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To Those Who Want To See Nuclear Power Play A Bigger Role In Climate Action

Who killed nuclear power? Hint: It’s not the people who actively supported placing a high and rising price on carbon pollution.Four of the country’s top climate experts have distributed an open letter “To those influencing environmental policy but...

Posted November 8, 2013    

Carbon Capture and Storage Can Cause Earthquakes, Making It 'A Risky And Strategy'

New research suggests that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may be a far more limited climate solution than previously thought because it can induce earthquakes, which can cause CO2 leakage.We’ve known for a long time that underground injection of...

Posted November 7, 2013    

Study: Arctic Sea Ice Loss Shifts Jet Stream, Driving Deluges In Europe, Drought In Mediterranean

Yet another study finds Arctic sea ice loss can shift the jet stream and alter the climate.Arctic sea ice volume in 1000s of cubic kilometers (via Robinson). A new study links recent ice loss to changes in European precipitation.Scientists predicted...

Posted November 1, 2013    

Superstorm Sandy's Link To Climate Change: ‘The Case Has Strengthened’

Sandy slams Atlantic City October 29, 2012. If we don’t slash carbon pollution, then by mid-century, we could see such a storm surge every year.One year ago, superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York and New Jersey. It killed more than 100 people,...

Posted October 30, 2013    

Study: No Long-Term Climate Benefit From Shale Gas Revolution

More abundant, cheaper shale gas (dark blue) has little impact on annual growth in U.S. CO2 emissions through 2050 compared to low shale gas case (light blue). This is true for multiple energy-economy models. Deep cuts in CO2 require a rising carbon...

Posted October 20, 2013    

Nature CLOUD Study Author: ‘The Climate May Be More Sensitive Than Previously Thought’

New research from the CERN laboratory in Switzerland suggests that the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide may be higher than expected.CERN is the world’s leading particle physics laboratory. In 2011, we reported on their Cosmics Leaving Outdoor...

Posted October 18, 2013    

Carbon Capture And Storage: One Step Forward, One Step Back

A new survey finds a sharp drop in large-scale integrated projects to capture CO2 from energy systems and bury it underground. This drop from 75 projects to 65 over the past year is yet more evidence that we shouldn’t expect large-scale deployment...

Posted October 15, 2013    

LA Times Won't Publish Letters Pushing Climate Denial, Other 'Errors Of Fact'

CREDIT: (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Last week, the LA Times explained “letters that have an untrue basis (for example, ones that say there’s no sign humans have caused climate change) do not get printed.”Newsbusters (aka ScienceBusters) objected to...

Posted October 11, 2013    

Cost Of PV Cells Has Dropped 99% Since 1977, Bringing Solar Energy To Grid Parity

The price of solar photovoltaic cells has dropped 99% in the past quarter century. So in an increasing number of markets around the country, solar is at or very close to grid parity.Consider Colorado. The Denver Business Journal reported last month...

Posted October 8, 2013    

More Bad News For Fracking: IPCC Warns Methane Traps More Heat

Methane leaks in Boston area. Yellow indicates methane levels above 2.5 parts per million. Via NY Times.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that methane (CH4) is far more potent a greenhouse gas than we had previously...

Posted October 7, 2013    

CO2 Emissions Budget Framing Is A Recipe For Delaying Concrete Action

Time: “Why the Coming Budget Crisis May Be the Worst”UK Guardian: “IPCC: 30 years to climate calamity if we carry on blowing the carbon budget”The Washington establishment and the media have been mesmerized into inaction by a short-term budget...

Posted October 4, 2013    

IPCC Prognosis: 9°F Warming For US, Faster Sea Rise, Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse

Humanity's choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S.The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (...

Posted October 1, 2013