The world is on a path to warm around 3C above pre-industrial levels by 2100 under policies and commitments currently in place

The Madrid climate conference is over but the analysis and the arguments for where we are going and where we need to be going. Zeke Hausfather, Director of Climate and Energy at Breakthrough, provides a very detailed article about what he feels should be the new business as usual scenario to 2100. He argues that … Continue reading The world is on a path to warm around 3C above pre-industrial levels by 2100 under policies and commitments currently in place

A single whale could capture the same amount of carbon dioxide as 30,000 trees

Having heard that whales are able to store up to nine tons of carbon in their body, the economist Ralph Chami set out to find their economic value in fighting climate change. Jason Nark explains in an article in the Washington Post.   An economist quantifies how valuable whales are to fighting climate change A … Continue reading A single whale could capture the same amount of carbon dioxide as 30,000 trees

Some of the main takeaways from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook

This week, the IEA published its 2019 version of its annual World Energy Outlook. Brad Plumer writes in The New York Times about his main takeaways.   5 Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But … Continue reading Some of the main takeaways from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook

One climate scientist says his profession needs to alter its approach to avoid being part of the problem

As we saw with the recent IEA post on modelling, there is a need to re-assess how we do analysis related to climate change. Wolfgang Knorr, Senior Research Scientist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University in Sweden writes on The Conversation website that climate scientists need to alter their approach. What are your … Continue reading One climate scientist says his profession needs to alter its approach to avoid being part of the problem

Will the IEA’s models reflect meeting the Paris climate objectives?

In September, EiD had a post on concerns about modelling at the International Energy Agency and whether it truly meets the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. Now the Oil Change International team write on the Price of Oil website about similar concerns. They worry that there is now an over reliance on natural gas … Continue reading Will the IEA’s models reflect meeting the Paris climate objectives?

There is an extraordinary opportunity for the IEA to step up its leadership in the low-carbon energy transition

EiD was pleased to read the letter signed by investors/scientists and sent to Dr. Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Prior to this letter, in 2018 EiD published a post which compares the energy demand in the 2018 Efficient World Scenario included in the IEA’s flagship energy efficiency publication entitled … Continue reading There is an extraordinary opportunity for the IEA to step up its leadership in the low-carbon energy transition

Improving modelling in the renewable energy sector

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has begun an effort to improve its ability to model deployments of variable renewable energy sources across the U.S. power grid. This effort has begot two papers as of yet – one a broad analysis of how four specific models work and how to improve them, and the second … Continue reading Improving modelling in the renewable energy sector

Could the world be sustainable with less efficiency and more GHG emissions?

One week after the publication of the IPCC report on the 1.5°C target, the International Energy Agency released its flagship energy efficiency publication entitled “Energy Efficiency 2018 - Analysis and Outlook to 2040”. In the foreword of the publication, Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol claims, rightly, that “this year’s report is the most comprehensive analysis … Continue reading Could the world be sustainable with less efficiency and more GHG emissions?

Upcoming IPCC report not won’t be including assessment in changes in America’s policies

The upcoming IPCC report is expected to be released Oct. 8th. Carl Meyer explains in an article on Canada’s National Observer website some of the background leading to the report’s publication.   Climate scientists won't be assessing Trump effect just yet A major upcoming international climate report won’t be assessing how the White House’s actions … Continue reading Upcoming IPCC report not won’t be including assessment in changes in America’s policies