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Good Energy Reading for the Beach?

December 25, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Beach Reading

Here are a couple books I’ve come across or that colleagues have recommended. Any thoughts, loyal blog readers? If you’ve read these books, which would you recommend? Any others to add to the list?[read more]

Lima COP Negotiations Recap: Interesting Implications for the CDR Field

December 24, 2014 by Noah Deich

COP and CDR

On the bright side of the COP 20 outcome, some commentators are still more optimistic than ever that a meaningful deal will be reached in the next COP negotiations in Paris in 2015. This optimism springs from a proposed plan to have individual nations to develop their own emission-reduction commitments.[read more]

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Mining the Climate Data

December 24, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Information and Analysis

It is confounding to understand how otherwise highly technically literate individuals can be collectively blind to the climate record. The bonanza that can be derived from mining that record is the most significant and beneficial legacy we can leave our children.[read more]

India, Climate, and the Coal Conundrum

December 24, 2014 by Lewis Perelman
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India Energy Needs and Growth

The gridlock in another round of UN climate talks stems from fundamentally conflicting interests. The only effective solution will come not from the regulatory approach the UN has emphasized but rather from the technical fix: developing breakthrough technologies that can provide cheap clean energy alternatives.[read more]

Nearly $1 Billion Available for PACE Projects in 2014

December 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

PACE Project Funding

PACE programs for both residential and commercial sectors are booming in 2014, with much more growth to come in 2015. California has completed about $500 million in residential PACE projects for around 25,000 homes, according to PACENow, a nonprofit that promotes the PACE concept.[read more]

As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

December 23, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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The U.S. risks moving from climate denial to climate despair; that citizens can do little to stop impacts, that government doesn't have the political courage needed to adequately address the problem, and that industry genius will falter and not develop the technologies to solve climate change in time.[read more]

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An Easy Step Forward Towards Cleaner Energy: Ending Subsidies For Fossil Fuels

December 23, 2014 by Jonathan Doochin
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As we attempt to move towards a clean energy economy, numerous roadblocks remain. One of the major obstacles standing in the way might not be as obvious as the others—federal subsidies. As we seek to accelerate the world’s transition to a clean energy economy, a rational approach to subsidies is critical.[read more]

Europe Shouldn't Feign Weakness When it Comes to International Climate Finance

December 23, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

The COP 20 in Lima is over, having delivered to the world, like so many COPs before it, yet another awkward acronym. The latest for the pile is ‘INDCs’, that’s “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.” Presumably different from Nationally Determined Contributions of the unintended variety.[read more]

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Can ASEAN Run Away from Coal?

December 22, 2014 by Beni Suryadi

ASEAN and Coal

All sources are telling the exact same story: Asia currently leads in global energy consumption increases. The ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are – along with China and India – shifting the center of gravity of the global energy system to Asia.[read more]

China Coal Use Can Peak this Decade: What Did the IEA Miss?

December 22, 2014 by Lauri Myllyvirta

China Peak Coal and the IEA

The IEA published its Medium-Term Coal Market Report, with a lot of attention devoted to proffering the notion that China’s coal consumption will continue to grow until the end of this decade. A thorough analysis of Chinese energy trends suggests that coal peak is much more achievable than the IEA made it seem.[read more]

What We Learned About Climate Change In 2014, In 6 Charts

December 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change in Charts

This year saw a lot of big climate reports, including three by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And, as always, we had many important publications from the work of individual scientists. And that means great charts![read more]

It's Time for Environmentalists to Give Nuclear a Fair Go

December 20, 2014 by Barry Brook
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Greens and Nuclear Energy

Should the development and use of nuclear energy be part of Australia’s (and many other countries’) future energy mix? We think so, particularly as part of a realistic solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous climate change.[read more]

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

December 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Mexico Energy Legislation and Clean Energy

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund.[read more]

Problems with $17 Trillion, Save-the-Planet Headlines

December 18, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Climate Change Mitigation and Costs

Bloomberg news recently ran an article on conventional Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology titled “We Now Know How to Save the Planet. For $17.6 Trillion.” While “saving the planet” sounds great and “$17.6 trillion” sounds absurdly large, both claims are probably incorrect.[read more]

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3 Climate Lessons From Lima

December 18, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

Lessons from Lima

Climate change cannot be solved without leadership from heads of government, without immediate mitigation of near-term warming, and without cutting short-lived climate pollutants to complement the United Nations climate agreement.[read more]