Tag Archive | United States

“US Glacier national park losing its glaciers with just 26 of 150 left”

Meltwater forms a pool at Montana’s glacier national park, where scientists have revealed dramatic levels of shrinkage.

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It’s now “inevitable” that the contiguous United States will lose all of its glaciers within a matter of decades, according to scientists who have revealed the precipitous shrinkage of dozens of glaciers in Montana.

“Half in US Are Now Concerned Global Warming Believers”

Trend: U.S. Global Warming Opinion Groups

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With a record number of Americans sounding the alarm on global warming, the share of the U.S. population that Gallup categorizes as “Concerned Believers” on climate change has consequently reached a new high of 50%. This is up slightly from 47% in 2016 but is well above the 37% recorded only two years ago.

“America’s Energy Revolution Hits a Historic Milepost”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-31/america-s-energy-revolution-hits-a-historic-milepost

The U.S. passed another historic marker in its energy revolution this year. In February, U.S. transportation emitted more carbon dioxide than the fossil-fuel-heavy power sector for the first time since 1978. Overall, the U.S. has seen a 25 percent drop in carbon-dioxide emissions since 2008, the Department of Energy said, a function of the rise of natural gas and smarter energy use.

“What Climate Scientists Have To Say About Obama’s Deal With China”

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Scientists confirmed that the announcement, which has China agreeing to cap its emissions by 2030 and the U.S. committing to a 26 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, represented a huge first step toward building the kind of political cooperation needed to effectively combat a global problem.

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Baby steps towards cooperation from the two largest polluters.

Climate Change Might Just Be Driving the Historic Cold Snap

http://science.time.com/2014/01/06/climate-change-driving-cold-weather/?iid=sci-main-lead

It’s polar bear weather today for much of the Midwest. Temperatures are in the -20sº F (-28º C) and -30sº F (-35º C) in eastern Montana, North Dakota, northeast South Dakota, Minnesota and northern Iowa. With the stiff wind, it’s even worse—wind chills in the -40sº F (-40º C) and -50sº F (-45º C) are common across Minnesota and North Dakota, cold enough for exposed skin to suffer frostbite in just five minutes. By tonight, the freeze will reach the East Coast, where temperatures from Florida to Maine are expected to be 30º F to 40º F (16º C to 22º C) degrees below normal, extremes that haven’t been seen in decades. The National Weather Service isn’t kidding when it calls the cold “life-threatening.”

“China to Assign Some Credit Ratings on Environmental Protection”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-02/china-to-assign-some-credit-ratings-on-environmental-protection.html

China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will assign credit ratings to companies in industries with heavy pollution or overcapacity based on their efforts to protect the environment.

“Cows’ Role in Global Warming Seen Overlooked in Climate Talks”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-20/cows-role-in-global-warming-seen-overlooked-in-climate-talks.html

Cattle and other ruminants are probably the biggest human-related source of methane, a gas adding to global warming, and climate negotiators have paid too little attention to livestock, a team of researchers said.

Pigs and poultry, which have different digestive systems, produce less methane than ruminants, according to the report.

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Beef and dairy products look as though they will have to rise in price, to reflect the environmental impact of ruminants, but chicken and pork are less challenged.

“EU Proposes Ban on Cloning Farm Animals and Sale of Clone Meat”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-18/eu-proposes-ban-on-cloning-farm-animals-and-sale-of-clone-meat.html

Farm animal cloning should be banned in the European Union, along with imports of cloned livestock and sale of food from such animals, the European Commission, the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm, proposed.

 

“Energy Efficiency Is Long Overdue”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-16/energy-efficiency-is-long-overdue.html

On a global scale, we humans are becoming more energy efficient with each passing year. Even so, we’re exploiting only a fraction of the technological opportunities to use energy more cost-effectively. There’s a lot governments can do to put this right.

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There’s a lot that can be done on efficiency, but who picks up the bill for it? Take my survey and have your say.

“Obama Pollution Rule Revival Weighed by Supreme Court “

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-10/u-s-supreme-court-weighs-reviving-obama-coal-pollution-rule.html

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American “Cap and Trade” policy has its day in court. This is only to resolve inter-state issues not global commitment. America still hasn’t signed up for Kyoto.