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The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

January 26, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

India and Climate Change Action

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.[read more]

A New Theory of Energy and the Economy, Part 1: Generating Economic Growth

January 24, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Economics and Growth

How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature. I have been investigating this topic and have come to the conclusion that both energy and debt play an extremely important role in an economic system.[read more]

2014 is the Hottest Year on Record: Some Thoughts

January 23, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records Analysis

As one month after another broke heat records in 2014, especially in the world’s oceans, the continuing and accelerating trend of heat energy in the global climate system seems increasingly apparent, as clear as any Wall Street trader looking for a trending market could hope for: Up. Or is it?[read more]

Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year?

January 22, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Warming Records and Data Analysis


Measured temperatures have warmed nearly 2° Fahrenheit since the early 20th century. Whether last year or 2010 was warmer might seem like more of an academic point than a practical one. However, the refrain of "record temperature" reports creates a false impression that the warming is accelerating.[read more]

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015

January 21, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Commissions in 2015

To kick off 2015, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions this year, from comprehensive grid modernization to rate design and utility mergers, from utility reform in New York to investments in energy storage in Texas and California.[read more]

2014 Was the Warmest Year Globally Ever Recorded

January 21, 2015 by Henry Auer

Temperature Records and Global Trends

2014 had the highest global average temperature ever recorded. The U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration jointly announced on January 16, 2015 that the year 2014 was the hottest year since record keeping began.[read more]

The Limits of Planetary Boundaries 2.0

January 20, 2015 by Barry Brook

Measuring Boundaries

In 2013 I led research that critiqued the ‘Planetary Boundaries‘ concept. Worrying about global tipping points distracts from real planetary threats. Recently a paper appeared titled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet," which attempts to refine and clarify the concept.[read more]

Emissions Policy: Ten Years of the EU ETS

January 20, 2015 by David Hone

A Decade of the EU ETS

This month the EU Emissions Trading System is ten years old. There were those who said it wouldn’t last. Yet it stays with us, continues to be the bedrock of the EU policy to manage emissions and is now likely to receive a significant overhaul in time for 2020 when a new global deal on climate change should kick-in.[read more]

Answers to 3 Key Questions About the Hottest Year on Record

January 19, 2015 by Joe Casola

Yearly Temperature Records

Last year was the warmest year globally in the 135 years since records have been kept. This finding was recently confirmed by both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 3: ISOs and RTOs

January 16, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Regulation Commentary Analysis

The EPA received 1.6 million comments on the Clean Power Plan. 71 people working eight hours a day would take from now until June to read them all. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. Part 3 covers the reaction of ISOs and RTOs.[read more]

Market Stability Reserve Not Sufficient to Reform EU ETS, Next Step Emissions Performance Standards? [VIDEO]

January 16, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Regulation and Standards

Sonja van Renssen, joined by Jos Delbeke (Director General for Climate Action at the European Commission), Bas Eickhout MEP (shadow rapporteur for the ETS Market Stability Reserve proposal) and Anders Marvik (VP of Statoil EU Affairs), debate: “ETS Market Stability Reserve: competitiveness vs. climate?”[read more]

Michigan's New Year’s Resolution: Lose 21 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Pollution

January 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

In 2015, the EPA will finalize the Clean Power Plan that will require Michigan to reduce its carbon dioxide pollution by 31%, or approximately 21 million metric tons, below 2012 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan comes just a year after another transformative EPA rule, the Mercury Air and Toxic Standards.[read more]

Could Low Oil Prices Be a Positive Sign for the Carbon Removal Field?

January 15, 2015 by Noah Deich

Low fossil fuel prices hurt the viability of low-carbon alternatives, and are regarded as a negative development in the fight against climate change. But for the emerging class of carbon dioxide removal climate solutions, falling fossil fuel prices could prove positive, offering new opportunities for development.[read more]

UK Capacity Market Accused of Being a New Fossil-Fuel Subsidy

January 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The U.K.’s new capacity market is meant to lower electricity prices by encouraging competition and new generation. But it will do the opposite, according to Tempus Energy, a startup energy retailer that has brought an appeal in the European General Court on the grounds that it is unfair.[read more]

Climate and Global Energy: The Answer Lies After 2050, Probably Not Before

January 15, 2015 by David Hone

Future Energy Planning and Climate Solutions

The global energy system works on timescales of decades rather than years. When considering the changes required in managing the climate issue, the short-to-medium-term takes us to 2050 and the long term is 2100! As such, drawing long term conclusions based on a 2050 outlook raises validity issues.[read more]