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The U.S.-China Deal on Climate Change: Minilateralism at Work

November 17, 2014 by Robert Stowe
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The deal between China and the United States to limit greenhouse-gas emissions is very significant—more because China and the United States are now cooperating so closely on climate change than because of the specifics of the deal.[read more]

Long Road to Paris 2015: Longer-Term National Climate Strategies

November 17, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Prepping for Paris

The coming year should be very interesting and time will tell where the common denominator – i.e., where all those post-2020 targets merge – is to be found in terms of dealing with climate change among UN member states and with what respective degree of urgency.[read more]

Historic Announcement Shows US and China Are Serious about Fighting Climate Change

November 15, 2014 by Frances Beinecke
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President Obama and President Xi Jinping announced ambitious new plans to reduce climate change pollution. This marks a turning point in the fight against global warming. The world’s two largest emitters of carbon pollution have come together to set firm targets for cutting emissions.[read more]

Energy News Roundup: Climate Deal Spurs Building Spree, Dow Selling Billions in Assets, and IEA Sees US Shale Cap Ex Pullback

November 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy News

The US and China agreed to cut carbon emissions in order to combat climate change, a historic pact that has many excited and many outraged. But China’s commitment to cap greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 means the country will need to build out power generation infrastructure in unprecedented ways.[read more]

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The "Historic" US-China Climate Change Deal Confirms that We are Failing in the Fight Against Climate Change

November 13, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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US-China Climate Agreement

Optimism has broken out among those concerned about climate change. Secret negotiations between America and China have given us a "game changing" deal, one that gives us a "fighting chance" to limit global warming. But like it or not, this deal does not appear to give us a chance to win this particular fight.[read more]

Examining Nuclear Power as Climate Option, Part II

November 12, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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In this second half of my essay, I will move on to the other factors habitually cited as barriers to the use of nuclear power as a climate mitigation option: the actual risks of nuclear power and its concomitant waste, and the current public image of nuclear power.[read more]

Two Important Errors in the Fossil Fuel Divestment Debate: A Response to Robert Stavins

November 10, 2014 by Benjamin Franta
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Is climate change a moral crusade? Robert Stavins argues that climate change is fundamentally a scientific, economic, and political challenge, and that viewing climate change as a moral crusade may increase the political polarization surrounding the topic. Does this package of arguments hold water?[read more]

China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak and Strong Climate Commitments

November 7, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

China Fuel Choices and Climate Commitments

Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change. Now China is taking serious action and is clearly on the brink of even more major action.[read more]

Converting Global Warming to Global Energy

November 5, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Turning Warming into Energy

As a business model, the legitimate conversion of a liability into income is the most successful of all the many possible outcomes. And when that liability is perhaps the greatest one that the world currently faces the opportunity is equally as colossal.[read more]

Reflections on the IPCC Synthesis Report

November 5, 2014 by David Hone
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The release of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report Synthesis document on Sunday was a useful reminder of the wealth of measurements, observations and science behind the reality of the anthropocene era and the impact it is having on global ecosystems.[read more]

Why Having A Realistic View of Energy Efficiency Matters to Climate Change

Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

In response to our New York Times op-ed about the limits of energy efficiency and the furious reaction to it from some quarters, Andy Revkin asks whether we can find room for agreement on the rebound effect. And to some degree we already have.[read more]

A Climate Mitigating Energy Strategy

October 23, 2014 by Jim Baird

Belaboring the obvious, Haewon McJeon, an economist with the U.S. energy department and lead author of a new report in the journal Nature, 'Climate change: A crack in the natural-gas bridge' says in a Scientific American article, "The climate change problem requires a climate change solution.”[read more]

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The Alternative to the Climate Nuclear Option is Innovation

October 22, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Climate Nuclear Option Alternatives

Out of fear the world is running out of time to act on climate change, some advocates are calling for the nuclear option: limiting economic growth to deeply decarbonize the global economy. It’s easy to see why: world leaders continue to propose weak policy options that guarantee dangerous global warming.[read more]

Short-Circuiting Sea Level Rise

October 14, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Sea Level Rise Cycles

Sea level rise can be short-circuited with energy systems that pay for themselves with the power they generate. The heat of global warming is going principally into the oceans; mainly in the top, mixed, layer of the tropical seas.[read more]

Old News in New Bottles: Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will Help Our Economy

October 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held.[read more]