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This graphic shows exactly how little is left of the planet’s carbon budget

“It’s a simple way of illustrating that the atmosphere has a finite capability to hold greenhouse gasses before bad things happen,” says Rob Jackson, who helped to create the graphic.

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One planet: Global carbon emissions hit a record high in 2019

Rob Jackson speaks about the Global Carbon Project, which projects that global carbon dioxide emissions from coal, oil and natural gas are set to hit another record high this year. 

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California faces a crossroads on the path to 100% clean energy

Although natural gas burns more cleanly than coal, it’s still one of the biggest sources of climate pollution. Globally, planet-warming carbon emissions from natural gas are rising more quickly than emissions from coal are falling, according to research led by Rob Jackson.

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Move over, coal: Gas now emits more CO2 in U.S.

"Unless natural gas is replacing coal, it isn't a bridge fuel. Unless it is coupled with carbon capture and sequestration, it isn't a bridge fuel," says Rob Jackson.

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Global emissions will hit another record high this year despite a slowdown in coal use

"It's hard to view slower growth as good news. But nonetheless, compared to last year and 2017 the growth rate was down substantially. What we need is for emissions to decline, not to rise slowly," says Rob Jackson.

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Greenhouse gas emissions to set new record this year, but rate of growth shrinks

"The two places where renewables and natural gas are both displacing coal are here in the United States and in Europe," Rob Jackson says. But elsewhere around the world, "most of the new gas being burned isn't replacing coal – it's providing new energy for people."

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No more fire in the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet

“Every house, every high-rise that’s built with gas, may be in place for decades. We’re establishing infrastructure that may be in place for 50 years,” says Rob Jackson.  

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How do submarine and terrestrial canyons compare?

As detailed in a new study published in Geology, Stephen Dobbs and his collaborators used open-source multibeam sonar data, along with topographic data, to compare land and underwater canyons. 

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PG&E outages prompt clean energy programs to focus on solar, batteries

“One of the ways to sort of insulate yourself better from public safety power shut-offs is to have some local storage so that you can segregate your electrical grid a little bit so that it’s more of a microgrid,” says Tony Kovscek. 

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What scientists say we should do to prevent wildfire disasters

Many experts believe recent disasters represent a new era — one in which major wildfires that threaten people and their homes are a regular fixture in our lives. Chris Field talks about how the scientific community is thinking about wildfires.

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Research roundup: Rice and arsenic, microaggressions in medicine and frog cytoplasm reorganizing

Rice yields will decrease by 40 percent by 2100 and will contain twice as much arsenic as rice today, according to new research by Scott Fendorf. 

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Trump can begin steps to pull US out of Paris climate deal

For more than two years President Donald Trump has talked about pulling out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. Rob Jackson, chair of the Global Carbon Project that tracks carbon emissions worldwide, speaks about this commitment.

 

 

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Opinion: A scary year for climate change

Rob Jackson says total global carbon dioxide emissions are rising again in 2019, and other scientists’ warnings about climate change have intensified over the past 12 months. Will world leaders finally listen?

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NSF shakes up its earthquake research

NSF is forcing competition while mandating that a single contractor manage its two large facilities for studying Earth’s shape and vibration. This comes as a surprise, “but it’s not dire news. In a way, I kind of welcome it,” says Greg Beroza.

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AP fact check: Trump’s twisted reality on guns, environment

Rob Jackson speaks on the various carbon emission goals set by the U.S., Britain, and the European Union.

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