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

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A new report from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change shows the importance of all major nations taking part in global efforts to reduce emissions—and in particular, finds China’s role to be crucial. 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.

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Final report of Garnaut Review Update recommends carbon pricing scheme for Australia to do its fair share on climate change

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It will be much harder and more expensive for Australia to do its fair share on climate change without a carbon pricing scheme, according to the final report of the Garnaut Climate Change Review – Update 2011, Australia in the Global Response to Climate Change. In November 2010, the Australian Government commissioned Garnaut to provide an independent update to his 2008 Climate Change Review. Australia Climate Change Emissions Policy

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Group of 285 global investors with more than $20T in assets under management calls for urgent action on investment-grade climate change and energy policies; guidelines for governments

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Saying that “ investment-grade climate change and clean energy policy is required to shift private sector investment from high-carbon to low-carbon assets ”, a group of 285 investors has urged governments and international policy makers to take new and meaningful steps in the fight against climate change. Climate change presents major long-term risks to the global economy and to the assets in which we invest. Climate Change Policy

California Governor signs new super-pollutants legislation into law; black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane

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The law is in addition to California’s existing raft of climate legislation. SB 1383 reduces the emission of super pollutants (also known as short-lived climate pollutants) and promotes renewable gas by requiring a 50% reduction in black carbon and 40% reduction in methane and hydrofluorocarbon from 2013 levels by 2030. Reducing these pollutants can have a more immediate beneficial impact on climate change. Climate Change Diesel Emissions Environmental Justice Health

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Garnaut Climate Change Review issues first of 8 update papers in 2011; reaffirms decision-making framework and need for mitigation efforts

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As commissioned by the Australian Government in 2010, the Garnaut Climate Change Review, led by Professor Ross Garnaut, has issued the first of a series of papers scheduled for this month and next updating the 2008 Climate Change Review. —2008 Climate Change Review. Market and non-market benefits of climate change mitigation arise from avoiding the costs associated with climate change itself.

Steep increase in global CO2 emissions despite reductions by industrialized countries; driven by power generation and road transport

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correction for the leap year 2008), global emissions have. The increase is significant even when compared to 2008, when global CO 2 emissions were at their highest before the global financial crisis. Climate Change EmissionsGlobal CO 2.

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Exxon/Mobil Guilty of Climate Change Coverup. Now Ordered Out of Torrance 3 Years Sooner.

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But now that I’ve found out they’re still lying and covering up their role in climate change and the size of their own carbon footprint, I’m going to have to get tougher with them.

Inside The Green Task Force

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For more than a year now in this blog I’ve been researching and reporting on climate change, energy and transportation issues and related environmental stories covering them on both a personal and a global perspective.

The Further Adventures of The Solangelist

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As we move into the final month of the year 2008 I keep looking up at my rooftop longingly.

State Department issues Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline: climate change impacts

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The document is a detailed draft technical review of potential environmental impacts associated with the segment of the pipeline in the US, including: impacts from construction, impacts from potential spills, impacts related to climate change, and economic impacts. 2008 plan.

Hot Tub Time Machine WayBack Wednesday – Reposted Word-for-Word from June 25 of 2008

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Right now, here in 2008 the cat is on the roof for global warming. You’ll also be finished forever with things like oil changes, tune ups, new air filters and the other maintenance that isn’t necessary with electric cars.

Greenius Talks Climate Change Sense of Urgency with Bill Nye the Science Guy

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In this excerpt from the complete video provided by Plug-In America on YouTube , I ask the panel about the sense of urgency I felt at the 2008 conference but found lacking here in 2009: Tags: climate change electric cars environment plug-in cars Bill Nye the Science Guy Chelsea Sexton Chris Paine greenhouse gas emissions Joe Galliani In August I covered the Plug-In 2009 Conference in Long Beach for Creative Greenius and provided exclusive photos and commentary.

EIA reports a 3.9% increase in US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2010

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percent increase in emissions in 2010 was primarily driven by the rebound from the economic downturn experienced in 2008 and 2009. Changes in non-carbon electricity generation. Climate Change Emissions Power Generation

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Perspective: The Role of Offsets in Climate Change Legislation

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This article shows that including offsets in climate change legislation would likely make an emissions program more cost-effective by: (a) providing an incentive for non-regulated sources to generate emission reductions; and (b) expanding emission compliance opportunities for regulated entities. From a global climate change perspective, it does not matter where or from what source the reduction occurs: the effect on the atmospheric concentration of GHGs would be the same.

