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  • Trudeau unveils Canada carbon price plan (aka CARBON TAX) for 2018

    10/03/2016 8:11:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/3/16 | Michel Comte
    Ottawa (AFP) - Canada will impose a national minimum carbon price in 2018 in order to meet its Paris accord commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. "All Canadian jurisdictions will put a price on carbon pollution by 2018... To get there, the government will set a floor price for carbon pollution," he said in a speech to parliament. Each province will have a choice in how they implement the pricing, he added, for example, by imposing a carbon tax or adopting a cap-and-trade system. The federal government, Trudeau said, is proposing a minimum price...
  • Global warming milestone as scientists warn Earth has passed carbon tipping point 'for good'

    09/28/2016 2:41:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 58 replies ^ | Sep. 28, 2016 | CHEYENNE MACDONALD
    Atmospheric carbon dioxide has reached a historic threshold as levels remain above 400 parts per million through the end of September – the point in which values typically drop to their lowest. Climate scientists now warn that it’s ‘almost impossible’ that these numbers will fall next month, and likely won’t dip below 400ppm in the foreseeable future. While there may be brief, daily events in which the levels fall short of this amount, monthly values are set to keep climbing as the ‘rising half of the cycle’ begins, when carbon dioxide could even break 410 ppm.~SNIP~CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALREADY CAUSING...
  • How Lowering Crime Could Contribute to Global Warming

    08/05/2016 3:03:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies ^ | Aug. 3, 2016 | TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG
    It sounds simple: If something has a big carbon footprint and you get rid of it, you eliminate those carbon dioxide emissions. Right? But it’s not always that easy. In a recent study published in The Journal of Industrial Ecology, researchers at the Center for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey in England estimated the annual carbon footprint of crime in England and Wales, and found that reducing crime could actually cause society’s overall carbon footprint of society to increase. The findings illustrated the rebound effect, which describes how reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases in one area can...
  • Jerry Brown’s vow to slash oil use in California’s cars in trouble

    06/22/2016 12:20:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 22nd, 2016 | By Dan Walters
    The meltdown of California’s cap-and-trade system of reducing carbon emissions has not only thrown its climate change crusade into disarray but caused collateral damage. One victim is Gov. Jerry Brown’s $3.1 billion plan to spend auction proceeds, now on indefinite hold. It not only affects a $500 million allocation for Brown’s bullet train project, but another $500 million for “low carbon transportation and fuels.” The latter is a centerpiece of Brown’s very ambitious drive to reduce petroleum use in auto travel – the largest single source of California’s carbon emissions – by 50 percent by 2030 even though the Legislature...
  • Does Donald Trump represent a step forward for climate change action?

    05/17/2016 4:53:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 16, 2016 | by Kate Aronoff
    Donald Trump will have a climate plan and it will be ugly. For now, the Republican frontrunner is pedaling the kind of denialism his party loves, having called global warming everything from a "hoax" to a "con job" to a Chinese plot. But an interview with his energy adviser hinted that Trump might endeavor to Make Atmospheric Carbon Levels Great Again. "My advice would be, while I'm a skeptic as well", Trump energy honcho Kevin Cramer [said], "he is a product of political populism, and political populism believes that there needs [to be] some addressing of climate change". Cramer has...
  • New Ice Age knowledge

    05/13/2016 12:27:40 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 22 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 13, 2016
    In fact, deep ocean circulation slowed down to such an extent that the heavy, saline water mass below a depth of 2000 metres was not in contact with the surface for almost 3000 years. "During this time, so much bound carbon in the form of animal and algae remains trickled down from the more intermixed sea surface into the deep water layer that we were able to identify it as the major carbon reservoir that we have looked for so intensively," says Thomas Ronge. The data also showed that the already old age of the water masses was artificially increased...
  • Hurricanes key to carbon uptake by forests

    05/03/2016 3:43:01 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 18 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 2, 2016
    New research reveals that the increase in forest photosynthesis and growth made possible by tropical cyclones in the southeastern United States captures hundreds of times more carbon than is released by all vehicles in the US in a given year.
  • Rise in CO2 has 'greened Planet Earth'

    04/25/2016 5:16:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Rise in CO2 has 'greened Planet Earth' - BBC News. By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants. A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by rising CO2 levels were laid in a carpet, it would cover twice the continental USA. Climate sceptics argue the findings show that the extra CO2 is actually benefiting the planet. But the researchers say the fertilisation effect diminishes over time. They warn the positives of CO2 are likely to be outweighed by the negatives. The lead...
  • Making electronics out of coal

