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Government of Québec unveils $2.7B climate change action plan; 63% of spending targeting transport

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The Premier of Québec, Jean Charest; the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Pierre Arcand; and the Minister of Transport Pierre Moreau unveiled the Canadian province’s 2013-2020 Action Plan on Climate Change (PACC 2020). The planned actions are intended to contribute significantly to achieving the objective of Québec’s climate change to reduce GHG emissions 20% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Deutsche Post now automatically offsetting all CO2 emissions from mail transport

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Starting immediately, Deutsche Post is offsetting any unavoidable CO 2 emissions due to mail transport with investments in internationally recognized and certified climate protection projects at no extra charge. Climate protection is a core focus issue for Deutsche Post.

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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”).

Methane from livestock nearing worst-case scenario for climate change: scientist

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Exhaust emissions from gasoline and diesel cars get a lot of attention from policymakers attempting to combat climate change. But another very large source of carbon emissions has nothing to do with transportation. Environmental emissions greenhouse gas climate change Methane foodEmissions of methane have increased dramatically over the past few years, with livestock raised for human food as the largest source.

OECD: governments should make better use of energy taxation to address climate change; “meaningful” increases limited to road sector

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In 2015, outside of road transport, 81% of emissions were untaxed, according to the report. Tax rates were below the low-end estimate of climate costs (EUR 30/tCO 2 ) for 97% of emissions. The report assesses the magnitude and coverage of taxes on energy use in 2015, and considers change between 2012 and 2015. In road transport, 97% of emissions are taxed. These changes mainly result from fuel tax reforms in China, India and Mexico, the report said.

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US rejects Keystone XL pipeline, citing combatting climate change as critical factor; Kerry: arguments pro and con “overstated”

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The proposed project would facilitate transportation into the US country of a particularly dirty source of fuel. The critical factor in my determination was this: moving forward with this project would significantly undermine our ability to continue leading the world in combatting climate change. Clean energy is not just the solution to climate change; it’s also one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen.

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US rejects Keystone XL pipeline, citing combatting climate change as critical factor; Kerry: arguments pro and con “overstated”

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The proposed project would facilitate transportation into the US country of a particularly dirty source of fuel. The critical factor in my determination was this: moving forward with this project would significantly undermine our ability to continue leading the world in combatting climate change. Clean energy is not just the solution to climate change; it’s also one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen.

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U of Toronto study finds US electrification of LDV fleet not a silver bullet for tackling climate change in vehicle sector

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The paper is published in the journal Nature Climate Change. A lot of people think that a large-scale shift to EVs will mostly solve our climate problems in the passenger vehicle sector. Gt), while the low end is half the annual US transportation emissions (1.8 Chang.

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Tesla’s 2020 Impact Report shows why an “ecosystem” of products is key to addressing climate change

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This is one of the reasons why Tesla’s products and services are focused on transportation and energy production and storage — segments that are traditionally the most polluting in both the United States and foreign countries. .

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. Aside from the potential construction and spill impacts of the pipeline, the scope of the climate change impacts have become the most contentious and politicized issue surrounding the pipeline.

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Say Hello to Guest Blogger Alexis Ringwald - with this first dispatch from the Climate Change Caravan in India. On January 3, 2009, a group of passionate individuals launched the Climate Solutions Road Tour : an epic month-long 3,500 km journey from Chennai to New Delhi, India to demonstrate that clean transportation solutions do exist and call upon automakers globally to build them. More soon … Follow our Climate Solutions Road Tour at: [link].

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

AASHTO Launches Transportation and Climate Change Resource Center Website

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has launched a newly expanded and enhanced website on climate change and transportation, the AASHTO Transportation and Climate Change Resource Center. The site includes links to resources and information on federal, regional, state, and local climate actions, policies, and regulations.

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. Schematic overview of the processes by which aviation emissions and increased cirrus cloudiness affect the climate system.

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EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan sees likely increase in tropospheric ozone, with more difficulty in attaining NAAQS in many areas

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Among the many climate-related vulnerabilities that can impact its mission, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites a likely increase in tropospheric ozone pollution as potentially making it more difficult to attain National Ambient Air Quality Standards ( NAAQS ) in many areas with existing ozone problems. The analysis comes in a draft Climate Change Adaptation Plan that the agency has released for public comment. —Draft Climate Change Adaptation plan.

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.

Canada’s First Ministers release Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

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Canada’s First Ministers (The Prime Minister of Canada and the provincial and territorial premiers) issued a joint communiqué and released the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change following the First Ministers’ Meeting. The Framework outlines actions that will grow the economy while reducing GHG emissions.

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Thermo King transitioning to lower GWP transport refrigerant R452A as standard

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Thermo King, the transport refrigeration brand of Trane Technologies, will transition to a lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant as standard in its truck and trailer units. Climate Change Emissions Vehicle Systems

California ARB approves 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan; requires doubling the rate of GHG cuts

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The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan , which sets the state on an aggressive course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions an additional 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 under SB 32. As the largest sectoral contributor to GHG emissions (39% in 2015), transportion is a major focus of the plan.

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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

Study Finds That Climate Change Mitigation in Land Transport Should Benefit Public Health Substantially

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A new study by an international team of researchers using Comparative Risk Assessment methods to estimate the health effects of alternative urban land transport scenarios for two settings—London, UK, and Delhi, India—concluded that although uncertainties remain, climate change mitigation in transport should benefit public health substantially. 2009) Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: urban land transport.

ITF: worldwide transport activity to double by 2050, emissions to rise 16% compared to 2015

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Freight transport will grow by a factor of 2.6. Any currently expected emissions reductions will be more than offset by the increased demand for transport, according to the analysis. Emissions would exceed transport’s carbon budget more than three times.

