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Global Record Set In 2005 For Warmest September Tied

Eco Friendly Daily

However, global temperatures overall will not likely beat out the years currently on record: 2005 and 2010, according to the NOAA. But the month of September did prove to be exceptionally warm and tied the global record set in 2005 for warmest September. The increasing influence of global warming is a major contributing factor to the growing warmth across the United States, with greenhouse gases increasing in the atmosphere daily.

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My guess is that the benefits of seawalls in North Carolina are.

Environmental Economics

2005 NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO - SHAWN ROCCO via www.newsobserver.com Here are the costs: Allowing sea walls at inlets would lift the state's ban on hardened coastal structures.

2010 ended as the warmest year on record

Green Blog

A new analysis from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies shows that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record, and was part of the warmest decade on record. According to climate scientists from NASA and the National Climatic Data Center last year’s temperatures ended in a tie with 2005 as the warmest on record. Global Warming 2005 2010 climate change David Easterling James Hansen NASA National Climatic Data Center

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In one day, Ohio is already halfway to the 30% goal

Environmental Economics

  And the baseline is almost 10 years ago (2005).  While yesterday's Presidential/EPA announcement of 30% reductions in CO2 emission by 2030 sounds like a drastic reduction, the Columbus Dispatch notes that the baseline matters.    For Ohio, that means they are already over halfway to the 30% goal

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Abbey inflates the costs of red imported fire ants by 5. No wonder Mark totally ignores her rhetoric. SAD!

Environmental Economics

Not totally trusting a The Nature Conservancy report I Google Scholared "red imported fire ant" + cost and found Pimentel, Zuniga and Morrison (2005). 3 (2005): 273-288 The Daily Trail: Abbey Powell is throwing numbers around like a presidential candidate… $5 Billion?  With a B ??  Who keeps track of that number?

2016 118

UN: extreme weather is becoming more frequent and costly

A Greener Life

Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Photo credit: AP Photo / Phil Coale. By Anders Lorenzen. This year the world has had front row seats to the climate crisis with one extreme weather event after another.

"U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks"

Environmental Economics

As part of the agreement, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. That is double the pace of reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020. Another thing on my "to do" list: A climate deal between China and the United States, the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 carbon polluters, is viewed as essential to concluding a new global accord.

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In an ironic twist, a star college football player held a press conference to tout the benefits of staying in school causing hell to freeze over

Environmental Economics

F), easily breaking the previous records of 2005 and 2010 by 0.04°C The year 2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880. The annually-averaged temperature was 0.69°C C (1.24°F) F) above the 20 th century average of 13.9°C C (57.0°F), C (0.07°F). This also marks the 38 th consecutive year (since 1977) that the yearly global temperature was above average.

2015 118

"RGGI Delivers Yet Again"

Environmental Economics

The latest RGGI report, which tracks the program’s impact through 2013, is full of good news: Together, the RGGI states have cut emissions by 40 percent since 2005, while their economies have grown a robust 8 percent. By 2020, emissions from the nine RGGI states are projected to be 50 percent below 2005 levels.

2015 160

Is NPR making a case for the Hunger Games to reduce our carbon footprint?

Environmental Economics

Reduce number of children by one (with emissions fixed at 2005 per-capita values): 9,441. NPR asks the tricky question:  Should we think about not having kids to reduce carbon emissions ?    Here are some of the lifetime (80 year) carbon savings they report:  Increase car's fuel economy from 20 to 30 mpg: 148. Reduce miles driven from 231 to 155 per week: 147. Replace single-glazed windows with energy-efficient windows: 121.

2016 116

First rule of good policy: If you're p **g everyone off, you're probably onto something*

Environmental Economics

Meanwhile, the liberal group One Ohio Now said the income-tax cuts are a poor strategy for economic growth, pointing to the state’s job-growth performance since tax cuts started in 2005. John Kasich’s tax package took body blows yesterday from the left and right of the economic philosophical spectrum. The conservative Tax Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.,

2015 138

"EPA’s Clean Power Plan Blocked by Supreme Court"

Environmental Economics

The stay marks a setback for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels. RFF on the issues: On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court granted a stay blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring states to submit plans for major reductions in carbon emissions from electric power plants.