    04/20/2016 2:07:43 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 16 replies ^ | David Chandle
    Jeffrey Grossman thinks we've been looking at coal all wrong. Instead of just setting it afire, thus ignoring the molecular complexity of this highly varied material, he says, we should be harnessing the real value of that diversity and complex chemistry. Coal could become the basis for solar panels, batteries, or electronic devices, he and his research team say. Read more at:
  • Reconfigured Tesla coil aligns, electrifies materials from a distance

    04/14/2016 8:28:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | April 14, 2016 | Provided by: Rice University
    Nanotube wires self-assemble under the influence of a directed electric field from the Tesla coil. Credit: Jeff Fitlow ======================================================================================================== Scientists at Rice University have discovered that the strong force field emitted by a Tesla coil causes carbon nanotubes to self-assemble into long wires, a phenomenon they call "Teslaphoresis." The team led by Rice chemist Paul Cherukuri reported its results this week in ACS Nano. Cherukuri sees this research as setting a clear path toward scalable assembly of nanotubes from the bottom up. The system works by remotely oscillating positive and negative charges in each nanotube, causing them to chain together...
  • Washington State to possibly impose Carbon Tax

    02/29/2016 12:11:06 PM PST · by Bob434 · 24 replies
    The Republic ^ | Updated: 2/28/16 4:25 pm EST | PHUONG LE
    SEATTLE — Washington could become the first state in the nation to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as coal, gasoline and natural gas. A ballot measure before the state Legislature would create a carbon tax of $25 per metric ton of fossil fuel emissions burned in Washington, while reducing taxes. Lawmakers have until the end of the session on March 10 to enact Initiative 732, offer an alternative proposal or automatically pass the carbon-tax measure to voters in November as written. It's not clear whether lawmakers will approve an alternative by the end of...
  • Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

    02/09/2016 3:41:40 PM PST · by CedarDave · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 9, 2016 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration's Clean Power Plan. The move means the regulations will not be in effect while litigation continues over whether their legality.
  • U.S. appeals court declines to block Obama carbon emissions plan

    01/21/2016 1:02:05 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1-21-2016 | Reuters
    A U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a bid by 27 states to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of its strategy to combat climate change. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a brief order denying an application seeking to stay the rule while litigation continues.
  • Climate Models Have Been Wrong About Global Warming For Six Decades

    12/28/2015 11:07:05 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 28, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    .........."Everyone by now is familiar with the 'pause' or 'slowdown' in the rate of global warming that has taken place over the past 20 years of so, but few realize is that the observed warming rate has been beneath the model mean expectation for periods extending back to the mid-20th century-60+ years," Patrick Michaels and Chip Knappenberger, climate scientists at the libertarian Cato Institute, write in a working paper released in December. Michaels and Knappenberger compared observed global surface temperature warming rates since 1950 to what was predicted by 108 climate models used by government climate scientists to predict how...
  • Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal created [Reardon Metal?]

    12/23/2015 12:40:15 PM PST · by Red Badger · 62 replies ^ | December 23, 2015 | Provided by: University of California, Los Angeles
    At left, a deformed sample of pure metal; at right, the strong new metal made of magnesium with silicon carbide nanoparticles. Each central micropillar is about 4 micrometers across. Credit: UCLA Scifacturing Laboratory ============================================================================================================= A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a super-strong yet light structural metal with extremely high specific strength and modulus, or stiffness-to-weight ratio. The new metal is composed of magnesium infused with a dense and even dispersal of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles. It could be used to make lighter airplanes, spacecraft, and cars, helping to...
  • Climate Crusader Jerry Brown Heckled in Paris

    12/09/2015 8:28:14 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 10 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 12-08-2015 | Leslie Eastman
    Gov. Jerry Brown, at the conclusion of a speech here Tuesday, was heckled by a group of protesters opposed to carbon offset programs they said could hurt indigenous people. Brown, accompanied by several South American governors at a 19th century mansion in Paris, had finished brief remarks urging further efforts to counteract climate change when protesters started yelling, “No REDD.”
  • Claim: positive CO2 feedback from plants due to “warm nights” will flood atmosphere with carbon

