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Will the Paris Climate Summit Lead to a Cooler Planet?

November 25, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Paris and Possible Effects

Big hopes are riding on the 2015 United Nations climate change conference planned for Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Paris, where more than 190 nations will strive to hammer out an international agreement aimed at lowering global temperatures through significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.[read more]

New Study Shows How Climate Change Is Already Reshaping The Earth

September 7, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and Earth

This expansion of the world’s dry zones is a basic prediction of climate science. The fact it is so broadly observable now means we must take seriously the current projections of widespread global Dust-Bowlification in the coming decades on our current CO2 emissions pathway.[read more]

The Best Shot for Slowing Climate Impacts in Alaska and the Arctic

August 28, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Arctic Melting and Risk in Alaska

I worked in Alaska many years ago as a young attorney defending the forests, fisheries and other remarkable natural resources of the last frontier. The “termination dust” that fell every fall ahead of the deep freeze of winter made my job easier, providing an annual pause in development.[read more]

Climate Change and Oil Companies: Who Knew What and When?

July 20, 2015 by David Hone

Oil Companies and Climate Change

A recent article in the Guardian, which was also carried through a number of other media outlets, implied some prior knowledge within the oil and gas industry of climate change and the impact of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use long before others had recognized its impact.[read more]

June 2015 Hottest on Record: Super El Niño, Heatwaves, Record Precipitation and Drought

July 20, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Change and Record Whether

According to data released this week by the Japan Meteorological Agency, June 2015 was the hottest June in the global record. And on Wednesday NASA reported similar temperature findings, with 2015 tied with 1998 as the warmest on record.[read more]

Climate in the Arctic: Signs of Change, but Not Always!

July 10, 2015 by David Hone

Climate Change in the Arctic

I have just returned from a personal vacation expedition to the European high Arctic, starting in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and ending in Iceland via the East Coast of Greenland. The trip was on the National Geographic Explorer, a 148-passenger expedition class vessel with ice strengthening.[read more]

Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change

June 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Power Plant Risk

The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit.

The ever-worsening effects of climate change could hamper electric generating capacity in the Western United States during peak summertime energy use by about 3 percent on average, and up to nearly 9 percent if there is ongoing drought.[read more]

Why Care about Global Warming? Droughts, Poor Harvests, and Social Upheaval

March 11, 2015 by Henry Auer

Global Warming, Global Risk

In both industrialized countries and developing countries there may be those who ask “why should we care about global warming?” After all, many people may not feel that they are affected by warming, and may pay scant attention to reports showing the effects of extreme weather and climate events.[read more]

Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Reality

March 5, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Oil and Gas Asset Utilization

A few years ago a friend asked me about the possibility of stranded assets in oil and gas due to climate change. This was an interesting idea coming out of the UK. Since then, the idea has gained traction. What is emerging is that stranded assets are not going to happen merely because of climate change.[read more]

Could Falling Oil Prices Benefit the Climate?

February 16, 2015 by Devashree Saha

Oil Price Collapse and Climate Benefits?

Crashing oil prices are raising the specter of gas guzzlers and a dirtier world economy. However, it may not be as simple as that. We've argued that falling oil prices won't slow the scale up of most clean tech. Here’s another counter-intuitive point: The current oil price drop may be a boon for the global climate.[read more]

Hey Sports Fans: Time to Deal with Climate Change, and it Won't be Cheap

February 15, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change Impacts on Sports

The year 2014 was dubbed the hottest year on earth since the start of record keeping. Now, the Australian Climate Institute finds in a new report – “Sport and Climate Impacts: How much heat can sport handle”? – that more frequent and extreme weather events “threaten the viability of much of Australian sport."[read more]

Understanding Oil Demand, Oil Prices, and Climate

February 3, 2015 by Mark Jaccard

For 27 years in my graduate energy seminar, I’ve struggled to convince bright master’s and PhD students that oil prices might actually result from competition rather than a price-fixing conspiracy of oil companies and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel. But this year, my task was easier.[read more]

Amid Global Efforts, New York Plants Seeds for Energy Reform in 2014 That Will Bloom in 2015

January 2, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Reform Last Year in Next Year

When we look back on 2014, I believe it will be remembered as the tipping point for climate action. In the Northeast, we’ll remember the devastating early-season snowstorm that caused over a dozen deaths. In the Southwest, many will remember the third-straight year of a drought that seems without end.[read more]


Green Christmas, Malaysian Floods Pointed to Gaps in Climate Action

December 30, 2014 by Mitchell Beer

Green Christmas in Ottawa

Depending on what your perspective may be, 2014 was either the year of the great climate change breakthrough, or the year of the big climate change miss. Either way, we have our work cut out for us in 2015 to make the clean energy transition a reality.[read more]


Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia

December 16, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Climate Change Views in Asia

Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles, we reached the coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change.[read more]