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Sandy Motivates NY to Explore Microgrids

Sandy Motivates NY to Explore Microgrids

While Sandy inspired New York City to call for a study to contemplate a microgrid in the Rockaways, the state is moving more aggressively on microgrids there and elsewhere throughout the state.… Read More

Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

What if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions? Scientists are searching for answers to that question, as they study how much methane is emitted into the atmosphere from man-made reservoirs built for hydropower.… Read More

From Grid Waste to Good Taste

From Grid Waste to Good Taste

The U.S. power grid is a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure. It’s also a wasteful one. Nearly two-thirds of every megawatt U.S. power plants produce never does a bit of useful work. Some of it is lost due to the natural resistance of power lines. Some is lost as heat during generation. And, perhaps surprisingly, some is lost by design when u… Read More

6 Degrees: Rising Seas, Shrinking Goats & Zombie Ice

6 Degrees: Rising Seas, Shrinking Goats & Zombie Ice

This year breaks heat records, the drought hangs on, goats get smaller and more in this week’s climate news. … Read More

How Low Oil Prices May Impact GHG Emissions

How Low Oil Prices May Impact GHG Emissions

Low crude oil and gasoline prices, along with how changing global oil markets affect both of those, have a direct effect on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change as China and Europe have less demand for oil.… Read More

Europe Reaches Climate Deal, Sends Message

Europe Reaches Climate Deal, Sends Message

The first big piece of the upcoming United Nations climate deal has fallen into place. The European Union on Friday became the first major party to the negotiations to declare how far it will go in reducing its climate impacts under a global post-2020 treaty, which is scheduled to be finalized next winter in Paris. The European Commission’s vote to… 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

What’s The Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?

What’s The Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?

Energy and climate change are figuring prominently in the news on the other side of the warming and acidifying pond this week. European leaders are set to meet on Thursday and Friday to decide how aggressively their countries will work toward slowing global warming. "It's a big week for the EU,” said Tim Nuthall, spokesman for the European Climate… Read More