A 2016 Survey of American Meteorological Society Members About Climate Change

This report provides initial findings from the national survey of American Meteorological Society (AMS) member views on climate change conducted by George Mason University and AMS, with National Science Foundation funding. Our survey was administered via email between January 6 and January 31, 2016. After making an initial request to participate, we sent up to five additional requests/reminders to participate to those people who had not yet completed a survey. A total of 4,092 AMS members participated, with participants coming from the United States and internationally. The participation rate in the survey was 53.3%. We wish to sincerely thank all AMS members who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in this research. We hope the following report is useful to them.

College-Educated Views on Global Warming

March 2015 - via Gallup An aggregate poll conducted by Gallup shows that educated Democrats are less skeptical of global warming, whereas 74 percent of educated Republicans believe that the seriousness of global warming is “generally exaggerated”. This suggests that higher levels of education reinforce core partisan positions. It also suggests that partisanship is the main indicator in shaping American views on global warming, rather than education. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Educated Reps more likely than less educated Reps to doubt global warming Democrats with college degrees tend to be less skeptical Education related to self-reported understanding of issue for both parties   Read more here: College-Educated Republicans Most Skeptical of Global Warming

Regional climate prediction

February 2015 - by Alastair Brown - via Nature Climate Change Uncertainty about the spatial distribution of future climatic changes is dominated by differences in projections that result from climate model differences. Much of the model variance can be attributed to the representation of climate feedbacks that alter radiative flux by reinforcing, or attenuating, external climate forcing.… Read more here: Regional climate prediction

NRDC Interactive Map and State Profiles

From the National Resources Defense Council website: Every state in America can produce its own energy from clean, renewable sources, keeping millions of energy dollars in-state, reducing pollution, and creating new jobs and new sources of income. With the right policies in place, states and localities can harness their own natural resources -- from farmland and sunshine to wind and skilled labor -- to develop a local renewable energy industry. See the interactive map here: NRDC Renewable Energy Interactive Map See state profiles here: NRDC Renewable Energy State Profiles

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Services – Renewable Energy

From Bloomberg New Energy Finance website: The rapid adoption of wind, solar and other renewable technologies is transforming markets and business models around the world, while creating both opportunities and challenges in the supply chain. Our global service covers the entire value chain from technology components to project development and operations, giving an end-to-end view of these fast-growing sectors. Proprietary indices give up-to-date views into changing equipment prices, backed up by fundamental analysis on supply and demand. Policy and regulatory developments are tracked and analysed to provide immediate forward-looking clarity, and our models and analytical tools provide insights to support asset valuation, market size forecasting and business strategy decisions. Read more here: Bloomberg New Energy Finance - Renewable Energy Services

Evidence for a wavier jet stream in response to rapid Arctic warming

January 2015 - by Jennifer A Francis and Stephen J Vavrus - via IOP Science  Abstract New metrics and evidence are presented that support a linkage between rapid Arctic warming, relative to Northern hemisphere mid-latitudes, and more frequent high-amplitude (wavy) jet-stream configurations that favor persistent weather patterns. We find robust relationships among seasonal and regional patterns of weaker poleward thickness gradients, weaker zonal upper-level winds, and a more meridional flow direction. These results suggest that as the Arctic continues to warm faster than elsewhere in response to rising greenhouse-gas concentrations, the frequency of extreme weather events caused by persistent jet-stream patterns will increase. Read full article here: Evidence for a wavier jet stream in response to rapid Arctic warming  

Is the Post Fossil Fuel Era Now Inevitable?

January 2016 -by Michael Northrop - via Huffington Post. Ambassador Laurence Tubiana, France’s point person for COP21, wisely explained a year ago that Paris will be judged a success if it leads to the conclusion that the shift to the post fossil fuel era is inevitable. That feeling of inevitability, she reasoned, will underpin the massive shift of trillions of dollars required to pay for the low carbon transition. The positive conclusion of the Paris conference on December 12, coupled with the enormous array of commitments made before, during, and after the COP, indicates that a massive systemic change is afoot. Let’s review. First, what happened in Paris between November 30 and December 12? Second, what else has happened before and since that adds to the growing sense of inevitability? In Paris.  At the formal conference venue some of the well reported highlights included: The largest gathering of heads of state in history on November 30. The approval of an agreement to tackle climate change by 196 nations on December 12. The formal submission of 188 national climate action plans, and

January 11th, 2016|Energy Policy, Research|

Appealing to our ideas of legacy may help combat climate change.

January 2016 - by Ezra Markowitz and Lisa Zaval - via Washington Post. Here’s the secret to making people care about climate change: Make them think about their legacy. In a series of psychological studies we conducted over the past two years with Americans from across the country, we found that simply asking people to reflect upon how they want to be remembered by future generations can lead them to engage in more “helping behavior” in the present, particularly when it comes to protecting the environment... Read full article: Here's the secret to making people care about climate change    

How Can We Pay for the New Energy Economy?

This article was originally published on Huffington Post, on December 19, 2015, by William S Becker. This is Part 2 in a two-part post. Part 1 is at this link. Many a great idea has been deflated by a simple question: "That's nice, but who's going to pay for it?" That question hovered like a cloud over the international climate conference in Paris a week ago. Simply put, the goal of the agreement at that conference is to build a world in which we achieve and sustain universal prosperity without plummeting into a future of irreversible climate catastrophe. It's a great goal, but who is going to pay for it? The Paris agreement does not adequately address this question, although it does reinforce the need for wealthier countries to provide technical and financial help to poor and more vulnerable countries so they can grow their economies in climate-safe ways. That is easier said than done, however. Countries that industrialized generations ago like the U.S. and members of the European Union now face the very expensive job of repairing and upgrading

December 19th, 2015|Energy Finance|