    12/08/2015 9:12:06 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | December 7, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    A study led by Princeton University researchers suggests that hotter nights may wield more influence than previously thought over the planet’s atmosphere as global temperatures rise — and could eventually lead to more carbon flooding the atmosphere. The researchers determined that warm nighttime temperatures, specifically in the tropics, lead plants to release more carbon through a process known as respiration. Average nighttime temperatures in tropical regions such as Manaus, Brazil, (above) have risen by 0.6 degrees Celsius since 1959. Further temperature increases risk turning Earth’s land-based carbon-storage capacity, or sink, into a carbon source. CREDIT William Anderegg, Princeton Environmental Institute. From...
  • The truth about biofuels: Reality bites

    12/07/2015 3:18:05 PM PST · by McGruff · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2015 | John M. DeCicco
    On November 30, as the Paris international climate conference was getting underway, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a long-overdue update of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements. Originally established in 2005 and then greatly expanded by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, the RFS mandates increasing use of ethanol, biodiesel and other biofuels in America's cars and trucks. Two things were notable. For the first time, EPA set the overall mandate at levels significantly lower than targets Congress called for in 2007. Second, raising the hackles of the biofuel lobby, the Obama administration omitted the RFS...
  • Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory.."

    12/06/2015 1:40:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Salon ^ | December 5, 2015 | Michael Shermer
    Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory to human-caused global warming" At some point in the history of all scientific theories, only a minority of scientists-or even just one-supported them, before evidence accumulated to the point of general acceptance. The Copernican model, germ theory, the vaccination principle, evolutionary theory, plate tectonics and the big bang theory were all once heretical ideas that became consensus science. How did this happen? An answer may be found in what 19th-century philosopher of science William Whewell called a 'consilience of inductions." For a theory to be accepted, Whewell...
  • Report: The World Will Run Out of Breathable Air Unless Carbon Is Cut

    12/03/2015 2:27:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 80 replies on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/15 | Taylor Hill
    As representatives from 195 nations gather in Paris to hammer out a global agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds that the failure to do so could leave the world gasping for breath. Marine plants such as phytoplankton are estimated to produce more than half the Earth’s atmospheric oxygen, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For the study, Sergei Petrovskii, an applied mathematics professor at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, calculated how unrestrained global warming could affect phytoplankton and thus the ocean’s ability to generate breathable air. He ran computer models that...
  • Renewables Take Center Stage In Paris, But How Feasible Are The Plans?

    12/02/2015 8:19:15 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 4 replies ^ | 02-12-2015 | carbon crisis?
    Along with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the Paris Climate Change Conference (Conference of Parties 21, or COP21) that runs through the end of next week. This conference is put on by the United Nations with the goal of producing a global agreement that will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Implementation of strategies that will help mitigate potential impacts of climate change are also on the agenda. Decarbonizing our energy systems by encouraging greater usage of alternative energy — a frequent topic of this...
  • India opposes deal to phase out fossil fuels by 2100 at climate summit

    11/30/2015 4:10:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 November 2014 | Rupak De Chowdhuri
    India would reject a deal to combat climate change that includes a pledge for the world to wean itself off fossil fuels this century, a senior official said, underlying the difficulties countries face in agreeing how to slow global warming. Almost 200 nations will meet in the French capital on Nov. 30 to try and seal a deal to prevent the planet from warming more than the 2 degrees Celsius that scientists say is vital if the world is to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. To keep warming in check, some countries want the Paris agreement to...
  • Largest diamond in over century found in Botswana [1,111 Carats]

    11/19/2015 9:01:52 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | November 19, 2015 | Staff
    A picture from the Lucara Diamond Corporation of the 1,111 carat gem quality, Type IIa diamond ============================================================================================================================================ A 1,111 carat "high quality diamond" has been discovered at a mine in Botswana, said to be the biggest find in more than a century, according to the mine company. The gem, only second in size to the Cullinan diamond which was unearthered in South Africa in 1905, was mined by Lucara Diamond Corp. "The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara's Karowe Mine, is the world second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and largest ever to be recovered...
  • Michael Bloomberg targets Pam Bondi, other attorneys general with ads on carbon emissions

    11/09/2015 9:45:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies ^ | 11/6/15 | Maggie Haberman
    Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City will run millions of dollars in political television ads against four state attorneys general who are suing the Obama administration over new regulations on carbon emissions from power plants....
  • Obama Leads But No One Follows In Climate Change Fight

