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Over 100 global financial institutions restricting coal funding

One-hundred global financial institutions have introduced policies restricting coal funding, according to a new report. Coal companies are finding it harder to access capital markets for expansion, but China still lags.

Lives are at stake unless we break our addiction to fossil fuels

Katowice - Human addiction to fossil fuels as the answer to our energy needs and economic growth is slowly killing the planet. After a few promising years of minimal carbon-emission growth, the world is on pace to burn a bunch more fossil fuels.

General Motors proposes National Zero Emissions Program

General Motors says it will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies' sales be zero-emissions vehicles.

Study: Ocean waves play greater role in trapping CO2

Researchers in Britain have published a groundbreaking study revealing how ocean waves play a much greater role in trapping greenhouse gases than previously known.

How electric vehicles are charged in China affects air quality

Beijing - Researchers from Harvard University and Tsinghua University in Beijing found that private electric vehicles in China can have a positive effect on CO2 reduction if owners can be incentivized to slowly charge vehicles during off-peak hours.

Op-Ed: Pruitt's reason for allowing dirtier cars? Auto industry lobby

Washington - On April 13, the EPA formally published in the Federal Register its decision to overturn the Obama administration's vehicle fuel efficiency standards. This latest action shows the EPA cares more about industry profits than the health of consumers.

China to invest $15 billion in Pakistan coal-fired power plants

Islamabad - While the rest of the world is embracing renewable clean energy, Pakistan has drawn criticism by accepting $15 billion from Chinese investors over the next 15 years to construct about a dozen coal-fired power plants.

Buckle up — climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence

Imagine turbulence so severe that unbuckled passengers and crew are catapulted out of their seats and tossed about the airline cabin. Actually, climate change will make this twice or even three times more likely in the near future, say researchers.

Op-Ed: Are you ready to choose the last generation?

All parents love their children. And every grandparent falls in love with their grandkids. Which generation are you willing to kill?

Carbon release contributed to end of last Ice Age

Southampton - Carbon dioxide released from the ocean deeps contributed to ending the last Ice Age, it’s emerged from a new study led by the UK's University of Southampton.

Atmospheric CO2 levels pass another worrying milestone

San Diego - In May 2013, atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2) passed a milestone with levels recorded in excess of 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time ever.

Global carbon emissions to set new record in 2013

Norwich - Carbon dioxide emissions during 2012 continued to rise, increasing 2.2 percent and reaching a record 35 billion tonnes, according to new calculations published Tuesday by the Global Carbon Project.

Meteorite study suggests carbon capture locked up Mars atmosphere

East Kilbride - Examination of a meteorite that’s believed to have fallen to Earth around 3,000 years ago has provided clues as to how Mars lost its atmosphere, previously rich in carbon dioxide (CO2).

New records for Arctic ice melt and CO2 emissions during 2012

Boulder - This week, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published its climatic report card for 2012, “State of the Climate in 2012.” The report makes gloomy reading, highlighting record Arctic ice melt and unprecedented CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

Pres. Obama announces executive orders to curb greenhouse gases

Washington - President Obama outlined sweeping measures on Tuesday designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants and help local communities better prepare for devastating storms, fires, and drought.

Op-Ed: A Carbon Bubble — Black gold as black death for energy companies

A report from Carbon Tracker Initiative warns that fossil fuel reserves held on balance sheets of major energy companies are asset bubble. Carbon Tracker argues such assets are grossly over-valued as governments worldwide move to control carbon emissions.

Earth Hour 2013: Coming soon to a light bulb near you

Singapore - Earth Hour, the world’s largest movement for the planet, launched its campaign for 2013 in Singapore on February 27. This year Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. in time zones throughout the world.

Capturing Carbon Dioxide — Could sea urchins provide the answer?

Newcastle-on-tyne - A natural process involving carbon capture has been discovered by accident by researchers at Newcastle University in the UK. Researchers found that sea urchins could process carbon dioxide from the oceans to grow their exoskeletons.

