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The Failure of the UK Climate Change Act

 The Belgian think tank Bruegel points to data showing that the United Kingdom's GDP has returned to pre-economic crisis levels, as shown above. This allows us to do a quick and intuitive examination of how much the UK economy has decarbonized...

Posted August 18, 2014    

Costing Climate: It is All Relative

The White House released a report recently on "The Costs of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change" (here in PDF). The report concludes (based on a summary by William Nordhaus in his book, The Climate Casino):Based on a leading aggregate damage...

Posted August 1, 2014    

A New Paper on Disaster Losses and Climate Change

A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change (open access here).  Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster...

Posted July 23, 2014    

Increasing Carbon Intensity of Global Energy Consumption

I have been continuing to look at the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, which was released earlier this week. It is a wonderful resource, kudos to BP.The graph above shows the carbon intensity of global energy consumption from 1965 to 2013...

Posted June 19, 2014    

Treading Water

The graph above shows data from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, which was released today. It shows the proportion of global energy consumption that comes from carbon-free sources.The proportion of carbon-free energy consumption is a...

Posted June 17, 2014    

Some Perspective on the US EPA Carbon Regulations

Click on the graph above for a larger version. The graph shows the mix of US electricity sources for 2012 and for 2020 and 2030 under the EPA carbon regulations which were proposed yesterday by the Obama Administration. Sources can be found at the...

Posted June 4, 2014    

Energy Development and Poor Nations

Dan Sarewitz (ASU) and I have an op-ed just out in the Financial Times. Here is how it starts:Having failed to stem carbon emissions in rich countries or in rapidly industrialising ones, policy makers have focused their attention on the only...

Posted February 28, 2014    

Reduce GHGs or Increase Energy Access?

At the Center for Global Development Todd Moss and Ben Leo have a provocative analysis up about an obscure but consequential decision facing the US Congress. It has to do with a little-known US government agency called the Overseas Private...

Posted February 3, 2014    

Europe's New Emissions Goals

The European Commission has recommended a set of new goals for its climate and energy policies. The centerpiece of the proposed policy is a 40% reduction target for each member nation from 1990 levels. The BBC reports:Climate commissioner Connie...

Posted January 23, 2014    

How Fast Can a Nation Decarbonize? Updated Progress Reports for the UK, Japan and Australia

While I was working on The Climate Fix I published several peer reviewed articles on climate policies of the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. In recent months I have updated these analyses and summarize the updates here. (Note: for information...

Posted December 17, 2013    

Global Tropical Cyclone Landfalls 2013

Last year Jessica Weinkle, Ryan Maue and I published a paper in the Journal of Climate on trends in global landfalling hurricanes (the paper and data can be found here). At the global level, our paper concludes that the data is good from 1970. Our...

Posted December 10, 2013    

Graphs of the Day: Major US Hurricane Drought Continues

Data here.The US good luck with respect to hurricane landfalls -- yes, good luck -- continues. The graph below shows total US hurricane landfalls 1900 through 2013.The five-year period ending 2013 has seen 2 hurricane landfalls. That is a record low...

Posted November 27, 2013