State of The Transition, April 2016: Unfolding like the plot of an epic novel


April brought progress on multiple fronts that far outstrips the inevitable setbacks. Presidents Obama and Xi exhorted nations to sign the Paris Agreement with them on Earth Day, and 169 did: a record for any treaty on its first day for signature. In America, a tide may be turning: record numbers now worry about climate change (64%) and support renewable energy. Of Republicans, 61% support the regulation... read more...

A view of the renewables revolution in numbers

Dollars funnel.

$5.3 billion – sum that one pension fund, the New York State Common Retirement Fund, could have made by divesting from fossil fuels 3 years ago

$10 billionvalue of pre-orders for Tesla Model 3 (as of 3 April)

$37 billion – fines paid by 4 banks for “serious misconduct” during the financial crisis

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Solar energy in Saudi Arabia: opportunity became inevitable

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Context note: Saudi Arabia’s national finance daily, Al_Eqtissadaih, recently invited me to write an op-ed on Saudi Arabia’s solar opportunities. They published it the day after the Saudi government announced a plan to set up a two trillion dollar investment fund for the post-oil era, and gave it the title: “Solar energy in Saudi Arabia: opportunity became inevitable.”

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State of The Transition, March: Falling global carbon emissions from energy, and much this month to encourage those who hope for more such


The great global energy transition is accelerating. Who could have imagined a few years ago that global carbon emissions would stall in 2015, spurred by a rise in renewable energy? Or that the Saudi government would announce a $2 trillion investment fund to wean their nation off oil within just 20 years? Or that an electric vehicle costing $35,000 would attract over 100,000 pre-orders some 20 months... read more...

State of The Transition, February: “Most fossil fuel companies face a future in which they might not have the capital to expand even if they still want to.”


The top ten stories from the drama of the Paris Climate Summit in December and its aftermath through to end February are, I think, as follows, as things stand. Key policymakers are now serious about climate risk. Civil society has awoken in critical mass. Regulators are beginning to regulate climate risk. Disruption is moving faster than most people think. Utilities are racing to escape a death... read more...

Big Oil faces courtroom showdown

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This is an extended and referenced version of my column in this month’s Recharge Magazine.

ExxonMobil is being investigated by the Attorney’s General of New York and California with a view to criminal charges for securities fraud and racketeering over their stance on climate change. The ramifications are enormous for the course of the global energy transition.

The oil and gas giant...

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The chronicle which accompanies The Winning of The Carbon War

Act de Triumph

Paris - Triumph

On Saturday December 12th, 2015, I witnessed something that nothing else in human history comes close to, in terms of scale and stakes. Most of the nations on Earth, 195 of them, adopted the world’s first universal agreement to fight an existential threat to civilisation and indeed life, as we know it, on the planet.
Going into the Paris Climate Summit, there were three possible outcome... read more...

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The Paris Climate Summit begins. The world watches. And my Chronology of the Carbon War, charting the years running up to this unique event in human history, closes. But for one more entry.

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With this image of the atmosphere over Paris at night, this is the penultimate entry in my Chronology of the Carbon War. The last one will be made after the summit ends, with its outcome hopefully clear. The drama that will no doubt unfold in the next two weeks I will describe in the last few chapters of The Winning of the Carbon War, to be published as a free-download e-book in the first week... read more...

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The winning of the Carbon War The talk at the book launch. View the video (goes with the LSE presentation)… Read-moreScreen Shot 2015-03-27 at 14.38.37

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