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April 15, 2014

IPCC summary calls for action sooner rather than later to address warming

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-15 06:51:56

The world needs to ramp up the ambition of its greenhouse gas reduction goals — and do so quickly — if it is to avoid the worst effects of global warming, a U.N. panel of experts warned yesterday. A draft summary of the mitigation section of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment report, released yesterday in Berlin, showed that the world’s current greenhouse gas emissions reduction pledges are likely to hold warming to 3 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels — if countries stick to them. But scientists have warned that if human emissions push warming above 2 degrees Celsius compared with that base line, that will open the door to dangerous and costly shifts in the world’s climate. [ read more … ]

Wind energy more popular than fracking — poll

John Murray Brown, Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2014-04-15 06:52:15

Wind farms are more popular in Britain than hydraulic fracturing, a new study shows. According to the YouGov poll, 62 percent of respondents said they would rather live next to a wind farm than a fracking site. Nineteen percent said they would prefer an oil or gas well near their home, according to the poll. [ read more … ]

Could airborne wind turbines power the world?

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-15 06:52:32

While renewable energy developers dream of harnessing the stronger, more consistent breezes that blow thousands of feet above our heads, it’s hard to say when airborne wind energy technology will become commercially viable. But a recent study roughly estimates that if these high-flying devices are deployed at strategic locations around the globe, they have the potential to provide between 7.5 and 9 terawatts of energy — “more than enough to provide electricity to all of humanity,” it states. [ read more … ]

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