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The Carbon Price Challenge

February 27, 2015 by David Lawrence

There are many practical benefits to the Carbon Price Challenge We choose our own carbon price as a strong motivator to reduce emissions of CO2. We tax ourselves using that carbon price and our carbon tax and energy cost savings are returned to us to reinvest in cleaner energy investments of our choice.[read more]

U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost

February 26, 2015 by Leslie Abrahams
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LNG Exports and Costs

U.S. LNG exports save GHGs when displacing coal and Russian natural gas pipeline exports for electricity and heating abroad. The most important thing the U.S. can do to ensure these GHG savings are realized is to prioritize minimizing its methane leakage from upstream production and pipeline transmission.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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New Coal Plants in China: A (Carbon) Bubble Waiting to Burst

February 23, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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A Chinese Carbon Bubble?

While China’s coal consumption growth has slowed down, coal capacity still grows. This has led some to conclude that China’s coal consumption growth will resume. But continued buildup of coal-fired plants represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.[read more]

Divestment Outperforms Conventional Portfolios for Past 5 Years

February 21, 2015 by Peter Lehner

Divestment and Benefits

The Independent Petroleum Association of America recently commissioned and funded a study, covered in the New York Times and elsewhere, which claimed that university endowments would suffer without fossil fuels in their portfolios. Well, now we can look at the facts.[read more]

No China Coal Peak in Sight: Carbon Capture Will be Necessary to Tame Emissions in this Century

February 19, 2015 by Armond Cohen
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China Coal Consumption and Capture Necessity

In late 2014, China pledged to peak its emissions by 2030, and achieve 20% of its primary energy from non-fossiCO2 l energy sources. While these developments are to be celebrated, the reality is there's still a lot of headroom for China to expand its coal power plant capacity between now and 2030.[read more]

Americans Support Action on Global Warming

February 18, 2015 by Henry Auer
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Recent reports have shown that global warming and its worldwide effects on human lives have become more common in recent months and years. In this article, we summarize the results of some polling of American public opinion on this subject.[read more]

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Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Politics and Health in Virginia

Few Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is easy. Many from there know elected officials who are openly skeptical about global warming, and with it doubts about the benefits of conserving energy, curbing harmful emissions and cleaning up waste streams.[read more]

Can Humanity Coexist With Rising CO2 Levels?

February 17, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Humanity and Carbon Mitigation

Rather than investing current profits in future reserves that very well might not be burnable, it is in the better interest of the shareholders of fossil fuel companies to invest in technology that best preserves the value of existing reserves and insures the continuation of those companies in the energy business.[read more]

A Coal Cap in China's Power Sector Can Reduce Air Pollution and Harvest Economic Benefits

February 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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China's Power Sector and Coal

China's power sector accounts for almost a quarter of the world's total coal consumption. Controlling China's coal consumption - as Beijing has vowed - requires the power sector to take significant measures to optimize its energy sources, using less dirty coal and more clean alternatives.[read more]

The Core Issues in the Paris Climate Talks

February 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Paris Agreement Issues and Risks

 

It’s dangerous to venture predictions about COP 21. But if the political will among the major economies keeps strengthening, Paris could prove our best chance since the UNFCCC’s launch more than 20 years ago for a balanced, durable agreement that, while it won’t solve climate change, will help put us on track.[read more]

What Can Really be Done by 2050?

February 16, 2015 by David Hone
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Climate Change Action Effectiveness

The calls for action are becoming bolder as we move towards COP21. Perhaps none have been as bold as the recent call by The B Team for governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But I challenge their view that the climate issue can be resolved in just 35 years.[read more]

Pemex's Makeover: What You Need to Know About Pemex's Changing Corporate Structure

February 16, 2015 by Mariano Ornelas Lopez
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Mexico’s energy sector reformation has come waves, ultimately resulting in a sea change in Mexico’s energy industry. The landmark reforms to Mexico’s Constitution were followed by the publication of Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company Petróleos Mexicanos's (“Pemex”) new governing laws.[read more]

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If Divestment Won't Work, What's the Alternative?

February 15, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Fossil fuel divestment will not keep carbon in the ground. Student activists should redirect their attention toward something that can actually be effective in mitigating climate change: advocating for radical increases in funding for basic research and innovation aimed at developing clean, cheap energy alternatives.[read more]

Hey Sports Fans: Time to Deal with Climate Change, and it Won't be Cheap

February 15, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Climate Change Impacts on Sports

The year 2014 was dubbed the hottest year on earth since the start of record keeping. Now, the Australian Climate Institute finds in a new report – “Sport and Climate Impacts: How much heat can sport handle”? – that more frequent and extreme weather events “threaten the viability of much of Australian sport."[read more]