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Study finds global oil demand likely to grow despite pandemic, climate policies

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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected both consumer and commercial transportation, but global oil demand will probably continue to grow through 2030, according to a new study. Source: “Will Covid Drive An Early Peak In Transportation Activity And Oil Demand?”.

FTA soliciting proposals for transit climate change adaptation assessment projects

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The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is soliciting proposals for transit climate change adaptation assessment pilots. The pilots will fund transit agencies or partnerships with transit agencies to assess the vulnerability of transit agency assets and services to climate change hazards such as heat waves and flooding. The solicitation notes that climate change has particular impacts on public transportation.

Nissan CEO Ghosn: Climate Change Must Be Corporate Humanitarian Cause

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Cars that plug in to travel on batteries charged from the electric grid respond to perceived customer demand for more-efficient transportation, and they help companies comply with tightening global emissions standards. But the need to curtail climate change is at the root of many of these There are many reasons that automakers sell electric cars.

Researchers confirm existence of North Icelandic Jet current; implications for ocean response to climate change

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An international team of researchers has confirmed the presence of a deep-reaching ocean circulation system off Iceland—the North Icelandic Jet (NIJ)—that could significantly influence the ocean’s response to climate change in previously unforeseen ways. The NIJ contributes to a key component of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), critically important for regulating Earth’s climate. Climate Change

3.8% drop in EU’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019; transport emissions rise

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The official data, submitted on behalf of the EU to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), show that EU Member States managed to reduce collectively their emissions by 3.8% Climate Change Emissions Europe Market Background

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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.

White House forms Climate Innovation Working Group; on the way to ARPA-C

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President Biden has created a new Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the National Climate Task Force to advance his commitment to launching an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C). The working group is intended to help coordinate and strengthen federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help achieve the goal of net zero economy-wide emissions by 2050.

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. By contrast, using natural gas instead of coal for electric power plants can reduce radiative forcing immediately, and reducing CH 4 losses from the production and transportation of natural gas would produce even greater benefits, they found.

Study Finds Stratospheric Water Vapor Is An Important Driver of Decadal Global Surface Climate Change

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Earlier observations from satellites and balloons suggest that stratospheric water vapor probably increased between 1980 and 2000, which would have enhanced the decadal rate of surface warming during the 1990s by about 30% compared to estimates ignoring this change, according to the authors. These findings show that stratospheric water vapor represents an important driver of decadal global surface climate change. Tags: Climate Change Climate models

Vanderbilt meeting concludes time to begin developing climate change adaptation strategies for transportation sector

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A two-day leadership summit that brought together major stakeholders from the $1-trillion-plus freight transportation sector with climate change researchers emerged with a consensus position that despite the uncertainties surrounding climate change, it is time to start developing effective strategies that will keep the nation’s transportation systems and other critical infrastructure running in the face of the adverse impacts that seem increasingly likely to occur.

California ARB releases final version of proposed update to Climate Change Scoping Plan; LEV IV

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the final version of the proposed First Update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan (First Update). Achieving our long-term climate goal and 2032 ozone standards will require a much deeper penetration of ZEVs into the fleet. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released. The draft version was released in February. Earlier post.). The First Update includes additional clarification and edits to reflect comments received by ARB over the past several months.

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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.

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3 East Coast states and DC first to participate in TCI-P cap-and-invest program for transportation

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The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, and the mayor of the District of Columbia announced that theirs will be the first jurisdictions to launch a new multi-state program that the principals expect will invest some $300 million per year in cleaner transportation choices. Auctioning those allowances would generate $300 million every year among the jurisdictions for investments in equitable, less polluting, and more resilient transportation, according to the program.

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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. What steps must California now take to meet the state’s climate goals beyond 2020? An overview of the current science of climate change in the draft includes an expanded discussion of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane and black carbon.

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Study Concludes Warming Climate Will Increase Ozone Levels in Major California Air Basins; Climate Change and Regional Air Quality Are Intertwined Problems

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Illustration of projected ozone changes in the South Coast region due to climate change in 2050. In a new report released by the California Air Resources Board, scientists from the University of California at Davis and Berkeley estimate that rising temperatures from climate change will increase ozone levels in California’s major air basins. Our study reveals that climate change and regional air pollution are intertwined problems.

California ARB and NOAA Collaborating in $20M Research on Interaction of Air Pollution and Climate Change; One Atmosphere Approach

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Schematic diagram of the trade-offs between the implications for regional air quality and global climate change of new policies for management of the atmosphere. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are collaborating in the $20-million CalNex research project to examine the nexus between air pollution and climate change. CalNex 2010 - An Air Quality and Climate Change Field Study in California in 2010.

What the MA Senate Climate Bill Says About Phasing Out Gasoline

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The Massachusetts Senate made big news last week by passing a massive climate bill that tackles transportation, buildings, and our electricity supply. Energy policy & advocacy Electric vehicles/Transportation Climate change

Report: Climate Change Aims Need To Be Better Integrated Into Land Use Planning, Economic and Transport Policies

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The policy levels at which climate policy integration may take place. Specific measures to tackle climate change, such as emissions trading, will only be successful if they are coherently supported by other government policies addressing economic and social issues, according to a report published 26 March by the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER). It analyses measures and means to enhance climate policy integration and improve policy coherence.

4,000 Robots Roam the Oceans, Climate in Their Crosshairs

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In the puzzle of climate change, the Earth’s oceans are an immense and crucial piece. But gathering accurate and sufficient data about the oceans to feed climate and weather models has been a huge technical challenge. But some of it has to do with how the winds are changing.