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Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

During a speech in a media tent during a visit that wasn’t expected to last longer than several hours, John Kerry spoke hopefully of the role that energy policy could play in addressing the threat of climate change — a “global threat” that he said “ranks up there, equal” with any other, including terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty and nuclear… Read More

Lima Update: Draft Climate Pact Balloons To 52 Pages

Lima Update: Draft Climate Pact Balloons To 52 Pages

For a sense of the frustrating tenor of climate negotiations underway here, which aim to agree on a clear outline of a new international climate-protecting agreement, consider this: One of the two draft documents being thrashed out had, by Wednesday morning, with just three days of a fortnight of talks remaining, ballooned into an unworkable 52-pag… Read More

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

A new U.S. Energy Information Administration report out Wednesday shows that California, Washington and Hawaii lead the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles. Joining them at the top of the list is a more unexpected mix: Oregon, Georgia and Maryland.… Read More

Climate Financing ‘Not Possible’ For Governments Alone

Climate Financing ‘Not Possible’ For Governments Alone

Poor and developing countries are pushing ministers from the developed world to commit this week to some kind of a financing plan to help them reduce their own climate impacts and to adapt to a warming world. Reaching such accord on climate financing is one of the most difficult, but critical, outcomes that negotiators and onlookers hope for duri… Read More

Low Oil Prices May Bode Ill For Climate

Low Oil Prices May Bode Ill For Climate

Oil prices are continuing their sub-$70-per-barrel dive, and the volatile oil prices expected to follow are likely to provide a bumpy road for efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption and encourage people to embrace fuel efficiency.… Read More

Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless

Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless

As negotiators gather in Peru for a critical round of climate talks, U.S. delegates are straining to explain what they call a “counterintuitive” reality: For next year’s global climate agreement to be effective, commitments made under it must not be legally binding.… Read More

CO2 Takes Just 10 Years to Reach Planet’s Peak Heat

CO2 Takes Just 10 Years to Reach Planet’s Peak Heat

In a study that could have big ramifications on estimating the impacts, costs and benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, new research shows that CO2 brings peak heat within a decade of being emitted, with the effects then lingering 100 years or more into the future. The research, published Wednesday in Geophysical Research Letters, provide… Read More

Climate Investments ‘Falling Short’ of 2°C Goal

Climate Investments ‘Falling Short’ of 2°C Goal

Staving off the worst impacts of climate change by investing in clean energy and smart climate adaptations makes economic sense, but a new report shows that investments are still lagging globally. At the same time, the dropping costs of clean energy, particularly solar, mean that companies are doing more with less. The annual Global Landscape of C… Read More