Time Running Out for Steep Emissions Cuts
January 19, 2009 08:46 AM - Worldwatch Institute
Washington, D.C.-The world will have to reduce emissions more drastically than has been widely predicted, essentially ending the emission of carbon dioxide by 2050 to avoid catastrophic disruption to the world's climate, according to State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World, released today by the Worldwatch Institute. Yet opportunities abound in renewable energy and efficiency improvements, agriculture and forestry, and the resilience of societies for slowing and managing climate change, according to the book's 47 authors.
11 states agree to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle fuels
January 14, 2009 08:05 AM - Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Massachusetts and 10 other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states have committed to developing a regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fuels for vehicles and other uses, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles announced today. These 11 states - which include all the member states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) plus Pennsylvania - will work together to create a common fuel standard that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a technology-neutral basis.
China Combating Pollution by Paying People Not to Drive
January 13, 2009 08:15 AM - Triple Pundit
As Causecast.org recently reported, China is so desperate to get high-polluting cars off the roads of Beijing, the city government is willing to pay drivers $3,600 not to use their cars. This comes at an interesting time for China as it battles its impacts on the environment, and perhaps equally important, how the rest of the world views its response. As the entire world watched during the lead up to the Olympics, the country managed to make some positive strides, including acity-wide ban on cars one day a week based on license plate numbers, which according to the Chinese government greatly reduced city-wide pollution.
A bright future for clean technology in China
January 9, 2009 09:06 AM - Science and Development Network
Government policy, entrepreneurship and consumer awareness will accelerate clean technology innovation in China — and the future is bright for investors, says venture capitalist Gary Rieshel. Cleaner and more efficient technologies are needed in all China's industries.
Harvard’s ”˜Hippo’ Jet Heads to Pole to Test CO2 Level
January 9, 2009 08:48 AM - Bloomberg.com
Harvard University is flying a specially equipped jet between the North Pole and South Pole to test the atmosphere for variations in global-warming gases, aiming to improve computer models for predicting climate change. A modified Gulfstream V took off today from Colorado bound for the Arctic as part of a three-year mission dubbed Hippo, said David Hosansky, a spokesman for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a collaborator in the Harvard-led project based in Boulder, Colorado. The plane will later turn south via New Zealand toward Antarctica.
A tale of two pollutants
January 8, 2009 08:23 AM - dailyclimate.org
LANSING, Mich. - After more than a decade of research, a team of scientists has found that by releasing one pollutant into the environment, we might help capture another. Findings from one of the National Science Foundation's longest-running studies show that adding nitrogen to soil prompts northern hardwood forests to absorb more heat-trapping carbon dioxide.
Mayor wants to make city a bit more green
January 7, 2009 08:50 AM - ASH Institute
In her fourth stint as the leader of this East County city, Nancy Parent has several goals that she hopes to accomplish. Among those is encouraging a philosophy of green building on new projects in the city and looking at subtle green improvements when existing buildings are spruced up. "The whole going green is not a revolutionary concept. It just seems that now is a time we should be working on it," she said.
Carbon emissions are everyone's problem
January 6, 2009 08:28 AM - WBCSD
The Irish Times, January 5, 2009 Monday - CLIMATE CHANGE:A renewed commitment to lowering worldwide CO2 emissions means every individual and every country will need to review their responsibilities towards global warming, writes Frank McDonald THE COUNTDOWN to Copenhagen is under way - in just 11 months' time, more than 180 countries are expected to reach agreement on how to tackle global warming at the 15th UN Climate Change Conference.
How Green Is The White House?
January 5, 2009 08:58 AM - CNBC
The election of Barack Obama promises a new era of eco-awareness in the US, says Sarah Wachter These are heady times for environmentalists in America. The initial euphoria of Barack Obama’s White House win hasn’t worn off yet. They say he is the American president with the most clearly-enunciated environmental platform of any in recent memory. Even though the financial crisis has taken centre stage, environmentalists think that’s good news, too, since Obama is talking about creating millions of green jobs to kickstart the spluttering US economy.
Soot tops NASA's climate blacklist
January 5, 2009 08:40 AM - Canberra Times
Governments could slow global warming dramatically, and buy time to avert disastrous climate change, by slashing emissions of one of humanity's most familiar pollutants soot according to NASA scientists. A study by the space agency shows that cutting down on the pollutant can have an immediate cooling effect and prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths from air pollution at the same time.