Category Archives: Carbon Emissions

The danger ahead and the Green New Deal

The Fourth National Climate Assessment is the latest in a drumbeat of bad news about climate change. The numbers are clear, climate change is going to cause increasing amounts of…

Doom and hope

It’s been difficult to think about climate change during this time of deeply counterproductive practices and policies. Then the IPCC’s latest report came out. The impacts and costs of 2.7…

Want negative carbon emissions? Keep older, diverse forests around

Growing and preserving forests is a more effective use of land for producing negative carbon emissions than Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), according to a paper in…

The heat is rising – as is fossil fuel’s toll on fresh water

May, June and July were the hottest on record for the continental United States. No surprise to those of us living here. From Joe Romm’s summation of NOAA’s report on…

Hellishly hot, round two?

Peter Brannon, author of The Ends of the World, has taken another look at the fossil record for an article in The Atlantic. What he shows us is how very…

Vox goes deep on climate change

David Roberts of Vox is on a tear. His lengthy, data-filled pieces on climate change and energy provide nuance and context, and paint clear pictures of complicated issues. Here are…

Renewables are here: don’t build that bridge!

Vox’s David Roberts has a nice article about what the falling costs of renewable energy mean for the notion of using natural gas as a “bridge” from coal and oil…

Washington state closes in on carbon pricing

If, as they say, good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment, Washington state has been steadily improving its judgment in the area of carbon pricing legislation….

Droughts muddy clean energy picture in California

Renewable electricity generation is booming in California. Renewables periodically provide over 70 percent of the electricity on the state’s grid. Yet in February and March carbon emissions associated with generating…

Renewable energy can still lead the way

Three recent developments show that it’s not too late for renewable energy to be our main route to keeping global warming below 2° C. A paper in Nature Climate Change…