Trump Administration goal: undo every climate-change effort

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It was clear well before November's election that candidate Donald Trump did not believe in the accepted science of climate change. He referred to it using an excremental epithet, and also claimed that it was a Chinese hoax created to hurt the U.S. Scientists around the world and the majority of Americans accept the science of climate change, but. Environmental Politics EPA climate change Donald Trump

Scientists call for careful use of time scales, reference dates and statistical approaches in analyzing climate change trends to avoid distortion and hampering of response

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Interpolated surfaces showing the change in mean annual temperature across Alaska for three different time series: 1949?2009, Red colors represent a temperature increase, blue indicates a decrease, and beige indicates no change. Mean annual temperature is changing throughout Alaska.

DOE launches major 10-year project to use high performance computing for climate change research; ACME

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Eight national laboratories—Lawrence Livermore, Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia—are combining forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, four academic institutions and one private-sector company in a 10-year project to use high performance computing (HPC) to develop and to apply the most complete climate and Earth system model. Climate Change Climate models High Performance Computing

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.

NRC report: US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard need to begin now to prepare for effects of climate change in the Arctic

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In response to the measured and projected effects of climate change, US naval forces—i.e., The committee found that even the most moderate current trends in climate, if continued, will present new national security challenges.

Georgia Tech study projects potential mixed impacts of climate change policies on air quality

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In the study, the researchers assessed the impact of four potential climate mitigation policies—two climate tax scenarios (CT1 and CT2); a combined transportation and energy scenario (TE); a biomass energy (BE) scenario; plus a reference case—on air quality in the US in 2050 using a chemical transport model (CTM) to simulate air pollutant concentrations and applying recent climate downscaling and emissions modeling advancements.

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.

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).

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."”

UK study provides observational evidence linking ocean circulation to weather and decadal-scale climate change

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A new study by scientists from the University of Southampton and the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) suggests that the global climate is on the verge of broad-scale change that could last for a number of decades. Since this new climatic phase could be half a degree cooler, it may well offer a brief reprise from the rise of global temperatures, as well as resulting in fewer hurricanes hitting the United States, the researchers suggested.

Study suggests current levels of methane leakage would result in numerous decades of more rapid climate change from a shift to natural gas vehicles

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However, natural gas vehicles could produce climate benefits on all time frames if the well-to-wheels CH 4 leakage were capped at a level 45–70% below current estimates, the authors suggest. Recent reports in the scientific literature and popular press have produced confusion about the climate implications of natural gas. On the one hand, a shift to natural gas is promoted as climate mitigation because it has lower carbon per unit energy than coal or oil.

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. 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. W m -2 established in the 1990s, which energy balance calculations and climate models currently use.

MIT researchers conclude fundamental changes in the US energy-innovation system are needed to meet challenges of climate change and energy supply

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A three-year study by a team of researchers based at MIT has concluded that fundamental changes are needed in the US energy-innovation system. Without systematic, transformative changes, the US is unlikely to succeed either in averting the worst economic and environmental consequences of climate change or in achieving a secure, affordable and reliable energy supply. Climate Change Market Background Policy

A Few Words on Eco Terrorists, Cowards and Courage

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Last night at the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting I heard an ignorant little man reference my favorite Edward Abbey book, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which I read the year it came out – in 1975 as a senior in high school.

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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. References. Perspective by Brian J.

Large corporations, manufacturers stick with climate pledges despite Trump

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president, Donald Trump, is working to eradicate every Obama policy to limit the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Having variously called the science behind climate change a "Chinese plot" to hurt the U.S. and referred to it using an expletive for bovine excrement, this shouldn't come as a surprise. emissions Politics EPA energy policy greenhouse gas climate change Donald TrumpThe new U.S.

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Open Letter by Netherlands Scientists on IPCC and Errors in 2007 Climate Change Report

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In response to the ongoing discussion about the reliability of the UN IPCC and the climate reports, a group of 55 leading Dutch scientists working in the field of climate change, energy and the environment wrote an open letter. Open letter (10 February 2010) to Netherlands parliament by Netherlands scientists on climate change and IPCC. Errors in the IPCC climate change report are being seized by some to discredit climate science.

