carbon emissions

Hoping for a Rational Climate Change Discussion

May 22, 2014 by Robert Rapier

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

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

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

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

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]


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

January 6, 2014 by Lydia Toy

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

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]

Can Shale Gas Benefit the Climate?: A Response to Joe Romm's Cognitive Dissonance

October 22, 2013 by Grant McDermott

Shale Gas and the Climate

I used to be an avid reader of Joe Romm's Climate Progress blog. However, my enthusiasm has waned over the past few years due to his stark intolerance for any opposing ideas, dogmatic stance on nuclear power and several other factors.[read more]

Carbon Emissions Explained, With My Son's Legos [VIDEO]

October 8, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Carbon Emissions and Legos

This short video is a simple explanation (with legos) of how humans have caused carbon emissions over the last 260 years. Unless we begin sharp reductions in carbon emissions immediately, we will commit the world to more that two degrees of warming.[read more]

Breakthrough Institute on Cheap Nuclear Energy

October 7, 2013 by Charles Barton

Low cost, abundant, carbon free energy that can be quickly available is the key to averting a climate disaster. Massive amounts of carbon free energy may not be available within the next 40 years, yet the power companies worry about nuclear costs.[read more]

Who is Most Responsible for Climate Change? [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 30, 2013 by Ivonne Pena

Cliamte Change Responsiblity

Which countries are responsible for climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions to date? In light of the recent IPCC report, and the EPA's new power plant regulation, this post aims to put into perspective the carbon emissions emitted to date by the U.S. and other countries.[read more]

FAQ: What Is This New EPA Carbon Pollution Standard All About?

September 23, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

We have an obligation to protect future generations from the costs and risks of climate change. It's the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. It's already imposing large and growing costs on our country. It's putting our future at risk.[read more]

Climate Breakthrough: EPA Releases New Carbon Limits for New Power Plants

September 22, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

EPA and Power Plant Regulation

The Obama Administration struck a forceful blow against climate change recently, as the Environmental Protection Agency has now proposed standards that will limit dangerous emissions such as carbon pollution from new power plants.[read more]


What Would Be the Impacts of Shutting Down All Fracking?

September 18, 2013 by John Miller

Fracking Shutdown?

Hydraulic fracturing of U.S. shale natural gas reserves has been strongly opposed due to concerns for the environment. Would rapidly shutting down all shale gas production be in the overall best interests of the country and the economy?[read more]