How We Use Energy in 2020

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. Since the report is backward-looking, this year's does not include data reflecting the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns. Interested readers can see … Continue reading How We Use Energy in 2020

Coronavirus & Climate: Silver Linings & Red Herrings

Written by Ryan McGuine // The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically changed daily life around the world. The global economy has ground to a halt as governments and individuals take unprecedented social distancing measures to "flatten the curve." Everything humans do affects the natural environment in some way, and coronavirus-related changes to daily life present an … Continue reading Coronavirus & Climate: Silver Linings & Red Herrings

What’s Cooler Than Being Cool?

Written by Ryan McGuine // Cooling enables many things that are taken for granted in modern life, including keeping indoor spaces comfortable, and preserving food and medicine. Refrigeration works by boiling a refrigerant to remove heat from a space and condensing it to dump the heat outside, a cycle which needs a high rate of … Continue reading What’s Cooler Than Being Cool?

Energy Transitions

Written by Ryan McGuine // There have been numerous energy transitions in the past, all of which have been driven by economic imperatives or resource scarcity, and have 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 … Continue reading Energy Transitions

Regulating Greenhouse Gases

Written by Ryan McGuine // Today's shift toward toward an energy system that emits less greenhouse gases than the current one is necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. However, due to the dynamics of energy transitions, achieving this transition on a meaningful timescale is remarkably difficult. Acknowledging the importance of this transition, the UN chose … Continue reading Regulating Greenhouse Gases

How We Use Energy in 2019

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

The Energy-Development Nexus

Written by Ryan McGuine // Energy and economic development significantly affect one another. Exactly how they do so, though, is far from straightforward and depends on a dizzying web of interrelated complex systems. As such, this post will not provide the reader with a definitive relationship between the two, but rather will provide an overview … Continue reading The Energy-Development Nexus