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Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

June marked two huge milestones in renewable energy in the U.S., with Hawaii and Vermont passing laws setting the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Electricity generation is the nation’s largest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, leading many states to set goals for how much of their power should come from low-carbon … Read More

Google to Convert Coal Power Plant to Data Center

Google to Convert Coal Power Plant to Data Center

Google will convert an old coal-fired power plant in rural Alabama into a data center powered by renewable power, expanding the company’s move into the energy world. The technology giant said on Wednesday that it would open its 14th data centre inside the grounds of the old coal plant, and had reached a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.… Read More

States See Renewable Future in Offshore Wind Farms

States See Renewable Future in Offshore Wind Farms

Developers and government officials who gathered at the North American Offshore Wind Summit this week said they are optimistic that water-bound wind turbines will eventually catch on in the U.S. as they have in Europe. The Obama administration sees wind turbines in the Atlantic as a way to help wean the country’s electric power supply away from … Read More

With Record Boost, UK Leads Europe in Solar Power

With Record Boost, UK Leads Europe in Solar Power

Around 40GW of solar power was installed last year, meaning there is now a total of 178GW to meet world electricity demand, prompting renewable energy associations to claim that a tipping point has been reached that will allow rapid acceleration of the technology.… Read More

EPA Takes Step Toward Regulating Airline Emissions

EPA Takes Step Toward Regulating Airline Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it has found that greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft cause climate change and threaten public health and that it plans to take steps to regulate those emissions. When the EPA’s so-called endangerment finding is finalized in 2016, it will follow a similar determination made in… Read More

G7 Carbon Goal May Come Too Late, Scientists Say

G7 Carbon Goal May Come Too Late, Scientists Say

There is a sense among some climate scientists that the G7's decarbonization goal may be too little too late, even though it serves as a necessary first step toward a commitment among nations to slash global carbon emissions. The leaders of the G7 nations on Monday called for all countries to cease emitting climate-changing greenhouse gases over … Read More

Climate Plan Will Transform How You Get Your Electricity

Climate Plan Will Transform How You Get Your Electricity

The Clean Power Plan could help low-carbon energy such as wind and solar spread quickly across the country and significantly change where Americans get their electricity and the effect it has on the climate. In a nutshell, the Clean Power Plan aims to cut the United States’ biggest source of climate change-driving greenhouse gas emissions … Read More

Climate Change Poses a Brewing Problem for Tea

Climate Change Poses a Brewing Problem for Tea

A myth ties the origins of tea to an errant gust of wind that blew tea leaves into a Chinese emperor’s hot water more than 4,700 years ago. Since that lucky first brewing, tea has become the second most popular beverage in the world (behind water, of course). The industry has grown into a $20 billion behemoth that sells everything from pedestrian … Read More

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