While many of us are pessimistic about the likelihood that a new global accord on climate change will emerge to replace the Kyoto Protocol (with large emitters like Canada and the United States retreating from the development of national programs), we have many reasons to be optimistic about the potential for urban and regional approaches to succeed.
City of Vancouver, FortisBC Working Together to Tackle Climate Change
FortisBC and the City of Vancouver announced recently (11/24) that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to team up on climate action projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, while maintaining access to natural gas for residents and businesses. The MOU supports the City of Vancouver in pursuing its commitment to improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions in the region by 80 per cent below 2007 levels before 2050,...
CPUC Report Shows Utilities Ahead of Renewable Energy Goals in Fight Against Climate Change
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently (11/13) released its annual Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) report showing that the program, which is one of the most ambitious in the country, is ahead of target and is helping to achieve large reductions in costs for renewable electricity. The state`s RPS requires investor-owned utilities, electric service providers, and community choice aggregators to procure 33 percent of retail sales per year from eligible renewable sources by 2020 and 50...
Solving Climate Change next week in Hong Kong! Meet us there and see how Gasmet contributes
The 6th International Conference on Earth Science & Climate Change 2017 will be held in Hong Kong on September 18-19, 2017. The conference covers several topics such as Meteorology, Climate Change and Extreme Weather, Global Warming and Environmental Change and Technologies and Applications of Earth Science, bringing together Professors, Scientists, Professional delegates, Researchers and Students. Gasmet will demonstrate the power of portable FTIR gas analyzers (models DX4040 and DX4015), which represent...
With Changing Climate, Farmers Should Prepare
Climate change may trigger images of polar bears falling off melting ice slabs in the Arctic, but the changes are relevant for Ohio farmers as well. Winters in Ohio are warming quicker than summers are, while summer nighttime lows are increasing faster than daytime highs, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. Extreme rain events are far more common in Ohio...
Climate change legislation sees huge increase
A growing number of countries are passing laws aimed at ensuring they will keep their promises to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, new research shows. But some still need to do more to give their pledges practical effect under national laws. An analysis by researchers and staff of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, shows a clear rise in the number of countries introducing legislation to support the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) they have undertaken to make under the Paris...