    11/08/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Energy: The resident wants to decarbonize the planet by killing fossil-fuel production and its high-paying jobs. Almost no other nation is following his lead despite the promises that will be made at the Paris climate summit. Last week we learned in a Reuters report that Asia will build 500 coal-burning electric generation plants this year alone. An additional 1,000 are planned in China, India, Japan, Indonesia and other countries. The latest projections are that 40% of the added power generation in Southeast Asia by 2040 will be coal-fired. Does this sound like a continent that's taking the alarm bells of...
  • Firms question how (untested 'cap-and-trade')carbon levy will fund California rail project

    10/22/2015 3:19:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/22/15 | Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll - Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Private firms looking to build California's $68 billion high-speed train system have concerns about the state's ability to finance some of the project's cost through an untested 'cap-and-trade' carbon trading levy. The doubts, mentioned in correspondence to the state and reviewed by Reuters through a public records request, are not likely to stall financing for the United States' largest infrastructure project, but indicate a tentativeness among firms to use the money as a stand-alone money-generating tool. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) expects to raise $500 million per year for the rail line from the cap-and-trade...
  • Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate

    10/06/2015 10:54:05 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 91 replies
    Joanne Nova ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | Miranda Devine
    A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month. A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science. He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly. He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much...
  • Michelle Stirling: Paris is about saving green investors, not the Earth

    09/30/2015 11:49:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Recently, it was revealed that Volkswagen had been duping diesel-emissions tests on some of its high-end environmentally friendly cars. People were outraged. The CEO resigned. About the same time, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the Alberta Chambers of Commerce that her province had better get its environmental house in order or it would have measures imposed upon it. She also said that Alberta has “bad air.”Really? I challenge that statement. In 2011, Canada’s air was judged to be the third highest quality in the world. In 2006, Environment Canada reported that Red Deer was an unusual hot spot for poor...
  • Scientists solve the riddle of deep ocean carbon

    09/28/2015 11:43:10 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 19 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 9/28/2015 | Jeffery Hawk, et al
    A crucial process has been identified to explain the reason why dissolved organic carbon (DOC) levels in the deep oceans are constant despite a continuous supply from the surface ocean. This research has been published today in the journal Nature Geoscience and was conducted by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and The University of Southampton. Dr Jeff Hawkes, the lead author of this study, from the NOC said: "There has been a long outstanding question about whether hydrothermal vents are a source or sink of organic carbon to the oceans. We have shown that hydrothermal vent fluids contain...
  • Obama and Biden were running late so they made Pope Francis’s plane turn around

    09/22/2015 5:42:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot ^ | September 22, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    There are so many minor stories that are embarrassing to liberals to blog about this afternoon, it’s hard to choose just one. Should I blog the fact that gutless Hillary Clinton waited for the Pope’s arrival to dump the news that she’s taking the predictable orthodox left-wing position on the Keystone Pipeline? Should I blog about left-wing writers being so stupid that they don’t realize the word “retarded” has a non-slur definition? Or should I blog the fact that America’s been planning the Pope’s visit for months and somehow Obama still couldn’t quite get to the airport on time? When...
  • Many global warming studies may be wrong as carbon dating found to be highly unreliable (trunc)

    09/09/2015 4:47:32 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 9/9/15 | Stephen Chen
    Full title: Many global warming studies may be wrong as carbon dating found to be highly unreliable for organic matter over 30,000 years old Radiocarbon dating, which is used to calculate the age of certain organic materials, has been found to be unreliable, and sometimes wildly so - a discovery that could upset previous studies on climate change, scientists from China and Germany said in a new paper. Their recent analysis of sediment from the largest freshwater lake in northeast China showed that its carbon clock stopped ticking as early as 30,000 years ago, or nearly half as long as...
  • UN climate change body suffers mammoth European carbon fraud [Russia, Ukraine]

    09/08/2015 11:01:00 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 September 08 | George Russell
    The United Nations body that oversees greenhouse gas reductions is reeling from another cap-and-trade scandal that may have put 600 million tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere — roughly speaking, the annual CO2 output of Canada or Britain — while the emissions were ostensibly suppressed, according to an independent study. In the process, the fraudsters, largely in Russia and Ukraine, were likely able to transfer credits for more than 400 million tons of their apparently bogus greenhouse savings by April 2015 into Europe's commercial carbon trading system — the largest in the world — thereby undermining that continent's ambitious...
  • Trillions, Not Billions Of Trees

