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Environmental Policy

The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

October 6, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Coral Davenport, writing in the New York Times, was the first in the press to note that the encyclical on the environment released by Pope Francis, with tremendous praise from diverse quarters, “is as much an indictment of the global economic order as it is an argument for the world to confront climate change.”[read more]

Brazil First Developing Country to Submit an Absolute Emissions Target for 2025

October 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Brazil Emissions and Development

Brazil announced at the UN General Assembly that the country would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 37% below 2005 levels by 2025, with an "indicative target" of 43% reduction by 2030. This makes Brazil the largest developing country to set an economy-wide emissions target in its climate pledge.[read more]

Moderating Extremes in Building Design

October 6, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Building Design and Moderation

Leon Glicksman designs buildings with an eye toward improved energy efficiency, and, like many of his MIT colleagues, he brings with him a high-tech portfolio. He develops aerogel panels to improve insulation and software packages to guide architects.[read more]

President Hillary Clinton Will Oppose Crude Oil Exports

October 5, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Let’s take a look at Hillary’s energy proposals. Her energy policy proposals have been rife with pandering and flip-flops. Of course they all do it to some extent. John McCain wasn’t above it, flip-flopping on ethanol and pandering by proposing a cut in gasoline taxes leading up to the election.[read more]

Who Supports Oil and Gas Methane Regulations? Pretty Much Everyone

October 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulations and Public Support

The EPA has held a series of hearings across the country to collect public testimony in response to its new proposal to curb oil and gas companies’ emissions. The hearings provided a chance for stakeholders in areas where the oil and gas industry has a footprint to voice their concerns and perspectives.[read more]

India Commits to Accelerate Clean Energy and Climate Action, Clearing Path to Paris Climate Talks

October 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Climate Talks

Signaling a commitment to fight climate change, India submitted its targets as a part of the Paris climate agreement. India committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33 to 35% from 2005-levels by 2030, a long-term commitment to curb its GHG emissions under the UNFCCC.[read more]

FASTER Carbon Pricing Mechanisms

October 2, 2015 by David Hone

Last week New York hosted the Papal visit, the UN General Assembly with 150 world leaders gathered, and Climate Week. Arguably this had the makings of a bigger coming together than COP21 itself, although many other issues were also on the agenda, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.[read more]


Change Ahead: Cutting Carbon from U.S. Highways

October 1, 2015 by Wisconsin Energy Institute

Highway Carbon Costs

What will it take to make a cross-country drive in a light duty vehicle a low-carbon pursuit? According to Paul Meier, it will take a combination of three advances: a large increase in the adoption of electric vehicle use, a huge uptick in biofuels production, and a change in the habits of U.S. drivers.[read more]

The Problematic Governance of Climate Engineering

September 30, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

If climate change becomes too severe some might favour climate engineering. This post looks very briefly at governance of climate engineering – managing the total net solar radiation the earth absorbs (Solar Radiation Management), most likely by injecting particles into the stratosphere.[read more]

Sorry Environmentalists, Shell's Arctic Decision is All About the Money

September 30, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland

Shell and Arctic Drilling

Environmentalists can hardly contain themselves with news that Royal Dutch Shell abandoned oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic for “the foreseeable future.” To be sure, the oil companies are under tremendous pressure to keep carbon “in the ground.” But that is not what triggered Shell’s decision.[read more]

Building a Global Climate Agreement that Will Work: Country Action by All Major Emitters

September 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Global Cimate Emissions and Reductions

Almost 20 years ago opponents to climate action ran advertising campaigns throughout the US with the tagline "it's not global and it won't work". This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the need for climate action.[read more]

Why Are California’s Gasoline Prices So High?

September 29, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Cali Gas Prices

“What?” you may be saying “Gas prices are lower than they have been in a long time.” You see, while oil prices have been falling across the country, the gap between California gas prices and the rest of the U.S. has climbed to higher levels for a longer stretch than at any time in the last 20 years.[read more]

Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate in His U.S. Visit

September 29, 2015 by Henry Auer

Pope Francis and Climate Policy

Pope Francis's recent visit to the United States addressed the issue of global warming as a worldwide concern on several occasions. He stressed that we have to begin now, acting in concert, to stabilize the planet and improve our common home, the earth in its entirety.[read more]

China and US Commit to Strengthened Domestic and International Climate Actions

September 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Last November, as part of the joint announcement at the APEC meeting in Beijing, China and the US agreed to new targets to cut their carbon pollution. This year the two countries are focusing on implementation of these goals, formalizing more actions to domestically reduce emissions.[read more]

Full Steam Ahead for Siemens' new SOVs

September 29, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Offshore Wind Farms and SOVs

“I am a little nervous after all,” admitted the patroness of Siemens’ brand-new service operation vessel before christening the new ship at Hamburg harbor. But the young lady in question, Ruth Harkort-Berge, daughter of wpd’s Offshore CEO Achim Berge Olsen, brought the launch a great deal of luck.[read more]

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