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The Environment / Global Warming

  • Shocking IEA Data Points to Flat CO2 Emissions in 2015

    In a surprise turn of events, the IEA reported that global greenhouse gas emissions may have stayed flat in 2015, the second year in a row. Preliminary data gathered by the IEA and published on March 16 shows that global carbon dioxide emissions stood at 32.1 billion tonnes, about the same level as 2014. Emissions for those two years were up ever so slightly from the 32.0 billion tonnes in 2013. “The new figures confirm last year’s surprising but welcome news: we now have seen two straight years of greenhouse gas emissions decoupling from economic growth,” IEA Executive Director Fatih…

  • Climate Action Could Save $250 Billion Per Year In 2030

    As the future of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) hangs in the balance, so too do billions of dollars in savings. Actually, to unlock the big bucks, we’ll have to go a step further. If the U.S. holds to the two-degree warming path – a more ambitious target than what CPP proposes – the near-term national benefits are assessed at approximately $250 billion per year by 2030. The valuation, conducted by researchers from Duke University and NASA, adds to the growing pile of literature that suggests climate change mitigation is more than just a moral obligation; it’s an economic bonanza…

  • EPA Cracking Down On U.S. Methane Waste

    On August 18 the U.S. EPA announced new regulations to control methane emissions from oil and gas sites.The EPA has already proposed limits on carbon emissions from power plants. The latest rules are also an effort to reduce heat-trapping gases as part of the Obama administration’s campaign to address climate change. The first-ever regulations released on Monday will aim to reduce methane emissions – a potent greenhouse gas – by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025.Related: Oil Markets Coming To Grips With Prices Remaining “Lower for Longer”Over a short period of time, methane is actually a lot more…

  • Are We Headed For Global Warming Collapse?

    This is the first of several posts I will do on Global Collapse. I am not saying, right here anyway, that civilization as we know it will collapse, but I am asking the question: “Can collapse be avoided?” This post will deal with global warming and the associated climate change.Right now CO2 is higher than it has been in over 20 million years. But it has been higher, a lot higher. The chart below was published in the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2015 and the source of their data was Goddard Institute for Space StudiesWhat this chart clearly…

  • Oil Industry Can No Longer Ignore Climate Action

    Global momentum towards action on climate change is building in the lead up to international negotiations, set to take place later this year in Paris. With the writing on the wall, some of the largest oil companies are banding together in order not to be left out in the cold.The agreement emerging from Copenhagen in 2009 was widely seen as a failure. While the likelihood of a stringent international agreement with binding emissions targets resulting from the Paris talks is extremely low, the world appears to be mustering up the motivation to do something.Whether that has a real impact on…

  • California’s Climate Goals: Realistic Or Just Wishful Thinking?

     California is not participating in the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) – at least not independently – but that won’t stop the state from setting an example. On April 29, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to establish a statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Governor Brown hasn’t exactly upped the ante, but he’s attempted to provide regulatory clarity and urgency as the state moves toward its 80 percent reduction target by 2050. The medium-term objective matches a similar goal set by the European Union last October, but…

  • How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost?

    In 2014 global carbon emissions totaled 32 gigatonnes (Gt). If you’re counting, that’s roughly 32 Gt too many. Yes, zero, near-zero, or net-zero is what we want, and soon is when we need it. Failure to achieve such goals by the end of the century will irreparably damage our planet and leave us dangerously susceptible to new and harsher climate conditions, at least according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The United Nations agrees, though several countries openly reject the target. Paris 2015 should produce some positive momentum, but anything legally binding is unlikely to materialize.In an effort…

  • The Fatal Flaw In The Climate Change Debate

    Everyone loves a courtroom drama--especially one that pits a feisty, but a determined criminal defense attorney against the awesome power of a prosecutor who has the resources of the state behind him or her. We see such David and Goliath stories every week on television. We cheer as the defense attorney pokes one hole after another in the case of the prosecutor, raising what the audience now perceives as reasonable doubt. But will the jury see it that way? We'll return after these messages.... This is just the sort of metaphorical setting into which the climate change denial lobby is…

  • Is The Paris Climate Conference Doomed To Fail?

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference – or Paris 2015 – is just around the corner, seven months to be exact. The goal is ambitious: to develop a viable, and comprehensive, successor to Kyoto, applicable to all countries, and with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees centigrade. Expectations are tempered, but hopes remain high as the particulars begin to take shape and individual nations confer their climate goals. Conspicuously absent thus far however, is any meaningful carbon dialogue from the world’s second largest emitter, the United States. The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs are beginning to…

  • Who Will Control The World’s Water: Governments Or Corporations?

    Water is perhaps the world’s most important resource, and one of the most common resources. For decades water was regarded as a common good, and it was plentiful enough that in most parts of the world there was little money to be made off of it. Now as the world’s population continues to grow, all of that is changing. Late in March, Tetra Tech was awarded a $1B five year contract to help support the US Agency of International Development (USAID) and its water development strategies. Tetra Tech will help USAID by collecting data related to water use, develop water…

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