Emissions Data and Trends -- General

WWF Climate Blog Has Moved to New Location

The WWF climate blog now is located at a different Web address: worldwildlife.org/blogs/wwf-climate-blog.  All posts since May 2013 are at that location, while older posts will remain archived on this site.  The new site will have a single RSS feed at worldwildlife.org/blogs/wwf-climate-blog.rss.

U.S. Agency Projects Widening Gap Between U.S. Carbon Emissions from Fossil Fuels and Reduction Commitments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration today (23 January 2011) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2012, with projections of U.S. carbon emissions from fossil fuel use through 2035.  EIA projects that U.S. emissions in 2020 will be 7.5% below 2005 levels, far short of the 17% reduction the U.S. committed to in January 2010 under the Copenhagen Accord of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Emissions Transparency: High Priority for the US in Durban, Lower Priority at Home?

Deferral granted by the Environmental Protection Agency risks the ability to verify emissions data from individual facilities.

Shipping Industry Should Do Its Fair Share on Climate Change

International shipping is a major and rapidly growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s responsible for 3 percent of global emissions—twice that of Australia. Since it’s an international sector, its pollution is not attributed to any country and does not fall under international agreements like the Kyoto Protocol. However, this presents an opportunity to both reduce global emissions and raise critical revenue for developing countries to prepare for climate impacts. Recent reports published for the G20 from Bill Gates, the World Bank and IMF support raising critical revenue for developing countries through shipping. These reports substantiate WWF and Oxfam’s recent proposal, offering a path forward on how to incorporate this industry into a global solution for addressing climate change.

Sprint to Become Leading U.S. Wireless Telecommunications Network in Protecting the Climate

Sprint, the third largest wireless telecommunications network in the U.S., announced last week (11 Oct. 2011) that it would be undertaking ambitious emission reductions. They will be undertaking a comprehensive reduction plan that not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations (20% by 2017), but also targets emissions from device manufacturers and suppliers, customers charging their mobile devices and innovation in Sprint devices that can help consumers cut their own emissions.

Congress should stop interfering in Europe's aviation carbon pollution policy

Jake Schmidt of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) shines some light on an important issue lurking in the dark corners of a huge bill being considered by Congress right now.  The bill would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – the US agency that regulates airlines. A  little-noticed provision in the House version of the bill would try to block a program in the European Union (EU) to tackle climate pollution from aircraft coming into and leaving the EU.  Why would Congress try to stop other countries from tackling climate change? 

After Two Consecutive Years of Decline, U.S. CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels Increased Rapidly in 2010

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on 29 March 2011 that U.S. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use increased sharply in 2010, after declining two consecutive years from peak emission levels in 2007. Partly attributable to the economic recovery -- and record high summer cooling demand, the increase in 2010 still left emissions at their second lowest annual level since 1998.

Scientists Predict Huge Pulse of Carbon into Atmosphere from 2010 Amazon Drought

Scientists report in the latest (4 February 2011) edition of Science, that the historic 2010 drought in the Amazon ultimately may result in the release of about 2.2 billion metric tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere.  That is equivalent to about 25% of global annual carbon emissions from fossil fuel use.  "If drought events continue," they conclude, "the era of intact Amazon forests buffering the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide may have passed. "

The Longer We Wait, the More Expensive Carbon and Fossil Fuel Reduction Becomes

The International Energy Agency earlier this month (November 2010) released its annual energy outlook report, providing its global energy outlook for 2035. According to the report, if global temperatures are to be kept below a 2°C (3.6°F) rise, emission reduction pledges made under the Copenhagen Accord are inadequate -- and ultimately will increase the emission-reduction costs by $1 trillion.

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