Nov 19, 2014

Le "Complot Climatique" par Christian de Perthuis, aux éditions L'Harmattan

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China needs to cap coal use by 2020 to meet climate goals -think tank

China needs to hit its "peak coal" use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade, an influential government think tank said on Tuesday. China pledged for the first time to end growth in carbon emissions by "around 2030" last week, and it has also vowed to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in its total energy mix to 20 percent by the same year.(…)

François Hollande insists green climate fund must be part of emissions deal

The green climate fund will be part of any international emissions reduction deal in Paris next year, the French president said in Canberra on Wednesday. Tony Abbott, standing alongside François Hollande as he made the announcement, has said Australia will not be contributing to the fund.(…)

What are we to make of the US and China’s “historic” climate deal?

The US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change made on 11 November, has given rise to a lot of commentary in the media worldwide. In this article, Mat Hope of The Carbon Brief provides an excellent critical overview of some of the most significant analyses. Energy Post chief editor Karel Beckman adds some insights of his own.(…)

Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change

Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents. But rather than reclaim these hills or rethink their exploitation, the government is digging deeper in a coal rush that could push the world into irreversible climate change and make India’s cities, already among the world’s most polluted, even more unlivable, scientists say.(…)

Nov 9, 2014

Climate activists clash over fossil fuel phase-out

At a meeting hosted by the Venezuelan government, activists from Latin America clashed with international groups over demands that 80% of oil, coal and gas should be left in the ground.(…)

To get most from transforming LNG markets, Asian governments must embrace reforms

Asian governments must reform their natural gas markets if the region is to see an expansion in liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply to meet its rapidly growing demand, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) published today. The report specifies that limited flexibility and pricing issues are the main challenges to overcome in the development of a more efficient market.(…)

India Eyes $100 Billion Investment In Renewable Energy

The new Indian government is taking serious initiatives to boost the power sector, which is in dire need of financial and structural reforms. A large number of these reforms will be implemented in the renewable energy sector.(…)

How to solve the crisis in the EU electricity market

Climate policy and government support of renewable energy are often blamed for the current crisis in the European electricity market. In reality, however, this crisis is caused by changed market fundamentals as well as the inadequacy of the existing market design, argue Andreas Rüdinger and Mathilde Mathieu of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). What is needed is better integration of climate and electricity market policy.(…)

IPCC climate change warning demands action

The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the loudest shout to come from the scientific community about the urgency to do something about global warming. Yet less than a week later, it’s barely talked about.(…)

Oct 26, 2014

"Le Complot Climatique", Lundi 3 novembre, à l'Université Paris-Dauphine

Consumer Energy Expenditures are 5% of Disposable Income, Below Long-Term Average

Total U.S. household energy consumption expenditures have generally declined relative to disposable income since 1960, although during periods of high energy prices, consumers devote increasing shares of their income to energy. Energy expenditures ranged between 4% and 8% of disposable income since 1960. Consumer energy expenditures today are a lower percentage of disposable income than the average from 1960 to present (5.5% average).(…)

Global warming has doubled risk of harsh winters in Eurasia, research finds

The risk of severe winters in Europe and northern Asia has been doubled by global warming, according to new research. The counter-intuitive finding is the result of climate change melting the Arctic ice cap and causing new wind patterns that push freezing air and snow southwards.(…)

The EU’s great 2030 energy and climate compromise

European leaders agreed new climate and energy targets for 2030 of “at least” 40% greenhouse gas emission reductions, 27% renewables and 27% energy efficiency at a summit in Brussels on 23 October. Central and Eastern European countries led by Poland succeeded in getting substantial financial concessions in return for signing up to the package. Stakeholder reaction ranged from bitter disappointment among NGOs and energy efficiency advocates to reluctant acceptance of at least some kind of political signal by renewables stakeholders and investors to insistence on success by EU policymakers.(…)

Oct 16, 2014

Are Rebound Effects a Problem for Energy Efficiency?

The New York Times got the headline wrong in "The Problem With Energy Efficiency," an October 8th op ed by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, but the authors are right that the rebounds in energy demand triggered by efficiency improvements are real, typically significant, and should force a careful rethinking of the role of energy efficiency in global climate mitigation efforts.(…)

U.S. considers climate change plan that would mandate emission cuts

The United States is considering a proposal to combat climate change that would require countries to offer plans for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions on a certain schedule but would leave it to individual nations to determine how deep their cuts would be, said Todd Stern, the nation’s chief climate negotiator.(…)

Oct 1, 2014

Causes of California drought linked to climate change, Stanford scientists say

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today's global warming conditions than in the climate that existed before humans emitted large amounts of greenhouse gases.(…)

Sep 24, 2014

Obama at Summit: ‘We Have to Answer the Climate Call’

Desperate warnings from world leaders and celebrities about the consequences of unmitigated climate change filled the General Assembly Hall at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Tuesday morning, as a daylong climate summit began. "Climate change is the defining issue of our age,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his opening remarks. “Our response will define the future. To ride this storm, we need all hands on deck. That’s why we are here today. We need a clear vision.”(…)

Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?

