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The Energiewende did not lead to more coal or CO2 emissions

The Energiewende did not lead to more coal or CO2 emissions | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Critics of renewable energy have mocked the Energiewende, claiming that it has led to an increase in coal power and related CO2 emissions in Germany. But Conrad Kunze and Paul Lehmann of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ show that this is a myth. German coal generation and CO2 emissions rose not because of but in spite of the Energiewende. They would have been even higher if Germany had not phased out its nuclear power and embarked on its remarkable renewable energy path. “There is no dark side to the Energiewende”
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Excellent article on the German Energiewende and its impact on coal use.

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Shell's Jekyll and Hyde Approach to Climate Change

Shell's Jekyll and Hyde Approach to Climate Change | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
After signing the "Trillion Tonne Communique," a bold call to curb heat-trapping gases, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is backing groups that fight such measures
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Business Week article on the ambiguity of the fossil fuel industry.

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The age of climate warfare is here. The military-industrial complex is ready. Are you?

The age of climate warfare is here. The military-industrial complex  is ready. Are you? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: The risk of climate conflict is real, but securitising the planet falls into the trap of those who profit from global conflict
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Great Guardian article on the growing interest of the military in the climate chaos issue. "The securitisation of climate change - and with it the entire planet - is not leading to meaningful transformative action to transform the social relations necessary to mitigate and prevent dangerous global warming. Instead, while climate change accelerates, the corporate-military-industrial complex accelerates profits."

 

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UN Climate Chief Urges Radical Clean-Up Of Oil, Gas Industry

UN Climate Chief Urges Radical Clean-Up Of Oil, Gas Industry | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
(Corrects paragraph 11 to "trillion tonnes" from "billion tonnes") * Figueres says three quarters of reserves may have to stay in ground * UN wants "urgent transformation" towards greener ...
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Finally a bit more courage from the climate chief, but this message alone will not break the fossils' resolve to keep drilling until there is no tomorrow.

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By The Time Natural Gas Has A Net Climate Benefit You’ll Likely Be Dead And The Climate Ruined

By The Time Natural Gas Has A Net Climate Benefit You’ll Likely Be Dead And The Climate Ruined | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The umpteenth study confirms that natural gas simply has no net climate benefit whatsoever in any timescale that matters to humanity. In the real world, natural gas is not a "bridge" fuel to a carbon-free economy.
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Very informative reading for all those (including Shell, of course) who claim gas is better than coal for climate policy.

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EU study predicts clean energy, climate failure by 2050

EU study predicts clean energy, climate failure by 2050 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The EU's decarbonisation of its energy sector will only cut emissions by half the amount needed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius in 2050, according to a business-as-usual scenario quietly released by the European Commission over...
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No surprise in this 'surprising' report which the Commission tries to hush up. Only bringing political and economic leaders to court over failure to protect its citizens will put something in motion. But then it will already be too late anyway.

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OECD waking up to climate crisis?

OECD waking up to climate crisis? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Ending our reliance on fossil fuels was never going to be easy. Two thirds of electricity generation relies on fossil fuels. 95% of the energy consumed by the world’s transport systems relies on fossil fuels.

I want to be very clear that I haven’t come here to vilify fossil fuels. Much of what we regard as material and social progress has been built on the back of them. They are incredibly convenient. We’ve physically constructed our world around them, and to wean ourselves away from them will mean swimming against very strong tides".

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In a lecture in London on 9 October, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria warned global leaders that the climate crisis needs to be tackled with more radical and urgent policies (including a high price on carbon and abolishing fossil fuel subsidies). Do some of his remarks indicate a new shift in the global leaders' climate agenda?

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Michael Stuart's curator insight, October 12, 2013 4:54 PM

The Texas coast needs to get ready, some areas, like Corpus Christi will have little effect, but Galveston's west-end and South Padre's north-end will be under water!

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Climate change? Try catastrophic climate breakdown

Climate change? Try catastrophic climate breakdown | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The message couldn't have been clearer if it had said "up yours". It is an example of the way in which all governments collaborate in the disaster they publicly bemoan. They sagely agree with the need to do something to avert the catastrophe the panel foresees, while promoting the industries that cause it."

