Welcome our newest Partner!

Telehems logoWe are thrilled to announce that Telehems Lab Corporation has joined the Alliance this month as our newest Bronze Partner. Telehems is committed to designing, manufacturing and selling innovative electronic products that are dedicated to reducing green house gas emissions.

Telehems’ vision is to achieve the ultimate goal of “zero emissions” by redefining our home/office electrical/electronic products to reduce carbon emissions.

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Welcome, Telehems! The Alliance is proud to have you as part of the team.

5 Questions: What Does China’s New Five-Year Plan Mean for Climate Action? (WRI)

China has officially unveiled its 13th Five-Year Plan, which will guide the country’s economic and social development from 2016 through 2020. This latest edition builds on progress made over the last five years, and makes clear that environmental stewardship is an increasingly integral component of China’s development.

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Economic Growth and Cutting Carbon

Much of the industry that has left places like England has ended up in places like China. Here, a coal-fired plant in Shanxi. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Much of the industry that has left places like England has ended up in places like China. Here, a coal-fired plant in Shanxi. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

by Marjorie Sun, Alliance Executive Director

For the naysayers who argue that cutting carbon will hurt economic growth, take note of two new studies recounted in this New York Times article. The GDP of 21 nations, including the United States, have grown while their carbon emissions have dropped over the past 15 years, says a new study by the World Resources Institute. And China’s emissions might have peaked last year, British researchers said in a second study this week. The operative word is “might” because the Chinese data need to be verified.

NYT: Obama and President Xi of China Vow to Sign Paris Climate Accord Promptly

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President Obama with President Xi Jinping of China in Le Bourget, outside Paris, in November during the United Nations climate conference. Photo by Evan Vucci/Associated Press

This just in! President Obama and President Xi Jinping declared that they would sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on Earth Day, April 22, 2016, the first day the United Nations accord will be open for government signatures.

“Our cooperation and our joint statements were critical in arriving at the Paris agreement, and our two countries have agreed that we will not only sign the agreement on the first day possible, but we’re committing to formally join it as soon as possible this year,” Mr. Obama told reporters at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where he was meeting with Mr. Xi at the nuclear gathering.

Mr. Obama, who spoke across a table from Mr. Xi, added, “And we urge other countries to do the same.”

Mr. Xi, speaking through an interpreter, said, “As the two biggest economies, China and the U.S. have a responsibility to work together.”

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NYT: Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly

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A view from a NASA airplane of large icebergs that have broken from the calving side of Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica in November 2014. Photo by Jim Yungel/NASA

The New York Times reported this week on new research suggesting a disaster scenario of West Antarctic ice sheet disintegration could occur much sooner than previously thought.

“The paper published Wednesday (March 30) does contain some good news. A far more stringent effort to limit emissions of greenhouse gases would stand a fairly good chance of saving West Antarctica from collapse, the scientists found. That aspect of their paper contrasts with other recent studies postulating that a gradual disintegration of West Antarctica may have already become unstoppable.”

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