carbon pollution

Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

February 10, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

State Carbon Reduction Planning

The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the NERC, the organization which oversees the reliability of the North American electricity system, provides some answers.[read more]

Russia's Gazprom is Top of Its Energy Industry Class, but Not in a Good Way

May 28, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Gazprom Risk

A new Thomson Reuters/BSD Consulting “Global 500 Greenhouse Gas Report: The Fossil Fuel Energy Sector” shows that energy companies emitted 31 per cent of total GHG emissions globally from their operations as well as the use of the products further down the value chain on an annual basis.[read more]

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

April 1, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Energy Transition

Beijing announced the closure of the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. Carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, this is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its emissions.[read more]

Rising Pollution in the Developing World: Is India a Climate Protection 'Wild Card'?

December 1, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

India as Climate Wild Card

The world is constantly and almost instantaneously transforming right before our very eyes. And given the great complexity and increasing interconnectedness of resulting emerging challenges it is advisable for policymakers to attempt to get ahead of the curve.[read more]

Unpacking EPA's Carbon Pollution Proposal

June 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Let me start by saying I am not going to be talking in this blog about the most important issue presented by EPA’s proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. That key issue is how much will the rule reduce total U.S. carbon pollution by 2020 and beyond.[read more]

Dust Bowl Days: Will We Cut Carbon Pollution Fast Enough To Prevent Permanent Droughts?

May 26, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Global Warming and Drought Risk

Large parts of the Southwest are drier than they were during the 1930s Dust Bowl. And the latest science says unrestricted carbon pollution will make this a near-permanent situation post-2050 in a growing portion of this country and around the world.[read more]


Wrong Questions Lead to the Wrong Answers on Oil and Gas Development

February 3, 2014 by Mitchell Beer

Oil and Gas Development Questions

You don’t get the right answers by asking the wrong questions. And nowhere is that more obvious than in the annual projections from governments, international agencies, and major oil and gas companies, all pointing to massive, dangerous increases in fossil fuel production over the next 10, 20, or 25 years.[read more]

Coal's Fantasy Island: Carbon Pollution its "One and Only"

January 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A New York Times article recently highlighted the increasing concerns major corporations are having about the growing threat of climate change to their bottom line. Business leaders are seeing carbon pollution affect their supply chains, resources, and financial risk.[read more]

If We Could See Carbon Dioxide, Would We Take it More Seriously?

January 28, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Seeing Carbon Pollution

As an Australian who is concerned about our changing climate there is a long list of quotes from our new Prime Minister that I find irksome. But right at the top is his description of emissions trading as "a market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no one."[read more]

Why the Cost of Carbon Pollution is Both too High and too Low

January 27, 2014 by Gernot Wagner

Tell someone you are a “climate economist,” and the first thing you hear after the slightly puzzled looks subside is, “How much?” Show me the money: “How much is climate change really costing us?” Here it is: at least $40. That, of course, isn’t the total cost, which is in the trillions of dollars.[read more]

Biggest and Smartest Corporations Already Accounting for Carbon Pollution in Business Plans

December 10, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Corporations and Carbon

Twenty-nine corporations, including five major oil companies, are starting to account for coming carbon limits in their business plans, according to a new report by CDP. They recognize the era of unlimited pollution will soon end, and it’s time to rein in their share of global warming emissions.[read more]

New IPCC Report Highlights Need for Divestment

November 21, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb

If one plans to divest from fossil fuels to avoid the bursting of a major bubble, what are some possible options? Fortunately, there are several viable investment opportunities where the investor stands to grow his/her wealth and make a measurable social and environmental impact.[read more]


Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 2

October 21, 2013 by John Miller

Coal Shutdown Impact

Developing EPA regulations can substantially reduce future and eventually current Coal Power Plants’ carbon emissions. What are the more optimal solutions to minimizing costs and maximizing benefit impacts of shutting down most future U.S. Coal Power generation capacity?[read more]

The Doublespeak of the Dirty Carbon Economy

August 15, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

George Orwell exposed the propaganda lies of the fascists and communists who threatened humanity in the mid-20th century. Today, his talents are badly needed to counter the propaganda of corporate executives accelerating the burning of coal, oil, and gas here and abroad.[read more]

'American Carbon' Enters Atmosphere At Fastest Pace Ever

August 8, 2013 by Joseph Romm

American Carbon

While U.S. carbon emissions have dropped somewhat in recent years — thanks to energy efficiency, renewables, the recession, and shale gas — America’s contribution to the global problem of ever-rising carbon production and consumption grows unabated.[read more]