For climate change, this is time of urgency, big ideas, and hope. 2015 will be a year of decisions – in Paris at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and elsewhere – decisions that set the agenda for action, agreement, and accountability for years to come.
Human energy use accounts for three quarters of greenhouse gas emissions globally and an even higher share in the United States. Transitioning to a new “low carbon” and “climate resilient” energy system lies at the core of any response to climate change. This new system will need to sustain prosperity in many countries and lift many out of poverty around the world by supporting sustainable development.
Many of the most innovative minds in science and engineering, policy and governance, businesses and civil society, and education are advancing technologies, policies, and practices to bring about the needed transition to a low carbon future.
The 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change will engage over 1,200 of these leaders to expand and accelerate their efforts and work across the traditional boundaries. Through partnering organizations, the conference will advance solutions with specific initiatives and engage participants over the long term.
American Perspectives on Energy EfficiencyLast Updated on 2014-06-13 17:01:19OurEnergyPolicy.org and The University of Texas at Austin partnered to administer two sister surveys on energy efficiency. One poll sampled the American public and the other targeted energy professionals across the United States. The goal of the surveys was to reveal perceptions of energy efficiency held by each group in order to identify points of consensus and difference and compare them to current action on energy efficiency. Below are select findings from the two surveys. A full report will be available this summer.
For more information, please visit www.utenergypoll.com.
2014 National Climate Assessment Full ReportLast Updated on 2014-05-20 17:12:15Many independent lines of evidence demonstrate that the world is warming and that human activity is the primary cause. Other changes flow from this warming, including melting of snow and ice, rising sea level, and increases in some types of extreme weather, such as extreme heat and heavy downpours. How much climate change we will experience in the future depends largely on the global emissions pathway, as demonstrated in this chapter.
This chapter summarizes how climate is changing, why it is changing, and what is projected for the future. While the focus is on changes in the United States, the need to provide context sometimes requires a broader geographical perspective. Additional geographic detail is presented in the regional chapters of this report. Further details on the topics covered by this chapter are provided in the Climate Science Supplement and Frequently Asked Questions... More »
Energy Sec. Predicts 30-40 Pct. Renewable Energy By 2030Last Updated on 2014-05-20 15:48:48Four new nuclear reactors are under construction in the U.S., the first plants to be built in 30 years. Yet U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz says when it comes to nuclear power in the U.S., “the long term trajectory remains quite uncertain.”
Moniz speaks to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson on a wide range of energy issues and says he expects wind, solar and other renewables to make up 30 to 40 percent of the country’s energy mix by 2030.
Listen to the interview here.
Interview Highlights: Ernest Moniz
On the importance of nuclear power to the U.S. energy future
“Nuclear power, clearly, is one of the important so-called zero-carbon options. It does not emit carbon dioxide, obviously, as does fossil fuel combustion. So our view remains that A, we need to go to a low-carbon energy system over these next 10, 20 years. The solutions for a... More »
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