The International Energy Agency has released its World Energy Outlook 2013. Because I cannot afford the heftily priced full version, I am going to discuss the Executive Summary below. This would be an excellent student reading to provide a snapshot of the current state of global energy consumption and production and projections over the next few decades.
Among the findings in the report:
- China is poised to become the world’s leading oil importer by the early 2020s and India, the leading importer of coal. The U.S. may meet all of its energy needs from domestic sources by 2035;
- Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are still slated to rise by 20% through 2035 even under the study’s “Central Scenario,” which includes policy interventions in the United States, China and Japan. As a consequence, the world is on a trajectory for long-term temperatures to increase 3.6C above pre-industrial levels;
- Two-thirds of potential economically viable energy efficiency gains remain on the table despite substantive changes in policy recently to facilitate efficiency improvements;
- By 2035, oil consumption will be concentrated in two sectors, transport and petrochemicals;
- Brazil is an extremely dynamic actor in the energy sector in 2035, with oil production tripling, natural gas production increasing five-fold, and biofule production tripling. At the same time, the country is projected to see an 80% increase in energy use during this period.
Please take a look at the website 100 Views of Climate Change (http://changingclimates.colostate.edu), a collection of annotated resources (videos, books, articles, websites) from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives (sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts), each characterized by college-level content and primer-level clarity, most of them lively and inviting to readers. These sources are for interested, non-specialist adults—for climate citizens—including (but by no means limited to) college students and their teachers (who will also find here a few resources such as syllabi).
This website is a project of Changing Climates @ Colorado State University, a multidisciplinary education and outreach initiative housed in the English Department and supported by the NSF-funded Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP). CC@CSU began with several series of talks by specialists for the campus and wider community (over 120 talks so far, to audiences totaling some 6,000). Current activities include this website and various efforts to help specialists communicate more clearly and effectively to the general public.
To suggest resources for the website, or for further information, please contact SueEllen Campbell, co-director of CC@CSU: .
For instructors who find visual maps a useful teaching tool, WWF, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies have just released Mapping UNFCCC REDD+: a visual guide to the systems and structures supporting REDD+ within the UNFCCC. The maps include issues associated with REDD finance, national strategies/action plans, monitoring systems, and procedures for establishing emissions and forest reference levels.