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Our Climate Fate On The Toss Of A Coin?

Perhaps in response to the initial findings of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project and the reported disappointment of some climate skeptics after the lead of the project testified before a Congressional committee, the Wall Street Journal...

Posted April 8, 2011    

The Problem With 2 Carbon Prices

Last week as the UK Budget was unveiled, the government announced, to nobody’s surprise, its intention to implement a UK carbon price floor for power generators. This mechanism would operate in tandem with the EU Emissions Trading System,...

Posted April 1, 2011    

A Focus on USA Energy Policy – On Target?

It was a curious time in Washington DC last week. While the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted against three amendments on the validity of climate change science and its potential future impact, some 400 other people were meeting...

Posted March 24, 2011    

Energy impacts after Fukushima

It is hard to make any comment at all after the scenes of destruction that have been filling the airwaves since Friday. But as the immediate disaster starts to move into recovery, then rebuilding, the issue of energy supply in Japan will doubtless...

Posted March 16, 2011    

Tough choices for Australia

By the time I left Australia on Wednesday evening the debate over a carbon price in the economy had reached what I can only describe as fever pitch. It dominated the daily headlines in almost every mainstream newspaper and in Federal parliament it...

Posted March 4, 2011    

A carbon price for Australia

I am back home in Australia this week and by chance arrived on the day that the government announced its formal intention to implement a carbon price across the economy. This wasn’t exactly a surprise, given the issue is under review and a...

Posted March 1, 2011    

Carbon Nation

A new film is currently having it’s cinema release in the USA, aptly titled Carbon Nation. As the name suggests this is a story about carbon dioxide emissions, but not in the space occupied by Al Gore and the science discussion (although it briefly...

Posted February 21, 2011    

100% Renewables in my Lifetime

Very recently WWF released a new report which argues the case for a near 100% renewable energy system by 2050 (I remain optimistic with regards my longevity) as a solution to the environmental issues and resource depletion associated with the...

Posted February 14, 2011    

A focus on South Africa

With COP 17 being held in Durban this year, there will be quite some attention paid to how South Africa responds to its own 2020 national pledge. This was articulated in a letter to the UNFCCC from the Department of Environmental Affairs on 29th...

Posted February 3, 2011    

The focus turns to the 2020s

I made the point in my last post that many developing countries could be hard pressed to meet their 2020 emission reduction goals simply because the clock was now running against them. The reality is that from a major infrastructure point...

Posted January 26, 2011    

Cancun: Spending the money

What started in Copenhagen as an aspiration for $30 billion in fast-start financing and up to $100 billion per annum by 2020 in North-South financing flow has been translated into the Cancun agreements as the beginnings of long term arrangements for...

Posted January 12, 2011    

Signs for 2011: London Introduces Electric Car Charging Stations

Electric car infrastructure has been appearing in London over the last 12 months, with charging stations now in several inner-city locations and in the car park of at least one major shopping mall. One particular enticement, besides the...

Posted December 30, 2010