Sunday, November 29, 2015

Climate Talks Tomorrow Paris France

UPDATE: Post Paris, Colbert says good-by to OIL.

 Monday 30 November 2015 is the Climate Summit in Paris France. Organized by the United Nations 40,000 dignitaries heads of state and support staff  from every nation on planet Earth will meet to produce an agreement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (full article Grist

  • Each nation will submit an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), a commitment to reducing emissions by a target amount. The US commitment is reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. 
  • All nations INDC's will be combined into a core agreement in two parts, one legally binding the other non-binding, meaning a country can change its commitment without international repercussions.
  • Climate scientists argue a change of 2 degrees Celsius must be held to avert the worst impacts from climatic change. The best target temperature in the INDC is 2.7 degrees allowing a chance for agreement but does not meet the recommended target.

But what about those climate deniers?

NASA and Bloomberg News have prepared animated graphs from climate models (like the graph above) that give more confidence to historical temperature measurements and the computer modeling that matches. To see the animation visit the Bloomberg site here.

What's this got to do with TRANSPORTATION?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled data showing the contribution to global emissions from their source, by type of gas and by economic sector.  The charts show Carbon Dioxide (CO2)is the largest contributor (65%) from the fossil fuel industry (9 billion metric tonnes in 2010) where the transportation sector contributes 14%. It's noteworthy the Industry, Electricity and Building sectors contribute to both creating and maintaining the Transportation sector.           --LS

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