BOOM: Oil Price Collapse and why it is Important

I recently mentioned, get out of fossil energy while you still can, when the price for crude was at $64.82. Though, today it has approached $55.84, with many oil guys loosing a fortune, oil billionaire Hamm lost half his fortune in three months. And the New York Times noted, free fall in oil price underscores shift…

Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem

The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News teamed up to investigate the problem of exploding railcars in “Boom: America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem.” The documentary accompanies an investigation by reporters Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, who explain why federal regulations to protect the public have been stalled by the railroads and the oil industry. Read the full…

Extreme Realities: Preview

The George Washington University: Over the past year, the defense and intelligence communities have issued a slew of reports making it clear that climate change is here and having real impacts on national security. Narrated by Matt Damon, Extreme Realities focuses on recent political conflicts and severe weather events throughout the world. The film will…

Natural Gas versus Coal Power Plants: Greenhouse gas warming

Ken Caldeira: We had a paper come out comparing effects of natural gas versus coal plants, aimed at understanding how much methane leakage there could be from natural gas before it caused more near-term warming than coal. The answer depends on how efficient the different power plants are, but one thing that is clear is…

Calls for Harvard University to Divest Fast from Fossil Fuels #TippingPoint

CNN: Stanford University has already decided it will no longer directly invest in coal mining companies because it has a responsibility to consider “corporate policies or practices (that) create substantial social injury.” Harvard is fighting climate change, too. The university has an enviably small carbon footprint and its scientists are among the most respected for…

Bill McKibben on the Carbon Bubble, Fossil Fuels

From Bill Mckibben’s acceptance speech for the Right Livlihood Award in Stockholm. ClimateCrocks: Above, Bill Mckibben accepts the Swedish Parliament’s Right Livelihood Award, known as the “alternative Nobel” prize. He describes signs of a rising global movement on climate, and the fraying edges of the Fossil Fuel front. Related The gas tax has been fixed…

UN official calls fossil fuels ‘high-risk’ investment Lima 2014 UNFCCC #TurningPoint #COP20

Christiana Figueres responds to journalists, selected parts from the Lima Climate Change Conference – press briefing, December 1st, 2014. Source: UNFCCC Executive Secretary and COP20/CMP10 President http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop20/events/2014-12-01-16-30-united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change/unfccc-executive-secretary-and-cop20-cmp10-president Related Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5 http://mitigation2014.org/ UN official calls fossil fuels ‘high-risk’ investment http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/225686-un-official-calls-fossil-fuels-high-risk-investment Oil Investors May Be…

Memo: Get out of fossil energy while you still can

Last Thursday’s OPEC meeting in Vienna was considered as the most important in years, which resulted in the collapse of the oil price, which still continues. Greg Muttitt noted that same day: After three years of holding steady around $110 a barrel, oil had dropped below $80. Within minutes of their decision, the price fell by another $5.…

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Climate Change

Transcript of Archbishop Tutu’s remarks on climate change: “The destruction of the earth’s environment is the human rights challenge of our time. Over the 25 years that climate change has been on the world’s agenda Global emissions have risen unchecked while real world impacts have taken hold in earnest. Time is running out. We are…

Leonardo DiCaprio warns UN about Global Warming

Leonardo DiCaprio addressed the UN Climate Summit today in his new role as U.N. Messenger of Peace. The time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet is now. Related Leonardo DiCaprio at the UN: ‘Climate change is not hysteria – it’s a fact’ Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can…

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…