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20.10.19~20.10.25 Up to 0.9 gigatonnes more CO2 absorbed by oceans each year than scientists thought

Scientists have been underestimating the amount of carbon our oceans absorb from the atmosphere each year. Previous estimates indicated that about a quarter of the emissions caused by human activity were drawn into the ocean. In other words, more than 2 gigatonnes of CO2 per year. Researchers supported by the EU-funded 4C and...

20.10.12~20.10.18 NASA Supercomputing Study Breaks Ground For Tree Mapping, Carbon Research

Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests, discovering billions of trees in arid and semi-arid regions and laying the groundwork for more accurate global measurement of carbon storage on land. Using powerful...

IRENA reports 140GW of new solar and wind capacity were installed in 2018

More than 140 gigawatts of solar and wind generation capacity were added globally last year as solar PV consolidated its role as the growth engine of the renewables market, new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency show.... An excerpt from IEEFA

Energy-related carbon dioxide emission profiles differ dramatically from state to state

Texas has more energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than any other state, while Vermont has the least, according to EIA’s recently released Energy-related Carbon Dioxide Emissions by State, 2005-2016. In addition to energy-related CO2 emissions estimates for all 50 states, the report provides data on CO2 emissions per capita and emissions broken out by fuel and by sector.... An excerpt...

Greenhouse gas emissions in UK fell 3% in 2018, official figures show

Emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, are at the lowest level since before the start of the 20th century, when Queen Victoria was still on the throne, government officials said. The fall was mainly due to a 7% reduction in pollution from energy suppliers, as the power sector continued to switch away from coal to low-carbon technology such...

IEA: Natural Gas Prevented More Significant Rise In Global Energy-Related Co2 Emissions In 2018

The switch to natural gas for electricity generation prevented 95 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2018, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report. In fact, natural gas has cut 50 percent more emissions in the United States than wind or solar combined since 2005, and this increase does not diminish the progress that the United States has...

The Effects of Changes to Marine Fuel Sulfur Limits in 2020 on Energy Markets

As the implementation date for the 0.5% sulfur cap approaches, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects that shifts in petroleum product pricing may begin as early as mid-to-late 2019. EIA anticipates that the effects on petroleum prices will be most acute in 2020, and the effects on prices will be moderate after that.... An excerpt from US Energy Information...

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018: IEA

Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a record high last year as energy demand and coal use increased, mainly in Asia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.... An excerpt from Reuters

Western Balkans pump subsidies worth €1.2 billion into coal

Western Balkan countries, which have set their sights on EU membership, are still propping up coal power with large public subsidies worth more than €1.2 billion, a new report revealed on Monday (25 March). The subsidies are not in line with EU regulations or decarbonisation efforts. Without the subsidies, energy costs would soar by some 23% in Kosovo, 29% in...

Report Finds Global Banks Poured $1.9 Trillion into Fossil Fuel Financing Since the Paris Agreement was Adopted, with Financing on the Rise Each Year

A report released today by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Indigenous Environmental Network, Oil Change International, Sierra Club, and Honor the Earth, and endorsed by over 160 organizations around the world, reveals that 33 global banks have provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris climate accord at the end of 2015. Banking on Climate...

[Report] Including estimates of Black Carbon emissions in the Fourth IMO GHG Study

"Conclusions 1. Blackcarbonisthesecondlargestcontributortoshipping’s climate warming impacts. 2. Blackcarbonisarelevantsubstancethatcontributesto climate change. 3. Blackcarbonhasbeenmeasuredfrommarineenginesand from ship stacks. 4. Blackcarbonemissionfactorsareavailableandcanbe improved. 5. Blackcarbonemissionsinventoriesforglobalshippingexist and can be improved. 6. Blackcarbonemissionsestimatescanandshouldbe included in the Fourth IMO GHG Study." An excerpt fromICCT

[Report] Overview of blockchain uses by major energy companies: towards the democratization of a technology fit to the energy sector

"In 2018, one third of the top 250 energy companies in the Platts ranking publicly reported their involvement in at least one blockchain project. since its creation in 2017, the Energy Web Foundation has quickly established itself as the leading consortium for the energy sector. Today, more than 50 members - about 60% utilities and 40% technology companies - are...