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Let's Get to Work on a Strong Plan to Protect Floridians from Carbon Pollution

August 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Carbon Pollution Mitigation

Over the course of our campaign to encourage Florida Governor Rick Scott to develop a strong plan for meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan standards, I have been heartened to hear about the efforts of so many in Florida to make reducing carbon pollution.[read more]

Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss

August 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Jet Stream and Climate Change

California is suffering through drought, while the East Coast sees flooding. Both are worsened by global warming. But in recent years you may have noticed a disproportionate increase in record-smashing extreme weather and suspected that’s also linked to global warming.[read more]

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]

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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]

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]

Declining Air Quality in the Tar Sands Region: Is the Government Responding?

August 17, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations. While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated back to the year 2012.[read more]

Now It's Official: EPA Proposes Limits on Super-Pollutant HFCs

August 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has now formally proposed to limit certain super-potent greenhouse gases from use in air conditioners, refrigerators, aerosols and foams in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives.[read more]

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

August 15, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

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]

Research Suggests Climate Models Underestimate Climate Sensitivity

August 15, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Climate Models and Risk

Climate models are mathematical representation of an enormously complex system. They are intended to project trends, not predict events. They are an imperfect but indispensable tool to gain an understanding of what we can likely expect in the future.[read more]

Bad News For California: NOAA Lowers Chance Of El Niño To 65%, Predicts A Weak One

August 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm

California and Environmental Risk

The NOAA previously said the chances of an El Niño developing this year were at almost 4 out of 5. There was some evidence suggesting it might be a strong El Niño, the kind that generally brings a lot of rain to California. But the best chance for ending the brutal California drought seems to be disappearing.[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]