January 28 2020

The First Phase of the Transition is About Electricity, Not Primary Energy

Thinking about the world in terms of primary energy masks the important role of electricity where heat losses are highest at around 63%. It can also help to explain why many of the world’s most eminent energy experts have underestimated the growth to date of renewable energy, and its future potential.

December 17 2019

Liebreich: Peak Emissions Are Closer Than You Think – and Here’s Why

So here we are, standing on the threshold of a new decade. It will be, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, a decade of consequences. Play it right, and we have a chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Waste it, and we are in uncharted territory.

December 17 2019

Liebreich: Climate Wars Episode IV – a New Hope for the 2020s?

Looking back at the intervening decade since Copenhagen, it is not that climate diplomacy delivered no wins: the Paris Agreement, struck in December 2015, was a stupendous success. Over the past three years, the Paris targets have been progressively more deeply embedded into the political, social and business landscape in nations around the world.

November 8 2019

Bullard: We Really Can’t Live Without the Internet

Half the world uses the internet. It took almost the entirety of human existence for half the world’s people to live in cities. It took 27 years for the global population on the internet to grow from less than 1% to more than 50%.

October 30 2019

McCrone: Clean Energy’s Decade Nearly Gone, And Its Decade Ahead

Ten years ago, the planet was facing a climate change emergency – and now, yes, it is facing a climate change emergency. Therefore surely the 2010s, which end in two months’ time, have been a “wasted decade” from the point of view of climate and the decarbonization of energy?

October 14 2019

Bullard: How a Battery Can Lead a Quiet Revolution

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences concluded its announcement of this year’s chemistry prize rather poetically: “Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives since they first entered the market in 1991,” the academy said.

September 26 2019

Liebreich: Climate Lawsuits – An Existential Risk to Fossil Fuel Firms?

The big question is whether climate lawsuits represent an irritant to fossil fuel companies, a meaningful drag on their business, or an existential threat.

September 13 2019

Bullard: T. Boone Pickens Saw How Fast Energy Markets Could Change

T. Boone Pickens, the legendary American oil entrepreneur who died this week at 91, was known for his aggressive corporate plays in the 1980s and the oil and gas investing strategies that earned (and sometimes lost) him billions since the 1990s. He also had a vision for America’s energy future. His 2008 Pickens Plan thoughtfully delineated which resources needed to flow, and where, to make the U.S. energy-independent.

September 2 2019

Bullard: Big Energy Companies Describe Coal’s Last Stand

Total primary energy derived from coal (power and non–power) is set to expand at a compound rate slower than that of global population growth, according to BHP's latest outlook.

August 20 2019

Bullard: Touch-Screens in Cars Don’t Make Us Safer – Yet

Large, interactive touch-screens are becoming increasingly prevalent in passenger cars; in the case of Tesla, they’re the only control interface. They’re lovely to look at, but as the Navy’s experience suggests, they might be more confusing than physical controls.

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