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Barack Obama: “Climate Change Can No Longer Be Denied or Ignored”

President Obama’s weekly remarks Hi everybody. Wednesday is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and protect this precious planet we call home. And today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change. 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have all fallen in the … Continue reading Barack Obama: “Climate Change Can No Longer Be Denied or Ignored”

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US power sector emissions poised to fall to two-decade low

This should prove to be a watershed year for the “de-carbonization” of the US power sector, with record volumes of coal-fired capacity to be shuttered, renewables capacity to be built, and natural gas to be consumed. The result, according to research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF): CO2 emissions from the power sector should drop … Continue reading US power sector emissions poised to fall to two-decade low

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Obama orders gov’t to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct.

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by the federal government by 40 percent over the next decade, a move made as part of his administration’s efforts to fight climate change. The executive order also set a target for 30 percent of the electricity consumed by the … Continue reading Obama orders gov’t to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct.

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World CO2 emissions stall in 2014, Rising use of renewable energy, particularly in China, helped keep emissions in check

Global energy emissions stayed stable last year even though the economy grew, according to data released Friday that could boost chances for a landmark climate accord later this year. The rising use of renewable energy, particularly in China, played a role in keeping emissions from the energy sector to 32.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide … Continue reading World CO2 emissions stall in 2014, Rising use of renewable energy, particularly in China, helped keep emissions in check

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6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

Here are six reasons to be optimistic under even the most climate-denying Congress: 1. The price of solar and wind energy has fallen below the price of conventional fuels, pushing utilities to switch to alternative fuels. The New York Times reports that “The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted … Continue reading 6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

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limate Concerns Rise Alongside Growing Global Coal Consumption

Global coal consumption rose 3 percent from 2012 to 2013, reaching over 3,800 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2013. While the pace of growth is down from 7.1 percent in 2010, the continued increase in coal consumption and related carbon emissions is a cause for substantial concern among climate scientists. If this trend … Continue reading limate Concerns Rise Alongside Growing Global Coal Consumption

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Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline

Global energy intensity, defined as worldwide total energy consumption divided by gross world product, decreased 0.19 percent in 2013. Although this may not seem impressive, considering that energy intensity increased steeply between 2008 and 2010, this small decline continues a much-needed trend toward lower energy intensity, writes Haibing Ma, China Program Manager at the Worldwatch … Continue reading Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline

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Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

According to the most recent estimates, 2014 emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global climate change, are projected to be 2.5 percent higher than 2013 levels, which translates into the release of 37 billion additional tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. As negotiators wrap up their talks at the international climate conference in … Continue reading Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

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Deal reached at UN climate change talks in Peru

The U.N. weather agency said last week that 2014 could become the hottest year on record.   More than 30 hours behind schedule, delegates from more than 190 countries agreed on what information should go into the pledges that countries submit for the expected Paris pact. They argued all day Saturday over the wording of … Continue reading Deal reached at UN climate change talks in Peru

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Global CO2 emissions rise at lower rates

Global emissions have reached a new peak, but recent developments indicate a new readiness for action on climate protection. This is the message of the 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI); a ranking of the climate protection performance of the 58 highest emitters worldwide published by Germanwatch and CAN Europe at the … Continue reading Global CO2 emissions rise at lower rates

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Eight out of 10 Americans Now Believe the Climate is Changing

Of the 1,000-plus Americans surveyed, 83 percent believe that climate change is occurring. 63 percent are concerned about changes in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. From a regional perspective, Americans living in the Northeast are more concerned (71 percent) about changes in the severity of weather events … Continue reading Eight out of 10 Americans Now Believe the Climate is Changing

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IPCC: Cut carbon emissions to save the world from climate change

Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, a U.N. report said on Sunday. The 40-page synthesis, summing up 5,000 pages of work by 800 scientists already published since September 2013, said global warming was … Continue reading IPCC: Cut carbon emissions to save the world from climate change

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Fossil fuels should be ‘phased out by 2100’ says IPCC

That is the central message of a stark new report from the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The United Nations’ expert panel on climate science on Saturday finished a report on global warming that the UN’s environment agency said offers ”conclusive evidence” that humans are altering the Earth’s climate system. The document, which combines … Continue reading Fossil fuels should be ‘phased out by 2100’ says IPCC

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Heads of State miss the chance to back renewable energy in Europe

The European Council’s decision to set an EU-binding target of 27% showed a lack of ambition to improve Europe’s energy security. Governments also ignored calls from the renewable energy sector and European business leaders for a nationally-binding target of at least 30%.   Thomas Becker, chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: … Continue reading Heads of State miss the chance to back renewable energy in Europe

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Canadian wind energy as a solution to climate change and greenhouse gas emission reduction in North America

As climate change once again captures headlines, the need to explore potential solutions like wind energy has never been greater.   In Quebec, the provincial government will soon undertake a review of the province’s energy future; determining the optimal mix of cost-effective and non-greenhouse gas emitting renewable electricity sources like hydro and wind to support … Continue reading Canadian wind energy as a solution to climate change and greenhouse gas emission reduction in North America

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Natural Gas Alone Can’t Solve Global Warming

President Obama says we can use natural gas to help solve the climate crisis. Multiple scientists say otherwise. The arguments have been made over and over again. Yes, natural gas burns much cleaner than coal and diesel, but there is such a high rate of methane leakage from natural gas operations that, in some cases, … Continue reading Natural Gas Alone Can’t Solve Global Warming

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China’s now world’s largest carbon emitter, emissions more than US, EU combined

World carbon dioxide emissions will hit a record high this year, driven by China’s growth and keeping the world far off track from the deep cuts needed to limit climate change, a study said on Sunday. More than half of proven fossil fuel reserves may have to stay in the ground if governments are serious … Continue reading China’s now world’s largest carbon emitter, emissions more than US, EU combined

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Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide.  This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change. … Continue reading Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

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Press, public support EPA carbon policy

With the proposed EPA rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants the topic of conversations coast-to-coast, newspapers around the country are siding with the public, arguing in favor of cutting carbon emissions now to combat the potential effects of climate change. The New York Times considers the proposed rules an important step … Continue reading Press, public support EPA carbon policy

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Obama plans to apply carbon emission cap on power plants

In his most sweeping effort to date to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change, the Obama administration will unveil a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday limiting the amount of carbon pollution from coal power plants. The rule will impose a cap on the level of emissions existing power plants are … Continue reading Obama plans to apply carbon emission cap on power plants

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