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European Sentinel satellites to map global CO2 emissions

European Sentinel satellites to map global CO2 emissions

Science
German manufacturer OHB-System has signed a €445m (£400m) contract to begin construction of a satellite network to monitor carbon dioxide.The CO2M constellation will consist in the first instance of two spacecraft, but there is an option for a third.The platforms will track the greenhouse gas across the globe, helping nations assess the scale of their emissions. Under the Paris climate accord, countries must compile CO2 inventories. CO2M will provide supporting data.The aim is to launch the OHB spacecraft in 2025 so they can inform the international stocktake that will report in 2028.CO2M falls under the European Union's Copernicus Earth observation programme. This flies a series of satellite se
Without carbon emissions reductions by 2050, mangroves unlikely to survive

Without carbon emissions reductions by 2050, mangroves unlikely to survive

Science
June 4 (UPI) -- Mangroves provide hundreds of millions of dollars in protections against coastal storms and flooding every year, but they could soon be gone if carbon emissions aren't significantly curbed in the coming decades. New research suggests that if CO2 emissions aren't drastically cut by 2050, mangroves are unlikely to survive the sea level rise that's expected to accompany a warming climate. Advertisement For the new study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, researchers analyzed sediment layers from the end of Earth's last deglaciation period, 10,000 years ago. Based on the analysis, scientists ran simulations to estimate the effects of sea level rise on mangroves under two scenarios, low and high carbon emissions. The models showed that under a high carbon scenar...
Helping China cut carbon emissions isn’t a financial game every business can play

Helping China cut carbon emissions isn’t a financial game every business can play

Finance
A worker examines a sewage recycling pool in the coal liquefaction factory of CHN Energy in Ordos, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, April 11, 2019.Xinhua | via Getty ImagesBEIJING — China has a lot more to worry about at home than its foreign policy. Some energy-related companies in the country have found themselves caught in a business cycle that shows how difficult it can be for stimulus to help the economy in the form of bank loans.The world's second-largest economy contracted 6.8% in the first quarter at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Among many measures to support growth, authorities have repeatedly emphasized how banks need to lend more to smaller, privately run businesses versus state-owned giants.At the same time, Beijing has increased efforts to d
New map highlights China’s export-driven CO2 emissions

New map highlights China’s export-driven CO2 emissions

Science
May 7 (UPI) -- China produces a whole lot of stuff -- stuff that gets bought by the rest of the world. In 2019, China's exported approximately $ 2.5 trillion worth of goods. China also produces a lot of CO2. The nation of nearly 1.4 billion people is world's leader in greenhouse gas emissions. In a new study, researchers at the University of Michigan examined the links between China's exports and its CO2 emissions, tracing the carbon footprint of Chinese-made products consumed overseas. The data -- detailed Thursday in the journal Nature Communications -- showed 75 percent of the export-linked CO2 emissions can be traced to a handful of coastal manufacturing hubs account for less than 1 percent of China's land area. "Developing localized climate mitigation strategies requires an underst...

Ryanair rapped over low emissions claims

Business
Claims made by Ryanair about its carbon emissions have been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog.Europe's biggest airline by passenger numbers had billed itself as the region's "lowest emissions airline" and a "low C02 emissions airline".But the Advertising Standards Authority ruled Ryanair's claims in press, TV and radio adverts could not be backed up.Ryanair hit back in a statement saying consumers could halve their carbon footprint if they switched to it.In adverts last year, the Dublin-based operator claimed to have "the lowest carbon emissions of any major airline" and to be a "low fares, low CO2 emissions" carrier "based on the top 27 European airlines".Complainants to the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the adverts were misleadin...