2016 122

This is why you should never read your own blog

Environmental Economics

Matt Kahn: Over the last couple of weeks, I have been re-reading the roughly 2600 blog posts I have written since 2005.  I owe everyone an apology.  Only 15% of them are good.  Too many of the posts are self serving, and/or silly.

2013 155

How long will it be before REPeC has Bass curves for each of their registered authors?

Environmental Economics

The citation trajectories of Nobel Prize winners in economics are analyzed here from 1930 to 2005. This figure is from Bjork, Samuel, Avner Offer, and Gabriel Söderberg. "Time "Time series citation data: the Nobel Prize in economics."  "  Scientometrics  98, no. 1 (2014): 185-196.  Here is the abstract: Citation time series are not easy to compile from the most popular databases.

2014 138

"Obama to reveal plan for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions"

Environmental Economics

Regulations will require power plants to cut emissions by 32% by 2030, in contrast to 2005 levels. It feels like Christmas Eve (but without baby Jesus): Obama administration will unveil the finalized version of its unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions on Monday. The plans will require every state to reduce emissions from existing coal-burning power plants.

Ancient Date Palm That Lived 2000 Years Ago Bears Fruit Again

Green Prophet

In 2005, date pits excavated from the Masada fortress were revived almost miraculously by Professor Elaine Solowey of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

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Conclusion: Canadians don't know how markets are supposed to work

Environmental Economics

Melancthon, located about 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto, is home to one of Ontario’s first and largest wind farms; 133 wind turbines were erected between 2005 and 2008. Published in a recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics , the study is believed the first peer-reviewed study on this issue in Canada.

2014 160

I haven't given you an Ash-hole update in a while

Environmental Economics

According to NASA, in 2005 there were about 400 billion trees in the world. John's Mark Trail post from earlier reminded me to post this update on the Ohio Emerald Ash Borer invasion from hell: Central Ohio has been especially hard hit by the ravages of a killer insect that has destroyed tens of thousands of majestic ash trees the last few years.

2015 153

A presidential candidate that doesn't make me even a little uncomfortable

Environmental Economics

He also served as Senior Economist for Energy and Environment on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during 2005–2006. Richard G. Newell named next president of RFF: Resources for the Future (RFF) today announced the appointment of Richard G. Newell of Duke University as its next president. He will succeed current RFF president and former US congressman Phil Sharp, who will retire at the end of June after 11 years at RFF’s helm. Dr. Newell’s term begins on September 1, 2016.

2016 130

"Can we finally get the ethanol mandate monkey off of our backs?"

Environmental Economics

Drought, extreme weather, and other factors combine to increase corn prices, and one of those factors is the federal ethanol mandate/renewable fuels requirement implemented over 20 years ago (as an oxygenate requirement) and extended in 2005. Lynne Kiesling: This summer, corn prices are high.

Not to brag, but "13 out of 13"

Environmental Economics

My guess is that the percentage of regular folk who would answer correctly in 2005 (when we started this blog) is about the same, with only a small increase since 2005 Phil Miller: Here' s a short - 13 questions - economic literacy quiz produced by the Minneapolis Fed.  It's from 1998 but the questions are still relavant.  Bonus:  there's even a sports economics question.  How did you do?   How do you stack up against others ?

2011 122

A carbon tax in a congressional budget proposal?

Environmental Economics

The Energy Information Administration found that a similar proposal would result in carbon emissions reductions of 26% below 2005 levels by 2020. From the Congressional Progressive Caucus "Back to Work" Budget (I love these Hollywood titles on legislative proposals!): We can no longer afford to ignore our responsibility to future generations to address climate change before it is irreversible.

2013 122

Are you driving a flex fuel car and don’t even know it?

