Report shows that carbon emissions are surging, bolstering climate change

Carbon Emissions Increasing Climate Change - Drought

WMO research highlights the rapid growth of atmospheric carbon dioxide The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high in 2016, according to data from the World Meterological Organization (WMO). The organization notes that atmospheric carbon concentration was 50% higher in 2016 than it was only a decade previous. Researchers suggest that this is due to human activity as well as weather phenomenon. The research highlights the continuing issue of climate change and how it may be heavily linked to society’s actions. Emissions may make it impossible…

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Climate change could become a serious threat by end of century

Climate Change a serous threat

New study shows only a small chance to accomplish one of the goals of the Paris Agreement The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific and intergovernmental organization formed by the United Nations, has released its latest assessment on climate change. The new study from the organization highlights a major challenge that faces the Paris Agreement. According to the study, the world has only a 5% chance to avoid temperature increases of 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. This could have serious implications for the future,…

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Carbon dioxide and plants used to create renewable plastic

A more eco-friendly plastic has been developed by Stanford University Scientists. Using carbon dioxide (CO2) and plant material, scientist from Stanford University have produced a renewable plastic. More specifically, according to Australia Network News, the scientists mixed carbonate with CO2 and furoic acid to create polyethylene furandicarboxylate (PEF); an alternative to the plastic ingredient polyester that is more environmentally efficient. The production of this alternative plastic can lower greenhouse gas emissions. The study, which was published earlier this week in the journal Nature, states that the researchers’ new approach can…

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Climate change may cause dietary changes that could kill half a million people

Researchers estimate that by 2050, global warming’s negative effects on crop productivity may lead to over 500,000 deaths. According to a recent study from the University of Oxford, more than half a million people could die by the year 2050, due to climate change dramatically reducing crop productivity, which would result in fewer fruits and vegetables. This change in food availability and intake will affect dietary and weight-related risk factors, reported the study’s lead author Marco Springmann, who says that a decrease in fruit and vegetable intake and an increase…

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Climate change could make transatlantic flights longer

Researchers say that changes in the climate could lengthen flights from Europe to the U.S. According to a study recently published in the journal Environmental Research Letters – conducted by a team of University of Reading researchers, lead by atmospheric scientist Paul Williams – climate change could make flights from Europe to America longer and flights traveling in the opposite direction faster, due to its effects on jet streams. A doubling of atmospheric CO2 could speed up jet stream. Jet streams are exceptionally strong winds that are responsible for moving…

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CO2 emissions have “postponed” next ice age by tens of thousands of years

Human-generated greenhouse gases emissions may delay the Earth’s next ice age by a minimum of 100,000 years. Carbon (CO2) emissions created by humans have been blamed for having many unpleasant effects on the planet, from severe droughts, to extreme weather, to pollution, to rising sea levels. However, a team of German scientists say that these CO2 emissions are likely the reason why there are no signs of a new ice age and why there won’t be one in the near future. The Industrial Revolution saved the planet from the onset…

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Clean energy from hydropower may come at a cost to the environment

In the tropics, generating hydroelectric power may be causing more harm to the environment than good. According to a study from Texas A&M University, which was recently published in the journal Science, building dams to harness hydropower in tropical rainforests may have a significant negative impact on biodiversity, as well as the tropical rainforest ecosystems that provide people with water and clean air. Instead of helping to combat climate change, this renewable energy source could actually be weakening the rainforest, not helping it. Over 450 dams exist in the Congo,…

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Research finds 180 million tons of carbon emissions reduced annually by mobile tech

Route planning and building management improvement lowered energy and fuel use. According to new research from Carbon Trust, the use of mobile technology is helping to prevent 180 million tons of carbon emissions annually in Europe and the United States. The study found that what drove the savings were improvements in areas like route planning and building management, both of which decreased the use of fuel and energy. Furthermore, the research pointed out that smartphones are allowing people to control their electricity and heating systems with greater efficiency, and are…

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A plastic Christmas tree may be more eco-friendly than real trees in the UAE

Real Christmas trees may result in more carbon emissions. Although a real Christmas tree are often thought to be more environmentally friendly than the plastic alternative, due to their recyclability, UAE (United Arab Emirates) scientists say that in the UAE, real trees actually have a bigger carbon footprint than plastic trees. The reason is once the real trees are removed from nature, they are no longer collecting carbon. Furthermore, the shipping for real trees from Canada to the UAE takes twice as long as plastic ones imported from China, reported…

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Africa announces bold multi-billion dollar renewable energy plan

By the end of the decade Africa intends to develop a minimum of 10 gigawatts of renewable power on its continent. Last week at the United Nations climate summit in Paris, The African Union, an alliance comprised of 54 countries, announced its $20 billion plan for a huge renewable energy initiative that intends to see the development of at least 10 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy in Africa by 2020 and a total of 300 GW of energy from renewable sources by 2030. This is twice as much power than…

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Energy saving tips for the hottest days of summer

Enjoy a greener summer by using a portable battery charger and conserving other power. The hottest days of summer are here and while this can be fantastic weather for beaches and to lounge poolside, it can also be significantly demanding on energy, which can be harmful to the environment, cause greater expense to residents, and be a huge drain on the power grid. For this reason, employing energy saving tips can go a long way in helping people save on their energy bill and be friendlier to the environment at…

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China leads the way in planting biomass

Biomass is increasing throughout the world, offsetting carbon emissions A new study from the University of New South Wales’ Center of Excellence for Climate System Science shows that, globally, the amount of carbon stored in all living biomass above soil has increased by 4 billion tons since 2003. The study highlights China’s contribution to this, as the country is responsible for the largest increase in living biomass. The increase in biomass has had a significant impact on carbon emissions, which is helping improve the global environment. Increase in vegetation is…

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Climate change is a serious issue, says Obama

The U.S. President visited Florida on Earth Day to address changing climate issues. On Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day, U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Florida and delivered a speech at Everglades National Park to highlight the impact of climate change on the United States economy and, according to Time, the visit occurred only one day after the White House announced measures that would support national parks and prepare communities throughout America for storms resulting from climate change. Obama believes that issues caused by the changing environment need to be…

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Climate change will not be solved with geoengineering, study says

There is no quick fix for global warming. The solution to climate change, according to US National Academy of Sciences researchers, is not geoengineering, which is the intentional large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that impacts the climate of the Earth and used to help offset global warming effects. Instead, the researchers say that curbing carbon emissions is the best way to help to counteract the problem. Geoengineering is not a substitute for reducing CO2. According to the US National Academy of Sciences researchers, climate change cannot be fixed quickly.…

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Report sheds light on EU emissions reduction

New report highlights low-cost emissions reduction for Europe The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has released a report suggesting that the European Union can cut its carbon emissions significantly through “low-cost” measures. Reducing carbon emissions has become a priority for the European Union, but efforts to accomplish this goal have been slow going. Many European countries are concerned with the costs associated with reducing their emissions and have opted to avoid the issue to some degree for the sake of economic stability. EU emissions targets prove to be a…

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Renewable energy may see more support through emissions trading reforms

New Hampshire renewable energy - green carbon footprint

RGGI could help direct more attention to renewable energy The U.S. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first official cap-and-trade program to be launched in the country. The RGGI created an emissions trading market in the Northeastern region of the country and has helped significantly reduce carbon emissions in this region since 2003. Emissions trading has become a significant facet of sustainability that has managed to garner a great deal of support for the economic benefits it can bring to a country. The states involved in the RGGI have…

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