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Seven Things that Need to Happen to Keep Global Temperature Rise below 2C

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:27:49 +0000

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In late 2015, the world agreed to limit the global temperature rise to “well below 2C”. Ever since the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change, scientists, think tanks and policymakers have been scrambling to define exactly what meeting this temperature limit will mean in policy and investment terms.

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Warning for BC: Methane Emissions Still Increasing in Big US Shale Play

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:04:47 +0000

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Despite a major downturn in drilling activity, levels of methane, one of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases, have been steadily increasing over Pennsylvania’s unconventional shale gas reserves.

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Chemical Industrial Agriculture is Unsustainable. Here’s why

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:22:42 +0000

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Even without pesticides, industrial agriculture is doomed to fail from extremely high rates of soil erosion and soil compaction at rates that far exceed losses in the past, since soil couldn’t wash or blow away as easily on small farms that grew many crops.

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Peak Oil Review – Mar 27, 2017

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:04:18 +0000

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A weekly roundup of peak oil news. Last week oil prices fell for the third time in a month, closing in New York at just below $48 a barrel. Increasing US crude inventories remain the chief motivation for the price drop as many traders now see higher US production as largely offsetting the OPEC/NOPEC production cuts.

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Dramatic Shift in UK Government Outlook for Gas and Clean Energy

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:03:54 +0000

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The future UK electricity mix will have more renewables, batteries and interconnectors than expected, according to long-awaited new government projections. The shift in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) modelling, which includes a marked reduction in new gas capacity, parallels similar changes made by National Grid.

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Heat Storage Hypocausts: Air Heating in the Middle Ages

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:49:00 +0000

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Hypocausts were heating systems that distributed the heat from an underground fire throughout a space beneath the floor. The heat was absorbed by the floor and then radiated into the room above. The effect on thermal comfort must have been similar to that of a modern-day hot water or electricity-based radiant floor heating system.

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Kevin Anderson: Paris, Climate & Surrealism: How Numbers Reveal Another Reality

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:02:58 +0000

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The Paris Agreement’s inclusion of “well below 2°C” and “pursue … 1.5°C” has catalysed fervent activity amongst many within the scientific community keen to understand what this more ambitious objective implies for mitigation.

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Peak Oil Review: Mar 20 2017

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:38:08 +0000

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After a quick drop of $3-4 a barrel the week before last, oil prices steadied last week as the markets contemplated just how effective the OPEC/NOPEC production freeze will be in the short term.

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Energy in the Peasant’s Republic of Wessex

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:07:38 +0000

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If we trim energy use in the manner I’ve described above, we can reduce per capita energy use in the Peasant’s Republic of Wessex by a little more than half its present value – down to around 1.3 kW per capita.

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Helping Others Eschew Oil (How to Make Your Life Less Oily in 2017, Part IV)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:02:53 +0000

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So you’re working on reducing your own oil use but maybe you’re downhearted. Maybe you figure, why bother? I’m just an oily drop in an oily nation. What does it matter if I cut my own oil use if everyone around me wallows in the stuff?

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The Challenge of Tackling Aviation’s Non-CO2 Emissions

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:17 +0000

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The impacts of non-CO2 aircraft emissions at high altitudes came to prominence back in 1999 following publication of a special report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on aviation. This estimated the total historic impact of aviation on the climate to have been two to four times higher than for CO2 emissions alone.

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