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Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

News cycles tend to be dominated by horror and carnage — a recipe for depression that spills into climate change coverage, fueling what some experts call a ‘hope gap’ that can lead people to fret about global warming but feel powerless to do anything about it. The latest evidence that media outlets deem the myriad problems posed by climate change … Read More

Two Maps Show Countries’ Plans For CO2 Pledges

Two Maps Show Countries’ Plans For CO2 Pledges

International climate negotiations include every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. And as the world gears up for Paris, climate watchers will be looking to see how (or if) each country plans to rise to the challenge of reducing the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The next major climate talks are still nine months down the road, but commitment… Read More

Scientists Have Mixed Opinions on Flat CO2 Emissions

Scientists Have Mixed Opinions on Flat CO2 Emissions

Scientists have mixed opinions about whether stagnant global energy-related CO2 emissions are a trend following the International Energy Agency's announcement that flat emissions show that a growing economy and increasing CO2 emissions are no longer coupled.… Read More

‘Green’ Diesel Fuel Use Plummets in U.S.

‘Green’ Diesel Fuel Use Plummets in U.S.

After briefly being a hit in the U.S., the use of green diesel in the U.S. is declining as imports from overseas plummet, at least for now, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.… Read More

Index Shows Oil’s Climate Impacts Vary Widely

Index Shows Oil’s Climate Impacts Vary Widely

Crude oils produced in different parts of the world involve different levels of greenhouse gas emissions. There is an 80 percent difference in emissions between the cleanest oil and the dirtiest oil, according to the Carnegie Endowment's Oil-Climate Index.… Read More

California, Quebec Teaming Up On Climate Change

California, Quebec Teaming Up On Climate Change

California and Quebec's cap-and-trade programs have been linked, making climate action cheaper.… Read More

Cities Could Be Ideal for Utility-Scale Solar Plants

Cities Could Be Ideal for Utility-Scale Solar Plants

Many solar power plants can be built in California’s cities, which are often overlooked as areas ideal for both utility-scale photovoltaic and concentrating solar power generations, a Stanford University study says. … Read More

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. Opened in 2008 as a replacement for an aging coal plant, the 534-megawatt natural gas facility looms over three solar photovoltaic panels that provide a sculptural eleme… Read More

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2013 Record Highs vs. Record Lows For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. is on track to set more record lows than record highs in 2013.

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