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    Absolutely heartbreaking ruling in Breonna Taylor shooting sparks new wave of national protests for justice, racial equality Americas most successful employee-owned companies California Is Banning Gasoline Cars. Now the EV Race Begins (Bloomberg) -- California just started the clock on a future that just a few years ago would’ve been unthinkable: dealerships full of nothing but zero-emissions cars. On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered regulators to phase out the internal combustion engine and ban the sale of all new gasoline-fueled cars after 2035. With that, California became the first state in America to impose such a prohibition and delivered the biggest jolt yet to automakers already under pressure to give up fossil fuels and deliver a new generation of...
    New York (CNN Business)California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an executive order Wednesday requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The effort is aimed at curbing carbon emissions in the country's most populous state and addressing the climate change crisis. The transportation sector is responsible for more than half of the state's carbon pollution, according to Newsom's office. The announcement comes after Californians have for weeks been battered by an unprecedented wildfire season. The vast majority of scientists agree that climate change-driven disasters will inevitably increase. "This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change," Newsom said in a release. "Californians shouldn't have to worry if...
    Carl Pope September 23, 2020 9:05PM (UTC) Setting aside the signing of the Paris agreement — a historic global accord from which the United States has now backed away — that there have ever been as big a week for climate progress as this one. First, the government of China presented itself as the global successor to the U.S. role abandoned by President Trump. In an address before the UN General Assembly, President Xi Jinping announced that China would accelerate its peak emissions date — that is, the point after which the nation's carbon emissions will begin to decrease — and would commit to net-zero climate impact by 2060. By placing China solidly ahead of the U.S. in both of those categories — our government...
    A common refrain from Republicans and others who have dragged their feet on pushing the United States toward carbon neutral status is that such action wouldn’t change anything since China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, wouldn’t do the same. On Tuesday, that argument went out the window. Speaking at the virtually-held United Nations General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a surprise announcement that China would commit itself to achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2060. China, which currently accounts for 28 percent of the world’s total carbon emissions and contributed 11.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide pollution to the atmosphere last year, plans to reach its emissions peak before 2030. At the start of the next decade, the country...
    (CNN)Cows produce beef, milk -- and a lot of methane. A byproduct of digestion, methane is produced from both ends of the animals, although over 90% enters the atmosphere via their burps.And that's a problem, because methane is a potent greenhouse gas, which traps 28 times more heat than carbon dioxide over 100 years. As the world's appetite for beef has grown over the last two decades, annual methane emissions have risen 9% a year. According to the FAO, cattle are responsible for nearly 10% of greenhouse gases generated worldwide by human activity. Now, a new company -- FutureFeed -- says it has a solution. The Queensland-based startup was established last month by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization...
    RHP Pivetta makes Red Sox debut against Orioles This Is How Youre Destroying Your Eyes Without Knowing It Amazon Tries to Make the Climate Its Prime Directive (Bloomberg) -- The vast Illinois factory floor that will produce electric delivery vans for Amazon.com Inc. is starting to fill up. Battery and chassis assembly here. Tire storage there. A titanic, three-story metal press. Load Error Sometime next year, the plant’s workers will complete the first van. A decade later, if all goes according to plan, van No. 100,000 will roll off the line, completing the biggest electric vehicle purchase in history. By the time Amazon has all these zero-emission vehicles on the road, around 2030, it will eliminate an estimated 4...
    An aurora has been spotted surrounding a comet orbiting Jupiter - the first time the glowing emissions have been seen around a cosmic snowball.  Astronomers from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) identified the shimmering phenomenon using instruments on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft.  Rosetta was the first space mission to place a lander on the surface of a comet, the first to orbit a comet nucleus and the first to follow it into the inner solar system.  On the Earth, auroras are formed when charged particles from the Sun follow the planet's magnetic field lines to the north and south poles where they strike atoms in the atmosphere and create a shimmering curtain of colourful lights in the...
    (CNN)If you thought Covid-19 restrictions, like enforced lockdowns and social distancing, would put a lasting dent in our collective carbon footprint and save the world from warming, you were mistaken.Earlier this year, in the midst of a horrific news cycle and a rapidly mounting death toll, that notion was a welcome silver lining to the pandemic. As people around the world stayed at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus, greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and transport industries plummeted, dropping to record lows.But it may have given some a false sense that the worst effects of climate change were being mitigated. They're not.Read MoreJust in the last week, we learned that massive glaciers are tearing loose from the...
