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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

Map Shows Energy Installations In Extreme Weather’s Path

Map Shows Energy Installations In Extreme Weather’s Path

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has an online interactive map that will show all the major energy infrastructure for any given address in the U.S., allowing anyone to look closely at what power plants, refineries, oil wells, power lines and other installations might exist in a place that is vulnerable to extreme weather.… Read More

IEA Graphic Shows How to Radically Reduce CO2

IEA Graphic Shows How to Radically Reduce CO2

The IEA has created a fascinating interactive graphic to help people visualize how radically carbon dioxide emissions might need to be reduced by 2050 to prevent certain degrees of global warming… Read More

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