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July 28, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Preparing for the Paris Agreement

Last week marked the first “informal ministerial consultations” in the run up to the UN climate talks in December. The objective of these meetings before The Meeting is to provide common ground and a framework for what the UN Climate Chief is ominously calling the “last chance for a meaningful agreement”.[read more]

Stage Set in Cuba for Boom in Renewable Investment; Can U.S. Companies Take Advantage?

July 28, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.

A Boom in Cuba?

With the recent announcement that Cuba has been removed from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the door for trade has been cracked open for the first time in many years. The question now is how and when U.S. investment dollars can begin flowing to relieve the island nation’s economic isolation.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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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]

Four Things to Look for in EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Proposal

July 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Reduction and Regulation

The EPA will soon propose its “enhanced” Natural Gas STAR program, providing guidelines for oil and gas companies that want to voluntarily reduce methane emissions. Calls for voluntary measures to address pollution have increased recently, as the EPA is set to release its first-ever methane rules this summer.[read more]

Green and Growing, or Ripe and Rotting?

Green Growth

Nathalie Girouard, Head of the Environmental Performance and Information Division Environment Directorate at the OECD, discusses the various findings and implications to be found in their new report "Towards Green Growth? Tracking Progress".[read more]

Putting the IMF Externalized Cost Report in Perspective

July 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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IMF Report and Externalized Costs

The IMF recently released a working paper in which very high external costs of fossil fuels are reported. While it is unquestionable that fossil fuel combustion has large externalized costs, the magnitude of these costs may well be substantially over-estimated in this report.[read more]

New Study Emphasizes Need to Find and Fix Methane Leaks, Reveals Limits of Voluntary Action

July 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methne Leak Risks

A study published recently in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane, about 80 billion cubic feet per year, is escaping from key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system.[read more]

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Using China's Lack of Progress on Greenhouse Gas Reduction to Spur U.S. Climate Action

July 21, 2015 by Matthew Lichtash
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China and U.S. Climate Action

China is not on track to meet its international climate obligations—not by a long shot. Some use this sobering statistic as a reason not to limit our own emissions. Here's how we can flip this argument and turn China's lack of environmental progress into a motivating force for bold U.S. climate action.[read more]

Canada's New Energy Strategy Reveals Irreconcilable Rifts in Aspirations on Climate and Tar Sands

July 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Canada and Energy Policy Conflicts

Canada's provincial and territorial premiers have released a 'unified Canadian Energy Strategy' which reveals sharp divisions in the country's aspirations. The negotiations surrounding the strategy focused on using the document as a possible vehicle to obtain a national agreement on addressing climate change.[read more]

Hottest June Puts 2015 On Track For Hottest Year On Record By Far

July 21, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Hottest Months and Years

NASA reported Wednesday that this was the hottest June on record (tied with 1998). And it’s now all but certain 2015 will be the hottest year on record, probably by a wide margin — as what increasingly appears to be one of the strongest El Niños in 50 years boosts the underlying global warming trend.[read more]

Climate Change and Oil Companies: Who Knew What and When?

July 20, 2015 by David Hone
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Oil Companies and Climate Change

A recent article in the Guardian, which was also carried through a number of other media outlets, implied some prior knowledge within the oil and gas industry of climate change and the impact of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use long before others had recognized its impact.[read more]

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]