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June 2015 Hottest on Record: Super El Niño, Heatwaves, Record Precipitation and Drought

July 20, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Change and Record Whether

According to data released this week by the Japan Meteorological Agency, June 2015 was the hottest June in the global record. And on Wednesday NASA reported similar temperature findings, with 2015 tied with 1998 as the warmest on record.[read more]

Activists Are Superfans, and Other Roundtable Revelations

July 16, 2015 by Matt Stewart

Activism is rarely thought of positively. We usually associate activists with customers (or shareholders) who don’t like the way a company is going and will petulantly alert stakeholders, and disrupt the normal flow of business until they’re outmaneuvered, ignored or victorious. But activists are, fundamentally, superfans.[read more]

Paris Warms Up for Climate Event of the Decade

July 16, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

Prepping for the Paris Agreement

Last week, more than 2000 climate change researchers gathered in Paris for the ‘Our Common Future under Climate Change’ conference, an enormous and prestigious event as part of the preparations for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year.[read more]

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

July 14, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Building the Post-Carbon World

The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines.[read more]

China's Provinces Learn How to Reduce Emissions with Trading

July 10, 2015 by Michael Tubman

As many U.S. states and localities start to think about ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the proposed Clean Power Plan, it’s eye-opening to see how Chinese provinces are taking many of the same first steps on a provincial level.[read more]

Climate in the Arctic: Signs of Change, but Not Always!

July 10, 2015 by David Hone

Climate Change in the Arctic

I have just returned from a personal vacation expedition to the European high Arctic, starting in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and ending in Iceland via the East Coast of Greenland. The trip was on the National Geographic Explorer, a 148-passenger expedition class vessel with ice strengthening.[read more]

A Key Moment is Coming for the IPCC's Future

July 9, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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Now is an important moment to think carefully about the path ahead for the IPCC, because in early October of this year, the 195 member countries of the IPCC (who together constitute this “intergovernmental panel”) will meet in plenary in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to elect a new Chair[read more]

Technological Advancements Support Sustainability

July 9, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Sustainability and Tech

As the respected Worldwatch Institute cites in its 2015 global status report, released in June 2015, renewable energy continued to grow during 2014 against the backdrop of increasing global energy consumption, particularly in developing countries, and a dramatic decline on oil prices.[read more]

Approaching Backfire: Energy Consumption in Developing Countries

July 8, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Energy consumption is going to explode in poor countries this century. Over 90 percent of the growth in energy consumption through 2050 will occur in non-OECD countries. These countries are also where the IEA hopes to reduce future demand growth the most in the name of mitigating climate change.[read more]

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Energy Community Offers Targeted Recommendations on Nuclear Innovation

July 8, 2015 by Todd Allen
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Nuclear and the Energy Community

As global action builds in response to the dual challenges of growing energy demand and climate change, nuclear energy is increasingly in the spotlight. Nuclear has an important role to play in the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, checking many of the boxes that align with our shifting priorities.[read more]

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#EnergyChat Webinar: Can Carbon Capture and Storage Deliver?

July 7, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Carbon Capture Potential?

Carbon capture and storage technology promises fossil fuels without the carbon dioxide. But can the fledgling technology deliver on this promise? On May 27th, I hosted an Energy Collective #EnergyChat webinar, sponsored by Shell, on precisely this topic.[read more]

Sustainability Policy Is Taking Hold in China

July 7, 2015 by Steven Cohen

China Sustainability Policy

Whenever I try to analyze China's sustainability policies I am mindful of the fact that I am far from an expert on China's history, culture, economy or politics. Nevertheless, even a casual observer can see the intense drive to bring sustainability factors into the massive national mission to grow China's economy.[read more]

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
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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]