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Kinder Morgan pipeline: Al Gore joins fight to block ‘destructive’ project

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Gore says he supports ‘all of the Canadians – including the First Nations – who are fighting to stop this destructive pipeline’. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Gore says pipeline expansion in Canada ‘would be a step backward in our efforts to solve the climate crisis’

May 11, 2018 — Al Gore has thrown his support behind opponents of a contentious Canadian pipeline project and condemned the planned expansion as federal officials in Canada scramble to ensure it goes ahead. Continue reading Kinder Morgan pipeline: Al Gore joins fight to block ‘destructive’ project

Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

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Flooded permafrost tundra in northeast Siberia. Hydrology is a key control on methane emissions in wetland and permafrost ecosystems. Credit: Joshua Dean

Methane is generally considered secondary to carbon dioxide in its importance to climate change, but what role might methane play in the future if global temperatures continue to rise

May 11, 2018 — The greenhouse gas, methane, is produced by both natural processes and human activities. While there has been much attention paid to curbing anthropogenic emissions, a changing Continue reading Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

Fossil fuel companies should be part of UN climate process, says top Polish official

Poland’s ageing but powerful coal sector is championed by the current government (Flickr/Kris Duda)

Tomasz Chruszczow said calls to exclude organisations from talks based on a conflict of interest test were not ‘very useful’

May 3, 2018 — Poland’s climate envoy dismissed calls to keep polluters out of UN talks, ahead of a controversial negotiation in Bonn on Thursday about widening participation. Continue reading Fossil fuel companies should be part of UN climate process, says top Polish official

How China could peak CO2 emissions by 2022

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Detailed policy proposals by influential Chinese and US researchers show potential to speed up low carbon shift

July 9, 2016 — China could speed up its climate plans to peak carbon dioxide emissions in six years, under proposals presented to policymakers this week.  Continue reading How China could peak CO2 emissions by 2022

Paris climate deal needs fossil fuel giants to ‘implode’

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The view of the 12 Pipestill at sundown at BP’s Whiting Refinery outside of Chicago, USA (Pic: BP/Flickr)

Research shows that a “controlled implosion” of the fossil fuel industry and a technological explosion of renewable energy are needed to meet climate targets

July 6, 2016 — National promises made late last year to contain carbon dioxide emissions will not be nearly enough to meet the global warming target agreed last December by 195 nations, according to a new assessment.  Continue reading Paris climate deal needs fossil fuel giants to ‘implode’

Let’s find balance between coal and renewables

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FINDING A BALANCE. ‘We lack capacity for dependable power. We can’t just merely rely on renewables for now,’ DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

‘We have to help one another find that solution. I’m sure Ms. Gina Lopez is open to a solution to adequate power supply,’ says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

MANILA, Philippines (July 4, 2016) — “We cannot just discount coal,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in reaction to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s advocacy to stop coal-fired power plants. Continue reading Let’s find balance between coal and renewables

As Oil Crashed, Renewables Attract Record $329 Billion

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The slump in oil prices that’s brought upheaval and cost-cutting to the traditional energy industry spared renewables such as solar and wind, which raked in a record $329.3 billion of investment last year.

January 18, 2016 — The 4 percent increase in clean energy technology spending from 2014 reflected tumbling prices for photovoltaics and wind turbines as well as a few big financings for Continue reading As Oil Crashed, Renewables Attract Record $329 Billion

Putting an Environmental Price Tag on Coal

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Credit Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

January 18, 2016 — One intriguing if slightly mysterious passage in President Obama’s State of the Union address contained a pledge to “accelerate the transition away from old, dirtier energy,” in part by changing “the way we manage our oil and coal resources so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet.”

Continue reading Putting an Environmental Price Tag on Coal