Newslinks - 6th March • Greenhouse gas emissions, biofuel subsidies & superstorm Sandy
- 06 Mar 2013, 09:30
- Carbon Brief staff
Jump in heat-trapping CO2
The amount of carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically
in 2012 by 2.67 parts per million, making it very unlikely that
global warming can be limited to 1.2 degrees, according to the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Australian Associated Press
Biofuels: MPs to consider subsidies for power
The Eleventh Delegated Legislation Committee will decide
today whether to accept controversial plans for new subsidies to
burn trees and plants in UK power stations. Planning permission has
already been granted for two UK power stations to burn bioliquids,
including palm oil.
Breaking: Industry confirms Judicial Review
challenge to Pickles over energy efficiency row
The Association for the Conservation of Energy, backed by
businesses from across the energy efficiency and construction
sectors, has confirmed it will be seek a Judicial Review over the
government's decision late last year to scrap the "consequential
improvement" rules. The rules would have made energy efficiency
improvements mandatory when households undertake home improvement
Report: EU must retire carbon credits or see
market credibility lost
A report released today by LSE warns European Parliament
proposals to withhold the sale of carbon allowances will only defer
the problems of the ETS and says that the immediate removal of the
allowances from the market altogether is the only measures that
The green energy mirage will cost the
The author of a new book says "environmentalism is even more
radical than Marxism", politicians have not been honest about the
costs of reducing emissions and it is pointless for the UK to
switch to green energy when other countries do not.
Gas, low-carbon and cost to the
An overview of political debates about the government's gas
strategy over the last few months. Skea says "the contrast between
the 2011 Carbon Plan and the 2012 Gas Strategy signals a tussle
going on for the soul of energy policy." Amy Wilson of Statoil also
discusses the question.
Who owns the rights to drill for gas in the
Publicly available data shows which companies own the right
to drill for oil and gas in the UK.
More storms like Sandy? Arctic ice loss amplified
Superstorm Sandy violence
The journal Oceanography reports that the severe loss of
summertime Arctic sea ice appears to create atmospheric conditions
that make events like Hurricane Sandy more likely.