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The US Presidential Election and the large-scale climate politics

From Energi & Klima (Click here for the original news article)

In these days of presidential debates you can read about the two candidates’ view on the politics of climate. Kjetil Lund from Statkraft has written a very interesting blog post published in Energi & Klima about the effect the outcome of the presidential election in the US will have on the world’s climate. He explains why a victory to Hillary Clinton gives reason to be an optimist about the climate. However, he also speaks about what might happen if Trump wins, who believes climate change is a hoax made up by the Chinese.

(Note: In Norwegian)


China and the US have ratified the Paris agreement

From Reuters: (Click here for the original news article)

On the 3rd of September China and the United States ratified the Paris agreement. This was a very important step, as 55 countries representing 55 % of global emissions must ratify the agreement for it to take effect. China and the US account for a bit below 40 % of the global emissions.

India has also announced that they will ratify the Paris agreement on the 2nd of October. India is the 3rd largest emitter in the world, accounting for about 4.1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. (Times of India)


Hinkley Point C nuclear station: an expensive solution to a cheap problem

From the London School of Economics and Political Science: (Click here for the original news article)

This September the English government gave the green light to a new 18 billion pounds nuclear power plant, with a capacity of 3.2 GW and expected to provide electricity to 7 % of the country’s population. The project involves EDF, France’s largest utility, and China General Nuclear Power Group. The English government have signed a 35-year, inflation linked, contract for difference (CfD) — a price guarantee —with EDF, at £92.5/MWh (in 2012). In this post, Andrea Gandolfo looks at the costs of the nuclear plant and compares it to the cost of other cheaper alternatives such as variable renewables.


The electric cars available today, how much they cost, and how far they go – in one chart

From VOX: (Click here for the original news article)

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has released a chart showing the range vs price on today’s and the future’s electric cars. In this blog post, David Roberts discusses the chart and the state of electric vehicles today.