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Stop Tropical Forest Loss or Paris Accord Impossible (Report Attached)
Wildlife Conservation Society
Date: 2020-02-26
The Washington, DC-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently published a study in the journal Science Advances suggesting intact tropical forest loss from 2000 to 2013 will result in over 626 pct more long-term carbon emissions through 2050 than previously thought. The researchers arrived at this upward revision by adding up emissions that would have been removed from the air if tropical forest remained intact, from selective logging, defaunation, and carbon stock degradation at forest edges that had been overlooked in previous studies.

Study co-author Tom Evans said that forest conservation was recognized as critical for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (COP15). However, despite that initial commitment, he noted that not enough attention has been given since to protection of intact forests for climate change mitigation.

Dense intact tropical forests serve as vital carbon sinks, removing CO2 from the atmosphere as their carbon-hungry plants and trees continue to put on growth. And they serve an out-sized role in sequestration -- while the WCS study found only 20 pct of the world's tropical forests can be considered "intact", these forests store 40 pct of above-ground carbon found in tropical forests. A 2011 study observed that intact tropical forests remove an estimated 1 billion metric tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Access the Wildlife Conservation Society study HERE. (Source: Wildlife Conservation Society, The Rising, 22 Feb., 2020)Contact: Wildlife Conservation Society, (718) 220-5100

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP15,  Carbon Sink,  Climate Change,  Deforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  

Paris Accord According to Mike Pompeo (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Accord
Date: 2019-04-03
"(The) Paris climate agreement that more than 170 countries have committed to has failed to change a thing when it comes to global emissions.

"Go look at the countries that are still in the Paris Agreement and see what their CO2 emissions were. It's one thing to sign a document; it's another thing to actually change your behavior." -- Mike Pompeo, US. Secretary of State , 1 April, 2019

Editor's Note: It would seem the Trump Administration and Sec. Pompeo are expecting an immediate, if not overnight turn around and even a reversal of the earth's climate change fortunes in the short time since the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Paris Accord,  Climate Change,  

COP24 Approves Rulebook to Govern COP15 Paris Accord (Int'l)
Date: 2018-12-17
The AP is reporting the delegates of from nearly 200 countries -- including the US despite Trump's disagreement -- meeting at the COP24 meeting last week in Katowice, Poland, have agreed on guidelines to govern the 2015 (COP15) Paris Climate Agreement.

The newly adopted Paris Accord Work Programme outlines the ways in which countries are required to count and report their greenhouse gas emissions as well as what they are doing to reduce emissions.

The deal, struck after an all-night bargaining session, will ultimately require every country in the world to follow a uniform set of standards for measuring their planet-warming emissions and tracking their climate policies. And it calls on countries to step up their plans to cut emissions ahead of another round of talks in 2020. It also calls on richer countries to be clearer about the aid they intend to offer to help poorer nations install more clean energy or build resilience against natural disasters. And it builds a process in which countries that are struggling to meet their emissions goals can get help in getting back on track.

A further agreement to pledge more aggressive action to fight global warming and to the market for international carbon emissions trading was postponed until a U.N. summit in New York in September, 2019) (Source: Weather Channel, Environmental Defense Council, UPI, NYT, Various Media, 15 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  COP15,  COP24,  

Alliant Energy Plans 80 pct Emissions Cut by 2050 (Ind Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2018-08-03
Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy's just released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) reports the utility aims to cut carbon emissions 80 pct and eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050. The company also plans to invest over $2 billion on new renewables and double its wind sites from six to 12. With a combination of new construction and additional purchase agreements, the company's energy portfolio will have more than 2,700 MW of wind power by 2021. Renewables will be over 30 pct of Alliant Energy's energy mix by 2030.

These actions will enable Alliant Energy to exceed carbon reduction goals pledged originally by the U.S. under the voluntary Paris Accord. which calls for cutting carbon 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, Alliant Energy's plans enable a 40 percent reduction by that time. (Source: Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Alliant Energy Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  

NJ Plans Climate Alliance, Renewed RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
U.S. Climate Alliance,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2018-01-12
The NJ Spotlight is reporting legislation (S-3317) is pending passage in the Garden State legislature that, if passed, would see New Jersy join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a multi-state initiative to curb carbon pollution in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord.

