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ExxonMobil’s shareholders force the company to confront climate change head on

ExxonMobil’s shareholders force the company to confront climate change head on | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
To stay sane, environmental activists have to live by the mantra, "you win some, you lose some." Earlier today (May 31), Reuters and Axios both cited sources saying president Donald Trump will likely pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement. Almost as if to make up for it, on the same day
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Electricity’s Carbon Footprint in U.S. Shrinks, Sets Record

Electricity’s Carbon Footprint in U.S. Shrinks, Sets Record | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
U.S. energy-related carbon pollution fell in 2016, part of a decade-long trend as utilities use less coal in favor of natural gas.
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Super cool trend.  Now if we can only bend that arc even lower.

The reality is that our planet is switching to renewable energy, the only question is how fast.
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This Climate Change Measure Has Fossil Fuel Companies and Green Groups Working Together

This Climate Change Measure Has Fossil Fuel Companies and Green Groups Working Together | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A rare coalition of energy companies, green groups and trade unions united this month to support a measure before Congress
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Trump Picks Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

Trump Picks Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Rex Tillerson has been nominated to run the State Department despite the potential for major conflicts of interest.
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China has climate change deniers, too. But they’re mostly shunned.

China has climate change deniers, too. But they’re mostly shunned. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Unlike in America, climate change skepticism in China is largely a left-wing notion.
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US President-elect Donald Trump sees climate change, according to his incoming chief of staff, as a "bunch of bunk." But China — the biggest carbon dioxide emitter on Earth — takes the topic very seriously. And state-run papers in the country are already crowing that the US under Trump will “betray its words” on climate change, while "China will unswervingly keep its promise.”
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Kinder Morgan President Isn't Sure If Humans Caused Global Warming

Kinder Morgan President Isn't Sure If Humans Caused Global Warming | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER — The president of the company that hopes to build the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says he doesn't know whether humans are contributing to climate change.

Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Thursday that there is disagreement about the degree to which people influence global warming.


"I've read the science on both sides and I don't pretend to be smart enough to know which is right," he said.

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PIRatE Lab's insight:
Again, this trend seems to not be changing: a consistent level of power players aren't sure about human-spurred climate change (aka reality).  To be sure these folks are in the minority, but their numbers have not gone away.  We are all being reminded about the fact that even a small proportion of folks who might shun the facts on climate change can exert a powerful influence on our policies and practices.
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Plunging UK Coal Imports Starts ‘Concerning Trend’ -BIMCO

Plunging UK Coal Imports Starts ‘Concerning Trend’ -BIMCO | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The main exporters of thermal coal for coal-fired power plants to the U.K. have experienced a heavy decline in seaborne cargo volumes in 2016.
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This is only a problem if you are trying to keep the old, dirty, and dangerous fossil fuel companies empowered.  For those seeking new careers and greener jobs/energy it is not so bad.

Coal is clearly dead and going the way of the horse and buggy.  It is only a question of how quickly it will be phased out. 
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Southern California Gas to pay $4-million settlement over massive Porter Ranch gas leak

Southern California Gas to pay $4-million settlement over massive Porter Ranch gas leak | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
SoCal Gas to pay $4 million settlement over massive Porter Ranch gas leak
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Hotter Years, More Fires

Hotter Years, More Fires | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The average number of large wildfires burning across the Western U.S. each year has tripled from the 1970s to the 2010s.
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Surprise, surprise.  More variable and intense swings in fire-prone weather looking into the future.  
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California gas well blowout caused nation's largest methane release, study finds

California gas well blowout caused nation's largest methane release, study finds | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

ThisThe Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout released more than 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane before the well was finally plugged Feb. 11, according to the first study of the event, to be published Feb. ...

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This is single storage well failure erased all the work we have done fro the past year in terms of CO2 emission reduction in the state of California.  Crazy.  A clear sign that we need to get our energy infrastructure together and another example of why natural gas isn't as clean and the proponents often articulate (hint: leaks are the norm with natural gas infrastructure, not the exception).

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Analysis: How BP's energy outlook has changed after the Paris agreement

Analysis: How BP's energy outlook has changed after the Paris agreement | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Carbon Brief explores why the 2016 BP energy outlook appears impervious to the Paris climate agreement, the world's first universal, global commitment to cut emissions.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 12, 2016 12:08 PM

Instead of drastic cuts in CO2 emissions, BP predicts global emissions fall less than 3% by 2035.

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EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions

EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Ships, which create 3% of all emissions across the European Union, could soon have to report their CO2 impact if new MEP proposals get the green light.

The plans, designed to help cut emissions from the sector, would come into play from 2018 for all ships that weigh more than 5,000 tonnes.
There are currently no pieces of legislation covering maritime emissions reduction. And with shipping emissions jumping 70% since 1990, the EU thinks the time is right to take action. If emissions continue to

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BP's two-word fix for global climate change

BP's two-word fix for global climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Oil supermajor BP says global carbon emissions will continue to rise well above what most scientists regard as safe levels in the years to come. While there's no silver-bullet solution to the threat of climate change, the company endorses one specific policy as a way to guide efforts.
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Why are so many CEOs bashing Trump over the Paris accord? Money and public opinion

Why are so many CEOs bashing Trump over the Paris accord? Money and public opinion | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Captains of industry such as Elon Musk and Bob Iger have led corporate opposition to President Trump's climate policies, but is their position about global warming or their bottom lines?
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Here’s why new EPA chief Pruitt is ‘absolutely wrong’ about CO2 and climate change

