Are CO2 emissions a normal or inferior good?

Environmental Economics

  With regards to CO2 emissions, the distinction is important because the income effect of policies aimed at CO2 reductions may cause unintended consequences if the income effects counter the direct reduction of the policy.  Global carbon dioxide emissions from industry rose about 3 percent in a weak global economy this year, a study released on Monday showed, adding fresh urgency to efforts to control planet-warming gases at U.N.

CO2 emissions linked to Europe's hay fever rise

Green (Living) Review

Carbon dioxide emissions may be raising pollen counts in European cities, according to a continent-wide study. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Researchers from 13 EU nations analysed pollen levels for more than 20 species of tree and plant and found that many, including several that cause allergies such as hay fever, correlated with rising CO2 levels. Of reducing our CO2 emissions.

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Miami Mega Mall vs. Everglades National Park

10,000 Birds

While there’s nothing inherently noteworthy about another super complex, this one will sit in uncomfortable proximity to the Everglades National Park. Everglades National Park is an Audubon designated IBA ( Important Bird Area ), and here are some beauties we best go see before ‘progress’ isn’t so progressive. Everglades National Park. Everglades National Park. National Park Service photo.). Birding Conservation Everglades National Park Florida

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CO2 Emissions In MENA Double In 30 Years

Green Prophet

Over the last thirty years, carbon emissions in North Africa and the Middle East have doubled with citizens in the Gulf states producing up to 10 times the amount of CO2 as the average global citizen. According to recent study into the carbon emissions of the region over the last thirty years, the only direction that carbon emissions are going is up- and drastically. High Carbon Emission In Gulf Don’t Reflect Rest Of MENA. of its carbon emissions.

Growth in electric vehicles sales central to closing emissions gap

Green (Living) Review

New frontier of vehicle design represents significant opportunity for the energy sector Electric vehicles play a central role in policy or technology portfolios designed to lower emissions Electric vehicles (EVs) will need to increase their combined market share to 16% by 2020 to achieve the aggressive fuel economy standards set by regulators, according to new research by the World Energy Council.

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Climate After Growth

The Green Changemakers

by Rob Hopkins Asher Miller In this provocative paper, PCI Executive Director Asher Miller and Transition Movement Founder (and PCI Fellow) Rob Hopkins make a convincing case for why the environmental community must embrace post-growth economics and community resilience in their efforts to address the climate crisis. Executive Summary The nearly ubiquitous belief of our elected officials is that addressing the climate crisis must come second to ensuring economic growth.

Inequality between rich and poor nations helps fuel a climate of mistrust and sabotages efforts to secure a climate deal

Green Blog

The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, which many have said was our last chance to take action against “ the greatest threat the world has ever faced ”, ended in a failure. At the major United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 more than 100 world leaders met to address the question of global climate change. At the end of the conference 187 nations signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty.

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Renewable energy investment matchmaking platform launched

Green Prophet

They are like the United Nations for Renewable Energy and are based in Abu Dhabi. It explores ways to cut global CO2 emissions by at least 70 per cent by 2050. A new perspective on deeper decarbonisation shows a path towards net-zero and zero emissions.

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G8 Recognizes Need to Act on Super Greenhouse Gases, Considers More Aggressive Stance on CO2

Green (Living) Review

July 2009 – As the Group of Eight began discussions on targets for reducing climate emissions, talk was circulating of a possible commitment to limit warming to 2?C. The only way to meet these goals however, will be to pursue fast and big cuts in both CO2 emissions, which are causing half of the warming, and non-CO2 emissions which are causing the other half. C scenario to stabilize CO2 at 450 ppm. Washington, D.C.,

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David Brooks/Alexander Hamilton on COP21

Environmental Economics

A bunch of national leaders get together and make some resolutions to cut their carbon emissions over the next few decades. Unlike weight loss, the pain in reducing carbon emissions is individual but the good is only achieved collectively. You’re asking developing countries to forswear growth now to compensate for a legacy of pollution from richer countries that they didn’t benefit from. And the EU Emissions Trading Program is a continuing experiment itself.

