Global Climate Targets

Carbon Matters – Summer 2015

China Daily Life - Pollution

A compromise seems set to be agreed between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament over the Market Stability Reserve proposal for the reform of the European Union Emissions Trading system.

President Obama Visits Largest Photovoltaic Plant In U.S. In Nevada

Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of their agenda, with the US and Brazil agreeing to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable power by 2030. “Brazil also committed to restoring up to 12m hectares of forest – an area about the size of England or Pennsylvania –… Keep reading →

The Common Goals Of The Pope And Clean Energy


Pope Francis turned a keen eye toward the environment and the problem of climate change with his encyclical,“Laudato Si” (“Praised Be”), released yesterday. As a clean energy advocate, I’m heartened that Pope Francis recognizes the need to transform our energy system. He writes not as a scientist or politician, but as a pastor and spiritual leader.… Keep reading →

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China will overtake Germany as the world’s solar leader this year based on cumulative installed capacity, and the United States is likely to move up a spot to No. 4. But China and the U.S. are big countries, and when you take population into consideration, the solar leadership picture changes – a lot. Here are the… Keep reading →

US billionaire Warren Buffett arrives at

Warren Buffet came in for criticism after his company, Berkshire’s NV Energy, Nevada’s dominant utility opposed the proposal to increase a cap on the amount net metering for state citizens. “While the billionaire’s famed holding company has reaped tax credits from investing in wind farms and solar arrays, net metering is often seen by utilities… Keep reading →

Duke Energy Buys Progress Energy In $13 Billion Deal

Duke Energy has pleaded guilty to environmental crimes, agreeing to pay a $102 million fine over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. “Duke Energy appeared Thursday before a federal judge in Greenville, N.C., Thursday to settle criminal charges stemming from its 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan… Keep reading →

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He’s hardly the first right-of-center energy thinker to come out in favor of a carbon tax, but Jerry Taylor’s story puts a more provocative spin on things: He was a longtime Cato Institute fellow who for years rejected the idea that climate change represented a well-understood, urgent threat, or that it was clear what impact man… Keep reading →

China Daily Life - Pollution

Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a fledgling technology still mostly relegated to demonstration projects in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. While not yet commercialized, its prospects of putting coal-fired plants on the same footing with natural gas facilities – from a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions perspective – gives it an innovative… Keep reading →

Report Blames Human Activity For Global Warming

Tesla Motors Inc. is recruiting clients, Wal-Mart and Cargill, accelerating efforts to become a leader in energy storage — a new market that’s poised to boost sales and profit at the electric vehicle pioneer.”This week, Tesla will make a deeper push beyond the car business when it unveils batteries for homes and utilities. A review… Keep reading →


The Department of Energy and Department of Commerce are teaming up for a joint Presidential Trade Mission to China. We’re bringing you the latest from the trip on and As part of this week’s joint trade mission to China, Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall spoke at Microsoft’s Beijing campus. Delivering remarks to… Keep reading →

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