“The Paris Accord for the climate is accepted.” Thus pronounced Laurent Fabius, the Foreign Minister of France, and the President of the historic 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Continue reading
While we’re waiting for our brothers and sisters in Lima to come up with a template for agreement in Paris next year, here’s a great story from Bloomberg about the demand destruction for oil. (See my post, “Houston, You’ve Got a Problem,” for some background.) If we keep on this trajectory for reducing greenhouse gases, an international treaty will be useful, certainly, but not essential. Continue reading
I wrote in April about Germany’s ambitious goal of deriving 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2050. It seems to me that they’re going to get there a lot sooner than 2050.
Solar electricity world record: Germany cranks half its power with PV was the headline recently from SmartPlanet. Germany hit a breathtaking 22.15 gigawatts of PV output on May 25th. There are several astonishing things about that, one of which is that the US may get to 3 GW of installed capacity this year, a drop in the bucket compared to Germany’s herculean output. Continue reading