Study: 2°C target at risk, without moving subsidies (Updated)

The study, Energy investments under climate policy: A comparison of global models, published in the journal Climate Change Economics (DOI: 10.1142/S2010007813400101 | 2013) explored global energy spending and concluded that low-carbon energy and energy efficiency investments of about 1.1 trillion annually are required, to meet the emissions reduction targets to keep the world below 2°C. In context, additional $0.8…

The Runaway Glaciers in West Antarctica

NASA/JPL press release, May 12, 2014: A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. The study presents…

Canada’s shocking oilsands operation (Aerial footage)

DeSmog Canada published a series of aerial photos from Canada Alberta. Alex MacLean is one of America’s most famed and iconic aerial photographers. His perspective on human structures, from bodies sunbathing at the beach to complex, overlapping highway systems, always seems to hint at a larger symbolic meaning hidden in the mundane. By photographing from above, MacLean shows…

Creepy at the EPA

In June of 2009, a story surfaced about the alleged suppression by the US EPA of information related to climate change. The source of the information was reported to be one Dr. Alan Carlin, who, although a real EPA analyst, was in fact, an economist, not a scientist. Distortions of the story, from the usual…

Energiewende: Erneuerbare Energien lösen Braunkohle als wichtigste Stromquelle ab

Manager-magazin.de-Redakteur Nils-Viktor Sorge berichtet am 2. Juli bei SPIEGEL online. Zeitenwende in der deutschen Energiewirtschaft: Im ersten Halbjahr sind die erneuerbaren Energien erstmals zur wichtigste Quelle im Strommix aufgestiegen und haben damit die Braunkohle verdrängt. Dennoch soll die Ökostrom-Umlage nicht weiter steigen. In den ersten sechs Monaten des Jahres 2014 produzierten Windkraft-, Solar-, und Bioenergieanlagen…

With further Arctic Amplification, How fast will Greenhouse Gas emissions accelerate in the Arctic Circle?

Introduction to Methane Hydrate “Methane Hydrates and Contemporary Climate Change” (2011) IDENTIFICATION This post “A Mechanism for Shallow Methane Hydrate Dissociation”, explores possible mechanism which could release vast quantities of shallow Methane Hydrate into the ocean and atmosphere.       CH4 Release The following studies explore the release of CH4 emissions in the Arctic region. OBSERVATION…

Gavin Schmidt: The emergent patterns of climate change

You can’t understand climate change in pieces, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It’s the whole, or it’s nothing. In this illuminating talk, he explains how he studies the big picture of climate change with mesmerizing models that illustrate the endlessly complex interactions of small-scale environmental events. You can’t understand climate change in pieces, says climate…

Die Vermeidung des Klimawandels – der dritte Teil des neuen Berichtes des Weltklimarates IPCC

Ein Gast Beitrag von Brigitte Knopf auf Stefan Rahmstorf’s Blog, erläutert den neuen Bericht der Arbeitsgruppe 3, des IPCC’s. „Die Emissionen steigen global weiter an und der Anstieg ist an erster Stelle auf das Wirtschaftswachstum zurückzuführen. Um Klimaschutz zu erreichen, muss die Nutzung fossiler Ressourcen ohne CCS in der Stromerzeugung bis Ende des Jahrhunderts auslaufen.…

Conservative Senator Calls out Hypocrisy of Fossil Fuel Incentives

Published on Apr 3, 2014 Senator Grassley on the importance of renewing the wind energy PTC absent comprehensive energy tax reform. Senator Charles Grassley is known to be a long time fiscal conservative Republican Senator from Iowa. Obviously, the size and scope of the Iowa wind industry belies the anti-renewable propaganda of the science denial…