How China’s big overseas initiative threatens global climate progress

February 4, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on How China’s big overseas initiative threatens global climate progress

China’s new infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road Initiative, could transform economies — but its focus on coal-fired power plants is reckless.

Go here to see the original:
How China’s big overseas initiative threatens global climate progress

Greenhouse gas emissions rose during 2018 after three year decline

January 15, 2019 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Greenhouse gas emissions rose during 2018 after three year decline

After a solid decline for the past three years, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States rose in 2018. According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), power generation, natural gas and oil consumption resulted in an emissions increase of 3.4 percent, marking the second largest annual gain since 1996. The only year that emissions increased at a more significant rate was 2010, when emissions went up 3.6 percent after a huge recession-driven decline the year before. Even though a record number of coal-fired power plants closed last year, natural gas replaced the majority of the lost generation rather than instead renewables — and also fed the demand for electricity growth. The result of using natural gas over renewables meant a 1.9 percent increase in power sector emissions. However, the biggest source of emissions for the third year in a row was the transportation sector due to the growing demand for diesel and jet fuel that offset a noticeable decline in gasoline consumption. Related: University of Waterloo has created a CO2 powder which could help fight climate change Because of unusual cold weather in the beginning of 2018, the building and industrial sectors also showed significant emissions gains. But, there has also been very little progress in these sectors when it comes to decarbonization strategies. In the United States, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels peaked back in 2007 at approximately 6 billion tons, but thanks to the great recession and the switch in power generation from coal to natural gas, wind and solar, emissions fell by 12.1 percent (an average of 1.6 percent per year) between 2007 and 2015. Yet in the last couple of years the pace of emissions decline has slowed down. Not to mention, the lack of a proper climate change policy will leave the U.S. at risk of putting the Paris Agreement reduction goals (26-28 percent cut below 2005 levels by 2025) out of reach. + Rhodium Group Image via cwizner

Original post: 
Greenhouse gas emissions rose during 2018 after three year decline

California’s "Skip the Slip" bill pushes for digital receipts

January 15, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on California’s "Skip the Slip" bill pushes for digital receipts

A legislator in the California Assembly has introduced a bill that, if passed, would require retailers to make digital receipts the default instead of paper. California Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) has introduced AB 161 , nicknamed “Skip the Slip.” If it becomes law, it would be the first of its kind in the United States. According to Green America , each year up to 10 million trees in the U.S. are used to make the paper for receipts, and the process takes 21 billion gallons of water. The receipts also produce a ton of waste — nearly 686 million pounds. If the state of California decides to skip the paper receipts, it will save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of one million cars on the road. Related: 86% of teens in study have traces of BPA in their bodies In recent years, paper receipts have gotten longer and longer, thanks to the addition of coupons and member rewards programs. The length is not the only problem. According to the Ecology Center, approximately 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with BPA or BPS to help make them legible. Green America said, “When we touch receipts, the chemical coating is absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds.” There are documented connections between BPA and developmental and neurological problems. Researchers at the New York State Department of Health said that BPA also impacts fetal development, and it is linked to reproductive problems, type 2 diabetes and thyroid conditions. Beth Porter, Green America’s climate and recycling director, said that this new legislation would prevent millions of trees from being logged for paper receipts, and it will make California a leader on the issue. Some innovative companies are already doing their part to lessen the environmental impact and reduce the health risks that come with paper receipts. Businesses like Best Buy, Starbucks and Whole Foods Market are already offering digital receipts, and card readers for smartphones are also offering paperless transactions. + AB 161 Via Treehugger and  Green America Image via Shutterstock

Go here to read the rest: 
California’s "Skip the Slip" bill pushes for digital receipts

Weaning ASEAN from coal reveals climate risks and rewards

December 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Weaning ASEAN from coal reveals climate risks and rewards

Can the region reconcile rapid economic growth with decarbonization?

Read more here:
Weaning ASEAN from coal reveals climate risks and rewards

Coal is not competitive with cheaper alternatives, and the industry’s true costs are even higher

November 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Coal is not competitive with cheaper alternatives, and the industry’s true costs are even higher

Power plant emissions kill tens of thousands of Americans each year, scientists estimate.

Read the original:
Coal is not competitive with cheaper alternatives, and the industry’s true costs are even higher

What’s in store for Indonesia’s coal market?

