugging the Giant Sequoias

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In one of those alternative realities Al Gore got elected President in 2000 and because he understood what was happening with CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions he made cutting emissions, and developing renewable and clean energy sources our country’s focus and goals.

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Reducing Black Carbon Emissions and Ground-Level Ozone Would Provide Immediate Benefit Against Climate Change

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Reducing emissions of black carbon soot and ground-level ozone would quickly make a considerable dent in the climate change problem and would also contribute to public health and protect crop yields, according to an essay in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs. The piece was co-authored by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego climate and atmospheric scientist V. A provision on black carbon is also included in the Waxman-Markey climate bill.

Warming Climate Threatens California Fruit and Nut Production

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Winter chill, a vital climatic trigger for many tree crops, is likely to decrease by more than 50% in California during this century as global climate warms, making the state no longer suitable for growing many fruit and nut crops, according to a team of researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Washington.

New Gen4 smart electric drive; electrification of all smart models

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smart drivers can see the current battery state of charge and the range before they set off or activate the pre-entry climate control of the interior while the car is charging. The programmed departure time can be used both for intelligent charging and for the pre-entry climate control.

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New Research Tools for Assessing Impacts of Aerosols on Climate

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Researchers at the University of Maryland and the University of Texas, Austin, have created a database that includes visibility measurements taken from 1973 - 2007 at 3,250 meteorological stations all over the world and released by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Creation of this database is a big step forward for researching long-term changes in air pollution and correlating these with climate change.

Study finds global carbon emissions reached 10 billion tonnes in 2010

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Published in the journal Nature Climate Change , the new analysis shows fossil fuel emissions increased by 5.9% each year between 2000 and 2010—three times the rate of increase during the 1990s. Global CO 2 emissions since 2000 are tracking the high end of the projections used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which far exceed two degrees warming by 2100. Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate1332.

EIA releases report on CO2 emissions by state; California led in 2010 with transportation-sector emissions

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Factors such as size, population density, available fuels, types of businesses, climate, all play a role in both total and per capita emissions, the EIA noted. From 2000 to 2010, CO 2 emissions fell in 32 states and rose in 18 states. Climate Change Emissions Energy-related CO 2 emissions buy state, 2010. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released a new report, State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2010.

Current climate policies destined for ‘imminent failure’

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Current climate change policies which focus on overall carbon emissions are failing and should be abandoned, a consortium of research institutes concludes. With the G8 set to meet in Italy this week, a report outlining a strategy to avert an otherwise imminent failure in climate policy is being published by the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science’s Mackinder Programme and the Institute for Science, Innovation & Society at the University of Oxford today.

JPL study finds Earths largest lakes warming due to climate change

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response to climate change. The temperatures of large inland water bodies are good indicators of climate change and have been used for climate change studies. Our analysis provides a new, independent data source for assessing the impact of climate change over land around the world. In the first comprehensive global survey of temperature trends in major lakes, researchers have determined that Earth’s largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in.

IPCC Scientist Says Climate Change Likely to Accelerate More Quickly and Be More Damaging Than Predicted

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Without decisive action, climate change this century is likely to accelerate at a much faster pace and cause more environmental damage than predicted, according to Professor Chris Field of Stanford University, and a leading member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. There is a real risk that human-caused climate change will accelerate the release of carbon dioxide from forest and tundra ecosystems, which have been storing a lot of carbon for thousands of years.

DLR and Wuppertal publish comprehensive global analysis of e-mobility technologies, outlook and lifecycle assessments

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They counted more than 500 electric passenger vehicles of all those types worldwide in the period from 2000 to 2013. The largest share of PHEVs were found between a vehicle curb weight of 1500 kg (3,300 lbs) and 2000 kg (4400 lbs).

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CSIRO/BOM: Australias Mean Temperature has Risen 0.7 C Since 1960, Climate Change is Real

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C (1.26 °F) since 1960 and other observed changes in rainfall, sea level rise, ocean acidification and atmospheric CO 2 concentration show that “ climate change is real ”, according to a joint CSIRO/Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) statement and snapshot of the state of the country’s climate. CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and the Bureau of Meteorology are the country’s two lead climate science agencies. 2000 to 2009 was Australia’s warmest decade on record.

GISS study finds applying stricter non-CO2 vehicle emission standards worldwide would yield climate benefits in addition to major health and agricultural benefits

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Climate response to non-CO 2 vehicle emissions. Bars on the right show uncertainty ranges for 2070, including contributions from both forcing and climate sensitivity (67%; CI). However, these standards will not reduce CO 2 emissions, which is required to mitigate long-term climate change, the team notes. Impacts of worldwide vehicle emissions in 2030 compared with 2000. Nature Climate Change , 1, 59-66, doi: doi: 10.1038/nclimate1066.