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US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

June 5, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Carbon Rules and Global Effects

The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of uncontrolled climate pollution in the U.S.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 1: Humans are Changing the Climate for the Worse

June 4, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Humans and Global Warming

With each passing year, the science, observations, and modeling of global climate change become even clearer: humans continue to influence global climate change by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which increases Earth’s average temperature.[read more]

The Triumph of Climate Pragmatism

For the better part of two decades, a small group of policy scholars and climate policy advocates have argued that the United Nations' climate treaty efforts were doomed. Caps on emissions would fail in world where competitive alternative fuels don't exist, and where billions need to consume more energy.[read more]

New Global Fund to Help Combat Climate Change Open for Business

May 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

The Board of the Green Climate Fund – the new multilateral fund to support developing countries in efforts to address climate change – finalized its overarching business model so that countries can begin to direct resources through the fund.[read more]

Furthering International Climate Finance: Finalizing Some Key Threshold Issues for the Green Climate Fund

May 20, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Countries meet soon to advance threshold issues for the Green Climate Fund. The Fund was a key component of the agreements reached in Copenhagen in 2009 as it could help mobilize resources to help developing countries in reducing emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change.[read more]

Buying the Time Necessary to Save the Planet

May 20, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Risk and the Future

 

The German economist Ottmar Edenhofer, who co-chaired the IPCC committee that wrote the most recent UN report, commented in the New York Times: “We cannot afford to lose another decade.” If we do it becomes extremely costly to achieve climate stabilization.[read more]

German Lesson for Renewable Power Policies

May 19, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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German Renewables Policies

The EU Commission recently unveiled new regulations for the period 2014 to 2020 to gradually phase out support for renewable energy technologies. In a press release the commission stated the guidelines are intended to “promote a gradual move to market-based support for renewable energy.”[read more]

A New Call for Carbon Pricing

May 12, 2014 by David Hone

Carbon Pricing

 

In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit coming in September of this year, the Abu Dhabi Ascent was held on May 4th and 5th as the only preparatory event. Former Vice President Al Gore was one of the keynote speakers of the Ascent.[read more]

Beware, Miscalculations Can Occur on Both Sides

May 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Equal Miscalculation

On Friday, President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House and seemed to dismiss the notion that Russia would “turn off the tap to Europe” by calling it “unrealistic”. He added that natural gas kept flowing even at the height of the Cold War.[read more]

Understanding the IPCC: An Important Follow-Up

May 6, 2014 by Robert Stavins

A week ago, I wrote a blog about my frustrations with the approval process of one part of the Summary for Policymakers of the recent IPCC Report. Some in the more fringe elements of the press and blogosphere quickly capitalized on the situation by distorting the message of my original post.[read more]

US Energy Renaissance Brings Important Foreign Policy Choices

May 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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US Energy and Foreign Policy

Two timely research studies from think tanks inside the Beltway address energy security with particular focus on America’s new role in rearranging the established global energy order. This order is in flux because of the renaissance in the US energy sector ignited by its shale oil and gas boom.[read more]

Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

April 30, 2014 by Robert Stavins
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Over the past 5 years, I have dedicated an immense amount of time and effort to serving as the Co-Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 13, “International Cooperation: Agreements and Instruments,” of Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.[read more]

Eight Energy Myths Explained

April 28, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy Myths

Republicans, Democrats, and environmentalists all have favorite energy myths. Even Peak Oil believers have favorite energy myths. The following are a few common misbeliefs, coming from a variety of energy perspectives. I will start with a recent myth, and then discuss some longer-standing ones.[read more]

Women, Energy Access, and India's Elections

April 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

By May 12, an expected 815 million voters will have gone to the polls to vote in India's general election. With Indian women voting at increasing rates, politicians are attempting to court female voters more than ever. But the topic of energy should not be overlooked in this election.[read more]

IPCC Report Reactions: Act Now, Agree Later

April 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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A recent report by the world’s leading scientists has concluded that immediate action is needed globally if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But with a global agreement on climate change not expected until 2015, we can’t afford to wait. We need to act now, agree later.[read more]