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Research Suggests Climate Models Underestimate Climate Sensitivity

August 15, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Climate Models and Risk

Climate models are mathematical representation of an enormously complex system. They are intended to project trends, not predict events. They are an imperfect but indispensable tool to gain an understanding of what we can likely expect in the future.[read more]

Are You Playing the Right Energy Trend? Interview with Porter Stansberry

February 2, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Porter Stansberry founded Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, a private publishing company based in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1999. His monthly newsletter, Stansberry's Investment Advisory, deals with safe-value investments poised to give subscribers years of exceptional returns.[read more]

2013 Clean Energy Investments Down On Previous Years

January 26, 2014 by Joshua Hill

We spend a lot of time focusing on the more tangible aspects of clean energy these days. One of the less appealing aspects of the clean energy industry, however, is one of the most important — the investment figures that allow for everything that comes after.[read more]

Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Rose in 2013

January 15, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Carbon Emissions Rose in 2013

Carbon dioxide emissions from energy activities in the U.S. in 2013 are expected to be up 2 percent over 2012. The slight increase is still just a projection as EIA awaits final year-end data, but the higher figure is attributed to an increase in coal consumption by electric utilities.[read more]

What to Make of 2013?

January 8, 2014 by David Hone

What to make of the past year?

 

It’s difficult to sum up 2013 from a climate standpoint, other than to note that it was a year of contrast and just a little irony. Overall progress in actually dealing with the issue of global emissions made some minor gains, although there were a few setbacks of note along the way as well.[read more]

7 Trends in Home Energy in 2013 and What They Mean for 2014

December 18, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

It’s hardly the coming of the Jetsons, especially when it comes to how we manage energy use in the home, but this past year has seen some notable movement in how utilities are leveraging thermostats in the home, and companies are connecting services in new ways.[read more]

Graphs of the Day: Major US Hurricane Drought Continues

November 27, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Hurricane Drought

The US good luck with respect to hurricane landfalls, yes, good luck, continues. The five-year period ending 2013 has seen 2 hurricane landfalls. That is a record low since 1900. Two other five-year periods have seen 3 landfalls (years ending in 1984 and 1994).[read more]

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Irreversible Trends Spur Consumer Energy Independence: Part 2

August 20, 2013 by Steven Collier

The electric energy sources of the future may include more centralized fossil and nuclear fuel-burning plants, but environmental, safety and security concerns as well as fuel competition may delay or prevent their deployment and will at least put upward pressure on utility costs.[read more]

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Irreversible Trends Spur Consumer Energy Independence: Part 1

August 5, 2013 by Steven Collier

A DC subsystem, or “nanogrid,” in a home or business might power essential loads, particularly electronic devices that enable our interactions with the world around us and that account for an increasing proportion of our electric energy consumption.[read more]

Recent Trends in Climate Change Indicators

June 20, 2013 by David Hone

Climate Change Trends

The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change recently held a forum where it shared its latest research with the program sponsors and invitees from a variety of academic institutions and government.[read more]

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Steve LeVine: Reading to Predict the Course of Energy Geopolitics

February 25, 2013 by Andrew Whalen

How do you turn the flood of news and information into something useful? Steven Levine has a set of rules for how to interpret the course of nations. We asked Steve how he reads, who, and to predict the course of the news media.[read more]