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Restoring carbon as soil organic matter part of the solution to climate change:
Climate change helped cause Brexit, says Al Gore
Former Vice President echoes warnings from US military that global warming is causing dangerous political instability
Study: Natural Gas Power Plants Emit up to 120 Times More Methane Than Previously Estimated
Researchers at Purdue University and the Environmental Defense Fund have concluded in a recent study that natural gas power plants release 21–120 times more methane than earlier estimates.
Published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, the study also found that for oil refineries, emission rates were 11–90 times more than initial estimates. Natural gas, long touted as a cleaner and more climate-friendly alternative to burning coal, is obtained in the U.S. mostly via the controversial horizontal drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).
Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.
A simple (but daunting!) road map for staying below 2°C
They start with the big picture: To hit the Paris climate goals without geoengineering, the world has to do three broad (and incredibly ambitious) things:
1) Global CO2 emissions from energy and industry have to fall in half each decade. That is, in the 2020s, the world cuts emissions in half. Then we do it again in the 2030s. Then we do it again in the 2040s. They dub this a “carbon law.” Lead author Johan Rockström told me they were thinking of an analogy to Moore’s law for transistors; we’ll see why.
2) Net emissions from land use — i.e., from agriculture and deforestation — have to fall steadily to zero by 2050. This would need to happen even as the world population grows and we’re feeding ever more people.
3) Technologies to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere have to start scaling up massively, until we’re artificially pulling 5 gigatons of CO2 per year out of the atmosphere by 2050 — nearly double what all the world’s trees and soils already do.
China Poised to Take Lead on Climate After Trump’s Move to Undo Policies
US Media’s Global Warming Denialism
Scientists understood the climate 150 years ago better than the US EPA head today:
It's amazing that deniers seem to think that climate change is some kind of modern left-wing conspiracy. Groupthink and laziness I suppose.
The New World Order: Failing States and Collapsing Systems (thetyee.ca)
Our global dramas are now driven by the end of cheap energy, journalist Nafeez Ahmed argues.
White House showdown on Paris deal set for next week
Advisers and Cabinet officials hope to reach consensus Tuesday, though that could prove difficult: They're still divided over whether to abandon the agreement.
Hidden from the general public's view is that sea levels will be rising much quicker than most people expect as the business community continues to disregard our global warming signs.
Greenland Glacier Rift Could Worsen Rising Sea Levels
NASA Is Digging In The Snow To Help The West Manage Its Water
For the first time on record, human-caused climate change has rerouted an entire river