Daily Archives: January 16, 2015

Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance – Stanford Law School

The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance develops and explores economically sensible policy and finance solutions that advance cleaner and more secure energy.

As Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance expands its influence in clean energy, we want to let key players know more about our work. And so, welcome to our inaugural newsletter!

During 2014, the center’s faculty, fellows, and students have analyzed the potential for various government incentives and alternative sources of private sector investment in advancing clean energy. These range from Master Limited Partnerships, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and tax-exempt financing to endowments, pension funds, and family offices.

We’re also looking at energy policy and finance at the state level – throughout the country and across the political spectrum. And we’re digging into how countries such as China and India are developing clean energy systems.

At our home at Stanford’s law and business schools, we’re seeing growing awareness of energy issues among students. Enrollment is swelling in our clean tech and energy project development courses as interest in advanced technologies – from renewables and energy efficiency to fossil and nuclear – rises among business, law, engineering, and public policy students.

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2014 Was Warmest Year Ever Recorded


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Published on Jan 16, 2015

Believed to be caused by increasing human contribution of carbon dioxide and heat-trapping gases, the steady increase in average temperatures peaked yet again in 2014. Since 2000, the record for warmest year has been broken 10 times. Full Story On Live Science: http://goo.gl/WqEFGw

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Falling Oil Prices Help Airlines & Auto Sales


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Published on Jan 16, 2015

Plunging oil prices are hurting oil companies and helping airlines and auto sales, but are not enough to get global economic growth back on track. VOA’s Jim Randle reports.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/fa…

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Caller: ‘Greenhouse Gas’ Does Not Convey the Danger!


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Published on Jan 16, 2015
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The Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland: A masterpiece of Mother Nature


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Published on Jan 16, 2015

Something extraordinary is happening in Iceland…

Lava just keeps on flowing from the Bardarbunga volcano. It started to erupt in August last year.

The lava field now spreads over more than 80 square kilometres, as amazing now aerial footage shows.

High values of sulphuric dioxide are still being recorded and this has, in the past, led to evacuations of local villages.

In 2010, a cloud of abrasive ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe…
READ MORE : http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/16/th…

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Great Transition Network :: Topic: The Degrowth Alternative

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BBC News – Rate of sea-level rise ‘steeper’

14 January 2015 Last updated at 19:42

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The rate at which the global oceans have risen in the past two decades is more significant than previously recognised, say US-based scientists.

Their reassessment of tide gauge data from 1900-1990 found that the world’s seas went up more slowly than earlier estimates – by about 1.2mm per year.

But this makes the 3mm per year tracked by satellites since 1990 a much bigger trend change as a consequence.

It could mean some projections for future rises having to be revisited.

“Our estimates from 1993 to 2010 agree with [the prior] estimates from modern tide gauges and satellite altimetry, within the bounds of uncertainty. But that means that the acceleration into the last two decades is far worse than previously thought,” said Dr Carling Hay from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“This new acceleration is about 25% higher than previous estimates,” she told BBC News.

Dr Hay and colleagues report their re-analysis in this week’s edition of the journal Nature.

Scientists have calculated the various contributions to sea-level rise, such as melting land ice

Tide gauges have been in operation in some places for hundreds of years, but pulling their data into a coherent narrative of worldwide sea-level change is fiendishly difficult.

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