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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

Wind Power Has its Limits, But It’s Not the Sky

Wind Power Has its Limits, But It’s Not the Sky

Scientists have been thinking hard about the limits of wind power — and their thoughts have turned into a paper just published in Nature Climate Change. In principle, they argue, the very existence of wind turbines could slow the planet’s winds to the point where they couldn’t generate any more energy. In practice, fortunately, that… Read More

Image of the Day: Denmark’s Pioneer Perspective on Wind

Image of the Day: Denmark’s Pioneer Perspective on Wind

Already Denmark holds the world record at 24 percent for amount of electricity consumed that is produced by wind power and still they have plans for more reports Spiegel Online. By 2020, Denmark hopes to turn their 24 percent into 50 percent and by 2050, be completely independent of fossil fuels. And not only does Denmark utilize wind power, but th… Read More

Lost in Watergate’s Wake: Nixon’s Green Legacy

Lost in Watergate’s Wake: Nixon’s Green Legacy

Richard Nixon, who resigned 38 years ago today, was a champion of protecting the environment like no president before him since Teddy Roosevelt, and like no president since. The list of his green accomplishments — things he actually initiated, and laws he approved with his signature… Read More

Image of the Day: Prisoners Produce Power with Bicycles

Image of the Day: Prisoners Produce Power with Bicycles

A program in its infancy in Brazil is allowing prisoners to reduce their jail time by producing electricity for a neighboring town. Local engineers turned bikes rescued from the town’s lost and found to machines that can charge up a car battery, which is then used to power 10 street lamps on a once abandoned waterfront promenade. According to a … Read More

Image of the Day: ‘Supertrees’ Super Useful in Singapore

Image of the Day: ‘Supertrees’ Super Useful in Singapore

Trees clean the air. They take in carbon dioxide, a climate inducing greenhouse gas. They provide shade and thus keep forested areas cooler. They purify water. Giant man-made “supertrees¬Ě in Singapore will now provide electricity. The 18 fake trees, some almost 165 feet tall, which were opened to visitors on June 29, make up a project from … Read More