As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Use this interactive, in-depth map to find out who the big polluters are internationally, how China’s emissions have grown stratospherically and see who is most vulnerable to global warming’s impacts. Turn your sound up to hear the introduction to the map(…)

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

f global carbon emissions and sea levels are affected by climate change ,about 2.6 percent of the global population (about 177 million people) will be living in a place at risk of regular flooding.(…)

Sep 16, 2014

Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy

The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world's leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday.(…)

Sep 3, 2014

The Climate Change Agenda Needs to Adapt to Reality

The Obama administration is instituting a variety of far-reaching policies to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. Are any of these capable of making a difference? Simple arithmetic suggests not. Given this reality, we would be wise to consider strategies that complement and may be more effective than mitigation—namely, adaptation.(…)

Sep 2, 2014

Global labour's challenge to climate change

At the end November 2013, Philip Jennings, the general secretary for the global union federation UNI Global Union spoke at a climate conference in Toronto. His message was simple: "there is nothing more important facing humanity than the dangers of a warming planet. We have no time to lose."(…)

Aug 31, 2014

Why fossil fuel divestment won’t be easy

There's a growing global campaign to stop investments in the fossil fuel industry. The British Medical Association, the World Council of Churches and Stanford University are among those pledging to take their money out of oil, coal and gas firms.(…)

Aug 30, 2014

Help small island states win their battle against climate change

Many of the planet’s most prized destinations, places considered exquisite and idyllic, where nature seems bountiful and people appear at ease, are under threat. In less than a decade, climate change-induced sea level rise could force thousands of people to migrate from some of the world’s 52 small island developing states (Sids).(…)

Aug 29, 2014

IEA: Utilities should change business model – not count on capacity mechanisms

Utilities in Europe and North America “have to change their business model, whether they like it or not”, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). At the same time, the IEA is very critical about the plans of several European countries to set up capacity schemes which the large European enegy companies are pleading for. “We should try energy-only solutions first before we try capacity schemes”, says Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the IEA.(…)

Aug 27, 2014

China's carbon emission down by 5%

China's carbon emission has declined by 5 percent this year, the largest progress in recent years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday. "China's economy maintained medium-high growth in the first half of this year while its carbon emission has achieved the largest reduction this year, down by 5 percent year on year," Li said in his talks with Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, an island country in the Caribbean. (…)

Aug 26, 2014

Green funds must scale up to match $5trn oil sector

New ways to invest in clean energy are needed on a massive scale to compete with the fossil fuel sector, say analysts. In the past two years, cities, churches and universities have signed up to starve fossil fuel companies of their cash.(…)

Aug 25, 2014

Could a Climate Change Deal Fit China’s Economic Reform Agenda?

At its meeting Paris in December 2015, the United Nations climate change conference plans to finalize a comprehensive global greenhouse gas reduction protocol for the period beyond 2020. As the world’s largest emitter, China’s reduction commitments will significantly determine the deal’s overall impact. Whether a positive outcome is in the interests of the Chinese leadership is therefore one of the foremost questions in the remaining 16 months of negotiations. The good news for the climate is that more ambitious emission reduction targets are much more in line with China’s macroeconomic reform plans than they were in Copenhagen in 2009.(…)

Aug 23, 2014

Climate Change Could Happen Slower for the Next Decade, Study Says

Temperatures have risen more slowly in the past decade than in the previous 50 years and will continue to rise at a somewhat slower rate in the next decade, according to anew study, even as climate change continues to raise temperatures to unprecedented levels worldwide.(…)

Aug 22, 2014

What would a fair UN climate change deal look like?

Almost anyone involved with the UN climate change negotiations agrees that a plan to limit warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels needs to be fair and effective.(…)

Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change

Recently I learned about “Prius repellent” — a tricked-out truck takes deep swigs of diesel and spews black smog all over a tailing vehicle, preferably a hybrid. These ominous clouds signal that, in our national conversation about climate change, something has gone very wrong.(…)

Jul 21, 2014

Late monsoon starts Indian farmer's "journey to hell"

Indian farmer Asghar Bhura scrapes a living by growing sugarcane, but this year's late monsoon has left his tiny plot parched and he will earn nothing from his harvest.(…)

Guizhou: Clean production in five years

Several Guizhou organizations say they're committed to implementing clean production. On July 11, the Guizhou Provincial Economic and Information Commission, the Guizhou Provincial Economic and Information Commission, Guizhou Provincial Environmental Protection Bureau and Guizhou Provincial Department of Finance, jointly issued an opinion on implementing clean production(…)

A Carbon Tax That Can Rise from Australia's Ashes

As the post-mortems arrive to determine the cause of death for Australia's carbon tax, a couple of questions emerge:(…)

U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage

For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue.(…)

Australian droughts caused by manmade emissions

American scientists have just confirmed that parts of Australia are being slowly parched because of greenhouse gas emissions – which means that the long-term decline in rainfall over south and south-west Australia is a consequence of fossil fuel burning and depletion of the ozone layer by human activity.(…)

Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon?

