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Massive Pipeline Spill Exposes Serious Flaws in Keystone XL Approval Process
by Natasha Geiling
20 Nov 2017 at 6:07am
A leak along the existing leg of TransCanada?s Keystone pipeline has spilled at least 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota as of Friday, prompting the company to shut down much of the system. It is officially the largest spill in the pipeline?s history, surpassing a leak last year that sent 16,800 gallons of oil spilling onto South Dakota grasslands.
In-depth: IEA Predicts Rise of Cheap Renewables and China?s Move away from Coal
by Zeke Hausfather
17 Nov 2017 at 5:26am
The global energy system is in a state of flux. Renewables are experiencing rapid deployment and steep pricefalls. A growing portion of global energy is provided by electricity. There?s a slow, but apparently inexorable move away from coal in China. And there?s a surge in natural gas and oil production in the US.
This Is Blockadia
by Daria Rivin
17 Nov 2017 at 3:31am
As world leaders prepare to meet in Germany to negotiate climate action at COP23, activists are putting words into action by blockading a nearby coal mine. Their message is that leaders need to grasp the urgency of keeping fossil fuels in the ground, right here and right now. With an increasing frequency and intensity, such direct actions and the associated demands for climate justice are unfolding on every continent.
Saudis and Trump: Gambling Bigly
by Richard Heinberg
17 Nov 2017 at 2:49am
We are, of course, discussing Saudi Arabia, which has been much in the news lately. This essay will review recent events centered therein and probe their significance. As we will see, the main actors in the drama are an ambitious young Saudi prince, the Trump administration (and its own ambitious young prince), Iran, and Israel (which has a hand in just about everything of significance that happens in the Middle East)?with Lebanon, Qatar, and Yemen as possible staging grounds for the unfolding of further action.
So Much for COP23 ? There?s a Whole Class of Carbon Emissions we?re Totally I...
by Francesco Pomponi
15 Nov 2017 at 7:37am
We sometimes refer to the emissions while a building is functioning as the operational carbon, and all the other emissions across its life cycle as the embodied carbon. Focusing on one and not the other is puzzling to say the least ? we?re effectively trying to take the carbon out of our energy bills while paying no attention to the carbon in the buildings themselves.
Natural Gas has no Climate Benefit and May Make Things Worse
by Joe Romm
14 Nov 2017 at 5:42am
The evidence is overwhelming that natural gas has no net climate benefit in any timescale that matters to humanity. In fact, a shocking new study concludes that just the methane emissions escaping from New Mexico?s gas and oil industry are ?equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants.? If the goal is to avoid catastrophic levels of warming, a recent report by U.K. climate researchers finds ?categorically no role? to play for new natural gas production.
The Seneca Paradox: If Mineral Depletion is a Problem, How is it That we Don?...
by Ugo Bardi
13 Nov 2017 at 6:28am
So, is mineral depletion an existential threat to human civilization? Or is it just a marginal problem that can be fixed by some technological improvements? This is truly a fundamental question for the future of humankind. An answer is provided by the latest report to the Club of Rome that was published in 2017, “The Seneca Effect.”
Peak Oil Review: 13 November 2017
by Tom Whipple
13 Nov 2017 at 4:17am
Oil prices leveled off last week with New York futures closing at $56.74, up more than $20 a barrel since June. Brent closed about $7 higher at $63.52. As has become normal these days, multiple factors impacted the oil prices last week pulling the markets in both directions.
Drilling, Drilling, Everywhere?
by Subhankar Banerjee
10 Nov 2017 at 5:07am
What happens in the Arctic doesn?t just stay up north. It affects the world, as that region is the integrator of our planet?s climate systems, atmospheric and oceanic. At the moment, the northernmost places on Earth are warming at more than twice the global average, a phenomenon whose impact is already being felt planetwide. Welcome to the world of climate breakdown — and to the world of Donald Trump.
by Maria Gallucci
8 Nov 2017 at 5:05am
Clean shipping advocates plan to spotlight the sector?s emissions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which opens today in Bonn, Germany. Known as COP23, the gathering marks two years since the world agreed in Paris on a landmark climate accord ? one that the Trump administration plans to abandon. The agreement, however, excluded pollution from international shipping and aviation in its targets to limit global warming. Officials had argued that those industries don?t easily fit into national or regional emissions schemes ? and so they were left to regulate themselves.
Environmentalists just Gained a New Enemy in the Fight against Natural Gas Pi...
by Mark Hand
7 Nov 2017 at 5:10am
The electric utility sector?s top lobbying group is teaming up with fossil fuel trade associations as part of an effort to intensify the industry?s campaign against citizen and environmental groups opposed to fracking and new natural gas pipelines.