Category: Short-Lived Gases

Clean Cookstoves: challenges to black carbon mitigation in Asia

The residential sector is by far the biggest contributor to black carbon emissions due to high use of inefficient biomass burning cookstoves. If all households were to switch to stoves using liquefied natural gas by 2030, projected global black carbon

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Climate vs. Environment: Methane in Brazil’s Cattle Sector

Agriculture is big business in Brazil. The country is currently the largest global exporter of beef products, the second largest exporter of soybeans, and the fourth largest exporter of cotton and pork. Brazil’s agribusiness boom over the last 15 years

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China’s Coke Problem

Black carbon is a problematic short-lived climate forcer. While global emissions of black carbon are far lower than those of CO2, the sooty particulate matter has an approximate GWP20 of 2200, meaning its warming power is far more potent than

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India Rejects US/EU Plan to Reduce HFCs Under Montreal Due to Lack of ‘Clarity’

The annual international conference on climate change came to a close on Friday, November 22, 2013 in Warsaw.  Despite promises to consider phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol in October, India rejected the US/EU proposal to do just that. 

The Dirty Dozen: The Failure of Supermarkets to do Their Part

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are all reminded to be thankful for what we have.  Supermarkets should use this time to take a look at their commitments and take steps to improve their past (in)actions.  Nearly three years ago on Thanksgiving

Arctic black carbon, maritime trade, and ECA mitigation potential

  BLACK CARBON AND THE ARCTIC The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, an alarming fact that has the potential to accelerate sea-level rise, disrupt Arctic ecosystems, and upset ocean circulation patterns. The

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Climate Smart Agriculture: More Rice, Less Methane

Rice is one of the most widely consumed commodities in the world. Ninety percent of global rice production takes place in Asia with over half of the world’s rice grown just in China and India. But while rice has beneficial nutritional

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Unlocking the Potential of Coal Mine Methane in China

On Saturday an explosion killed 7 coal miners in China’s Guizhou Province; another in a long history of fatal coal mining accidents in China. Explosions like this are typically caused by the release of highly volatile, low-concentration methane. During coal extraction, Coal Mine

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Brazil, CDM, and Biogas

Brazil has been actively taking advantage of the Clean Development Mechanism program. The country, which is responsible for developing the concept of CDMs, undertakes more CDM projects than any other Latin American country; globally only China and India have more.

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Reducing methane emissions through waste-to-bioenergy strategies

Aside from CO2, methane is the most prevalent greenhouse gas (GHG), with 7,195.56 MtCO2e of CH4 emitted every year (2010). The lifespan of methane, a short-lived atmospheric gas, is about 12 years. Because methane is a potent radiative forcer that only

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