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George Monbiot points to the overwhelming responsibility of governments who should now better but continue to be under the spell of the fossil-fuel industry. When are we going to take them to account?

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Report shows companies still don't take climate change seriously

Report shows companies still don't take climate change seriously | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
CDP analysis reveal lack of action on emissions by top FTSE Global 500 corporations, writes Jo Confino
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Great but bleak article by Jo Confino in the Guardian.

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Our Fossil-Fueled Future

Our Fossil-Fueled Future | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
If the experts at the U.S. Department of Energy are right, the startling “new” fuels of 2040 will be oil, coal, and natural gas -- and we will find ourselves on a baking, painfully uncomfortable planet.
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Would be better to call this 'our fossil-fueled non-future' :(

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Peak Oil: a fertile concept

Peak Oil: a fertile concept | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Peak oil provides a complete worldview that sheds light on everything that's happening in the world. Those who don't understand the bell curve are condemned to follow it.
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excellent analysis by Udo Bardi on the Resilience blog.

 

"So, is peak oil dead? Well, no. For one thing, peak oil never was just a doomer's game where players tried to guess the exact day for the end of the world. No; it was – and it still is - a fertile concept; a way of seeing the world. It taught us a lot, and it is still teaching us a lot."

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What climate scientists talk about now

What climate scientists talk about now | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Wadhams says this only underlines the “very conservative” views of the body, which has far too many government scientists who are “in the business of really generating complacency”. He even has doubts about how much value there is in today’s IPCC assessment reports, which he thinks have become too big to be widely useful."

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One of the best articles of the last years about the impact, process, controversies and conservatism of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, one month before the release of its first new assessment.

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Natural Gas Must Peak Between 2020 and 2030 To Meet Climate Goals

A new report on climate change and natural gas usage finds natural gas must peak sooner than many policymakers currently realize is necessary—if the United States is to meet its climate goals and avoid the worst impacts of global warming.
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Luckily there are some rational voices on natural gas in the US; not all believe in the fairy tales of the shale gas lobbyists.

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CO2 emissions must be zero by 2070 to prevent climate disaster, UN says

CO2 emissions must be zero by 2070 to prevent climate disaster,  UN says | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
‘Negative emissions’ are needed globally by second half of century to stave off dangerous climate change, say UN scientists
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Good article by Arthur Neslen in The Guardian.

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IEA Says the Party’s Over

IEA Says the Party’s Over | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The International Energy Agency has just released a new special report called “World Energy Investment Outlook” that should send policy makers screaming and running for the exits.
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Great analysis by Richard Heinberg of the international Energy Agencies recent 'World Energy Investment Outlook'. World needs at least 48 trillion dollars investments through 2035.

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How the Military Is Preparing for Climate Change War

How the Military Is Preparing for Climate Change War | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. In a sentence, here’s what they found: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization...
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"climate change could be the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the 21st century."

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What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos

What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.
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The scientific community is getting more vocal and outspoken(about time), but the more policy makers will understand what they will need to do (questioning the Western way of life), the more they will hide themselves in ideology and denial.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 18, 2014 4:33 PM

The whole thing is about to break down, unless there is a significant coup against the existing private interests and their hold on policy makers' decisions.

 

One has to wonder how mentally healthy these people are who think that wealth is more valuable than health, regardless of the reasoning or justification for that wealth.

 

Think about it.

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Have the Obits for Peak Oil Come Too Soon?

Have the Obits for Peak Oil Come Too Soon? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline -- was thoroughly discredited.
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Michael Klare explains why the media reports about the death of peak oil have been 'greatly exxagerated'.

 

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Artur Alves's curator insight, January 15, 2014 6:28 AM

The usual technotriumphalism (technology, more technology, better technology will solve any given problem, given enough time) allays fears about the end of oil. Worryingly, it distracts from the main issue: thinking about a radically different society, less dependent on fossil fuels.

