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India, Climate, and the Coal Conundrum

December 24, 2014 by Lewis Perelman
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India Energy Needs and Growth

The gridlock in another round of UN climate talks stems from fundamentally conflicting interests. The only effective solution will come not from the regulatory approach the UN has emphasized but rather from the technical fix: developing breakthrough technologies that can provide cheap clean energy alternatives.[read more]

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Can ASEAN Run Away from Coal?

December 22, 2014 by Beni Suryadi

ASEAN and Coal

All sources are telling the exact same story: Asia currently leads in global energy consumption increases. The ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are – along with China and India – shifting the center of gravity of the global energy system to Asia.[read more]

China Coal Use Can Peak this Decade: What Did the IEA Miss?

December 22, 2014 by Lauri Myllyvirta

China Peak Coal and the IEA

The IEA published its Medium-Term Coal Market Report, with a lot of attention devoted to proffering the notion that China’s coal consumption will continue to grow until the end of this decade. A thorough analysis of Chinese energy trends suggests that coal peak is much more achievable than the IEA made it seem.[read more]

Finding the Way to Paris from Lima

December 16, 2014 by David Hone

With the choice of a high road and a low road from Lima to Paris, the Parties seem to have selected the dirt track off to the side, replete with rocks, obstacles, difficult terrain and an uncertain destination. However, the map they have crafted in Lima does at least have clear pointers to the outcome actually needed.[read more]

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Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia

December 16, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Climate Change Views in Asia

Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles, we reached the coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change.[read more]

US-China Climate Deal Underscores Need for Substantial Energy Innovation

December 11, 2014 by Arthur Yip
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US, China, and Innovation

Talks at the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru have been buoyed by the recent US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. While the pledges by the two largest players may represent a veritable political breakthrough, a new Breakthrough analysis of China’s energy plans shows there is reason for concern.[read more]

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Is the US-China Climate Change Deal a Game-Changer? An Interview with MIT's Valerie Karplus

December 11, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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US China Climate Partnership

Climate diplomacy made global headlines with a new partnership between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China. In this interview, I catch up with MIT's Valerie Karplus, an expert on both American and Chinese energy and climate policy, to dig into the details of the deal.[read more]

Three Key Questions About China's Climate Commitments

December 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Climate Commitment?

China’s announcement that it will cap its carbon pollution by 2030 – earlier if possible­­­­­ – and increase the share of non-fossil fuel in its primary energy mix to 20% by the same year, represents a major departure from China’s previous position in the international climate negotiations.[read more]

Brazil is Back; But Are They a Decade Late?

December 9, 2014 by David Hone

COP 20 and Brazil

COP20 in Lima ended its first full week on a mixed note, but with some positive signs for the ongoing process. The detailed discussions on the role of carbon markets under the SBSTA ended in disagreement and postponement which was disheartening, but there remains hope.[read more]

Two Weeks in Beijing

December 8, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Beijing, Biking, and Climate Change

Six months after leaving Istanbul, after cycling 5,000 miles, we arrived in in Beijing, the capital of the world's most polluting nation. We were warned about biking into the city, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that its wide roads had paralleling bike/scooter lanes for people like us.[read more]

2014 Year in Review: 3 Breakthroughs that Tip the Scales for Climate Action

December 6, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Climate Action Breakthroughs

As the year draws to a close, I’m grateful for three climate breakthroughs that give me hope that we can turn the corner toward a stable climate. And I’m thankful to my colleagues who determined how we can actually see global greenhouse emissions peak, level off, and begin to decline.[read more]

Greening Giants: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

December 5, 2014 by Inês Azevedo
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The Presidents of the United States and China surprised the world with a bi-lateral announcement for post-2020. Much discussion has followed, with some arguing with a fierce “no" to the deal, some raising concerns, and others having a cautious optimism.[read more]

Getting Going in Lima?

December 5, 2014 by David Hone
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COP 20 and Future Planning

COP 20 is now underway in Lima and I am on the newly created site. Less than three months ago this was apparently an empty piece of land in a large Peruvian government complex, but now it is a bustling and well fitted out set of temporary buildings for housing negotiators and observers from some 190 countries.[read more]

Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Climate Agreement in Paris

December 4, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Lima and Paris

In December 2015 at a high-level meeting in Paris, countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will require much deeper action by all countries. For two weeks, countries are participating in another round of climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru.[read more]

China and Coal: The Reality Distortion Field is as Strong as Ever

December 4, 2014 by David Hone
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China Coal Realism

 

It is very clear from all the reports coming from China that there is real concern about the use of coal and its link with the air quality in many major cities, and the Chinese government is starting to address it through the management of coal use. But coal use continues to increase, albeit more slowly than in recent years.[read more]