    Some conclusions of the report Among the conclusions of the report is also detailed how it is expected that the world experiences its five warmest years on record, in a trend that is likely to continue, and is not on track to meet agreed targets to keep global temperature rise well below 2 ° C or 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels. For example, as of early June 2020, global daily CO2 emissions from fossil fuels were 5% below 2019 levels; Still, last year’s emissions reached a new record of 36.7 Gigatons, 62% higher than at the beginning of the climate change negotiations in 1990. During the peak close in early April 2020,...
    Ohio judge lifts arbitrary restrictions on ballot drop boxes New Detroit Restaurant Aims to Be Entirely Nonprofit Daimler to pay $1.5 billion in emissions cheating settlement with the US Mercedes-Benz's parent company, Daimler AG, has agreed to pay $1.5 billion in penalties and settlements to US and California state regulators in order to resolve allegations that its vehicles were rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests. © Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP/Getty Images Jeff Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks as Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, right, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, left, look on during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, September 14, 2020. - Automakers Daimler...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest health system, says it has achieved carbon-neutral status, the equivalent of taking 175,000 cars off the road. (credit: CBS) Kaiser serves 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, and has 4.7 million in Southern California alone. The health system says its it has eliminated its 800,000-ton annual carbon footprint, the equivalent of taking 175,000 cars off the road. The U.S. health industry is responsible for roughly 10% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to Kaiser. The health system says climate change is driving poor health and causing extreme weather events that increase the rates of asthma and respiratory diseases, as well as the spread of infectious...
    “This is far more challenging than the traditional approach of matching energy usage with renewable energy,” Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. As of today, Google is the 1st major company to eliminate our entire carbon legacy, including before we became carbon neutral in 2007. We’re also proud that by 2030, we aim to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy in our data centers & campuses worldwide. https://t.co/j9HlkWrB2X — Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) September 14, 2020 If Google can pull it off, every email you send through Gmail, every route you take using Google Maps and every YouTube video you watch will be powered by clean energy. To get there, Google will pair...
    Google just made one of Big Tech’s most ambitious environmental commitments: it will work to run its operations purely on renewable energy by 2030. It also announced that as of today, it has purchased enough carbon offsets to essentially cancel out all the planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions the company has released since it was founded in 1998. Google has been carbon neutral each year since 2007, which means that it offsets the emissions it generates from burning fossil fuels by investing in renewable energy projects or other initiatives that draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into storage. But relying on offsets doesn’t actually wean the company off fossil fuels. Google released 4.9 million metric tons of greenhouse...
    (CNN)Entire towns have been burned to the ground.Thousands have been forced to flee their homes.And apocalyptic scenes played out in San Francisco, as the city was blanketed in smoke so thick it blocked out the sun. With their homes in ashes, residents share harrowing tales of survival after massive wildfires kill 15The scale of the fires burning in the Western US right now are unprecedented.More than 3 million acres have burned in California alone, with three of the five largest fires in state history still burning all at once, along with huge swaths of Oregon and Washington. Still, much of the West is only now entering what is typically the most active part of the region's fire season.Read MoreIn...
    Global temperatures by the end of the century will reach levels not seen in 50 million years if greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly reduced, a study has warned. German and US experts analysed tiny fossils in cores drilled from the seabed to reconstruct the Earth's climatic history back to the time of the dinosaurs. During this 66-million-year period, the planet has seen four distinct climate states — which scientists have dubbed 'hothouse', 'warmhouse', 'coolhouse' and 'icehouse'. Each state is characterised by particular greenhouse gas concentrations and the extent of the ice to be found stored at the Earth's poles For most of the past three million years, the Earth has been in an 'icehouse' state — one characterised by...
    After declining sharply this spring, global emissions of greenhouse gases are now nearly back to pre-pandemic levels, according to new research from an international group of scientists. "Climate change has not stopped for COVID-19," the World Meteorological Organization noted in the report, released Wednesday. What had come to a screeching halt this spring was the movement of people, as many countries imposed strict restrictions on travel, socializing and commuting to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, emissions in April during the peak period of lockdown were down 17% from a year ago, the report noted. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The drop, while unprecedented in scale, was not nearly enough to dent the trajectory...
