Climate News Roundup

Energy efficiency easiest path to aid climate – Reuters. “The cash needed to return rising [global] emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, to current levels by 2030 would amount to 0.3 to 0.5 percent of projected gross domestic product (GDP), or 1.1 to 1.7 percent of global investment flows, in 2030,” according to a new U.N. report that can be found here.

As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly ExtremesNew York Times. One of the best newspaper articles ever written on China’s pollution problem.

Vulnerable to rising seas, Singapore envisions a giant seawallInternational Herald Tribune “Most of the business-end of Singapore – its airport, its business district and, of course, its busy container ports, lie less than two meters above sea level.” Just how ideal it is to live on a walled island is another issue. I’m sure any Singaporean would agree – let’s just keep the sea from rising.

To go green in jet fuel, Boeing looks at algaeSeattle Times. “These slimy aquatic creatures not only absorb great quantities of carbon dioxide during their lifetime, but they are also the source of energy-rich oil that can be turned into fuel. Lurking in the depths of ponds, they take a lot less space than conventional horizontal above-ground crops — and they can live in brackish water.” Bottom Line: “Instead of needing all of Florida [for U.S. transport needs], you could provide the whole world’s fleet with biojet fuel if you had a bioreactor the size of Maryland.”

3 Responses to Climate News Roundup

  1. Tim Bousquet says:

    It’s unclear from the article, but it appears that the Maryland-sized area referred to would provide the biofuel portion of just a *15 percent* biofuel blend of jet fuel. If so, then projected passenger traffic increases will more than cancel out any GHG emission savings gained by biofuels.

  2. Estetik says:

    And I will be alot kinder if people were not in my personal space. This goes for smoking too. I don’t think that I should have to inhale someone’s else personal choice to kill themselves. FYI, my mom and boyfriend both smoke. And neither do it around me. It is called personal space. This goes for loved ones as well as perfect strangers.