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Rising Global Coal Use Dooms Carbon Dioxide Goals

Climate Change Weekly #180 Stories at highlight the main problem facing those hoping to stem the rise in greenhouse gas emissions. While the fortunes for coal-fired power plants in the U.S. have declined under President Barack Obama, internationally, coal power is resurgent. According to BP’s Statistical Review of Energy, coal consumption has been accelerating worldwide since the end of the 1990s. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reports coal is the...

Scientists Leap to Defense of Climatologist Soon

Climate Change Weekly #179 More than 500 scientists, colleagues, and friends of Willie Soon, Ph.D. signed a letter sent, along with accompanying supporting documents, to the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents defending the award-winning solar physicist against false allegations he failed to disclose conflicts of interest in publications requiring such admissions. The letter notes Soon, a researcher at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for...

High Hurdles for Renewable Power Storage

Climate Change Weekly #178 A key mechanism for fighting climate change, some environmental activists and politicians say, is to increase the amount of electricity produced from renewable sources that do not emit carbon dioxide (CO2). As nearly everyone knows, a key problem with wind and solar power is their intermittency, which makes those power sources difficult to accommodate in the electric grid. To provide power when wind and solar aren’t producing energy, and to regulate their variable...

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