Economists used to measure progress using emission rates correlated to GDP, now that comparison is ridiculous. A few years ago we looked at how carbon output is shrinking while economies grow and that is continuing to be the case. Earlier this year it was predicted that the global economy will continue to see a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Economy Continues to Grow Despite Decrease in Emissions
In the fight to curb CO2 emissions and hold back the rate of increasing climate change, researches have mapped out where the emissions are coming from. Unsurprisingly, they have found that where there is a lot of human activity there are more emissions. This will help convince naysayers and ignoramuses that humans are at fault […]
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Europe has already beat its 202 gas emissions target and it’s only 2015! This is good news because we need to reduce our energy consumption and our global output of greenhouse gas emissions. This demonstrates to the rest of the world that not only is it economically feasible to reduce emissions it proves that it . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Europe Meets 2020 Emissions Targets Early
The world’s largest polluters have agreed that they have a problem and they need to stop it. The USA and China have come to terms with the fact that they are the worst polluters and have both decided to take action using various policy tools and joint cooperation. This is important for many reasons, for . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: China and US Agree to Cut Emissions
Australia’s prime ministerial windbag, Tony Abbott, leaves no doubt about where he stands on climate change – it’s “crap.” Since coming to power, the now seriously unpopular Abbott has wasted no time boosting coal energy, coal exports and dismembering the country’s renewable energy and climate change initiatives.
Here’s what Abbott had to say today . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: "Coal Is The Future" – Tony Abbott
Just what does all this squabbling about greenhouse gas emissions really mean? What has to go into an effective climate change agreement? What factors are in play?
Here, courtesy of Vox.com, are a few charts that reveal a climate deal is both urgently needed and extremely difficult to craft.
First up, where we stand today. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Climate Change Deal We Cannot Live Without
British Columbia’s carbon tax has been getting some high praise lately. A recent article in the Atlantic called it “the crown jewel of North American climate policy”. Such assessments need some tempering. BC’s carbon tax can tell us important things about the limits of fiscal policy today, which in turn questions the potential it has . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Where’s the tax in BC’s carbon tax?
Climate change is happening and it’s costing a lot of money to deal with. More floods, tornados, hurricanes, and other natural events are happening with greater frequency thanks to planetary temperature increase. The reason the planet’s temperature is increasing is thanks to the way previous generations have dealt with waste.
One such waste product comes . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: USA Raises ‘Carbon Price’
Canada has a large pulp and paper industry and it produces tons of waste in the form of wastewater and greenhouse gas emissions. Collectively the industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars to lower their environmental damage, so even a marginal increase in environmental efficiency can have a large impact on their bottom line.
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Emitting carbon has a cost to Canadians, whether we call it a carbon tax or not.
Considering this Conservative government is spending money on increasing health care costs from respiratory damage due to pollution, that it is spending money on additional infrastructure because of climate change, and that it is spending money to improve air-quality . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Conservative Carbon Tax
China has a right to pollute like the West did when it industrialized, but China must become just as ignorant.
In defending China’s emisssions, the highest in the world and only growing, the country often claims it has a right to pollute just as America and Europe did when those regions built their modern industrial . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: China’s 21st Century Pollution With The West’s 20th Century Ignorance
There's a saying that trouble comes in threes. Earlier this week, the International Energy Administration announced that emissions reached a record high last year, increasing by 1 Gt worldwide. At the Bonn climate talks, experts have warned that the window to curb a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: 400 PPM Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Breach The Arctic
Of the three countries in NAFTA, Mexico seems to care the most about the environment. The country just passed a strong law that will product the environment and aim to cut carbon emissions.
The new law contains many sweeping provisions to mitigate climate change, including a mandate to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30% . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Strong Climate Change Law Passes in Mexico