CIP21 in Paris offers humanity an opportunity to turn back from the brink

COP21 Will Change the Course of History

On November 30th, the world will come together in Paris for the start of the most important climate talks ever. After more than two decades of negotiations, the expectations are high and global leaders appear to be ready to sign a comprehensive climate deal that will spur unprecedented emissions reductions. If all goes as planned, the 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of United Nations…

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IRENA: RE, Energy Efficiency Would Limit Climate Warming Below 2C Tipping Point

Increasing renewable energy to 36% of global energy production would take global society halfway towards the goal of limiting climate warming to the 2 degrees C tipping point, while energy efficiency improvements would take us the rest of the way there, according to IRENA.


Institutional Investors Engage Mining Companies on Carbon Asset Risk

In the run-up to the Paris climate treaty talks, a network of 270 institutional investors managing over $21 trillion in assets has published a carbon asset risk guide for the mining industry. Concerned about the risk of stranded mining company assets, such as coal mines, the guide is meant to constructively engage mining executives and assure they are working to reduce carbon asset risk exposure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and finding sustainable alternatives.

The new energy economy is growing exponentially

We are in the Midst of an Energy Revolution

As the future for renewable energy continues to get brighter, the prospects for fossil fuel are looking increasingly grim. Financial markets are reflecting the growing value of renewables and coming to terms with the declining value of fossil fuels. Almost a dozen stock exchanges around the world now require sustainability risk disclosure from listed companies. A total of 2.6 trillion has been diverted from fossil fuels to date. Cities, investors…

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President Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

In what may have been a move to call TransCanada’s bluff, President Obama shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project, rejecting the application that would have brought 800,000 barrels a day of heavy crude oil scoured from enormous tar sand pits in Alberta Canada 1,179 miles south to refineries the U.S. Gulf Coast. Producers can find other means to move…

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Indonesian Inferno Releasing More CO2 than the U.S. Economy

In just three weeks, a raging inferno in Indonesia has released more CO2 than Germany does in a year, and more than that of the entire U.S. economy. Clearing forest and altering landscapes and waterways underlain by carbon-rich peat deposits for palm oil agriculture is to blame.

NOAA 915 temp report map

GDP, Incomes Likely to Fall as Climate Warming Continues

With global mean temperature setting new record-highs, new research from Stanford and UCal Berkeley concludes economic output will peak and then decline rapidly this century. More than 70 percent of the world’s nations are likely to experience declines in economic output this century, with countries in already warm climate zones affected the most.