Climate

Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

February 6, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records in 2015

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke the record by the widest margin ever.[read more]

A Global Agreement on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

February 5, 2016 by Henry Auer

Paris Agreement and Greenhouse Gases

2015 was the warmest year on record, using temperatures measured over the entire year on both land and ocean surfaces. The high temperatures averaged worldwide have produced large numbers of extreme weather events, especially heat waves, over the last five years.[read more]

Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions

February 4, 2016 by Barbara Finamore

China, Coal, and Emissions

New analysis finds that China holds the key to achieving the 2 degree Celsius global climate goal reaffirmed by 195 countries in Paris. According to research by Barclays Bank, China accounts for 33-40 percent of the carbon emissions gap between current trends and a 2 degree Celsius pathway.[read more]

Fatal Flaws In EPA's Latest Voluntary Methane Program Highlight Need For Concrete Rules

February 4, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Methane Regulation

The Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program unveiled last week by the United States Environmental Protection Agency is a perfect example of what can go wrong when the agency tries too hard to entice an unwilling industry to engage.[read more]

There's Plenty of Blame for Flint, Michigan's Water Crisis

January 22, 2016 by Steven Cohen
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Whenever I hear that environmental protection is a partisan issue, I'm reminded of New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's famous statement that there is no Democratic or Republican way to pick up the garbage. The provision of clean air, safe drinking water, solid waste management and flood control are all basic public services that people who pay taxes expect to receive. Too bad the folks running Flint, Michigan, and the state of Michigan didn't get that memo. It's also too bad that the federal Environmental Protection Agency sat on the sidelines and allowed Michigan to damage Flint's water supply.[read more]

Saving Texas’ Water through Smart Energy Choices in 2016

January 21, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Desert-Sky-Wind-Farm wikipedia2015 proved to be another weird weather year around the country, especially for Texas. 80 degrees and dry in Austin on Christmas Day, spring wildflowers in bloom, and kids playing outside in shorts – a surprise ending to a wild ride of drought followed by devastating floods followed by drought and then more floods.[read more]

Exploring Climate Change From a Gender Perspective

January 20, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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Masson_main People’s Climate March, New York, 21 September 2014. Photo: istock/Andy Parker What does gender have to do with climate change? It’s a question I often hear when engaging with practitioners and policymakers. I am a researcher who advocates for attention to gender to be integrated in efforts to address climate change – in climate change mitigation, in strategies to adapt to climate impacts, and in negotiations towards a global climate change agreement.[read more]

The California Gas Disaster: What Comes Next and Where Else Could it Happen?

January 15, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange
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The ongoing leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility owned by Southern California Gas has driven more than 2,000 families from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles and prompted Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency. It’s dumped an estimated 83 thousand metric tons of methane into the atmosphere so far (see our leak counter here), with no clear end in sight.[read more]

Surprise (Or Not): Saving Energy Saves Energy

January 14, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard
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Stanford and Berkeley researchers recently found that energy-saving devices, like more efficient electrical appliances and better insulated homes and businesses, actually do save us energy. You might be asking - as I often do -- why do we need the nation's top scientists to weigh in on such a statement?[read more]

Obama Wins Praise as a Champion of Clean Energy Despite Political Gridlock

January 13, 2016 by Martin LaMonica

President Obama’s legacy on clean energy and climate will be widely considered one of his greatest achievements, and one of his most polarizing endeavors.[read more]

Hillary Clinton Weighs In on Nevada’s Bitter Solar Fight

January 12, 2016 by Jeff St. John
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When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with the Las Vegas Sun last week to chat with the newspaper’s editors, the first question wasn’t about jobs, gun control or Benghazi. The first question was about solar.[read more]

The Overlooked Solar Opportunity in India

January 12, 2016 by Katherine Tweed
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The problem of energy access in India is enormous. According to the International Energy Agency, some 237 million Indians (close to a fifth of the population) were living without electricity as of 2015.[read more]

In State of State Address, Gov. Cuomo Can Build on Strong Clean Energy & Climate Policies

January 11, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

2015 was a banner year for clean energy in New York and we look forward to even more action on climate and clean energy in 2016, starting with Governor Cuomo's annual State of the State address this week.[read more]

America’s Coal Production Falls to Its Lowest Level Since 1986

January 11, 2016 by Stephen Lacey
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The U.S. saw a 10 percent dip in coal production in 2015, part of a downward trend that continues to accelerate. That's the lowest level since 1986.[read more]

Climate Policy Ended on a Positive Note in 2015. Should We Be Optimistic About the Future?

January 9, 2016 by Martin LaMonica

The final month of 2015 was one of the best in history for climate action.The final month of 2015 was one of the best in history for climate action. The world's carbon emissions dipped for the first time during a period of economic growth. The Paris climate talks ended with a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. And America extended key tax credits for renewables that will ensure strong growth in the years ahead. Some are cheering. But others are not so sure we should be optimistic.[read more]