Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 2, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

Oil Limits and Climate Change

May 28, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

future energy consumption?

If future energy consumption (which is mostly fossil fuel) drops because of a financial collapse brought on by high oil prices and other limits, then, at least in theory, climate change should be less of a problem.[read more]

CO2 Hits New High: Living In a League Where Batting 400 Is Not Good

May 11, 2013 by David Doniger

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Carbon dioxide concentrations have hit 400 parts per million for the first time in at least three million years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday.[read more]

Climate Change and CO2 400 ppm

May 11, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

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400ppm is of extreme interest for two reasons: First, it’s too bloody high. Second, the CO2 level isn’t just rising, it’s doing so at a high rate.[read more]

Carbon Neutral Energy: Taking Biofuels to the Next Level

April 16, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

carbon neutral fuel?

A research team at the University of Georgia has discovered a way to create carbon-neutral biofuels using a microorganism that normally feeds on CO2, bypassing the inefficiencies associated with cellulosic ethanol.[read more]

Biofuels Are a Loser, Despite the Hope and Hype

February 21, 2013 by Rod Adams

No amount of genetic engineering can overcome the fundamental limitations of trying to grow fuel for vehicle propulsion and why adding biofuels into our fuel supply makes us less secure.[read more]

Suck It Up: A book about climate change, geoengineering and air capture of CO2

March 2, 2012 by Marc Gunther

 Editor's note: Marc Gunther is a long-time advisory board member and contributor to TEC. Congratulations to Marc on the publication of his new book! I’m pleased to let you know that my book, Suck It Up: How capturing carbon from the air can help solve the climate crisis, is being published today as an Amazon Kindle Single. Please...[read more]

Biofuels: Value vs. Volume

February 14, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

I was only partially surprised to read in MIT's Technology Review that Amyris, a biotechnology company developing renewable diesel and jet fuel from sugar cane, was backing away from the biofuel market to pursue more lucrative products. Fuels are a highly competitive, low-margin business, and it's hard enough to make money refining them...[read more]

Weather on Juice?

February 9, 2012 by Dan Huber

A common analogy to explain the link between climate change and extreme weather is gambling with “loaded dice.” For people who aren’t the gambling type but love America’s pastime, perhaps Barry Bonds’ homerun statistics would be more enlightening, or at least more entertaining. A new video from the National Center for Atmospheric...[read more]

Meet a Cleantech VC Who is Unconvinced of Man-Made Climate Change

January 3, 2012 by David Gold

Go ahead -- call me a hypocrite. I claim to be a cleantech venture capitalist yet I tell you here and now that I am not convinced of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change (aka global warming). And I will audaciously tell you that my convictions on climate change in no way run contrary to my strong belief in the need for a cleantech revolution.[read more]

Feeding 10 Billion in 2050′s Sauna (Part III)

December 23, 2011 by Barry Brook

What future for agriculture on a hotter planet? Guest Post by Geoff Russell. Geoff is a mathematician and computer programmer and is a member of Animal Liberation SA. His recently published book is CSIRO Perfidy. His previous article on BNC was: Feeding the billions on a hotter planet (Part II) —————— Welcome to...[read more]

The Durban Climate Deal Inkblot Test

December 13, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

After going into sudden-death overtime, the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa wrapped up this weekend with an agreement that only a climate diplomat could love. Constituting in effect an agreement to agree to some future agreement, the outcome is open to interpretation. Is this the failure that was widely predicted, the...[read more]

China's Carbon Intensity Makes Long Term Climate Targets Nearly Impossible

October 9, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

From Reuters and other sources comes the simply underwhelming news that China climate goals run against growth: report: China, the world’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter, will meet near-term goals to fight climate change but quick economic growth will mean C02 emissions will be higher than previously thought, researchers said on Tuesday...[read more]

Natural Gas, CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

September 19, 2011 by David Hone

As global natural gas production has risen and shale gas in the US impacts on the energy outlook for that country in particular, there has been increasing discussion about the impact of natural gas on climate change. Several scientific papers have recently been released questioning the carbon dioxide benefits of natural gas over coal in power production.[read more]

Business Titans Urge Lawmakers on Energy Innovation Spending

September 14, 2011 by Teryn Norris

On Tuesday, a group of the nation’s most formidable business leaders — including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Bank of America Chairman Chad Holliday – gathered in Washington, DC to deliver a full-throated warning to lawmakers: increase the federal government’s investment in energy innovation or risk losing out on a $5 trillion global industry.[read more]