'Lights out' in France as big switch-off becomes law

France yesterday introduced energy conservation laws making it obligatory for shops and commercial premises to switch off internal, window and exterior lighting at night.

The Big Thaw: Permafrost thaw to cause significant Global Warming

Thawing of permafrost is expected to cause significant additional global warming, not yet accounted for in climate predictions, warn scientists attached to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a report released this week..

Jean-Michel Cousteau teams up with inventive Blue Box technology Special

Manhattan Beach - World environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau has joined the team of Blue Box, a revolutionary patent-pending foam system that is looking to change the face of industrial maintenance – for companies and the environment.

Energy needs to be strong until 2030, BP forecasts, exits solar

Washington - BP states global energy demand will reach a 39 percent increase by 2030, or 1.6 percent annual increase, and greenhouse gas emissions will likely increase by about 28 percent during the same period, even as the company plans to exit the solar industry.

Global Carbon Project: 'Global Economy Has Accellerated Greenhouse Gas Growth'

Global Carbon Budget numbers, compiled by the [url=www.globalcarbonproject.org t=_blank]Global Carbon Project[/url], show that despite an increase in the global efforts to combat pollution, the growth rate of the emissions continued to speed up.

Canadian Farmers, Utilities Are Challenged To Curb CO2 Emissions

Carnegie Mellon University's Chris T. Hendrickson and H. Scott Matthews along with Alex Carpenter and Heather MacLean of the University of Toronto challenge Canadian officials to take the lead in eliminating dangerous carbon dioxide emissions

Visualising Co2 Emissions Of Individual Countries

I spent a few minutes on Breathingearth.net and watched the earth 'breath'. In the time that elapsed, some 3,567 people were born worldwide (hello hello hello) and 1,619 people died (see ya).

The case for nuclear power to cut CO2 Emissions

By phasing out coal-fired electrical generating plants and replacing them with atomic energy plants CO2 emissions in the United States would be cut by 60 percent.
 

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This is how it used to be. The burning of discarded automobile batteries in Houston  Texas in 1972.
This is how it used to be. The burning of discarded automobile batteries in Houston, Texas in 1972.
National Archives/EPA
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Phuket @photographer.net, Flickr Creative Commons
A technician of Canadian firm Carbon Engineering demonstrates how an air capture unit  pulls carbon ...
A technician of Canadian firm Carbon Engineering demonstrates how an air capture unit pulls carbon / CO2 from atmosphere in the form of pellets.
Carbon Engineering Ltd.
US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions  1980-2012
US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, 1980-2012
EIA
The core purpose of the pellet reactor system is to take the CO2 that has been absorbed from the air...
The core purpose of the pellet reactor system is to take the CO2 that has been absorbed from the air into liquid at the air contactor and transform it into a solid pellet.
Carbon Engeering
This is how it was in 1972. The burning of discarded automobile batteries in Houston  Texas.
This is how it was in 1972. The burning of discarded automobile batteries in Houston, Texas.
National Archives/EPA
Usine électrique de Vitry-sur-Seine
Usine électrique de Vitry-sur-Seine
H4stings
Distribution of fossil fuels among stock exchanges worldwide
Distribution of fossil fuels among stock exchanges worldwide
Carbon Tracker
Schematic showing both terrestrial and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide emissions from a c...
Schematic showing both terrestrial and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired plant, but deployment of such technology on a large scale may be years away.
Wikimedia Commons
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 1960 to 2010 measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. An almost constant rise ...
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 1960 to 2010 measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. An almost constant rise since measurements began.
NOAA
Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the global atmosphere are surpassing 40...
Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the global atmosphere are surpassing 400 parts per million (ppm) and may stay above that level for the first time in human history.
Ralph Keeling - Scripps CO2 Program
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IEA
Veins of clay (green) surround both the carbonate (orange) and olivine (blue) in a false-color image...
Veins of clay (green) surround both the carbonate (orange) and olivine (blue) in a false-color image of a fragment of the Lafayette meteorite taken under the microscope
Scottish Universities
Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
Ludovic Hirlimann / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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