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Energy With Benefits

April 9, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Energy Benefits

The world needs a new energy system that will bolster the environment rather than making it uninhabitable to most living things. Before designing and building such a system, it behooves us to consider what is wrong with what we have and how we can improve on that.[read more]

China's Continuing Renewable Energy Revolution

April 9, 2014 by Hao Tan
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China's Renewables Revolution

China’s renewable energy revolution moves ahead, with 2013 as an inflection point where scales tipped more to electricity generated from renewables. This means that its energy security is being enhanced, while carbon emissions from the power sector can be expected to soon start to fall.[read more]

It’s Time to Refocus California's Climate Strategy

April 8, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Climate Strategy Review

Climate change is a global emissions problem. California produces about 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next few decades, the majority of emissions will come from developing countries. If we don’t solve the problem in the developing world, we don’t solve the problem.[read more]

Environmental Groups Gear Up to Stop US LNG Exports

April 8, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and 350.org wrote to President Obama, urging him to require a Keystone-style environmental review--presumably entailing similar delays--for the proposed Cove Point, Maryland liquefied natural gas export terminal.[read more]

Catalyzing the Oil and Gas Industry to Clean Up its Act

April 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The oil and gas industry leaks a significant amount of natural gas into the atmosphere. Most of this leaked gas is methane, a powerful greenhouse gas pollutant. This leaked gas also represents a great deal of lost product for the oil and gas industry[read more]

Three 'Next Steps' for California Climate Action

April 7, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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California Climate Action

Eight years ago California enacted its Global Warming Solutions Act, known as AB32. Since then, an entire network of interacting, mutually-reinforcing legislation has evolved in the state, historic in how the different measures support one another.[read more]

Women are Key Residential Solar Energy Customers

April 7, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Solar and Women

What do women want from a solar sale? This is not a trivial question. As competition increases in the residential solar market and the industry works to lower soft costs like customer acquisition, it’s becoming all the more important to better understand the market.[read more]

The IPCC, the Media, and Risk

April 7, 2014 by David Hone
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IPCC and the Media

With much anticipation but little more than 24 hours of media coverage, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the next part of the 5th Assessment Report, with Working Group II reporting on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.[read more]

Slum Dwellers Face Climatic Disasters

April 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Poverty and Climate Risk

 

Millions of people living in the shantytowns of the developing world’s mega-cities will be among the most-vulnerable groups feeling the brunt of climate change in the coming decades, according to a just-released report from UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Exxon's Climate Response 'Consummate Arrogance'

April 5, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Exxon and Climate

We reported earlier this week about ExxonMobil’s response to shareholder requests for information about the company’s climate change mitigation efforts. And climate activist Bill McKibben leveled both barrels at the oil major in a piece that denounces the Exxon reports as arrogant provocations.[read more]

Coal-Fired Power Plant Operators Consider Emissions Compliance Strategies

April 5, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Plant Compliance

Operators of coal-fired power plants throughout the United States are currently developing strategies to comply with Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The costs of the equipment needed to control acid and toxic metal emissions play a significant role in retrofitting and retirement decisions.[read more]

White House Attacks Heat-Trapping Methane, Second Biggest Climate Pollutant

April 3, 2014 by David Doniger
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The White House recently released its long-awaited Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Promised in President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan last June, the methane strategy is a big step in the right direction to curbing heat-trapping emissions.[read more]

Powering to Climate Mitigation

April 3, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Mitigation

Without swift and decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, the world will almost surely face centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas, species loss and dwindling agricultural yields. The smart approach to these threats is power our way past them.[read more]

Better Chemistry, Better Biofuels? The Glycerol Glut, Solketal, and Other Floating Ideas

April 3, 2014 by N Nadir
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Biofuel Ideas

Along with other forms of so called “renewable energy,” I have come to hold a jaundiced view of biofuels, largely because of their inevitable competition with food supplies, as well as some concern about land use and the pressure placed on natural habitats.[read more]

EU Climate Policy 'In Line' with 2050 Goal, but What Does that Mean?

April 3, 2014 by Oliver Geden

EU declarations on climate policy are usually carefully crafted to suggest political consensus. Thus, it came as a surprise that the European Council has been able to conclude in March that a final decision on the EU's energy and climate policy framework 2030 should be taken in October 2014.[read more]