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CO2 levels hits dreaded 400 ppm milestone

Green Blog

The level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached a symbolic milestone late last week when it hit historic record levels of 400 parts per million (ppm). Climate scientists warns that the milestone is a wake-up call for people and world leaders as it shows the alarming urgency of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions before it’s too late. Because CO2 is the main greenhouse gas contributing to global warming it is imperative that we reduce our CO2 emissions rapidly.

EU climate deal to help overcome financial crisis

Green (Living) Review

The 27-nation European Union has set ambitious goals to curb carbon dioxide emissions by a fifth by 2020, compared to 1990 levels, partly by making power generators and heavy industry pay for permits to pollute in its emissions trading scheme. Poland and other ex-communist countries that our now member states of the European Union have expressed concern that carbon dioxide curbs could stunt their economic growth by sharply increasing energy prices.

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Europe's 'Coal Renaissance' Masks Industry Downfall - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

The most important are 1) Strict new air pollution rules that ensure a huge amount of coal-fired capacity will be retired or constrained by 2016 2) Rock bottom carbon prices and 3) National level coal policies. In addition to the short term effect of these rules, coal has received a boost as European CO2 emissions have plummeted. This has led to an oversupply of CO2 emission permits, which cratered prices. Compass. « Secretary Kerrys Solar Surge | Main.

Councils not to tackle climate change at all, says Lord Lawson

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the beginning of August 2010 Lord Lawson, aka Nigel Lawson of Margaret Thatcher government fame, stated councils in the UK should do "absolutely nothing" to tackle climate change unless a stringent global deal on reducing carbon emissions is reached through the United Nations, which includes developing as well as developed countries.

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ALEC's Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

PR Watch

This resolution is among a host of ALEC initiatives aimed at environmental deregulation, which also includes efforts to prevent the EPA from regulating CO2 emissions under the Clean Air Act. ALEC, and McKinley, claim that federal regulation of coal ash as a hazardous waste would impede job growth. New Study by National Employment Law Project Documents ALEC’s Attack on Wages. Skip to Main Content Area. Contact Us. News Feeds. Podcasts. Privacy Policy. RSS Feeds.

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Oil and Gas Company Climate Commitments Are Encouraging—But They Need to Do More

Conservancy Talk

Shell’s ambitious “Sky” scenario outlines the potential for “net zero” CO2 emissions by 2070. These reports also project robust growth in renewable energy, with solar power taking the lead as an energy source by mid-century. And because methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, continued use of natural gas will also require that methane emissions in the production and transport of natural gas be tightly controlled.

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INTERVIEW: The Man Behind Palestine’s Green City Rawabi – Bashar Masri

Green Prophet

From political complications over using Jewish National Fund trees , concerns by environmentalists over the lack of water and waste-water management plans to threats by Israel to shut down access roads and boycotts - the project really has seen it all. On a practical level, right now we are forced to use trucks – and therefore increase CO2 emissions – to bring in water, because both our road and water access are blocked at the political level by Israel.

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Combating Climate Change with Landscape Architecture

The Green Changemakers

A recent report from the United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” The primary cause of the warming trend is an increasing concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs), especially carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The 2007 Assessment Report by the IPCC indicates that GHG emissions increased by 70 percent between 1970 and 2004. Environmental Protection Agency Smart Growth Communities The U.S.

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Renewable Revolution: Low-Carbon Energy by 2030

The Green Changemakers

However, this goal is not likely to be achieved if our only measure of success is emissions reductions; climate change is fundamentally a development issue, not a pollution problem. As a result, target-setting has failed to achieve needed reductions in energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to date. Between 1990 and 2007, world gross domestic product increased 156 percent while global energy demand rose 39 percent, pushing up global CO2 emissions by 38 percent.

Ten steps for greenhouse relief and benefits

The Green Changemakers

The world's transport sector is the worst offender in greenhouse-gas emissions-especially the U.S. Halt road construction at local, state and national levels. More roads and wider roads bring about more car and truck traffic and CO2 emissions, and allow sprawl development which means more electricity-demand and less green space. Plant trees on lawns (including golf courses), and everywhere: they suck up CO2. means lower global-warming emissions.

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Debate: What Good Are Planetary Boundaries?

