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China's new 2030 Climate Target Will Contribute to a Lower and Earlier Emissions Peak

July 6, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

China and Future Planning

China formally submitted its climate pledge for the post-2020 period in preparation for the new international climate agreement. These details were announced as part of the US-China climate agreement last November, but China has now added a carbon intensity reduction target to its 2030 goals.[read more]

Hawaii and Vermont Set High Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets

July 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

State Renewable Portfolio Standards

Two states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable electricity generation. On June 8, Hawaii updated legislation setting a 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2045. On June 11, Vermont passed a bill creating a 75% RPS by 2032.[read more]

How Does China's Climate Pledge Stack Up?

July 2, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China and Climate Action

China's climate pledge will require the country to make very significant changes to its emissions trajectory - including adding non-fossil power equivalent to the entire U.S. power generating capacity by 2030. When you compare China's growth trajectory against that of developed countries, how does it compare?[read more]

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Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

July 1, 2015 by John Miller
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Emissions Priorities

Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed gas and oil production greenhouse gas regulation actually the most efficient and effective approach to reducing total methane emissions in the United States? Or are there better alternatives?[read more]

Progress on Phasing Down HFCs as Countries Build Momentum Toward a Deal

July 1, 2015 by David Doniger

HFC Reduction

The global effort to phase down powerful heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is gaining speed as several nations recently put forth detailed plans to curb HFC use. Negotiators at the upcoming Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) in Paris next month will weigh in on updated amendment proposals.[read more]

Two Degrees: EU Climate Debate Highlights Key Ingredients for a Deal in Paris [VIDEO]

June 25, 2015 by David Thual
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EU Climate Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Jos Delbeke, Director General for Climate Action, European Commission, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, Vice-president of the S&D Group, and Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist and Vice President, Statoil, to debate: “Road to Paris: can the EU retain its leadership role at COP21?”[read more]

Surging US SUV Sales: Why Increased Engine Performance May Augur Badly for Climate Targets

June 24, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

SUVs and Climate Change

According to the EPA, the majority of such transportation-related CO2 emissions result from the “combustion of petroleum-based products, like gasoline, in internal combustion engines” with the largest emitters being “passenger cars and light-duty trucks, including sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans.”[read more]

Economics of Installing Combined Heating and Power Systems

June 23, 2015 by Merrill Kramer
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Combined Heat and Power Systems

With states adopting programs to encourage energy users to install combined heating and power (CHP) systems, building owners and asset managers are asking themselves the bottom line question – how can CHP increase my operating income and asset value?[read more]

Four Demands for Paris

June 23, 2015 by David Hone

Paris Agreement Planning

The call was very clear, here were “four demands” for Paris COP21 being presented to a group in London. But the surprise was the presenter; not a climate focussed NGO or an activist campaigning for change, but Fatih Birol, Chief Economist for the International Energy Agency.[read more]

The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

June 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Climate Change Partisanship/shutterstock

After Pope Francis issued his strongly worded encyclical on climate change and the environment, many wondered how it would influence conservatives. It didn’t take long. “I don’t think we should politicize faith,” said Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who brushed off climate change as an inherently political issue.[read more]

Pope Francis Highlights the Moral Imperative of Climate Action

June 18, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe
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Pope Francis brings a clear and powerful moral voice to a climate change debate too often clouded by competing ideologies. He reminds us of our responsibilities to the planet and to one another, and makes plain the stakes and the urgency of stronger action.[read more]

Connecting CMOs, PPMs, and Joules

June 18, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra

I have often been asked questions like how many cubic miles of CO2 do we produce when we burn a cubic mile of oil, and how many ppms does that represent. In this post, I will make some simplifying, yet reasonable, assumptions to provide answers to these and other questions.[read more]

Ecomodernism and the Anthropocene

Sometime next year, the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) may or may not decide that humans have changed the Earth so significantly that we have entered a new geologic epoch, the Anthropocene, or age of humans. What does this mean for our future?[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for June [VIDEO]

June 17, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including a review of the EU's efforts to reach renewable energy goals.[read more]

How the Transition to Renewable Energy Could Come

June 16, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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While I do not believe that a carbon tax is practical or feasible, I do believe the transition to renewable energy is practical, feasible and necessary. We need to address the problem of global warming and to do that we need to gradually replace fossil fuels with other forms of energy.[read more]