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Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Of the 2.8 billion people forced to use wood for fuel, often filling their humble homes with life-shortening soot, the vast majority are chopping down and gathering their fuel in ways that allow forests and woodlands to regrow. That isn’t just good for the environment around them — carbon-hungry growth of trees that replace those that were felled … Read More

U.S. at Brink of Turning Point in Energy

U.S. at Brink of Turning Point in Energy

2014 set the scene for a major turning point in energy in 2015. We’ll see how those free-falling oil prices affect how people drive and if that, in turn, will stunt use of public transportation and development of vehicles running on alternative fuels.… Read More

Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

If Washington’s governor gets his legislative holiday wish, the Evergreen State in 18 months will launch one of the world’s most sophisticated and all-encompassing climate-pollution pricing programs. Draft legislation released last week by the office of Gov. Jay Inslee (D) would — if sufficient support can be mustered from state lawmakers — raise a… Read More

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

A few years ago, the Mexican government pinpointed a promising method for reducing carbon dioxide emissions: Encourage Mexicans to trade in their old refrigerators, air conditioners, light bulbs and the like for more up-to-date models. … Read More

Cheap Gas May Not Mean More Driving This Winter

Cheap Gas May Not Mean More Driving This Winter

Whether low prices at the pump, thanks in part to tumbling crude oil prices, lure you onto the freeway this winter, they may not translate to more people driving or more gasoline consumption nationwide, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.… Read More

Electric Cars a Mixed Bag For Health, Climate

Electric Cars a Mixed Bag For Health, Climate

The environmental and human health costs of operating an electric vehicle may be as much as 80 percent greater than driving a gasoline-powered vehicle if it runs on corn ethanol or electricity generated at a coal-fired power plant, according to a new study.… Read More

Trillions and Quadrillions: Numbers Tell U.S. Energy Story

Trillions and Quadrillions: Numbers Tell U.S. Energy Story

As the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported this week that the crude oil production in the U.S. is expected to continue booming even as oil prices decline, the federal government put out an interactive map showing just how production of energy of all kinds has increased over the last 20 years or so, and all U.S. energy hotspots.… Read More

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

A new U.S. Energy Information Administration report out Wednesday shows that California, Washington and Hawaii lead the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles. Joining them at the top of the list is a more unexpected mix: Oregon, Georgia and Maryland.… Read More