After two weeks of largely fruitless climate negotiations at the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn/Germany, the world is one step closer to miss the overarching target of international climate policy: limiting the mean temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/international-news/maintaining-the-2-degrees-target-by-shifting-assumptions-overarching-target-of-international-climate-policy/ 2 degree rise, Carbon and De-carbonization, Climate, climate policy actors, Environment, Environmental Policy, European Union, International Climate Conferences, international climate policy, pre-industrial levels, Sustainability
Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a resounding endorsement of the value of high-voltage transmission needed to bring clean energy to millions of electricity customers. Their forcefully-worded decision barely made a ripple in the media, not even in the…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/energy-finance/court-delivers-victory-for-clean-energy-federal-energy-regulatory-commission-ferc/ (FERC), clean energy, Electricity, Electricity Grid, Energy, energy grid, Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, evidentiary materials, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Midwest Independent System Operator, MISO, Politics & Legislation, renewable energy goals, US Court of Appeals, Utilities, Wind
By Jim Hopf
As I discussed last fall, a federal appeals court ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to perform more thorough evaluations in support of its new Waste Confidence Rule, particularly with respect to the potential impacts of long-term storage of spent fuel at plant sites. While…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/articles/the-bigger-picture-nuclear-energy-vs-fossil-fuels-court-ordered-the-nuclear-regulatory-commission-to-perform-long-term-storage-of-spent-fuel-at-plant-sites/ Carbon and De-carbonization, Energy, Energy Security, Environmental Policy, Fossil Fuels, Negligible risks impacts, nuclear energy, Nuclear Energy vs. Fossil Fuels, nuclear generation, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Regulatory Commissio, nuclear regulatory commission (nrc), Politics & Legislation, REAL environmental, Waste Confidence Evaluations
The informal summit between the presidents of China and the United States last week yielded one very one important climate-related agreement. After years of opposing international efforts to restrict hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs – a potent family of greenhouse gases), China has now agreed to…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/international-news/china-and-u-s-agree-to-cooperate-to-reduce-powerful-greenhouse-gas-one-important-climate-related-agreement/ (HFCs), China, Cleantech, Electricity Grid, Energy and Economy, Environment, Environmental Policy, hydrofluorocarbons, News, Politics & Legislation, power generation, Public Health, solar energy, Solar Power
A recent multi-agency study led by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency has found that if we continue as we do, i.e. a business as usual approach, it will be nowhere near sufficient to achieve the goals of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) Initiative. As a…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/international-news/energy-poverty-we-need-to-do-so-much-more-led-by-the-world-bank-and-the-international-energy-agency/ Carbon and De-carbonization, carbon pricing, China, economic development, Electricity, Energy and Economy, energy poverty, Environment, Environmental Policy, HIV/AIDS, International Energy Agency, Politics & Legislation, population of India, Public Health, World Bank
38 of the ministers who voted against the amendment to set a decarbonisation target for 2030 last week in the House of Commons have received support from, or are in some way connected to, the fossil fuel industry.
Together with other accusations of influence by lobbyists on MPs, and the alleged…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/environment/ministers-against-decarbonization-target-connected-to-fossil-fuels-2030-last-week-in-the-house-of-commons-have-received-support/ Carbon and De-carbonization, Climate, decarbonization, emissions targets, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fossil Fuels, Oil, Politics & Legislation, Target Connected, UK
President Obama and President Xi announced a breakthrough in bilateral cooperation on climate change, by agreeing to work together on a phase-down of hydro fluoro carbons (HFCs) – the super potent heat-trapping chemicals used in refrigeration, air conditioning and other applications – under…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/international-news/us-china-breakthrough-on-curbing-greenhouse-gases-phase-down-of-hydro-fluoro-carbons-hfcs/ Carbon and De-carbonization, China, chloro fluoro carbons (CFCs), Climate, climate change, Environment, Environmental Policy, hydro fluoro carbons (HFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC’s), Politics & Legislation, US-China
Under the Clean Air Act (CAA) the EPA is responsible to protect the Public from toxic pollutants including lead in motor vehicle exhausts. The EPA is also responsible for the Federal ‘renewable fuels standard’ program and setting annual Transportation ethanol blending-consumption…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/oil-gas-energy/replacing-leaded-aviation-gasoline-with-renewable-ethanol-federal-renewable-fuels-standard-program/ Agriculture, aviation fuel, aviation gasoline, Clean Air Act (CAA), Energy and Economy, Environment, Environmental Policy, Ethanol, internal combustion engine’ (ICE), light duty vehicle LDV, Oil, Public Health, technology innovations
At the very end of May Carbon Expo was held in Barcelona. It was an excellent event, overall attendance was good and there were still quite a few exhibitors at the Expo hoping for life in the project mechanism market of the current “global carbon market”. But this is an area of trade that…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/environment/can-a-second-global-carbon-market-emerge-may-carbon-expo-was-held-in-barcelona/ Cap-and-Trade, Carbon and De-carbonization, Carbon Expo, carbon market, carbon pricing, Energy and Economy, Environment, Environmental Policy, global carbon market, News, Politics & Legislation
A just-proposed California law would do away with the state’s 33 percent renewables mandate in favor of a coherently procured greentech future. The plan is backed by renewables advocates and approved by grid operator leadership.
Assembly Bill 177 (AB 177), authored by Assemblyman V. Manuel…http://alternativeenergy.com.pk/international-news/what-happens-when-california-meets-33-percent-renewables-mandate/ California, California Public Utilities Commission [CPUC], ceiling on renewables, Electricity Grid, Energy Commission, energy efficiency, energy efficiency (EE), Environmental Policy, Finance, News, Politics & Legislation, renewable energy, Renewable Technologies (CEERT), Renewables, Sustainability, Utilities