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Massachusetts, California Lead U.S. In Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts, California Lead U.S. In Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts, California, Oregon and Rhode Island and Vermont are the most energy-efficient states in the U.S., according to an annual ranking released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, or ACEEE. … Read More

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Largely as a result of trying to keep warm from that Arctic chill, carbon dioxide emitted from burning energy in the U.S. increased 2.5 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s annual CO2 emissions report, released Tuesday.… Read More

Zombie Glacier Surprises Scientists

Zombie Glacier Surprises Scientists

Glaciologists tend to speak of glaciers as if they were living creatures. They say they grow and die and have good health and bad. Now, with Halloween approaching, a handful of scientists has found a way that the anthropomorphized rivers of ice that they study can simultaneously live and die as the globe warms. The discovery of a ghoulishly semi-l… Read More

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

New regulations in North Dakota are expected to slash the CO2 emissions from flaring natural gas wells in North Dakota, where about a third of the natural gas produced along with crude oil in the Bakken shale is burned off, producing CO emissions. … Read More

LEDs are a Bright Idea Whose Time Has Come

LEDs are a Bright Idea Whose Time Has Come

The day the Nobel committee began announcing its 2014 winners earlier this week, National Geographic published a list of Nobel should-have-beens. Dan Vergano’s contribution—Thomas Edison for the lightbulb—proved prescient. One day later, a Nobel for physics was finally awarded for the lightbulb. Unfortunately for the Wizard of Menlo Park, it didn’t… Read More

6 Degrees: Security Risks, Tornadoes and Earthquakes

6 Degrees: Security Risks, Tornadoes and Earthquakes

A new climate report from the Pentagon, tornado trends, earthquakes and more in this week's top climate news. … Read More

Evidence Connects Quakes to Oil, Natural Gas Boom

Evidence Connects Quakes to Oil, Natural Gas Boom

A flurry of new research connecting connect the dots between fossil fuels development and the shaking ground: Oil and gas operations, including fracking, can cause earthquakes. Some of them can destroy homes and injure people.… Read More

Scientists: EPA Underestimating Renewables Potential

Scientists: EPA Underestimating Renewables Potential

Generating electricity in the U.S. can be a lot greener and more climate-friendly than the Obama administration expects it to be through 2030, researchers at the Union of Concerned Scientists said in an analysis released Tuesday. … Read More