Euro Parliament Environment Committee votes to include shipping CO2 in EU ETS; shipping industry to contribute to climate neutrality

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The Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted to include CO 2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). In the legislative report approved (62 votes to 3 and 13 abstentions), the EP Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee welcomed the proposal but wanted to see more ambition and voted to include ships of 5000 gross tonnage and above in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).

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PCAST suggests 6 key components for climate change strategy to President Obama; adaptation and mitigation

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter to President Obama describing six key components the advisory group believes should be central to the Administration’s strategy for addressing climate change. The first component aims to reduce the damage resulting from changes in climate (“adaptation”), while the last five aim to reduce the pace and magnitude of these changes (“mitigation”).

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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. Black carbon (BC) is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this pollutant’s climate impact. Accounting for all of the ways black carbon can affect climate, it is believed to have a warming effect of about 1.1

?@LATstevelopez You Must Live In An Alternate Universe Where CO2 Isn’t at 412ppm, Where We Aren’t Already In A Climate Crisis #JoeTakesOnTheNews

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T&E study finds plug-in hybrids show higher CO2 emissions than claimed

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Three of the most popular plug-in hybrids in 2020 all emitted more CO 2 than advertised when tested in the real world, according to tests commissioned by European environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E). Transport & Environment (2020). ?

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Study: 2/3 of aviation climate impact due to emissions other than CO2

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of the human-made climate impact; two-thirds of this impact are caused by emissions other than CO 2 , according to a new study by researchers in Europe and the US. The study was published in the journal Atmospheric Environment. Aviation Climate Change Emissions

2020 273

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. I know they share my deep understanding of the climate change reality along with Exxon/Mobil’s huge role in adding to the greenhouse gasses that will seal our fate if their emissions are not drastically reduced.

European Council agrees on 35% cut in new car CO2 by 2030

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The proposal has been the subject of detailed negotiations in the Council Working Party on Environment before being submitted to ministers at the Environment Council on 9 October. The proposed measures and targets are based on the 2030 climate and energy framework and with the energy union strategy, which aims at a reduction in transport emissions and energy consumption. Climate Change Emissions Europe Regulations

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FROM THE HOT TUB TIME MACHINE: FEBRUARY 11, 2015 – Time To Give Burke The Boot at SCAQMD

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The SCAQMD wants to approve the project without a CEQA environmental report, and our friends at Communities for a Better Environment and Food & Water Watch, California asked us to be there to support their appeal and request for a hearing.

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I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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And so it is that I resigned from my position as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs for CBS EcoMedia effective the first of this month and I will now be devoting my full time to working on climate change response with the South Bay 350 Climate Action Group, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and 350.org. I can’t do it with the climate clock ticking so loudly now and with so many critical parts of the math equation in my own South Bay backyard.

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DOE Joint Genome Institute approves 41 projects for 2012 Community Sequencing Program; climate, environment and bioenergy feedstocks

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The projects span the globe and the unexplored branches of the tree of life, and promise to yield a better understanding of the interplay between climate, ecosystem and organism. Considered to be among the harshest and most extreme environments on the planet with low water and nutrient levels paired with high salt and ultraviolet radiation levels, the team seeks to understand how the carbon cycle plays out in this ecosystem.

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A Few Words on Eco Terrorists, Cowards and Courage

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The people whose business model is to wreck the ecology and the climate and profit from it. No maximum amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases their product will be allowed to produce. E&B won’t tell you, nor will their paid shills at the American Petroleum Institute or the other dirty fuel groups they belong to, but the climate science dictates that they will have to keep 60%-80% of their reserves unburned and not used as fuel.