    Traffic, featuring SUVs.Dean Musgrove/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. They are the hulking cars that have conquered the world. Spreading from the heartlands of the US to a new generation of eager buyers in China to dominate even the twisting, narrow streets of Europe, the sports utility vehicle, or SUV, has bludgeoned its way to automobile supremacy with a heady mix of convenience and marketing muscle. The rise of the SUV as the world’s pre-eminent car has been so rapid that the consequences of this new status—the altered patterns of urban...
    Aviation's impact on global warming has doubled in the past two decades, according to a new study.  Using computer models, researchers found flying is responsible for about 3.5 percent of humanity's contribution to climate change, and two-thirds of that is from contrails and other non-CO2 emissions.  The team calculates that between 1940 and 2018, the worldwide aviation industry generated 26 billion tons of carbon dioxide - half of which was generated in the last 20 years.  Although plans have been grounded during the coronavirus pandemic, experts warn that the near-total shutdown will have minimal impact in the long run. Scroll down for video  A new report says air travel is responsible for 3.5 percent of humanity's impact on global...
    The world's oceans are better at soaking up carbon dioxide than most scientific models have previously found, according to a new study.  Although emissions of carbon dioxide are easily quantifiable, how much goes into the atmosphere and how much is absorbed by bodies of water is hard to calculate.  Due to a previous oversight, the oceans may actually soak up an extra 0.9 petagrams of CO2, the same as 900 million metric tonnes.  One petrol car averaging 9,000 miles a year, 40 miles to the gallon and 0.4kg of CO2 a mile will produce 408 kg of CO2 a year.  Therefore, 900 million metric tonnes of CO2 equates to the same amount of CO2 emissions as approximately 2.2 billion cars.  ...
    Wildfires in the Arctic Circle this summer once again broke records, surpassing last year's carbon dioxide emissions. Officials said the smoke plumes were so large, they covered the equivalent of more than one-third of Canada.  Scientists at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) used data from the Global Fire Assimilation System (GFAS) to monitor the fires, estimating that CO2 emissions in the region were 244 megatons, from January 1 to August 31 of this year, compared with 181 megatons for the entirety of 2019.  The jump is massive, especially considering that last year's emissions also dwarfed the data from previous years. The fires this year peaked in July and early August, according to the data.   This year's #Arctic #wildfires...
    Zoya Teirstein - Shannon Osaka - Emily Pontecorvo September 1, 2020 10:38AM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. Another day, another 100-plus-page Democratic plan to address our overheating planet and the growing climate crisis. On Tuesday, the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis — a group of 10 Democratic U.S. senators led by Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii — released a 260-page report calling on the government to spend more than $400 billion a year toward building "the clean energy future we all deserve." It's not the first climate plan...
    But states, including California, and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups warned that the changes are illegal — not to mention a setback in the fight against climate change — and expect to quickly sue to block it. "It's not only negligent, it's unlawful," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "We won't sit silently while the EPA allows this super pollutant to rapidly warm our atmosphere." The White House took the event to Pittsburgh, the headquarters for many companies exploring the Marcellus Shale, the booming reservoir that vaulted Pennsylvania to the nation's No. 2 natural gas state, behind Texas. "EPA has been working hard to fulfill President Trump's promise to cut burdensome and ineffective regulations for our...
    Jose Manuel Gonzalez Torres The driving experience and innovation are the fundamental pillars that have formed the backbone of Mazda’s history. One hundred years later, and in full celebration of its centenary, the firm looks back to review its most well-known milestones. Nor do they overlook what has made them different, more daring and unique. The destruction and subsequent rehabilitation of Hiroshima, after the impact of the atomic bomb of 45, they call the Mukainada spirit. All of us would value it as tenacity and sacrifice, a struggle that allowed them to get ahead thanks to the involvement of the entire population. He Mazda Go was essential during rebuild work from the city but the firm’s first real...
    Here’s how savers — both Republicans and Democrats — should vote to avoid a huge hit to their nest eggs Instead of the Axe, 2021 Kia Stinger Survives With a Refresh How To Sell Your Home For The Best Price Possible Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Beat The Heat With This $89 Mini AC Unit Ad Microsoft ...
    San José, Aug 4 (EFE) .- Costa Rica recorded a 26% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions during the months of March to June 2020, impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency, an official source reported on Tuesday. A report by the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reveals that in the months of March, April, May and June, compared to the same period of the previous year, the country had a decrease of 647,254 tons of emissions. The study also indicates that between June 2019 and June 2020, Costa Rica has reduced the accumulated emissions of carbon dioxide for a drop of 16.2% in that period. “Different comparisons were made in order to measure the changes in fuel consumption and, therefore, their respective...
