Author: Carolyn Fortuna

Last year it was influence ads to promote BP’s plan to “transition to net zero” by gradually reducing oil and gas production and investing more in “low carbon” and renewable energy sources. Now the financial projections are in, and BP’s oil and gas investments for 2023 will at least double renewable energy investments. BP greenwashing continues to be rampant, cloaked in a lofty façade of net zero fluffy promises. The London-based fossil fuel behemoth has targeted up to $7.5 billion for oil and gas projects for the coming year, compared to $3-$5 billion set aside for so-called “low carbon” initiatives.…

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We know how important it is to curb emissions to create a healthier planet and ecosystems. We can consciously help the planet by making choices to reduce the emissions we create. We can address the climate change challenge in a holistic way that does not simply shift the burden from one natural system to another. Being conscious of our carbon footprints can help. A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that come from the life cycle of a product or service. It includes carbon dioxide — the gas most commonly emitted by humans — and…

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If you had to guess, what would you say is the global carbon cycle over the historical period from pre-Industrial time to the recent period? To be specific, how would 1750+ differ from 1958, the onset of atmospheric CO2 measurements? How would you estimate that the last decade (2012–2021), the last year (2021), and the current year (2022) differ in their global carbon cycle? The Global Carbon Budget will help you to determine how close your approximations are. It’s produced with the support of more than 100 people from 70 organizations in 18 countries. Since 2006, as part of the…

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How people think and talk about our steadily warming world has a lot to do with the language we embrace to describe it. Climate change, greenhouse gases, carbon emissions — these terms tend to be used interchangeably. Climate activists are altering the language they employ to describe our quickly warming world, and the term “climate pollution” has started to shift the way that the public ascribes responsibility for the existential crisis that surrounds us. That evolution in how language is applied to describe the climate crisis has really started to awaken people. When the phrase “climate pollution” comes up in…

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How people think and talk about our steadily warming world has a lot to do with the language we embrace to describe it. Climate change, greenhouse gases, carbon emissions — these terms tend to be used interchangeably. Climate activists are altering the language they employ to describe our quickly warming world, and the term “climate pollution” has started to shift the way that the public ascribes responsibility for the existential crisis that surrounds us. That evolution in how language is applied to describe the climate crisis has really started to awaken people. When the phrase “climate pollution” comes up in…

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Traffic congestion once meant that residents of the British capital had to endure some of the worst air quality in the western world. Air quality in London has improved in recent years as a result of policies to reduce emissions, primarily from road transport — the city introduced some of the toughest restrictions on heavily polluting cars anywhere. Suddenly, electric vehicles (EVs) seem very appealing to Londoners. Air pollution refers to substances in the air that harm health and welfare, plant or animal life. Most pollution in London is caused by road transport and domestic and commercial heating systems. Particulate…

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Traffic congestion once meant that residents of the British capital had to endure some of the worst air quality in the western world. Air quality in London has improved in recent years as a result of policies to reduce emissions, primarily from road transport — the city introduced some of the toughest restrictions on heavily polluting cars anywhere. Suddenly, electric vehicles (EVs) seem very appealing to Londoners. Air pollution refers to substances in the air that harm health and welfare, plant or animal life. Most pollution in London is caused by road transport and domestic and commercial heating systems. Particulate…

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Traffic congestion once meant that residents of the British capital had to endure some of the worst air quality in the western world. Air quality in London has improved in recent years as a result of policies to reduce emissions, primarily from road transport — the city introduced some of the toughest restrictions on heavily polluting cars anywhere. Suddenly, electric vehicles (EVs) seem very appealing to Londoners. Air pollution refers to substances in the air that harm health and welfare, plant or animal life. Most pollution in London is caused by road transport and domestic and commercial heating systems. Particulate…

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The green jobs sector is robust and getting stronger by the year. In fact, the median salary in a green job is $76,530/year – 31% more than the national median salary for the US workforce at $58,260. Not only is the overall growth rate for green jobs higher than for the overall workforce (+7.7%), some of the green occupations are among the fastest growing in the entire country. Clean energy jobs are on a growth trajectory, while dirty energy jobs are stagnating or declining. These jobs are projected to grow 8.6% and add 114,300 jobs over the next decade, according…

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The green jobs sector is robust and getting stronger by the year. In fact, the median salary in a green job is $76,530/year – 31% more than the national median salary for the US workforce at $58,260. Not only is the overall growth rate for green jobs higher than for the overall workforce (+7.7%), some of the green occupations are among the fastest growing in the entire country. Clean energy jobs are on a growth trajectory, while dirty energy jobs are stagnating or declining. These jobs are projected to grow 8.6% and add 114,300 jobs over the next decade, according…

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