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Power Markets and the Changing Color of the Grid

September 30, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

Markets and the Grid

Across the Midwest and Eastern US and into Canada, the extreme weather events of 2014’s winter tested the regional energy markets in unprecedented ways. Successive polar vortexes swept cold over North America and pushed energy prices to record highs.[read more]

It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax

September 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Still, even though the president is articulating a strong policy on climate change, he is being criticized because the U.S. is not willing to set a price on carbon.[read more]

UN Climate Summit: Could Rising Seas and Coastal Flooding Give Rise to New Legal Category?

September 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Rising Seas and New Law

Rising sea levels could potentially have the most devastating impact on small island states such as the Maldives. These small island states are already negatively impacted and can be expected to be the worst hit by continued rising sea levels – potentially even losing their entire state’s territory to the ocean.[read more]

Latest EIA Report Shows Marked Increase in U.S. CO2 Emissions

September 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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U.S. Emissions Growth

As the World Meteorological Organization recently reported, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have risen to record levels. In line with this report is the latest Monthly Energy Review from the U.S. Energy Information Administration finding that U.S. CO2 emissions have reversed their downward trend.[read more]

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Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

11 Wonktastic Charts that Will Help You Understand Climate Change

September 29, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Climate Change and Information

One of the great shames about the communication of climate science is that it most often comes in two forms. It is either dumbed down to the point of backyard greenhouse analogies, or indigestible on the level of the IPCCs Summary for Policy makers.[read more]

Sustainability and the Concept of a 'Circular Economy'

September 29, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Sustainability and Circularity

In an article for the World Economic Forum blog, Leo Schlesinger makes the argument for a regenerative ‘circular economy’. This concept would basically embed sustainability firmly within society and effectively restore much of the life-supporting biosphere for our generation and future generations as well.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

September 29, 2014 by Robert Stavins

World leaders converged at the United Nations in New York City this past week for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s much anticipated Climate Summit, a lead-up to global negotiations that will take place in Lima, Peru, in December of this year, and culminate a year later in Paris.[read more]

Will U.S.-India Summit Bring Historic Climate Action?

September 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

United States and India Summit

As leaders of the world's largest democracies, the Obama-Modi summit is an opportunity to accelerate climate action in economically advantageous ways for both countries. The United States, India, and the world will benefit enormously if the leaders agree to immediate action to curb climate change.[read more]

Did the UN Summit Shift the Dial?

September 29, 2014 by David Hone
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The UN Climate Summit has come and gone and leaders from many countries have made announcements, pledges or at least offered moral support. But are we any better off as a result? Reflecting on the last few days of meetings, events, panels and speeches in New York, I would have to argue “yes.”[read more]

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Eye on the Prize: Solar Market Potential in Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2014 by Tanya Malik
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When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the United States, understandably, no one bats an eyelash. When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the Gulf, there’s a multimillion-dollar inauguration party, in true Gulf opulence.[read more]

Creating an Integrated Grid: Regulators, Legislators Can Help

September 28, 2014 by Chris King
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Grid Integration and Regulation

Integrating more distributed power generation and energy storage can help make a grid more flexible, resilient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. But in the U.S., there's a catch -- so far, utilities here are effectively barred from owning generation and storage assets at the distribution level.[read more]

What the McKinsey GHG Abatement Curve Tells us About CDR

September 28, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Abatement Curve and CDR

CDR has begun to emerge out of relative obscurity recently as scientists have grown more confident that we will need to remove carbon from the atmosphere to prevent climate change. But CDR is not a new concept. In fact, there are a handful of CDR approaches that have been hiding in plain sight.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Alaska is Going to be the Next Florida'

September 27, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Alaska and Environmental Risk

There is widespread agreement that carbon emissions have significantly increased since the industrial revolution and these emissions are playing a climate-changing role, but the consensus diverges when modeling future climate change effect scenarios.[read more]

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Sprouting Sustainable Buildings Across the Emirates: Green Construction and Building Regulations

September 26, 2014 by Tanya Malik
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Green Buildings

Sustainable construction was first embraced in the UAE by Abu Dhabi, with the creation of a building and design methodology platform in 2010 known as Estidama, to promote the core sustainability principles of the Abu Dhabi 2030 master plan.[read more]