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November 14 News: Record Growth Of Global CO2 Emissions In 2011

By Stephen Lacey

"November 14 News: Record Growth Of Global CO2 Emissions In 2011"

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Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2011 rose 2.5 percent to 34 billion tonnes, a new record, Germany’s renewable energy institute said on Tuesday. The IWR, which advises German ministries, cited recovered industrial activity after the end of the global economic crisis of recent years. [Reuters]

TV Media Excluding MSNBC Covered Biden’s Smile Nearly Twice As Much As Climate Change. Since August 1, the major cable and broadcast networks have spent just over three and a half hours discussing climate change in the context of the presidential election. [Media Matters For America]

California’s fledging market-based system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions makes its formal debut on Wednesday with its auction of state-issued pollution allowances. [New York Times]

The ball is now in the court of Republicans if the Obama administration is to consider including a carbon tax as part of fiscal reform efforts, a U.S. Treasury official said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Sorry to see 100-watt bulbs disappear from stores because they were energy hogs? You can now get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy. [Associated Press]

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk would rather see the government place a tax on carbon emissions than increase tax credits for buyers of electric vehicles, he said last night. [Business Insider]

The International Energy Agency Tuesday cut its forecast for oil demand during the last quarter of this year and said the state of the global economy will limit consumption expansion in 2013. [Wall Street Journal]

Volcanic heat from Iceland could generate electricity to power British homes within a decade, according to experts. The geothermal energy would be piped to Britain through the world’s longest seabed power cable but would be no more expensive than the next generation of nuclear energy. [The Telegraph]

Centralised France may lack the clout at local government level to ease its new shift to greener energy, contrasting with the regional and grass-roots power that helped push through the rise of renewables in Germany. [Reuters]

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19 Responses to November 14 News: Record Growth Of Global CO2 Emissions In 2011

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Rise in diabetes and NCDs linked to climate change
    Global food inequality is driving type 2 diabetes in the large numbers of people who are malnourished on the one hand and obese on the other http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/diabetes-diseases-climate-change-inequality

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Good food is expensive. Junk is cheap. Sick people are ‘business opportunities’ until they run out of money or insurance. The ‘profit motive’ is infinitely fungible, whether you are peddling crack cocaine or counterfeit drugs, coshing someone in order to ‘arbitrage’ their wallet in your direction, exploiting child labour or destroying the planet’s habitability.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Is it possible for some journalist or media person, or insert_concerned_organisation_here to ask the people who still opt for delay, why?

    Let’s share the thoughts from the people who want a planet with more greenhouse gases in the air. Is Rex Tillerson still claiming that we can “adapt”?

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      First, we must accept that they want the disaster to happen. Then you consider ‘Why’.

      • prokaryotes says:

        I thought about this too, but this strategy is flawed, because as longer we wait the worse it gets and without global actions we can not make it either. So we have to act today and on a global scale. The biggest challenge in human history!

  3. Gingerbaker says:

    “Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2011 rose 2.5 percent to 34 billion tonnes, a new record, …”

    Which broke the record set last year, which broke the previous year’s record, etc, etc.

    Yes – it’s a broken record all right, this idea that we can use market-based solutions to solve the AGW crisis.

    We are we not taslking about the other possible paradigm for a solution? We are we not talking about a Federal program to produce carbon-free electricity using ;large centralized installations?

    Why is every blog post here about stuff like carbon taxes, which are a way to impose market-based solutions? We have been trying, and failing to make headway against AGW using this paradigm, and todays headline is yet another in an unbroken string of eveidences that this paradigm doesn’t stand a chance of reducing our CO2 output in time to prevent a nightmare 5C + world.

    Can we please have some posts about why large installations would be the easiest, simplest, most cost-efficient and quickest way to reduce our CO2 emissions to zero???

    • Joe Romm says:

      We haven’t enacted any market-based strategies to date in this country. Neither has China or India.

      • Mark E says:

        Let us speak ask the question this way:

        Instead of speaking in terms of dollars how many new Aegis destroyers or stealth bombers could be scrapped from the drawing board to finance the construction of hardware to power DC – including autos – with 100% renewable energy?

        In running the numbers include the direct and indirect value that reducing dependence on foreign oil has on the trade balance; also include the value of innovations that would spin off; also include economy of scale for producing and deploying such tech.

        maybe we do not need any legislation; maybe we just need the executive branch (Obama) to fearlessly lead?

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      ‘The Market’ is God. Market worship is the new, mandatory, religion of the Age. Homo sapiens has gone stark, raving, mad, which, as the Greeks knew, comes before destruction.

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    The maths is brutal… must hear episode.

    Climate Portals shared a link on FB
    5 minutes ago

    Reality Ck 101… good luck folks…

    The Radio Ecoshock Show: Kevin Anderson: What They Won’t Tell You About Climate Catastrophe
    http://www.ecoshock.info
    http://www.ecoshock.info/2012/11/kevin-anderson-what-they-wont-tell-you.html

    • David Goldstein says:

      Paul:
      I just listened to the first 10 minutes of this ecoshock audio-cast. How else can this be said?: If Mr. Anderson’s summations are accurate then we are living in nothing less than a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode right now; a truly impending, onrushing existential threat to our species-one that has been repeatedly and clearly delineated by our scientists – is simply being whole-saledly ignored by all but about .001% And, yes, I know about the polls that show that 65% or whatever of Americans ‘support action on climate change’ but-listening to Mr. Anderson- that seems the equivalent of 65% supporting ‘action’ on possibly doing something, maybe, at least a little bit about the onrushing asteroid that is due to imminently impact Earth. Wow- we really and truly are living in the period when our species pushes our system (Earth!) beyond its carrying capacity.

  5. Colorado Bob says:

    Nov 14 (Reuters) – One of Rome’s most historic bridges was closed on Wednesday as the swollen Tiber River roared through the capital and flooded outlying neighbourhoods.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/italy-floods-idUSL5E8ME59N20121114

  6. Colorado Bob says:

    The two were among 19 records set statewide for the driest October on record, hydrologist Kevin Kodama said in a report issued earlier this month.

    Those locations included Mt. Waialeale on Kauai, the wettest place in Hawaii with more than 393 inches annually, making it also one of the wettest spots in the world. The rainfall there last month was 5.14 inches, nearly 1½ inches less than the previous driest October.

    Mt. Waialeale typically sees more than 33 inches of rain during that month.

    http://bigislandnow.com/2012/11/13/low-october-rainfall-sets-records-in-pahoa-laupahoehoe/

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Rapid, prodigious, change. Climate derangement, the weather running amok, occurring far faster than anticipated. Humanity at the end of its tether, bungee-jumping with the rope around our throats.

  7. Merrelyn Emery says:

    The same economics that got us into this mess is also, eventually, going to get us out – far too late of course. It can’t fix itself as we see in Europe and as the lights go out, the demand and the emissions go down, ME

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Weighing change in Antarctica

    Determining whether polar ice sheets are shrinking or growing, and what their contribution is to changes in sea level, has motivated polar scientists for decades. Genuine progress began in the early 1990s when satellite observations started to provide (nearly) spatially comprehensive sets of observations. Three very different, and hence complementary, approaches are now employed, although each has a particular limitation
    http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2012/11/weighing-change-in-antarctica/