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Carbon and De-carbonization

Real Energy and Cost Savings. Right Now. Here, in Texas

August 28, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and Energy Savings

We are nearing the end of another successful season of EDF Climate Corps, the 8-year-old program run by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) that “embeds” grad students inside companies to find ways to save energy and money and lower carbon emissions.[read more]

Global Study Shows Deteriorating Air Quality in India and Other Vulnerable Regions

August 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Air Quality in Inida and Beyond

Following India's government announcement that it would launch a "massive" people-oriented awareness campaign to check air pollution, NDTV brought together leaders to discuss India's growing air quality problems and potential solutions.[read more]

Hottest Month On Record Portends Global Warming Speed Up

August 25, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Monthly Temps and Global Warming Risk

Last month was not just the hottest July on record. Since July is “the warmest month of the year globally,” NOAA’s latest monthly State of the Climate Report, notes that July 2015 “was also the highest among all 1627 months in the record that began in January 1880.”[read more]

Assessing the INDCs

August 24, 2015 by David Hone

Countries and their Contributions

It is now just 100 days until COP21 in Paris. The summer months have seen many INDCs submitted to the UNFCCC prior to the assessment deadline of October 1st. This is the date when the UNFCCC secretariat will start work on a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the INDCs.[read more]

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Methane's Impact: An Under-Estimation of Global Significance

August 21, 2015 by Matt de la Houssaye
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Global Methane Risk

According to IPCC estimates, by the end of this century the global temperature will increase between 1.5°C and 4.5°C relative to the average of the 1880’s. Outcomes from this can be a higher chance of extreme weather events, crop shortages, and an elevated sea level due to the melting Antarctic ice sheet.[read more]

Troubles With America's First Clean Coal Plant Put Mississippi Power 'on the Brink of Bankruptcy'

August 20, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Months after a landmark carbon capture project in Illinois was scrapped after losing government funding, the builder of America's first commercial-scale clean coal project in Kemper County, Mississippi is facing financial troubles due to soaring costs and long construction delays.[read more]

What the EPA Rules Mean for Carbon Capture and Storage

August 20, 2015 by Patrick Falwell
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In its final rules for limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized the importance of carbon capture and storage technologies to achieving U.S. carbon reduction goals.[read more]

Why the Pope is Wrong on Markets

August 18, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Pope Francis, Climate Change, and Markets

I recently read the 'Laudato Si,' which carries the subtitle “On care for our common home”. This is a well researched position paper which touches on a variety of topics and makes it very clear that the pope cares much more about distributional issues than the average economist.[read more]

Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty

August 18, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Earth and the Limitations of Resources

According to data from the Global Footprint Network, August 13, 2015 was officially “Earth Overshoot Day.” We have now used nature’s entire budget for the year. Global Footprint Monitor tracks humanity’s demand on natural resources against nature’s ability to accommodate that demand, also known as biocapacity.[read more]

Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

August 17, 2015 by Clayton Handleman

Texas and Wind Energy

During the period from 2009 to 2014 Texas wind generation increased by nearly 100%. During the same period, curtailment was slashed from 17% to 0.5%. This was made possible through grid upgrades in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones.[read more]

Obama Administration Taking Bold Action Before Paris Climate Summit by Finalizing Clean Power Plan

August 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

This week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released the finalized Clean Power Plan. This is the first ever regulation on carbon pollution from America's power plants. Under the Plan, the U.S. will reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.[read more]

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Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]

How Smart Grid and Demand Response Could Fit Into the Clean Power Plan

August 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Clean Power Plan Compliance

Less dirty energy, more clean energy. These are the fundamental drivers of the Clean Power Plan's push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and while that’s a potential boon to wind and solar power, it could also provide a boost to technologies that can help integrate that renewable energy into the grid.[read more]

How Chinese Industry Can Cap Coal Consumption and Transition to Cleaner Production

August 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

China and Coal Consumption

With the release of the Clean Power Plan, the United States has established a game-changing regulation that will reduce carbon pollution. China, meanwhile, has a chance to make just as important a contribution to addressing climate change by capping its coal consumption in key industries.[read more]

Powering the Planet to Half a Degree Temperature Rise this Century

August 13, 2015 by Jim Baird

Temperature and Global Warming

Replicating the conditions that slowed warming to a 100 year average of only .4 oC can buy us the time necessary to fulfill the climate/energy commitments made both by the UN and the G7 and could even preserve the value of the some of the fossil fuels that are currently held in reserve.[read more]


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