    Photograph: Noah Berger/AP It was a balmy June day in 2017 when Donald Trump took to the lectern in the White House Rose Garden to announce the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the only comprehensive global pact to tackle the spiraling crisis. Todd Stern, who was the US’s chief negotiator when the deal was sealed in Paris in 2015, forced himself to watch the speech. “I found it sickening, it was mendacious from start to finish,” said Stern. “I was furious … because here we have this really important thing and here’s this joker who doesn’t understand anything he’s talking about. It was a fraud.” 195 countries The terms of the accord mean no country can leave...
    The world will be watching the US presidential election on Tuesday 3 November, but just 24 hours later is another hugely consequential news event when the US will formally leave the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration set the withdrawal in motion with a letter to the UN, and, in a coincidence of timing, the US will exit the day after the election, joining Iran and Turkey as the only major countries not to participate in the agreement. series embed What is the Paris climate agreement? After decades of negotiations, all 197 nations in the world agreed to voluntarily cut the heat-trapping pollution that is causing the climate crisis. Only a handful have not ratified the deal. It is seen...
    A methane leak has been identified coming out of the Antarctic seabed, causing alarm among climate scientists and conservationists.  Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas which traps almost 30 times more heat as the same amount of carbon dioxide. The stream of methane coming from 30ft below the surface and into the ocean is 'incredibly concerning', scientists say, as it will speed up ocean warming.   Scroll down for video   A methane leak has been identified coming out of the Antarctic seabed, causing alarm among climate scientists and conservationists. Methane-eating microbes which took five years to adapt to consume the gas can be seen at the 10ft-long site as white mats (pictured) Antarctica's seabeds are known to be a source...
    Patxi FernándezSEGUIRMadrid Updated: 07/16/2020 16: 23h Save Related news The Ghibli has been the model chosen by Maserati to start in the world of electrification, a process that in the next five years will lead the trident brand to have a complete offer of low or zero emission vehicles. The brand’s first fully electric models will be the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, scheduled for 2021. But before that, the first step has been this model, which uses light hybridization combining a two-cylinder four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt alternator and an additional electric supercharger (e-Booster). This combination allows an additional contribution of power and a reduction in consumption and emissions, but without giving up the characteristic features of a Maserati....
    Dharna Noor3 minutes ago•Filed to:greenhouse gasesgreenhouse gasesUnited NationsParis AgreementtechnologySaveAl GorePhoto: Matthias Nareyek (Getty Images) For the first time ever, the world will have technology to track greenhouse gas emissions in near real-time. That’s the promise of Climate TRACE, a coalition of nine organizations led by former Vice President Al Gore. The group says it will use a combination of satellite data, artificial intelligence, and other technology to remotely track global greenhouse gas emissions. They have developed an early prototype of the tracking system and plan to have a full version ready by next summer, before the next round of international climate negotiations. The alliance believes that by speeding up the process of counting emissions and by providing a...
    (CNN)For many people, there is one animal that comes to mind when they think of creatures threatened by climate change: the polar bear.In recent years, images of emaciated bears searching desperately for food have made the Arctic's apex predator the poster child for the effects of global warming.Polar bears are getting thinner and having fewer cubs. Melting sea ice is to blameNow, as the planet continues to warm rapidly, a new study brings another dire warning: If humans fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, most populations of the iconic species could struggle to survive beyond 2100.Already, some populations have likely crossed key thresholds that will make their survival difficult, and perhaps impossible, according to the findings of the study published...
            by Robert Romano  At the height of the state-led COVID-19 pandemic economic shutdowns in April, 25.3 million Americans had lost their jobs as businesses shuttered up and families stayed behind closed doors, waiting for the worst of the virus to pass. While working from home or being furloughed, millions of Americans stayed off the roads, driving much less and monthly fuel consumption down 47.1 percent in April, according to the Energy Information Agency. As a result oil consumption fell off a cliff, the price of oil briefly went below zero. Monthly consumption including of electricity by commercial and industrial sectors during the pandemic was way down, 12 percent and 10.4 percent in April, respectively, according to the Energy Information Agency....
    artificial intelligence (IA) and other technologies to track greenhouse gas emissions worldwide remotely. “Data-reactid =” 19 “> An unprecedented coalition of nine climate and technology organizations has disclosed that it is using satellite data, artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies to track greenhouse gas emissions worldwide remotely. The conglomerate calls itself Climate TRACE (Real-Time Atmospheric Carbon Emission Tracking, in Spanish) and seeks to obtain data on all global greenhouse gases, with figures verified by objective third parties and freely available to the public. platform, offers users to track emissions from individuals, factories, ships and power plants. “data-reactid =” 21 “> Through a platform, offers users to track emissions from individuals, factories, ships and power plants Energy. “We are creating a...
