62 Responses to July 25 News: Worldwide Coal Use, Carbon Pollution Projected To Increase 50 Percent By 2040
Though renewable energy use is projected to double by 2040, EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2013 shows that without new policies that cut fossil fuel use, coal consumption will increase 50 percent by 2040. [Today In Energy]
EIA’s recently released International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) projects that world energy consumption will grow by 56% between 2010 and 2040, from 524 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) to 820 quadrillion Btu. Most of this growth will come from non-OECD (non-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, where demand is driven by strong economic growth.
Renewable energy and nuclear power are the world’s fastest-growing energy sources, each increasing 2.5% per year. However, fossil fuels continue to supply nearly 80% of world energy use through 2040. Natural gas is the fastest-growing fossil fuel, as global supplies of tight gas, shale gas, and coalbed methane increase.
The industrial sector continues to account for the largest share of delivered energy consumption and is projected to consume more than half of global delivered energy in 2040. Based on current policies and regulations governing fossil fuel use, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are projected to rise to 45 billion metric tons in 2040, a 46% increase from 2010. Economic growth in developing nations, fueled by a continued reliance on fossil fuels, accounts for most of the emissions increases.
The EIA report also projects worldwide energy-related carbon emissions to jump from over 31 billion metric tons in 2010 to 45.5 billion in 2040. [Climate Central]
The blown out natural gas well in the Gulf is unlikely to come under control soon, as the owner of the rig believes the best way to gain control is to drill a relief well. [AP]
Russia will be shipping natural gas directly to China across the melting Arctic. [New York Times]
Regular people sign form letters for public comment periods all the time, but Bloomberg notes that GOP members of congress wrote letters to the State Department supporting the Keystone pipeline that were based on text from lobbyists’ that advocate for the pipeline. [Bloomberg]
China will spend $275 billion to address the problem of air pollution over the next five years, ChinaDaily reported Thursday. [AP]
A bipartisan Senate bill would shield Arkansas residents affected by March’s ExxonMobil pipeline spill from being taxed on disaster compensation they receive from the company. [The Hill]
There are ten major wildfires, covering 35,000 acres, currently burning the state of Idaho. [KTVB]
Heat and drought are drastically lowering reservoir water levels in Northern Nevada, impacting water quality, hurting fish and limiting boating. [Reno-Gazette Journal]
Eighty percent of young voters support President Obama’s climate action plan, and three-quarters of them think that people who deny the science of climate change “ignorant, out of touch, or crazy.” [Guardian]
Persistent drought, wildfires and record temperatures may ruin tourism in Santa Fe, New Mexico. [Albuquerque Journal]
Yesterday, dozens of protesters outside Google’s Mountain View headquarters told Google employees to not be “evil” by raising money for Senator Jim Inhofe, who denies the science of climate change. [KCBS]
Drought in Russia will again reduce the amount of grain produced by the country, after last year’s drought dropped production by 25 percent. [Bloomberg]
Vice President Biden, in India: “Of course India’s first priority is and must be lifting its citizens out of poverty … but unless we can develop a sustainable path on a low-carbon path, the consequences of climate change will seriously undermine the development and growth, as well as harm the very health of the people of India.” [The Hill]
George Shultz, a Republican and Secretary of State under Ronald Regan, is urging action on climate change. [Scientific American]
The Interior Department has banned mining on some areas of federal lands that have the best solar power potential, signaling that renewable energy is becoming a tangible priority for the custodians of public lands. [CleanTechnica]
The Senate Armed Services Committee will take a look at the work the Navy has done to cut its dependence on fossil fuels at a hearing today. [Wall Street Journal]
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is releasing his administration’s ambitious new climate mitigation plan today, which, among other things, will require more energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. [Baltimore Sun ]
A closer look at the potential offshore wind area off the coast of Virginia that will soon be up for sale via the Interior Department. [CleanTechnica]