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California’s New Climate Rules Explained

California’s New Climate Rules Explained

A progressive culture and Silicon Valley-style innovation a decade ago thrust California toward the head of the worldwide pack when it comes to shifting away from polluting fossil fuels in favor of cleaner alternatives. This week, the state Assembly and Senate ensured the state’s leadership will be strengthened when lawmakers approved two key… Read More

Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline

Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline

Years of number crunching that had seemed to corroborate the climate benefits of American biofuels were starkly challenged in a science journal on Thursday, with a team of scientists using a new approach to conclude that the climate would be better off without them. Based largely on comparisons of tailpipe pollution and crop growth linked to biofu… Read More

After Scorching Heat, Earth Likely to Get Respite in 2017

After Scorching Heat, Earth Likely to Get Respite in 2017

The Earth is likely to get relief in 2017 from record scorching temperatures that bolstered governments' resolve last year in reaching a deal to combat climate change, scientists said on Wednesday. July was the hottest single month since records began in the 19th century, driven by greenhouse gases and an El Niño event warming the Pacific. And… Read More

Biomass Power Slumps as EPA, Industry Spar on Science

Biomass Power Slumps as EPA, Industry Spar on Science

With the biomass power industry in financial tumult, its leaders are pinning hopes for revival on Congress’s potential willingness to interfere with climate science. The legislative language, introduced by some Republicans in the House and Senate and by a Democrat-aligned independent Senator, varies slightly. But it all requires that most wood… Read More

Legal Doubts Over California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Legal Doubts Over California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

The opinion of lawyers working for California’s lawmakers became clear in the spring. Without new laws, the state’s prominent cap-and-trade program would be dead after 2020. Such a legal reality could put an end to the pollution reduction program, and with it billions in anticipated revenues and some the Golden State’s vaunted global leadership on… Read More

As Earth Swelters, Global Warming Target in Danger

As Earth Swelters, Global Warming Target in Danger

The Earth is so hot this year that a limit for global warming agreed by world leaders at a climate summit in Paris just a few months ago is in danger of being breached. In December, almost 200 nations agreed a radical shift away from fossil fuels with a goal of limiting a rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 … Read More

Europe Aims to Close Loophole on Wood Energy

Europe Aims to Close Loophole on Wood Energy

European officials are moving to close a loophole that promotes the burning of wood for electricity by an industry that’s felling American trees, and a new report they commissioned has laid bare the urgent need for reform.… Read More

Michigan Scientists See Urgency for Negative Emissions

Michigan Scientists See Urgency for Negative Emissions

Beyond Carbon Neutral at the University of Michigan is one of several university programs across the country investigating potential ways of taking large-scale negative emissions out of the theoretical realm and into the real.… Read More

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Months of Warmer-Than-Normal Temperatures While any one month might reinforce the reality that the world is warming, it’s the trend that really stands out.

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