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Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

November 24, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Coal Ash Waste Disposal Risk

140 million tons of waste ash is dumped by utilities along major waterways every year throughout the United States. Recent ruptures have done a great deal to underscore the growing public health and safety risks to both human beings and wildlife.[read more]

The US-China Climate Deal: Don't Get Carried Away

November 24, 2014 by Chris Hope

The US and China announced what has been hailed as a historic deal on greenhouse gas emissions, with China agreeing to cap emissions around 2030 and the US committing to 26 – 28% reductions by 2025. What does this actually mean for the climate and for the damage that climate change might bring?[read more]

Contraction and Convergence in Practice?

November 24, 2014 by David Hone

US-China Climate Deal Analysis

The in-tandem announcement last week by the USA and China caught many by surprise, resulted in lots of applause and back slapping and then raised questions as to which country has the tougher or easier deal. A bit of simple analysis offered below may help answer that question.[read more]

Energy from Ice and the World's Largest Battery; Texas Looks to Join the Energy Storage Game

November 23, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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Recent Energy News Stories

Ever since California’s Public Utilities Commission announced a new energy storage mandate last year, the storage market in California has exploded. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that it would acquire 250 MW of energy storage system as part of a larger plan.[read more]

Former Coal Mining CEO Faces Prison Over West Virginia Safety Violations

November 22, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Mining and Safety

The indictment of a former coal mining CEO over safety violations Thursday sent a “strong message,” said the United Mine Workers of America. Don Blankenship faces four criminal counts and up to 31 years in prison for alleged safety violations at mines operated by Massey Energy.[read more]

A Carbon Tax on Me: How to Cut Emissions, Save Money, Invest for the Future and Help End Energy Poverty

November 22, 2014 by David Lawrence
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Amidst politics, hyperbole, gridlock, bipartisanship, skepticism, cynicism, advocacy and denial, we as individuals can feel powerless in making a substantial difference in the world in which we live. Yet each of us can contribute to solving issues which matter most to us.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The West Will Have to Recognize we Have the Needs of the Poor'

November 22, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Energy Development and Energy Poverty

Notoriously complex global energy issues encompass science, economics, politics, the environment, demographics and social dynamics. One of the most stubborn problems is finding a way to simultaneously address energy poverty while reducing global carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record

November 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

October Temperature Records

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping. This follows the hottest September, August, June, and March-May in JMA’s records. Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is increasingly likely to be hottest year on record.[read more]

U.S Commits $3 Billion to Green Climate Fund

November 19, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Green Climate Fund and Funding

On Friday, sources revealed the Obama administration’s intention to pledge $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to serve as a “call to arms” for focusing attention on climate change at the G20 summit over the weekend in Brisbane, Australia.[read more]

The Importance of the U.S.-China Climate Accord

November 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Last week, the US pledged to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 26% from 2005 levels before 2025. China agreed to stop growing its emissions by 2030. Since we don't have a world government and are unlikely to get one soon, we are dependent on the actions of nations if we are to mitigate global warming.[read more]

European Residential Electricity Prices Increasing Faster than Prices in United States

November 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Residential Energy Price Changes

European residential electricity prices have historically exceeded U.S. prices, and the gap has widened in recent years. In 2013, average residential electricity rates in European Union (EU) countries were more than double rates in the United States.[read more]

US-China Climate Pact a 'Game Changer' for Clean Energy

November 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

US-China Climate Pact

For the first time, the two largest greenhouse gas emitting countries in the world have pledged to reduce carbon pollution. This is a game changer. The agreement between the United States and China will be a giant boost for clean-energy markets.[read more]

Q&A: Christopher Knittel on the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Plan

November 18, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas

The EPA’s initial emissions proposal is now under public review, before the agency issues a final rule in 2015. Christopher Knittel, the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics at the MIT, is one of 13 economists who co-authored an article about the policy in the journal Science.[read more]

Two Views on Mitigation Economics

November 18, 2014 by David Hone
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The annual Forum held by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change is always an interesting event, and the recent Forum held in Boston was no exception thanks to a discussion on two very different approaches to triggering the necessary mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

The U.S. and China Announce Joint Emissions Reductions

November 17, 2014 by Henry Auer

People in China and the United States feel the effects of global warming in their daily lives. The creeping smog hanging over Beijing and other cities, driven in part by burning coal for electric generation, severely impacts the lives of millions of Chinese citizens.[read more]