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Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

Amid rising concern about the role of fossil fuels in climate change, there was an unprecedented boom in renewables across the globe in 2014, suggesting that countries are well on their way to shifting toward more low-carbon energy as the cost to build solar and wind farms falls quickly. … Read More

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. Opened in 2008 as a replacement for an aging coal plant, the 534-megawatt natural gas facility looms over three solar photovoltaic panels that provide a sculptural eleme… Read More

Energy Bombshell: CO2 Emissions Stabilized in 2014

Energy Bombshell: CO2 Emissions Stabilized in 2014

The International Energy Agency says global energy-related CO2 emissions were flat in 2014. It is the first time in 40 years that has occurred during a time of economic growth, showing that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a way to combat climate change may be more effective than previously thought.… Read More

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense

Public lands protect forests that help store atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions while providing space for renewable energy development and protecting wildlife habitat and biodiversity, helping plants and animals adapt to climate change.… Read More

Cleaner Power Needed to Make Electric Cars Greener

Cleaner Power Needed to Make Electric Cars Greener

A University of Toronto paper establishes an emissions threshold to help governments and consumers better understand whether it helps the climate to push for electric cars and the electrification of other modes of transportation based on the carbon intensity of the electricity those vehicles use. … Read More

Carbon Pricing Pays the Way for Cleaner Energy

Carbon Pricing Pays the Way for Cleaner Energy

Following more than two centuries of fossil-fueled industrialization, during which the atmosphere has been used as a free dump for climate-changing pollution, an incipient era of carbon-pollution pricing is paying dividends to the climate.… Read More

Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved for UK Coast

Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved for UK Coast

Plans for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank. The project, more than twice the size of the UK’s current biggest offshore wind farm, is expected to cost $9.2 billion to $12.3 bil… Read More

California Water Becomes Scarce and Energy Hungry

California Water Becomes Scarce and Energy Hungry

With California in the throes of one of the worst droughts of the past century, researchers say slashing the energy requirements of supplying water to cities and farmers will become critical as long-term droughts become a greater possibility.… Read More

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