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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

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Largely as a result of trying to keep warm from that Arctic chill, carbon dioxide emitted from burning energy in the U.S. increased 2.5 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s annual CO2 emissions report, released Tuesday.… Read More

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

New regulations in North Dakota are expected to slash the CO2 emissions from flaring natural gas wells in North Dakota, where about a third of the natural gas produced along with crude oil in the Bakken shale is burned off, producing CO emissions. … Read More

LEDs are a Bright Idea Whose Time Has Come

LEDs are a Bright Idea Whose Time Has Come

The day the Nobel committee began announcing its 2014 winners earlier this week, National Geographic published a list of Nobel should-have-beens. Dan Vergano’s contribution—Thomas Edison for the lightbulb—proved prescient. One day later, a Nobel for physics was finally awarded for the lightbulb. Unfortunately for the Wizard of Menlo Park, it didn’t… Read More

Evidence Connects Quakes to Oil, Natural Gas Boom

Evidence Connects Quakes to Oil, Natural Gas Boom

A flurry of new research connecting connect the dots between fossil fuels development and the shaking ground: Oil and gas operations, including fracking, can cause earthquakes. Some of them can destroy homes and injure people.… Read More

Scientists: EPA Underestimating Renewables Potential

Scientists: EPA Underestimating Renewables Potential

Generating electricity in the U.S. can be a lot greener and more climate-friendly than the Obama administration expects it to be through 2030, researchers at the Union of Concerned Scientists said in an analysis released Tuesday. … Read More

Fish Fail to Adapt to Rising CO2 Levels: Study

Fish Fail to Adapt to Rising CO2 Levels: Study

Rising carbon dioxide levels in oceans adversely change the behavior of fish through generations, raising the possibility that marine species may never fully adapt to their changed environment, research has found. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, found that elevated CO2 levels affected fish regardless of whether their parents had also… Read More