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UCSD Researchers: Where International Climate Policy Has Failed, Grassroots Efforts Can Succeed

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Robert Monroe
Smog in Beijing. Photo: Steven Zhang
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The world can significantly slow the pace of climate change with practical efforts to control so-called “short-lived climate pollutants” and by bringing successful Western technologies to the developing world, according to three UC San Diego scientists in the journal Foreign Affairs.

For the last two decades global diplomatic talks on climate change have struggled to make progress. Part of the problem, the scientists say, is that diplomacy has focused almost exclusively on carbon dioxide—a pollutant that is expensive and difficult to control. ... Read more about UCSD Researchers: Where International Climate Policy Has Failed, Grassroots Efforts Can Succeed

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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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Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds

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Damian Carrington
Sprinklers water crops in Bakersfield, California, during a heatwave. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images David McNew/Getty
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The world's food crisis, where 1 billion people are already going hungry and a further 2 billion people will be affected by 2050, is set to worsen as increasing heatwaves reverse the rising crop yields seen over the last 50 years, according to new research. ... Read more about Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds

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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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Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Region, 1990-2011

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“This figure shows carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 to 2011 for different regions of the world. These totals do not include emissions or sinks related to land-use change or forestry. Inclusion of land-use change and forestry would increase the apparent emissions from some regions while decreasing the emissions from others.” – United States Environmental Protection Agency ... Read more about Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Region, 1990-2011

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Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, 1990-2010

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"This figure shows worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by sector from 1990 to 2010. For consistency, emissions are expressed in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. These totals include emissions and sinks due to land-use change and forestry. ... Read more about Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, 1990-2010

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Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Gas, 1990-2010

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“This figure shows worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and several fluorinated gases from 1990 to 2010. For consistency, emissions are expressed in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. These totals include emissions and sinks due to land-use change and forestry.” – United States Environmental Protection Agency ... Read more about Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Gas, 1990-2010

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