    BUCKTOWN — After years of sitting idle, a former vehicle emissions test facility on the city’s North Side is one step closer to a new life as a weed dispensary. On Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a zoning amendment clearing a path for Baker Development Corporation to repurpose the single-story building at 1858 W. Webster Ave. and bring landscaping to the surrounding parking lot.  Under the $3 million adaptive reuse plan, the existing 9,000-square-foot building would be rehabbed with new exterior cladding. The rows of garage doors that once led to the testing bays will be replaced with new windows and a storefront-style entrance.  Closed in 2016, the old emissions facility was known to draw long lines and...
    Georgia mayors speak out against governors ban on face mask mandates 10 Things You Didnt Know About Fast Food Burgers As the world heats up, converting to energy-efficient cooling systems will curb greenhouse gas emissions A shift to energy-efficient air conditioning appliances could cut as much as 460 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next four decades, according to a new report from the U.N. Environment Programme and the International Energy Agency.  On the current warming trajectory, it's virtually certain that 2020 will be among the top hottest years in recorded history. The number of air conditioning units globally is expected to quadruple by 2050, from 3.6 billion to 14 billion by mid-century. © Provided...
    Dharna Noor32 minutes ago•Filed to:methanemethaneAgriculturefoodcowsburger kingSaveWe need fewer of these in the future.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) Burger King just launched a low-methane Whopper, made by changing cows’ diets, with a super cringe ad campaign. It’s meant to be a small fix for a serious problem: Methane has a short-term heating effect 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But it can’t be the only effort to stem methane (it’s also wholly inadequate, which we’ll get to in a bit). New research found that global emissions have reached an all-time high, and agriculture—especially animal agriculture—is largely to blame. The research, conducted by Stanford University’s Global Carbon Project and published in Earth System Science Data and Environmental Research Letters on...
    THE carbon footprint of “eco-warriors” Prince Harry and Meghan could be 26 times higher than the average Brit. The ex-royals were seen on Friday in Beverly Hills in a Cadillac Escalade, said to be among the most polluting cars on the planet. 4Harry and Meghan generate 215 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from flights against the UK average of 8.3 tons for one person, it's been claimedCredit: The Mega Agency 4The Cadillac Escalade is said to be among the most polluting cars on the planetCredit: BackGrid But that motor — along with heat and carbon emissions from the 24,500sq ft eight-bed LA mansion they are using — is only a fraction of their footprint, a study by former MP Norman...
    (CNN)Methane emissions are at their highest level ever, with agriculture and fossil fuels the biggest drivers, according to new research.Climate models suggest that continued increases in methane levels could see global temperatures increase by 3-4 degrees Celsius by 2100, researchers from the Global Carbon Project said in a statement published Wednesday. Researchers looked at methane emissions from 2000 to 2017, the last year for which complete global data are available, and warn that the current path leads toward a "dangerous temperature threshold," according to the statement.Both natural disasters, such as wildfires, floods and droughts, and social disruptions, including mass migrations and famines, would become "almost commonplace," it said.Oil and gas production is contributing even more to global warming than was...
    By MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemon grass in a bid to limit bovines contributions to climate change. By tweaking their diet, Burger King said Tuesday that it believes it can reduce a cows' daily methane emissions by about 33%. Cows emit methane as a by-product of their digestion, and that has become a potential public relations hurdle for major burger chains. Greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector made up 9.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Of that amount, methane emissions from livestock (called enteric fermentation) comprised more...
    Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemon grass in a bid to limit bovines contributions to climate change. By tweaking their diet, Burger King said Tuesday that it believes it can reduce a cows’ daily methane emissions by about 33%. Cows emit methane as a by-product of their digestion, and that has become a potential public relations hurdle for major burger chains. Greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector made up 9.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Of that amount, methane emissions from livestock (called enteric fermentation) comprised more than a quarter...
