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Climate reality vs. fossil fuel myths

Infographic: Climate Science vs. Fossil Fuel Misinformation

In 1988, James Hansen, a leading climate scientist and former director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, testified before Congress on the scientific data showing human interference with the climate system. Since that time, according the Climate Accountability Institute, as reported by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), over half of all industrial emissions of carbon dioxide released since the start of…

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Shed a tear for the end of the fossil fuel age.

The Fossil Fuel Industry has Reason to be Nervous

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi Concerns about climate change, the demise of coal and the rise of renewable energy are making the fossil fuel industry nervous. While the fossil fuel industry initially dismissed the divestment movement, it’s size and scope give them reason to be fearful….

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Limiting global average temperatures to within 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is now considered "unlikely"

Climate Change Risk Looms as 2 Degree Limit Now Unlikely

With global greenhouse hitting a record high in 2011 and 2012 on track to break that record, the prospects of limiting average atmospheric global warming to within a 2 degree Celsius rise from pre-industrial is now considered unlikely according to the Emissions Gap Report from the U.N. Environment Programme. The report warns that even if nations adhere to their strickest current reduction goals,…

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Global Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit New Record

On Tuesday the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its Greenhouse Gas Bulletin that the volume of atmospheric greenhouse gases hit a new record in 2011. Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, reached a level of 390.9 parts per million (ppm) in 2011, or 140 percent of pre-industrial levels. The WMO estimates that since 1750 about 413 billion…

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Clear-cutting Indonesian rainforest for a palm oil plantation

The Biofuels Pipedream

First generation biofuels have been widely criticized, but even second, third and fourth generation biofuels have uncertain technical, economic and environmental viability. A full assessment of the environmental costs of biofuels reveals that the vast majority do not make sense. For biofuels to be a truly feasible alternative to oil, life cycle analysis must take into account not only CO2,…

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New research warns of longterm effects of climate change even after emissions stop

CO2 Inertia Will Trigger Climate Change for Next Millennium, Study Says

According to a research study just published in the journal Nature Geoscience, climate change will persist, and in some parts of the world intensify, from the increased levels of atmospheric CO2 long after humans stop burning fossil fuels – for a millennium or more, the report says. Longterm climate change In even a best case, real-world scenario where anthropogenic carbon emissions…

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U.S. Carbon Emissions to Rise by 3.2 Percent this Year

In its latest short-term energy outlook released today, the Energy Information Administration said that carbon emissions will climb 3.2 percent this year in the U.S. The EIA estimates that emissions from burning fossil fuels will rise another 1.6 percent in 2011. The rise in emissions this year is attributed to projected economic growth and and more electricity generated from coal…

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