Greenpeace: Point of No Return

assetThumbnailIn a report released in January 22, Greenpeace provides information about the environmental effects of large new fossil fuel extraction projects around the world. Ecofys contributed to the report by analysing 14 of the largest projects ranging from coal expansion in Australia, China, the US and Indonesia, to expansion of oil production in the tar sands of Canada, the Arctic and Brazil to new gas production in the Caspian Sea and the US.

The analysis shows that by 2020 these 14 projects will increase CO2emissions by 6.34 gigatonnes a year. The yearly CO2 emissions from these projects would be higher than the total US emissions and risk locking in catastrophic global warming.


Food for thought by Greenpeace

Yesterday Greenpeace released a three-minute video containing information about coal exports to Asia via the Pacific Northwest, exports that according to Greenpeace will destroy communities and could send them over a climate cliff. More specifically the video focuses in  Ambre Energy, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy and their plans to go to the ends of the earth to sell their coal, even if it causes more droughts, fires and storms due to the resulting global warming.

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Financial Post | Business

China’s oil demand will rise at a faster pace this year than previously forecast amid an economic recovery, according to Deutsche Bank AG.

Consumption by the world’s second-largest crude user will increase by 4.9 percent, or 468,000 barrels a day, Soozhana Choi, Deutsche Bank’s chief oil strategist in Singapore, said in a report e-mailed today. The bank predicted in December that growth would be 3.4 percent this year.

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Alex Meredith

With royal pageantry and Olympic triumph it was difficult to find a dry eye in the UK in 2012.  More difficult still was locating a dry seat.   2012 was the second wettest on record in the UK, another statistic to add to the mounting piles of data pointing to changes in our climatic patterns.

Nowhere have those changes been more apparent than in the United States.  The latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that 2012 was the hottest year on record for the 48 states in the US between Mexico and Canada.

The report states: “2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn.”

The report goes further to state that 2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes…

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REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report 2013 (GFR)

imagesThe REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) complements the Renewables Global Status Report by providing easy access to the range of credible options on the future of renewable energy and a basis for dialogue on this future. It is based on interviews with over 170 leading experts around the world, several workshops and the projections of 50 recently published scenarios. 

This report was the product of a unique collaboration between REN21 and the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) during 2011-2012.

Lao People's Democratic Republic News

January 17, 2013

The European Union (EU) yesterday committed 4.95 million euros (over US$6 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to boost its efforts to respond to the region’s climate change challenges.

Representatives of the EU and the MRC signed the funding agreement in Luang Prabang yesterday on the sidelines of the 19th Mekong River Commission Council meeting.

Lao Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr Noulin Sinbandhit, who chaired the meeting, representatives from MRC member countries and senior officials attended the event.

According to a media release from the MRC, the funding supports the Climate Change Adaption Initiative until 2015. It supports the MRC programme to assess the effects of change climate and integrate adaption planning at the regional, national and community levels.

The funding is a part of the Global Climate Change Alliance – an EU initiative to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the nations most…

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How Many Gigatons of Carbon Dioxide?

Sustainable Design

As expected, CO2 emissions were a hot topic at the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar earlier this month.  The conference included concerning emission estimates, statistics, and data – but there was limited progress to combat the increasing cabon dioxide levels.  Information is Beautiful strikes again with a wonderful infographic to present the data from the conference as a visual explanation of the urgency of our situation:

IiB CO2 graphic v3

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