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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UK to track emissions of 1,800 British firms

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Deputy Prime Minister announces new plan for emissions tracking The Rio+20 summit has just finished up and much of the world’s attention is being drawn to the conference as world leaders reveal their plans for the future of the environment. This week, UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that the country would be taking a bold step in keeping companies accountable for their carbon emissions. Clegg notes that the new initiative coming from the UK will track the emissions from the 1,800 firms listed in the London Stock Exchange’s…

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Cap-and-trade initiative reports significant progress over three years of activity

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RGGI releases report documenting successes The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) of the U.S., a nine-state cap-and-trade market that was established in the Northeastern region of the country in 2008, has released a report of its previous three years of activity. The RGGI was formed to reduce CO2 emissions in the region by imposing limits on the levels of the greenhouse gas that can be produced by companies. Businesses in the region are able to trade or purchase additional carbon credits in order to avoid regulatory action from the nine…

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Carbon sensing method could support an international treaty curbing emissions

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  New method could ensure compliance with carbon emissions standards As the world becomes more interested in alternative energy and conscious of the potential effects of climate change, the possibility of an international treaty concerning the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions is becoming more realistic. Scientist from Harvard University and the University of Utah have developed a method that could be used to verify compliance with such a treaty. The method measures the amount of carbon dioxide gas being released into the atmosphere. Sensors able to track changes in CO2…

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