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The 10 Most Important U.S. Climate Stories in 2017

The 10 Most Important U.S. Climate Stories in 2017

Following a year of weather extremes, disasters and policy clashes, we asked our readers to help us pick out the most important climate stories from the U.S. in 2017. This was a brutal year for hurricanes in the U.S. A trifecta of storms (Harvey, Irma and Maria) battered Florida, the Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico, causing deaths and widespread … Read More

Can Business Save the World from Climate Change?

Can Business Save the World from Climate Change?

“We are still in.” On June 5, 2017, with these four words a group of U.S. businesses and investors with a combined annual revenue of $1.4 trillion sent a powerful message to the world: U.S. president Donald Trump may have withdrawn from the Paris agreement on climate change four days earlier, but corporate America was not following suit. “We Are… Read More

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state’s climate goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. However, research shows that burning biomass to generate electricity can actually make climate change worse by … Read More

Planet Has Just 5 Percent Chance to Reach Paris Goal

Planet Has Just 5 Percent Chance to Reach Paris Goal

There is only a 5 percent chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2°C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change. Global trends in the economy, emissions and population growth make it extremely unlikely that the planet will remain … Read More

Alphabet Turns to Molten Salt to Store Clean Energy

Alphabet Turns to Molten Salt to Store Clean Energy

Using giant vats of molten salt and antifreeze under the codename “Malta,” Google's parent company Alphabet is joining Tesla and smaller companies that are developing ways to store wind and solar power affordably to expand renewables and combat climate change. Alphabet’s X research lab is developing a cutting-edge molten salt technology that aims … Read More

Tesla Joins Effort to Pair Batteries With Offshore Wind

Tesla Joins Effort to Pair Batteries With Offshore Wind

Tesla and wind farm developer Deepwater Wind are planning to team up to create the largest project in the world that combines an offshore wind farm with large-scale electricity storage, the companies announced Tuesday. The project, called the Revolution Wind Farm, would generate electricity about 12 miles off the shore of Martha’s Vineyard… Read More

Australia to Build One of World’s Longest EV Highways

Australia to Build One of World’s Longest EV Highways

Queensland will have a 1,200 mile (2,000 km) network of electric vehicle charging stations that make up one of the world’s longest electric vehicle highways within six months. The state government announced on Thursday it would build an 18-station network stretching along Queensland’s east coast from Cairns to Coolangatta and west to Toowoomba… Read More

VW, in Settlement, to Build Electric Vehicle Stations

VW, in Settlement, to Build Electric Vehicle Stations

Volkswagen will build a massive network of electric vehicle charging stations across California as part of a settlement over its diesel emissions scandal. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to approve the $200 million plan as the first of a number of steps the German automaker has proposed to take to help cut greenhouse gas… Read More

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2016-17 Winter Weather Stations These U.S. cities had their warmest winter on record.

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