Carbon Emissions

  • 04.27.16

    New Politics For Clean Energy

    The Paris climate agreement was a large step for the world, but implementation of that agreement is going to be much more difficult. The U.S. government, and governments across the world will need "a new approach to an issue that is highly complex, long term, and global in scale." This sort of fast paced, wholist...

    The Paris climate agreement was a large step for the world, but implementation of that agreement is going to be much more difficult. 

    The U.S. government, and governments across the world will need "a new approach to an issue that is highly complex, long term, and global in scale." This sort of fast paced, wholistic transformation in industry is unprecedented.

    Sachs believes that "politics as usual" will not be sufficient to meet the need for this aggressive shift to reduce carbon emissions and that policies that look beyond the short-term political environment are needed to enact the necessary changes. Therefore, Sachs suggests removing the control of day to day planning and implementation of climate change regulation from "short term electoral politics" and creating "politically independent energy agencies with high technical experience."

  • 08.13.15

    Do The Math

    Do the Math is a video that goes over the science behind climate change, and outlines Bill McKibben's three important numbers of climate change : 1) 2 degrees - The number that scientists and world leaders have said it would be safe to let the planet warm 2) 565 - The number of gigatons of carbon that the world c...

    Do the Math is a video that goes over the science behind climate change, and outlines Bill McKibben's three important numbers of climate change :

    1) 2 degrees - The number that scientists and world leaders have said it would be safe to let the planet warm

    2) 565 - The number of gigatons of carbon that the world could add to the atmosphere and have a reasonable chance of staying beneath the 2 degree threshold. 

    3) 2,795 - The number of gigatons of carbon that fossil fuel industry has in their reserves already (fossil fuel that this industry currently has accessible.) 

    Finally, the video ends with an examination of the Keystone XL pipeline protests as an example of humans standing up to the fossil fuel industry, raising awareness, and halting or slowing the release of greenhouse gasses.