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Carbon and De-carbonization

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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Rainforests and Climate Change

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.[read more]

Building Skills Among Renewable Industries' Workforce

August 20, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Rewables Workforce Skills

With increased global demand for energy and concerns over climate change, renewable energy industries worldwide are projected to be in a growth phase for the foreseeable future. That creates not only funding, political and infrastructure challenges, but workforce challenges as well.[read more]

From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses, and Consumers

August 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently compared the climate crisis to the 2008 financial crisis. He said: We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble. Case in point: Florida.[read more]

Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

August 19, 2014 by Justin Guay
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China and Coal Consumption

There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel of Chinese coal consumption: It appears China's coal boom is over. While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year, it appears the 'war on pollution' is not just talk.[read more]

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Reality Check: Germany Does Not Get Half of its Energy from Solar Panels

August 18, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Germany and its Energy Sources

The rise of the Internet means that simple factual issues can be checked quicker than would have been believed possible a generation ago. The rise of social media means that facts are not checked, they are retweeted. Such is the case with renewable energy in Germany, where anything is to be believed.[read more]

Florida's Energy Efficiency and Solar Resources Are Ripe For The Picking

August 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Green Energy

Florida’s energy efficiency and solar energy resources are as plentiful as the fruit on their trees. Taking advantage of these resources will not only help Florida, a state uniquely vulnerable to climate change, comply with the Clean Power Plan. It will do all kinds of great things for the Sunshine State.[read more]

The Failure of the UK Climate Change Act

August 18, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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UK Climate Legislation

The Belgian think tank Bruegel points to data showing that the United Kingdom's GDP has returned to pre-economic crisis levels. This allows us to do a quick and intuitive examination of how much the UK economy has decarbonized over that time period.[read more]

Steam Coal Imports Remain Down Sharply from Historic High in 2007

August 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Steam Coal Imports

Steam coal imports at electric power plants have fallen significantly from their peak level of more than 30 million tons in 2007 to less than 7 million in 2013. The number of plants using imported coal similarly fell from a peak of 48 in 2006 to 13 in 2013.[read more]

Business Leaders, Regulators, Lawmakers Explore 'Pathway to 2050'

August 16, 2014 by Bob Keough

Business and the Future of Energy

“We will not grow our economy in spite of our climate goals, but because of our climate goals.” That was the message from Kish Rajan to the nearly 300 business and government leaders gathered in Sacramento August 6 to discuss the “Pathway to 2050” for energy and climate in California.[read more]

EPA's State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

August 15, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

State Regulations

In June, the EPA announced standards to limit carbon emissions from power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Currently power plants emit 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30% below 2005 levels.[read more]

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A Path to Carbon-Free Ammonia?

August 14, 2014 by N Nadir
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Ammonia and Carbon

The synthesis of the agricultural and chemical commodity ammonia, which is of critical importance to humanity, is currently inextricably involved with fossil fuels. This post discusses a publication in the primary scientific literature that suggests a path to decoupling ammonia synthesis from the industrial use of carbon.[read more]

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Will CO2 Emission Standards Spur Carbon Capture Technology?

August 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Emissions Regulation and Carbon Capture

CO2 emissions standards for power plants in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere may not spur the use and development of carbon capture technology; tighter or looser standards would work better to drive technology adoption.[read more]

USDA Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

August 13, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Biogas Roadmap

Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to emphasize the use of biogas in the Renewable Fuels Standard, the United States Department of Agriculture has come out with their own Biogas Opportunities Roadmap to promote biogas as a valuable form of renewable energy.[read more]

10 Reasons Why 2°C Will Be Tough to Achieve

August 13, 2014 by David Hone

A recent story in The Guardian expressed some optimism that “humans will rise to the challenge of climate change”. Ten reasons were given to be hopeful, but not one of them mentioned the climate basics such as a carbon price or carbon capture and storage.[read more]