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Amendment Proposals and Agreement on HFCs

The global effort to phase down powerful heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is gaining speed as several nations recently put forth detailed plans to curb HFC use. Negotiators at the upcoming Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) in Paris next month will weigh in … Continue reading

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Discussion: How Do We Measure “Enough?”

Renewables prices have been falling precipitously over the past five years as government research and incentives have encouraged and excited deployment. There has been exponential growth, firstly with wind and now solar, throughout the world with China and the United States … Continue reading

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Andrew Bolt, damned statistics, and climate change

Climate sceptics and denialists put forward many arguments to support their views that climate change is not a big issue. A core argument has been that warming has stopped over the past ten to fifteen years. Graph after graph that … Continue reading

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Deforestation and California Policy

Jerry Brown didn’t show up to last week at the ceremony where he was to receive the Blue-Green Alliance’s “Right Stuff” award. But who did? A crowd of protestors condemning the Governor for his support of REDD+ through the Governor’s … Continue reading

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The Use of the Social Cost of Carbon, So Far

Since 2009, the Obama Administration has been using the “social cost of carbon” (SCC) in cost-benefit analyses to justify regulations that reduce the use of energy from oil, coal, and natural gas. For the most part, this calculation has flown … Continue reading

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Graph of the Day: Burning the carbon sink

My home is burning at the moment.  Not the bricks and mortar I live in here in the UK, but the place I call home. The coastal region of New South Wales. In fact there is a 750ha fire about … Continue reading

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The End of Cheap Water? – State of the Planet

Across the country, Americans are paying more for water than they did a decade ago, even as water utilities fall into debt and water infrastructure deteriorates, according to a recently released Columbia Water Center white paper. While a number of … Continue reading

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New wells proliferate across the Eagle Ford Shale

All of that oil field activity in South Texas is adding up to lots of new wells.In the last four quarters, operators have drilled 4,092 new wells in the Eagle Ford Shale, according to a new quarterly count of U.S. … Continue reading

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Implications of a Higher Estimate of Social Cost of Carbon

Carbon pollution harms the economy much more than the federal government previously estimated, according to the Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon. While researchers continue to look for ways to reduce carbon emissions without harming the economy, the … Continue reading

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‘Invest, Divest’: Obama Goes Full Climate Hawk In Speech Unveiling Plan To Cut Carbon Pollution

Obama delivered a real stemwinder on the moral urgency of cutting carbon pollution (video, transcript below). So of course Politico reports, “Cable news skips Obama’s climate speech.” The President surprised everyone by bringing up the Keystone XL pipeline, even though … Continue reading

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