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Sea Level Rise and Global Warming [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Sea Level Rise and Risk

The coastlines are changing, what does that mean for coastal development, ecosystems and the global economy? What about real estate values, insurance costs, or that nice little seaside village where you plan to buy a house and retire? It’s all changing.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Climate Change Mitigation vs. Adaptation and the Tragedy of the Commons

July 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Climate Change Futures

“Greenhouse gases mix in the atmosphere and that means it doesn’t matter where they come from. They are going to have the same damage. What that means is that any individual jurisdiction; county, state, city; taking action will incur the costs of its actions but the benefits will be distributed globally."[read more]

No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane

July 12, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Cutting Emissions

The bad news is that humanity has dawdled for so long that our only realistic chance to avoid multiple, irreversible, catastrophic climate impacts is to slash both carbon dioxide and the “super pollutants” like methane sharply starting as soon as possible.[read more]

As a Solution for Climate Change - Nuclear Power is Falling Behind

July 3, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear Falls Behind

Recently, the 2014 edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) was issued. The ETP is issued on a two year cycle; the current edition takes the World Energy Outlook 2013 forecasts and looks to the longer term out to 2050.[read more]

Mexico (and the World) Doesn't Have the Luxury of Politics of Usual

July 1, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

The ongoing political struggle between the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the center-right National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution for power and influence has created a drag on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ambitious vision for energy reform.[read more]

Climate Change Policy: The European Trading Scheme (ETS)

June 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

European Trading Scheme

A session at the 37th IAEE International Conference in New York, "Climate Change & Carbon Policies: International Lessons and Perspectives,” continued to draw crowds as experts on climate change and carbon policies highlighted different approaches to those issues in the US, China, and Europe.[read more]

EPA and Climate Regulation: Mind the Gaps

June 18, 2014 by James Bushnell

EPA Regulation Gaps

Last week, following years of anticipation, the shoe finally dropped on EPA carbon regulations. Two or three things are notable: First, we’re on the road to a national climate policy! Second, EPA is going out of its way to highlight how much flexibility it will give to States in implementing this policy.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

June 17, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Warming Mitigation Costs and Measurement

 

The IPCC argues that keeping global temperatures within 2°C will incur an annual cost of 0.04 to 0.14 percent of global GDP ($29 billion to $101 billion per year) between now and 2100. Climate say this is proof that we can address climate change on the “cheap” when compared to the costs of inaction.[read more]

Steps Towards Paris 2015

June 12, 2014 by David Hone

National climate negotiators and a number of Energy/Environment Ministers are currently meeting in Bonn as the global climate deal process slowly edges forward. Whether the steps being taken are big or small remains to be seen, but there are at least steps, so that is a start.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

June 11, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Global Warming and Growing Risk

Solving climate change is an extremely difficult—even monumental—challenge to address. Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels and are deeply embedded in the global economy. Turning on the lights, driving vehicles, powering industry, and living a prosperous life all emit carbon.[read more]

7 Reasons America Should Succeed On Climate Change

June 10, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Preparedness and Vulnerability

Predictions of what the US “will” do in the future are personal judgments on human nature and the political system. I understand why some people would be pessimistic. But the science makes clear inaction is not a rational option and that technology/economics makes clear that action is super cheap.[read more]

Two Steps Remain Before Obama Can Claim A Genuine Climate Legacy

June 7, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Obama and Climate Change Policy

Obama took the most serious step toward limiting carbon pollution of any in history. And besides its proposed rules for power plant pollution, the White House has already helped bring about an explosion in solar and wind, along with very strong fuel economy rules negotiated with the major automakers.[read more]

Krugman: Climate Action Is 'Remarkably Cheap,' New EPA Rules Would Give 'U.S. Economy A Boost'

June 1, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Action at Low Cost

What would be the cost to the U.S. of moderate carbon pollution reductions, such as the emissions standards for existing power plants that the EPA will be announcing shortly? It’s a question that we always had to answer since the EPA is legally obligated to issue rules regulating CO2.[read more]

Climate Change and the American Economy

May 30, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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The 3rd National Climate Assessment was released earlier this month, painting what amounts to a very frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate change and climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

The Triumph of Climate Pragmatism

For the better part of two decades, a small group of policy scholars and climate policy advocates have argued that the United Nations' climate treaty efforts were doomed. Caps on emissions would fail in world where competitive alternative fuels don't exist, and where billions need to consume more energy.[read more]