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Report Maps Out Decarbonization Plan for U.S.

Report Maps Out Decarbonization Plan for U.S.

There’s no technological or economic barrier standing in the way of the U.S. almost completely eliminating fossil fuels and almost fully decarbonizing by mid-century, according to the report issued by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. … Read More

World Needs to Mind the Carbon Emissions Gap

World Needs to Mind the Carbon Emissions Gap

A new report suggests that policymakers better mind the gap if they want to meet the 2°C global warming threshold. But in spite of the warning, that chasm is growing as the world’s carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise. To bridge the gap, the world will have to reduce emissions to reach net carbon dioxide (CO2) neutrality sometime between 2055-… Read More

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire

IEA report says conservation efforts and more use of wind and solar power probably won’t slash emissions enough quickly enough to prevent catastrophic climate consequences. … Read More

LEDs the Fast-Rising Heroes of Efficiency

LEDs the Fast-Rising Heroes of Efficiency

LED technology is advancing so fast that LED light bulbs are quickly becoming an affordable and even more efficient replacement for the cool spiral of the previous icon of efficiency, the compact fluorescent bulb, or CFL.… Read More

UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance

UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance

The most sophisticated, comprehensive and succinct scientific account of the accelerating impacts of human activity on the world around us, from warming and rising oceans to the growing toll of heat stroke, was published Sunday by a United Nations panel. The picture that emerged from the 116-page synthesis of three blockbuster climate change report… Read More

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains

Of all the things people build, cities are the most important. Cities are the largest things we build, and most people now live in them. But that’s not why cities are our most important invention. Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species. They offer the best chance to d… Read More

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

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