Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMThe influential economist Lord Nicholas Stern has today called on countries to step up their ambition over planned emissions reductions ahead of a global deal expected at the end of this year. [News Source]
Greenhouse gas pledges still fall short of 2C target, warns Lord Stern.
Methane anomaly in Four Corners area under investigation.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMThere's something in the air in the Four Corners region. Methane. Natural gas. Four research planes and more than two dozen scientists and technologists have descended on the region to figure out where it's coming from. [News Source]
Steyer expects Clinton to oppose Keystone XL, focus on climate.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMSuzanne Henkels, spokeswoman for Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate, reiterated her boss's view that Keystone XL is not only bad policy but also bad politics. Surely, she suggested, Hillary Clinton knows that. [News Source]
Two arctic ice researchers presumed drowned after unseasonably high temperatures.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMPolice have called off the search for two Dutch scientists. Unusually thin ice likely played a role in their presumed death in the Canadian Arctic this week. [News Source]
Flood insurance hikes arriving at a waterfront near you.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMAs policies renew, homeowners are likely to face a new round of sticker shock, their penalty for living in flood zones, and their required contribution to bail out a system that has been under water itself for years. [News Source]
Global hopes for renewable energy fading, patents data show.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMThe number of patents for renewable energy products filed worldwide has fallen by 42 percent over the last three years, which could suggest that global investment in green energy is stalling. [News Source]
Britain has more solar farms than Spain, Italy and France.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMBritain has more giant solar farms than Spain, France and Italy combined despite those countries getting far more sunshine. There are now 408 “utility scale” solar farms in Britain, each covering at least 25 acres. [News Source]
Current carbon pledges won’t stop dangerous global warming, says Lord Stern.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMCommitments already made by world governments to cut carbon emissions aren’t enough to keep global warming below the crucial 2C target – but a strong deal is still possible in Paris, says economist. [News Source]
Power to the people in energy revolution.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMHousehold batteries that will save consumers hundreds of pounds a year by collecting solar power and cheap off-peak electricity are to become as common as washing machines after a scientific breakthrough, experts have predicted. [News Source]
Tesla unveils home and utility battery storage systems that could extend the use of solar power.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMElon Musk introduced the Tesla Powerwall, a wall-mounted lithium-ion electric battery for homes and small businesses, and the Tesla Powerpack, a heftier version of the same core product designed for utility-scale use. [News Source]
Brown coal extends rebound, pushing up power sector emissions: Pitt & Sherry.
Monday May 04th 2015, 10:00 AMBrown coal's share of the main national electricity grid has surged to its highest level since September 2012, increasing the sector's greenhouse gas emissions, energy consultants Pitt & Sherry say. [News Source]