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Countries Embrace New Rules to Limit Airline Emissions

Countries Embrace New Rules to Limit Airline Emissions

The United States and 22 other countries on Monday struck a first-ever international agreement to cut carbon emissions from commercial airplanes as a way to reduce their impact on climate change. The agreement, announced by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, calls for a 4 percent reduction in fuel consumption from new … Read More

Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

Dutch Lawmakers Call for Halt to Wood Energy Subsidies

Dutch parliamentarians voted last week to suspend plans to provide subsidies for wood energy until the country’s economic affairs ministry has explained how and when all of the nation’s coal power plants will be shuttered. Billions of dollars in Dutch government subsidies have been earmarked to help the owners of coal power plants blend wood pellet… Read More

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to Be Built in U.K.

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to Be Built in U.K.

The U.K. wind energy industry received a boost this week with the announcement of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, to be built off the north-east coast. Dong Energy said its multi-billion pound Hornsea project, which is expected when complete to power as many as 1m homes in the region, will occupy more than 400 square kilometers, situated… Read More

Climate Economists React to Obama’s Proposed Oil Tax

Climate Economists React to Obama’s Proposed Oil Tax

On Thursday, President Obama dropped a surprise in his transportation plan as part of his annual budget. The plan — dubbed the 21st Century Clean Transportation System — calls for $300 billion in investments over the next decade in high speed rail, driverless cars and mass transit across the U.S. That would cut down on carbon pollution and could … Read More

California Narrowly Upholds Key Policy For Solar Growth

California Narrowly Upholds Key Policy For Solar Growth

California delivered a narrow victory to the solar industry this week by maintaining a policy that has underpinned rooftop solar's dramatic growth while introducing fees that were smaller than utilities requested. After two years of rancorous debate, California's Public Utilities Commission upheld net metering by a vote of 3-to-2, allowing … Read More

Europe Probes Wood Energy Market, Climate Impacts

Europe Probes Wood Energy Market, Climate Impacts

U.K. efforts to meet climate targets by subsidizing wood burning at power plants instead of relying on lower-carbon energy sources are being probed by European officials for their impacts on American manufacturers and on the environment. The U.K. is planning to use billions of dollars in climate fees imposed on electricity customers to help two… Read More

Coal Slides to New Low As Source of Electricity

Coal Slides to New Low As Source of Electricity

The amount of electricity generated using coal in the U.S. slid to its lowest level since at least 1970 in November, according to data released this week by the Energy Information Administration. Coal-fired power plants generated 29 percent of the U.S. electric power supply in November, dropping from nearly 35 percent in July and 39 percent for … Read More

Coal Moratorium Turns Spotlight to Oil, Gas Leases

Coal Moratorium Turns Spotlight to Oil, Gas Leases

Emboldened by the Obama administration’s pause on federal coal leasing, activists and scientists are now urging the government to bring federal oil and gas leasing in line with U.S. climate policy before the president leaves office next January. The federal coal leasing moratorium announced in January marks a major turning point in the federal … Read More

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