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Volkswagen to use CO2 as refrigerant for future air conditioning systems

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According to a paper by Delphi engineers investigating another refrigerant (R152a), R134a was chosen for its combination of refrigerating properties and safety characteristics, despite indications that its global warming potential (GWP) and resulting climate impact could one day become a concern.). With its GWP of 1, it is also the refrigerant that has the least impact on climate. Climate Change Emissions Vehicle Systems

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Study finds high concentration of CO2 protects sorghum against drought and improves seeds

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The researchers found that when sorghum plants were kept in a low-humidity environment, CO 2 not only protected them against drought but also promoted a systemic adjustment in their metabolism that led their seeds to accumulate 60% more protein. The discovery contributes to a better understanding of the impact of climate change on sorghum and other grasses such as sugarcane and maize. Biomass Climate Change

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GWU team develops cost-effective solar process to produce lime for cement without CO2 emission

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and the remainder (30 to 40%) from burning fossil fuels, such as coal, to heat the kiln reactors to ~900°C.Here we show a new thermal chemistry, based on anomalies in oxide solubilites, to generate CaO, without CO2 emission, in a high throughput, cost effective, environment conducive to the formation of cement. Thus no CO 2 is formed, to eliminate cement’s greenhouse gas contribution to anthropogenic climate change. Climate Change Emissions Solar

2012 236

A New Bedtime Story For The Kids…

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More Act On CO2 videos from the Brits after the jump. Tags: Saving Energy Sustainability carbon producers citizen volunteer climate change energy efficiency environment fossil fuels ACTONCO2 Check out ActOnCO2.

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JBEI researchers engineer bacterium to produce diesel-range biofuel using CO2 as sole carbon source

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Environ. Bio-hydrocarbons Biotech Climate Change Emissions Fuels A team of researchers with the US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has engineered the bacterium Ralstonia eutropha —a microbe now used to produce biodegradable plastic—for the production of fatty acid-derived, diesel-range methyl ketones. A paper on their work is published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Euro Parliament committee approves new 95 g/km CO2 target for cars; super credits and a switch to WLTP

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The environment committee of the European Parliament approved a draft law setting out a new CO 2 target for cars of 95g CO 2 /km (153 g/mile) by 2020, down from 130 gCO 2 /km (209 g/mile) in 2015. Climate Change Emissions Europe Fuel Efficiency Policy The draft also sets indicative targets for post-2020 CO 2 emissions in the range of 68-78 g/km (109-126 g/mile) from 2025. These emission limits are the average maximum allowed for car makers registered in the EU.

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World celebrates forests for Environment Day

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Sunday was World Environment Day (WED) and this year’s theme is ‘Forests: Nature at your Service’; designed to highlight the vital environmental, economic and social role the world’s forests play. Organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the international day was supported by host nation India, with people around the doing their bit to [.]. Green credentials climate change CO2 deforest forest india world environment day

EEA says industrial air pollution cost Europe up to €169 billion in 2009; some 37% attributed to CO2

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Air pollution from the 10,000 largest polluting facilities in Europe cost citizens between €102–169 billion (US$135–224 billion) in 2009, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which analyzed the costs of harm to health and the environment caused by air pollution. Estimating the magnitude of costs associated with future climate change impacts is very uncertain. Climate Change Emissions Europe

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EEA data show most automakers must reduce emissions to meet European 2015 CO2 regulations

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While most car manufacturers have already met their individual 2012 CO 2 targets for Europe, several carmakers need to make their fleets even more carbon-efficient to meet the 2012 target, according to updated data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Climate Change Emissions Europe Fuel Efficiency Policy Vehicle ManufacturersDistance to 2015 target by individual manufacturers in 2010 (only manufacturers registering > 100 000 vehicles in Europe).

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Hey Exxon! Hey Chevron! My Friends At the EPA Are Declaring What You Do Dangerous & You Will Pay. Pack Up Losers, It’s Time For You to Go!

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They’re “fuming&# just like the deadly CO2 fumes they’re spewing into the atmosphere as you read these very words. Because what’s bad news for the legacy “Burn To Earn&# industries who are responsible for overheating our planet is exactly the great news that our new, renewable and sustainable business model needs to take off like a rocket and change our world for the better economically and environmentally.

New silica-organic hybrid absorbents deliver among highest performance yet reported for CO2 capture from air

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After capturing carbon dioxide, the materials give it up easily so that the CO 2 can be used in making other substances, or permanently isolated from the environment. It is now widely accepted that anthropogenic CO 2 , due to its role as a greenhouse gas, is the major contributor to climate change. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Climate Change

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ICAO Member States Agree to Aspirational Goal of Capping CO2 Emissions from Aviation from 2020

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Member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a resolution at its 37 th General Assembly on Friday to reduce the impact of aviation CO 2 emissions on climate change. Financial assistance: The agreement also includes provisions on technical and financial assistance for developing countries’ actions to mitigate the climate change impacts of aviation. —EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard said ".