Eco Friendly Daily

2004 – 2005 4.7L Available in December 2005) 4.6L Lincoln Town Car (2-valve) 2004 – 2005 4.0L 2005 – 2006 5.3L 2005 2.6L 2002 – 2005 4.0L 2005 – 2006 5.6L Below you’ll find a list of all vehicles that are on the road today and are Flex Fuel cars. Meaning you can run you car on ethanol (E85) or regular fuel.

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Happy hurricane season ya'll

Environmental Economics

This is from an old (2005) Numbers Guy post on hurricane forecasts (the good ol' days when the numbers guy was a guy): But my examination of forecasters' records over the past six years -- the period in which all four groups have been publicizing their predictions before the hurricane season begins -- shows that none do much better than a simple five-year average, a number that can be derived without expertise in climatology or statistics (more on this in a moment).

2014 153

Are you driving a flex fuel car and don’t even know it?

Eco Friendly Daily

2004 – 2005 4.7L Available in December 2005) 4.6L Lincoln Town Car (2-valve) 2004 – 2005 4.0L 2005 – 2006 5.3L 2005 2.6L 2002 – 2005 4.0L 2005 – 2006 5.6L Below you’ll find a list of all vehicles that are on the road today and are Flex Fuel cars. Meaning you can run you car on ethanol (E85) or regular fuel.

I've been submitting misleading data to RePEc for years

Environmental Economics

The controversy centers on an innovation-management program that the professor, Michael Song, founded in 2005 and led until last year. And still, my rankings go nowhere: The professor at the heart of a  rankings scandal  at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management has resigned,  The Kansas City Star  reported.

2015 138

The Growth in Oil-By-Rail in One Picture

Sightline Daily

The increase has been staggering: In 2013, US railroads moved 11 times more crude oil than all the oil moved by train from 2005 to 2009, the five-year period before oil train shipments began to increase from historical levels. Railroads are now moving roughly 57 times more oil annually than they were during the period from 2005 to 2009. Everyone’s talking about how fast crude oil-by-rail shipments have increased, but what does that really mean?

Economic impact of climate change: 25% snark

Environmental Economics

That’s for a plan to reduce GHG emissions 40 percent from their 2005 level, so it’s for real action. Krugman (with the snark deleted and one [substitution]): The U.S. Chamber of Commerce just came out with its [study of] Obama administration regulations on power plants. the Chamber wanted to. the economic impact of the regulations. And I was eager to see. the numbers. The Chamber. outsourced the analysis. found.

Steady state environmental policy

Environmental Economics

Even if the United States takes no explicit action to regulate greenhouse gases, emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering substances will grow slowly over the next two decades, not returning to 2005 levels until 2027, according to a new projection from the Energy Information Administration, the research branch of the Energy Department. From the blog formerly known as Green, Inc.:

"AppalCART seeks solutions to overcrowded buses, stagnant funding"

Environmental Economics

I can't really tell if they are seriously wondering how to make money from this thing: In 2005, the town of Boone committed funding so that AppalCART could provide free service for in-town routes. At that time, annual recorded trips were at 652,000, Hughes said. Fare-free service was wonderful, he said, because it “keeps things simple and keeps things moving.” But in the 11 years since then, ridership has increased to 1.8

2016 131

Bronx teacher uses gardening to inspire students to study science

Green (Living) Review

When he received some free plant bulbs in 2005, he sent his students from Walton High School out — sometimes into enemy gang territory — to beautify the neighborhoods. He’s not a farmer, but Stephen Ritz said he and his students have grown more than 30,000 pounds of vegetables over the last eight years. The longtime teacher and founder of the non-profit Green Bronx Machine is determined to change the lives of disadvantaged students, one garden at a time. “I’m

The official Environmental Economics blog analysis of the EPA's climate rules (er, from Common Resources)

Environmental Economics

The big headline is 30% emissions cuts from the power sector relative to 2005 by 2030. Also, remember that emissions have declined since 2005 – a good chunk of that 30% is already baked in. Nathan Richardson: [Monday], EPA announced proposed performance standards for existing power plants under the Clean Air Act (also known as the existing source performance standards, or ESPS).

