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Is Global Clean Energy Investment at a Tipping Point?

October 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Global Clean Energy Investment

Last week, amidst the United Nations Climate Summit and historic climate march, many governments, investors, and financial institutions took the opportunity to make big announcements about their investment in the future of clean energy.[read more]

The Gathering Storm: U.S. Must Lead Action on Climate Change

September 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

We face a threat from climate disruption. And the U.S. must lead to a clean energy future and a healthier world. Or else the longer heat waves, prolonged drought, crop failures, rising seas, increased wildfires and floods, and natural systems crashing will create profoundly destabilizing effects.[read more]

China Can Rise to the Challenge on Climate Change and Air Pollution

September 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Since its reform and opening more than thirty years ago, and particularly in the past decade, China’s rapid economic development has raised income levels and the standard of living of its citizens. But it has come at an enormous cost to the environment and public health.[read more]

The Value of the Leaders' Climate Summit at the UN

September 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Leadership at the Climate Summit

Many commentators have questioned the value of the leaders' Climate Summit today at the United Nations. And if the meeting were a regular talkfest, I might be inclined to as well. But it’s not. This Summit is different, due to the variety of leadership and importance of their mission.[read more]

Climate Summit: Double Talk or Straight Talk

September 23, 2014 by David Hone

The Climate Summit and New Information

With the UN Climate Summit today, there has been a push to have new thinking and material ready for the event. One high profile release on September 16th was the report from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, or Better Growth, Better Climate, The New Climate Economy Report.[read more]

Energy Experts Unplugged... Volume 9

August 1, 2014 by America's Power Plan
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This is the most recent edition of the ongoing monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’ve been hearing about the energy industry from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers.[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Energy and the Italian Presidency

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues.[read more]

Oil Production: The U.S. is Looking at Saudi Arabia in the Rearview Mirror

July 9, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

As Americans, we naturally strive to become number one. Our country has already dominated a handful of categories and achieved recognition for things like the most patents, and the most Olympic medals. Now we can be proud of a new achievement: largest oil producer in the world.[read more]

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

July 8, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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In speaking about climate policy last week, President Obama chided senators who are trying to dodge the climate issue by claiming they were not scientists. The president went on to claim that he was not a scientist either, but that "I've got this guy, John Holdren. He's a scientist."[read more]

Americans Seeking Leadership: The Threats are Real, so a Pep Talk for 2014

January 7, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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I was thinking of doing a year in review blog as would be customary for this time of year but the sense of disorder in the world is so great, it was hard to know where to start. For the energy sector, there are so many factors that could turn into negative Black Swans, it is hard to know how to prioritize them.[read more]

Warsaw to World Leaders: You Have Your Work Cut Out for You

November 26, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

COP 19 and Leadership

The negotiations in Warsaw, Poland have wrapped up. World leaders have their work cut out for them, but the path is clear. Key countries must outline their proposed new emissions target for the period after 2020 before early 2015. And they must act aggressively now.[read more]

Leadership for Energy Efficiency

November 25, 2013 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

Efficiency Leadership

In conversation, Rod Janssen, long-term consultant to the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) talks about the Recast EPBD, low energy buildings, and the important need for true strong leadership on energy efficiency.[read more]

How California's K-12 Schools Can Teach Us About Energy Efficiency

October 30, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram
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California Schools and Energy Efficiency

California has long been a leading indicator of national energy-efficiency trends, passing minimum efficiency standards for refrigerators in 1976, years before the federal government. The state is about to blaze another energy efficiency path, so the rest of the country and world might want to pay attention.[read more]

Understanding the Continued Dominance of Fossil Fuels

October 14, 2013 by Schalk Cloete
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Fossil Fuel Dominance

We live in a time where rapid change is pretty much the only certainty, but one thing that continues to rather stubbornly maintain the status quo is our energy mix. Fossil fuels still completely dominate global energy consumption with a roughly 87% share.[read more]

Is the Global Leadership Paradigm Right for Battling Climate Change?

July 12, 2013 by David Hone
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Carbon emissions are growing exponentially and that no amount of energy efficiency or alternative energy investment is going to change that pathway anytime soon. Both approaches may be exacerbating the problem.[read more]