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New Joint Research Centre Reference Report sets out options for reducing emissions from shipping

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This new JRC Reference Report contributes to raising awareness of the environmental impacts, including on health, of world-wide shipping. —JRC Reference Report. JRC Reference Reports represent a JRC view on a subject for which the JRC has recognized expertise. They provide a reference for political decision-makers, the research community, stakeholders and an informed but non-specialist audience. Climate Change Emissions Ports and Marine

2010 71

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.

Rio Tinto and Alcoa announce world’s first carbon-free aluminum smelting process; Apple assist; Elysis JV to commercialize

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The name refers to the process at the center of aluminum smelting, the electrolysis of alumina; the new technology is also named the Elysis process. Climate Change Emissions Manufacturing Materials

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PNNL-led international study finds ultrafine aerosols have outsize impact on storm clouds, precipitation

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Scientists have known that aerosols may play an important role in shaping weather and climate; the new study shows that the smallest of particles have an outsize effect. Aerosol impacts are a key uncertainty in understanding the current and future climate as well as extreme weather.

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California ARB readying regulatory options to maintain state LDV GHG standards in event of Federal change

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) GHG standards allow manufacturers the option to comply by meeting the US EPA greenhouse gas standards through model year 2025 as currently defined (referred to as the “deemed to comply” provision). CARB disagrees with the April EPA decision, and may consider amending its regulations to clarify that the deemed to comply provision applies to the current federal GHG standards, should US EPA change the standards for any model years.

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Stanford Energy Modeling Forum project confirms carbon pricing can be effective way to curb GHG emissions

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How will revenues change over time? The EMF 32 modeling project consists of one reference scenario and several policy scenarios. The baseline scenario projects a future for emissions and economic activity without new climate policy or GHG regulations on stationary sources by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Now, the results of this work have been published in a special issue of the journal Climate Change Economics. Change Econ.

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EIA Energy Outlook 2010 Reference Case Projects Moderate Growth in US Energy Consumption, Greater Use of Renewables, and Reduced Oil and Natural Gas Imports

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Existing US policies that stress energy efficiency and alternative fuels, together with higher energy prices, will curb energy consumption growth and shift the energy mix toward renewable fuels, according to the reference case for the Annual Energy Outlook 2010 ( AEO2010 ) released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The reference case projections do not include the effects of potential future policies that have not yet become law—e.g.,

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IRENA, IEA study concludes meeting 2?C scenario possible with net positive economics

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The Paris Agreement reflected an unprecedented international determination to act on climate. The findings of this report will inform G20 work on energy and climate in the context of the 2017 German G20 presidency. Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Policy Power Generation

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Canada targets cutting GHGs 30% below 2005 levels by 2030; new regulations for oil and gas, power, petrochemicals

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Canada formally submitted its target, referred to as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Canada Climate Change Emissions Natural Gas Oil Policy Power Generation Regulations

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National Research Council Report Recommends Setting a US Carbon Budget Through 2050; Concludes Known Technologies Not Sufficient to Meet Budget Goals

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The exact value of the reference budget is uncertain, but regardless, illustrates a clear need for a major departure from business-as-usual. Fri, Chair, Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change. Policies for limiting climate change must remain durable for decades.

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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 ). Volkswagen compared the e-Golf with the conventional reference models Golf Mk VII 1.2

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Study: even with high LDV electrification, low-carbon biofuels will be necessary to meet 80% GHG reduction target; “daunting” policy implications

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The implication for biofuels is important, to the extent they are aimed at meeting climate and petroleum use reduction goals. These 9 combinations became the reference scenarios with defined fuel requirements and GHG emissions.

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EIA: world energy consumption to grow 56% 2010-2040, CO2 up 46%; use of liquid fuels in transportation up 38%

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In the Reference case, all the growth in liquids use is in the transportation and industrial sectors. To satisfy the increase in world liquids demand in the Reference case, liquids production increases by 28.3 World energy consumption by fuel type, 2010-2040. Source: IEO2013.