The Alliance is committed to working cooperatively with 13 other states to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord and to strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information, and implement new programs to curb GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy.

New Jersey was a founding member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but withdrew from RGGI in 2012 during the reign of presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Chritie (R) who, in typical Trump terminology, called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure." The state is now expected to rejoin RGGI. (Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Chris Christie,  RGGI,  

The Complete Guide to the World's Largest Carbon Market -- China -- Report Attached (Int'l)

Date: 2017-12-20
"In the lead up to the 2015 Paris climate summit, premier Xi Jinping announced China would launch a carbon market in two years. Today (Dec. 19), Xi delivered on his promise, opening up what will become the world's largest carbon market. If wielded wisely, it could help the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases hit the goals set under the Paris accord and avoid catastrophic climate change."

Access the report HERE. (Source: Quartz Media, 19 Dec., 2017)

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Ecuador Ratifies Paris Accord (Int'l. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-31
In a formal announcement last week, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said his country has ratified the Paris Accord on Climate Change and has officially joined virtually every nation on earth -- except the U.S. under the Trump administration -- seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the effects of global warming.

This coming Thursday and Friday, Ecuadorean lawmakers and others from more than 20 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will meet in Panama for the second Summit of the Parliament Network on Climate Change (RPCC) and Renewable Energies. The event was organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), headquartered in Panama city, to discuss measures to fulfill the commitments agreed under the Paris Accord. The Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Program, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the International Union for Conservation of Nature are among the organizations expected to attend. (Source: Various Media, telesur, 29 July, 2017)

Editor's note: While Ecuador, with a population of 16.39 million and a gdp of $97.8 billion compared the US with 323.1 million and a gdp of $18.57 trillion, can apparently afford the Paris Accord Uncle Sam can't, according to Pres. Donald Trump, and had to drop out.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-07-26
"I was deeply concerned that other countries might have used it (Trump's US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord) as an excuse to pull out of the Paris agreements. I was immensely gratified when, almost immediately after, the (entirety) of the world redoubled their commitment to the Paris Agreement almost as if they were saying, 'We'll show you, Donald Trump.'

"I really did think there was a chance (Trump) would come to his senses (and keep the U.S. in the Paris accord). But I was wrong about that." -- Al Gore, Climate Change and environmental activist, former US Vice President, Senator and Congressman , 24 July, 2017

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  

Sweden Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-06-23
In Copenhagen, a majority of the Swedish legislature has committed to cutting Sweden's net carbon emissions to zero by 2045. The commitment makes Sweden becoming the first country to significantly upgrade its carbon reduction targets since the Paris accord in 2015.

The legislation establishes an independent Climate Policy Council and requires an updated action plan every four years. Sweden, which previously committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, generates 83 pct of its electricity from nuclear energy and hydropower, having met its 2020 target of 50 pct renewable energy eight years ahead of schedule. The country now plans to cut domestic emissions by at least 85 pct and offset remaining emissions by planting trees or investing in projects abroad. (Source: New Scientist, Futurism, Others, 20 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  

Freight emissions could be roadblock for Paris accord targets: Pembina Institute
Pembina Institute
Date: 2017-06-19
According to a new report released Wednesday by the Pembina Institute. Greenhouse gas emissions from the movement of goods across the country are on pace to surpass passenger emissions around 2030 and could be a major obstacle if Canada hopes to meet its climate targets, As of 2015, freight transportation accounted for 10.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and is the fastest growing segment within the transportation sector, the environmental think-tank’s report says. The report says government and industry players must partner to accelerate adoption of practices, technologies and policies that will enhance environmental performance in the freight sector, particularly when it comes to trucking. The report’s statistics and projections regarding transportation emissions are based on those presented in the federal government’s Second Biennial Report on Climate Change. (Source: Pembna Institute, Financial Post, 14 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pembina Institute news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Transportation Emissions news,  

EBRD Ups Green Energy, Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2017-06-12
The London, UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports that between January and May of this year it increased its Green Economy Transition (GET) green economy financing to €913 million compared to €493 million in the same period of 2016. Ahead of the Paris accord, EBRD committed 40 pct of its annual investments to climate finance by 2020, compared with an average 25 pct in the previous five years.

