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Ebola and Climate Change: Are Humans Responsible for the Severity of the Current Outbreak?

August 14th, 2014

‘…One issue at play is food scarcity. The Ebola virus is known to spread into human populations through contact with an infected animal. The virus can live for years in animal populations such as bats and monkeys without harming the animals, becoming dangerous to humans only when humans prepare and eat infected bush meat.’

via Ebola and Climate Change: Are Humans Responsible for the Severity of the Current Outbreak?.

Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured – Yahoo News

August 10th, 2014

‘WASHINGTON (AP) — The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes.’

via Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured – Yahoo News.

Briefing Paper: China aims at 10 GW instead of 14 GW in 2014

August 3rd, 2014

 

‘Back to Square One. China aims at 10 GW instead of 14 GW in 2014. Mid June, upon reviewing the past half year progress, Mr Wu Xinxiong, head of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), during a working session announced that the “now final” solar PV target shall be 10 GW in 2014.’

 

via 2014_08_03_China_Briefing_Paper_Solar_Market_Development_Frank_Haugwitz_AECEA.pdf.

WASHINGTON: New White House climate report: Waiting on action boosts costs dramatically | Washington Watch | McClatchy DC

August 2nd, 2014

‘WASHINGTON — The cost of waiting to act on climate change would be enormous and would grow rapidly with each passing year, the White House says in a new report coming out Tuesday.’

via WASHINGTON: New White House climate report: Waiting on action boosts costs dramatically | Washington Watch | McClatchy DC.

In their own words: indigenous people from Canada, Finland, the US, Guatemala and Peru tell their climate stories

August 1st, 2014

‘From Alaska to Peru, indigenous people across the world are already having to face up to the damage that climate change is imposing on their land.’

via Indigenous people: ‘Climate change is killing our Mother Earth’.

Will coal exports abroad offset hard-won carbon reductions at home? |

July 29th, 2014

‘When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he set a goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020. The graph below shows that we appear to be making progress towards meeting this target.’

via Will coal exports abroad offset hard-won carbon reductions at home? |.

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad – Yahoo News

July 28th, 2014

‘NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.’

via Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad – Yahoo News.

DOE, commercial partners start world’s largest carbon capture project | Ars Technica

July 20th, 2014

‘Earlier this week, the US Department of Energy announced that work has started on what when finished will be the world’s largest carbon capture facility. Located in Thompsons, Texas, the project will capture a portion of the emissions from the coal-fired W.A. Parish Generating Station. The CO2 will then be compressed and piped to the West Ranch oil field, where it will be injected under ground. This will help liberate oil that’s otherwise difficult to extract, but has the added benefit that the carbon dioxide typically stays underground, sequestered.’

via DOE, commercial partners start world’s largest carbon capture project | Ars Technica.

Earth After A Nuclear War – Business Insider

July 20th, 2014

‘In a new study, a team of four U.S. atmospheric and environmental scientists modeled what would happen after a “limited, regional nuclear war.”‘

via Earth After A Nuclear War – Business Insider.

Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming – NYTimes.com

July 18th, 2014

‘An international panel of scientists has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.’

via Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming – NYTimes.com.