Tag Archives: carbon emissions

Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’

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Newly planted field of trees in plastic protective tubes, Suffolk, UK. Credit: geogphotos / Alamy Stock Photo.

Prof Jan Minx is head of the applied sustainability science working group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Priestley Chair of climate change and public policy at the University of Leeds; Dr Sabine Fuss is head of the sustainable resource management and global change working group at the MCC; and Prof Gregory Nemet is associate professor of public affairs and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

June 1, 2018 — Despite the ambitious long-term climate goals of the Paris Agreement, there remains a distinct lack of success at ushering in immediate and sustained reductions in global CO2 emissions. Continue reading Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’

US launches nuclear initiative to cut carbon with Canada, Japan, UK

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A nuclear power plant in Cattenom, France (Photo: Stefan Kühn)

While the Trump administration generally avoids discussion of climate change, it is participating in a coalition to promote “clean, reliable” nuclear power

May 23, 2018 — The US, Canada and Japan are to create a coalition aimed at promoting nuclear power as a carbon-free energy source around the world. Continue reading US launches nuclear initiative to cut carbon with Canada, Japan, UK

Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

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A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact

May 21, 2018 — Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. Continue reading Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

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The Basic ministers met in Durban, South Africa (Photo: Twitter/@environmentza)

Ministers from China, Brazil, South Africa and India want to see more action from the rich world, in a critical year for writing the rules of the Paris Agreement

May 21, 2018 — The biggest future carbon emitters continue to raise the heat on the polluters of the past. Continue reading Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS

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Tropical forest, Martinique Island, Caribbean Sea, France. Credit: David Giral / Alamy Stock Photo.

To limit global warming in 2100 to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, many scientists assume that the large-scale use of negative emissions in the latter half of the 21st century will be needed. Negative emissions “suck” CO2 out of the atmosphere, allowing a more gradual reduction of emissions in the near-term

May 21, 2018 — Integrated assessment models (IAMs) that generate energy and emission pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C have generally relied on large amounts of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to provide the required negative Continue reading Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS

Qantas worst airline operating across Pacific for CO2 emissions, analysis reveals

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For each kilometre Qantas transports a passenger across the Pacific, it uses 64% more fuel than the two most fuel-efficient airlines, an analysis says. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Qantas used the two most fuel-intensive aircraft and carried the most empty seats of any transpacific airline

January 16, 2018 — Qantas emits more carbon dioxide per passenger-kilometre than any other airline operating across the Pacific, according to an analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation, the group that exposed the Volkswagen emissions scandal in 2014. Continue reading Qantas worst airline operating across Pacific for CO2 emissions, analysis reveals

Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

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STEP UP EFFORTS. In this file photo, negotiators await the final announcement during the COP21 in Paris, France in 2015. Photo by Arnaud Bouissou/MEDDE

With the current emission reduction targets set us on a pathway to 2.7-3.1 degrees Celsius, the report illustrates the urgent need for country leaders to step up their efforts to reach the targets set in the Paris climate agreement

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 3, 2017) — The climate battle is an uphill trek. With our current commitments to reduce our carbon emissions, we are not on track to achieve the principal aim of the Paris climate agreement: keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing 1.5 degrees Celsius. Continue reading Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

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Nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles, has been illegally high in most urban parts of Britain since 2010. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers accused of ‘stubborn failure’ to tackle widespread and illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year

November 7, 2017 — The UK government is being sued for a third time over the widespread illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year. Continue reading UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

IPCC Chair Discusses Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C

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Plumes of smoke rise from chimneys at an industrial area in Greece. IPCC is working on a series of reports, including one on assessing ways to limit global warming to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Credit: Alexandros Maragos/Moment/Getty Images

Several forthcoming reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change examine what needs to be done to take control of our climate future

November 1, 2017 — With a United Nations climate change conference scheduled for Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November, two high-level reports released this week warn about the increasing risk of climate change. In addition, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is working on a separate report, to be issued in 2018, about the effects of global warming at 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Continue reading IPCC Chair Discusses Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C

Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

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Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study

October 17, 2017 — Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday. Continue reading Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report