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China Plans a Nationwide Carbon Market

September 22, 2014 by Henry Auer

China and the Carbon Market

China recently confirmed its eventual plan to place the entire nation under a carbon market (i.e., a cap-and-trade regime) in order to lower its annual rate of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), the highly important and damaging greenhouse gas, beginning in 2016.[read more]

Will Germany Join the International Community and Restrict Overseas Coal Finance?

September 22, 2014 by Justin Guay

Germany Coal Finance

If Germany is so coal friendly, why is it contemplating a significant move away from international coal financing? Because the international community has moved swiftly and quickly to end coal financing, and Germany doesn't want to be an outlier.[read more]

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How Does the People's Climate March Stack Up Against the Largest Protest Rallies in U.S. History?

September 22, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Youth Rally Against Climate Change in People's Climate March

Over 2,800 rallies were held Sunday in a worldwide call for action to confront climate change with more than 310,000 joining the "People's Climate March" in New York City. So how does this "largest ever climate rally" compare to some of America's most famous mass protests?[read more]

Top 10 Reasons You Won't See Me at the People's Climate March

September 21, 2014 by Scott Edward Anderson
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Activism Skepticism

The largest ever march calling for action on climate change precedes yet another UN summit on climate change that will result in a lot of hot air and empty promises, grand-standing, and long-winded proclamations and "commitments" that will never be fulfilled.[read more]

Marching to Make the Urgency for Climate Action Clear

September 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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People's Climate March

Climate change is no longer a far-off peril, it’s here and now. From Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. east coast to the horrific Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, from rising seas to widespread droughts, wildfires, floods and famine, climate change is taking a growing and grievous toll on our lives.[read more]

'Time-of-Use' Electricity Pricing

September 21, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Electricity Pricing

My mom is a pro at shopping for good deals. She taught me the importance of timing my purchases during the off-peak season to get the most value for my dollar. Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity pricing reminds me of the lessons my mom taught me.[read more]

Greenland Ice Melt 2014 and Beyond: Follow the Water

September 20, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Greenland Ice Melt

Ten years ago Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise totaled half a millimeter per year. Now, according to Professor Jason Fox of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, it has reached the point of doubling to one millimeter per year.[read more]

New Groundwater Policy Brings California Into the 21st Century

September 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Water Policy

California's voluntary Groundwater Management Plans have effectively failed to protect the people and ecosystems that depend on this water. Too many people are siphoning off water from extremely limited resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels, sinking of land, and drying of streams.[read more]

Climate Activism: Why We March

September 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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People's Climate March

A New York City councilman recently asked me to identify the purpose of Sunday’s People’s Climate March. Over the past several months, I’ve been thinking about this question a lot, but two days out, I think I’ve arrived at my answer.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "What’s the Next Shale Gas?"

September 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Next Energy Boom

Bank of America Chairman Charles Holliday asked the audience at the recent’s American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit in Washington DC how many people anticipated the US shale gas production revolution 10 years ago. No one in the 500-plus crowd raised their hand.[read more]

Stem to Install 1MW of Networked Behind-the-Meter Batteries in Hawaii

September 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Hawaii Networked Batteries

Hawaii is facing some serious disruptions from its growing share of distributed rooftop solar, and it’s going to try Stem’s distributed grid energy storage as a solution. On Thursday, utility Hawaiian Electric announced it had picked the Millbrae for a 1-megawatt pilot project on the island of Oahu.[read more]

Lasers, Circuit Boards, and a $30 Gizmo: Innovative Solutions to the Methane Problem

September 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Problems and Solutions

The technologies we see today didn’t all start out in the forms we’re used to. The phones we carry in our pockets used to weigh pounds, not ounces. Fast forward and now we're looking at a drunk-driver-and-alcohol sensor that was converted into a methane leak detector.[read more]

NOAA: With Hottest August On Record, 2014 Takes Aim At Hottest Year On Record

September 20, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Month and Year Temp Records

Last month was the warmest August since records began being kept in 1880, the NOAA reported Thursday. NOAA also projected out scenarios for the rest of the year making clear that 2014 is going to be one of the very hottest years on record — and possibly the hottest.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Analytics

September 19, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Energy Analytics

Energy analytics for mass-scale building energy efficiency evaluations is a category of software solutions that determine how a building is currently consuming energy and recommend operational and retrofit measures to maximize energy savings.[read more]

California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment

September 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean the air, reduce plastic litter pollution, combat climate change, and reduce toxic chemicals in our environment.[read more]

Natural Gas Storage Deficit to Five-Year Average Continues to Narrow

September 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Storage Deficit

Storage injections have continued to outpace the five-year (2009-13) average over the course of this summer, with inventories as of September 5 at 2,801 billion cubic feet (Bcf), according to data from the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (WNGSR).[read more]

Energy Reality Meets Climate Reality

September 19, 2014 by David Hone
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Climate and Energy Reality

 

In recent years and as part of the overall push to generate more renewable energy in Germany, considerable wind energy capacity has been installed in this region. While the current level of generation from wind is laudable, it is far from 100% renewable energy.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Halliburton has Already Left the Market and Schlumberger is Likely to Follow'

September 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Russian Sanctions and Damage

As US- and EU-led economic sanctions against Russian energy players crank up, the degree to which Western interests could be collaterally damaged is again being called into question. The EU has shied away from sanctioning Russian gas industry participants because the bloc is so reliant on Russian gas supply.[read more]

Resiliency+: Smart Grid Technologies and the Benefits of Two-Way Communication

September 19, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Grid Communication

It’s September, fall is just around the corner, and with it comes the second anniversary of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. A smarter and much more efficient electric grid should be on the minds of all New Jerseyans. Unfortunately, it is not.[read more]

World Looks to OECD as High Level Commission Calls for Phasing Out Coal

September 19, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Recently, the high powered Global Commission on the Climate and Economy released its flagship report on global coal use and the economy: The New Climate Economy. The report pulls no punches when it comes to coal, including a call for a global coal phaseout.[read more]