2010 179

WMO reports GHG concentrations at highest in 800K years

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A separate Emissions Gap Report by UN Environment, to be released today, tracks the policy commitments made by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and analyses how these policies will translate into emissions reductions through 2030, clearly outlining the emissions gap and what it would take to bridge it. WMO is also striving to improve weather and climate services for the renewable energy sector and to support the Green Economy and sustainable development.

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Gov’t, industry, national labs collaborate on comprehensive cradle-to-grave LCA study and economic assessment of LDV GHG reductions

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350 g CO2 e/mi for ICEVs and ?250 Wallington (2018) “Current and Future United States Light-Duty Vehicle Pathways: Cradle-to-Grave Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Economic Assessment” Environ. Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Engines Fuel Cells Fuels Hybrids Hydrogen Lifecycle analysis

2018 195

Greenius Will Meet With Al Gore To Talk Climate Reality

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Joe Galliani Selected As Climate Leader Just As Global Warming Reaches Tipping Points. Which is why I’ve accepted the Climate Reality Project’s invitation to spend three days in San Francisco next month and get trained by former Vice President Al Gore – and other climate leaders – on the updated “Inconvenient Truth” slide show presentation so that I can deliver it with knowledge and authority to any and all groups who will listen.

Honda launches new “Green Path” initiatives for manufacturing and operations; new $210M paint line at Marysville with new 4C2B process

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metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead and hexavalent chrome) that pose a known threat to health or the environment. Its goal is to be solvent-free, not just to replace a given solvent with a slightly less toxic alternative, said Bob Proctor, Manager, Environment and Cost Planning, Honda North America. When one thinks about what automakers can do to help the environment, the immediate thought is about improving fuel efficiency and developing alternatives to gasoline.

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ITF: measures to decrease road freight CO2 emissions

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However, achieving climate change targets will also require the widespread adoption of solutions that are not yet fully developed, whether in logistics or technology. Policy needs to evolve in order to create a favorable environment for the deployment of these solutions. In order to change behaviors in the industry it is necessary to make the business case for new logistical practices as well as pointing out their wider societal benefits.

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Ford poll finds Europeans want freedom of car ownership, but worry about traffic, cost of driving, environment

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A new Ford Motor Company-sponsored poll of 6,000 people across Europe found that most Europeans remain committed to car ownership, but have growing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and the environment. 53% say climate change is the world’s biggest problem. 57% say elected bodies bear most responsibility for reducing transport impact on the environment.

2012 261

Synthesis Study Finds Ocean Acidification from CO2 Emissions Could Increase by 150% by 2050; Substantial Irreversible Damage to Ocean Ecosystems

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This is an increase 100 times faster than any change in acidity experienced in the marine environment over the last 20 million years, giving little time for evolutionary adaptation within biological systems, the report says. This significant increase is 100 times faster than any change in acidity experienced in the marine environment for the last 20 million years and represents a rare geological event in the Earth’s history.

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Australian Government releases discussion paper on mandatory CO2 standards for new light-duty vehicles beginning in 2015

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the combined effect of technology uptake and consumer led changes in market segmentation, but with no mandatory emissions standards in place) the emissions reductions to 2020 in Australia would average around 1.8% Australia Climate Change Emissions PolicyThe Australian Government has released a discussion paper outlining the issues involved in the setting of mandatory standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from passenger vehicles from 2015.

2011 185

Dude! What Part of Fires, Flood, Drought & Record Temps Didn’t You Understand?

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Good old now dead Jackass, Ryan Dunn, never provided me with a single ounce of entertainment, but he has handily provided me with an apt metaphor for all his fellow Jackasses who keep talking smack and moron-level nonsense about global warming and climate change being a hoax. If we’re not the climate equivalent of a Jackass who already has 23 tickets and still gets drunk off his ass and drives 140 miles an hour and crashes and burns well then, I don’t know who is.

