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How Can Fossil Fuel Supplies Be Constrained?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:37:00 GMT


Academics gathered in Oxford this week to discuss how to constrain fossil fuel supply as part of efforts to tackle climate change.

As Nations Embrace Paris Agreement, World’s Existing Fossil Fuels Set to Exceed its Goals

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:18:00 GMT


Entitled “The Sky’s Limit: Why the Paris Climate Goals Require a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production,” the report says that just burning fossil fuels from projects presently in operation will produce enough greenhouse gas emissions to push the world well past 2°C of warming this century. Limiting warming to 1.5°C calls for even larger closures of existing operations.

Naomi Klein & the Let­down of the Leap Manifesto: Poli­tics Doesn't Trump Physics, Nor the Economics of Collapse (part 2/3)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:17:00 GMT


Politics can be egalitarian when going up Hubbert's Curve, but it's a whole different story when going down.

US Study Confirms Rapid Increase of Methane Emissions by Oil and Gas

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:03:19 GMT


Another U.S. scientific study has confirmed that methane emissions from oil and gas activity are increasing more rapidly than previously estimated, and that these increases were happening at the same time that the North American shale gas boom and related fracking frenzy took off.

Carbon Tracker Analysis: ‘Renewables are Already Outcompeting Fossil Fuels’

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:55:00 GMT


Clean technologies are already cheaper, on average, than the incumbent fossil fuel technologies, and the advantage is widening, argued Anthony Hobley, chief executive of Carbon Tracker.

Timeline: The Past, Present and Future of Germany’s Energiewende

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:13:00 GMT


The Energiewende (energy transition) is an internationally recognised example of Germans’ love for compound nouns, where two previously unconnected words are joined at the hip.

The Sower's Way: the Path for the Future

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:32:00 GMT


Our paper on "The Sower's Way" has been published in the IOP Environmental Research Letters journal. It is an attempt to quantify the physical limits of the energy transition from fossils to renewables.

Scientists: How the New Focus on 1.5C is Reshaping Climate Research

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:22:00 GMT


Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C has long been the goal of developing countries and those most at risk from climate change. Since becoming enshrined in the Paris Agreement last December, the 1.5C goal has come under increased scrutiny and examination.

Just 16,000 Catenary Trucks Would Use All of California’s Electricity with only 2400 to 8300 Miles of Overhead Wires

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:27:00 GMT


It makes sense to electrify trucks since fuel from oil, coal, and natural gas is finite and biomass doesn’t scale up. Trucks make electricity possible.

The Energy-Water Nexus

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:34:00 GMT


Energy and water are inextricably linked: It takes energy to supply water, and it takes water to supply energy.

Peak Oil Review - Sept 19 2016

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:40:00 GMT


 A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Quote of the week -Graphic of the Week -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -Nigeria -Venezuela -The Briefs

Macro and Climate Economics: It's Time to Talk about the "Elephant in the Room"

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:13:00 GMT


Economic macroeconomic models is the so-called elephant in the room that, unfortunately, almost no one talks about or seeks to improve.

Naomi Klein & the Let­down of the Leap Manifesto: Energy Depletion Dismissal is Just as Bad as Climate Change Denial (part 1/3)

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:06:00 GMT


Climate change denial is often decried for its destructiveness. But energy depletion dismissal – and by Naomi Klein of all people – could have consequences just as bad.

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update - 15th Sept 2016

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:03:00 GMT


A midweek update. It has been a down week for oil prices with New York futures falling from $47.50 on Thursday of last week to close Wednesday at $43.64.

An Asteroid Called "Peak Oil" - the Real Cause of the Growing Social Inequality in the US

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:20:00 GMT


So, what was that "something" that changed everything in the early 1970s?

In the UK’s Scramble to “Keep the Lights On”, the New Government Should Listen to its Favourite Newspaper

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:14:44 GMT


Given that energy is the essential bedrock of a healthy economy, it is both frustrating and bewildering to watch a protracted national debate like the one accompanying the Brexit referendum and its aftermath and see how little time and attention is allotted to energy policy.

Peak Oil Review - Sept 12 2016

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:45:00 GMT


 A weekly roundup of peak oil events, including: -Quote of the week -Graphic of the week -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -Nigeria -The Briefs

Why 'overregulated' California is leading the way

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:23:00 GMT


Ideologues hate it when the facts get in the way of their theories. California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed trailblazing legislation last week that commits the state to audacious greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030 of 40 percent below 1990 levels. Not surprisingly, longstanding critics from the business community were howling once again about how California's business climate will deteriorate as a result.

Peak Oil by Any Other Name is Still Peak Oil

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:54:00 GMT


One of the most compelling charts I have ever seen is the “Growing Gap” chart that used to appear on the front page of every ASPO Newsletter.

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update - 8th Sept 2016

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:15:00 GMT


 A midweek update. Oil prices climbed during the first three trading sessions this week on a weaker dollar, expectations of a drawdown in US crude stocks, and reports that the oil markets are balancing.

Tailwinds for Clean Energy and the Paris Agreement, Deepening Doldrums for the Incumbency

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:26:00 GMT


It was vaguely wonderful watching Presidents Obama and Xi cement their bids for a place in history, via climate change, by announcing American and Chinese ratification of the Paris Agreement on 3rd September 2016.

The Renewable Energy Future is Here - it's Just Unevenly Distributed

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:07:00 GMT


Nation-wide, renewables (including distributed solar but not hydro) accounted for 10.2% of electricity sales, up from 8.4% the first half of 2015.

Peak Oil Review - Sept 5 2016

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:58:00 GMT


 A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -Nigeria -Venezuela -The Briefs

Hanjin shipping bankruptcy: 'Efficient' just-in-time delivery not so efficient after all

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 17:09:00 GMT


We are about to learn once again that lack of resilience is the flip side of efficiency. Last week the world's 7th largest shipping firm failed to rally the support of its creditors last week and was forced to file for bankruptcy.

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update - 1 Sept 2016

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:28:00 GMT


 A midweek update. Oil prices fell 3 percent on Wednesday, paring their big gains for August after EIA data showed a surprise weekly build of 2.3 million barrels in US crude and distillate stockpiles and a smaller-than-expected drawdown in gasoline.