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 on updated amendment proposals from North America, India, the European Union, and the Island States. … Continue reading Amendment Proposals and Agreement on HFCs

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 currently leading global solar growth. Clean energy advocates and reporting entities such as Ceres and Bloomberg … Continue reading Discussion: How Do We Measure “Enough?”

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 seems to support this position has been published. But the statistical basis of these graphs … Continue reading Andrew Bolt, damned statistics, and climate change

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 Climate and Forest Task Force and the possible inclusion of REDD+ projects into California’s emissions … Continue reading Deforestation and California Policy

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 under the radar, but that changed in June when the Obama administration dramatically increased their … Continue reading The Use of the Social Cost of Carbon, So Far

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 recent studies shine light on the alarming rise in water costs over the past few years, … Continue reading The End of Cheap Water? – State of the Planet

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. wells from Baker Hughes. In the second quarter of this year, there were 1,050 new … Continue reading New wells proliferate across the Eagle Ford Shale

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 new guidance on the social cost of carbon strengthens the argument that not reducing carbon … Continue reading Implications of a Higher Estimate of Social Cost of Carbon

‘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 aides had said he wouldn’t. Obama left his Administration very little room for approving it. … Continue reading ‘Invest, Divest’: Obama Goes Full Climate Hawk In Speech Unveiling Plan To Cut Carbon Pollution