    GENEVA — The world might see annual world temperatures go a key threshold for the primary time within the coming 5 years, the UN climate company stated Thursday. The World Meteorological Group stated forecasts recommend there’s a 20 % likelihood that world temperatures shall be 1.5 levels Celsius (2.7 levels Fahrenheit) increased than the pre-industrial common in at the least one yr between 2020 and 2024. The 1.5 C mark is the extent nations agreed to cap world warming at within the 2015 Paris accord. Whereas a brand new annual excessive may be adopted by a number of years with decrease common temperatures, breaking that threshold could be seen as additional proof that worldwide efforts to curb local weather...
    Humans should eat less meat and dairy to cut the nitrogen emissions produced by farming, according to a new report from UN scientists.   The livestock sector emits around 65 trillion grams (teragrams) of nitrogen a year – equivalent to one-third of all current human-induced nitrogen emissions, they say. This figure alone exceeds the 'planetary boundary' for nitrogen – one of nine boundaries that, if crossed, could endanger humanity's future on Earth.  The bulk of agricultural nitrogen emissions comes from feed production and manure management systems to feed the cattle, rather than processing meat and dairy to make it fit for human consumption.  Global livestock supply chains have significantly altered nitrogen flows over past years, thereby threatening environmental and human...
    New York (CNN Business)If you think shopping online is more eco-friendly than driving to a store, think again.It may sound counterintuitive, but the more eco-conscious way to shop is going to a physical store rather than by making purchases online from companies that don't have physical stores, according to a new report Tuesday in Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Chemical Society. In the study, researchers estimated that shopping at brick-and-mortar stores for frequently bought items such as toilet paper, shampoo and toothpaste, often results in less greenhouse gas emissions than ordering the products from a company that only sells through the internet.The main reason is because of how people shop online: Many buy...
    Jocelyn Timperley60 minutes ago•Filed to:airplanesairplanesclimate talksUnited NationsCarbon Emissionsair travelSaveA composite photo of planes taking off from Heathrow Airport over the course of an hour.Photo: Dan Kitwood (Getty Images) A United Nations council of 36 countries has agreed on a major change to the main global scheme addressing the climate impact of aviation, a move expected to remove requirements for airlines to offset emissions for several years. The change to weaken what was already viewed as a wholly inadequate climate policy has been met with dismay by climate experts. The aviation industry has long argued for a unified approach to regulating emissions at a global level rather than a patchwork of policies by regions and countries. Now, that argument looks weaker...
    Brian KahnToday 3:50PM•Filed to:GeoengineeringGeoengineeringsolar radiation managementdemocratsclimate plan4SaveNoctilucent clouds hang over a lake at sunset.Photo: Wikimedia This week, Democrats on the House Select Committee for the Climate Crisis put out their big ol’ climate plan. There’s plenty in the report to show Democrats’ priorities on climate should they retake the White House and Senate this fall, including how they would approach a controversial topic. Hidden in the depths of the 500-plus page report is a mention of how Democrats would approach geoengineering the planet to cool things down. It’s a sign that an idea that was once taboo is becoming more mainstream as the world continues on a dangerous course of polluting the atmosphere. Geoengineering is a blanket term for both...
    The International Electrical power Company sounded the alarm Thursday about the “critical want” to promptly speed up thoroughly clean electrical power innovation. That’s simply because the local climate plans set by governments and organizations about the earth depend on technologies that have not nevertheless reached the market. “The concept is pretty distinct: in the absence of a great deal quicker clean up electrical power innovation, acquiring net-zero ambitions in 2050 will be all but extremely hard,” Fatih Birol, the IEA’s government director, said in a assertion. Main elements of the entire world economic climate don’t have clean energy choices as however. Energy corporations are dumping coal in favor of progressively inexpensive photo voltaic and wind power. And all the important...
    New York (CNN Business)Solar and wind power are booming. Electric vehicles are so promising that Tesla is now worth more than ExxonMobil. Coal is collapsing. And yet energy watchdogs are warning that not nearly enough is being done to fight climate change. The International Energy Agency sounded the alarm Thursday about the "critical need" to rapidly accelerate clean energy innovation. That's because the climate goals set by governments and corporations around the world depend on technologies that have not yet reached the market. China is storing an epic amount of oil at sea. Heres why"The message is very clear: in the absence of much faster clean energy innovation, achieving net-zero goals in 2050 will be all but impossible," Fatih...
