Limits to Growth of Forest Biomass Carbon Sink Under Climate Change

Nature Communications (July 13, 2018; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05132-5) / by Kai Zhu, Jian Zhang, Shuli Niu, Chengjin Chu and  Yiqi Luo [Climate Wire, sub. req’d] …A paper released today in the journal Nature Communications finds that forests in the United States and Canada have already hit about 78 percent of their carbon-sequestering capacity… The study indicates that under the best of … Continue reading

Uncertainty of Consumption-Based Carbon Accounts

Environmental Science & Technology (June 19, 2018; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b00632) / by João F. D. Rodrigues, Daniel Moran, Richard Wood, and Paul Behrens [Abstract] Consumption-based carbon accounts (CBCAs) track how final demand in a region causes carbon emissions elsewhere due to supply chains in the global economic network, taking into account international trade. Despite the importance of … Continue reading

The Rise of Renewables and Energy Transition: What Adaptation Strategy for Oil Companies and Oil-exporting Countries?

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies [Axios] The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies explores the decision-making behind how the industry and oil-exporting countries should approach the rise of renewables and the long-term move away from carbon-intensive fuels, in this new paper. Why it matters: The pace of the global energy transition is a “critical uncertainty,” and there are “dire” … Continue reading

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service

National Park Service (Natural Resource Report Series 2018/1648) [Press Release] Approximately one-fourth of all National Park Service (NPS) sites are situated on or near the coast. These parks protect a diverse array of ecosystems, historic sites, recreational areas, and infrastructure. From the submerged reefs of Biscayne National Park to the elevated span of the Golden Gate … Continue reading

CLIMATE CHANGE: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure

U.S. Government Accountability Office Climate-related impacts, such as coastal property damage, have already cost the federal government billions of dollars, and these costs will likely rise in the future. We found that information on the economic effects of climate change is developing and imprecise, but it can convey insights into the nation’s regions and … Continue reading

Pennsylvania’s Gas Decade Insights into Consumer Pricing Impacts from Shale Gas (2007- 2016)

University of Pennsylvania. Kleinman Center for Energy Policy / by Christina Simeone The “Pennsylvania Gas Discount”. Between 2007 and 2016, gas commodity costs have decreased significantly for all Pennsylvania consumers.  Since 2013, Pennsylvania consumers have generally enjoyed a discount in natural gas commodity costs compared to national commodity prices, benchmarked at the Henry Hub. Pennsylvania … Continue reading

LNG Versus Solar Power: What is the Best Option for Island Power Markets?

Wood MacKenzie [free download with Scribd registration] [Axios] A new analysis from the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie compares the costs of using solar power and liquefied natural gas to replace the petroleum fuel, mostly diesel, that currently supplies power to several thousand islands worldwide. What they found: LNG, and systems that combine solar and LNG, would already be cheaper on … Continue reading