EPA upholds clean car standards through 2025

January 16, 2017 by  
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Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency made the official decision to keep in place a set of 2012 fuel efficiency rules requiring car and truck manufacturers to continue improving vehicles through 2025. The ultimate goal of the regulations is to have cars and light-duty trucks on the market that can reach 54.5 miles per gallon. Not only will this help slash carbon emissions and reduce air pollution, it also stands to save Americans an average of $4000 at the pump. The 2012 fuel efficiency standards were initially created with a midterm review in 2017 so regulators could evaluate them for feasibility going forward. Last year we saw the first hints that they might be extended when the EPA and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration released a technical assessment report that showed automakers could easily meet and exceed the standards in question. In fact, some have already produced vehicles that exceed the requirements. Related: Donald Trump taps fossil fuel-funded climate denier to head EPA This new decision further solidifies President Obama’s commitment to reducing fossil fuel consumption and climate pollution. Over time, these standards are expected to eliminate six million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution, reduce oil use by 12 billion barrels, and save consumers a total $1.7 trillion in fuel costs. Tom Steyer, President of NextGen Climate, praised the decision in a statement on Friday: “By confirming stronger emission standards for cars and trucks, President Obama has taken another historic step to clean our air, protect our health, and keep America moving towards a strong clean energy economy. These standards help address the largest source of harmful greenhouse gas emissions and create a major opportunity for innovation to expand and transform our transportation sector. President Obama’s move will strengthen our economy, create jobs, and save Americans money at the pump. We will work to hard to defend this progress and block the Trump Administration’s attempts to put corporate interests ahead of American interests.” Via Environment New York Images via Wikipedia and Pixabay

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$20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize aims to turn CO2 emissions into useful products

July 28, 2016 by  
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A new contest launched in September 2015 aims to fund projects that convert carbon dioxide waste into useful technologies and products. This year, 47 entrants from seven countries around the world are competing for the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize to develop their product. The competitors include university students, startups, and unlikely contenders such as a father and son team and a high school group. The products they’ve managed to create from CO2 thus far range from concrete and carbon nanotubes to biodegradable plastic and fish food. The contest is being overseen by an advisory board of experts in chemical and biological engineering, energy and sustainability, and public policy . The competition involves three rounds that will take place over the course of four and a half years – in the first round, each submitted project will be judged for its technical and business viability. The competing technologies will be tested in one of two tracks, at either a coal power plant or natural gas facility to demonstrate their capabilities. Related: X Prize Announced to Save Oceans from Deadly Acidification and Rising CO2 Levels In October 2016, up to 15 semifinalists in each track will be announced, and teams can begin to demonstrate their technologies in a testing environment. In the second round, each team will have a chance to demonstrate their project in action in a controlled environment. Up to 5 teams from each track will be selected to split a $2.5 million milestone prize and move up to Round 3. The final round will pose the ultimate test to entrants, involving a demonstration of the technology under real-world conditions. There will be one grand prize winner in each track, awarded a $7.5 million grand prize each. The contest is one of the many initiatives of the XPrize Foundation , a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the world’s largest challenges through this type of large-scale competition. Other active competitions include projects to develop artificial intelligence, fully explore the world’s oceans, help improve adult literacy rates, create open source education software, develop a sci-fi style “tricorder” that can monitor and diagnose illness, and create low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. + NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize Images via  Phil Richards  and  Bjørn Christian Finbråten

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The wealthiest ten-percent of the population generate half of the world’s emissions

December 3, 2015 by  
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The wealthiest 10-percent of the people on the planet are causing half of the world’s carbon emissions. While world leaders gather in Paris to figure out who should carry the burden of reducing global warming, Oxfam has released numbers that show that the wealthy are using more than their fair share of our resources. Meanwhile, the poorest half of the planet – the half who will suffer the consequences of climate change the most – produce a paltry 10-percent of the emissions. Read the rest of The wealthiest ten-percent of the population generate half of the world’s emissions

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Carbon Dioxide in the Oceans Kills 10 Million Scallops

February 27, 2014 by  
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 Photo © Shutterstock British Columbian company Island Scallops has reported a loss of three year’s worth of product due to high ocean acidity caused by carbon dioxide pollution. Around 10 million scallops have perished in the hatchery since 2010. CEO Rob Saunders told the press that the company has lost about 95% of its crop, a phenomenon he says is playing out worldwide. As a result, the company has had to lay off 10 people, about 30% of its workforce. Read the rest of Carbon Dioxide in the Oceans Kills 10 Million Scallops Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acid oceans , carbon dioxide , carbon pollution , Climate Change , co2 pollution , ocean acidification , scallop deaths , scallops , seafood , shellfish , shellfish deaths , shellfish die-off        

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Carbon Pollution is Creating Giant Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and Disrupting the Local Ecosystem

April 8, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A surge of giant crabs might sound like something from a 1950s B-movie, but that is exactly what is happening in the Chesapeake Bay. According to a new study done by researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Aquarium Research Center, carbon pollution is causing the animals to drastically increase in size. Crustaceans have been bulking up on the carbon from factories, power plants, and vehicles to grow larger and faster, making them even more voracious predators to vital filter-feeders such as oysters. The oysters, who play an important role in cleaning the Bay, conversely mature much slower in the presence of carbon, making them even more vulnerable to the claws and huge appetites of crabs. Read the rest of Carbon Pollution is Creating Giant Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and Disrupting the Local Ecosystem Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acidification , anne l. cohen , aquaculture , carbon dioxide , carbon pollution , Chesapeake Bay , crab , daniel c mccorckle , geology , johnathan grabowski , justin baker ries , luke dodd , Maryland , michael f. piehler , Northwestern University , oyster , rappahannock river , virginia        

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New NRDC Report Ranks States’ Preparedness for Water Challenges Linked to Climate Change

April 6, 2012 by  
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Rising water levels. Stronger storms. Water shortages. Climate change will affect the United States in a variety of ways, but water is the resource that it’s guaranteed to impact the most. In states across the country — and particularly in the west — water is already a contentious and highly political issue, and turmoil is only expected to grow in the coming years. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council looks at the relationship between climate change and water readiness in each of the 50 states, and ranks them based on both risks and climate change preparedness. Read the rest of New NRDC Report Ranks States’ Preparedness for Water Challenges Linked to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon , carbon pollution , Climate Change , CO2 , Drought , global warming , Natural Resources Defense Council , nrdc , rising water levels , water issues , Water Resources

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Krill Architecture Unveils Plans for Circular Solar-Powered Church in Valer, Norway

April 6, 2012 by  
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