US Cement Companies Still Lag Far Behind The Paris Climate Goal, Endangering Public Health & Safety

April 23rd, 2018 on Clean Technica by Nicolas Zart   Cement factories pollute in Long Beach, California, endangering children’s lives daily. A silent, under-reported, highly polluting industry is that of cement factories all over the world. Wherever they are, pollution spikes happen, belching out noxious particulates ill-affecting the health of those who live near their path. Cement Factories Pollute With Little Public …

Mitigation of CH4 emissions would significantly increase the feasibility of stabilising global warming below 1.5 °C, alongside having co-benefits for human and ecosystem health

Environmental Research Letters  Increased importance of methane reduction for a 1.5 degree target By William J Collins1,6, Christopher P Webber1, Peter M Cox2, Chris Huntingford3, Jason Lowe4,5, Stephen Sitch2, Sarah E Chadburn2,5, Edward Comyn-Platt3, Anna B Harper2, Garry Hayman3Show full author list Published 20 April 2018 • © 2018 Environmental Research Letters, Volume 13, Number 5  Article PDF Figures   References   PDF Article information Abstract To understand the importance of methane on the levels of carbon emission reductions required to achieve …

Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change

By Alex Harris, aharris@miamiherald.com, April 16, 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the …

25% of current warming is from man-made methane emissions, largely oil and gas

In February, EDF estimated methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s shale oil and gas sites may be more than five times higher than what oil and gas companies reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The EDF analysis estimates Pennsylvania’s oil and gas operators emit more than 520,000 tons of methane a year, primarily from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. In Pennsylvania, EDF relied …

Excerpt from Transport section of 2017 “We are still in” report

Excerpt from Transport section of 2017 “We are still in” report With the largest (China), fourth largest (Germany) and sixth largest (India) vehicle manufacturing nations(164) announcing they are going to phase out the internal combustion engine, and with other countries like Britain and France joining in,165 the auto industry can see their future is in EVs manufactured at scale. Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles …

Explainer: Taking Greenhouse Gases from the Sky: 7 Things to Know About Carbon Removal 

By Kelly Levin, James Mulligan and Gretchen Ellison – March 19, 2018, wri.org Restoring degraded landscapes like this one in Costa Rica is a natural way of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Photo by Luciana Gallardo Lomeli/WRI With greenhouse gas emissions climbing and climate impacts becoming increasingly severe, the urgency to address climate change has never been greater. Many of the solutions to date have …

California Bans Climate-Warming HFCs in New Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases

California now prohibits the use of HFCs, a potent greenhouse gas, in new refrigeration and cooling systems, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases. The California Air Resources Board has banned the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in new cooling equipment. The climate-warming chemicals are between 1,000 and 3,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The decision …

A 1.5C world requires approximately two to three times larger reductions in CO2 from buildings and transport than in a 2C world

5 March 2018  Carbon Brief  In the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, nearly every country on Earth pledged to keeping global temperatures “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5C”. However, at the time, scientists had only modelled energy system and carbon mitigation pathways to achieve the 2C target. Few studies …

How Scotland plans to meet its climate change targets

By JOCELYN TIMPERLEY on Carbon Brief, 2 Mar 2018 The Scottish government released its new climate plan this week, setting out how it plans to meet its emissions targets over the next 15 years. The plan includes measures to significantly cut emissions from transport, buildings and industry to help the government meet its target of a 66% cut on greenhouse gas emissions …