CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) Dec 2020 report outlines solutions for curbing U.S. carbon emissions

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 • By Julie Poppen Credit: Pixabay Researchers at CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) on Thursday released a report outlining key steps the U.S. can take to drive carbon dioxide emissions to zero.  Download the full report The report, Accelerating the U.S. Clean Energy Transformation: Challenges and Solutions by Sector, explains why urgent and comprehensive action is needed to avoid the …

Gas underestimated and we’ll get 2.3 C of heating with what we’ve emitted thus far, but we can control the speed

More Than Two Degrees of Climate Warming Is Already Locked In, New Study in Nature Climate Change Finds, by Olivia Rosane Jan. 06, 2021 Researchers estimate that a likely total of 2.3 degrees Celsius of warming is now locked in. DuKai photographer / Getty Images Existing greenhouse gases will eventually push the climate into more than two degrees of warming, according to a study published …

Gov. Polis claims Colorado has already achieved a 40% GHG reduction ahead of milestones

And thus that analysis provided by third-party entities on Colorado’s lack of progress and need to phase out coal by 2025 or stop expanding fossil fuel production are irrelevant… Polis did say the roadmap calls on the Public Utilities Commission, for example, to make the target 80% reduction in electric power emissions by 2030 a “floor” rather than the ceiling, and Polis …

1.5°C above baseline is now the prescribed upper limit to global warming. Global temps for first 6 months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline.

Global temperature for the first six months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline, a number that has new significance ever since the IPCC Special Report/2018 about the risks of exceeding 1.5°C. NOVEMBER 20, 2020, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/20/expert-ipcc-reviewer-speaks-out/ Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out BY ROBERT HUNZIKER Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has …

Climate stories and pictures from 2020: Worldwide impacts, Bailed out and propped up in the US, & China’s new commitment

US Fossil Fuel pandemic bailouts climb past $15 billion. Indirect benefits push govt aid to the industry past $110 billion. Half went to 66 companies that enjoyed multiple lifelines. DOWNLOAD REPORT A DELUGE OF BENEFITS  The fossil fuel industry received between $10.4 billion and $15.2 billion in direct economic relief from federal efforts under President Donald Trump. During a year …

Fossil fuel extraction must drop by 6 percent per year

Colorado’s GHG Roadmap suggests Colorado should INCREASE methane/natural gas production by 30% this decade instead of reducing fossil fuel production.  In contrast, the Production gap report released by UNEP and four NGOs this week clarifies that fossil fuel extraction (existing extraction, not adding) must DROP BY 6% PER YEAR this next decade. (The Guardian, Axios, CNN, USA Today).  And this is the average needed worldwide.  Arguably we should …

Climate scientists say their predictions have been too low

Climate scientists now believe their predictions about the rate of the global temperature increase have been too conservative, and stronger and more decisive action is needed to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. In this context, putting the emphasis on net zero emissions by 2050 simply helps the conservative parties, which are not moving away from their fossil fuel mates because …

UNEP: ‘We are talking about transformational change now–incremental change simply will not make it’: Global emissions must fall by 7.6% a year for next decade

Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, Tue 26 Nov 2019 Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases in the next decade to avoid climate chaos, the UN has warned, as it emerged that emissions hit a new high last year. Carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, also accounting for deforestation, rose to more than 55 gigatonnes, and have risen …