Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Record High

Daniel Fried-Petersen Air Quality, Climate Change, Emissions, Global Warming, Sustainability Leave a Comment

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, sea levels rise, ice caps melt, natural disasters increase, and our world becomes less habitable. Greenhouse gases are gases that …

NOAA Climate Change Report is Proven Accurate

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Back in June of 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a study that updated the global temperature record and increased the estimated rate of global warming over the past 15 years. This study was met with controversy, specifically from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Smith has a history …

Latest U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, more commonly known as the GHG Inventory. The report reviews greenhouse gas emissions on a nation-wide scale from 1990-2014. The report tracks emissions and removals by source, economic sector, and type of greenhouse gas by utilizing national energy data, data on …

EPA Releases Report on the Benefits of Global Action on Climate Change

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In late June of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a peer-reviewed report on the economic, health, and environmental benefits to the United States of global climate action. The report, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action”, compares two future scenarios, one with significant global action and one without. The future with significant action scenario …

Obama Designates Massive Marine Reserve

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Last week, President Obama designated the world’s largest marine reserve in the Pacific Islands.  The reserve will cover 470,000 square miles of ocean around the islands.  The area is a major expansion of the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.  This action will increase the existing monument to six times its current size. The area will be off-limits to …

Is the Federal Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions Sufficient?

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In March 2014, the White House released its “Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.”  The strategy involves new regulations and voluntary actions to reduce methane emissions from landfills, coal mines, agriculture, and the oil and gas industry.  To go from a published strategy to actual reductions will involve a lengthy negotiation process among various stakeholders, including industry, …

EPA Proposes Updates to Methane Standards at New Landfills

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new proposal last week to update the air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.  The proposal is a part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. As waste decomposes in a landfill, it breaks down to form landfill gas that is made up of carbon dioxide, …

IPCC Releases Second Installment of Climate Report

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second installment of the fifth climate report in late March.  The first installment was released in September of 2013 with the next installment planned for April, 2014.  The IPCC is “the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and …

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released greenhouse gas emissions data from large facilities last week.  This is the third report of its kind and details pollution emissions and trends by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility.  Overall, the EPA reports a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. The data is obtained from the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which …

DEP Releases Climate Impacts Assessment

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has released an updated Climate Impacts Assessment for the state of Pennsylvania.  The report is an update to the findings made in the 2009 reports entitled Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment and Economic Impacts of Projected Climate Change in Pennsylvania.  These previous reports presented assessments on the impacts of climate change on various sectors …