"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.
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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)
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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., www.alliantenergy.com
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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, www.usclimatealliance.org; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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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.
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"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
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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)
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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, www.ebrd.com
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"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, www.americancoalcouncil.org
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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: WIVB.com, 1 June, 2017)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov
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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)
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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, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
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To that end, the government has recognized
the need to reactivate idle nuclear power plants and is calling for industrial, academic and government sectors to unite and increase their efforts to utilize renewables and other low-carbon energy, develop innovative technologies such as underground carbon dioxide storage (CCS), new materials and implement new emissions cutting initiatives.
(Source: Japan News, Yomiuri Shimbun, Nov. 9, 2016)
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