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A Renewable Solution to Palm Oil’s Methane Problem

A Renewable Solution to Palm Oil’s Methane Problem

Standing beside a palm oil wastewater lagoon can promote a vague sense of unease. The murky brown surface appears more molten than aqueous, blanketed in roiling bubbles that suggest the imminent emergence of a mythical beast. Plus, it stinks. Thousands of these lagoons are spread across the tropics, and the number is growing steadily. Should you f… Read More

Wood Burning for Home Heating Trendy in Northeast

Wood Burning for Home Heating Trendy in Northeast

As prices of propane and heating oil have risen in recent years, residents in all Northeastern states are increasingly turning to wood as their primary source of home heating fuel, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released this week.… Read More

Three EU Countries Hit 2020 Renewable Benchmarks Early

Three EU Countries Hit 2020 Renewable Benchmarks Early

Newly released data shows that three European Union member countries have already met their renewable energy goals for 2020. A number of other members are also well on their way to meeting their benchmarks, though some countries, most notably the U.K., are a long ways away. Eurostat, the main entity that keeps data on the EU, released renewable en… Read More

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report in March showing that U.S. power lines, electric power plants, renewable energy generators and other energy infrastructure are threatened in a changing climate, especially to rising seas, extreme weather and drought. … Read More

China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter

China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter

Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply. Beijing and broad swaths of six northern provinces have spent the past week blanketed in a dense pea-soup smog that is not expected t… Read More

Richest Countries Failing to Combat Climate Change

Richest Countries Failing to Combat Climate Change

The world’s richest countries have made some progress since the 1990s in limiting environmental damage. But they have not done enough to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to the OECD, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Scientists say that carbon dioxide emissions need to start going down in the next decade to … Read More

Coal Places Australia Second in Carbon Emissions

Coal Places Australia Second in Carbon Emissions

Australia is pumping out more carbon emissions to achieve its economic growth than almost any other major economy, while a quarter of its mammal species are threatened with extinction, according to a major new environmental audit. A report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found Australia was second only to Estoni… Read More

Fossil Fuel Investments Face Major Risks Due to Climate

Fossil Fuel Investments Face Major Risks Due to Climate

The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) asked the world’s thousand largest asset owners what they were doing to guard against the possibility that their investments in fossil fuels could, in future, become worthless. Together, the owners manage more than $70 trillion of funds. The Project found that only 27 of the 460 investment funds replying … Read More