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Where Will YOU Be on October 24?

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If you’re a friend of mine I know you’ll be at the Manhattan Beach Pier at 3pm on October 24th to be part of the largest climate action in the history of Southern California. Lots of my Greenpeace friends will be there with me and some of them are coming from as far away as the Bay Area, or Green Nirvana as we refer to it down here. citizen volunteer climate change environment fossil fuels sea-level rise Greenpeace International Climate Action Day October 24

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Report finds road transportation sector in Canada likely to fall far short of 2050 GHG emissions reduction target

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Despite voluntary and regulatory initiatives that have improved the emissions efficiency of passenger and freight transportation, emissions from road transportation are increasing due to growing number of cars on the road and Canadians’ changing preference for light trucks.

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EPA proposes repeal of Obama Clean Power Plan

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Traditionally, EPA Section 111 rules were based on measures that could be applied to, for, and at a particular facility, also referred to as “inside the fence line” measures. On the other end of the spectrum, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said that Trump and Pruitt “ will go down in infamy for launching one of the most egregious attacks ever on public health, our climate, and the safety of every community in the United States. ”.

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International study identifies 14 key measures to reduce methane and black carbon emissions; reduction in projected global mean warming of ~0.5 °C by 2050

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National benefits of the CH 4 plus BC measures versus the reference scenario. Circle areas are proportional to values for (A and B) climate change, (C and D) human health (values for population over age 30), and (E and F) agriculture. Black carbon Climate Change Emissions

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Ford researchers: global light-duty CO2 regulatory targets broadly consistent with 450 ppm stabilization

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The researchers used a four-step process in their study: Determining the relative change in global, all-sector CO 2 emissions required for CO 2 stabilization at 450 ppm. They refer to these emission trajectories as the global CO 2 caps. Climate Change Emissions Fuel Efficiency Policy

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Your AB 920 Greenius Update & A Call For Three Times The Sun!

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I heard from Cooper a couple of times this week with updates on the progress of AB 920 which is expected to be heard on Monday in Senate Appropriations, where it will be referred to the suspense file due to the cost.

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NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 reaches orbit

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The instruments on these precisely engineered satellites make almost simultaneous measurements of clouds, aerosols, atmospheric chemistry, and other elements critical to understanding Earth’s changing climate. Climate Change Emissions Research by Jack Rosebro.

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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. Mediterranean Grassland Soil Metagenome (MGSM): Enabling a systems view of soil carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry under a changing climate. A catalogue of reference genomes from the rumen microbiome. Sea of Change: Eukaryotic Phytoplankton Communities in the Arctic Ocean.

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Devil In The Details: Is Copenhagens 2 ºC Guardrail Obsolete?

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IPCC reference emissions scenarios, 2000—2100. From the opening day of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations in Copenhagen, also known as Conference of Parties (COP) 15, the relevance of a key threshold metric—the 2 °C maximal warming limit, or “guardrail”—has repeatedly been called into question by delegates of COP member states which are particularly vulnerable to climate change. by Jack Rosebro.

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U-Mich researcher’s first-principles analysis challenges conventional carbon accounting for biofuels; implications for climate policy

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In a paper that could have a significant impact on climate policies for transportation fuels, Dr. John M. As commonly used for energy policy, lifecycle analysis (LCA) calculates trajectories of GHG fluxes for specified bioenergy product systems in comparison to reference fossil-based systems.

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

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The Reference case in our latest energy outlook projects significantly slower emissions growth over the next decade, averaging 0.2 Changes in non-carbon electricity generation. Climate Change Emissions Power Generation

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

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Throughout the Kyoto Protocol period, industrialized countries have made efforts to change their energy sources mix. The report shows that the current efforts to change the mix of energy sources cannot yet compensate for the ever increasing global demand for power and transport.

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Fast action on black carbon, ozone and methane could help limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees C

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Global benefits from full implementation of the identified measures in 2030 compared to the reference scenario. The climate change benefit is estimated for a given year (2050) and human health and crop benefits are. Climate Change Emissions

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