fossil fuel economy Articles

  • Outlook palls for fossil fuel investments

    Like most central bank governors, Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, chooses his words carefully. So the financial community – and government policy makers − sat up and took notice earlier this month when Carney, addressing a World Bank ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment

    Even master chess players can miss a great move when they have been primed to look for a different one. To explore this phenomenon, researchers tracked master chess players’ eye movements when given chessboards with different layouts. With the first board, players could reach checkmate using a familiar move. When given the second chessboard, the players' eyes kept looking at the pieces ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?

    Not without a carbon tax, suggests a study by an MIT economist. In recent years, proponents of clean energy have taken heart in the falling prices of solar and wind power, hoping they will drive an energy revolution. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests otherwise: Technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead us to continue using all ...

  • Fossil-Fuel Divestment: Where Should the Money Flow?

    In January 2014, a group of 17 foundations preceded the Fund, committing to divest $1.7 billion, which has grown to over 100 foundations and over $5 billion in pledges over the past 18 months. In early June 2015, the Norwegian government committed to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory

    Increasing global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a heat-trapping gas, are pushing the world into dangerous territory, closing the window of time to avert the worst consequences of higher temperatures, such as melting ice and rising seas. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have grown exponentially. Despite wide agreement by governments on ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • The Energy Game is Rigged: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

    The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further. According to conservative estimates from the Global Subsidies Initiative and the International Energy Agency (IEA), governments around the world spent more than $620 billion to subsidize fossil ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Support for fossil fuels remains high but the time is ripe for change

    Government support to fossil fuel consumption and production in OECD countries and key emerging economies remains high, at USD 160-200 billion annually, according to a new OECD report. This support is hampering global efforts to curb emissions and combat climate change. The ...

  • Taking Fossil Fuels to the Next Level - Standards Underpin Extraction, Processing and Distribution

    To the average person, the oil and gas industry may appear simple — a matter of literally tapping into a natural resource and distributing it to customers. Of course the matter of extraction is rarely simple, and in the case of emergent hydraulic fracturing technology, it is particularly complex and capital-intensive. In fact, the world of petroleum and natural gas extraction, distribution ...


    By ASTM International

  • Fostering Jatropha Curcas for reducing fossil fuel dependency; A study on potentiality of Jatropha curcas in Nepal

    The article tries to introduce Jatropha Curcas as one of the source of alternative fuel in Nepal The increasing trend of automobiles and price of fossil fuel have adverse impact on economy and climate of Nepal. A comprehensive analysis on the land use pattern of the country has been carried out while preparing the article. Potentiality of Jatropha plant cultivation and production of seeds and oil ...


  • Is there a cointegrating relationship between Australia's fossil-fuel based carbon dioxide emissions per capita and her GDP per capita?

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission per capita of Australia, a high-income economy with a fossil fuel-rich fuel-mix, is proven to have a strong cointegrating relationship with her gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. A conditional equilibrium correction model (ECM) has been developed to quantify the relationship between the two variables by employing the autoregressive distributed lag bound-testing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Betting on the Clean Economy

    British Columbia and three Pacific Coast states in the U.S. are counting on clean energy, clean technology and a 'green' economy to grow prosperity and jobs, political leaders told GLOBE 2012's opening plenary. However, increasing global demand for energy will also drive continued fossil energy development including Alberta's oilsands, which provides huge economic benefits, a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Growing the green economy globally

    Strategies for global sustainability and growing the green economy must address current economic models driving today's unsustainable forms of globalisation. Technological innovation is needed to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, recycling and redesign industrial processes. More fundamental strategy levels need re-examining: policy models, assumptions, institutional inertia and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Our global Ponzi economy

    Our mismanaged world economy today has many of the characteristics of a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme takes payments from a broad base of investors and uses these to pay off returns. It creates the illusion that it is providing a highly attractive rate of return on investment as a result of savvy investment decisions when in fact these irresistibly high earnings are in part the result of consuming ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Global environmental impacts of the hydrogen economy

    Hydrogen-based energy systems appear to be an attractive proposition in providing a future replacement for the current fossil-fuel based energy systems. Hydrogen is an important, though little studied, trace component of the atmosphere. It is present at the mixing ratio of about 510 ppb currently and has important man-made and natural sources. Because hydrogen reacts with tropospheric hydroxyl ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Healthy soil is essential to a circular economy

    To achieve the Dutch government's objective of realising a circular economy in the Netherlands, it is essential to maintain the productivity of the country's farmland. Healthy soil produces renewable raw materials for biobased products. However, declining carbon levels in arable Dutch soil is inhibiting our ability to meet this objective, and continued global warming is standing in the way of a ...

  • The Pope, the Economy and the Case for Climate Action

    This week Pope Francis issues his long awaited Encyclical on Climate Change. The Pope’s message should galvanize support for climate action for the Catholic community and well beyond. It will speak not only to the 5,000 Catholic Bishops, nor only to the 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, but to all people of goodwill who are open to the moral context of climate change. I’m confident of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • An assessment of energy balance from sugar–based ethanol for fuel–saving and climate policy - the case of an island economy

    The study assesses the efficiency of sugar–based ethanol production in Mauritius using the net energy balance and energy ratio. The findings indicate a positive net energy balance. For every one unit of fossil fuel used, the system returns more than six times in terms of renewable energy from ethanol. The fuel savings and other economic benefits which may be accrued to Mauritius are discussed. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A roadmap for a secure, low-carbon energy economy

    This “roadmap” presents the results of a year-long effort by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and WRI to identify a set of policies to address energy security and climate change simultaneously. At first glance, improving energy security and addressing climate change may seem irreconcilable goals: achieve an adequate, reliable, and affordable energy supply for the United ...

  • Transportation and the Three Es: Energy, the Economy and the Environment

    For more than 50 years the US has followed a motor vehicle centric transportation policy which supported dramatic US economic and population growth. Alternate forms of transportation including walking, biking, rail transit and public transit have been overlooked, even neglected in the auto era during which the overriding transportation planning philosophy has been to improve the speed of moving ...


    By BSC Sustainability Services

  • Are Low-Carbon Economies Good or Bad for the Tech Industry?

    Pamela Gordon blogs over at EBN To be of any use, tech products need power from electrical outlets, stored chemical energy such as batteries and generators, solar collectors, kinetic energy like my emergency hand-crank radio/charger, or other means. As more global and local regions move away from fossil-fuel-based power to low-carbon renewable power, I wonder how my colleagues in the tech ...


    By Antea Group - USA

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