California ARB moves forward with climate and air quality actions

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On the first day of a two-day board meeting—the second day of which (Friday 24 March) will consider the Advanced Clean Cars Midterm Review—the California Air Resources Board (ARB) took a number of climate and air quality actions.

EEA finds only mixed progress for Europe’s transport sector in meeting environment, climate goals; GHG emissions up 25% since 1990

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Oil consumption by the transport sector will need to fall by more than two-thirds to meet the objective of reducing consumption by 70% by 2050 compared with 2008 levels. Climate Change Emissions Europe Health Policy Regulations

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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.

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. China’s share of global energy-related CO 2 emissions has increased in just eight years from 14% in 2000 to 22% in 2008.

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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.

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.

The 80-20 Rule

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This post from Climate Progress deals very nicely with a lot of them. O ften when I talk about Plug-Ins , I say that PHEV's are a perfect embodiment of the 80-20 rule. There are a lot of versions of the rule and it has been written about a lot.

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.

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

What about the Pickens Plan?

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But we find ourselves in 2008. As Joe Romm wrote at his Climate Progress blog : We currently use natural gas to produce 22% of our electricity.” The good news about electricity as a transportation fuel for cars is finally breaking through to the mainstream. GM’s centennial celebration in mid-September saw the unveiling of the production version of the Chevrolet Volt, still scheduled for appearance in showrooms in November 2010.

DC-DC Overcurrent Malfunction

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amps climate control fan (low) - 2.8 amps climate control fan (med) - 4.5 amps climate control fan (high) - 6.7 It's good to get the extra transmissions out of my garage. I guess it's poetic justice that the guy who bought my side shifter from the original car is going to give it to Jeff at Rothsport systems for a rebuild, the same guy who didn't work on it for 2 1/2 months when I gave it to him.

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. Concluding that climate change will have wide-ranging impacts on U.S. Filed under: environment Tagged: , 350ppm , Bill McKibben , climate change , Dr. James Hansen.

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. Investment Grade 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

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. To answer this central question, Garnaut developed a framework to consider whether the costs of policies designed to mitigate the effects of climate change exceeded the benefits of mitigation.

MIT study concludes that absent climate policy, coal-to-liquids could account for around a third of global liquid fuels by 2050

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The top graph depicts CTL in a no policy scenario; the bottom graph, for CTL in a world climate policy scenario. However, the viability of CTL becomes quite limited in regions with climate policy due to the high conversion cost and huge carbon footprint.

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What’s New With The 2009 Highlander Hybrid?

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The hybrid is available in base or limited trims, which can include a sunroof, DVD player, three-zone climate control and a navigation system. Basically, the 2009 model of this green people hauler is the same as the 2008 Highlander hybrid , with minor changes in the redesigned headlights.

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.

4 more cities sign Global Clean Bus Declaration raising total to >40K ultra-low emission buses by 2020; London to trial BYD electric double-decker

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The Global Clean Bus Declaration , developed by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group , launched in Buenos Aires in March 2015 with 20 original signatories. Climate Change Emissions Fleets Heavy-duty Urban mobility

US Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions Declined by 2.8% in 2008; Transportation-Related Emissions Down 5.2%

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in 2008. in 2008 to 5,802 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMTCO 2 ), down from 5,967 MMTCO 2 in 2007, according to preliminary estimates released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). in 2008. Transportation sector CO 2 emissions by fuel types (1990 to 2008).

NOAA: North American 2008 Cooling Attributed to Natural Causes

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Cooler North American temperatures in 2008 resulted from a strong natural effect, and the overall warming trend that has been observed since 1970 is likely to resume, according to scientists at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research Environmental Sciences), a cooperative institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA. Right side: 2008 annual surface air temperature, shown as a departure from the 1971-2000 climatology.

WMO: Atmospheric Concentrations of Main Greenhouse Gases in 2008 Set New Highs

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Relative contribution of major greenhouse gases to the overall change in radiative forcing between 1979 and 1984 (a) and from 2003 to 2008 (b). from 2007 to 2008. The globally averaged mixing ratio of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) in 2008 was 385.2

Serving My Country – My Patriotic Duty

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And the people who are MY heroes and the ones I consider our greatest patriots today are on the front lines fighting climate change. . Here he is singing it solo acoustic in 2008. October 24, 2009 South Bay Los Angeles Climate Action, Manhattan Beach.

CO2 and Methane Emissions Continued Rise in 2008 Despite Economic Slump

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Emissions of two of the most important climate change gases increased last year, according to a preliminary analysis for NOAA’s annual greenhouse gas index, which tracks data from 60 sites around the world. million tons of methane in the atmosphere at the end of December 2008.

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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Annual Increase in Global CO2 Emissions Halved in 2008; Decrease in Fossil Oil Consumption, Increase in Renewables Share

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in 2008, against 3.3% billion tonnes in 2008. In particular in the US, where gasoline prices almost doubled in the summer of 2008 compared to 2007 levels, oil consumption dropped 7% decrease. In 2008, biofuels contributed about 2.5% increase in 2008, a drop from 9.5%

Draft of EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory Shows Overall GHG Emissions Down By 2.9% in 2008; Transportation Emissions Down 5.7% in Largest Annual Change Recorded Since 1990

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The draft report of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s annual Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2008 shows that in 2008, overall greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions decreased by 2.9% (206.1 Tg CO 2 in 2008 from 1,893.8 from 1990 to 2008.

Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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If current rates of decline continue through 2020, the state will need to reduce emissions at a rate of 4.97% each year in the decade between 2020 and 2030, and produce even steeper declines in the period from 2030 to 2050, if it is to meet current climate goals.

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.

Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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I just want to see projects get funded, renewable energy put to work, energy efficiency retrofits instituted, conservation measures adopted and sustainable practices replace business-as-usual before the climate crisis makes any positive action a moot point.

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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.

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.

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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. Climate Change Emissions Power GenerationFactors contributing to the growth in energy-related CO 2 emissions in 2010. Click to enlarge.

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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.

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.

Study suggests economic stagnation no excuse for inaction on climate

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In other words, the findings suggest that policymakers should be paying more, rather than less, attention to tackling climate change in economically tough times. A paper on the study was published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The researchers investigated a range of GDP growth rates from 2008 to 2100 to see what effect they have on the mean Social Cost of CO 2 (SCCO 2 ) for a range of economic scenarios. Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate1935.

Global Wind Power Capacity Grew 28.8% in 2008; 120.8 GW Total

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GW at the end of 2008, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. More than 27 GW of new wind power generation capacity came online in 2008, 36% more than in 2007. The leading markets in terms of new installed capacity in 2008 were the US and China. GW each of new installed capacity in 2008, with Asia closely following with 8.6 The global wind market for turbine installations in 2008 was worth about €36.5 Global wind energy capacity grew by 28.8%

GCP Carbon Budget Finds Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions Rose 2% in 2008 Despite Global Financial Crisis; Natural Sinks Not Keeping Pace With Increasing Emissions

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Despite the economic effects of the global financial crisis (GFC), carbon dioxide emissions from human activities rose 2% in 2008 to an all-time high of 1.3 The authors, under the umbrella of the Global Carbon Project , reported a 29% increase in global CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel between 2000 and 2008 (the latest year for which figures are available), and by 41% between 2008 and 1990, the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol. Global carbon budget 2008.

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. Climate Change Emissions Policy

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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.