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Big Fossil: Links for June 2019


Emissions: Past, present and no future

The Tyee   Wildly Underestimated Oilsands Emissions Latest Blow to Alberta’s Dubious Climate Claims

National Geographic   One overlooked way to fight climate change? Dispose of old CFCs.

Reuters   Mine versus lab: how green is your diamond?

Reuters   U.N. modernizes guidance for greenhouse emission estimates


Axios   Global energy investments rebound, thanks to fossil fuels

Revelator   Here There Be Monsters (Made of Coal, Plastic and Pesticides)

Guardian   Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study

Reuters   After coal, forest-rich Finland will need to import biomass to keep warm

Vox   We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world. That’s huge.

Climate Home News   Cement giant Heidelberg pledges carbon neutral concrete by 2050

The Advertiser [Australia]   We should be recycling our building parts into newer ones for the future and avoid overbuilding, says UniSA professor

The Conversation   Don’t forget our future climate when tightening up building codes

WEF   5 ways cities can use emerging technologies to fight climate change

Transportation emissions

Climate Home News   Climate advocates split over shipping speed limits

Guardian   A weekend in Mexico? Why the rise of long-haul short trips is so disastrous

Quartz   More than 100 maritime CEOs want to fight climate change by slowing down ships

Reuters   IMO agrees on stricter efficiency targets for some ships

The Conversation   Rail travel is cleaner than driving or flying, but will Americans buy in?

The Conversation   Why reducing carbon emissions from cars and trucks will be so hard

Yale   Self-driving cars could one day clog streets with traffic and pollution

Emissions from plastics

CIEL   Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

Desmog   Plastics Industry on Track to Burn Through 14% of World’s Remaining Carbon Budget: New Report

EcoWatch   Plastics Threaten Global Climate at a Massive Scale During Each Point of Lifecycle, Report Finds

The Conversation   Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation – here’s how to make it climate-friendly

Methane emissions

E&E News   Millions of abandoned wells spark climate, safety fears

Elementa   Methane source attribution in a U.S. dry gas basin using spatial patterns of ground and airborne ethane and methane measurements

Guardian   'We are hammering the last nail in the coffin of the fracking industry'

The Conversation   Fracking can cause earthquakes tens of kilometres away – new research

Undark   The Methane Detectives: On the Trail of a Global Warming Mystery

Wiley/AGU100/Earth’s Future   China's Urban Methane Emissions From Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant



Cleaner tech: How much can it help?

Photo Attributions

Cleaner technologies: Photo by: Marufish

Emissions: Photo by: Michael Elleray

Coal: Photo by: USDA NRCS Montana / Flickr

Oil: Photo by: liquidcrash

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