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  • Carbon emissions on the moon put theory of moon birth in doubt

    05/08/2020 7:46:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | May 7, 2020 | by Bob Yirka ,
    A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in Japan has found evidence of embedded carbon emissions on the moon. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of carbon data from the KAGUYA lunar orbiter and what they learned from it. The work involved studying a year and a half of data from the KAGUYA lunar orbiter, focusing specifically on carbon emissions. They found that the moon was emitting more carbon than has been thought, and more than could be accounted for by new carbon additions, such as the solar wind or collisions...
  • Delingpole: Coronavirus Is Killing the European Union’s Carbon Trading Market

    04/08/2020 10:56:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 4/7/2020 | James Delingpole
    Finally, some good Coronavirus news: the pandemic has caused the collapse of Europe’s carbon trading market. According to Recharge News: The Covid-19 pandemic has turned Europe’s carbon price upside down, with prices dropping by 40% since early March when they were still trading at about €24 ($26) per metric ton, analyst IHS Markit said. The current trading levels of between €16-18 per metric ton are roughly two thirds of the level of the high of 2019 of €29 per metric ton. “This is a perfect storm for Europe’s carbon market, and it may well lead to some challenging questions about...
  • Oregon Senate Republicans walk out over climate cap-and-trade bill

    02/24/2020 4:15:00 PM PST · by Rio · 17 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 02/24/2020 | Hillary Borrud
    SALEM — Republicans in the Oregon Senate have fled the Capitol to stop Democrats’ bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions after the plan cleared a legislative budget committee Monday morning.
  • “Jai guru deva om” No Matter What: Nothing’s Gonna Change My World-View

    02/15/2020 6:44:40 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 15 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 2-15-20 | MOTUS
    “There are facts, and there are beliefs, and there are things you want so badly to believe that they become as facts to you.” And here I thought the science was settled; now this: Scientists say solar system affects Earth’s carbon cycle.What’s up with that? "Our work shows that for the 18 million years or so in between the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction and the Toarcian oceanic anoxic event, Earth's global carbon cycle was in a constant state of change. Periodic changes in the shape of Earth's orbit around the sun impacted on the amount of energy received by Earth...
  • House Republicans unveil 'realistic' climate plan focused on capturing carbon from fossil fuels

    02/12/2020 1:12:53 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 12, 2020 12:18 PM | by Josh Siegel
    The carbon capture package includes a bill, introduced Wednesday, for the United States to work toward a global goal of planting a trillion trees. It also features an expansion of a tax break approved by Congress in 2018 and signed by President Trump for companies that use carbon capture technology to trap carbon from fossil fuel or industrial plants. The new bill would make the so-called 45Q tax credit permanent, increasing the amount paid to companies and lowering the threshold of captured carbon to qualify for it. Another bill looks to boost research, development, and deployment of carbon capture technology...
  • Carbon pricing proposal in New York provides path to nation's clean energy future

    02/04/2020 7:24:41 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 04 2020 | Richard J. Dewey
    Across the country, policymakers at all levels of government are exploring initiatives to address climate change. New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act remains one of the most ambitious, with its requirement that “the statewide electrical demand system will be zero emissions” by 2040. So how do we get to a zero-emission system? The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is working on a market enhancement that could not only help lead New York to success, but could also serve as a model for the nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our proposal is to incorporate the social...
  • E&C Leaders Release Framework of the CLEAN Future Act, a Bold New Plan to Achieve a 100 Percent Clean Economy by 2050

    01/09/2020 8:31:15 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    Details Deep Decarbonization Strategies for Each Sector of the U.S. Economy within Committee’s Jurisdiction, and Novel Concepts for Achieving Nationwide Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Pollution
  • The decade that blew up energy predictions