Here’s why new EPA chief Pruitt is ‘absolutely wrong’ about CO2 and climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Scott Pruitt says there's no proof that carbon dioxide pollution is causing the Earth to heat up. Well-established science — and a scientist who's a fellow Republican — says that's flat-out wrong.
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This...is...simply...deranged.
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Wyoming bill would all but outlaw clean energy, by forbidding utilities from using it

Wyoming bill would all but outlaw clean energy, by forbidding utilities from using it | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Aiming to keep Wyoming electric utilities dependent on coal, the legislature proposes a bill preventing them from using the state's abundant wind power to in-state customers.
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This is just insane.  First Pruitt's comments about California's permission to manage it's own airspeed and now this.
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California's climate fight could be painful — especially on job and income growth

California's climate fight could be painful — especially on job and income growth | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Californians are likely to pay more for gasoline, electricity, food and new homes — and to feel their lives jolted in myriad other ways — because their state broadly expanded its war on climate change this summer. The ambitious new goals will require complex regulations on an unprecedente
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Researchers take small step towards proving carbon capture

Researchers take small step towards proving carbon capture | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Researchers believe that they have made a major step towards proving carbon capture and storage is viable. A team in Washington State injected liquified CO
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Steyer, oil companies spent big to lobby as California lawmakers weighed bills

Steyer, oil companies spent big to lobby as California lawmakers weighed bills | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Led by environmentalists and oil companies, California lobbyist employers spent $84.4 million to advocate to officials and influence legislation from July 1 through the end of September.

The latest spending reports cover a busy time for lobbyists representing more than 3,000 businesses, unions, trade groups and other lobbyist employers. Lawmakers acted on hundreds of bills, including major climate change measures, leading up to the Aug. 31 regular-session deadline, and Gov. Jerry Brown had until Sept. 30 to sign or veto legislation.

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Pretty amazing to see how much more Mr. Steyer spent on efforts to support climate change legislation relative to the Western States Petroleum Association.  Yet even that wasn't enough to overcome the anti-cap and trade movement in Sacramento.
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After quick action, the Paris climate deal is set to go into effect way earlier than expected

After quick action, the Paris climate deal is set to go into effect way earlier than expected | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The historic global climate change plan negotiated last year in Paris is set go into effect in mid-November, years earlier than anticipated. The World's environment editor Peter Thomson reflects on how it happened and why it matters.
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Sustainable Jet Fuels Have Yet To Takeoff

Sustainable Jet Fuels Have Yet To Takeoff | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Ten years after the formation of an FAA/industry alternative fuels initiative, significant technical progress has been made, but commercialization remains a challenge. Now the White House is adding its support to the fledgeling industry.
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Why Russia’s carbon footprint grows on International Women’s Day

Why Russia’s carbon footprint grows on International Women’s Day | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Environmentalists say: Stop it with all the roses.
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The globalization of supply chains is frequently at the root of these "don't give these gift" campaigns.
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Those Bubbles in Your Coke May Someday Help Save the Planet

Those Bubbles in Your Coke May Someday Help Save the Planet | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Climeworks AG is not the first company to figure out how to suck carbon dioxide out of the air. It may become the first to make money from it at an industrial scale.
The Swiss company plans to remove 1,000 metric tons a year of the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere when its first commercial plant starts working this summer near its headquarters in Zurich. That’s about the same as the carbon footprint of 200 British residents.
“Our units are actually pretty low tech,” Christoph Gebald, co-founder at Climeworks, said in an interview. “They are steel boxes with two openings and a fan that pulls air through a filter. The CO2 stays on the surface of the filter material.”

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Drink up that soda for the planet?!?

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Feature: There’s too much carbon dioxide in the air. Why not turn it back into fuel?

Feature: There’s too much carbon dioxide in the air. Why not turn it back into fuel? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“Solar fuels”—basically, liquid sunshine—could make a big dent in future greenhouse-gas emissions, if they take off
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Let's make fuel from atmospheric CO2!

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B Team Leaders Call for Net-Zero Greenhouse-Gas Emissions by 2050 - The B Team

B Team Leaders Call for Net-Zero Greenhouse-Gas Emissions by 2050 - The B Team | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Geneva, 5th February, 2015 – Today, Leaders of The B Team running some of the world’s largest companies, called upon world leaders to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 – and urged business leaders to match this ambition by committing to bold long-term targets. The B Team’s ambition builds on recent talks …
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Using information in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, the 2014 United Nations Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report, and other scientific literature, a new briefing note from Climate Analytics details timeframes for that goal. For a 66 percent likelihood of avoiding 2 degrees of warming by century’s end, GHG emissions would have to be 40–70 percent below 2010 levels by 2050 and would need to reach zero some time between 2080 and 2100, but energy and industry emissions of CO2 would have to reach zero no later than 2075 and perhaps as soon as 2060.

At the outset of the Geneva talks, The B Team, a group of leaders from the business and nonprofit sectors founded by Sir Richard Branson, referenced the 66 percent chance in endorsing a net zero emissions goal: “The B Team view a 1-in-3 chance of failure as an unreasonable risk scenario carrying significant cost implications, strengthening the business case for achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.”

"Momentum is already growing in finance, business and political circles for a net zero goal," wrote Mary Robinson, the United Nations Secretary General's special envoy on climate change, in the foreword to The Business Case for Adopting the Long-Term Goal for Net Zero Emissions, a report published by Track0.org.

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