Bad news on coal

November 25, 2012

BBC: Coal resurgence calls undermine clean energy commitments Related: The World Falls Back In Love With Coal

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Mark Jacobson’s bold plan for renewables

November 5, 2012

This is a talk given by Mark Jacobson from Stanford, entitled: “A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables” His slides are also available.

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Dauvergne on consumption

September 18, 2012

“On many measures, policies, actions, and technologies to shape consumption appear to be “improving” environmental management. But too often the measures are close-up snapshots that cut out a much bigger, more complex, global picture of crisis. One common set of measures zooms in on consumer use of a product. Here, it is easy to and […]

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Upcoming climate change fast

September 17, 2012

Possibly of interest: 2012 climate change fast

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Gardiner on our interests and obligations

September 5, 2012

“The dominant reason for acting on climate change is not that it would make us better off. It is that not acting involves taking advantage of the poor, the future, and nature. We can hope that refraining from such exploitation is good (or at least not too bad) for us, especially in terms of current […]

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Climate change and status quo bias

September 4, 2012

One perpetual question in climate politics is whether radical political change is necessary to achieve climatic stability, or whether the necessary energy transition can be achieved in a ‘stealthy’ technocratic way. This question is linked to the general question about radical versus incremental change, which is in turn touched upon in Sam Harris’ The Moral […]

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Climate change and democratic legitimacy

August 29, 2012

The ordinary understanding of the legitimacy of democratic governments is that their authority derives from a popular mandate; the government can legitimately impose laws on citizens because those citizens have the ability to replace the government if they choose. The argument that popular consent makes the decisions of democratic governments legitimate is based on the […]

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New record sea ice low

August 28, 2012

According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center the Arctic summer sea ice has reached a new record low, below the shockingly low value from 2007.

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Canada should phase-out fossil fuel exports

August 23, 2012

There are a few scientific facts about the world that are vital and increasingly well understood. Foremost among them is the reality that human beings have already put a dangerous amount of greenhouse gas pollution into the atmosphere. Nonetheless, the world as a whole continues to demonstrate a ferocious appetite for fossil fuels. Burning those […]

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Intensity-based targets for the oil sands are inadequate

August 13, 2012

There has been a bit of talk in the media about adopting federal intensity-based greenhouse gas pollution standards for the oil sands: “The federal government is using Alberta’s greenhouse-gas emissions target – criticized as too accommodating to industry – as the launching point for a national oil and gas carbon policy, even as the province […]

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