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What to Make of COP 19?

The flight from London to Warsaw this week gave me a chance to flick through the latest World Energy Outlook from the IEA (I couldn’t use the word “read” here as that would barely be possible on a flight to Melbourne, let alone Warsaw) and read a...

Posted November 18, 2013    

Is There Cause for Optimism on Emissions?

Perhaps the BBC and others are having a fit of pre-COP optimism, but two recent stories would lead the reader and/or listener to the view that the world is at last turning the corner on emissions.This started with BBC coverage of a report from...

Posted November 11, 2013    

Are We Heading for a Coal COP?

It is widely known that Poland gets much of its energy from coal (it is even a net exporter). Many countries do, so it is hardly alone in this regard. In my last post I illustrated the increasing global dependence on coal through a recent tender...

Posted November 4, 2013    

Climate Risk: Realities in the Energy System

There is an interesting article in The Economist which discusses the impact that renewable energy is having in Germany. As renewable energy use grows, there is the perverse effect that coal is staying put and natural gas is getting backed out. As a...

Posted October 22, 2013    

Carbon Market: Linking Discussions Continue

With the election of a new government in Australia and their promise to discontinue the “carbon tax”, the much discussed link between the Australian ETS and the EU ETS looks to be in doubt. As this is the highest profile example of bilateral linking...

Posted October 14, 2013    

Cumulative Carbon Featured by IPCC

As expected and as had been widely leaked, the IPCC 5thAssessment WG1 Report released last week presented a range of evidence that further underpinned the case for anthropogenic induced warming of the climate system. By contrast with the...

Posted October 8, 2013    

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