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The Centrality of Sustainability

June 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

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We have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe topic barely clinging to a spot on the political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical. Presidents and prime ministers must now negotiate over climate change and habitat preservation just as they have long held talks on trade, jobs and national security.[read more]

Laudato Si: The Moral Case for Energy Efficiency

June 22, 2015 by James Greenberger

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Last week Pope Francis issued a sweeping new encyclical on the environment entitled “Laudato Si”. The encyclical runs 184-pages and covers a range of issues. Most noteworthy is its endorsement of the proposition that climate change is real and caused primarily by human activity.[read more]

Carbon Pricing and Climate Science in the Media

June 8, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Climate and Media

The past few weeks, highlighted by the Business and Climate Summit in Paris and Carbon Expo in Barcelona, have seen many CEOs, senior political figures and institutional leaders call for increased use of carbon pricing. This is certainly the right thing to be saying, but it begs the question, “What next?”[read more]

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

May 28, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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Is the dramatic decline in oil prices a complete gift to the West because of the enormous funds being saved, or is it an unintended Trojan horse because development of renewable energy as well as new fossil-fuel sources will decline in the West, posing longer new challenges?[read more]

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

May 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Climate Efforts

Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity.[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

May 22, 2015 by Benjamin Franta
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One of the useful aspects of the fossil fuel divestment movement is that those involved in the movement, in the process of arguing about fossil fuel divestment, will often reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it.[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]

Broad Support for the U.S. Climate Change Commitment

April 12, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Recently the White House submitted its formal proposal to cut United States emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This commitment would have great impact in terms of catalyzing action by other nations, especially large emitters like China and India.[read more]

Is Research a Climate Change Placebo, or Possibly Even Worse?

April 2, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Do Calls for Research Delay Climate Action?

 

It is my contention that research expenditures in general are not being governed by sound scientific understanding and further experience tells me politicians prefer to spend money on research even though it may be folly, rather than on effective action because the latter invariably is more expensive.[read more]

The Climate Case for Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Climate Change and Hydrogen

When hydrogen is produced with heat pipe OTEC and supergreen electrolysis it can be a silver bullet and fuel-cell advocates would do themselves a very great service by helping in the promotion and facilitation of these two synergistic technologies.[read more]

Springing Eternal: Seven Reasons for Hope on Climate Change

March 26, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Hope on Climate Change

Let’s look at what’s been happening in climate change action lately, because after years of bitter disappointment, things look different now. Because after years and years of cynicism, I see elements of a sea change in urgency and attitude on climate.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Chinese Official Urges Emphasis on 'Climate Security'

March 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge

China and Climate Action

A top Chinese weather scientist told the Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a serious threat. It was a rare admission for a Chinese official, while the government has acknowledged global warming, it does not usually elaborate on potential problems from climate change.[read more]

Land, Ocean Carbon Sinks Are Weakening, Making Climate Action More Urgent

March 21, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Effects and Risk

Our best shot at stopping catastrophic warming is to start cutting carbon pollution immediately. The longer we wait, the less nature’s carbon sinks will be able to help us and the greater the risk that we cross tipping points that cause feedbacks like the permafrost melt to become “self-reinforcing.”[read more]

Military Experts in Texas Call for Plan of Action on Climate Change

March 10, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Climate Change and the Military

 

When the U.S. military calls climate change a “threat multiplier” and “a serious threat to national security,” it makes anyone stand up and pay attention. From direct land impacts and food and water shortages, to the displacement of millions of people, climate change is not taken lightly by our armed forces.[read more]

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$43 Billion: Current and Rising Cost to Canada of Environmental Inaction

March 4, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Canada and Environmental Action

Instead of seeing our economy contract as a result environmental inaction, it is a fact that Canada could actually be currently expanding its economy through the implementation of indigenous innovation that addresses the growing issues related to climate change.[read more]