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Power Plant Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Decades

Power Plant Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Decades

Carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants have fallen to their lowest level in decades, and that trend could help states meet their emissions goals under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan if it survives court challenges, according to new U.S. Energy Information Administration data and a New York University analysis. Carbon … Read More

EPA Moves to Regulate Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

EPA Moves to Regulate Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

The Obama administration announced new rules on Thursday aimed at cutting methane emissions from new oil and gas wells and fracking operations. The rules also will require energy companies to provide pollution information to the Environmental Protection Agency so it can regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas wells. Methane warms the … Read More

Global 2040 Forecast Sees Only Slight Fall in Fossil Fuels

Global 2040 Forecast Sees Only Slight Fall in Fossil Fuels

Despite the urgency to cut greenhouse gas emissions as climate change bears down on the globe, fossil fuel use is not likely to change much in the coming decades. Though renewable energy will grow quickly though 2040, gasoline and diesel will still move most of the world’s vehicles, and coal will still be the largest single source of carbon … Read More

Strong El Niño Helped Lower U.S. Heating Costs

Strong El Niño Helped Lower U.S. Heating Costs

Was your heating bill a bit friendlier to your wallet this winter? If so, there’s a good chance you can thank El Niño. The exceptionally strong El Niño in the Pacific has been driving chaotic weather across the globe for months, but it also contributed to a mild winter in the U.S., which was about 15 percent warmer than the winter of 2014-2015.… Read More

Renewable Energy Investments Set a Record in 2015

Renewable Energy Investments Set a Record in 2015

Global investments in renewable energy, including wind and solar, hit a world record in 2015. It’s not enough, however, to put the world on track to meet Paris climate goals. The world collectively spent nearly $286 billion on renewable energy development in 2015. The investment comes following an unprecedented worldwide boom in renewables in 2014 … Read More

China Sets Energy Consumption Cap For First Time

China Sets Energy Consumption Cap For First Time

China aims to keep energy consumption within 5 billion metric tons of standard coal equivalent by 2020, it said in its five-year plan, marking the first time the world's second-biggest economy has set such a target. China has long been considering an energy consumption cap in a bid to improve industrial efficiency, tackle smog and control … Read More

Utilities Cut Coal Use Amid Clean Power Plan Fight

Utilities Cut Coal Use Amid Clean Power Plan Fight

Critics of the Obama administration’s most sweeping climate policy hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in February to temporarily block it, saying the ruling on the Clean Power Plan could breathe new life into the flagging coal industry. But even as those critics await further rulings on whether the plan is constitutional, utilities are … Read More

Oil Leasing Protests a New Front in Climate Policy Fight?

Oil Leasing Protests a New Front in Climate Policy Fight?

Federal oil and gas lease sales are often dour bureaucratic affairs, but 100 climate protesters hope their actions at a sale in Salt Lake City this week represent the growth of a new front in the national policy fight over global warming. Climate activists, part of what’s known as the “Keep It in the Ground” movement, have pivoted from their … Read More

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Arctic Sea Ice Thinning: Fall Fall view: Arctic sea ice has been getting thinner, even faster than its area has been shrinking

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