Dutch court orders Shell to cut carbon emissions 45% by 2030

Ruling on a suit filed by the Netherlands branch of Friends of the Earth,  a court in the Netherlands ordered energy giant Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45 % before the decade is over.

Chinas CO2 pollution now surpasses all developed countries combined

Carbon pollution from China's coal-intensive economy last year outstripped the carbon pollution of the US, the EU, and other developed nations combined, making up a 27 % of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Airplanes Could Do Better By Surfing the Wind

Airlines could save fuel and reduce emissions on transatlantic flights by hitching a better ride on the jet stream, new research has shown. This would reduce CO2 emissions across the winter period by 6.7 million kg.

Amazon is on the brink of turning into a carbon source

Tropical forests are guardians against runaway climate change, but their ability to remove CO2 from the atmosphere is wearing down. Between 2001 and 2019 the Brazilian Amazon acted as a net emitter of carbon, study found.

CO2 levels in atmosphere rising despite pandemic

The industrial slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has not curbed record levels of CO2. Carbon dioxide levels saw another growth spurt last year past 410 parts per million on average.

Climate change: 'dirty' used cars sold to Africa

Between 2015 and 2018, some 14 million older, poor quality vehicles were exported from Europe, Japan and the US. Four out of five were sold to poorer countries, with more than half going to Africa.

COVID-19's massive impact on global emissions

An international team of researchers has found that in the first six months of this year, 8.8 percent less carbon dioxide was emitted than in the same period in 2019 - a total decrease of 1551 million tonnes.

Heat-trapping carbon dioxide in air hits new record high

The world hit another new record high for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, despite reduced emissions because of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists announced Thursday.

A Membrane That Separates CO2 From Other Gases

Scientists have developed a new type of self-assembling silver membrane that could be used to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions before they have a chance to spread in the atmosphere.

COVID-19 Pandemic Caused Unprecedented Fall Of CO2

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, scientists have predicted that global carbon dioxide emissions may drop by more than 5 percent in 2020—in what would be the largest fall since the end of the Second World War.

Microsoft's Plan to Reverse Its Lifetime CO2 Emissions

Microsoft CEO announced recently that not only does the company plan to be carbon negative by 2030, but if it succeeds, the move will effectively cancel out its lifetime CO2 emissions by 2050.

California coastal waters rising in acidity at alarming rate

Waters off the California coast are acidifying twice as fast as the global average, scientists found, threatening major fisheries and sounding the alarm that the ocean can absorb only so much more of the world’s carbon emissions.

Aviation emissions' impacts on air quality larger than on climate

When you consider the full flight, which includes emissions from takeoff, cruise and landing, aircraft emissions are also responsible for around 16,000 premature deaths a year from impaired air quality. 

20 are firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

On top of the list are Chevron, Exxon, BP and Shell. These four global businesses are behind more than 10% of the world’s carbon emissions since 1965. Twelve of the 20 companies are state-owned and together they are responsible for 20% of total emissions.

EU consumption results in high CO2 emissions from tropical deforestation

More than half of deforestation is due to production of food and animal feed, such as beef, soy beans and palm oil. Overall, exports account for about a fourth of that deforestation which is connected to food production.