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A Tale of Two Earths – The Future of the EU-ETS

The script of former Vice President Al Gore’s recent Climate Reality global web event started with the words, “Somewhere there may be an Earth where . . . . . . isn’t happening“ and went on to fill the blank with a series of climate events...

Posted October 10, 2011    

The Climate Reality Project – An Inconvenient Next Step?

Last week I went to the London showing of Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project - it was one of 24 consecutive presentations held around the world on the 15th of September. There was a lot to look forward to in attending this,...

Posted September 23, 2011    

Natural Gas, CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

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...

Posted September 19, 2011    

Thoughts on 10 Questions about Climate Change from Australia

Over recent weeks one of the major Australian newspapers (The Melbourne Age) has asked readers to submit questions on climate change and at the same time opened a poll so that all readers could vote on the questions they most wanted to see answered...

Posted September 10, 2011    

The Times and the EU ETS

Last Saturday (August 27, 2011) The Times featured the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) on its front page.  Carbon markets are becomingly increasingly important and should appear in the mainstream media, but it’s also important that...

Posted September 2, 2011    

6 Energy Topics For US Presidential Candidates

As the US heads into the process of electing its next President, many subjects and issues will be debated. While climate change may not be the defining issue of the moment in the USA, given the long term importance of the subject it would be useful...

Posted August 19, 2011    

Does The EU ETS Need A Price Correction?

After a post-recession recovery to some €17, EU-debt driven jitters have hit the EU ETS and in recent days it has fallen close to €10 per tone of CO2. Some market watchers have praised this as indicative of a system which is responsive to the...

Posted August 12, 2011    

Could California Suffer The EU-ETS Problem?

As I have noted in recent posts, the EU Emissions Trading System is suffering a decline in fortune. The price has been relatively low since the onset of the financial crisis, driven in part by a decline in industrial activity linked to the...

Posted August 1, 2011    

Australia – the “Lucky Country”

Australia has long been referred to as “The Lucky Country”, originally taken from the 1964 book of the same name by social critic Donald Horne.I can only ever remember this being used in a favourable context, given the natural resources available to...

Posted July 12, 2011    

Back to Basics on Climate Science

Last week I had the privilege to attend an MIT forum and listen to the keynote address given by Nobel laureate Mario Molina. The subject of the address was the issue of conveying an understanding of the science of climate change to the general...

Posted July 5, 2011    

Will The US Make Its Emissions Target? Yes, According To The US!

It has been an interesting week for climate change news, with the IPCC releasing its full report on renewable energy, the European Commission moving ahead with energy efficiency legislation, very little happening at the UNFCCC talks in Bonn and of...

Posted June 23, 2011    

How Removing Allowances Can Bolster The EU's Carbon Price

One of the big issues that has been debated in the EU since before the ink was even dry on the 2008/2009 Energy and Climate package (EU ETS Directive, CCS Directive, Renewable Fuel Directive etc.) is whether the EU emission reduction target should...

Posted June 21, 2011