Regulating Carbon Dioxide

Written by Ryan McGuine // There have been multiple energy transitions throughout history, all of which have been driven by economic imperatives and moved in the direction of increasing power density. The current energy transition toward energy sources that emit less greenhouse gases is a departure from previous transitions in both respects — it is … Continue reading Regulating Carbon Dioxide

How We Use Energy in 2019

Written by Ryan McGuine // Every June, BP releases its annual benchmark publication, the Statistical Review of World Energy, which details trends in energy production and consumption over the course of the previous year. Interested readers can see my summaries of past Statistical Reviews for comparison. The year 2018 was another disappointing one as far … Continue reading How We Use Energy in 2019

Unclear Future for Marine Fuels

Written by Ryan McGuine // The UN shipping regulator, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), recently adopted two major air pollution regulations to reduce the negative environmental effects of shipping. International trade is crucial to the functioning of the global economy, and has played a major role in the gains in well-being observed over the last two … Continue reading Unclear Future for Marine Fuels

The Elusive 1.5°C

Written by Ryan McGuine // In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released a special report titled Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat … Continue reading The Elusive 1.5°C

How We Use Energy in 2018

Written by Ryan McGuine // In June, oil supermajor British Petroleum (BP) released its 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy, a summary of the trends observed in the energy industry during the prior year and the economic factors driving those trends. BP's Statistical Review is published annually and is considered a benchmark for the energy … Continue reading How We Use Energy in 2018

Energy & Air Pollution

Written by Ryan McGuine // Many sources of energy generate air pollution when consumed. Air pollution is a concern because it has harmful effects on both human health and natural ecosystems. Thus, air pollution generates what are referred to as "negative externalities." In the case of air pollution, that can be anything from healthcare for … Continue reading Energy & Air Pollution