    09/09/2015 5:53:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/09/15 | Jack Dini
    Whether, how, and why forest stands have changed their growth patterns over the last century are still hotly disputed questions The world’s great forests have long been recognized as the lungs of the earth. They fix carbon and produce oxygen. So it should come as a pleasant surprise to hear that there are over three trillion trees on earth, according to a new assessment. The figure is more than seven times as big as the previous best estimate, which counted perhaps 400 billion at most. It has been produced by Thomas Crowther and colleagues, from Yale University, who combined a...
  • Obama Is Ignoring the Science on Climate Change

    09/02/2015 9:01:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/2/15 | Katie Tubb
    ....Obama gave a doom and gloom speech yesterday at the Global Leadership in the Arctic (GLACIER) conference in Alaska to build momentum for the U.N. climate deal in Paris this December. So far less than one third of countries have submitted plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by the Wall Street Journal’s count. According to Obama, “Climate change is happening faster than we’re acting” and the world is facing a future of more fires, more melting, more warming, more suffering. But there are at least two major problems with his focus on global warming as he’s presented it in Alaska....
  • 'Diamonds from the sky' approach turns CO2 into valuable products

    08/20/2015 2:53:15 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 17 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/19/2015 | American Chemical Society
    American Chemical Society Summary: Finding a technology to shift carbon dioxide, the most abundant anthropogenic greenhouse gas, from a climate change problem to a valuable commodity has long been a dream. Now, a team of chemists says they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibers for industrial and consumer products.
  • Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan doom Colorado’s coal industries?

    08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called “CO2 pollution” could come at a dear price to the state’s coal industry. ... Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind. The history of Colorado’s coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect...

    08/06/2015 2:55:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 5, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is petty and vengeful. At this point, anything with the words "Green Energy" might as well be read as "Screw the Middle Class". After being shot down by the court, Obama's Green Energy plan has risen from the grave meaner and nastier than ever. First of all it's been retooled to hit Republican states hardest. ... Behind the euphemisms, the Thug-in-Chief is doing his usual petty bit by lashing out at opponents while seeking to punish them. And backed in is a Carbon Tax plan, which will save the planet by enriching a handful of billionaires and rip you...
  • Hot Stuff(For our Califonia friends with a CO2 footprint)

    08/06/2015 7:53:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 8/6/2015 | Bruce Robinson
    No, this isn’t about sex. It’s about carbon footprints -- yours, mine and that of just about every other living creature that walks, crawls or flies over the face of God’s green earth. Once the California state legislature passed America’s first full-blown cap and trade law, we Californians all became very hot stuff indeed! I know because I just took the Nature Conservancy’s online test for my personal carbon footprint. Identifying myself as a single person living alone in a one-bedroom apartment who hasn’t done much of anything special to control his energy use, I learned the cost of my...
  • US carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low

    08/05/2015 2:44:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/5/15 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday. A big factor was the long-term shift from coal to cleaner and cheaper natural gas, said Energy Department economist Allen McFarland. Outside experts also credit more renewable fuel use and energy efficiency. Carbon dioxide — from the burning of coal, oil and gas — is the chief greenhouse gas responsible for man-made global warming. "While good news for the environment, we certainly would not want to assume that this trend will continue and that we can simply relax," said...
  • Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point [4,400 kelvins / 7,460°F]

    07/27/2015 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | 07-27-2015 | by Kevin Stacey & Provided by: Brown University
    Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance. The computations, described in the journal Physical Review B (Rapid Communications), showed that a material made with just the right amounts of hafnium, nitrogen, and carbon would have a melting point of more than 4,400 kelvins (7,460 degrees Fahrenheit). That's about two-thirds the temperature at the surface of the sun, and 200 kelvins higher than the highest melting point ever recorded experimentally. The experimental record-holder is a substance made from the elements hafnium, tantalum, and carbon (Hf-Ta-C). But these...
  • GOP launches probe of 'improper influence' on EPA climate rule

    09/02/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republicans are investigating what they call "improper influence" from a national green group on the Obama administration's signature Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change regulation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, are demanding the EPA and the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hand over documents on the organization's involvement in drafting the proposed carbon pollution rules. The investigation is based on a New York Times ' report that said the NRDC provided the blueprint used for the rules, and "heavily influenced the president's proposal." While...
  • Vermont Struggles With Renewables

    07/24/2015 7:21:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 25 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | July 23, 2015 | William Tucker
    When the Green Mountain power company, Vermont’s largest utility, announced earlier this year it will be buying nuclear power from New Hampshire’s Seabrook reactor, many environmentalists felt betrayed. “This is exactly why we closed Vermont Yankee, because we didn’t want any nuclear power,” they complained. But consumer demands left Green Mountain with no other choice. Nuclear is the ultimate reliable source of power – reactors operate more than 90 percent of the time – and Green Mountain needs back-up in case other sources stop working or if demand exceeds supply on a hot summer day. Vermont is struggling with its...
  • Obama’s Renewable-Energy Fantasy

