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Recent Expert Reports: Diverse Zero Carbon Options Needed to Manage Climate

September 23, 2014 by Armond Cohen

Decarbonization and Immediate Necessity

Climate Week is a useful moment to review some recent expert reports suggesting the need for a broad suite of zero carbon energy technologies to manage climate change. In particular, these reports highlight the potentially critical role of CCS and nuclear alongside such options as wind and solar.[read more]

The Value of the Leaders' Climate Summit at the UN

September 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Leadership at the Climate Summit

Many commentators have questioned the value of the leaders' Climate Summit today at the United Nations. And if the meeting were a regular talkfest, I might be inclined to as well. But it’s not. This Summit is different, due to the variety of leadership and importance of their mission.[read more]

Mexico's Solar Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jacob Sandry

Mexico and Solar

In Mexico a growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year. Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And they want to solve this dreary problem with renewables.[read more]

Climate Summit: Double Talk or Straight Talk

September 23, 2014 by David Hone

The Climate Summit and New Information

With the UN Climate Summit today, there has been a push to have new thinking and material ready for the event. One high profile release on September 16th was the report from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, or Better Growth, Better Climate, The New Climate Economy Report.[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 an estimated 311,000 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]

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The UN Climate Summit, the Paris Agreement, and 2° C

September 22, 2014 by Robert Stowe

Heads of state and senior ministers will meet in New York on September 23 for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit. Mr. Ban will encourage them to consider “nationally-determined contributions” more ambitious than they might otherwise have done.[read more]

Federal Energy News: Senate Finance Talks Energy Tax Reform, EPA Extends Comment Period, and No Review for Demand Response Ruling

September 22, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Federal Energy News

the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on energy tax reform, the EPA extended the comment period on its proposed Clean Power Plan, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review a ruling on a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission demand response regulation.[read more]

Mayor de Blasio's Pledge to Cut Climate Pollution by 80% Can Lower Bills, Safeguard New York

September 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On the heels of a historic march through the streets of New York City to demand global action on climate change—and heading into the gathering of world leaders at UN headquarters for the Climate Summit—Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a dramatic pledge for progress here at home.[read more]

The Two Energy Revolutions Are Progressing in Tandem

September 22, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Last year I wrote about the two major energy revolutions happening globally, the shale revolution--mainly in the US--and the renewable energy revolution, focused more on technologies than geography but with big concentrations in Europe and increasingly Asia and the Americas.[read more]

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]

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]

Energy Quote of the Day: Is the Shine Coming Off U.S. LNG Exports?

September 21, 2014 by Jared Anderson

LNG Exports and Change

A few Asian buyers of United States liquid natural gas are looking to sell portions of the supply they previously purchased under long-term contracts, suggesting the overall excitement over exporting US natural gas as LNG could be waning a bit.[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]