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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]

Carbon Pricing and COP 21

November 25, 2015 by David Hone

As we get closer to COP21 there will be plenty of articles and opinion pieces put forward describing the process, speculating on the outcome and generally trying to help readers understand what exactly is going on. One such piece appeared in the Financial Times recently, written by Pilita Clark.[read more]

The Revision of China's Energy and Coal Consumption Data: A Preliminary Analysis

November 24, 2015 by Hao Tan

China and Energy Consumption

On November 3rd, the New York Times carried a front page report that China has revised its estimates of how much coal it has been burning, and concluding that its carbon emissions have been higher than had been previously reported and assumed.[read more]

Canadian Climate Policy Report Card: 2015

October 12, 2015 by Mark Jaccard

Over the past three decades, governments in developed countries have made many commitments to reduce a specific quantity or percentage of greenhouse gases by a specific date, but often they have failed to implement effective climate policies that would achieve their commitment.[read more]

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

September 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins

The upcoming Paris climate negotiations will constitute a critical step in the ongoing international process to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Whether the Paris outcome will be sufficiently ambitious to put the world on a path towards limiting global warming remains to be seen.[read more]

How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Part 2: Rhetoric Versus the Numbers

August 12, 2015 by Michael Craig

Clean Power Plan Data

Last Monday, after years of waiting, the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) was released by the Obama administration. Since its release, the rule has come under criticism as being weaker than other actions and as not going beyond historic trends.[read more]

Understanding the EPA's Clean Power Plan

August 12, 2015 by David Doniger

What's in the CPP?

The Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama on August 3rd sets the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of the pollution driving dangerous climate change. Limiting carbon pollution from the nation's power plants is the biggest step we can take to fight climate chaos.[read more]

What's Actually in The Brand New Clean Power Plan?

August 7, 2015 by Brian H. Potts

Clean Power Plan Analysis

It’s a completely different rule than the one that the EPA proposed last year. The start date is different, the way that the EPA calculated the standards is different, the methods of compliance are different, the types of sources subject to the rule are different, and even the legal justifications are different.[read more]

President Obama's Clean Power Plan to Reduce Emissions

August 5, 2015 by Henry Auer

Examining the Clean Power Plan

Global warming affects all humankind. Changing weather patterns, consisting of greater and more frequent weather extremes have become more and more common in recent years and decades. Around the world, extreme rains and floods, droughts and unprecedented sea level rise have occurred.[read more]


Fracking Time for a Step Back

July 29, 2015 by Steve Heisler

Fracking Analysis

Fracking is one of the hottest environmental topics under discussion these days, and for good reason: Many known dangers exist. Additionally, there may be more problems we haven’t yet discovered, because the fracking process currently in use has a short safety track record.[read more]


Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[read more]

New Analysis Does Not Support a Warming 'Hiatus'

June 11, 2015 by Henry Auer

The Myth of the Hiatus

Global average temperatures show a break from an earlier high rate of increase. Compared with the preceding three decades, recently recorded global average temperatures have shown only a slight increase. The reduction in the rate of warming of the globe is generally referred to as a "hiatus."[read more]

Highlights of the 2015 Annual Energy Outlook

April 27, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Annual Energy Outlook

Recently the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015). The report presents updated projections for United States energy markets through the year 2040 based on six cases.[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for April [VIDEO]

April 15, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News for April

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union environment and climate policy developments on the continent.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for March and April [VIDEO]

March 30, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News and Notes

In this, the latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union energy policy developments and news stories.[read more]