Energy Supply

After Two Consecutive Years of Decline, U.S. CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels Increased Rapidly in 2010

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on 29 March 2011 that U.S. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use increased sharply in 2010, after declining two consecutive years from peak emission levels in 2007. Partly attributable to the economic recovery -- and record high summer cooling demand, the increase in 2010 still left emissions at their second lowest annual level since 1998.

China Solidifies Itself as Clean Energy Powerhouse

According to a new report, China has solidified its lead over the U.S. in clean energy investment and installed clean energy capacity. With record private clean energy investments in 2010, China ranks first for the second straight year, surpassing the U.S.

China Releases Plan to Increase Renewable Energy Use

China has released its Twelfth 5-year Plan, demonstrating the country’s path toward a more sustainable future with a continued commitment to ramping up renewable energy use.

Economist Robert Litterman: "Price Climate Risk Immediately" through a Price on Carbon Emissions

"The logic is very simple," says economist Robert Litterman.  "Not pricing risk leads to too much risk being taken; and too much risk being taken leads to disasters."

Renewable Energy Can Phase Out Fossil Fuels in 40 Years

If the world continues its current trajectory for fossil fuel use, species, ecosystems and natural resources are all at risk from runaway climate change. WWF released a new report showing how the world can transition away from dirty energy sources and achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050.

China’s Visit Could Generate Action on Climate Change

As President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao meet for China’s official state visit, watch for announcements or bilateral agreements on clean energy and climate change. It’s a major area of potential cooperation.

Presidential Advisory Group Calls for Major Energy Policy Planning Process

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on Monday  (29 November 2010) issued a report to the President on accelerating the transformation of energy technology in the U.S. Among its top recommendations: a government-wide energy planning process that produces a report every four years, with the first report due in 2015. This is the right idea -- but we can’t wait until 2015.

The Longer We Wait, the More Expensive Carbon and Fossil Fuel Reduction Becomes

The International Energy Agency earlier this month (November 2010) released its annual energy outlook report, providing its global energy outlook for 2035. According to the report, if global temperatures are to be kept below a 2°C (3.6°F) rise, emission reduction pledges made under the Copenhagen Accord are inadequate -- and ultimately will increase the emission-reduction costs by $1 trillion.

Emerging economies also emerging leaders in effective climate action

Influential emerging economies are also emerging with the leading plans to cut carbon emissions causing climate change, according to a new WWF study.

China is Racing Ahead in Clean Energy

Analysis and reports over the last year show immense Chinese commitment to clean energy. The country is making significant investments in this industry. “China has now over taken Europe as the world’s clean energy superpower,” stated Erwin Jackson of Australia’s Climate Institute, which recently released the latest report on China’s rising power in clean energy.

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