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As Houston Plots a Sustainable Path Forward, it?s Leaving this Neighborhood B...
by Raj Mankad
17 Aug 2017 at 2:51am
Juan Parras gives one hell of a tour of Houston?s east side. He?s charming and funny. Wearing a beret, he strikes an old-world look, like he might lead you to a cafe on a plaza. He doesn?t charge a fee for his services. After all, you?re on a ?toxic tour,? and Parras is on a mission.
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Climate Science: Business As Usual
by Chris Nelder
16 Aug 2017 at 5:20am
When we hear about the emissions scenarios used in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, do we really understand what they?re assuming about future fossil fuel combustion? And what do these emissions scenarios imply about the steps needed to achieve climate policy goals and decarbonize our energy system?
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Welcome to Paradise: Batteries Now Included
by Amelia Urry
15 Aug 2017 at 2:28am
How to collect that solar energy, predict it, get it to the right places at the right time, save it up for a rainy day ? those are the kind of challenges our massive, spread-out, and unevenly populated country faces as we make the switch to clean energy. And it all comes down to a lesson that the Evslins learned the hard way: It?s not about getting off the grid. It?s about building a better one.
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Controversy Explodes Over Renewable Energy
by Jill Buck
14 Aug 2017 at 9:30am
Sometimes the most heated debates are among people who almost agree. That seems to be the case with the recent Jacobson-Clack controversy, in which two groups of well-intentioned, renewable energy advocates bitterly spar over differing paths to a 100% renewable energy future. But as PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg points out in his latest essay, neither side is considering one of the most crucial aspects to successfully reaching that future.
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Peak Oil Review: 14th August 2017
by Tom Whipple
14 Aug 2017 at 8:08am
It has been two weeks of mixed signals as to the course of oil prices. Last week prices fell around 1.5 percent, closing at $48.82 in New York on concerns that the OPEC/NOPEC collation was not following through on its pledge to cap production.
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Sunlight and Seaweed
by Adam Grubb
14 Aug 2017 at 5:28am
Tim Flannery drops into the studio and we discuss why, and talk about his new book (his second follow up to the highly influential The Weather Makers): Sunlight and Seaweed: An Argument For How To Feed, Power, and Clean Up The World.
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Uncertainty is the Best Tool to Navigate Toward our Post-Carbon Future
by Josh Floyd
11 Aug 2017 at 1:29am
Our present situation warrants a significant level of knowledge humility. We can?t know for sure how future energy systems will function, what they will cost, and the types of societies they will allow, but modelling efforts can provide indications of what is and isn?t possible if given sets of conditions prevail. There are important benefits that come with greater knowledge humility.
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Germany?s Transition from Coal to Renewable Energy Offers Lessons for the Res...
by Emma Bryce
10 Aug 2017 at 8:52am
But what does the transition mean for residents of Essen and the rest of the Ruhr region ? the former industrial coal belt ? whose lives and livelihoods have been dramatically altered by the reduced demand for coal? The answer to that could hold some useful lessons for those undergoing similar transitions elsewhere.
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Teaching the Carbon Cycle
by Chris Nelder
10 Aug 2017 at 1:35am
In this fourth episode of our climate science mini-series, we dive into the carbon cycle to understand how the greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels accumulate in the atmosphere. We also discuss how climate science is taught, the concepts that students struggle to understand, and what the science of human reasoning and teaching can tell us about how best to communicate this enormously complex subject to a lay audience.
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This Is the Drilling Method for Most US Oil But Regulators Offer Almost No Ov...
by Steve Horn
9 Aug 2017 at 7:36am
Hydraulic fracturing (?fracking?) and offshore drilling garner a lot of news headlines when it comes to oil and gas issues in America, but they’re far from the only game in town, with those two drilling techniques not even constituting the majority of U.S. oil and gas production. For that, look to enhanced oil recovery (EOR), an under-regulated drilling method that has been around for over a century and could be threatening drinking water sources
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California?s New ?Cap-and-Trade? Scheme to Cut Emissions
by Zeke Hausfather
8 Aug 2017 at 5:18am
Last month, California?s politicians agreed a new cap-and-trade bill to help curb the state?s emissions. This week, governor Jerry Brown signed it into law, representing a major step forward in the state?s effort to combat climate change. ?Cap and trade? requires large emitters such as power plants, refineries and factories to buy permits for the greenhouse gases they release.
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