International Climate Conferences

A Global Agreement on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

February 5, 2016 by Henry Auer

Paris Agreement and Greenhouse Gases

2015 was the warmest year on record, using temperatures measured over the entire year on both land and ocean surfaces. The high temperatures averaged worldwide have produced large numbers of extreme weather events, especially heat waves, over the last five years.[read more]

China Coal Use Falls for Second Year in a Row: IEA Boss

February 3, 2016 by Tyler Hamilton

China Coal Consumption

Driven mostly by a need to get local air pollution under control, China has put a 2020 cap on coal emissions. Less economic emphasis is being put on energy-intensive industries such as steel manufacturing and big investment continues in renewables.[read more]

Carbon Pricing in 2015

January 6, 2016 by David Hone

Carbon and Future Pricing Plans

Perhaps more than any other aspect of the climate agenda, carbon pricing took a major step forward in 2015. This was supported by many initiatives, but most notably by the creation of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition under the auspices of the World Bank.[read more]

Grading My 2015 Energy Predictions

January 5, 2016 by Robert Rapier

The funny thing about predictions is that things are always obvious in hindsight. I rarely have people suggest that any of my predictions are either “no-brainers” or “impossible” when I make them. But when it comes time to grade them, I hear that a lot.[read more]

10 Clean Energy Trends that Prove 2015 was a Transformative Year

January 4, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

2015 Energy Changes Review

Back in September when the New York Times declared 2015 “the year humans got serious about climate change,” we knew they were on to something. But as we near the end of 2015, it’s hard to believe we’ve accomplished as much as we have in just 12 months.[read more]

Cities End 2015 Showcasing Leadership on Energy Efficiency

December 31, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Energy Efficiency

2015 was an exciting year to work on local sustainability issues, particularly climate change and energy efficiency. During the Paris talks in early December, more than 400 mayors convened to share their stories about fighting climate change.[read more]

The Top 10 Energy Stories Of 2015

December 28, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Making the 2015 list was challenging, because so many of the stories are interrelated. Commodity prices continued to plummet, but oil, natural gas, and coal prices fell for somewhat different reasons. This of course resulted in the lowest gasoline prices in years, which was itself a big story.[read more]

Caldeira, Emanuel, Wigley, and Hansen Statement at COP 21 on December 4, 2015

December 28, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and Emissions Reduction

During COP 21, Energy for Humanity hosted a press conference at which four climate scientists gave statements about why they believe that nuclear energy must be included in the effort to reduce CO2 emissions from the the power sources currently used to enable our modern, increasingly prosperous society.[read more]

The Paris Energy R&D Commitment

December 22, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

Besides realizing the obvious benefit of a new global treaty based on decentralized action, the Paris climate change negotiations also saw the announcement of a public-private coalition for doubling clean energy research and development.[read more]

History in the Making: The Outcome of the Paris Climate Change Negotiations

December 21, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

COP 21 Discussion

One day before the Paris climate summit concluded with an agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions around the globe, MIT students, faculty, and staff packed a room in the Green Building to hear a panel of MIT experts assess the likely outcome of the negotiations.[read more]

Year in Review: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2015, Part 2

December 21, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News for 2015

Advanced energy makes news, and 2015 was proof of that. From innovative financing models for energy efficiency to Fortune 500 companies choosing advanced energy, businesses big and small had impact on the way the world generates and uses energy.[read more]

EU Briefing on Environment: All You Need to Know about COP 21 [VIDEO]

December 21, 2015 by David Thual

COP 21 Europe Report

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the impact of the Paris Agreement reached on December 12th, 2015 at the COP 21 conference.[read more]

2016 Look Ahead for Nuclear Energy

December 21, 2015 by Dan Yurman

This is the annual look ahead for the global nuclear energy industry. While it is too early to predict whether the high concept promises of the COP 21 climate change conference will translate into concrete being poured for nuclear power stations, there are a number of positive developments.[read more]

COP 21: A Success within the Success

December 18, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Planning for the Future

From the moment the COP 21 conference started, the newswires, bloggers and analysts have been writing about the success of the meeting and the ambitious nature of the Paris Agreement. Without doubt, more will be written in the weeks and months ahead. But the deal was done and many parts made it possible.[read more]

COP 21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

December 17, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Paris Agreement Results

In very broad strokes, what the Paris Agreement does is establish a long-term goal of eventually reaching net-zero emissions, create a mechanism to review progress and increase ambition at regular intervals, and add a framework for climate finance.[read more]