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You have to wonder what he’s got in those emails to be fighting so hard to keep people from seeing the supposedly mundane details of research. Prince William FOIA case on global warming headed for Virginia Supreme Court The fight &...
You have to wonder what he’s got in those emails to be fighting so hard to keep people from seeing the supposedly mundane details of research. Prince William FOIA case on global warming headed for Virginia Supreme Court The fight … Continue reading →
about 1 hour ago
From the “science is settled” department comes this new paper that points out a correlation between the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) and polar jet streams, which drive weather events on Earth. This new paper shows that...
From the “science is settled” department comes this new paper that points out a correlation between the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) and polar jet streams, which drive weather events on Earth. This new paper shows that the effects extend even … Continue reading →
about 5 hours ago
In the post Is Ocean Heat Content Data All It’s Stacked Up to Be? I explained all of the problems associated with Ocean Heat Content data, in great detail. For that post, I created three gif animations that showed where … Continue ...
In the post Is Ocean Heat Content Data All It’s Stacked Up to Be? I explained all of the problems associated with Ocean Heat Content data, in great detail. For that post, I created three gif animations that showed where … Continue reading →
about 8 hours ago
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach To continue my investigations utilizing the CERES satellite dataset of top of atmosphere radiation, here is a set of curious graphs. The first one is the outgoing (upwelling) longwave radiation at the top ...
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach To continue my investigations utilizing the CERES satellite dataset of top of atmosphere radiation, here is a set of curious graphs. The first one is the outgoing (upwelling) longwave radiation at the top of the … Continue reading →
about 14 hours ago
I considered a doing post on the trillion tonne nonsense in IPCC, but I decided instead to give a shout out to Sinead. Enjoy!
I considered a doing post on the trillion tonne nonsense in IPCC, but I decided instead to give a shout out to Sinead. Enjoy!
about 15 hours ago
When something is this ridiculous, all you can do is point and laugh. Michael Mann lends his image for political purposes in campaign video for called “Crusades Against Science 101″ with Professor Michael Mann”. Here...
When something is this ridiculous, all you can do is point and laugh. Michael Mann lends his image for political purposes in campaign video for called “Crusades Against Science 101″ with Professor Michael Mann”. Here’s the laughable imagery: The imagery … Continue reading →
about 21 hours ago
On October 1, 2013, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) made two announcements regarding state efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. First, CARB and the Government of Québec signed an agreement to officially link each jurisdi...
On October 1, 2013, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) made two announcements regarding state efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. First, CARB and the Government of Québec signed an agreement to officially link each jurisdiction’s cap-and-trade program beginning January 1, 2014. Second, CARB issued the first draft of its updated AB 32 Scoping Plan following the original 2008 Scoping Plan. The updated draft, which is available for public comment, details the state’s overall strategy for meeting the target to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as defined by the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32. Both announcements fulfill AB 32 provisions that require CARB to pursue regional linkages within the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and update the Scoping Plan every five years.Linking California’s cap-and-trade program with Quebec’sFollowing CARB’s two-year review, California and Quebec officially agreed to link their cap-and-trade programs. Beginning in 2014, covered entities in both California and Québec may acquire tradable emissions allowances from the same pool to satisfy compliance with each jurisdiction’s cap-and-trade program. The agreement requires both jurisdictions to hold joint auctions of emissions allowances and harmonize regulations for reporting greenhouse gas emissions and managing their respective cap-and-trade programs and offset protocols. The agreement also provides for continued coordination with the WCI in administering and monitoring allowance credit and offset transactions. Both jurisdictions expect the linkage to maximize greenhouse gas reductions and provide greater compliance flexibility to entities that need emissions allowances.Updating California’s AB 32 Scoping PlanThe updated draft Scoping Plan finds that the state is on target to meet its 2020 emissions reductions goals thanks to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Renewable Portfolio Standard, and cap-and-trade program. The draft suggests additional options to reduce emissions, such as widespread improvements to energy efficiency in the transportation and buildings sectors, increased use of combined heat and power, and the use of carbon capture and sequestration for the state’s natural gas generation.The new draft plan addresses the state’s long-term target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 as called for in Executive Order S-3-05 in 2005. Without providing a specific emissions target, CARB acknowledges the significance of 2030 as a midpoint to achieving the state’s goal in 2050, and references existing 2030 targets in other jurisdictions, such as Germany and the European Commission. The updated scoping plan draft is open to public comment until the end of 2013, and is slated to be considered for approval by CARB in spring 2014.For more information:C2ES: California Cap-and-Trade SummaryQuébec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Parks: Press ReleaseCARB Updated Scoping Plan Draft: Press Release
about 22 hours ago
Guest essay by Dr. Richard Lindzen Each IPCC report seems to be required to conclude that the case for an international agreement to curb carbon dioxide has grown stronger. That is to say the IPCC report (and especially the press …...
Guest essay by Dr. Richard Lindzen Each IPCC report seems to be required to conclude that the case for an international agreement to curb carbon dioxide has grown stronger. That is to say the IPCC report (and especially the press … Continue reading →
1 day ago
The United States and Canada exemplify the power of the dominant energy interests. The governments of both countries strongly support the expansion of domestic fossil energy extraction, production, and export. But the collision between c...
The United States and Canada exemplify the power of the dominant energy interests. The governments of both countries strongly support the expansion of domestic fossil energy extraction, production, and export. But the collision between climate science and energy politics, and … Continue reading →
1 day ago
The United Nations’ body that oversees civil aviation has reached an important milestone in international efforts to craft effective and equitable solutions to climate change from this fast-growing sector. And this success last week in M...
The United Nations’ body that oversees civil aviation has reached an important milestone in international efforts to craft effective and equitable solutions to climate change from this fast-growing sector. And this success last week in Montreal should send a hopeful signal to other UN organizations as they grapple with the challenges of limiting greenhouse gas emissions.At the 38th General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), governments endorsed a comprehensive set of actions aimed at achieving an aspirational mid-term goal of zero carbon emissions growth for the aviation industry beginning in 2020. The October 4 accord brings together a number of measures being developed by ICAO, including: a certification requirement for a global CO2 efficiency standard for aircraft; support for an updated, more efficient air traffic control regime; continued development of sustainable biofuels; and updating national action plans laying out country strategies to reduce emissions.By far the most contentious issue involved the role of market-based measures in reducing emissions. After years of unproductive discussions within ICAO, the European Union set out rules last year to bring international aviation emissions within its own emissions trading regime. After a widespread backlash, the EU put its action temporarily on hold. These events put even more pressure on ICAO to come up with a timely and acceptable global solution.The agreement reached October 4 states that ICAO “decides to develop a global market-based measure scheme for international aviation” to be considered at the next General Assembly in 2016 and implemented in 2020. As a result, aviation would become the only major industry sector on a path toward a global market-based mechanism agreement to limit future greenhouse gas emissions.While the ICAO agreement is a major milestone toward a global solution to curb aviation emissions, much more remains to be done. Several large developing nations (including India and China) placed “reservations” on the agreement signaling continued concerns about the ability of ICAO to find an acceptable path forward in 2016.Addressing aviation emissions is significant. While emissions from planes make up only about 3 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions now, if left unaddressed, they could rise to between 4 and 6 times current levels by 2050.The ICAO agreement effectively moves nations down a path toward a global solution involving both developed countries and fast-growing developing countries. Let’s hope this is a model for action at the upcoming meeting this month of the Montreal Protocol where countries have an important opportunity to further advance efforts to reduce climate change through actions to limit hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), another small but fast-growing segment of greenhouse gas emissions.
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