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Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, a goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, would avoid economic losses by 2050 of $12 trillion, or around 10 percent of the world's GDP, compared to staying on the current track of at least 3°C of warming, the U.N. Development Programme said. Sticking to the 1.5°C limit … Read More

Trump Could Ignite ‘Dramatic’ Reversal on Clean Energy

Trump Could Ignite ‘Dramatic’ Reversal on Clean Energy

A huge shift to clean energy is under way in the U.S. but the election of Donald Trump as president means progress could be reversed unless cities and states do more, energy experts have warned. Installed wind capacity has grown by more than 40 percent in the U.S. since 2011, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, with solar capacity … Read More

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

Donald Trump could scrap the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change once he takes office, a move that could shift climate policy making to local lawmakers instead of national ones, experts say. Throughout his campaign, Trump made his vision for federal climate policy clear: He has promised to reverse Obama’s climate agenda … Read More

U.S. Designates Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

U.S. Designates Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

The federal government is designating 48 electric vehicle charging corridors along 25,000 miles of major U.S. highways as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and make it easier for drivers to switch to electric cars, the White House announced Thursday. The plan calls for electric vehicle charging stations to be installed at least every 50 miles … Read More

U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

Solar power capacity in the U.S. will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017 amid an energy shakeup that has seen natural gas solidify its position as the country’s chief source of electricity and coal power continue to fade, according to monthly data published by the U.S. Department of Energy. Cutting carbon dioxide … Read More

Scientists Warn Negative Emissions Are a ‘Moral Hazard’

Scientists Warn Negative Emissions Are a ‘Moral Hazard’

Removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic may be a fool’s game amounting to a “moral hazard par excellence,” according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. Nobody knows if atmospheric carbon removal — known as negative emissions — will work, and it could delay … Read More

Record Warmth Helps Shrink U.S. Carbon Emissions

Record Warmth Helps Shrink U.S. Carbon Emissions

Energy related carbon dioxide emissions hit their lowest point since 1991 during the first six months of 2016 because of mild weather, declining coal use and increased use of wind, solar and hydropower. By the end of the year, 2016 is expected to see the lowest level of energy related carbon emissions of any full year since 1992.… Read More

New York City Accelerates Emissions Reduction Goals

New York City Accelerates Emissions Reduction Goals

New York City has set out a plan to quicken its pace of decarbonization in order to meet its emissions reduction target, as the metropolis prepares for a daunting sea level rise due to climate change. The proposals state that New York “must accelerate efforts” to expand renewable energy generation, improve the energy efficiency of buildings… Read More

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Planting Zones Heading North As temperatures rise, planting zones are on the move.

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