Nature Conservancy - Science

” Howarth, Liverman and Galaz: This Is Not Your Father’s Population Control, Limits-on-Growth Debate. “To provide electricity to everyone would only increase CO2 emissions by 1 percent. “This is a very very different discussion that the limits-to-growth debates of the 70s,” he said, in which simple reduction in population, consumption and economic growth were considered to be the answers.

Survival vs Sustainable Living

Green (Living) Review

This prerequisite in question is population control on a national and worldwide level. The current level of worldwide population growth is unsustainable and if we do not act voluntarily Mother Earth will, undoubtedly, do it or us, and Her methods will be rather more severe and arbitrary. It way be worth noting that I say “pollution” and not “CO2 emissions”, for pollution encompasses so much more and pollution is doing serious harm to all life on Mother Earth, including human life.

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Why we must oppose transition to gas-fired power

Green Blog

One such false, phony, politically disingenuous approach has been the Carbon Trading-based Cap-and-Trade Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) approach. Collective, national responsibility for this already commenced Climate Holocaust is in direct proportion to per capita national pollution of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases (GHGs). the World), 11 (Europe), 16 (the Developed World), 27 (the US) and 30 (Australia; or 54 if Australia’s huge Exported CO2 pollution is included). [2].

Australia’s outrageously deficient carbon tax entrenches climate change inaction

Green Blog

A Climate Change Authority will recommend caps for an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and GHG pollution targets. In July 2015 a Cap-and-Trade Carbon Trading Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be introduced and the Carbon Tax will be allowed to float between a price floor of $15/tC (indexed) and 20% above the expected international price (also indexed). steel and cement manufacture) and fugitive emissions (e.g. billion over 6 years to assist over emissions from gassy mines.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions. Indeed top climate scientists and biologists are telling us that reaching zero emissions is not enough – we then have to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration from the current 394 parts per million (ppm) to 350 ppm (according to 350.org ) and thence to 300 ppm ( according to the latest science-informed 300.org ). tonnes CO2 per person.

A Middle Eastern Oasis for Sustainable Transportation

The Green Changemakers

That was about the time it was discovered that Abu Dhabi –now one of the seven emirates comprising the nation of the United Arab Emirates – was sitting on one-tenth of the world's oil reserves. With most of its growth occurring after 1975, Abu Dhabi grew during the height of the automobile era. A few years ago, Abu Dhabi wisely recognized it would be a mistake to continue basing its growth on the automobile and cheap energy.

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Don’t Just Complain, Blame, or Worry. Do Something: How You Can Take Action for a Sustainable Planet

Conservancy Talk

Can we have a future where people get the food, energy, and economic growth they need without sacrificing nature? The Act required tail pipe emissions to be reduced by 75% in just five years. Specifically, we asked that lofty question I mentioned earlier: Between now and 2050, can we really have it all—a future where people get the food, energy, and economic growth they need without sacrificing nature? Reducing emissions is critical to a more sustainable planet.

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Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable U.S.A. Energy Outlook

The Green Changemakers

Energy Outlook , details how the United States can cut greenhouse gas emissions to the levels we must reach in order to prevent the worst effects of global warming and simultaneously build a sustainable economy. can use energy more efficiently and increase renewable energy generating capacity to cut current C02 emissions levels some 23% by 2020 and 85% by 2050. This would also save businesses and consumers money, which in turn would stimulate economic growth and job creation.

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The SymbioCity concept: Combine and benefit

The Green Changemakers

Finding the right way Cities are and have always been the very centres for cultural life and economic growth. emissions and climate change. Managing these areas of urban growth is crucial to every decision maker – and SymbioCity is all about finding the best and most profitable ways. Sweden – once a troubled nation By the 1970s, decades of heavy industrialisation had finally taken their toll on Sweden. Economy up - emissions down And there is more.

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All About: Developing cities and pollution

The Green Changemakers

Story Highlights Fate of world's climate depends on how developing nations' cities expand By 2030 another 2 billion people from developing world will be living in cities Rapid urban expansion brings huge problems of pollution Local rather than macro-solutions hold key to how cities cope with expansion Rachel Oliver for CNN (CNN) -- If you fix the cities, do you fix the problem? percent per year, compared to less than 1 percent growth rates in developed world cities.