The bank is applying its private sector investment model to reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects as well as promoting the transfer of green technology. to its regions (Source: EBRD, Global Trade Review, 7 June, 2017)Contact: EBRD, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,

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Coal Comments on Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Coal Council
Date: 2017-06-07
The American Coal Council (ACC) has released the following a comment on President Trump's recent announcement to pull out of the Paris Agreement: "The President (Trump) made clear that the American people, the economy and jobs -- including coal jobs -- are his top priorities. The Paris accord would put America at a competitive disadvantage and our nation's abundant energy resources under lock and key. He reiterated continuing plans to reduce job-killing regulations and bring jobs, plants and factories back.

"America is an environmental leader and the administration's decision does not diminish that. Technology and innovation have resulted in tremendous air quality improvements, including from our nation's coal-fired power plants. More than 90 pct of the existing coal fleet is equipped with advanced emissions controls. For new coal plants, the use of HELE technologies -- high efficiency, low emissions -- reduces both conventional and CO2 emissions. Emissions reductions globally will be furthered by the continued development and deployment of these clean energy technologies."

According to the ACC website, the ACC represents the collective interests of the American coal industry -- from the hole-in-the-ground to the plug-in-the-wall -- in advocating for coal as an economic, abundant and environmentally sound fuel source. ACC serves as an essential resource for industry, policy makers and public interest groups. The Association supports activities and objectives that advance coal supply, consumption, transportation and trading. (Source: American Coal Council, PR, World Coal, 5 June, 2017) Contact: American Coal Council, (202) 756-4540,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  

Cuomo Holds Fast on Paris Accord (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-06-05
On June 1st in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an immediate respose to Trump's announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, ordered that all government agencies and all public benefit corporations and authorities with government-appointed heads will remain consistent with the greenhouse gas emission-reducing policies in the 2015 State Energy Plan. The 2015 State Energy Plan calls for a 40 pct reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2030, a commitment to source 50 pct of New York's electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, and a 23 pct increase in energy efficiency by 2030.

Under Cuomo's executive order, every affected entity will also need to adopt a plan for activities and programs to help reduce New York State's greenhouse gas emissions by March 31, 2018. The agencies are also directed to implement measures including no- and low-cost operational improvements, retro-commissioning, capital energy efficiency retrofits, and onsite renewable and high-efficiency heat and power projects. The state DEC and NYSERDA have also been directed to develop an approach to emissions reduction measurement for the affected entities to adopt.

According to Governor Cuomo, the White House's decision to abandon the Paris accord was "reckless”, with repercussions for the United States and the planet." "This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change. We (NeweYork) will not ignore the science and reality of climate change." (Source:, 1 June, 2017)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cuomo,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Opposition to Paris Accord Withdrawal Goes Green (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-06-05
In the wake of US president Donald Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate agreement on Thursday, expressions of disapproval echoed around the world including the "City of Lights" where city hall is now bathed in green light. Mexico City, Montreal, Boston, New York and others have also flipped the switch to green.

The dramatic green lighting is intended to mark the wide disapproval of the U.S. administration's decision. It is also intended to signal a policy shift and the wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and for Washington's ties with the world. US state leaders from Washington, California and New York all announced Thursday that they will form a US climate alliance in spite of Trump's withdrawal from the accord. (Source: AFP, i24 News, Various Other Media, 2 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  

UK's GHG Emissions Fall Fourth Year in a Row (Int'l. Report)
UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2017-04-05
in London, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS0 is reporting that Britain's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 6 pct to 466 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2016, compared with 2015 levels. The drop, which is being largely attributed to a decline in coal-fired power generation, marks the fourth straight yearly drop. The country's GHG emissions have fallen 42 pct since 1990, meaning it is half way towards meeting its Paris Accord target to cut its GHG emissions by 2050 to 80 pct below 1990 levels.

Britain plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 unless they are fitted with CCS technology. The UK is Europe's second-largest emitter behind Germany. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Reuters UK, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  GHGs,  

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