    12/25/2019 10:24:01 AM PST · by cutty · 18 replies
    Axios ^ | Dec 23, 2019 | Amy Harder, Andrew Witherspoon
    America’s energy sources, like booming oil and crumbling coal, have defied projections and historical precedents over the last decade. ... unexpectedly, ... In 2010, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected that in 2019, the U.S. would be producing about six million barrels of oil a day. The reality? We're now producing 12 million barrels of oil a day. Meanwhile, EIA projected oil prices would be more than $100 a barrel. They're currently hovering around $60 a barrel. What’s happening: A pair of extraction methods — horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing — have unlocked far more oil and gas than experts...
  • In Tougher Times, China Falls Back on Coal. As worries mount over a slowing economy and energy security, coal use has climbed despite Beijing’s claims to be leading climate-change fight

    12/23/2019 4:22:06 PM PST · by karpov · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2019 | Stephanie Yang
    China’s efforts to wean itself off coal are losing steam, as the world’s biggest carbon emitter is putting economic growth and energy security above its ambitions to be a leader in combating climate change. Coal consumption is back near peak levels after rebounding over the past three years, despite China’s pledges to make steep cuts in what is the country’s most prevalent and polluting source of energy. The country is building more coal-fired plant capacity than the rest of the world combined. Infrastructure stimulus measures to offset the impact of the prolonged trade war with the U.S. have boosted consumption,...
  • Bloomberg Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 50 Percent in 10

    12/20/2019 1:47:45 PM PST · by rktman · 37 replies ^ | 12/13/2019 | unknown
    Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Friday unveiled a broad plan to eliminate all coal power plants and slow the expansion of the natural gas sector as part of a policy to fight climate change that he says would cut carbon emissions across the U.S. economy by 50% over the first 10 years. The New York billionaire, who has devoted significant time and money toward fighting climate change in recent years, said the new plan is the first of several that would ultimately move the nation toward phasing out fossil fuels completely “as soon as humanly possible” — ideally before...
  • Cuba found to be the most sustainably developed country in the world, new research finds

    12/01/2019 9:38:36 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 79 replies
    Morningstar UK ^ | 11-29-2019 | Matt Trinder
    CUBA is the most sustainably developed country in the world, according to a new report launched today. The socialist island outperforms advanced capitalist countries including Britain and the United States, which has subjected Cuba to a punitive six-decades-long economic blockade. The Sustainable Development Index (SDI), designed by anthropologist and author Dr Jason Hickel, calculates its results by dividing a nation’s “human development” score, obtained by looking at statistics on life expectancy, health and education, by its “ecological overshoot,” the extent to which the per capita carbon footprint exceeds Earth’s natural limits.
  • easyJet to become the world’s first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights

    11/19/2019 6:58:24 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 52 replies
    easyJet ^ | 11 19 2019 | easyJet
    From today easyJet will be the first major airline to offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights on behalf of all of its customers easyJet and Airbus sign hybrid-electric aircraft research agreement which will analyse the opportunities and challenges surrounding hybrid and electric aircraft The airline will continue to support the long-term reinvention of aviation through new technology easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has today announced that it will become the world’s first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its whole network. The airline will achieve this goal by offsetting the carbon emissions...
  • For Astronauts on Mars, the Veggie of the Day May Be Asparagus

    11/01/2019 6:28:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Space .com ^ | 1101/219 | Meghan Bartels
    NASA has focused its vegetable-growing efforts on lettuce, which astronauts tend to while they live on the International Space Station. The orbiting laboratory poses different challenges than the Red Planet's surface, however, and crops that Mars visitors can expect to rely on may not be to everyone's taste. "In fact, in this particular area the soils are more alkaline so this would be OK for growing asparagus and beans and not potatoes," NASA chief scientist Jim Green said during a presentation held here last week as part of the International Astronautical Congress of soil studied by NASA's Curiosity rover. However...
  • A Crying Shame: Europe's 'Flight Shaming' Movement: Shame On You For Flying On A Plane

