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Nearly Cooked: What 400 Parts Per Million Of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Really Means

Dr. Cara Augustenborg | Posted 10.18.2016 | Green
Dr. Cara Augustenborg

Like the grains of sand in an hour glass, 400 grains now sit at the bottom of the glass while just five grains remain at the top. The Earth's 400 ppm of atmospheric CO2 is a stark reminder of how little time we have left to act on climate and end our dependency on fossil fuels.

Ready, Offset, Go! Aviation's Historic Climate Deal

Michael Gill | Posted 10.14.2016 | Green
Michael Gill

Anyone who has sat through UN negotiations knows that the process can be slow and frustrating. There are long stretches of inactivity followed by a day when you realize that big things can be achieved when people and countries come together to seek consensus. For those of us who have been working on climate issues in the aviation industry, last week marked the culmination of a number of years of work.

Technology that Could Turn the Tide on Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Removal

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 08.18.2016 | Green
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

New technology is required to make meaningful progress on climate change. This column will focus on one of those options: decreasing the CO2 already i...

Technology that Could Turn the Tide on Climate Change: Clean Coal Technology

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 08.04.2016 | Green
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

New technology is required to make meaningful progress on climate change. This column will focus on one of those options: making coal power greener. ...

Sustainability Is More Than Recycling

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

A dozen years ago sustainability was an uncommon word, and was used occasionally to describe anything that would maintain over time. Then the term gained new meaning as increasingly scientific studies were published with data relating to climate change and its impact on our planet.

Get Smart Fast: the Politics of a Carbon Tax in 200 words

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

At its core, a carbon tax is a tax on the carbon content of fossil fuels. It would raise revenue and result in reductions of CO2. Some supporters ha...

Get Smart Fast: Hillary Clinton's Energy and Environment Agenda in 200 words

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

Hillary Clinton has laid out a detailed policy agenda in the energy and environment space. Her positions reflect traditional Democratic initiatives including increased renewable power and improved energy efficiency.

Big Oil Could Have Cut CO2 Emissions In 1970s -- But Did Nothing

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green

In 1963, Esso (now Exxon Mobil) patented a design for a "novel and highly efficient electrode" for use in fuel cells -- a possible means of decreasing...

Misleading Talk About Decoupling CO2 Emissions and Economic Growth

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

Webster's Dictionary defines decoupling as "eliminating the interrelationship" between two processes. But the interrelationship between CO2 emissions and economic growth has certainly not been eliminated.

Carbon Sinks Are The Next Big Thing (Part 1)

William S. Becker | Posted 04.01.2016 | Green
William S. Becker

As Earth Day approaches this year, it's a good time to begin paying attention to parts of the Earth many people don't think about. They are the natural ecosystems that provide us with countless and often priceless benefits that make our lives better, and they usually do it for free.

Fracking Supply Chain a Climate Disaster, Doing Little to Uplift Poor Communities: Studies

Steve Horn | Posted 03.07.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Two recent studies further call into question the oil and gas industry's claims of the climate benefits and community benefits of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").

CO2 standard is a milestone for air transport's sustainable future

Michael Gill | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Michael Gill

This week saw an important milestone for the aviation sector's ongoing efficiency drive with a technical, but important, new regulation taking shape a...

Targeting Climate Change: The Solutions to CO2 Emissions are Out There

XPRIZE | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green

By Paul Bunje We at XPRIZE take aim at the world's Grand Challenges and inspire people to solve them. Among these challenges, climate change stands...

The Real Climate Change Hoax

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Such radical gyrations in the climate are already causing unseen suffering and hardship for countless of the earth's inhabitants. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes or lost their livelihoods as a result of one degree of warming.

2016: The Year to Take Action

David Saddington | Posted 01.05.2016 | Green
David Saddington

By November it is expected that most countries will have signed up to ratify the Paris agreement and will be well underway implementing their national mitigation and adaptation plans.

Paris Climate Accord: Policy Is Catching Up With The Science

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Protecting our large intact forests also provides habitat for a vast array of species, many of which will need to adjust ranges and find new resources to help them adapt to the impacts of climate change.

For A Positive Climate Legacy, Obama Must Ditch Big Green

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Dr. James Hansen

The scientific community agrees on a crucial fact: we must leave most remaining fossil fuels in the ground, or our children and future generations are screwed. Yet Obama is not proposing the action required for the essential change in energy policy direction.

What Goes Up Is Going Down: More on China's Coal Consumption

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

New analyses by the International Energy Agency, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and other experts confirm what I explained in my last blog: that China's revised historical coal consumption figures for 2000-2012, while significant in absolute terms, will not affect long term trends or impact the upcoming climate negotiations.

7 Things You Should Know About China's Coal Consumption

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Now is the time to step up U.S. cooperation on climate change with China, to ensure that the two largest GHG emitters in the world can also be the two countries doing the most to tackle climate change.

U.S. Electric Sector Expected To Hit Lowest Emissions In 20 Years

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business

The U.S. electric sector is expected to hit its lowest carbon emissions since 1995 this year, partly due to the widespread closure of coal-powered pow...

Pollutants And High CO2 Linked To Poor Cognition, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.27.2015 | Science

Running into mental blocks at your desk job? A new Harvard study says you may be able to blame it on the air quality in your office. In a paper publi...

Excuse Me While I Vacuum The Sky

XPRIZE | Posted 10.15.2016 | Green

It's an appealing fantasy: Why not just suck all the pollution out of our planet's air? Plenty of people have air purifiers in their homes. Can't we just build bigger ones? There must be a way, right?

Congress-Backed Interstate Oil Commission Called 911 When I Came to Ask About Climate

Steve Horn | Posted 10.09.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Congress decided to stop reauthorizing IOGCC every three years and instead introduced an amendment giving it de facto permanent reauthorization. For an entity of its clout, the public knows very little about IOGCC's inner-workings. And that's not without reason.

It Takes a Real Genius to Fake Photosynthesis

XPRIZE | Posted 10.06.2016 | Green

The ambitious goal is to develop a real-world system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they vent into the atmosphere and then use solar energy to convert the CO2 into chemical products including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs, and even liquid fuels.

China Commits to Significant New Climate Actions in US-China Joint Presidential Statement On Climate Change

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 09.25.2016 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama announced new and strengthened actions by both countries domestically and working together as part of a joint presidential statement on climate change. These commitments provide substantial new financing for developing countries to build low-carbon and climate resilient economies.