The U.S. doesn’t have a carbon market or an extensive renewable energy subsidy scheme, but it did see a 3.4 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions from 2011 to 2012. That’s according to a new EPA report, which found that between 2005 and 2012, America’s emissions were literally decimated. -The American Interest
The most underreported recent environmental story has been the dramatic decline in energy-related carbon emissions — nearly back to mid-1990s levels, and falling. Maybe it's because that story just doesn't fit the left's mantra that traditional energy sources are destroying the environment. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) June energy report says that energy-related carbon dioxide fell to 5,473 million metric tons (MMT) in 2011. That's down from a high of 6,020 MMT in 2007, and only a little above 1995's level of 5,314 MMT. Better yet, emissions in the first quarter of 2012 fell at an even faster rate — down 7.5% from the first quarter of 2011 and 8.5% from the same time in 2010.
The numbers are fairly impressive. The United States has cut carbon emissions from its energy sector by about 9% since 2007, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. All this has been accomplished without the cap and trade law Congress fiercely debated in 2009. Europe, by contrast, has seen its energy-sector carbon emissions remain basically flat. This despite the fact that most of Europe operates under a market-based cap-and-trade scheme where emissions are capped at a certain level and companies get tradable credits to emit pollution. Plus, Europe has significantly higher taxes on energy.
The risks to public health from emissions caused by fracking for shale oil and gas are low as long as operations are properly run and regulated, the British government's health agency said on Thursday. Public Health England (PHE) said in a review that any health impacts were likely to be minimal from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves the pumping of water and chemicals into dense shale formations deep underground.
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Hydraulic fracturing (often termed "fracking") can be managed effectively in the UK as long as operational best practices are implemented and robustly enforced through regulation. That is the conclusion of a review by UK's Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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Asked about Democratic support for the bills, Waxman said “a couple of Democrats who may have voted for these bills does not make it bipartisan legislation. These are Republican partisan proposals advanced by the Republican leadership.” Continuing his response, Waxman upped the ante, saying Republicans are “getting away — literally — with murder” because of their record on the environment.
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However, the protesters could do little as they faced several notices of violations. The PWD workers tore down the tents and cleared the garbage, that comprised of soiled cardboards and trash. Nuru said that most areas of the camp were not in compliance with the city's health and hygiene guidelines. He was not wrong because one could see feces smeared on the grass and trash littered around. Occupy SF representatives, however, feel that the city officials are only trying to find a way of "silencing the voice of this movement."
A curious thing is happening to the air in the United States. It's getting cleaner. Despite there being no real effort by Congress to address global warming and America's longstanding reputation as an energy hog, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are falling. The lackluster economy has something to do with it. But it doesn't fully explain what's happening. Consider that even factoring in a stronger economy, forecasters see greenhouse gas emissions continuing to fall. It's possible the country may meet its pledge to reduce emissions 17% by 2020... the main and most surprising reason: cheap natural gas. "The primary reason by far is low natural gas prices," said Robert Stavins, director of the environmental economics program at Harvard. Natural gas prices are so low largely thanks to hydraulic fracturing.
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Growers clear native vegetation before planting and sometimes use miles of black plastic tubing to transport water from creeks that are often dammed for irrigation. Banned herbicides and pesticides often used by marijuana growers kill wildlife and competing vegetation. This loss of vegetation allows rainwater to erode the soil and wash poisons, human waste and trash from the grow sites into streams and rivers.
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The official concertgoer death toll remained at two, but two more killed on their way home to Chicago when the driver of their car fell asleep on the Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Thruway near Schuyler, N.Y. Officials said a total of 2,000 people had been treated at the hospital unit built for the festival and 4,000 more in first-aid tents for conditions ranging from bad drug reactions to a spinal injury. The 24 people arrested in connection with the event included a 35-year-old man from Orlando, Fla., who was charged with attempted rape.
If we look at that data and compare 2004 (latest year for which data is available) to 1997 (last year before the Kyoto treaty was signed), we find the following.
* Emissions worldwide increased 18.0%.
* Emissions from countries that signed the treaty increased 21.1%.
* Emissions from non-signers increased 10.0%.
* Emissions from the U.S. increased 6.6%.
In fact, emissions from the U.S. grew slower than those of over 75% of the countries that signed Kyoto.
No other industrialized country has come anywhere close...
"U.S. CO2 emissions are down to where they were in 1985–a third of a century ago, when the GDP was half what it is now in inflation-adjusted terms, and the population was smaller by a quarter.
No other industrialized country has come anywhere close."
BEIJING — Pollution in Beijing was so bad Friday that the U.S. Embassy, which has been independently monitoring air quality, ran out of conventional adjectives to describe it, at one point saying it was "crazy bad."