South Korea enacts its cap and trade market

The world’s seventh carbon emitter started earlier this month the second biggest cap and trade program. As we have seen previously, South Korea is willing to cut its emissions by 30 percent by 2020. This cap-and-trade programm will enable it to do so.

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IPCC fifth report is a stark warning

IPCC AR5 WG2As you perhaps know, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is publishing in 2014 its fifth Assessment Report. If the fourth, published in 2007, was a strong warning against business as usual, the latest one is even more serious.

Today the Working Group II considered ” the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. “

The findings are really scary and should – hopefully will – urge our governments towards more drastic and faster action towards greenhouse gases emissions reduction.

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A second chance to save the climate

According to the New Scientist ” Humanity has a second chance to stop dangerous climate change. Temperature data from the last decade offers an unexpected opportunity to stay below the agreed international target of 2 °C of global warming. ” A new analysis (…) suggests that Earth will warm more slowly over this century than we … Read more

Hope for climate in Davos’ World Economic Forum

world economic forumLast week in Davos, Switzerland, took place the annual World Economic Forum. As the financial crisis of 2008 is drawing to an end, climate change is emerging as a key crisis that has to be addressed as soon as possible. To Reuters :

” Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, summed it up for any Davos doubters: “Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled.”

Now this is some serious talk and I am puzzled that this didn’t end up making headlines on both climate specialized blogs or general news.

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European Parliament calls for 30 percent cuts

Good news everyone ! As I noted in my latest post for Cleantechies : ” The European Union has been committed for years to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 (compared to 1990). “ ” As we have seen in a recent article, reaching such targets is very plausible and wouldn’t … Read more

Italy unveils bold energy plan for 2020

To Enerdata : ” The Italian government has published its new energy plann. It aims to reduce the gap in energy costs, promote sustainable growth, improve security and independence of supply, meet and exceed the EU target 2020.“ ” Greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 19% by 2020 compared to 1990, while renewables should … Read more

More efficient cars for the US, China and Europe

Looking for a gas sipperThe Obama Admnistration has finally enacted the new mileage standards that will significantly improve the efficiency of cars by 2025. These new standards will enable the country to save up to 3 million barrels per day by 2025.

As the White House blog noted : ” In total, this program will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels.”

Last but not least, this measure will create up to 500,000 jobs as Forbes noted in an article which will have to be added to the 250,000 jobs already created since 2009 according to the NRDC.

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European Union unveils its Energy Roadmap 2050

Is Europe finally moving ? To the European Commission‘s official website : ” On 15 December 2011, the European Commission adopted the Communication “Energy Roadmap 2050. “

” The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 in the context of necessary reductions by developed countries as a group. “

I believe this is a sound decision, but its is lacking intermediary deadlines like -30 % percent by 2020. (highly feasible as we have seen).

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Climate change is not a technological issue

I have been knowing it for years as I read Jean-Marc Jancovici‘s books : current technologies can solve our climate and energy issues. This is corroborated by a joint statement by eleven of the world’s largest engineering organisations. To Climate Progress : “The technology needed to cut the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by … Read more

European Union overestimated the role of biofuels

To the New York Times green blog : ” The European Union is overestimating the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through reliance on biofuels as a result of a “serious accounting error” Here is further evidence that biofuels aren’t really the answer we are looking for. If you have been reading this blog for … Read more

Can we cut by 40% our GHG emissions by 2020 ?

climate-changeWhen the IPCC published its various reports in 2007 it concluded that to avoid dramatic climate changes, cutting by as far as 40 percent greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions could be necessary.

This contrast heavily with the targets the United States and the European Union set as they are closer to 20 than to 40 percent. Nonetheless we will see that the latter goal is achievable.

Energy efficiency alone could bring large cuts as it would enable to decrease importantly the consumption of coal, by far the most emitting energy source.

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