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Bracing for IPCC Impact

At the end of this week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to release the first part of its 5th Assessment Report, which will cover the science behind the climate change issue. Arguably this is the most important part of the...

Posted September 27, 2013    

A Clear Explanation of Why We Need Carbon Capture and Storage [VIDEO]

One of the real frustrations I find in climate forums, ranging from business groups to policy makers, is the lack of understanding of the role that fossil fuels play in the energy system, the scale on which we use them, the rate at which we might be...

Posted September 24, 2013    

Climate Change: A Very Different Pathway Forward

During a future energy workshop that I attended recently the audience heard from Professor Jorgen Randers, from the Center for Climate Strategy at the Norwegian Business School. Although Professor Randers has been involved in scenario planning for...

Posted September 13, 2013    

Thoughts on Carbon Capture and Storage Coming from the European Parliament

A rewind back to 2007 reveals an EU Parliament that was very keen on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and gave it tremendous support through the CCS Directive and the NER300 financing mechanism. Five years on and for all the reasons discussed in...

Posted September 4, 2013    

Is Sea Level Rise Entering the Mainstream?

Mid-August is never a great time for activity on the climate front, particularly not in holiday bound Europe. Perhaps the “highlight” of the week was the leak of a late draft of the upcoming Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC WG1 5th Assessment...

Posted August 26, 2013    

Book Review: 'High Tide on Main Street' by John Englander

The additional tag line for this book, “Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis“, pretty much describes the story that unfolds even from the very early pages, although this book charts a somewhat different course, at least in the first half....

Posted August 17, 2013    

Can a Tech Specific Policy Exist in a Carbon Market?

In conjunction with its request for submissions on the 2030 policy framework, the EU Commission posed a series of questions on carbon capture and storage (CCS) to be answered separately. This follows on from the failure of the NER300 policy...

Posted August 10, 2013    

Global Temperature Change: Targeting Two Degrees

There is now something of a religious fervor around the international goal of 2°C, to the extent that it is almost impossible to discuss other trajectories or outcomes. The only contrast that seems possible with 2°C is something that nobody wants,...

Posted August 5, 2013    

Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

In my posting last week I talked about the climate action paradigms that exist. This followed on from a business association meeting where it was clear that there were two very different schools of thought on the issue of reducing emissions. One is...

Posted July 20, 2013    

Is the Global Leadership Paradigm Right for Battling Climate Change?

Last week I attended the official launch in London of a book I reviewed recently, The Burning Question. Both authors were at the launch and they gave a great overview of the energy and climate predicament we have collectively managed...

Posted July 12, 2013    

How Might the US Engage at the UNFCCC?

President Obama’s recent speech on climate change marks a welcome shift for an Administration that has been largely silent on the issue for some time now and puts into context the climate teasers that were dropped into the Inauguration and State of...

Posted July 3, 2013    

Recent Trends in Climate Change Indicators

About every eight or nine months the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change holds a forum where it shares its latest research with the program sponsors and invitees from a variety of academic institutions and government....

Posted June 20, 2013