Tagged with International

China’s Global Renewable Energy Expansion: How the World’s Second-Biggest Economy Is Positioned to Lead the World in Clean-Power Investment

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) http://bit.ly/2jj9g4q [Press Release] China will likely expand its dominance of the booming global renewable- and clean-energy industries as new American energy policies come into play, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)… Tim Buckley, lead author of the report … Continue reading

Marked Long-term Decline in Ambient CO Mixing Ratio in SE England, 1997–2014: Evidence of Policy Success in Improving Air Quality

Nature Scientific Reports (2016; doi:10.1038/srep25661) / by D. Lowrt, et al. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25661 [Green Car Congress] New research published today (23 May) in Scientific Reports has found a marked and progressive 80% decline in atmospheric CO (carbon monoxide) in SE England since 1997, following adoption of strict controls on gasoline vehicle emissions begin[ning] in the 1990s. … Continue reading

Modelling and Analysis of Australia’s Abatement Opportunities: Meeting Australia’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Target

Energetics for the Austrian Dept. of the Environment http://bit.ly/1qiuGNT [The Guardian] Modelling hailed by the Liberal party as proof its Direct Action plan could meet Australia’s long-term climate promises in fact assumes the Coalition would turn its policy into a type of emissions trading scheme, according to the authors. The environment minister, Greg Hunt, released … Continue reading

Toward a low-carbon economy: The Costs and Benefits of Cap-and-trade

Institute of Competitiveness and Prosperity http://www.competeprosper.ca/work/working_papers/working_paper_25 [Toronto Star]  Over the last decade, in the absence of federal leadership, Canadian provinces have gone their own way on carbon pricing. Alberta chose a unique carbon pricing system, British Columbia implemented a carbon tax, and Quebec launched a cap-and-trade system which Ontario will soon join. Others are waiting … Continue reading

Increasing Residential Building Energy Efficiency In China: An Evaluation of Policy Instruments

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Xiaoqi Xu, Laura Diaz Anadon and Henry Lee http://bit.ly/1qpE4j9 Various policies targeting at building energy efficiency have been promulgated by the Chinese government in the past decade. However, few studies evaluate if China is on the right path to meet its energy goals through these policies by providing … Continue reading

Global Health Impacts of Vector-Borne Diseases: Workshop Summary

National Academy Press http://bit.ly/1UGIEqf Pathogens transmitted among humans, animals, or plants by insects and arthropod vectors have been responsible for significant morbidity and mortality throughout recorded history. Such vector-borne diseases – including malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and plague – together accounted for more human disease and death in the 17th through early 20th centuries than … Continue reading

Reforming the IPCC’s Assessment of Climate Change Economics

Climate Change Economics (2016 v7, n1 p164000- ; DOI: 10.1142/S2010007816400017 1640001-1)) / by Gabriel Chan, et al. http://bit.ly/1Mby33M The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is broadly viewed as the world’s most legitimate scientific assessment body that periodically assesses the economics of climate change (among many other topics) for policy audiences. However, growing procedural inefficiencies … Continue reading