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U.S. Fuel Economy Hit New Highs With 2013 Models

October 13, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Fuel Economy Records

American cars are using less gas per mile and emitting less carbon dioxide than ever before, according to a government analysis released Wednesday. The average fuel economy of 2013 models is 27.6 miles per gallon for cars and 19.8 miles per gallon for trucks, both of which are all-time highs.[read more]

Explaining Carbon Capture and Storage

October 6, 2014 by David Hone
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Carbon Capture and Storage

Few of us have the time to really think about an issue such as climate change, let alone read books on the subject or attend seminars, lectures and climate conferences, although quite a few of these don’t mention CCS at all and some barely acknowledge the need for a carbon price.[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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A Path to Carbon-Free Ammonia?

August 14, 2014 by N Nadir
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Ammonia and Carbon

The synthesis of the agricultural and chemical commodity ammonia, which is of critical importance to humanity, is currently inextricably involved with fossil fuels. This post discusses a publication in the primary scientific literature that suggests a path to decoupling ammonia synthesis from the industrial use of carbon.[read more]

No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane

July 12, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Cutting Emissions

The bad news is that humanity has dawdled for so long that our only realistic chance to avoid multiple, irreversible, catastrophic climate impacts is to slash both carbon dioxide and the “super pollutants” like methane sharply starting as soon as possible.[read more]

Five Chinas & the Cartoon Guide to Climate Change

June 25, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Growth and Carbon Emissions

 

In the past six weeks, Lindsey and I have biked across Turkey, talking to people about climate change. While a summary of our impressions can be found in this blog post, what struck us the most is how much new infrastructure, and especially power plants, Turkey is building.[read more]

Obama's New Carbon Rules: What Price Regulation?

June 12, 2014 by Bill Chameides
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Carbon and Price Regulation

Can good economic times roll while carbon emissions decline? Maybe so. In a three year span, from 2010 to 2012, United States CO2 emissions declined while both the gross domestic product and the number of jobs on the United States rose.[read more]

Hoping for a Rational Climate Change Discussion

May 22, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Climate Change and Public Discourse

I suppose the topic of climate change will always be polarizing. One side believes that fossil fuel consumption threatens our very existence while the other sees climate change as a huge scam. There are many shades of gray between these extremes, but the most extremist views are generally the loudest voices.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Projected CO2 Emissions Vary with Coal and Nuclear Plant Retirements

May 2, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Emissions and Retirements

Significant retirements of nuclear and coal power plants in the United States could change the amount of CO2 emitted by the electric power sector. EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2014 features several accelerated retirements cases that represent conditions leading to additional retirements.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Good News, Bad News on Chinese Coal Use

May 1, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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China Coal Use News

Industrialized nations have been slow to enact binding climate change mitigation strategies due to apprehension that carbon emissions from large developing nations China and India will surpass any western reductions, rendering the actions moot.[read more]

Tackling Climate Change Means Curbing Emissions From Smokestacks, but Also Expanding our Forests

February 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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In his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change to the American people. Days earlier, with the release of the United States Climate Action Report 2014, the Obama Administration reported on these efforts to the international community.[read more]

Coal Emissions Equal an Athabasca Oil Sands Reserve Every Four Years

February 6, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Coal Emissions

I have argued that while Keystone XL has mobilized a lot of passion and energy, its threat is minuscule compared to the world’s growing carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, I believe most of the effort being directed at stopping Keystone XL would be better directed at the world’s coal emissions.[read more]

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Pressure from Savers is the Key to Getting UK Investors to Back a Low Carbon Future

January 6, 2014 by Lydia Toy
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UK Low Carbon Future

With the recent disappointment at COP19, the expected weakening of the UK carbon budget at its fourth review in early 2014, and the continuing insistence calls for a third runway at Heathrow, it’s not surprising that the ‘Great British public’ feel powerless in the fight against climate change.[read more]

Burning the Carbon Sink

October 25, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Australia Bush Fires

My home is burning at the moment. Not the bricks and mortar I live in here in the UK, but the place I call home. The coastal region of New South Wales. There is a fire about 20km from my parents’ house as I write this.[read more]

US Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Fall to 18-Year Low

October 23, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

The last effort in the U.S. Congress to tackle climate change head-on died in 2010, amid ferocious lobbying by interests who argued it would wreck the economy. That bill would have cut carbon dioxide emissions 3 percent below their 2005 level by 2012.[read more]