Monthly Archives: November 2016

Climate Letter #799

Is China actually decarbonizing?  According to this story in the NY Times it doesn’t look that way.  After two years of declining coal consumption there are now signs of an upturn that may last for at least several years in … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #798

Another look at the Arctic meltdown.  No one living today has witnessed a heatwave event that even comes close to matching this one in sheer magnitude, although the recent marine heatwave that destroyed so many coral reefs is worth consideration.  … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #797

People in southern Africa suffering from crop failure are not getting the aid they need and were expecting.  Millions of people are affected, in some places desperately so, as an aid system that clearly needs more muscle and better funding … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #796

To achieve a 1.5C limit, what steps must be taken?  This story is based on the work of an organization called Climate Action Tracker.  I believe it is generally realistic, with well-grounded scientific accuracy.  As  pointed out, a few steps … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #795

Bolivia has a really serious problem with drought.  When your glaciers disappear and your lakes and reservoirs dry up it is hard for life to go on.  This has been developing for several decades, in step with rising temperatures.  Thanks … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #794

Canada is planning to sharply reduce power from coal.  Coal-fired electricity will be nearly eliminated by 2030, through a move which accelerates the existing timetable. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-energy-coal-idUSKBN13G1EK —– What kind of leadership on climate should China be expected to provide?  That’s … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #793

Bill McKibben has some advice for Donald Trump.  “So Trump faces a dilemma. Does he please his most extreme friends? If so, he will own every climate disaster in the next four years…”  It is pointed out that Trump does … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #792

An introduction to the Climate Vulnerable Forum.  This represents a group of 47 developing countries that are literally fighting for their survival, pushing hard to keep the 1.5C limit on the table.  The group is setting its own agenda for … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #791

How the IEA sees the future of global coal demand.  The agency has dramatically scaled back its growth estimates but still sees twice as much demand in 2040 as required for the 2C pathway to be realized.  “This coal disparity … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #790

A fundamental breakthrough in solar cell technology reported from an institute in Israel.  The inventors have found a material that can make use of more of the sun’s radiation before the conversion to electricity begins.  This raises the potential collection … Continue reading

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