2014 171

The Law of Unintended Consequences

Environmental Economics

"This is the lawn-care industry's Katrina," said landscaper Mark Wehinger, referring to the devastating 2005 hurricane. An herbicide introduced last fall as an ideal weedkiller is now the chief suspect in the death of thousands of trees in central Ohio and beyond. "This Wehinger, a partner in the Dublin lawn-care company Environmental Management, estimates that the herbicide has killed more than 1,000 of his customers' trees.

2011 130

Honda Goes Hybrid With the Acura RLX

Eco Auto Ninja

Sales of Acura cars in America peaked at 209,610 vehicles in 2005 but had dropped down to 123,299 last year. Tokyo based automakers, Honda Motors, want to increase sales for their new Acura, and they are taking the green road to reach their goals. The Acura is Honda’s premium brand, and their new sedan will make use of two electric motors and a V-6 gasoline engine. The RLX, as its being called, will be the replacement of their RL sedan.

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"A Look at How the NFIP Differs from a Private Insurance Company"

Environmental Economics

The 2005 hurricane season sent the program massively into debt to the US Treasury. Short answer: "if the NFIP was a private insurance company it would no longer be in business." Carolyn " Carolyn Kousky and Leonard A. Shabman:  Flood insurance in the United States is offered through the federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As the deficit grew, Congress focused its attention on the program’s pricing policies.

2014 164

How cap-and-trade might work

Environmental Economics

By 2020, power plant CO2 pollution in the nine RGGI states is projected to be half of 2005 levels. The headline says that the CO2 allowances were priced at $3 in the 2013 auction: Having completed revisions to their state CO2 Budget Trading Programs, the nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced that the 2014 RGGI cap is 91 million tons. This represents a 45 percent reduction to the RGGI CO2 cap.

2014 138

Can burning biomass be sustainable?

Low Impact

Smith et al, Methods for Calculating Forest Ecosystem and Harvested Carbon with Standard Estimates for Forest Types of the United States, USDA, 2005, [link]. “Burning biomass is just another path to environmental destruction,” claims a recent article in The Ecologist. Really?

A Corny Gas Post

Environmental Economics

Congress required refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline in laws passed in 2005 and 2007, which were intended to spur the production of renewable fuels and reduce U.S. The lawof unintended consequences in action: Most Americans don’t realize that, when they gas up their car, up to 10% of what goes into the tank is ethanol distilled from corn.

Reindeer moon

Environmental Economics

Here is a 2005 reindeer economics post : From the WSJ's  Evening Wrap : How much is one of Santa's reindeer worth? Hat tip: Comics Curmudgeon (follow the links and look for the moon synonym). According to the Danish Air Force, about $5,000. That is what they paid Olavi Nikkanoff, a Danish farmer who plays Santa Claus at Christmas, to compensate for one of his reindeer, named Rudolf, who was apparently killed by two F-16 fighter jets earlier this year.

2013 131

I find it somewhat ironic that our oil reserves outlasted the "Peak Oilers'" blog

Environmental Economics

The Oil Drum (TOD) was an internet energy phenomenon that ran for over eight years from April 2005 to September 2013. Geez, now who are we going to use as strawmen in the Peak Oil debate? The site was founded by Prof. Goose (also known as Professor Kyle Saunders of Colorado State University) and Heading Out (also known as Professor Dave Summers formerly of the University of Missouri).

2013 131

Tomayto / tomahto

Environmental Economics

However, the fact that the warmest years on record are 2014, 2010 and 2005 clearly indicates that global warming has not ‘stopped in 1998,’ as some like to falsely claim.” Breaking news (email alert): Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring scientific warnings about the risks of runaway emissions and undermining claims by climate-change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped.

2015 132

Plastic Bag Bans around the World


Chad (2005). Eritrea (2005). Denmark (2005 = 0.25 Since the late 1970s, plastic bags have. become a staple and an iconic image of shopping. They are such common place that people expect them to be readily available and think little of throwing them away or even discarding them on the ground. The reality is that over the past 40 years plastic bag usage has skyrocketed and has caused drastic problems for natural ecosystems.

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