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Key Elements of the Paris Climate Agreement: Deepening International Action

November 26, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Paris Agreement Elements

World leaders will meet in Paris to finalize an international climate change agreement that will require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries. If all goes well, all major countries will enshrine their new climate commitments in this agreement.[read more]

United States and China Advance Policies to Limit CO2 Emissions

November 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US and China Emissions Policies

Late last year, China and the United States each announced intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to mitigate their respective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but there is still uncertainty in each country's ability to meet those targets.[read more]

The Small Steps That Will Lead to a Low-Carbon Economy

November 24, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The world heads toward the Paris Climate talks in a few weeks, but after the conference, when everyone comes home, these large-scale policy discussions will be replaced by small-scale management decisions and the day-to-day actions that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.[read more]

John Holdren on Nuclear Energy's Importance as Ultra-Low Carbon Power Source: White House Summit on Nuclear Energy

November 20, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and Carbon Reduction

John Holdren holds what might be the longest title available in the current Administration. He is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.[read more]

Regional Electricity Markets Needed

November 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Plans to create and expand regional electricity markets in the West -- which would allow more electricity sales across state borders -- have been criticized by some as a threat to California's ability to reduce climate-warming carbon pollution from power generation. Nothing could be further from the truth.[read more]

Paris Climate Talks: On Track to Create a New Kind of International Agreement

October 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India announced its national plan for addressing climate change recently. It will reduce its carbon intensity and dramatically expand its growing renewable energy sector. India's solar energy market grew more than 100-fold in the past four years.[read more]

Center for Carbon Removal: Beyond Mitigation in a 2C World

October 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Carbon Removal

Later this year ministers, scientists, diplomats and heads of state from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris for COP 21 with the ambitious goal of adopting a binding international treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. The enormity of that task can be distilled to one number: two.[read more]

Nuclear Energy's Low-Carbon Attributes Increase Public Support

October 7, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear, Carbon, and Public Opinion

Awareness of nuclear energy’s leading role in preventing greenhouse gas emissions in the electric sector solidifies the conviction among an overwhelming majority of Americans that the technology is important to the nation’s energy and environmental future.[read more]

The IEA's Bridge Scenario to a Low Carbon World Again Underestimates the Role of Renewables

June 29, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

IEA and Renewables Measurement

The IEA has just produced its World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change, which is intended to describe how the energy sector can transition to being part of a lower carbon world. It includes a new Bridge Scenario which emphasizes what can be done over the next decade or two.[read more]


Carbon Reduction through Energy Efficiency Isn’t Just a One-Man Show

Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficiency

Though ambitious carbon emission reduction goals are not exactly anything new, over the course of this past year there have been some exciting developments in pushing the envelope on carbon standards at the national and local levels in the United States.[read more]

From Sunlight to Jet A1

May 12, 2015 by David Hone

Jet Fuel Usage

In a world of near zero anthropogenic emissions of carbon, there remains the problem of finding a fuel of sufficient energy density that it remains practical to fly a jet. Commercial aviation is heading towards some 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum so doing nothing may not be an option.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Transitioning to a Low Carbon Energy System

May 11, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Carbon Mitigation

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. Energy efficiency is improving. Emissions are still a large and growing concern.[read more]

How Today's 'Low-Carbon' Investors are Financing Tomorrow's 'Negative-Carbon' Investments

May 7, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Mitigation and Investment

In 2014, investors allocated $310 billion in capital to clean energy projects according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, making up a significant portion of the $1.5 trillion in total global investment in energy supply as estimated by the International Energy Association.[read more]


We're Using Natural Gas All Wrong for the Climate

April 27, 2015 by Harry Saunders

Using Natural Gas Right

Instead of substituting natural gas directly for coal in the power generation sector we should rather use it to displace electricity in end uses. Attention to this issue by policy makers can save untold gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions over the coming decades.[read more]


Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

April 23, 2015 by John Miller

Government Energy Policy and Carbon Emissions

Renewables have grown at historic rates over the past 7 years and have helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Despite this reduction, carbon emissions have begun increasing significantly since 2012. Why have government clean energy policies not sustained past carbon reductions progress?[read more]