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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    

Japan's New Emissions Targets

Last week the Japanese government announced that it would adopt a new emissions reductions target:A government panel on measures to tackle climate change approved on Friday a new goal to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 3.8 percent by...

Posted November 21, 2013    

Are Typhoon Disasters Getting More Common?

I have recently been engaged in a Twitter debate with Jeff Sachs, of Columbia Earth Institute, motivated by his tweet as follows."Increasing Intensity of the Strongest Tropical Cyclones," published 2008, demonstrated that disasters like Haiyan...

Posted November 14, 2013    

Deeply Conflicted About Weather Extremes

Last week I gave a talk on how the IPCC has treated the issue of extreme weather events over the years. I concluded that despite some very positive signs that the community is reclaiming scientific integrity on this issue (see IPCC SREX and AR5),...

Posted November 13, 2013    

Australia's Climate Follies: Abbott Government the Bellwether of Global Carbon Debate

Australia’s longest-running tragedy is starting a new season with a new cast but the same familiar follies. Of course I am talking about Australian climate policy.Before Julia Gillard was deposed she had announced that Australia’s carbon price,...

Posted October 30, 2013    

Graph of the Day: Africa Power Needs

The figure above comes from a post at the Center for Global Development by Todd Moss and Madeleine Gleave. They ask, how much power does Africa really need? Their answer (based on estimates and methods you can read in their post) is ... a lot. Here...

Posted October 12, 2013    

Coverage of Extreme Events in the IPCC Report

I had been scheduled to testify before the House Science Committee next week in a hearing on extreme events, but the gong show in Washington has put that off. In the process of updating Senate testimony given back in July (here in PDF) I did...

Posted October 5, 2013