Tag Archive | CO2 emissions

“U.K. Just Went Without Coal Power for the First Time Since 1880s”


The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc.

“Friday 21st April 2017 was the first 24-hour period since the 1880s where Great Britain went without coal-fired power stations,” the National Grid control room said in a Twitter post confirming the achievement announced earlier.

“Americans Tilt Toward Protecting Environment, Alternative Fuels”

Americans' Views on Energy Trade-Offs


Given a choice, the majority of Americans think protecting the environment should take precedence over developing more energy supplies, even at the risk of limiting the amount of traditional supplies the U.S. produces. An even larger majority would prioritize developing alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power over the production of oil, gas and coal. Although these have been Americans’ preferences for some time, support in the past two years has been at record highs.

“Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada, Portends Huge Carbon Release”

Melting permafrost is altering the landscape in northern Canada


Study shows 52,000 square miles in rapid decline, with sediment and carbon threatening the surrounding environment and potentially accelerating global warming.

“Global Trumpism Seen Harming Efforts to Reduce Climate Pollution”



Populism is drawing momentum from environmentalism in the U.S. and Europe, threatening the world’s effort to rein in climate change.

“Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone”

The Met Office forecasts 2016 will see annual CO2 concentrations breach 400 parts per million. To keep below global warming of 2C - the ‘safe’ level - concentrations must be kept below 450ppm.


Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study.


“Climate Pledges Seen Holding Temperature Closer to 2-Degree Goal”


The latest pledges from countries on how they plan to rein in fossil-fuel emissions mean the world is closing in on its goal of keeping temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a group of researchers said.

If all nations fully implement the actions they’ve pledged, average temperatures will rise by 2.7 degrees Celsius by 2100 from pre-industrial times, according to an e-mailed statement from Climate Action Tracker, a joint project by four European institutions. That’s lower than the 3.1 degrees they forecast last December and the first time their prediction has dipped below 3 degrees.

“Cars Become Biggest Driver of Greenhouse-Gas Increases”

M1 motorway


The greatest emerging threat to the global climate may rest in the side pocket of your trousers — or wherever you keep the car keys.

Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, the United Nations will say in a report due April 13. Heat-trapping gases from vehicles may surge 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies, according to a leaked draft of the most comprehensive UN study to date on the causes of climate change.


Sounds like the perfect sales call for electric vehicles.




The EU is still on course to meet its 2030 target.

“Janet Yellen’s 2014 To-Do List: Climate Change”



On January 6, Janet Yellen will likely be confirmed as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve System……how can Janet Yellen, as chief monetary policymaker, reorient the economy using the power of money creation to address climate change?


Interesting idea. So far economic growth has created environmental problems linked to CO2 emissions; but policy makers are unwilling to address the environmental problems because their priority is economic growth. If the potential loss of economic growth by capping CO2 emissions could be offset by reimbursing people through a “citizens dividend” then the economy could be sustained. But if this “dividend” is spent on the consumption, of the goods which will become scarce because they are linked to CO2 emissions, then there will be inflation. Best to spend the “dividend” on investment in production of goods that have low CO2 emissions associated with it.