carbon dioxide emissions

Peak Coal in China, or Long and High Plateau?

October 9, 2013 by Armond Cohen

China and Peak Coal

Chinese coal is one of the world’s largest contributors to carbon emissions, so when two reports project a peak in Chinese coal consumption, many energy commentators concluded that the problem has been tamed. But a closer look at the findings refutes that conclusion.[read more]

Vicious Cycle: Climate Events Release 11 Billion Tons Of CO2 Yearly

August 30, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Vicious Carbon Cycle

Researchers “have discovered that terrestrial ecosystems absorb approximately 11 billion tons less carbon dioxide every year as the result of the extreme climate events than they could if the events did not occur, equivalent to approximately a third of global CO2 emissions per year.[read more]

Chinese Nuclear Energy and the Future of Innovation

March 15, 2013 by Breakthrough Institute

Nuclear Energy in China

Because of the pressing need for thousands of large generating stations that emit no carbon dioxide while providing electricity, many keep returning to improvements in nuclear power.[read more]

Carbon Dioxide and Nuclear Energy: The Great Divide and How to Cross It

July 11, 2012 by Meredith Angwin

"Cult Versus Cult" on Global WarmingThe Whole Earth CatalogWilliam Tucker, author of Terrestrial Energy,  has a provocative posting in Nuclear Townhall: When it Comes to Nuclear and Global Warming, It's Cult vs Cult.  Basically, many nuclear supporters believe that global warming is not happening. Meanwhile, people who are...[read more]

How Green Is My Electric Vehicle?

April 18, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

One of the biggest challenges in assessing the environmental benefits of electric vehicles is that electricity is generated in so many different ways, with differing costs and consequences, and that patterns of generation vary by region, season, and time of day. As a result, categorical claims that EVs are always greener than the hybrids...[read more]

Have US Emissions Peaked?

April 11, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

America's newfound abundance of natural gas is helping drive US CO2 missions down even as the economy recovers. This is principally the result of the ongoing transition from coal to natural gas in the electric power sector.[read more]

The Next Big CAFE Loophole

August 3, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

The great pitfall of government policies, no matter how well-intended they might be, is their inevitable unintended consequences. When those are truly surprising, it's hard to attach much blame to the legislators or regulators involved. However, that degree of indulgence shouldn't apply when the unintended consequences are as obvious as...[read more]

EIA stunner: By year’s end, we’ll be 8.5% below 2005 levels of CO2 — halfway to climate bill’s 2020 target.

September 15, 2009 by Joseph Romm

The Energy Information Administration released its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) last week with a bombshell prediction for near-term carbon dioxide emissions: Projected carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels fall by 6.0 percent in 2009 because of the weak economic conditions and declines in the consumption of most...[read more]