Climate Finance at COP26

Climate finance will be a central issue at COP26. Avoiding the worst climate change impacts will require massive investment in infrastructure, technology, and low-carbon projects. In 2009, rich, high-emitting countries committed to mobilizing at least $100 billion per year by 2020 through 2024 to support developing countries in accelerating a shift to clean energy and […]

Natural gas prices continue to rise: what it means for the United States

Natural gas prices have doubled in the past year, putting pressure on American companies and consumers, a sign of U.S. vulnerability to international price fluctuations. After a decade of marginal or negative returns, U.S. drillers are using profits from higher gas prices to pay back debt and award shareholders — as demanded by investors — […]

Cargo Ships, Climate Change & The Solutions That Can Lead To Cleaner Shipping.

The cargo shipping industry is booming, carrying around 90 percent of global trade and emitting as much air pollution as the entire continent of South America.  Cargo ship pollution is on the rise, and expected to continue growing amid rising global trade. Pollution from the sector — including particles that affect every organ and cell […]

COP26: Issues and Expected Storylines

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from October 31 through November 12, 2021.  The Paris Agreement (2015) is a non-binding international agreement that commits countries to work together to limit global warming this century to well below 2˚C, preferably to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial temperatures. The […]

IPCC: HUMAN-CAUSED CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS SEVERE, WIDESPREAD

Impacts, some locked in, will be extreme at 1.5°C and worse at 2°C Narrow window to avoid catastrophic outcomes by reducing carbon emissions is open but closing rapidly On August 9th, 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis report, which assesses the most recent research underpinning […]

Climate Impacts & The Power Grid

Climate change is fueling extreme impacts and challenging our grid Climate change is already fueling extreme heat, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes. It is making rare heat waves 3 to 5°F warmer over most of the United States, and they will continue to get hotter into the future. With more than half the West currently experiencing […]