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Environmental Policy

Environmental Law Progress In China

April 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

We take it for granted in the United States that citizens can involve themselves in the environmental review of proposed projects, either on their own or with the help of environmental organizations. This has not been true in China, but things may be changing for the better.[read more]

The Most Carbon-Efficient Year Ever for America's Power Industry?

April 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Decarbonization?

It’s been 60 years in the making and it’s finally here: America’s power generation fleet has changed so much since the 1950s, and especially over the last decade, that the amount of carbon we emit per megawatt-hour of electricity produced has dropped to its lowest point in recorded history.[read more]

Climate Change in UK General Election Manifestos

April 21, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate Change and UK Politics

Comparing manifestos for May’s United Kingdom general elections highlights important similarities as well as differences among the parties. All of the manifestos published by UK-wide parties make reference to climate change policy, but to greatly differing and telling extents.[read more]

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

April 21, 2015 by Tim Juliani

The problem with climate change denialism is that a scientific consensus does not necessarily reflect a “social consensus,” the latter being something that the majority of society would consider true. Te scientific consensus that cigarettes harm human health emerged decades before the social consensus emerged.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Uncertain Power and Carbon Markets Change Investment Choices

April 21, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Energy Trends

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]

Smart Water Meters Gain Traction in Drought-Ridden California

April 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Conservation

When San Francisco’s water meters were coming to the end of their lifespan about six years ago, the city wanted to make sure the next set of devices installed would prove useful for the next 20 years. San Francisco is the largest city in California to make the full switch to smart water meters.[read more]

White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An Environmental Movement in Need of a Makeover

April 20, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Green Movements and Public Relations

With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days, it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?[read more]

May Provinces (or States) Limit Imports on the Basis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Elsewhere?

April 20, 2015 by James Coleman
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Emissions, Imports, and Local Regulation

Recently Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission issued a report urging provinces to drive Canadian climate policy by adopting their own carbon pricing schemes. But the report barely touched on one of the key challenges for local regulation: what may places that price carbon due to avoid losing industry to places that don’t?[read more]

Carbon Pricing: Accounting Isn't Enough

April 20, 2015 by David Hone
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Unless a carbon price makes its way into the whole global energy system, then its success in bringing down emissions is far from assured. While local carbon pricing wins will appear, the global effort could be undermined by a lack of global coverage.[read more]

Household Spending on Gasoline and Public Transit Varies by Region, Income

April 19, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Houshold Spending on Transit and Fuel

Households in different regions of the United States have similar average combined spending on gasoline and public transit, but the composition of that spending varies significantly across regions. In 2013 the average household spent $3,148 annually on gasoline and public transit.[read more]

Advanced Energy: Wind Booms in China, Rebounds in U.S., with Full Pipeline

April 19, 2015 by Tom Plant

Advanced Energy News

China continued to deploy wind power at a remarkable rate, installing an estimated 23.3 GW in 2014, a 45% increase over 2013. China accounted for 45% of the 51 GW installed globally in 2014, representing $94.6 billion in revenue.[read more]

Back to Business: GE Sells Real Estate, Dismantles GE Capital

April 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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GE Business Change

General Electric is selling off its real estate assets and much of GE Capital to focus on its industrial businesses, including energy, healthcare and aviation. By 2018, its core industrial offering will make up 90 percent of the business, up from 57 percent in 2014.[read more]

Going Solar Should Be No More Difficult than Getting Cable TV

April 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Installation Efficiency

Americans love solar and recognize that beyond producing energy it powers us toward greater energy independence, combats global warming and lowers our utility bills. Getting a grid-connected home solar electric system up and running shouldn't be particularly hard or time-consuming.[read more]

'Legacy' Emissions and Beyond-Neutrality Corporate Emission Reduction Targets

April 18, 2015 by Noah Deich

Corporate Emission Reduction Target

While eliminating future emissions is an important first step on the pathway to stabilizing our climate, few companies are talking about how they can deal with the fact that a significant percentage of their emissions from previous decades of doing business still remain in the atmosphere.[read more]