Do Airline Offset Programs Really Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?

“It’s a really dangerous distraction because it distracts us from analyzing what we can do much more meaningfully,” said Kate Ervine, associate professor of global development studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although individual activities have environmental costs and flying is one of the most costly, climate change is largely driven by …

Achieved the European Climate Target. But Does It Burn Less Carbon?

Hindsight A series by the Headway team that looks at predictions and promises from the past. As the 2009 global climate summit in Copenhagen approached, the European Union raced to declare an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bloc leaders worked to temper the competing interests of more than two dozen members and …

COP26 Climate Talks Leave a Huge Carbon Footprint, According to Report

The carbon footprint of this year’s United Nations climate summit is expected to be double that of the previous conference in 2019, according to a report for the British government. The COP26 summit in Glasgow, scheduled to conclude on Friday, is expected to produce emissions equivalent to around 102,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide. A report …

Energy Department Aims to Reduce the Cost of Removing Carbon from the Air

GLASGOW — The U.S. Department of Energy will announce its largest effort to date to drastically reduce the cost of technologies that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, recognizing that current strategies to reduce greenhouse gases may not be sufficient to prevent the worst effects. from climate change. Speaking at the United Nations climate summit, …

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Recover Sharply After Pandemic Decline

GLASGOW – After falling sharply last year, global fossil fuel emissions have rebounded sharply in 2021 and are now slightly below previous record levels, researchers said Wednesday. This is another sign that countries are still far from their goals of avoiding the worst effects of global warming. In 2020, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels …

Satellites Can Help Monitor Whether Nations Are Keeping Their Carbon Commitments

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming, countries must measure and report progress towards their committed reductions in emissions. They regularly present their greenhouse gas inventories, detailing the emission sources and the removal or ingestion of gases within their borders. These are then reviewed by technical experts. The accounting process aims to provide …

New Grazing Methods Could Protect Grassland, Keep Carbon in Soil

This article is part of a special report Climate Solutionslooks at worldwide efforts to make a difference. BLAINE COUNTY, MONT. — Three generations of Obrecht men may not fit the environmental stereotype. In a remote eastern Montana prairie near Canada, ranchers Sonny, 78, Sam, 61, and Tyrel Obrecht, 31, are fiercely independent, politically conservative, and …

Supreme Court to Hear Case on EPA’s Power to Limit Carbon Emissions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Republican-led appeals from states and coal companies asking the Environmental Protection Agency to limit its power to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. “This is the equivalent of a nationwide earthquake for those who care deeply about the climate issue,” said Richard J. …