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California's first year of its cap-and-trade program is a success

2013 A Promising Start for California’s Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program

The value of carbon emissions allowances on California’s pioneering Cap-and-Trade Program totaled over $1 billion in its first full year of operations and brought in close to half-a-billion in revenues for the state treasury.

The EPA launches its Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

EPA Launches 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 5 released its 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan as it looks to build on four years of efforts to streamline operations, cut expenditures, and reduce waste and the carbon footprint of federal government operations. The inaugural Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan for the federal government was produced in October 2009 in the wake…

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Ocean Acidity Rising 10x Faster Than At Any Time in the Past 55 Million Years

Ocean acidification continues to rise at a rate “unprecedented in Earth’s history,” a direct result of past and current increases in carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, posing significant threats to the health and integrity of marine ecosystems and the diverse range of products and services they provide the world over, according to a report produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme,…

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Energy and climate scientists call for a coal moratorium, saying unabated coal is the road to climate catastrophe

Energy, Climate Scientists Call for a Moratorium on Coal-Fired Power Plants

An international group of 27 prominent energy and climate scientists are calling for a moratorium on construction of new coal-fired power plants, a policy they say has become a global imperative if “climate catastrophe” is to be avoided this century. Their call comes amid renewed efforts by coal and power utility lobbies “to portray ‘high efficiency low emissions coal combustion’…

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A new report from the WMO shows record greenhouse gas emissions in 2012, and rising. Can we get our act together in time to avoid the worst of climate change?

Record Greenhouse Gases – Is 2 Degrees Still Possible?

The latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin released last week by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed that global atmospheric greenhouse gases hit a new record high, rising 2.2 parts-per-million (ppm) from 2011 levels to an average 393.1 ppm in 2012. The rate of change accelerated in 2012 as well, up from the 2.02 annual ten-year average to 2.2 ppm. The volume…

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Is Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Even on the Agenda in Warsaw?

For all their potential promise, apparent earnestness and gravity – not to mention their possible effects and potential ramifications – it’s hard at times not to be cynical about high-level political negotiations. Such might be felt of the United Nations (UN) climate treaty negotiations which got under way this week in Warsaw, Poland. People have good reason to be skeptical…

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14 Steps to Reduce Black Carbon and Stabilize the Cryosphere

Climate change is causing unprecedented changes in the Earth’s regions of snow and ice, portents of profound, dramatic change for ecosystems and societies around the world, according to a joint report released by The World Bank and The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) November 4. The Earth’s cryosphere is warming more rapidly than anticipated – “at a pace unprecedentd in…

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