Carbon Footprint

Interactive Map Shows Where Toxic Air Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans

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Two leading national environmental groups—Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Earthworks—unveiled a suite of tools Wednesday designed to inform and mobilize American ... Read more about Interactive Map Shows Where Toxic Air Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans

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Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

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Adam Vaughan
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There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.

The question of whether humans’ combined environmental impact has tipped the planet into an “Anthropocene” – ending the current Holocene which began around 12,000 years ago – will be put to the geological body that formally approves such time divisions later this year. ... Read more about Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

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11 maps to mark the COP21 climate talks

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Elsa Wenzel
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Verbose. Indecipherable. Incroyable. Those are just a few ways to describe the dizzyingly complex COP21 climate negotiations in Paris this year.

Keeping the words to a minimum, the global maps below display some of what's at stake amid a changing climate, and where climate movement is afoot. Follow the links to the interactive original versions.

 

 

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Eating less meat essential to curb climate change, says report

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Damian Carrington
 Dietary change is essential if global warming is not to exceed 2C, says report. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Getty Images
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Curbing the world’s huge and increasing appetite for meat is essential to avoid devastating climate change, according to a new report. But governments and green campaigners are doing nothing to tackle the issue due to fears of a consumer backlash, warns the analysis from the thinktank Chatham House. ... Read more about Eating less meat essential to curb climate change, says report

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China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

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Oliver Milman
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China and Australia top a global list of planned oil, gas and coal projects that will act as "carbon bombs" and push the planet towards catastrophic climate change, a Greenpeace report warned on Tuesday. ... Read more about China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

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China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

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Adam Vaughan
China consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined Photograph: US Energy Information Administration U.S. Energy Information Administration
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China now burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined.

The country's appetite for the carbon-intensive fuel rose by 9% in 2011, to 3.8bn tonnes, meaning it now accounts for 47% of worldwide coal consumption. ... Read more about China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

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Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener

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Elisabeth Rosenthal
Taxes on garbage and fossil fuels are part of Ireland’s novel strategy to shrink its debt. Video by Elisabeth Rosenthal on Publish Date December 28, 2012. by Derek Speirs for The New York Times.
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DUBLIN — Over the last three years, with its economy in tatters, Ireland embraced a novel strategy to help reduce its staggering deficit: charging households and businesses for the environmental damage they cause.

The government imposed taxes on most of the fossil fuels used by homes, offices, vehicles and farms, based on each fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions, a move that immediately drove up prices for oil, natural gas and kerosene. Household trash is weighed at the curb, and residents are billed for anything that is not being recycled. ... Read more about Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener

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Nicole Peill-Moelter

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Nicole Peill-Moelter

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Director of Environmental Technologies - Akamai Technologies, Inc.

Nicole oversees the strategy and execution of sustainability initiatives across the company, including energy and greenhouse gas management and reporting, energy efficiency and electronic-waste reduction, employee engagement and stakeholder-awareness. She spends much of her time collaborating with engineers innovating around the energy efficiency, productivity and carbon intensity of Akamai’s global Intelligent Cloud Platform which represents 90% of Akamai’s environmental impact. ... Read more about Nicole Peill-Moelter

Obama administration announces $4 billion US clean energy fund

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Ed King
Loan guarantees aim to boost flagging renewables sectors, under pressure from cheaper fossil fuels
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The US government has made $4 billion in clean energy funding available, in support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The loan guarantees are for US renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that cut, store or reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. ... Read more about Obama administration announces $4 billion US clean energy fund

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