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China Issues EV, New Energy Vehicle Mandate

Instituting another measure to reduce carbon emissions and toxic air quality, China’s national government is requiring that at least 30%, of new cars purchased by local government bodies, public institutions and publicly funded organizations’ between 2014-2016 be EVs or “new energy” vehicles.

Despite all the back and forth, there are many reasons why the Keystone XL pipeline will never be built.

Seven Reasons Why the Keystone XL may Never be Completed

Keystone XL - a pipe dream? After a seemingly endless succession of decisions for and against the pipeline, some compelling reasons have emerged to suggest that the Keystone XL (KXL) may not be completed after all. If completed, the KXL would ferry 825,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.  The combination of protest, legal wrangling, an expired permit,…

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Renewable sources of electrical generating capacity on the rise, but so is consumption of fossil fuels and levels of CO2

Renewable Energy Provides 88 Percent of All New Generation for May, But Fossil Fuel Use, CO2 on the Rise

Strong growth of renewables continues apace Several key findings from the recently released Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure Update report and the Energy information’s Electric Power Monthly offer some insight in the changing landscape of energy development and production in the United States. First the good news: The Energy Infrastructure Update from FERC show that wind, solar, biomass and hydropower provided…

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A climate change cost benefit analysis clearly show the unacceptable cost of inaction and the overwhelming benefit of action on climate change

Acting to Combat Climate Change: A Cost Benefit Analysis

We are getting a much clearer picture of the costs associated with climate change and the benefits of action to combat it.  While adding up the costs of a warmer world is no easy feat, economists are increasingly quantifying the risks associated with climate change. The price tag associated with global warming includes the costs associated with extreme weather, declining global food stocks, degraded ecosystems, the loss of biodiversity,…

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May 2014 - the warmest May on recored - so far

Warmest May on Record

Oceans fuel record warmth for May 2014 In its most recent State of the Climate Report released on Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that May 2014 was the hottest May on record. The combined average global ocean/land surface  temperature for the month was 59.93º Fahrenheit (15.51 Celsius) 1.33º Fahrenheit (0.74 C) above the 20th century average of 58.6º F (14.8…

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$11.9 Trillion: Price Tag on Climate Change Coral Reef Impacts

Small island developing states (SIDS) are being affected disproportionately by sea level rise and the effects of climate change. They’re calling for change, releasing two research studies and urging drastic changes to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

More renewable energy development will be one result from the new US rules for power plant emissions

 Implications of the New US Rules Curbing Power Plant Emissions

The new rules curbing power plant emissions in the U.S. will have far reaching impacts both within the U.S. and around the world.  Curbing emissions from power plants is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan which he announced in 2013. Last September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed standards to curb U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) from new power plants. On June 2nd of this…

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