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Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

The Transition Takes Hold: Why the Clean Energy Transition Now Appears Irreversible

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
NEW CAPACITY FROM RENEWABLES AND FOSSIL FUELS

In the U.S., the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance—in both Congress and statehouses—should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.

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Climate Change Damages to Alaska Public Infrastructure

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Fig. 1. Alaska’s boroughs overlaid on a map of permafrost distribution across the state.

Climate change in Alaska is causing widespread environmental change that is damaging critical infrastructure. As climate change continues, infrastructure may become more vulnerable to damage, increasing risks to residents and resulting in large economic impacts.

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REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the Global Energy Transformation

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
REthinking Energy 2017

According to nearly every measure, renewable energy is gaining ground. Today, one out of every five units of energy delivered to consumers comes from renewable sources. This is remarkably evident in the power sector, where renewables are growing at unprecedented rates, far outpacing growth in conventional technologies. Since 2012, new generating capacity fuelled by renewables has exceeded that fuelled by non-renewables by a widening margin.

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A Pioneering Approach to Carbon Markets

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
A Pioneering Approach to Carbon Markets

How the Northeast states redefined cap and trade for the benefit of consumers.

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Economic growth in a low carbon world: How to reconcile growth and climate through energy productivity

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Structural Break in Energy Demand

ENERGY TRANSITIONS COMMISSION An analysis of energy demand trends and drivers in low carbon scenarios prepared by Vivid Economics for the Energy Transitions Commission In the absence of a demand-side energy transition, global energy demand is likely to grow by 60% to 2050 and greater efforts will be required to decarbonise energy supply. We analysed […]

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Ripple Effect: Enhancing Earthquake Resiliency along the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
ACEC

The Pacific Northwest lies within one of the most dangerous seismic zones in the world. The risks are enormous, but public officials and engineers are scrambling to enhance the region’s earthquake resiliency

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Transit Trends Episode 9: Shared Mobility and the Environment

Monday, January 2nd, 2017
Transit Trends Episode 9: Shared Mobility and the Environment

Transportation is now the number one contributor to climate emissions. So while we were in Chicago for the Shared Mobility Summit that the Shared-Use Mobility Center puts on every year, we met up with Kristen Pawling to discuss how shared mobility and technology plays a role in improving our emissions. Kristen is the Los Angeles Urban Solutions Coordinator for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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2016 Shale Gas Reality Check

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Figure 1. Cumulative recovery by play from 2014 to 2040 comparing AEO2014, AEO2015, AEO2016, and Drilling Deeper “Most Likely” projections.

U.S. gas production was thought to be in permanent decline as recently as 2005. The advent of shale gas over the past decade has, however, dramatically turned this around and increased production to all-time highs. Notwithstanding this, U.S. gas production peaked in mid-2015 and shale gas production peaked in early 2016, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The question is: How fast and how much can production grow in the future given higher prices and a return to higher rates of drilling?

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Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Figure S1: Possible paths for global power generation

Advances in wind power technologies continue to drive cost reduction and expansion into new markets. While onshore wind power is increasingly cost competitive against conventional power generation technologies, growing attention is being paid to technology development for off shore applications that open the door to sites with better wind resources. This combination of higher capacity factors and the availability of large-scale sites makes off shore wind an attractive alternative for utility-scale low-carbon electricity

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50 Steps Toward Carbon-Free Transportation: Rethinking U.S. Transportation Policy to Fight Global Warming

Friday, November 4th, 2016
Figure ES-1. Government Capital Investment in Transportation Since 1956 (Billions 2014)

Current federal and state transportation policies in the United States often set us back in the fight against global warming. To move toward a carbon-free transportation system, America must adopt a bold new vision for transportation policy – with 50 common-sense policy reforms helping to chart a new way forward.

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