Category Archives: Global Warming

Simple descriptions of the science behind global warming and climate change.

Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Record High

Global warming has been on the rise due to the increasing release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  The main driver in global warming is human industrial activity that causes the release of these greenhouse gases. As global temperatures rise, … Continue reading

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60 Potential Refrigerant Fluids Identified

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has identified 60 substances that may be useful as new refrigerant fluids.  These substances were chosen out of the 56,203 fluids that were tested and considered.  The reason these substances were identified … Continue reading

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Emperor Penguins Threatened by Melting Ice

A new study published in the journal Global Change Biology studied the effects of diminishing sea ice on the Emperor penguin population in Terre Adelie, a region in East Antarctic.  The study was led by researchers from the Woods Hole … Continue reading

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Climate Policy Initiative’s Analysis of GHG Tracking Systems

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) recently conducted an analysis of national systems that track emissions and other activities aimed at reducing emissions.  The study focused on four major countries, U.S., Germany, Italy and China, each of whom contribute their fair share … Continue reading

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Climate Change Mitigation Can Also Have Health and Agricultural Benefits

Climate change mitigation policies can do more than just avert the potential long-term catastrophic consequences that will affect the entire world.  Climate policies can also have short-term benefits in the area of human health and agriculture.  These benefits were outlined … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Annual Conference on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa

The annual United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP17) Climate Change Conference began November 29th In Durban, South Africa.  The 11-day conference is a gathering of representatives from across the globe, whose goal is to develop an ongoing, unified policy … Continue reading

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A Fast, Cheap Method to Curb Climate Change

A new study completed by Mark Z. Jacobson and presented at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) suggests that reducing soot emissions from diesel engines and other sources could go a long way in … Continue reading

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Record Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2010

Carbon-dioxide emission levels are once again on the rise following a slight decrease in 2009. The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that worldwide emissions totaled 30.6 billion metric tons in 2010, a new record and a 5% increase over 2009. … Continue reading

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EPA’s GHG Reporting Program Delayed

The EPA recently announced the postponement of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program deadline.  The 2010 date deadline was originally set for March 31, 2011 for facilities emitting at least 25,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year; however, due to … Continue reading

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Congress Continues to Resist the EPA Carbon Regulations

Last week EPA administrator Lisa Jackson testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power.  In the testimony Jackson voiced adamant opposition to the proposed House Energy Tax Prevention Act.  The Act would effectively shift certain regulatory powers … Continue reading

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