Browsing the "decarbonization" Tag

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Labor Day: COVID-19 bailouts should target oil and gas workers and communities, not companies

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the U.S. economy, the oil and gas industry is a major casualty. U.S. petroleum consumption has fallen to its lowest level in decades due to travel restrictions and the economic slowdown. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts crude oil production will fall to 11.7 million barrels per day (b/d) this year and further to […]

September 7th

Yes we can! Reducing carbon emissions without hurting growth

Between 2005 and 2017, 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia reduced their energy-related carbon dioxide emissions while increasing real gross domestic product, debunking the myth that economic growth can only occur by compromising the health of the planet. By Devashree Saha and Joel Jaeger World Resources Institute In a new report, America’s New Climate Economy, we […]

August 5th

Renewable Roundup: How refrigeration figures in climate change action

Most of the attention on Global Warming quite rightly goes to renewable electricity and EVs. But we have to thank those who focus on the less glamorous parts of the problem. Refrigeration, including air conditioning, turns out to be another critical issue. By Mokurai Alternative Refrigerants — Drawdown Fluorinated gases are not the only refrigerants […]

June 5th

Tackling a huge CO2 emitter: The cement industry

The cement industry is eager to shed the mantle of World’s Single Largest Industrial Carbon Emitter and it looks like it is ready to pass the torch to somebody else. A new industry-supported demonstration plant is taking shape in Europe, aimed at shaving out a large slice of carbon emissions from the cement-making pie. As […]

April 8th

Long-delayed Vogtle nuclear plants want to delay reporting how much longer they’ll be delayed

When centrists insist we need to build more nuclear power plants as part of the decarbonization push to prevent climate change, they ignore one very important thing: New nuclear power plants are fiendishly expensive and have a lousy track record of getting built on time. Or even at all. Southern Company’s Georgia Power division started […]

February 13th

Eight charts show how ‘aggressive’ railway expansion could cut emissions

Global transport emissions could peak in the 2030s if railways are “aggressively” expanded, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). Rail is among the most efficient and lowest emitting modes of transport, according to the IEA’s new report focusing on the opportunities it offers for energy and the environment. In particular, urban and high-speed rail hold […]

February 10th