    Dharna Noor4 minutes ago•Filed to:green dream or whatever they call itgreen dream or whatever they call itgreen new dealfossil fuelsDncdemocratsSaveRep. Kathy Castor, chair of the House’s Select Committee on the Climate CrisisPhoto: Greg Nash-Pool (Getty Images) Democrats unveiled a 500-page plan to address the climate crisis on Tuesday morning. Its goals include reaching 100% electric vehicles by 2035, net-zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040, and in all sectors by 2050. If implemented, it says it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 37% below 2010 levels by 2030, and 88% below 2010 levels by 2050. The plan was written by Democratic majority of the House’s Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the committee...
    Photograph: Branden Camp/AP House Democrats will unveil an aggressive climate crisis ‘action plan’ on Tuesday to nearly eliminate US emissions by 2050, according to summary documents reviewed by the Guardian. The net-zero emissions goal is what United Nations leaders and the scientific community say the world must achieve to avoid the worst of rising temperatures, and it’s what Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he would pursue if he were to win the White House in November. The Democrats’ proposal, referred to in a two-page summary as a “congressional action plan” and a “roadmap”, calls for interim targets to assess progress and make sure fossil fuel pollution is declining, particularly in communities of color that have suffered environmental injustices....
    The South Pole is warming from climate change three times faster than the rest of the world despite being the most remote location on the planet, a study shows.  Record-breaking high temperatures at the southernmost point on Earth are being fuelled by increases in greenhouse gases and natural weather shifts in the tropics. This 'double whammy' of impacts explains why Antarctica is bearing the brunt of climate change, according to researchers from Victoria University, New Zealand.  Study authors examined weather station data, observations and climate models to better understand why the rate of temperature increase is going up so much.  Corresponding author Dr Kyle Clem said the temperature increases were unlikely the result of natural climate change alone, but that...
    The state of California is requiring all trucks to be zero-emission beginning in 2024, thanks to a new mandate from the California Air Resources Board. The regulation, which CARB calls the “first in the world,”is meant to be a step towards California meeting its long-term emissions goals. The rule would apply specifically to medium- and heavy-duty trucks weighing 8,500 pounds or more. Under the mandate, every new truck sold in California will be zero-emission by 2045, according to CARB. It further states that by 2035 the state will have an all zero-emission short-haul drayage fleet in ports and railyards, and that by 2040 there will be zero-emission “last-mile” delivery trucks and vans. 
    Yessenia Funes28 minutes ago•Filed to:WELCOME TO ELECTRIC AVENUEWELCOME TO ELECTRIC AVENUECALIFORNIAELECTRIC VEHICLESCLEAN ENERGYCARSSaveSoon enough, these big dirty boys will be a thing of the past.Photo: Robyn Beck (Getty) In California, trucks won’t be able to pollute the air and planet for much longer. The state is approving the nation’s first-of-its-kind rule for truck manufacturers on Thursday. The goal? To make more electric trucks. The California Air Resources Board is set to approve the proposal to make zero-emission trucks a reality. The rule would require that auto manufacturers increase the proportion of zero-emission trucks in their sales to California from 2024 to 2035. By 2035, the state wants 55 percent of the sales from light- and medium-duty trucks to be...
    Amazon launched a $2 billion fund today to advance technologies that will cut down greenhouse gases. The fund will help Amazon and other companies adhere to The Climate Pledge initiative it started in September 2019. That pledge committed the company, and others that sign onto it, to becoming carbon neutral by 2040. Companies need tools to reduce, offset, or capture planet-heating pollution they produce To become carbon neutral, companies need tools to be able to reduce, offset, or capture all the planet-heating pollution they produce. The $2 billion will go toward advancements in transportation and logistics, energy generation and storage, manufacturing and materials, food and agriculture, and reducing or reusing waste. Companies can express interest in the funding via email....
    A Eurostat report highlights the Union’s “moderate” progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. “The Union has already reached its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020” compared to the 1990 level, defends Paolo Gentiloni. However, from 2013 to 2018 European emissions fell only 2.7%.
    A new report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (ATP) has found that the largest dairy companies in the world have the same combined greenhouse gas emissions as Florida. Large dairy farms are notorious for their emissions, as well as their impact on smaller farms. Florida has the third-largest population in the United States, to put the emissions into perspective. Despite the waning business operations of dairy farms and following the Paris Climate agreement in 2015, dairy farms have increased emissions by 11%. Over 90% of dairy emissions are produced by cows, in the form of methane. Plant-based milk has much lower emissions than dairy milk. Watch this video on reducing methane emissions from dairy farms: Michael...