    11/01/2019 7:54:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/01/2019 | By Chris J. Krisinger
    If one invention in mankind's history has connected people and places, helped raise the standard of living for billions of people, and allowed anyone to travel the world freely, it is the modern jet airliner. Yet environmental activists are now sprouting another offshoot of the "global warming" movement to recklessly contract and diminish this advancement in human ingenuity because they fret over aircraft as one of the most "carbon-intensive" forms of travel. Your new word for the day is "flygskam" (pronounced: "fleeg-skam"). It is a Swedish word introduced by the nascent — still mostly European — environmental movement to "flight-shame"...
  • The Ozone Hole is Shrinking: The CFC ban Has Nothing to do with the closing of the ozone hole

    10/25/2019 7:21:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/25/2019 | Michael Nollet
    On October 24, AT published the article Ozone Hole Shrinking, NASA Announces. The author, Howard J. Warner, correctly wrote that there are many factors that cause the Earth’s ozone layer to grow or shrink, and that chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) are merely one factor of many. Mr. Warner cited volcanoes as one of these factors, for example. He provided a link to an article, which stated that although the Antarctic ozone hole is now shrinking overall, it actually grew in 2016, owing to the recent one-time eruption of the Chilean volcano Mount Calbuco. This eruption injected sulphur into the atmosphere, which formed the...
  • Central Hudson execs say new state law could knock utility out of natural gas business

    10/20/2019 7:44:14 AM PDT · by mitchell001 · 24 replies
    Kingston Freeman Newspaper ^ | October 20, 2019 | Ralph Mitchell
  • Here’s the Picture We’ve Been Waiting for. Hubble’s Photo of Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov

    10/17/2019 10:32:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Hubble Space Telescope. The workhorse telescope has given us a photo of the new interstellar comet 2I/Borisov... 2I/Borisov has wandered into our Solar System from the deep cold of interstellar space, but nobody knows from whence it came, or how long it’s been travelling. Boris only the second object we’ve observed that’s come into our Solar System from somewhere else in the galaxy, and the Hubble snapped photos of it speeding along at about 177,000 kph (110,000 mph.) So far, the Hubble images are the sharpest ones yet. Comets contain a lot of water ice and other volatiles. When they...
  • First measurements of 'interstellar comet' [C/2019 Q4 (Borisov)]

    09/18/2019 1:15:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 September 2019 | Paul Rincon
    The team used the Osiris instrument at the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias in La Palma, Spain, to obtain visible spectra - measurements of sunlight reflected by Borisov. By studying these spectra, scientists can draw conclusions about its chemical composition, including how it might differ from comets that were "born" around the Sun. "The spectrum is the red side of the comet's total spectrum, so the only thing we can see in the spectrum is the slope," said Miquel Serra Ricart, from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in Tenerife. In coming days, the team will obtain measurements of the...
  • An interstellar comet looks to be heading our way

    09/11/2019 5:58:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 91 replies
    cnet ^ | September 11, 2019 | Eric Mack
    A comet first spotted by a Ukrainian amateur astronomer looks to be just the second known object to visit our cosmic neighborhood from beyond the solar system. What could be an even bigger deal is that this one was discovered as it's still approaching us. The comet was found by Gennady Borisov of Crimea on Aug. 30, and went by the temporary name GB00234 until very recently. After being watched by several other observatories over the past few weeks, it was given the official name of C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) by the Minor Planet Center on Wednesday. It appeared to follow...
  • Climate change researchers recommend banning frequent flyer reward programs to cut carbon emissions

    10/15/2019 4:47:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/14/19 | Alexandra Ma
    A report commissioned by the UK government's official environmental advisers is calling to ban frequent flyer reward schemes to discourage people from traveling by air. **SNIP** The report has also proposed an "air miles levy" to target frequent flyers while protecting those who don't travel as much or travel shorter distances. By placing the levies on frequent flyers, rather than a flat fuel tax, those who don't fly as often would in theory not be disproportionately affected. "Aviation has so far enjoyed generous tax treatment despite a large proportion of flights being taken by a small, wealthy segment of the...