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Electric Cars a Mixed Bag For Health, Climate

Electric Cars a Mixed Bag For Health, Climate

The environmental and human health costs of operating an electric vehicle may be as much as 80 percent greater than driving a gasoline-powered vehicle if it runs on corn ethanol or electricity generated at a coal-fired power plant, according to a new study.… Read More

Trillions and Quadrillions: Numbers Tell U.S. Energy Story

Trillions and Quadrillions: Numbers Tell U.S. Energy Story

As the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported this week that the crude oil production in the U.S. is expected to continue booming even as oil prices decline, the federal government put out an interactive map showing just how production of energy of all kinds has increased over the last 20 years or so, and all U.S. energy hotspots.… Read More

‘Nuff Said: CO2 Emissions Plan Moves to Next Step

‘Nuff Said: CO2 Emissions Plan Moves to Next Step

The EPA's Clean Power Plan, which aims to slash CO2 from existing power plants, moves to the next step of approval now that the public comment period has passed. More than 1.6 million people submitted comments. The plan is slated to be finalized in June.… 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

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire

IEA report says conservation efforts and more use of wind and solar power probably won’t slash emissions enough quickly enough to prevent catastrophic climate consequences. … Read More

See Power Plants Most Vulnerable to Flooding

See Power Plants Most Vulnerable to Flooding

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new mapping tool announced Wednesday shows how a flood could drown the some of the nation’s most critical energy infrastructure — power plants, oil and gas wells, solar power installations, and other infrastructure.… Read More

New Report Outlines ‘Pathways’ to Cut CO2 Emissions

New Report Outlines ‘Pathways’ to Cut CO2 Emissions

Carbon emissions have been rising since the start of the Industrial Revolution. But they’ll have to be curbed soon, and sharply, to keep the globe from warming above “safe” levels. A new report lays out avenues to get there and shows that while it’s possible, it’ll take a little human ingenuity and a lot of global cooperation. A draft of the report… Read More

Grass is Greener for the Future of Biofuels

Grass is Greener for the Future of Biofuels

Scientists in the U.S. claim they have developed a simple, one-step process that turns plant tissue into biofuel. A genetically-engineered bacterium can convert switchgrass into ethanol directly, without any expensive pre-treatment with enzymes to break down the cellulose fibres into something suitable for fermentation. Biofuel is already big busin… Read More