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Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Hit 27-Year Low

Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Hit 27-Year Low

As states begin the long task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants to comply with new federal climate policy, a 27-year low in carbon dioxide emissions earlier this year shows the U.S. may be heading toward meeting its emissions goals. U.S. power plants emitted less carbon dioxide — 128 million metric tons — in April … Read More

Katrina: Lasting Climate Lessons for a Sinking City

Katrina: Lasting Climate Lessons for a Sinking City

This week marks a decade since Hurricane Katrina spun violently toward the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, ravaging both states when it barreled ashore on Aug. 29, 2005. Katrina taught New Orleans and the Gulf Coast many lessons about how vulnerable the region is to natural disaster, especially to sea level rise and storm surge made worse by … Read More

White House: Efficiency Key to Tackling Climate Change

White House: Efficiency Key to Tackling Climate Change

As a way to help homeowners act on climate change locally, the White House on Monday announced a series of clean energy policies meant to increase the energy efficiency of homes and make rooftop solar installations accessible without a huge outlay of money. The Obama administration, as part of its Clean Power Plan, has highlighted energy … Read More

Drought-Fueled Wildfires Burn 7 Million Acres in U.S.

Drought-Fueled Wildfires Burn 7 Million Acres in U.S.

Sap a forest of rain — say, for three or four years — toss in seemingly endless sunshine and high temperatures, and you’ve got just the right recipe for some catastrophic wildfires. Such is the story playing out in the West, where, thanks in part to climate change, drought-fueled infernos are incinerating forests at a record pace from Alaska to … Read More

Study: China May Have Overestimated Carbon Emissions

Study: China May Have Overestimated Carbon Emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions in China may have been overestimated since 2000 because of conflicting estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions it produces and the carbon content of the coal it burns, a Harvard-led study published Wednesday shows. Overestimated emissions may be critical for China ahead of the upcoming Paris climate negotiations in … Read More

EPA Moves to Cut Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

EPA Moves to Cut Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed new rules meant to help combat climate change by curbing methane emissions from new hydraulically fractured crude oil wells and natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure. The measure, part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, seeks to cut methane emissions from the oil and … Read More

Surging Renewables Frame EPA’s Historic Climate Rules

Surging Renewables Frame EPA’s Historic Climate Rules

In its signature bid to reimagine America’s power infrastructure to help slow climate change, the Obama Administration has ratcheted up its demands and expectations for pollution reductions from America’s electricity sector for the years ahead. Pointing to recent projections for rapid advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies,… Read More

Drought May Stunt Forests’ Ability to Capture Carbon

Drought May Stunt Forests’ Ability to Capture Carbon

Forests are sometimes called the lungs of the earth — they breathe in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and store it in tree trunks until the forest dies or burns. A new study, however, shows that forests devastated by drought may lose their ability to store carbon over a much longer period than previously thought, reducing their role as a buffer … Read More

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