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New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York State is aiming to get ahead on adapting to the new circumstances climate change presents and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by finding ways to not only make its infrastructure more able to withstand weather extremes, but also to generate more renewable energy and integrate that power into the electric grid.… Read More

Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

Amid rising concern about the role of fossil fuels in climate change, there was an unprecedented boom in renewables across the globe in 2014, suggesting that countries are well on their way to shifting toward more low-carbon energy as the cost to build solar and wind farms falls quickly. … Read More

‘Green’ Diesel Fuel Use Plummets in U.S.

‘Green’ Diesel Fuel Use Plummets in U.S.

After briefly being a hit in the U.S., the use of green diesel in the U.S. is declining as imports from overseas plummet, at least for now, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.… Read More

Energy Bombshell: CO2 Emissions Stabilized in 2014

Energy Bombshell: CO2 Emissions Stabilized in 2014

The International Energy Agency says global energy-related CO2 emissions were flat in 2014. It is the first time in 40 years that has occurred during a time of economic growth, showing that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a way to combat climate change may be more effective than previously thought.… Read More

U.S. No. 2 to China in Clean Energy Investments in 2014

U.S. No. 2 to China in Clean Energy Investments in 2014

The electric power industry is turning away from coal, and clean energy is growing again in the U.S. as investments in renewables increased in 2014 after a three-year decline, a new Bloomberg report shows. … Read More

Climate Change Mitigation’s Best-Kept Secret

Climate Change Mitigation’s Best-Kept Secret

At Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vt., the black-and-white dairy cows are used to the routine. In what looks like a choreographed dance, 1,400 milk cows delicately step over the scrapers that run along the concrete floors and collect their manure, which goes into a huge digester capable of holding 21 days’ worth of waste. Inside, highly flammable… Read More

U.S. at Brink of Turning Point in Energy

U.S. at Brink of Turning Point in Energy

2014 set the scene for a major turning point in energy in 2015. We’ll see how those free-falling oil prices affect how people drive and if that, in turn, will stunt use of public transportation and development of vehicles running on alternative fuels.… Read More

Cheap Gas May Not Mean More Driving This Winter

Cheap Gas May Not Mean More Driving This Winter

Whether low prices at the pump, thanks in part to tumbling crude oil prices, lure you onto the freeway this winter, they may not translate to more people driving or more gasoline consumption nationwide, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.… Read More

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Envisioning Ice Loss Greenland lost an average of 577 billion tons of ice per year from 2004-2007. But just how much is that?

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