    07/06/2015 7:40:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 5, 2015 | Rupert Darwall
    Bill Gates recently noted that the cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is ‘beyond astronomical.’ On June 30, one day after the Supreme Court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of mercury emissions from power plants, resident Obama committed the United States to the goal of generating 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This would nearly triple the amount of wind- and solar-generated electricity on the national grid. The EPA ran afoul of the law by failing to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before it acted to reduce mercury emissions from coal-power plants. There is no objective...
  • Did green madness help create the Greek debt crisis?

    06/30/2015 7:39:20 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 30, 2015 | By Eric Worrall
    The unfolding Greek financial crisis is front page news. The repercussions – bank runs, unsustainable debts, deadlocked creditors – could easily lead to major consequences worldwide. However misconceived the Euro currency was, its downfall will be painful on a global scale. How much of Greece’s current economic problems were caused by the made Hellenic dash into renewable energy? The answer, unsurprisingly, is most likely quite a lot. Greece, like many small European economies, has placed a substantial focus on green energy, seeing it as a quick leg up into the big league – an easy way to attract generous funding...
  • Supreme Court overturns landmark EPA air pollution rule

    06/29/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama and Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the costs of the regulation. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that the EPA should have taken into account the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before even deciding whether to set limits for the toxic air pollutants it regulated in 2011. The case, Michigan v. EPA, centers on the EPA’s first limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal-fired power plants, known as mercury and air toxics (MATS). Opponents, including the...
  • Jeb Bush: I ‘Embrace’ Carbon Reduction

    06/22/2015 7:43:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 6/21/2015 | Pam Key
    The Undercurrent posted a clip of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush taking question while walking through the hall at the Road to Majority Conference sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition in which he said he “embraces” the current “reduction of carbon emissions.” When asked about his climate change position Jeb said, “I continue to embrace the reduction of carbon emissions that have taken place.”
  • Strange Comet Discoveries Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft

    01/23/2015 7:39:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies ^ | January 22, 2015 02:03pm ET | Miriam Kramer,
    Researchers working with Rosetta have found that the comet harbors organic compounds, carbon-based molecules that are sometimes known as the chemical building blocks of life. This marks the first time organic molecules have been detected on the surface of a comet's nucleus, according to Fabrizio Capaccioni, the principal investigator of the VIRTIS instrument on Rosetta. The northern hemisphere of the comet's nucleus is also filled with dunes and ripples that look somewhat like geological markings on Earth, Mars and Venus. Comet 67P/C-G doesn't have a robust atmosphere and high gravity like those planets, and yet it still has structures resembling...
  • Latest Research Reveals a Bizarre and Vibrant Rosetta’s Comet

    01/24/2015 8:47:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Despite its solid appearance, 67P is highly porous with a density similar to wood or cork and orbited by a cloud of approximately 100,000 “grains” of material larger than 2 inches (5 cm) across stranded there after the comet’s previous perihelion passage. ... Researchers have identified 19 distinct geological regions on the comet and five basic types of terrain: dust-covered, brittle material, large-scale depressions, smooth terrains and consolidated surfaces. ... Using a spectrometer to scan the comet’s surface researchers discovered complex organic (carbon-based) molecules that could include carboxylic acids – a component of amino acids. These organics only form in...
  • UN climate talks stall despite G7 push on carbon

    06/08/2015 4:30:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/8/15 | Mariette Le Roux - AFP
    Bonn (AFP) - Calls by the Group of Seven (G7) Monday to slash world carbon emissions did little to boost UN climate talks in Bonn, where frustration mounted over the snail-like progress. Groups of countries pleaded for greater efforts to streamline a draft text for a climate pact due to be adopted at a conference in Paris in just over six months. "We are very concerned about the pace of negotiations," said Amjad Abdulla of the Maldives, speaking for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) which are deeply exposed to climate change. "We have not made the big jump...
  • The Reason Behind Big Oil’s Change of Heart on Global Warming

    06/04/2015 5:47:00 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 11 replies
    After years of opposing efforts to fight climate change, Europe’s biggest oil and gas corporations have made a stunning about-face. Noticeably absent from the corporate push for a carbon price were U.S. oil behemoths Chevron and Exxon Mobil.