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


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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The world’s carbon-dioxide emissions have stabilised

pollution in China

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Interesting article published today in the Economist:

“The IEA’s most contentious finding is that emissions from China, the world’s biggest polluter, dropped 1.5% last year. Some experts will see this as evidence that China’s emissions will peak within a decade, if they haven’t already. The Chinese government, though, has insisted its emissions will continue to grow until 2030. In a report this month Fergus Green and Nicholas Stern of the London School of Economics said the official projections should be taken with a pinch of salt, since the government prefers “to under-promise and over-deliver.”

China sets cap for energy consumption for first time

A worker speaks as he loads coal on a truck at a depot near a coal mine from the state-owned Longmay Group on the outskirts of Jixi, Heilongjiang, China


China recently announced in its five-year plan that the country aims to keep energy consumption within 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by 2020. This marks the first time China has set such a target.

Reuters reported this week that “China has long been considering an energy consumption cap in a bid to improve industrial efficiency, tackle smog and control greenhouse gas emissions, which are the highest in the world. Beijing is also pushing structural reforms to decouple economic growth from energy consumption.”

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Gung hay fat choy! 新年快乐!

Happy New Year of the Monkey! The Alliance celebrated its first ever Chinese New Year’s Party and Fundraiser. The guests enjoyed delicious Chinese food and the opportunity to network with leaders in the energy efficiency field. Join us at our next event!

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Poor air quality kills 5.5 million worldwide annually

This just in from the University of British Columbia: New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world’s fastest growing economies, China and India.

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