    (CBS4) – Two more emissions inspection stations have reopened on Colorado’s Front Range. Air Care Colorado has opened stations on Monday morning in Loveland and Golden. (credit: CBS) The newly reopened locations are as follows: Golden: 15335 W. 44th Ave. Loveland: 7001 N. Franklin Ave. The locations that have been open for several weeks and are still doing testing are: Arvada – 5185 Marshall St. Boulder – 5655 Airport Blvd. Broomfield – 11609 Teller St. County Line – 8494 S. Colorado Blvd., Littleton Denver SE – 10190 E. Warren Ave. Fort Collins – 835 SE Frontage Rd. Greeley – 2844 W. 30th St. Northglenn – 1950 E. 112th Ave. Sheridan – 2802 W. Mansfield Ave. Stapleton – 12042 E. 30th...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of every American. More than 118,000 people have died in the U.S. due to the coronavirus and over 45 million Americans have filed for unemployment assistance. Communities have shut down entirely, and while officials are following public health guidelines to safely reopen, getting to a new normal will take time. Shutting down our economy also significantly impacted emissions levels. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates U.S. emissions could decline by more than 14 percent this year. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ TO SERVE ON BIDEN CAMPAIGN CLIMATE CHANGE PANEL And as the pandemic ravages health and economies worldwide, the International Energy Agency reports that global energy emissions may decline this year by almost 8 percent –...
    New York (CNN Business)The Vatican is urging Catholics and the private sector to "progressively and without delay" divest from fossil fuel producers and other entities that perpetuate climate change. The announcement was made Thursday in "Laudato Si," a Vatican encyclical written by Pope Francis that is something of a best practices manual for church leaders and workers. In it, the pope said that "less harmful alternatives can be used transiently" and called on richer countries to help finance the costs so they don't "fall disproportionately on the poorest countries.""Building safe, accessible, reliable and efficient energy systems based on renewable energy sources would make it possible to respond to the needs of the poorest populations and at the same time limit...
    London (CNN Business)Can the global economy and environment be rescued at the same time? The answer is yes, according to the International Energy Agency, which is calling on governments to invest $3 trillion in a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.The agency on Thursday released a blueprint produced with the International Monetary Fund that recommends governments spend big over the next three years on technology and infrastructure projects to create millions of jobs and make 2019 "the definitive peak in global emissions.The collapse in travel and other activity triggered by pandemic lockdowns could slash carbon emissions this year by a record amount. But they're already rising fast again as economies begin to open up. Failure to act now risks a...
    Volkswagen isn’t just trying to reduce emissions in its cars. The automaker has launched the first of two LNG-powered overseas cargo ships that will replace two of the nine heavy oil-burning ships it currently uses on routes between Europe and North America. (VW) The China-made Siem Confucius left Emden, Germany, on Tuesday with 4,800 cars onboard bound for Veracruz, Mexico. According to the automaker, which is still trying to clean up its image in the wake of the “dieselgate” scandal, the 200-meter-long ship reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent, nitrogen oxide by 30 percent, soot by 60 percent and Sulphur oxides by 100 percent compared to the conventional ships. It is the largest vehicle transporter of its size....
    Cyberpunk. That’s the word Elon Musk applied to his ripped, brutalist pickup truck that was, it’s fair to say, nothing like anything anyone expected. The Cybertruck shocked the automotive world last fall and invoked a very different ethos than Tesla’s sleek sedans and SUVs. It also engendered strong emotions. Many thought it looked custom-tailored for murdering wetlands and mowing down pedestrians. (Others just thought it was cool.) Look again and you may see something different. Done right, the Cybertruck could end up being Tesla’s greenest vehicle yet. After launching the era of private space flight last week, Musk could, thanks to the craggy architecture of this wedge-shaped beast, debut the world’s first circular car. For over a decade now,...
    New York (CNN Business)After exchanging some cheeky messages on social media in the wee hours of Thursday morning, Adidas and Allbirds are linking up. (Sneaker companies, they're just like us!) The sportswear company and sustainability-focused Silicon Valley-based shoemaker are joining forces to create a high performance sneaker with the lowest possible carbon emissions. It's an unusual partnership of two competitors in the fast-growing eco-friendly footwear space, with the aim of setting a new industry standard for sustainable sneakers. "Today, the process of creating a carbon neutral performance product does not exist," Vice President of Adidas Brand Strategy James Carnes said in an email. "We intend to combine the innovation and technology our brands have developed to determine a way to...