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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    

Climate Change and the Energy World Map

The world is not on track to meet the target agreed by governments to limit the long term rise in the average global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius (°C).International Energy Agency, June 2013The International Energy Agency (IEA) is well known for...

Posted June 17, 2013    

Can a Second Global Carbon Market Emerge?

At the very end of May Carbon Expo was held in Barcelona. It was an excellent event, overall attendance was good and there were still quite a few exhibitors at the Expo hoping for life in the project mechanism market of the current “global...

Posted June 10, 2013    

Climate Change and The Burning Question

There are many books and thousands of reports on climate change, carbon economics, energy transformation and the like, but few encapsulate the issue as well as a recently released book by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark, The Burning Question....

Posted June 3, 2013