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21 Ways Faith Groups Are Combating Global Warming

The Green Changemakers

Congregations are saving thousands of dollars and preventing tons of CO2 emissions from entering into the atmosphere by developing energy-efficient church buildings. On Sunday, tens of thousands of American clergy linked their worship texts to creation care, many using the materials provided by the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group , “ Celebrating and Caring for God’s Creation.” National partnerships and advocacy Joining together across faith traditions.

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The global crisis in land use.

The Green Changemakers

Collectively, we are beginning to acknowledge that our long addiction to fossil fuels—which has been harming our national security, our economy and our environment for decades—must end. Unfortunately, this positive shift in the national zeitgeist has had an unintended downside. Greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than the emissions from all the world’s passenger cars, trucks, trains and planes, or the emissions from all electricity generation or manufacturing.

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Urban Research Symposium 2009

The Green Changemakers

A policy agenda (pdf) ( presentation - pdf) Lucy Winchester, United Nations (ECLAC/UN), Chile; Raquel Szalachman Assessing patterns of vulnerability, adaptive capacity and resilience across urban centers (pdf) ( presentation - pdf) Patricia Romero Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Mexico; John L.

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10 reasons why organic can feed the world

The Green Changemakers

3 In the UK, however, a study by the Elm Farm Research Centre predicted that a national transition to all-organic farming would see cereal, rapeseed and sugar beet yields fall by between 30 and 60 per cent. Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change Despite organic farming’s low-energy methods, it is not in reducing demand for power that the techniques stand to make the biggest savings in greenhouse gas emissions. Can organic farming feed the world?

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Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

The Green Changemakers

and ‘Can it help reduce CO2 emissions?’ Second, they help make use of local resources to provide a cost-effective energy supply (characterized by mobility, modularity and low operating costs; renewable energies are very flexible in case of upgrade and competitive technologies as decentralized systems) while reducing regional and global greenhouse gas emissions. These biofuels produce fewer emissions than petroleum.

Peak energy, climate change, and the collapse of global civilization - The current peak oil crisis

The Green Changemakers

Unconventional oil resources have greater environmental impacts associated with them, including higher CO2 emissions. link] The conclusions of this analysis are supported by publications and statements made by several national governments, the George W. The global and industrialized economy is based on fractional reserve banking, compound interest, debt-based growth, and compound or unlimited growth.

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Back to Basics in Transportation Planning

The Green Changemakers

I was part of a profession that for five decades viewed its mission as simply accommodating the demands of traffic, whether on local streets or on state and national highways. In the 1930s many American officials visited the German Autobahn network and returned with a sense of urgency that we must create a national system of high-speed highways. There was an overwhelming consensus in the 1950s among politicians that the Interstate Highway system was a matter of national interest.

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Developing Children’s Systems Literacy

The Green Changemakers

When a child observes drivers’ behavior at the traffic rotary being similar to people letting the water run when they brush their teeth, or that the growing conflict between two kids at school is similar to the escalating conflict between two nations, compare those patterns. Trees, fish, people, goods, good will, money, the national debt—these are all stocks. What happens to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere?

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12 steps to unite to combate Climate Change

The Green Changemakers

Whether you are an individual, an organization, a business or a government, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your carbon emissions, the total of which is described as your carbon footprint. Telling people you will reduce carbon emissions may seem simplistic, but even simple actions like announcing your commitment to going carbon neutral can be effective, while the simple act of asking for ideas can lead to creative and innovative solutions.

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Nuclear Power is NOT the Solution to Our Global Warming Woes

The Green Changemakers

The high costs of conventional fossil-fuelled plants would go even higher if their large carbon emissions had to be captured. Uncompetitive CO2 Displacement Nuclear plant operations emit almost no carbon—just a little to produce the fuel under current conditions 6. As Figure 2 shows, various options emit widely differing quantities of CO2 per delivered kilowatt-hour. kilograms of CO2 per kilowatt-hour 7. kilograms of CO2 for the same cost as displacing 0.9

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