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

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2009), reproduced from Ramanathan and Feng (2008) Click to enlarge. This would mean that the climate system is close to entering if not already within the zone of “dangerous anthropogenic interference” (DAI). “We The Montreal Protocol is critical for avoiding abrupt climate change.

Toyota Plug In

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Japan and Europe by 2010 By Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press June 11, 2008 TOKYO -- Toyota is introducing a plug-in hybrid with next-generation lithium-ion batteries in the U.S., clip) But real change won't come until car owners recognize the need for it.

PIP Declares Victory

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Automobile pollutants are one of the largest contributors to climate changing emissions. I t's pretty rare when you get to declare victory and bring the troops home.

VW Jumps on the Bandwagon

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Woolsey believes that "the greatest danger to the country now is not nuclear and chemical weapons but climate change and the American dependence on oil which is partly blamed for causing it. A nother major manufacturer is jumping on the plug in hybrid bandwagon.

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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Gigatonnes (Gt), a 5% jump from the previous record year in 2008, when levels reached 29.3 Global leaders agreed a target of limiting temperature increase to 2 °C at the UN climate change talks in Cancun in 2010. These latest estimates from the IEA are “ a stark warning ” to governments to provide strong new progress this year towards global solutions to climate change, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres said.

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Final EPA report shows total US GHG emissions up 3.2% in 2010, total CO2 up 3.5%, total transportation CO2 up 1%

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From 2008 to 2009, CO 2 emissions from the transportation end-use sector declined 4%, due largely to decreased economic activity in 2009 and an associated decline in the demand for transportation. Climate Change EmissionsThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 17 th annual US greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. The final report shows overall emissions in 2010 increased by 3.2% from the previous year.

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Copenhagen Diagnosis Released, Detailing Accelerating Indicators of Climate Change In Last Three Years

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A team of 26 climate scientists from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States have published the “Copenhagen Diagnosis”, an interim synthesis report on developments in climate change science from mid-2006 to the present day. The report points out that many key harbingers of climate change “ are occurring at the high end or even beyond the expectations of only a few years ago."”

Biofuels surge under Obama?

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Obama's choice for Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, apparently can't be faulted for his dedication to dealing with climate change. But in a cabinet filled with ethanol boosters, his coziness with corporate sponsors of biofuels research makes me wonder what solutions to the climate crisis will get top priority, and top dollar after January 20th. Praise for the nomination ranges from Greenpeace to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Improved measurements of sun to advance understanding of climate change

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Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change. The most accurate value of total solar irradiance during the 2008 solar minimum period is 1360.8 ± 0.5 W m -2 according to measurements from the Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) on NASA’s Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) and a series of new radiometric laboratory tests.

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).

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.

New Report Concludes That Real Costs of Adapting to Climate Change Will Likely Be At Least 2-3X Greater Than Current Estimates

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Representation of damage from climate change avoided by adaptation, and damage not be adapted to (‘residual damage’) over the longer term. Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are warning warn that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of what it will cost to adapt to its impacts. Assessing the costs of adaptation to climate change”.

Trump EPA backs away from attacking California emission waiver

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First posted in December 2008, and modified several times over the next eight. emissions Politics EPA global warming California climate change state laws Donald TrumpSometime between March 1 and 7, a specific page vanished from the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Amidst coverage of the removal of the word "science" from the mission statement of the EPA's Science and Technology Office, it went largely unnoticed.


California ARB soliciting research suggestions for FY 2012-2013 plan; sustainable communities, behavior, pollutant exposure, air pollution science, GHG targets

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Sustainable Communities : The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375) directs California’s metropolitan planning organizations to develop sustainable communities strategies that meet regional greenhouse gas reduction targets through integrated land use, housing and transportation planning. Behavior Climate Change Emissions Health Latin America Policy Sustainability

November Poll Finds Only 37% of US Voters Attribute Climate Change to Human Activity

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The percentage of US voters attributing climate change to human activity continues to trend downward. At that time, 47% blamed human activity and only 34% named long term planetary trends as the reason for climate change.

