President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

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Last week, President Obama announced the contents of his Climate Action Plan.  The plan has been received both negatively and positively, however many will agree it is an assertive and bold plan. “It is the most aggressive and promising climate plan to come out of the executive branch in years and President Obama should be applauded for the bold leadership …

Carbon Dioxide Levels Pass Bleak Milestone

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For the first time in human history, the level of carbon dioxide has reached an average daily level of 400 parts per million (ppm), a long-feared milestone among scientists.  The level was obtained at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, a monitoring station that tracks carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. NASA scientist James Hansen stated in 1988 that the …

Climate Change to Increase Atmospheric Turbulence

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A new study released in Nature Climate Change entitled “Intensification of winter transatlantic aviation turbulence in response to climate change” finds that climate change will increase the frequency and strength of atmospheric turbulence.  According to the study performed by Paul D. Williams and Manoj M. Joshi, atmospheric turbulence causes most weather-related aircraft incidents. This type of turbulence is not picked …

Two Companies Invest in Green Projects

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DHL and Nestlé both recently incorporated green projects into their businesses.  DHL Express has an ongoing program called GoGreen that focuses on minimizing their company’s impact on the environment.  This has included measures like recyclable packaging, energy efficient facilities, and greener delivery vehicles.  The company has a long term goal of improving their carbon efficiency of their operations by 30% …

Fee and Dividend Climate Bill

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While it has a slim-to-none chance of passing through the current Senate or the House, new climate and energy legislation was revealed on February 14th by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif).  Called the Climate Protection Act of 2013, climate activists seem to like its contents, while climate deniers are not as thrilled. A summary of the climate …

2011 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data Released

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In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule for mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting. Under this rule, 40 CFR Part 98, certain facilities are required to report their greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis.  More information on this rule and who it affects was posted in a previous blog post, found here. Last week, the …

ACS Climate Science Toolkit

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) has created an online toolkit that enables scientists and the general public to educate themselves on the basic science of climate change.  According to the ACS, the Climate Science Toolkit “is designed to equip you with the information and other resources necessary to develop a robust intellectual structure that can be the basis for your …

Europe Experiences Effects of Climate Change

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The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report last week on the impacts that climate change is having on all regions of Europe.  The report, entitled Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012, was written and compiled by approximately 50 authors, including the Europe Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Overall, the report found higher average temperatures across all …

Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy

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As we all know, Hurricane Sandy ripped through the eastern United States last week, wreaking havoc along the way.  Estimates of the damage include at least 40 U.S. deaths, $50 billion in economic losses, 8 million homes without power and the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.  With both presidential candidates staying mostly quiet about climate change before the …

The Great Barrier Reef Quickly Disappearing

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The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) released a new study that reports that the Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral cover in just the last 27 years.  This is an astounding rate of loss.  The findings were based on the most comprehensive reef monitoring program available.  This program began broad surveillance of 100 of the reefs …