The Dialogue featured key stakeholders from diverse perspectives assessing the opportunities and challenges with respect to access, use and ownership of land and resources in the context of efforts to mitigate climate change and reduce carbon emissions. Panel One: Assessing Current Challenges: Overlapping Rights, Drivers of Deforestation and Investments 3’30’’ Panel Two: Safeguards, Standards and Climate Change: Diverse Interests Engaged in the Forest Debate 1’20’’ Panel Three: Seeking Solutions to Protect Rights and Forests in the Context of Climate Change 2’37’’ Panel Four: The Way Forward: New Approaches, Lessons Learned for a Broader Vision towards COP 3’56’’+ More details
Rethink your point of view with Intelligence Squared US, Oxford-style debates live in New York City. Launched in 2006, IQ2US can be heard on over 200 NPR stations across the country, and seen on the Bloomberg Television network. From global warming and the financial crisis, to Afghanistan/Pakistan and the death of mainstream media, IQ2US brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most provocative issues. Witness an exciting battle of ideas, wit, and persuasion as the experts on both sides challenge your convictions. Best of all, your vote decides who has carried the day.+ More details
Seminar hosted at UNSW with experts from the Melbourne Energy Institute and Grattan Institute.+ More details
Learn more and download slides at http://www.eesi.org/briefings/view/060515cpp The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the breadth of options available for states to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, which will be finalized later this summer. The Plan will set rules limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Each state will be given a different target for emissions reductions, based on its specific circumstances. States will then have to submit plans to the EPA outlining how they will achieve their targets. Speakers: Bill Becker Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Bill_Becker_060515.pdf David Terry Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/David_Terry_060515.pdf Charles Gray Executive Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) State energy, environmental, and utility officials are already working closely together to identify compliance options, with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) leading the way. On May 21, NACAA, which represents air regulators in 41 states and over 100 local agencies, released a comprehensive document examining potential state compliance strategies under the Clean Power Plan. NARUC and NASEO are helping to disseminate the report, Implementing EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Menu of Options, to state energy offices and utility commissions throughout the country. The report does not include recommendations, but instead provides an objective assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches to Clean Power Plan compliance. The speakers discussed the co-benefits, costs and effectiveness of these different approaches, as well as the opportunities and challenges the Clean Power Plan represents to states. Despite some states’ opposition to the federal regulation, only one state, Oklahoma, has publicly said it will not prepare a state compliance plan for the Clean Power Plan. Even states with strong coal interests, such as Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri and Utah, are said to be developing plans. These plans may range from regional cap-and-trade systems, which California and the Northeast are currently using, to single-state plans that focus on technical efforts like increasing the efficiency of coal-fired power plants. This briefing was the second in a series examining the Clean Power Plan and its implications. Find out more about the first event at www.eesi.org/040815cpp.+ More details
Learn more and download slides at: http://www.eesi.org/040815cleanpowerplan The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining key policy and legal issues associated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants, which account for 38.7 percent of domestic carbon emissions. According to the EPA, its proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) would lead to a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. How will these cuts be implemented? And will the CPP hold up in court? Speakers: Michael Burger Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Michael_Burger_040815.pdf Kenneth Colburn Senior Associate, U.S. Program, The Regulatory Assistance Project Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Ken_Colburn_040815.pdf The CPP sets a customized goal for each state, which takes into account its existing policies and the unique structure of its energy system. The states will have interim goals for 2020-29, and a final target for 2030. The EPA will offer states flexibility to achieve their goals by providing four “building blocks” that states can use to achieve reductions: 1) Improving the efficiency of fossil fuel power plants; 2) Switching to plants that emit less carbon, such as natural gas combined cycle plants; 3) Installing zero-emission plants powered by renewable or nuclear energy; 4) Increasing end-use energy efficiency (for example, by installing high efficiency lighting in buildings). Other options not encompassed by these building blocks could also be used. EPA received nearly 4 million comments on the proposed CPP and has signaled it will adjust the final rule based on this feedback. Though EPA's rules have yet to be finalized, several parties have already vowed to launch legal challenges against it. In landmark 2007 and 2014 decisions, the Supreme Court found that EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from mobile sources and most stationary sources under Title II of the Clean Air Act. The CPP is based on a different part of the Act, namely sections 111(b) and 111(d) relating to New Source Performance Standards. EPA estimates its rule will offer public health and climate benefits of $55 to $93 billion annually by 2030, while costing $7.3 to $8.8 billion per year. Reducing carbon emissions will lower exposure to particle pollution and ozone, thereby preventing 140,000 to 150,000 cases of asthma in children, and 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths by 2030. Overall, the EPA says for every dollar invested in this rule, there will be a $7 return in health benefits. This briefing was the first in a series examining the Clean Power Plan and its implications.+ More details
Dr Volker Oschmann Senior Government official German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety SEN General Meeting 14 June, 2010 at 6:00pm Lotteries House: 2 Delhi St, West Perth Germany has ambitious targets for renewable energies. The 2006 government’s sustainability strategy aims at supplying half of the overall energy supply with renewable energies by the middle of this century. The German minister for the environment, with the support of Chancellor Angela Merkel, recently raised the target and is now aiming at supplying ‘almost all energy from renewable sources’. Volker is going to give us some inside information into Germany’s renewable energy policy and some outside views on Australia’s energy policy. Profile: Dr. Volker Oschmann is a senior government official within the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Volker is the ‘legal father’ of the successful German Feed-In Law (‘Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz – EEG’) that has been emulated by many other countries. As a lawyer within the Ministry, he drafted the law in 2000, including the amendments in 2004 and 2009. He is one of the most knowledgeable German experts on all legal issues arising from the promotion of renewable energies. Volker is also co-editor of the Journal for New Energy Law (ZNER) and author of several publications on European and German renewable energy law and practice. Before working with the Ministry for the Environment, Volker was legal adviser to the Hon. Hans-Josef Fell (MP) and the Hon. Dr. Hermann Scheer (MP) in the German Parliament ‘Deutscher Bundestag’. Currently, he is undertaking research on legal issues arising from climate change at the Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law at the University of Western Australia.+ More details
Learn more here: http://www.eesi.org/031513_DOE-transport The Environmental and Energy Studies Institute (EESI) and the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) held a briefing on the conclusions of the newly released EERE Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) study. The study identifies a combined set of strategies to achieve deep cuts in petroleum use and carbon emissions from the U.S. transportation sector, emphasizing underexplored opportunities and challenges along the path to a more sustainable transportation energy future. Speakers for this forum were: Michael Carr, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, EERE Arthur Rypinski, Energy Economist, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Transportation Peter Chipman, Senior Transportation Specialist, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (DOT) Austin Brown, Senior Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory+ More details
Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock on LRN.FM / Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - Noon (EST), Studio Line: 602-264-2800. Vivek Nair (Founder of Damascus Fortune Technologies) explains how they can make carbon nanotubes from harmful carbon emissions. Webpage: DamascusFortune.Com+ More details
Ben Thompson, Sustainable Business Programs Manager at Autodesk and Jon Dickinson, Senior Policy Advisor for New York City discuss their strategy for responding to CDP.+ More details
This is a video of a Round 3 debate at the Jerome D'Souza Memorial Parliamentary Debate - 2012, hosted by Loyola College, Chennai, India. The Teams are: Gov - Christ University B (Deepthi Sherawat, Ajay Kumar, Asif Ahmed) Opp - Damsel & the Stressed (Skanda Prasad, Nikhil Patel, Shreya Kalra) Motion: THBT multilateral efforts to reduce carbon emissions are futile.+ More details
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