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…

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.…

The Ukraine Crisis An Opportunity To Switch From Fossil To Clean Energy

The current crisis between Russia, the Ukraine and the West has escalated so far to pose a threat to the energy security of Germany. The New York Times noted: “Germany is now heavily reliant on Russia for its energy needs, importing more natural gas from Russia than any other country in Europe.” Further is the situation a problem…

U.S. Methane Emissions are 50% Higher than Official Estimates

America’s natural gas system is leaky and in need of a fix, new study finds A review of more than 200 earlier studies confirms that U.S. emissions of methane are considerably higher than official estimates. Leaks from the nation’s natural gas system are an important part of the problem. This finding has important implications for…