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.

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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.

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Choosing EV Batteries for Cold and Rainy Climates

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I want to convert a car in Iceland and am having trouble selecting the right batteries. The car is to function in the capital with a

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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., T oyota President Katsuaki Watanabe made his company's intentions clear yesterday about PHEVs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ICCT: IMO committee agrees to establish first climate framework for international shipping

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This strategy, which represents the first global climate framework for shipping, includes quantitative GHG reduction targets through 2050 and a list of candidate short-, mid-, and long-term policy measures to help achieve these targets.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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%

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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).

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%

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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.

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.

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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 350.org 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.

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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.

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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. Investment Grade Climate Change Policy.

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.

Report: CO2 emissions increased in 2008

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A preliminary analysis for NOAA’s annual greenhouse gas index measured an additional 16.2billion tons for CO2 and 12.2million tons of methane in the atmosphere at the end of December 2008. The aim of environmentalists attempting to tackle climate change is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the point that they match levels that can be absorbed in the Earth’s eco-systems.

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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.

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.

UK emissions drop by nearly 2 per cent in 2008

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The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions reduced by nearly 2 per cent during 2008, compared with 2007, the latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show. Publishing its final estimates for 2008 today, the Department says that the drop show that the UK is ‘on target’ to meet it’s our Kyoto-set target of [.].

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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."”

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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as compared to 1990 emissions, to be achieved between 2008 and 2012. 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. by Jack Rosebro.

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