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Elon Musk May Use Graphene Tesla – Business Insider

August 31st, 2014

‘According to China’s Xinhua news agency via Gas2 and Clean Technica, Tesla could soon achieve this 500-mile battery thanks to a development in graphene-based anodes, which can reportedly quadruple the density and output of lithium-ion batteries.’

via Elon Musk May Use Graphene Tesla – Business Insider.

Leaked U.N. Report: Climate Change Impacts Already ‘Inevitable,’ May Soon Be ‘Irreversible’

August 26th, 2014

‘The effects of climate change will be “severe, pervasive and irreversible” within the next few decades if countries burn more than just one-quarter of the fossil fuel reserves already found, according to a major new U.N. draft report’

via Leaked U.N. Report: Climate Change Impacts Already ‘Inevitable,’ May Soon Be ‘Irreversible’.

We’ve Been Counting Carbon Dioxide Emissions All Wrong

August 26th, 2014

‘All the world’s power plants will put out 300 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide during their lifetimes—a massive amount of carbon dioxide that isn’t taken into account by current schemes to regulate these emissions, according to a study…’

‘…That’s the equivalent of 10 years of human’s total emissions, including power plants and automobiles and everything else.’

via We’ve Been Counting Carbon Dioxide Emissions All Wrong.

Australia’s Retreat on Emissions – NYTimes.com

August 21st, 2014

‘Australia’s decision last month to repeal a carbon tax on its biggest greenhouse gas polluters disheartened scientists and advocates of strong action to control greenhouse gas emissions — not least island nations in the South Pacific worried about rising sea levels.’

via Australia’s Retreat on Emissions – NYTimes.com.

Has Earth’s Missing Heat Been Found? – Yahoo News

August 21st, 2014

‘…a study published today (Aug. 21) in the journal Science suggests a natural climate cycle in the North Atlantic Ocean gobbled Earth’s extra heat. While the study is unlikely to settle the scientific debate, it does support the idea that Earth’s global warming continues in the ocean, even when air temperatures stay flat.’

via Has Earth’s Missing Heat Been Found? – Yahoo News.

Siluria turns natural gas into gasoline for $1 per gallon – SFGate

August 21st, 2014

‘The clear liquid flowing from a collection of pipes and wires in a Hayward industrial park smells just like gasoline, and for all practical purposes, it is.’

via Siluria turns natural gas into gasoline for $1 per gallon – SFGate.

Brazil Pollution: CO2 Emissions From Energy Have Doubled As Drought Puts Strain On Hydroelectric Supplies

August 21st, 2014

‘Brazil’s power sector has doubled its global warming emissions in the past two years, a new analysis found. The uptick threatens to offset some of the country’s gains in slowing deforestation – an effort that climate groups say has led to dramatic cuts in carbon dioxide pollution. That could diminish the government’s negotiating power ahead of global climate talks in Paris next year, analysts say.’

via Brazil Pollution: CO2 Emissions From Energy Have Doubled As Drought Puts Strain On Hydroelectric Supplies.

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.