September 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on What’s in store for Indonesia’s coal market?

As the energy landscape shifts, so does the ground underneath the resource-rich island nation.

Read the rest here:
What’s in store for Indonesia’s coal market?

Subnational adoption of bolder science-based targets is surging

September 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Subnational adoption of bolder science-based targets is surging

Global initiative reports the number of corporates has risen by 39 percent this year, including Michelin, the Kraft Heinz Company, AB InBev and Yamaha Motor Company.

The rest is here:
Subnational adoption of bolder science-based targets is surging

Shanxi combats air pollution in China with smog curbs to 2020

August 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Shanxi combats air pollution in China with smog curbs to 2020

Shanxi province is China’s primary coal mining hub and a major industrial manufacturing region. The province is now planning to voluntarily curb production of its goods over the course of the next three winters in an effort to cut down on smog pollution and improve air quality. This is part of a 2018 to 2020 anti-pollution crackdown, which hopes to take proper measures in improving the environmental state and reputation of the world’s second-largest economy. Twenty-eight northern Chinese cities have been issued a draft guidance on pollution reduction during winter months, and four of these cities are in Shanxi. The province is home to about 36 million people, according to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics of China , as well as a thriving coal mining industry. Related: Reforestation in China heralds the return of rare animals Local authorities in China are hoping to back their promises to the national and international communities by stepping up actions to reduce pollution and start protecting the environment. “Each level of officials must make anti-pollution tasks a significant stance in their work,” the Shanxi government said in a statement. “Those who neglect their duties, forge monitoring data or fail the targets will be punished.” In addition to production restrictions, efforts will include cutting down coal consumption by relying more on natural gas for heating as well as replacing some of the region’s coal-fired power plants. Local officials seem to be taking the mandate very seriously. “Each city [in Shanxi] should set up plans on production restrictions in steel, construction materials, non-ferrous and chemicals by the end of September each year,” officials announced. The province is hoping to go beyond the 15 percent reduction in emissions — compared to levels recorded in 2015 — that has been mandated by the national government, setting its own goal of a 20 percent decrease in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 2020. Via Reuters Images via Kleineolive and Tim Quijano

Read the original post:
Shanxi combats air pollution in China with smog curbs to 2020

Trump orders Perry to take steps to curb coal plant shutdowns

June 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Trump orders Perry to take steps to curb coal plant shutdowns

It seems President Donald Trump doesn’t want to let coal die. Bloomberg reported he ordered Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to take steps to stem closures of nuclear and coal power plants. An emailed statement from White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders read, “Impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix and impacting the resilience of our power grid .” Coal and nuclear plants are losing money as cheaper renewable energies and natural gas gain steam. Trump’s administration alleges that declines in nuclear and coal power jeopardize America’s security. According to the White House statement, the president told Perry “to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss of these resources and looks forward to his recommendations.” The Department of Energy’s strategy, as detailed in a memo Bloomberg obtained , could be to draw on power given by federal laws to create a “strategic electric generation reserve” and compel grid operators to purchase power from plants that are at risk. The National Security Council was to meet last week to talk over the idea. Related: Biggest grid operator in US attacks Perry’s proposal to prop up coal One purpose of this draft plan, Bloomberg reported, is to buy time for a two-year study probing vulnerabilities in the country’s energy delivery system. Administration officials have already used up a year of this time. Following an Energy Department grid reliability study, Perry suggested a rule that would have compensated nuclear and coal plants — and federal regulators killed the proposal. Major grid operator PJM Interconnection said in a statement its grid “is more reliable than ever” and “there is no such need for any such drastic action.” The company said it has analyzed planned deactivations of nuclear stations and found no immediate threat to reliability. PJM said, “Any federal intervention in the market to order customers to buy electricity from specific power plants would be damaging to the markets and therefore costly to consumers.” Electric Power Supply Association president John Shelk said, “National security is being invoked by people who once favored markets. Everybody loses in a fuels war.” Via Bloomberg Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

See the rest here: 
Trump orders Perry to take steps to curb coal plant shutdowns

Major investors move against Shell and gas sector

May 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Major investors move against Shell and gas sector

Coalition managing $10.4tr in assets urge oil and gas groups to take responsibility for emissions as it diversifies from fossil fuels.

Read the rest here:
Major investors move against Shell and gas sector

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 3680 access attempts in the last 7 days.