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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]

House Appropriations Committee Seeks to Undercut Federal Flood Protections

June 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Flood Protections

Joel Scata, Water Policy Advocate, ChicagoOn June 10, the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation that increases America's exposure to flood loss. Mirroring language in the ill-conceived Energy and Water Appropriations bill, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill imposes a prohibition on funding...[read more]

How Capping Coal Can Help China to Peak its CO2 Emissions by 2025 and Contribute to the Fight Against Climate Change

June 15, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China and Emissions Policy

Nearly 80 percent of China's energy-related CO2 emissions come from coal. That's why putting a lid on coal is the single most important step China can take to protect itself - and the rest of the world - from the devastating impacts of climate change.[read more]

The EPA's Clean Power Plan 'Victory' Isn't The Slam Dunk It Seems To Be

June 12, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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Clean Power Plan Problems?

The EPA is probably feeling pretty good about itself after its big climate “win” in federal court on Tuesday. A three-judge, conservative-leaning panel dismissed various state and industry challenges to the legality of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. But is a larger problem for the plan on the horizon?[read more]

Efficiency Moderates Effects of Higher Electricity Prices Under Proposed Clean Power Plan

June 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Efficiency and Price Moderation

EIA's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule finds that electricity prices are expected to rise. However, efficiency and price-induced conservation moderate the projected increase in consumer electricity bills.[read more]

On Pragmatic Conservation

There is a debate among conservationists over the future of protected areas. On one side are groups that do things like work with countries to site hydroelectric dams so they are less destructive. Then there's groups like the Center for Biological Diversity that sue governments to protect endangered species.[read more]

New Analysis Does Not Support a Warming 'Hiatus'

June 11, 2015 by Henry Auer
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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]

G7 Agreement Adds Momentum to Strong Global Climate Agreement this Year

June 10, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

The G7 countries have sent a clear signal that they want a climate agreement that puts the world on a better path to avoiding the impacts of climate change. The G7 includes the largest developed economies in the world. What they outline can have a powerful impact on the overall shape of the Paris agreement.[read more]

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Environmental Working Group Prefers Keystone Pipeline to Low-Carbon Renewable Fuels. No, Really

June 9, 2015 by Geoff Cooper
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Keystone Pipeline Policy

In recent weeks the Environmental Working Group and others have been promoting a study that suggests corn ethanol is worse for the climate than the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and gasoline produced from Canadian tar sands. That’s like saying apple juice is worse for the human body than arsenic.[read more]

Carbon Pricing and Climate Science in the Media

June 8, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Climate and Media

The past few weeks, highlighted by the Business and Climate Summit in Paris and Carbon Expo in Barcelona, have seen many CEOs, senior political figures and institutional leaders call for increased use of carbon pricing. This is certainly the right thing to be saying, but it begs the question, “What next?”[read more]

The IMF Just Destroyed the Best Argument Against Clean Energy

June 5, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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Fossil fuel supporters have insisted that wind and solar are far “too expensive” to replace fossil fuels. A recent report published by the IMF has put a price on the direct and indirect subsidies that support fossil fuels as a counter argument to the renewables are “too expensive” message. The numbers are staggering.[read more]

Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

June 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA Carbon Plan and Legal Challenges

The Clean Power Plan will engender a fierce, protracted legal battle. Industry groups, together with states that are opposed to greenhouse gas regulation, have promised to use every legal device at their disposal to "gum up the works" for EPA.[read more]

Why We Need to Get from Carbon Capture & Storage to Carbon Capture & Utilization

June 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Carbon Capture and Carbon Utilization

In order to really get Carbon Capture and Storage to work on a global commercial scale, the initial and primary emphasis of the effort has to be on improving its economic viability while going hand in hand with a focus on “carbon utilization.”[read more]

From Multi-Year Drought To Flash Flooding: "Weather Whiplash" Explained

June 4, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change and Weather Whiplash

In a warming climate with more and more water vapor in the air, mega-droughts will tend to be interspersed with more intense rain storms — weather whiplash.[read more]