2011 199

Urban CO2 Domes May Enhance May Increase Ozone and PM, With Accompanying Increase in Mortality

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Although the health impacts of such changes are uncertain, he notes, they are of concern. In addition to the changes he observed in local air pollutants, Jacobson found that there was increased stability of the air column over a city, which slowed the dispersal of pollutants, further adding to the increased pollutant concentrations. Environ. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Policy

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Researchers Say Mix of Policies and Current or Near-Term Technologies Could Phase Out US CO2 Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2030

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Lead author Kharecha and colleagues note that current climate science indicates that atmospheric CO 2 concentrations, already at 387 ppm in 2009 and rising, need to be reduced to no more than 350 ppm. This global climate change problem becomes manageable only if society deals quickly with emissions of carbon dioxide from burning coal in electric power plants, they state. Environ. Life-cycle GHG emissions from fossil and alternative sources of electricity.

2010 205

BREAKING NEWS: Hermosa Beach To Become Carbon Neutral City! Acting Locally, Thinking Globally

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Ever since the Copenhagen climate treaty talks ended in impotence two months ago there hasn’t been a single ounce of positive news on the international scene about our chances of cutting the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and getting CO2 levels back down to the safe 350 ppm zone. As the Creative Greenius and organizer of the South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group that’s just unacceptable to me. He also confirmed his support for a 350 CO2 target.

2010 273

Planet-Warming Texas Oil Refineries Embrace Communist Chinese Stance on Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions. CO2-Belching Texas Polluters Pony Up Millions To Overturn California’s AB 32

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Your Greenius is sorry to report that there’s been nothing but more bad news on the climate action scene in the past couple of weeks. China “could not and should not&# set an upper limit on greenhouse gas emissions at the current phase, said Su Wei, the chief negotiator of China for climate change talks in Copenhagen, at a meeting in Beijing on China’s climate change policies in the post-Copenhagen era.

2010 197

US Senators Introduce Bill to Create National Freight Transportation Policy; Seeking a 40% Drop in Freight-Related CO2 by 2030

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The goals include reducing congestion and delays; increasing the timely delivery of goods and services; reducing freight-related transportation fatalities; and making freight transportation more efficient and better for the environment. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Heavy-duty Infrastructure Policy US Senators Frank R.

2010 170

Tsinghua/Argonne Study Finds That Mass Use of EVs in China Could Result in Higher CO2 and Criteria Pollutant Emissions Than Conventional and Hybrid Gasoline Vehicles Due to Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity

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Environ. Tags: China Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Hybrids Lifecycle analysis Plug-ins Fuel-cycle SO 2 emissions of EVs compared to those of gasoline ICEVs and HEVs in China, current (left) and future (right). Credit: ACS, Huo et al. Click to enlarge.

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ACS Meeting Symposium Focuses on Conversion and Utilization of CO2 for Fuels and Chemicals

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However, with the increasing awareness of the impact CO 2 has on the environment more and more attention is being directed at how to mitigate the effects CO 2 has as a greenhouse gas. The in-situ reduction environment of the iron catalyst plays a pivotal role in the products formed, with chain-growth only achieved at higher activation temperatures. Tags: Catalysts Climate Change Emissions Fuels

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Berkeley Lab copper catalyst yields high-efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

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It is this real-time structural change from copper nanospheres to the cube-like structures that is facilitating the formation of multicarbon hydrocarbons and oxygenates. What we know is that this unique structure provides a beneficial chemical environment for CO2 conversion to multicarbon products,” he said. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Climate Change Fuels

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Study Finds Controlling Soot May Be Fastest Method to Reduce Arctic Ice Loss and Global Warming; Second-Leading Cause of Global Warming After CO2

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However, climate models to date have mischaracterized the effects of soot in the atmosphere, according to Jacobson, director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy Program. We have to start taking its effects into account in planning our mitigation efforts and the sooner we start making changes, the better. Jacobson is a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. Tags: Climate Change Emissions

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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. Only by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and increasing energy production from renewable resources will we start to see improvements and begin to lessen the effects of climate change. Tags: Climate Change Emissions

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