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Analysis: Why Scientists Think 100% of Global Warming is Due to Humans
by Zeke Hausfather
15 Dec 2017 at 2:52am
The extent of the human contribution to modern global warming is a hotly debated topic in political circles, particularly in the US.During a recent congressional hearing, Rick Perry, the US energy secretary, remarked that ?to stand up and say that 100% of global warming is because of human activity, I think on its face, is just indefensible?. However, the science on the human contribution to modern warming is quite clear. Humans emissions and activities have caused around 100% of the warming observed since 1950, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?s (IPCC) fifth assessment report.
Juliana vs. U.S.: For Children of All Ages
by Joel Stronberg
14 Dec 2017 at 2:44am
Through the magic of YouTube TV, I was able to sit in on the oral arguments in the latest episode of Juliana v. United States. The lawsuit is being brought by 21 plaintiffs ranging in age from 10 to 21. It accuses the federal government of causing them harm by failing to protect them adequately from the effects of global warming.
Here?s What?s at Stake for the 21 Kids Suing the Trump Administration over Cl...
by Natasha Geiling
13 Dec 2017 at 7:13am
On Monday, a group of 21 youth plaintiffs currently suing the federal government over climate change will go before a federal court to argue that their case ? which legal experts have classified as a groundbreaking piece of climate litigation ? should be allowed to proceed to trial.
The Energy Transition: Too Little, Too Late
by Ugo Bardi
12 Dec 2017 at 4:01am
The idea of the energy transition (“energiewende” in German) originated in the 1980s and gained legislative support in Germany in 2010. The idea is good and also technically feasible. But it requires sacrifices and, at present, sacrifices are politically unthinkable since most people don’t realize how critical the situation really is. What we are doing for the transition seems to be is too little and too late.
Peak Oil Review: 11 December 2017
by Tom Whipple
11 Dec 2017 at 6:37am
In the wake of the OPEC decision to extend the production freeze, the oil markets were relatively quiet last week. Prices fell early in the week after the EIA reported a 6.78-million-barrel increase in the US gasoline inventory, but climbed later in the week on reports of near-record Chinese oil imports for November of more than 9 million b/d and concerns about the embassy-in-Jerusalem situation.
Climate Science: Carbon Budget
by Chris Nelder
7 Dec 2017 at 5:18am
Amid all the unavoidable uncertainty in modeling warming and the effects of our actions, what do we really know about how much warming we might see in the future? If it turned out that our carbon budget is larger than we used to think it was, would that change our policy direction? And which policy paths should we advocate?
Bitcoin Could Cost us Our Clean-Energy Future
by Eric Holthaus
6 Dec 2017 at 3:52am
If you?re like me, you?ve probably been ignoring the bitcoin phenomenon for years ? because it seemed too complex, far-fetched, or maybe even too libertarian. But if you have any interest in a future where the world moves beyond fossil fuels, you and I should both start paying attention now.
When Boom is Bust: the Shale Oil Bonanza as a Symptom of Economic Crisis
by Bart Hawkins Kreps
5 Dec 2017 at 2:59am
The gradual climb in oil prices in recent weeks has revived hopes that US shale oil producers will return to profitability, while also renewing fevered dreams of the US becoming a fossil fuel superpower once again. Helen Thompson looks at the same shale oil revolution and draws strikingly different conclusions, both about the future of the oil economy and about the effects on US relations with OPEC, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
Analysis: Global CO2 Emissions Set to Rise 2% in 2017 after Three-Year ?Plateau?
by Zeke Hausfather
4 Dec 2017 at 5:32am
Over the past three years, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have remained relatively flat. However, early estimates from the Global Carbon Project (GCP) using preliminary data suggest that this is likely to change in 2017 with global emissions set to grow by around 2%, albeit with some uncertainties.
Peak Oil Review: December 4 2017
by Tom Whipple
4 Dec 2017 at 3:40am
The long-discussed decision by OPEC and its collaborators on whether to extend their production freeze to the end of 2018 came last week and to nobody?s surprise was unanimous. After three months of hype, hints, rumors, and speculation, and a nearly $10 a barrel increase in oil prices, the matter is settled for another year.
Life After Coal
by Amelia Urry
1 Dec 2017 at 1:44am
Around the world, as governments shift away from the coal that fueled two ages of industrial revolution, more and more mines are falling silent. If there?s an afterlife for retired coal mines, one that could put them to work for the next revolution in energy, it will have to come soon.