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Packing on the Pounds (of CO2) for Thanksgiving

Packing on the Pounds (of CO2) for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is so close, you can almost smell the turkey roasting in the oven, even if you're trapped in an airport waiting to get to the snow-clogged East Coast. Over Thanksgiving alone, some 46 million Americans will be taking trips of 50 miles or longer to visit friends and family, according to AAA. A whopping 89.1% of them will be driving, wit… Read More

This Is How the U.S. Power Grid Works

This Is How the U.S. Power Grid Works

As part of what it called Grid Week in mid-November, the U.S. Department of Energy published a cool new infographic showing how the power grid operates, especially helpful now that new regulations may soon demand that electric power be generated with fewer fossil fuels and be used more efficiently in an effort to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions… Read More

Earth, Now Available in Ultra High Definition

Earth, Now Available in Ultra High Definition

A year in weather in high definition was pretty amazing and so was a similar sharp take on the spring equinox. But a five day view of the planet from space in ultra high definition is a whole other level of awesome. The imagery from mid-May 2011 comes courtesy of Russia’s high flying Elektro-L weather satellite, which sits in high Earth orbit more … Read More

Report Maps Out Decarbonization Plan for U.S.

Report Maps Out Decarbonization Plan for U.S.

There’s no technological or economic barrier standing in the way of the U.S. almost completely eliminating fossil fuels and almost fully decarbonizing by mid-century, according to the report issued by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. … Read More

Climate Investments ‘Falling Short’ of 2°C Goal

Climate Investments ‘Falling Short’ of 2°C Goal

Staving off the worst impacts of climate change by investing in clean energy and smart climate adaptations makes economic sense, but a new report shows that investments are still lagging globally. At the same time, the dropping costs of clean energy, particularly solar, mean that companies are doing more with less. The annual Global Landscape of C… Read More

China Pledges to Slash Coal Use

China Pledges to Slash Coal Use

China announced late Wednesday that it’s planning to limit how much coal it uses, a move that follows its climate pact with the U.S. in which both countries agreed to cap their greenhouse gas emissions, slash energy consumption and bolster their use of renewables. … Read More

‘Green Revolution’ Brings Greater CO2 Swings

‘Green Revolution’ Brings Greater CO2 Swings

Intense farming methods could be changing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and possibly having a small effect on climate change, according to two separate and unrelated studies published Wednesday in the journal Nature.… Read More

40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data

40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data

As carbon dioxide levels increase due largely to human emissions, the world’s oceans are becoming highly corrosive to a number of organisms that call it home. But the rate of acidification and related changes are anything but uniform. That’s why a new study aims to set a baseline for nearly every patch of saltwater from sea to acidifying sea so tha… Read More