Beijing issues first-ever 'red alert' over air pollution

Beijing issues first-ever 'red alert' over air pollutionThe looming smog underscores the challenge facing the government as it battles pollution caused by the coal-burning power industry.

Chinese researchers have identified pollution as a major source of instability in the country.
However, the ban of driving large-scale vehicles on roads has begun.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/beijing-red-alert-pollution_us_566562f2e4b079b2818f16dd

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World’s pledges to reduce carbon emissions aren´t enough to tackle climate change, un warns

Countries around the world that contribute more to the overall greenhouse gas emission as those that contribute less have pledged to reduce these high values for climate meeting in Paris. This will take place from 30th November and 11th December. While it is true that some countries have made real progress but there is still much work to do.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/carbon-emissions-reduction-pledges-paris_us_563d0c03e4b0411d30710b42

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New draft climate agreement leaves major sticking points

The United Nations conference on climate change in Paris

The United Nations conference on climate change in Paris is the right place where the latest draft of a new global climate agreement was met with cautious optimism on Thursday night however the final agreement can be made on Friday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/draft-climate-agreement_us_566a4b7ae4b009377b248ec3

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Welcome to the third Industrial Revolution: Climate change, Connectivity and a Unifying Global purpose

The book "The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis" written in 2009 by Rifkin explores how the possibilities of a connected world can lead to solutions to one of our greatest crisis: climate change.

Rifkin labels all this the "Third Industrial Revolution" because to understand the enormity of the economic change taking place, we need to understand the technological forces that have given rise to new economic systems throughout history.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/third-industrial-revolution_b_8337742.html

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Greenhouse gases reached record highs in 2014

Greenhouse Gases Records

Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2014 as the relentless fueling of climate change makes the planet more dangerous for future generations.

Carbon dioxide levels averaged 397.7 ppm in 2014 which means hotter global temperatures, more extreme weather events like heatwaves and floods, melting ice, rising sea levels and increased acidity of the oceans.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/greenhouse-gases-record-levels-co2-methane_us_56407068e4b0b24aee4acc83

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How mayors from Seattle to Shenzhen lead on pollution

Urban areas contain about half the world’s population now and will have two-thirds by 2050, according to the UN. That makes them “fundamental” to tackling global warming.

The work of cities is crucial because they produce 80 % of economic output and are responsible for 70 % of greenhouse gas emissions.

Cities including Seattle, Oslo, Copenhaguen, Stockholm and Tokyo are taking the lead in slashing fossil-fuel emissions and also good pledges from NY “cut pollution 80 % by 2050” and London “slashing emissions by 60% between 1990 and 2025”.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-04/what-mayors-from-seattle-to-shenzen-teach-nations-on-pollution

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Study: man-made heat in oceans has doubled since ‘97

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/tech/science/2016/01/18/ocean-heat/78959516/

Scientists have long known that more than 90% of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world’s oceans instead of the ground.

The oceans are so cold and the absorbed heat raises temperatures by only a few tenths of a degree but the importance is the energy balance.  When oceans absorb all that heat it keeps the surface from getting even warmer from the heat-trapping gases spewed by the burning of coal, oil and gas.

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Landmark dutch climate ruling: cut emissions to protect citizens

http://phys.org/news/2015-06-dutch-court-state-slash-greenhouse.html

A Dutch court ordered the government to decrease greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way for similar legal battles around the world.

The problem really lies in EU statistics Agency Eurostat, only 4.5 percent of Dutch energy consumption came from renewables in 2013, compared to an EU average of 15 percent.

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Ewg's food scores

EWG’s food scores is a APP produced with the intention of help consumers to take the healthier and greener food choices. This APP rates more than 80,000 products according three criteria: nutrition, ingredient concerns and processing.

http://www.ewg.org/foodscores