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China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China has been praised recently for its investments in renewable energy. And the credit is well deserved as China's commitment to renewables dwarfs that of the U.S. and other industrialized countries. From 2010 to 2012 alone, China‚Äôs renewable electricity growth was double that of the U.S., and it is continuing to grow. But all the accolades are … Read More

Europe Whets Appetite for Coal as U.S. Eschews It

Europe Whets Appetite for Coal as U.S. Eschews It

Natural gas is proving to be a formidable challenger to the dominance of coal in the U.S., but not necessarily overseas, according to two new U.S. Energy Information Administration reports released this week.… Read More

You Asked, We Answered: Response to 2013 Cars Report

You Asked, We Answered: Response to 2013 Cars Report

In the month since we released our report, A Roadmap to Climate Friendly Cars: 2013 we have received many good questions and insightful comments from readers. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to give us feedback on our report. We especially appreciate those who recognized the inherent challenges involved in carrying out and presenting l… Read More

President Obama’s Climate Speech: How it Played Out

President Obama’s Climate Speech: How it Played Out

On a hot and muggy Washington afternoon, President Obama, wiping sweat from his brow, announced that his administration intends to place limits on the greenhouse gas emissions of current and planned power plants and take a variety of other measures to reestablish American leadership in combating global warming… Read More

Image of the Day: Super Smart Car, a Breath of Fresh Air

Image of the Day: Super Smart Car, a Breath of Fresh Air

Taking the Smart car a step further, India’s Tata Motors is fine tuning the Airpods, a vehicle producing zero pollution and zip around at 40 mph through the magic of compressed air. The engines come from MDI (Motor Development International) a Luxemburg firm that has been tooling around with the concept for 20 years. Tata Motors bought the rights t… Read More

Image of the Day: Tar Balls Hit the Beaches This Summer

Image of the Day: Tar Balls Hit the Beaches This Summer

Two years after the worst oil spill in history, tar balls and dead fish are still washing up on the shores of Louisiana and all along the Gulf coast. Environmentalist, scientists and local fisherman all over the Gulf coast are warning that the disaster is far from over. Fisherman say there are getting less shrimp now since the oil spill. Chemical d… Read More

Arctic Offshore Oil Exploration Could Be Imminent

Arctic Offshore Oil Exploration Could Be Imminent

According to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, off-shore oil exploration in Alaska could be imminent. According to the New York Times, Salazar indicated that Shell would most likely get to start off-shore exploration near Alaska’s North Slope this summer, once they jump a few more hurdles. “If Shell meets our standards and passes our inspections … Read More

Tropical Storm Debby Threatens Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Debby Threatens Gulf Coast

The storm is in an area with weak steering currents in the atmosphere, which essentially means that it’s drifting around, unsure of where it’s ultimately headed. Initial forecasts had Debby making a westerly turn and making landfall, possibly as a hurricane, in Texas early in the week. Now the National Hurricane Center has significantly revised tha… Read More