The war on emissions – lessons from Norway. In 1991, Norway became one of the first countries in the world to impose a stiff tax on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, the country’s emissions should have dropped. Instead, they have risen by 15%. Although the tax forced Norway’s oil and gas sector to become among the greenest in the world, soaring energy prices led to a boom in offshore production, which in turn boosted overall emissions. So did drivers. Norwegians, who already pay nearly $10 a gallon, took the tax in stride, buying more cars and driving them more. And numerous industries won exemptions from the tax, carrying on unchanged. — Environmental News Network
Bring on the new green economy. Tonight, I was asked what does the new green economy look like? My answer was in part that last week the old economy finaly died after an incredible run. Now it is time for an economy that is built on sustainability, inclusiveness; about high quality green collar jobs — real jobs here in the US, the kinds of jobs that can’t be exported overseas (that means installation, efficiency, and greater R&D). — The Green Sceptic
CO2 increase means louder oceans. Beyond the damage it is expected to inflict upon sensitive marine ecosystems, ocean acidification may also allow sound to travel farther underwater, creating a louder deep sea din. Manmade carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean has decreased sound absorption by 15 percent in parts of the north Atlantic, and commonly by 10 percent throughout the Atlantic and Pacific. — MSNBC
Sustainable jet fuel is on the way. The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota has achieved a major technical milestone in creating a 100% renewable domestic fuel that meets the JP-8 aviation fuel screening criteria. — Wall Street Journal
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