Items in Archive 'CO²'

Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can’t Stop Renewables Now >> 02 Feb 2015

Oil prices have fallen by more than half since July. Just five years ago, such a plunge in fossil fuels would have put the renewable-energy industry on bankruptcy watch. Today: Meh.

Here are seven reasons why humanity’s transition to cleaner energy won’t be sidetracked by cheap oil.
1. The Sun Doesn't Compete With Oil
Oil is for cars; renewables [...]

Carbon-Sequestering Agriculture: A Promising Solution >> 08 Apr 2013

 
Global agriculture is currently a major contributor of carbon emissions. However, there are crops and practices that can reverse that trend, actively sequestering carbon while producing food and other essential human needs. The first component of this strategy is the use of perennial crops, like trees and other long-lived plants, that store “fixed” carbon in their [...]

A Bottom Line for the Carbon Tax >> 18 Feb 2013

 
The EU prides itself to have established, in 2011, the European Union’s Emissions Trading System   (ETS). The EU ETS is claimed to be the cornerstone of the European Union’s policy to combat climate change and a primary tool for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. Involving 31 countries, it is the first and thus far the biggest [...]

China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show >> 30 Jan 2013

China overtook the US as the world’s biggest carbon emitter in 2007 and became world’s largest energy consumer in 2010

Clean Development Mechanism on Verge of Collapse >> 21 Sep 2012

 
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is the only global carbon trading system which is designed to create funding to give poor countries access to new energy technologies; and it is on the verge of collapse. 
  
The UN's system has raised billions of dollars over the past seven years to develop renewable energy projects, such as wind [...]

The American Meteorological Society-Warming of the Climate System is Unequivocal >> 22 Aug 2012

 
Background

This statement provides a brief overview of how and why global climate has changed over the past century and will continue to change in the future. It is based on the peer-reviewed scientific literature and is consistent with the vast weight of current scientific understanding as expressed in assessments and reports from the Intergovernmental Panel [...]

Burning Down the House: The Shocking Economics of Energy >> 30 May 2012

 
Imagine if Mitt Romney's sons burned through their entire family fortune in less time than it takes to watch Titanic in 3D. That would be crazy, right?
But that's exactly what we're doing when it comes to energy: we're burning our inheritance instead of collecting our income.
We don’t normally see it expressed in these terms. Yet a quick [...]

Game Over For the Climate >> 30 May 2012

 
On May 9, well-known NASA climate scientist James Hansen wrote (in an opinion piece in the New York Times) that: “If Canada proceeds (to harvest Alberta tar sands), it's ‘game over  ’ for the planet.”
Hansen, who has admitted that he was troubled by a comment from President Barack Obama which suggested that Canada would exploit its [...]

IEA warns time is running out to prevent catastrophic climate change >> 27 May 2012

International Energy Agency says CO2 emissions reached 31.6 Gt in 2011, as UN chief warns talks are stalling ahead of Rio+20 summit
 

The world has nearly run out of time to prevent a global temperature rise of 2°C, according to new figures by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that reveal the global energy industry produced record [...]

CO2-Emissionen auf Rekordniveau gestiegen >> 25 May 2012

Das Ziel, den Anstieg der Erdtemperatur auf 2 Grad zu begrenzen, wird laut Internationaler Energie Agentur immer unerreichbarer. Nach neuen Daten stiegen die weltweiten CO2-Emissionen 2011 um 3,7 Prozent.

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