Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Hansen et al: We must phase-out coal emissions by 2030 and stabilize at or below 350 ppm

In a few days, James Hansen and several other leading climate scientists will release a major new study, "Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim?" in the Open Atmospheric Sciences Journal. You can read a first draft of the study …

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Climate change to cause ‘economic deserts,’ U.N. chief says

Parts of the world undergoing severe, sustained drought will likely have to be all but abandoned by humans because water shortages (caused by climate change and overuse of rivers and aquifers) will make them unlivable, the executive director of the …

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Indonesian mud volcano caused by well explosion, geologists say

A faulty natural-gas well was the cause of the Lusi mud volcano in Indonesia that began erupting in May 2006 and hasn’t stopped yet, burbling up hundreds of gallons of mud each day and so far burying four towns and …

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Everything you need to know about Berkeley’s innovative rooftop solar program

Many of us could make money by investing in energy efficiency improvements and solar systems for our homes. Yet we stubbornly resist making these improvements. Why? Buying power from your utility is a simple, pay-as-you-go service. Solar and energy efficiency …

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The AP tries to figure out where the candidates stand on mountaintop removal mining

The Associated Press attempts to figure out where the presidential candidates stand on mountaintop-removal coal mining. They talked to campaign surrogates about what the candidates think, and here’s what they got: Mountaintop removal mining “irreversibly alters our natural treasures and …

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Schwarzenegger for Obama Energy Secretary?

Until this weekend, the The Great Mentioner had Schwarzenegger on the shortlist for Obama Energy Secretary. That was the buzz in the Politico’s "Dems sketch Obama staff, Cabinet," and on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, where Arnold said of …

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The first commercial solar-powered radio station goes online

This is kind of cool, in a dorky way: More on KGO’s solar project.

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EDF’s video contest will spur creativity and innovation around cap-and-trade

This is a response to Joseph Romm’s post “Happy thoughts and fairy dust.” —– Nothing like some good, old-fashioned back-and-forth to keep bloggers — and blog readers? — engaged. EDF is organizing a video/graphics competition to ask for help in explaining, “What …

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Daylight saving wastes energy

You can’t save daylight by moving around the hands on your clock, of course. So daylight saving time remains as absurdly named as it ever was. As for saving energy, DST doesn’t do that either, according to most studies, as …