Faster, deeper, fairer emissions cuts

The CCC was not asked to identify how the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions could be cut as fast and as deep as possible. If they were, they may not have relied so much on the extraction and use of natural gas in electricity and hydrogen production, they would have been tougher on aviation, and they would have required a faster …

Maritime freight transport decarbonization – May 2019

This week is the 74th meeting of the marine environmental protection committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and it represents one of the best hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a large and growing sector. Based in London, the IMO is the UN agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the environmental impact of …

In age of climate change, can our lawns be more than landscaping? Forget aesthetics: Lawns can raise food, restore habitats, and even store carbon

Analysts at Garden Research found U.S. gardeners spent a record $47.8 billion in lawn and garden retail purchases last year, roughly $503 per household (a figure that includes outdoor furniture purchases).  Environmental Protection Agency stats suggest that every year, Americans use 800 million gallons of gasoline caring for our lawns, and spill a further 17 million in the process (a spill, in terms of …

Can NY Make Buildings Super Efficient, Super Fast?

“What’s smart about this bill is it doesn’t ask for a small increase. It asks for a big increase,” says Greg Kats, president of Capital-E, a clean-energy consultancy and capital firm. “It’s the kind of thing where if you’re going to do something, you should do quite a lot of it, because the transaction costs [for landlords] to set it …

Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change

New research shows that resources that would be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support these instead. April 8, 2019, Science Daily Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate …

Vancouver aims for 6 big moves by 2030 to decarbonize, a five-fold increase on the current pace

Vancouver Sun, April 2019 Vancouver city staff are recommending city council respond to the world’s “climate emergency” by dramatically stepping up its green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050. The city’s general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt six “big moves” by 2030 that would include: Aim to have 90 per cent …

CCS deep dive: a very thin slurry of green paint over a fossil fuel tailings pond

Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 4: Carbon Engineering’s Only Market Is Pumping More Oil, By Michael Barnard in Clean Technica, April 19th, 2019 Carbon Engineering recently garnered $68 million in investment in its air-carbon capture technology from three fossil fuel majors. This is part 4 of the 5 article series assessing the technology and the value of the investment. The first piece summarized the technology …

Global Deal for Nature

“It has become clear that beyond 1.5°C, the biology of the planet becomes gravely threatened because ecosystems literally begin to unravel,” authors write in a just released article in the journal Science Advances.  Co-authors are leading conservation scientists from research institutions, non-governmental organizations, major technological companies and conservation groups.  Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that the world needed to …

New York City Seeks To Reduce Carbon Emissions From Buildings By 40%

April 19th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Climate advocates know that meeting the goals of the Paris climate accords means more than generating more renewable energy. It also requires reducing emissions from existing sources. At present, 67% of all greenhouse gas emissions  in New York City come from buildings, not from transportation as you might expect. On April 18, the city …

Can plants be modified to grow deeper roots and transfer more carbon to the soil?

“Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors,” but fossil fuel use rose nearly 2% last year. Each year, we produce 18 more gigatons of CO2 than the Earth can currently handle. Salk believes their solution can achieve as much as a 46% annual reduction in excess CO2 emissions produced by humans.  Dr Joanne Chory hopes that genetic modifications to enhance plants’ natural …