 

"In place of peak oil, then, we have a new theory that as yet has no name but might be called techno-dynamism.  There is, this theory holds, no physical limit to the global supply of oil so long as the energy industry is prepared to, and allowed to, apply its technological wizardry to the task of finding and producing more of it.  Daniel Yergin, author of the industry classics, The Prize and The Quest, is a key proponent of this theory.  He recently summed up the situation this way: “Advances in technology take resources that were not physically accessible and turn them into recoverable reserves.”  As a result, he added, “estimates of the total global stock of oil keep growing.”

From this perspective, the world supply of petroleum is essentially boundless.  In addition to “conventional” oil -- the sort that comes gushing out of the ground -- the IEA identifies six other potential streams of petroleum liquids: natural gas liquids; tar sands and extra-heavy oil; kerogen oil (petroleum solids derived from shale that must be melted to become usable); shale oil; coal-to-liquids (CTL); and gas-to-liquids (GTL).  Together, these “unconventional” streams could theoretically add several trillion barrels of potentially recoverable petroleum to the global supply, conceivably extending the Oil Age hundreds of years into the future (and in the process, via climate change, turning the planet into an uninhabitable desert).

But just as peak oil had serious limitations, so, too, does techno-dynamism.  At its core is a belief that rising world oil demand will continue to drive the increasingly costly investments in new technologies required to exploit the remaining hard-to-get petroleum resources.  As suggested in the 2013 edition of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook, however, this belief should be treated with considerable skepticism."

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Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt

Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.
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Excellent Naomi Klein article in New Statesman: "our entire economic paradigm is a threat to ecological stability. And indeed that challenging this economic paradigm – through mass-movement counter-pressure – is humanity’s best shot at avoiding catastrophe"

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We’ll Blow by U.N. Climate-Change Panel’s Trillion-Tons Limit

We’ll Blow by U.N. Climate-Change Panel’s Trillion-Tons Limit | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The IPCC says we can emit a trillion tons of carbon and still avoid major warming. We’ll emit much more.
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Great article in the MIT technology review. In order to emit no more than 1 trillion tonnes of carbon, world needs to reduce annually by 2.5%. With all the trillions still in the ground and fossil fuel giants still in power, who really believes this is feasible?

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Global warming is just HALF what we said

Global warming is just HALF what we said | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A leaked copy of the world’s most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong. the Mail on Sunday has revealed.
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Get ready for the full-on communication attack by climate deniers when the new IPCC report on the science of climate change gets released next week.

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Delaying climate policy would triple short-term mitigation costs

Delaying climate policy would triple short-term mitigation costs | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
12/09/2013 - Further delay in the implementation of comprehensive international climate policies could substantially increase the short-term costs of climate change mitigation.
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Current climate policies stalemate could cost -7% economic growth if effective global agreement only from 2030; 'only' 2% if climate deal reached by 2015. This should be a wake-up call for the growth cornucopians.

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'Baseless economics': Lord Stern on David Cameron’s claims that a UK fracking boom can bring down price of gas

'Baseless economics': Lord Stern on David Cameron’s claims that a UK fracking boom can bring down price of gas | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Lord Stern, author of the hugely influential Stern review on the financial implications of climate change, has dismissed David Cameron’s claims that a fracking boom in the UK can bring down the price of gas in the UK as “baseless”.
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With European policymakers increasingly seduced by the siren songs of the fossil fuel barrons, it is good some policy advisors are keeping a cool head.

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Carbon capture technology loses out in Germany

Carbon capture technology loses out in Germany | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Fossil-fueled power plants are the biggest greenhouse gas emitters worldwide. Modern gas capturing methods could make them more climate-friendly. But there's a risk to it, and Germany has decided to scrap it altogether.
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Some five years ago, carbon capture and storage was hailed as the solution to our climate and energy problems just as shale gas and oil is now the miracle cure for energy security. Both cases will go down in future history as the last gasps of a too powerful fossil fuel industry stuck in the 20th century..

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Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years

Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change.
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It makes you wonder when we will reach the "point of no return".

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Larry Glover's curator insight, August 8, 2013 12:02 PM

What's the name of that song? Something about, "...waking up is hard to do..." 

 

And yet, somehow learning to attend to beauty and love is our guiding path through these transformational times. 

 

We don't call it 'wild resiliency' for nothing!