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IRENA: RE, Energy Efficiency Would Limit Climate Warming Below 2C Tipping Point

Increasing renewable energy to 36% of global energy production would take global society halfway towards the goal of limiting climate warming to the 2 degrees C tipping point, while energy efficiency improvements would take us the rest of the way there, according to IRENA.

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Researchers Flock to the Arctic as CO2 Surpasses 400PPM

New Arctic Ocean data adds to evidence linking rising CO2 levels to climate warming, which is occurring faster than it has since long before the Age of the Dinosaurs. A team of 40 researchers is gathering Arctic Ocean data before the region as we know it ceases to exist as the global average concentration of atmospheric CO2 surpassed 400 ppm.

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Indonesian Inferno Releasing More CO2 than the U.S. Economy

In just three weeks, a raging inferno in Indonesia has released more CO2 than Germany does in a year, and more than that of the entire U.S. economy. Clearing forest and altering landscapes and waterways underlain by carbon-rich peat deposits for palm oil agriculture is to blame.

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Microbes Could Quickly Unlock Huge Carbon Stores in Arctic Permafrost

A first-of-a-kind study indicates microbial action on thawing Arctic permafrost can result in rapid increases in atmospheric CO2. Extending across northern Eurasia and Alaska, the equivalent of more than twice as much CO2 is stored in Arctic permafrost as is present in the atmosphere, highlighting the risk and threats posed by a warming climate.

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GDP, Incomes Likely to Fall as Climate Warming Continues

With global mean temperature setting new record-highs, new research from Stanford and UCal Berkeley concludes economic output will peak and then decline rapidly this century. More than 70 percent of the world’s nations are likely to experience declines in economic output this century, with countries in already warm climate zones affected the most.

Putting a price on carbon: Carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade

EarthTalk: Carbon Tax vs. Cap-and-Trade

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the difference between a carbon tax and “cap-and-trade” system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions? – Marina Brown, New York, NY Most of us can agree that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a must given the rapid warming of the…

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Forest offers many benefits, including a carbon sink

Center for Carbon Removal: Beyond Mitigation in a 2C World

This post first published in TriplePundit Later this year ministers, scientists, diplomats and heads of state from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris for COP 21 with the ambitious goal of adopting a binding international treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. The enormity of that task can be distilled to one number: two. Climate scientists warn that a 2 degrees Celsius rise of…

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