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The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

April 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt
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U.S. Climate Action

 

We have a responsibility to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job creation, and helps address the significant damages from climate change.[read more]

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

April 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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This Wednesday was Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established that same year.[read more]

Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Five Years Later

April 22, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil well in the Gulf of Mexico burst into flames following a blow out. Eleven workers died in the accident and 11 others were injured. Oil and gas gushed out for months from the broken pipe at the floor of the sea.[read more]

Environmental Law Progress In China

April 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

We take it for granted in the United States that citizens can involve themselves in the environmental review of proposed projects, either on their own or with the help of environmental organizations. This has not been true in China, but things may be changing for the better.[read more]

The Most Carbon-Efficient Year Ever for America's Power Industry?

April 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Industry Decarbonization?

It’s been 60 years in the making and it’s finally here: America’s power generation fleet has changed so much since the 1950s, and especially over the last decade, that the amount of carbon we emit per megawatt-hour of electricity produced has dropped to its lowest point in recorded history.[read more]

Climate Change in UK General Election Manifestos

April 21, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate Change and UK Politics

Comparing manifestos for May’s United Kingdom general elections highlights important similarities as well as differences among the parties. All of the manifestos published by UK-wide parties make reference to climate change policy, but to greatly differing and telling extents.[read more]

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

April 21, 2015 by Tim Juliani

The problem with climate change denialism is that a scientific consensus does not necessarily reflect a “social consensus,” the latter being something that the majority of society would consider true. Te scientific consensus that cigarettes harm human health emerged decades before the social consensus emerged.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Uncertain Power and Carbon Markets Change Investment Choices

April 21, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Energy Trends

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]

White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An Environmental Movement in Need of a Makeover

April 20, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Green Movements and Public Relations

With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days, it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?[read more]

May Provinces (or States) Limit Imports on the Basis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Elsewhere?

April 20, 2015 by James Coleman
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Emissions, Imports, and Local Regulation

Recently Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission issued a report urging provinces to drive Canadian climate policy by adopting their own carbon pricing schemes. But the report barely touched on one of the key challenges for local regulation: what may places that price carbon due to avoid losing industry to places that don’t?[read more]

'Legacy' Emissions and Beyond-Neutrality Corporate Emission Reduction Targets

April 18, 2015 by Noah Deich

Corporate Emission Reduction Target

While eliminating future emissions is an important first step on the pathway to stabilizing our climate, few companies are talking about how they can deal with the fact that a significant percentage of their emissions from previous decades of doing business still remain in the atmosphere.[read more]

Stakeholders Gather to Discuss How Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Can Work in New York

April 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Electricity Pricing

Last week, Environmental Defense Fund co-hosted a successful forum on residential time-variant electricity pricing – which allows customers to pay different prices for electricity depending on when it is used – within the context of New York’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ proceeding.[read more]

Putting the Real Story of Energy and the Economy Together

April 17, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Workers and Energy Economics

What is the real story of energy and the economy? We hear two predominant energy stories. One is the story economists tell: The economy can grow forever; energy shortages will have no impact on the economy. We can simply substitute other forms of energy, or do without.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

April 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and the Climate Change Threat

President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.[read more]

Mexico Provides Additional Detail on Mitigation Plans for Post-2020 Emission Reductions

April 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Following up on the late March announcement of its post-2020 emissions reduction commitment, Mexico has now provided a bit more detail on how it aims to achieve its goal of reducing 22% of greenhouse gas emissions and 51% of black carbon emissions by 2030.[read more]