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- New US climate pledge: Cut emissions 50% this decade, but can Biden make it happen? 4/22/2021
New US climate pledge: Cut emissions 50% this decade, but can Biden make it happen? Payne Institute Advisory Board Member David Victor and Director Morgan Bazilian write about how President Joe Biden announced an ambitious new national climate target at a livestreamed summit of world leaders on April 22, 2021: He pledged to cut U.S. carbon emissions in half by the end of this decade and aim for net zero emissions by 2050. The new goal is a big deal because it formally brings together the many different ideas on infrastructure, the budget, federal regulatory policy, and disparate actions in the states and industry for transforming the U.S. economy into a highly competitive, yet very green giant. April 22, 2021.
- He pioneered research into how fossil fuels are shocking our oceans. Now he has Bill Gates’ ear 4/22/2021
He pioneered research into how fossil fuels are shocking our oceans. Now he has Bill Gates’ ear. Payne Institute Advisory Board member Ken Caldeira is featured in the Reuters Hot Lister on his long career as a groundbreaking researcher on global warming. But Caldeira’s most profound influence in science may be as an adviser, be it to students or to one of the world’s richest men, as billionaires fund climate research. April 22, 2021.
- Fostering Effective Energy Transition 2021 edition 4/20/2021
Fostering Effective Energy Transition 2021 edition Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to the World Economic Forum‘s Fostering Effective Energy Transition 2021 report on how as countries continue their progress in transitioning to clean energy, it is critical to root the transition in economic, political and social practices to ensure progress is irreversible. The Energy Transition Index, which benchmarks 115 countries on the performance of their energy systems, finds that while 92 of the countries increased their score over the past 10 years, only 10% of countries were able to make consistent gains, showing the need for renewed focus and resilience to meet the climate goals of the next decade. April 20, 2021.
- The case for US cooperation with India on a just transition away from coal 4/20/2021
The case for US cooperation with India on a just transition away from coal Payne Institute Fellow Joshua W. Busby, Sarang Shidore, Fellow Johannes Urpelainen, and Director Morgan D. Bazilian write about how achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement will be difficult without ultimately phasing out coal in India, among other countries. April 20, 2021.
- Climate Change Adaptation Finance: Opportunity to Build a more Resilient Recovery 4/20/2021
Climate Change Adaptation Finance: Opportunity to Build a more Resilient Recovery Payne Institute Fellow Jamal Saghir writes a commentary on the impacts of climate-change that are mounting, and the need to advance on adaptations. Finance is critical to accelerating climate adaptation, but flows remain far short of what is needed given escalating climate risks. April 20, 2021.
- The Climate Debates: Can America Break Its Natural Gas Addiction? 4/16/2021
The Climate Debates: Can America Break Its Natural Gas Addiction? Payne Institute Fellow Arvind Ravikumar participates in this discussion about how to wean the U.S. off of natural gas. As more and more people have come to understand the urgency of the climate crisis in recent years, and Americans have elected a president in Joe Biden who has pledged to make addressing climate the centerpiece of his administration, but there is much debate about exactly how we should go about confronting our collective climate challenge. April 16, 2021.
- Biden can decarbonize electricity with these quick wins 4/15/2021
Biden can decarbonize electricity with these quick wins Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Greer Gosnell, Director Morgan Bazilian, and Clark Miller write about how bold goals to address climate change are emerging globally, and the U.S. will undoubtedly announce its own shortly. The technical pathways to meet net-zero emissions goals demonstrate an accelerating role for renewable energy, thanks to tremendous recent cost declines. April 15, 2021.
- Frozen Out in Texas: Blackouts and Inequity 4/14/2021
Frozen Out in Texas: Blackouts and Inequity JP Carvallo, Payne Institute Earth Observation Group Researcher Feng Chi Hsu, Zeal Shah, and Jay Taneja write about how in February, blackouts in the Texas power grid left over 4.5 million customers in the dark, many of them for several days. A substantial amount of these blackouts were transmission disconnections and emergency load shedding events triggered by ERCOT, the entity in charge of ensuring a reliable supply of electricity in Texas. In this analysis, we use satellite data on nighttime lights to track blackouts at the census block group (CBG) level and correlate it with demographic data to understand how equitable these blackouts were. April 14, 2021.
- Optimality versus reality: Closing the gap between renewable energy decision models and government deployment in the United States 4/12/2021
Optimality versus reality: Closing the gap between renewable energy decision models and government deployment in the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory Kate Anderson, Maggie Nevrly, Emma Elgqvist, and Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian write about the energy decision models that are widely used to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of renewable energy, as well as to help inform the deployment of these technologies. However, a gap exists between the optimal model solutions and what is deployed. April 12, 2021.
- New Alberta wind farm deal and gas cleantech fund take off, pointing to changing energy future 4/10/2021
New Alberta wind farm deal and gas cleantech fund take off, pointing to changing energy future Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon contributes to this article about how two new announcements illustrate how Canada’s existing energy system is intersecting with the new energy complex, erasing the line between them. April 10, 2021.