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Obama Just Created a Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program

Obama Just Created a Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program

As the Obama Administration honed its historic new climate rules affecting power plants, it began thinking about electricity more broadly. It was a shift in perspective that in the end may produce the nation’s newest system for trading pollution. Instead of looking solely at how each state could reduce pollution from its electricity sector, the… Read More

Surging Renewables Frame EPA’s Historic Climate Rules

Surging Renewables Frame EPA’s Historic Climate Rules

In its signature bid to reimagine America’s power infrastructure to help slow climate change, the Obama Administration has ratcheted up its demands and expectations for pollution reductions from America’s electricity sector for the years ahead. Pointing to recent projections for rapid advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies,… Read More

What Changes to Expect from Obama’s Clean Power Plan

What Changes to Expect from Obama’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping - and controversial - regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. In its initial version, the Clean Power Plan called for cutting the country's power plant emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, setting different… Read More

What Has Changed Since Climate Talks in Copenhagen?

What Has Changed Since Climate Talks in Copenhagen?

This year will mark the most important negotiations on climate change since the 15th gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Copenhagen in 2009, COP 15. Those talks ended up with progress on several important fronts, such as getting developed and developing countries to… Read More

Drought May Stunt Forests’ Ability to Capture Carbon

Drought May Stunt Forests’ Ability to Capture Carbon

Forests are sometimes called the lungs of the earth — they breathe in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and store it in tree trunks until the forest dies or burns. A new study, however, shows that forests devastated by drought may lose their ability to store carbon over a much longer period than previously thought, reducing their role as a buffer … Read More

Warming May Boost Wind Energy in Plains States

Warming May Boost Wind Energy in Plains States

Powerful winds are commonplace in the U.S. prairie states, which experienced walls of dirt swept into the air by these gusts during the Dust Bowl. While today's winds don't often carry the huge quantities of dust that they did in the 1930s, they’re stirring up something significantly more useful in states like Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas – energy. … Read More

Fossil Fuels May Bring Major Changes to Carbon Dating

Fossil Fuels May Bring Major Changes to Carbon Dating

Radiocarbon dating has been helping put the planet’s history in the right order since it was first invented in the 1940s, giving scientists a key way to determine the age of artifacts like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shroud of Turin. Thanks to fossil fuel emissions, though, the method used to date these famous artifacts may be in for a change. … Read More

U.S. Private Sector Vows To Ante Up On Climate Finance

U.S. Private Sector Vows To Ante Up On Climate Finance

Some of the biggest U.S. corporate names on Monday offered their support - and billions of dollars in green financing pledges - to buttress the Obama administration's quest for a global agreement on combating climate change. Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and 10 other well-known companies joined the White House in launching the American Business Act… Read More

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Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season May 15 marks the statistical peak of the eastern Pacific hurricane season.

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