While a carbon price is every economists' favorite climate plan, real-world political constraints get in the way (just ask Australia!)(…)

India Doubles Tax On Coal To Fund Clean Energy, Environmental Projects

22,000 MW solar power capacity by 2022, a dedicated national-level program for promoting wind energy generation, implementation of the world’s largest solar power projects (with capacity of up to 4,000 MW), covering canals with solar panels, implementing dedicated transmission corridors for distributing electricity from renewable energy projects, and cleaning one of the largest rivers in India. This is just a small list of initiatives that India plans to implement in the renewable energy and the environment protection sector.(…)

Four scientific breakthroughs that can take us to a new, clean energy world

Basic research has played and continues to play a central role in the evolution of the energy sector. Historically, fundamental science has driven the development of new, innovative technologies that triggered disruptive changes in industries, economies and societies. To achieve the goal of global transition to a sustainable and low-carbon energy system, we need new scientific advances, which will solve existing technological barriers in producing, storing and using clean energy.(…)

Australian study backs climate modelling

Climate modelling taking into account natural variability is hitting the mark, a new study led by James Risbey, a senior CSIRO researcher, has found, Fairfax Media reports.(…)

Jul 7, 2014

Clean energy takes stage in China as national interests evolve

Energy policy in China has reached a turning point. Clean energy, recent comments and actions suggest, is moving centre stage in response to shifting national interests and global responsibilities. Last month, President Xi Jinping placed energy efficiency and switching from conventional coal to cleaner coal, oil, gas and new energy at the top of the energy agenda. Xi highlighted two policy drivers with great significance for renewable energy. One, produce more energy within China to increase security. Two, reduce pollution.(…)

Bangladesh and climate change: time to change the narrative?

This refrain is now repeated endlessly by our leaders and representatives when talking about Bangladesh and climate change. It is also the way the international media sees Bangladesh.(…)

North Dakota and Texas Now Provide Nearly Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production Like it? 5comments 0

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total. Texas production topped 3.0 million bbl/d for the first time since the late 1970s, more than doubling production in the past three years, and North Dakota production broke 1.0 million bbl/d for the first time in history, nearly tripling its production over the same period, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Petroleum Supply Monthly report.(…)

More Data, Less Energy: Making Network Standby More Efficient in Billions of Connected Devices

The electricity demand of our increasingly digital economies is growing at an alarming rate. While data centre energy demand has received much attention, of greater cause for concern is the growing energy demand of billions of networked devices. This publication probes their hidden energy costs. Being connected 24/7 means these devices draw energy all the time even when in standby.(…)

REN21 Global Status Report 2014: Solar PV = 1/3 Of New Renewable Power Capacity In 2013

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21 Century’s (REN21) recently released the 2014 edition of its Renewables Global Status Report. The report notes that one-third (32%) of new renewable power capacity installed in 2013 came via solar PV. What that means is that, for the first year ever, more solar PV capacity was installed worldwide than wind capacity.(…)

Russian energy sector will cease to be engine of growth

The energy sector has traditionally played an important role in the Russian economy, not only stimulating economic growth with revenues from exports but also providing consumers with access to energy at acceptable prices and supplying the needs of related sectors. The fuel and energy sector provides over 25% of GDP and almost 30% of the country’s consolidated budget, two-thirds of foreign exchange earnings from exports, and a quarter of total investment in the national economy.(…)

UK climate change policies have not harmed economy

The UK's climate change policies have not damaged business competitiveness, leading economists will say today. A new report by Samuela Bassi and Dimitri Zenghelis of the Grantham Research Institute will argue that climate change policies have not hampered the performance of the UK's economy, and that these same policies can increase the competitiveness of the UK in the long term by encouraging greater innovation and efficiency.(…)

Jun 29, 2014

Indonesia overtakes Brazil in forest losses despite moratorium

Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect wildlife and combat climate change, scientists said on Sunday. Indonesia's losses of virgin forests totalled 60,000 sq kms (23,000 sq miles) - an area almost as big as Ireland - from 2000-12, partly to make way for palm oil plantations and other farms, a study said. And the pace of losses has increased.(…)