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…

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…

Private enterprise is beginning to take climate change seriously

Nature Editorial (Nature Climate Change doi:10.1038/nclimate2193): Even if some sceptics consider climate science akin to witchcraft and politicians pursue ineffective policies, private enterprise is beginning to take climate change seriously. Climate protection requires no magic solutions, but it does require boldness and resolve from policy makers. Instead, what we have is the kind of political timidity that…

Spot on! Michael Mann: The irreversible impacts from Climate Change

Mike Mann discusses his new piece in Scientific American, which outlines critical thresholds in climate warming in the not-too-far-off future, based on the sensitivity of Earth climate. Scientific American: Most scientists concur that two degrees C of warming above the temperature during preindustrial time would harm all sectors of civilization—food, water, health, land, national security, energy…

Fee & Dividend

Let’s Put a Price on Carbon with Fee and Dividend

By Rolly Montpellier (Boomer Warrior): The science is settled. Our planet is heating up, and carbon pollution from Dirty Energy is to blame. The fossil fuel industry burns oil, coal and gas, sending heat-trapping emissions into the air. Ninety million tons of carbon pollution enters the atmosphere every day. That means a hotter world for all of us. It’s…

EU could afford to lead international climate action

Late-comers face a clear trade-off between lower short term costs and higher transitional challenges PIK (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) 03/19/2014 (Translation: Artikel in Deutsch) – This week, the heads of the EU member states will meet in Brussels to discuss the adoption of a 40 percent greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030. Despite…

Why is there no Manhattan Project to Tackle Climate Change?

We must overcome short-termism, inconvenient truths and cuts to R&D and find the Brunels of low carbon technology By Tom Delay (The Carbon Trust): Here’s a thought. If necessity is the motherhood of invention how come we are so far away from the wholesale deployment of low carbon energy technologies that can redeem humanity from…

World’s Greatest Crime Against Humanity And Nature

By James Hansen: As I peer through Beijing’s impenetrable smog I feel nauseous. I have long been troubled by the injustice of human – made climate change to our children and grandchildren, which may soon constitute a tragedy of epic proportions. Now I stare in the face of another tragedy. Air pollution from coal kills over…

Isaac Asimov Explains The Carbon Tax

Our Angry Earth: A Ticking Ecological Bomb, (1991) is a non-fiction book and polemic against the effects humankind is having on the environment by the science fiction writers Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl. In his last non-fiction book, Asimov co-writes with his long-time friend science fiction author Frederik Pohl, and deals with elements of the…

Abrupt Climate Change: Implications for People and Businesses

Examples of how abrupt climate change might apply to individual home owners and to business manufacturing sector provided by leading climate scientist. New report seeks early warning system of abrupt climate change events Boulder Daily Camera: A new National Research Council report calls for the development of an early warning system that could help better anticipate…

Davos: Many have called for a price on carbon Now we must act #Energy #Agenda 2014

Leading the Global Climate and Energy Agenda: This week, some 2,500 CEOs, politicians, academics and journalists descend on the Swiss village of Davos for the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. We’ll be posting video from the most interesting sci-tech events here in Forum. Related Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change By Coral Davenport,…

Time to Wake Up: American Corporations are Taking Climate Change Seriously

January 15, 2014 – In this week’s “Time to Wake Up” speech on the Senate floor, Senator Whitehouse describes how many American companies are planning for climate change. In the speech, Senator Whitehouse shares that companies with internal prices for carbon include Microsoft, Exxon-Mobil, Disney, and Google.   Follow Senator Whitehouse on facebook

BP study: Greenhouse emissions will rise by almost a third in the next 20 years

Fiona Harvey and Terry Macalister from The Guardian, report: Energy firm’s analysis finds switch to other fuels like shale gas will do little to cut carbon emissions In the UK, shale gas has received a boost from David Cameron, who vowed to go all out for shale by offering taxpayer-funded giveaways to companies. But the news that such a move will…