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Carbon and De-carbonization

Clinton (well, Gore) Went to Kyoto. Obama Went to Beijing

November 20, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Obama and International Climate Deals

 

Last week, United States President Obama and China's Premier Xi stood together announcing a deal on emissions reductions between these two great nations. The fact that such a bilateral agreement is possible and sealed with a handshake is a big deal.[read more]

Cooling India: Financing the Cost of Transition to Refrigerants with Lower Climate-Change Impact

November 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

At the Montreal Protocol meeting, starting on Monday in Paris, countries could seize one “low hanging fruit” opportunity by agreeing to move forward on phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent and fast-growing heat-trapping gases.[read more]

U.S Commits $3 Billion to Green Climate Fund

November 19, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Green Climate Fund and Funding

On Friday, sources revealed the Obama administration’s intention to pledge $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to serve as a “call to arms” for focusing attention on climate change at the G20 summit over the weekend in Brisbane, Australia.[read more]

The Importance of the U.S.-China Climate Accord

November 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Last week, the US pledged to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 26% from 2005 levels before 2025. China agreed to stop growing its emissions by 2030. Since we don't have a world government and are unlikely to get one soon, we are dependent on the actions of nations if we are to mitigate global warming.[read more]

Two Political Lessons from Germany's Energiewende

November 19, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Lessons of the Energiewende

 

Political actors in countries with coordinated market economies, such as Germany, prefer a process giving rise to decisions unanimous among main stakeholders. But for the Energiewende – Germany’s plan to transition to nearly 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 – unanimity is constrained.[read more]

US-China Climate Pact a 'Game Changer' for Clean Energy

November 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

US-China Climate Pact

For the first time, the two largest greenhouse gas emitting countries in the world have pledged to reduce carbon pollution. This is a game changer. The agreement between the United States and China will be a giant boost for clean-energy markets.[read more]

RGGI States' Clean Power Plan Comments Prove We Can Cut More Carbon Pollution Fast

November 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last week, the nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) submitted their comments about the Clean Power Plan. Based on their considerable experience cutting carbon pollution, it’s no surprise the RGGI states expressed strong support for it.[read more]

Q&A: Christopher Knittel on the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Plan

November 18, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas

The EPA’s initial emissions proposal is now under public review, before the agency issues a final rule in 2015. Christopher Knittel, the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics at the MIT, is one of 13 economists who co-authored an article about the policy in the journal Science.[read more]

Getting Cleantech Through its Awkward Teen Years

November 18, 2014 by Matt Stewart

Cleantech and the Mainstream

Not so long ago, cleantech was mired in a troubled childhood. Efficiency bored people into a coma, solar was expensive. Some companies accepted government support, some failed, providing fodder for political attack. Cleantech was a dirty word. Just think Solyndra. Now the pendulum has swung back.[read more]

CCS Breakthrough: sCO2 Power Cycles Offer Improved Efficiency and Integrated Carbon Capture

November 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Capture and Storage

NET Power, a young company from Durham, North Caroline recently announced they will construct the first of a kind natural gas fueled power generation system with zero air emissions and complete carbon capture, which combines oxy-fuel combustion with a supercritical CO2 turbine to create power.[read more]

Two Views on Mitigation Economics

November 18, 2014 by David Hone
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The annual Forum held by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change is always an interesting event, and the recent Forum held in Boston was no exception thanks to a discussion on two very different approaches to triggering the necessary mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

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

November 17, 2014 by Robert Stowe

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]

The U.S. and China Announce Joint Emissions Reductions

November 17, 2014 by Henry Auer

People in China and the United States feel the effects of global warming in their daily lives. The creeping smog hanging over Beijing and other cities, driven in part by burning coal for electric generation, severely impacts the lives of millions of Chinese citizens.[read more]

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Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

November 17, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Wind Farms and Back Up

A common claim about wind farms is that every unit of installed wind capacity needs to be backed up by one unit of fossil fuel capacity. Some claim that wind farms do not reduce carbon emissions; while others tell us that wind farms do not need much back up in the first place. Both assertions are demonstrably false.[read more]

How Good Is The New Emissions Deal with China?

November 17, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Only an event like Tuesday's agreement between President Obama and his Chinese counterpart to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the two countries could top the unexpected scramble in the US Senate to pass a Keystone XL pipeline bill as the big energy story of the week.[read more]