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The Environment / Global Warming

  • China’s Emissions Could Negate Global Efforts Against Climate Change

    Which contributes more GHG to the atmosphere, red or white? Image credit: Greg Baker for the NY Times, In yet another global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction development – of which there have been several in the last few weeks and months – US President Barack Obama and China President Xi Jinping came together over some white and red wine, respectively, to set another arbitrary goal with few accountability measures in place. (Obama, perhaps still reeling from his post-midterm-election headache, apparently wants to avoid the tannins if he can.) But back to the US-China climate accord. The “How-Big-a-Percentage-Reduction-By-When” game went…

  • China And US Agree Ambitious New Emissions Deal

    Credit: AP Photo / Andy WongU.S. President Barack Obama, right, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. The United States and China, the world’s two biggest contributors to climate change, have struck a new, more ambitious deal to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping jointly announced the deal Wednesday morning, the New York Times reported. The agreement marked the culmination of nine months of quiet dialogue between the two countries, capped off in recent days by Obama’s…

  • Who Stands To Benefit From Climate Change?

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their synthesis report Sunday, Nov. 2nd. The report combines the Panel’s past work and reiterates the near unanimity in the scientific community regarding the man-made role in global climate change. Still, public and political perception is very much divided and the report aims to lay the foundation for a new global treaty on climate change by the end of next year. Stark in their assessment, the IPCC posits a grim future in the absence of any meaningful mitigation. Not all change is bad however, and, when examining the energy implications, global climate…

  • EU Weakens Climate Deal To Keep UK, Poland On Board

    European Union leaders have agreed to a landmark deal to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. The agreement, reached Oct. 24, calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. European Council chair Herman Van Rompuy called the deal the “world’s most ambitious, cost-effective, fair climate energy policy (ever) agreed.” It also sets a target for the 28-member bloc to obtain 27 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, as well as make a 27 percent improvement in energy efficiency over a business-as-usual scenario. EU Commission President Jose Manuel…

  • Massive Methane ‘Hotspot’ Confirmed in Southwest U.S.

    From 2002 to 2012, European satellite data consistently showed a “hotspot” of methane being emitted in the U.S. Southwest, but the amount was so large that scientists thought it was a phantom discovery and didn’t rush to explore the area.“We didn’t focus on it because we weren’t sure if it was a true signal or an instrument error,” Christian Frankenberg from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.The European Space Agency’s Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography consistently showed a bright red patch in the Four Corners region of the country, where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet.Related: How An…

  • Climate Change Deniers Are Having A Very Bad Year

    The last few months have not exactly been kind to climate change deniers. In May, a U.S. television show with one of the fastest growing audiences around took aim at news programs that invite a climate change expert and a climate change denier to appear on air together, and call the ensuing discussion “a debate.” The segment on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight comically skewered attempts by news outlets to present a “balanced” view of climate change. But the issue is actually getting serious attention.In July, the BBC announced it would significantly cut back the air time it gives to…

  • Despite Rising Voice of Climate Movement, Global Leaders Dither

    The largest ever gathering for climate action took place in New York on Sept. 21, just two days ahead of a major negotiations on a climate treaty between global leaders at the United Nations. The “People’s Climate March” attracted an estimated 400,000 people and the message to the political class was clear: stop dithering – it’s time for meaningful action to reduce global carbon emissions. Despite the impassioned plea, most protestors are placing little faith in the UN process, as each summit seemingly ends in vague commitments and empty promises to slow the burning of fossil fuels. The 2014 meeting…

  • Standard Oil Heirs Join Movement To Divest In Fossil Fuels

    The movement against investing in fossil fuels has reached a critical mass, with more than 800 individuals and institutions promising to rid their portfolios of $50 billion worth of investments in non-renewable fuels.On Sept. 22, the Rockefeller family -- whose scion, John D. Rockefeller, built an immense fortune as co-founder of Standard Oil – announced that its $860 million philanthropic foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, would be the latest to join the movement.Fund president and Rockefeller heir Stephen Heintz said in a statement that the elder Rockefeller would have agreed with the decision. “[I]f he were alive today, as an…

  • Watch John Oliver's Spot-On Takedown Of Climate Change Debate

    Some 97 out of 100 actively publishing climate scientists agree with the overwhelming evidence that humans are causing global warming.The challenge for the media is how to accurately reflect that consensus. One way NOT to do it is to give equal time to climate science deniers. Unsurprisingly (yet tragically), that is the preferred strategy of most of the MSM. False balance lives at CNN, Reuters, Bloomberg, and even PBS.Only one cable news show has been brave enough to take on false balance with a “statistically representative climate change debate.” Unfortunately, it’s a fake news show, John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight,”…

  • Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

    I grew up planning for my future, wondering which college I would attend, what to study, and later on, where to work, which articles to write, what my next book might be, how to pay a mortgage, and which mountaineering trip I might like to take next.Now, I wonder about the future of our planet. During a recent visit with my eight-year-old niece and 10- and 12-year-old nephews, I stopped myself from asking them what they wanted to do when they grew up, or any of the future-oriented questions I used to ask myself. I did so because the reality…