Up close and personal with Volkswagen’s e-Golf carbon offset project: Garcia River Forest

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Emission reductions produced by the project are verified by an approved third party and registered with the Climate Action Reserve (Project ID CAR102 ). Emissions reductions produced by the project are verified by an approved third party and registered with the Climate Action Reserve.

Global Mobility Report finds world not on track to achieving sustainable mobility

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The green mobility objective proposes four different quantified targets to be achieved by 2030 and 2050, one for each of four key dimensions: climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, air pollution, physical inactivity and noise pollution. The GMR report focuses on two primary impacts: climate change and air and noise pollution. from 2008–2012. from 2008–2012.

CARB draft of updated AB 32 Scoping Plan for climate change actions post-2020; pushing for greater transportation reductions

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The Scoping Plan describes the comprehensive range of efforts California must take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and meet the state’s long-term goals to combat climate change. The original Plan, first released in 2008, was developed on the principle that a balanced mix of strategies is the best way to cut emissions and grow California’s economy in a clean and sustainable direction.

EPA proposes settlement agreements to address GHG emissions from power plants and petroleum refineries; issues final rules on GHG permitting framework

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raised in an August 2008 petition for reconsideration of the refinery NSPS. Climate Change Emissions PolicyThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has entered into two proposed settlement agreements to issue rules that will address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from certain fossil fuel-fired powerplants—electric generating units (EGUs)—and refineries. EPA also issued a series of.

Nissan and ENEL announce V2G system, launch smart grid trials in Europe

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At the 21 st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system which will allow drivers to operate as individual energy hubs with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid.

Climate change still a threat despite little warming says Met

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The Met says a new study by scientists entitled ‘Do Global Temperature Trends Over the Last Decade Falsify Climate Predictions’ published in a supplement of the August issue of the ‘Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society’, proves that global temperatures in the last decade mask a wider trend of waming. Met Office Hadley Centre scientists investigated how often decades with a neutral trend in global mean temperature occurred in computer modelled climate change simulations.

UOP/Solazyme Neat Renewable Diesel from Algae Oil Powers Vehicle at United Nations Climate Change Conference

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Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organized a “ Driving the Future ” showcase during the COP 15 climate conference that begins today. In 2008, UOP formed the joint venture Envergent Technologies LLC with Ensyn Corp. Attendees needing a ride to the center of Copenhagen or journalist wanting to visit Danish cleantech solutions are free to use the COP15 showcase vehicles.

Perspective: Why Carbon Emissions Should Not Have Been the Focus of the UN Climate Change Summit and Why the 15th Conference of the Parties Should Have Focused on Technology Transfer

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Oceans, already expanding from warmth and melting glaciers, would rise, increasing coastal flooding; a chain reaction of climate changes is projected to lead to harsher, more widespread droughts and more powerful storms. US intelligence and defense agencies say such environmental changes can lead to energy insecurity, water and food shortages, and social instability. It’s about time we changed course. COP15 , United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009.

Met Office Climate Scientist: “Apocalyptic Predictions” Of Climate Change Can Impede Understanding Of Long-Term Warming Trends

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Vicky Pope, Head of Climate Change Advice at the UK Met Office Hadley Center, has called upon scientists and journalists to guard against extrapolating short-term accelerations in otherwise steady warming trends, as well as projecting the specific timing of climatic “tipping points” such as the disappearance of Arctic summer sea ice based on such extrapolations. But in doing so, the public perception of climate change can be distorted.

California Air Resources Board approves updated environmental analysis of state climate plan, re-approves AB 32 Scoping Plan; cap-and-trade back in motion

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In 2008 ARB, acting as the lead agency, prepared a FED for the AB 32 Scoping Plan (Scoping Plan). A draft Scoping Plan was released for public review and comment on 26 June 2008, followed by workshops in July and August 2008. Following the public review and comment period, the Scoping Plan and the FED were considered by the Board at an 11 December 2008 public hearing, and were subsequently finally approved by the Board’s Executive Officer on 11 May 2009.

Calif. ARB releases GHG scoping plan update; more ZEVs, “LEV IV”, MD and HD regulations; ZEV for trucks; more LCFS

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The update identifies eight key sectors for ongoing action: Energy; Transportation, fuels, land use and infrastructure; Agriculture; Water; Waste management; Natural lands; Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (such as methane and black carbon); and Green Buildings. Additional strategies are needed over the next five years to define the paths for longer-term change.