The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012,
making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees as many global leaders have hoped. [more inside]
The prospects of keeping climate change below that (2-degree goal) are fading away.
Scientists track carbon pollution both by monitoring what comes out of factories and what winds up in the atmosphere. Both are rising at rates faster than worst-case scenarios that climate scientists used in their most recent international projections.
Forum for the Future
, a UK-based non-profit, has produced a series of short videos depicting possible future scenarios for sustainable urban mobility. Titled "Megacities on the move," the series explores "how we will live and travel in the cities of 2040". The four scenarios are (links to Vimeo): Planned-opolis
, and Sprawl-ville
. [more inside]
The Australian Government
to a price on carbon
from 1 July 2012
, prior to a likely full emissions trading scheme within three to five years. The Opposition
are outraged, predicting a people's revolt
. This should clearly define
the next election.
Whales are the largest animals on the planet, and when it comes to storing carbon, they act like trees in a forest.
A new study suggests that industrial whaling, over the past 100 years or so has released as much carbon into the atmosphere as "burning most of Oregon's forests, or driving 128,000 Hummers for 100 years." [more inside]
Sucking CO2 out of the air has long been a holy grail for solving global warming; Richard Branson has promised $25m to anyone who succeeds. Of course it's already been done, but the amount of energy required doesn't make it net carbon positive. Now a team in Arizona, led by Klaus Lacknet
under the company of Global Research Technologies
, says it has made a significant breakthrough
that massively reduces the amount of energy required - the "project has reached the stage where it is quite clear we can do it." The planned prototype, which will be finished in two years, will cost $200,000 USD, be smaller than a shipping container and be capable of eliminating around 1 ton of CO2. Even if it works many hurdles remain but it portends a cooler future for air-capture technology.
, released today
, is a map/database that shows the carbon emissions of more than 50,000 power plants and 4,000 power companies in every country on Earth, showing not only the worst but the best. Find out how much CO2 comes from electricity plants in a particular city, county, congressional district, company, town, ZIP code, or an individual plant.