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Climate Progress 2013-12-10 19:25:49
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Brazuca, the official 2014 World Cup soccer ball, is projected during a 3D presentation at its unveiling in Rio de Janeiro.
CREDIT: A.P. Images
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil will dump 2.72 million tons of carbon dioxide into Earth’s atmosphere, according to FIFA. To put that number into perspective, it’s equivalent to the CO2 produced by 560,000 cars in a year, …
Climate Progress 2013-12-10 18:30:56
Aging and inefficient plants, competing energy sources, and the looming reality of climate change are all catching up with the coal industry.
According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, as much as 17 percent of coal-fired power in the United States is already uncompetitive, just compared to natural gas and using mid-range estimates. The report looked …
Climate Progress 2013-12-10 18:04:16
CREDIT: Associated Press
While American explorer Robert Edwin Peary, Sr. may have been the first person to reach the North Pole just over 100 years ago in 1906, countries are still vying for ownership over this vast, deserted, and inhospitable corner of the world. In the latest gambit in the high-stakes quest for the resource-rich, waterway-laden region — quickly becoming more …
Climate Progress 2013-12-10 17:49:22
As coal continues to decline in the U.S., plans to export it to overseas markets are going south. On Tuesday, the Port of Corpus Christi announced that it was ditching plans to build a major coal export terminal there after two years of development, citing a “seriously diminished” international interest in coal. Ambre Energy North America Inc., who entered …
Climate Progress 2013-12-10 16:18:37
Pakistani Nagina Mohammed, 7, walks back to her home carrying coal over her head, that she collected to be used for heating and cooking, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
CREDIT: AP/Muhammed Muheisen
The Asian Development Bank is loaning $900 million to Pakistan to finance the construction of a new coal-fired power unit, a financial decision that hasn’t gained the support of …
Climate Progress 2013-12-10 14:17:47
The third quarter of 2013 was another big one for the U.S. solar industry. 930 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) were installed across the country — the second largest quarter in the industry’s history — and it was the largest quarter ever for residential PV installations.
As the solar industry continues its remarkable growth, “2013 is likely to be …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 22:35:53
Global warming reduces the temperature difference between the equator and poles, which in turn has been linked to the observed northward shift in the jet stream. Via Climate Central.
A new study links the past decade’s “exceptional number of unprecedented summer extreme weather events” in the U.S. and Europe with the “record declines in both summer Arctic sea ice and snow …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 22:26:59
Many have heard about how cow farts and manure decomposition both produce harmful methane gas, which contributes to global warming pollution. What is less known, though, is that farms can convert cow manure into renewable biogas, which can power aspects of the farm and prevent that methane from reaching the atmosphere.
While it’s no “catalytic converter” method, it is …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 22:00:19
CREDIT: AP Photo/David J. Phillip
When a power plant burns coal, it produces pollution: Sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury, particulate matter, carbon dioxide. As the plants emit into the air, more often than not the wind blows, and the mixture of harmful emissions travels across state lines.
Those states that create large amounts of pollution are called ?upwind? states, and they are …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 20:45:04
CREDIT: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
This month’s record-breaking air pollution in Shanghai has cancelled hundreds of flights and sporting events, forced children and the elderly to remain inside for at least seven days and almost broke the scale China uses to measure air quality. But according to one journalist at CCTV, China’s national broadcaster, the smog isn’t all bad.
In an opinion piece published …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 20:31:04
CREDIT: AP Photo/Mike Groll
In early spring of this year, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation quietly approved a request from a Texas oil company to double the amount of crude oil and ethanol it ships through the Port of Albany down the Hudson River every year. The company’s proposal for the permits received no public comments, allowing Buckeye Partners …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 20:23:03
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Deborah Hersman stands next to the damaged pipe from the San Bruno natural-gas explosion during a news conference at the NTSB Training Center and Lab in Ashburn, Va., Monday, August 29, 2011, to discuss the federal investigation into the San Bruno blast.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Everyone can agree that saving money is a …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 17:24:24
CREDIT: Associated Press
While palm oil may not be hold a prominent position in most Americans’ kitchen culinary selection, globally it is a fast-growing behemoth. Since 1990, palm oil consumption has quintupled into a $5 billion-a-year industry, and the World Bank expects that number to double by 2020 in large part due to rising consumption in China and India.
Palm oil, …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 15:32:18
A worker collects the pieces of shark fins after dried on a rooftop at a factory building in Hong Kong Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
CREDIT: AP/Kin Cheung
China has banned shark fin soup and bird’s nest soup from official banquets, a move that’s meant to cut back on extravagances in government spending but that could have significant environmental benefits.
The ban is part …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 14:17:58
Three small-business owners who had sued New York State over its participation in a regional carbon cap-and-trade program lost their challenge in court last week, after a New York appeals court affirmed that they had waited too long to bring the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs were trying to get New York to stop participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative …
Climate Progress 2013-12-09 14:02:13
For the seventh day this month, Shanghai officials have warned children and the elderly to stay inside in a city where 24 hours exposed to the off-the-charts pollution would have hazardous consequences to one’s health. Hundreds of flights and sporting events have been cancelled, while face masks and air purifiers sold out in stores. All week, the pollution …
Climate Progress 2013-12-08 18:43:21
A memo released earlier this year in West Virginia gives the state’s landfills the ability to accept unlimited amounts of fracking waste, the AP reports.
The memo will create an exception for the state’s natural gas industry to longstanding laws on landfill waste, which stipulate that landfills can only take 10,000 or 30,000 tons of solid waste each month month, …
Climate Progress 2013-12-07 18:32:54
Average temperatures in Australian during the month of September were 2.75°C above average
CREDIT: Australian Bureau of Meteorology
2013 is well on its way to becoming the warmest calendar year on record in Australia. The country has just set a new record for the warmest spring ever.
Mean temperatures for Australia’s spring (which occurs during the U.S.’s fall) were 1.57°C above …
Climate Progress 2013-12-06 20:24:22
Boreal forest wilderness in McQuesten River valley in central Yukon Territory, Canada
Canada’s timber industry is rebounding from the economic downturn, stronger than ever. That was the news out of Ottawa on Thursday as Natural Resources Canada presented its 2013 annual report, The State of Canada?s Forests.
“Canada’s forest sector is providing exciting new products for the domestic and international markets, …
Climate Progress 2013-12-06 18:21:17
CREDIT: Associated Press
U.S. marijuana growers have increasingly brought their farms indoors, in large part to remain hidden from law enforcement. But the industry comes at a significant carbon cost. A 2011 study by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that the marijuana industry is responsible for 1 percent of U.S. electricity use, primarily because of resources associated with …