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How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution

September 3, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China and Shipping Pollution

In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps in order to finally control emissions from their shipping activities. Pollution of this kind has, until now, been virtually unregulated.[read more]

Beirut's Garbage Crisis Mirrors Our Planet's Global Warming Crisis

September 3, 2015 by Henry Auer

Beirut and Global Warming

Just as Beirut’s current garbage crisis results in unconstrained buildup of garbage in its streets, so humanity’s continuing emission of carbon dioxide waste into the atmosphere results in unprecedented buildup of harmful greenhouse gases.[read more]

COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris

September 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Prepping for Paris

One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on climate change.[read more]

Effects of Removing U.S. Crude Export Restrictions Depend on Price, Resource Assumptions

September 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Export Restrictions and Effects

A new study by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change.[read more]

Licensing Advanced Reactors in the United States

September 3, 2015 by Rod Adams
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In the space of a few minutes, Eric Loewen, a past president of the ANS and an engineering leader at GE-Hitachi, was hypothetically elevated through a series of positions including Chairman of the NRC, Secretary of Energy, President of the United States and President of the World.[read more]

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

September 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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The upcoming Paris climate negotiations will constitute a critical step in the ongoing international process to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Whether the Paris outcome will be sufficiently ambitious to put the world on a path towards limiting global warming remains to be seen.[read more]

Do We Have a Wicked Problem to Deal With?

September 2, 2015 by David Hone
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Carbon Pricing and Environmental Policy

Two articles in Foreign Affairs highlight different routes forward for tacking the climate issue. One, by Michael Bloomberg, argues that the mitigation solution increasingly lies with cities (this isn’t just about city resilience) and the other puts the challenge squarely in front of the business community.[read more]

China's First 3rd-Party Study on Regional Air Quality Management Across 30 Provinces

September 2, 2015 by Jenny Tang

China Air Quality

In 2013, China State Council issued the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan 2013-2017 (aka “Ten Measures of Air”), setting a new precedent for governmental air pollution management efforts. One year after the Action Plan’s launch, what have China’s provinces and cities done to meet these requirements?[read more]

India at the Deep End

September 2, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

India Energy Development

It has been said of India that the more you get to know it, the less you understand. The country’s vast size, diversity, and complexity gives it a knack for defying logic and confounding accepted wisdom. This is especially true when it comes to the developing energy industry.[read more]

Alaska Increases Wind Power Capacity in Utility - and Distributed-Scale Projects

September 2, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Alaska and New Energy

Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska's electric power generation in 2014, Alaska's wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting large wind generators.[read more]

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Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

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Approaches For Addressing and Resolving Advanced Reactor Licensing Challenges

September 1, 2015 by Todd Allen
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Reactor License Streamlining

Among the challenges facing today’s innovators is the uncertainty regarding obtaining a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a timeline that is both predictable and consistent with commercialization and private investment expectations.[read more]

Lessons From a Failed Prediction

September 1, 2015 by Robert Rapier

While there are actually other stories unfolding in the world of energy, you would never know that by my inbox. Most of the correspondence I have received in the past week is still related to oil prices, particularly following the recent huge rally in crude futures.[read more]

Can California Ignore its Neighbors?

September 1, 2015 by James Bushnell
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California and Neighborly Risk

The U.S., has operated its power system as a collection of balkanized fiefdoms. Evidence from around the country, indicates that merging utility system operations can be a big win economically by reducing the amount of fuel burned, improving network utilization, and increasing reliability.[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik
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The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]