Climate & Energy

Cut defense spending in favor of clean-energy investing

Conventional wisdom, that dour specter, seems to be saying we don’t have enough money to fix many of our biggest problems, such as global warming or shifting to carbon-free energy. But wait! The Pentagon itself has determined that there are …

NASA says October is sixth warmest on record

The corrected NASA temperature data for October is out here. It looks to be around the sixth warmest October on record, although interestingly (though not unexpectedly, see below), the five warmest Octobers on record are all from the previous five …

Sierra Club win shuts down 30 proposed coal plants at a stroke

Kate’s going to have a longer story about this soon, but just to get the word out quickly: the Sierra Club just won a huge victory before the EPA Environmental Appeals Board. Basically it will require all new coal plants …

Concerns grow about giant pollute-y cloud over Asia

A cloud of soot and other pollutants, blanketing Asia in a haze nearly two miles thick, is darkening cities, damaging crops, and killing thousands of people. But look at the bright side — it’s mitigating some impacts of climate change! …

Must-read IEA report explains what must be done to avoid 6 degrees C warming

The International Energy Agency is out with its World Energy Outlook 2008. I wrote last week about the report’s stark conclusions on oil. The IEA’s conclusions on climate are even starker: “Without a change in policy, the world is on …

Climate change and peak oil point us toward the same policies

This is, I think, one of the underappreciated aspects of the climate problem. I blog about it on Nature‘s Climate Feedback blog. While most pundits put the problems of energy supply and climate in opposition, my view is that a …

If we try cap-and-trade systems, we have to handle coal separately

Below is a first draft of an essay I’m formulating. I welcome comments and will post a revised draft after a while: Why we must be more concerned about capping emissions than trading them If there is one thing that …

Bush admin takes first step toward new offshore drilling

The Bush administration took the first step toward new offshore drilling on Thursday, asking for public comments on a proposal to potentially open up an area to drilling some 50 miles off the Virginia coast. Even if leasing is ultimately …

Lots of natural gas is chillin’ on Alaska’s North Slope, says USGS

There’s enough natural gas frozen 2,000 feet below the permafrost on Alaska’s icy North Slope to heat 100 million homes for up to a decade, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday. Look alive, Palin pipeline!