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Steady Increase in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

Steady Increase in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

percent of global carbon dioxide emissions coming from its aircraft. The problem is the speed at which aviation itself is growing. One aircraft builder believes the number of planes in service in 2011 will have doubled by 2031. Whatever the industry’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, they will be outweighed by the growth in air traffic, even… Read More

For Canada, Tar Sands Are Bigger Than Keystone XL

For Canada, Tar Sands Are Bigger Than Keystone XL

If it is ever built, the Keystone XL Pipeline will exist for one reason: To move Canadian tar sands oil from remote Alberta to refineries in Texas. But for Canada, the story of the tar sands' future hinges on the great economic pressure the country is feeling to bring its vast reserves of crude oil to market.… Read More

See Power Plants Most Vulnerable to Flooding

See Power Plants Most Vulnerable to Flooding

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new mapping tool announced Wednesday shows how a flood could drown the some of the nation’s most critical energy infrastructure — power plants, oil and gas wells, solar power installations, and other infrastructure.… Read More

Determining Methane Leaks Is Key to Climate Goals

Determining Methane Leaks Is Key to Climate Goals

If President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is going to work, lots of things will have to fall into place. Perhaps the most important is the reduction in greenhouse gases that is expected from increased use of natural gas to generate electricity. Under the plan, which aims to reduce electricity sector emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the EPA projects … Read More

Using CO2 Emissions to Pump Oil May Help the Climate

Using CO2 Emissions to Pump Oil May Help the Climate

Called “carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery,” the process works like this: CO2 emissions are captured from coal-fired power plants, then transported to old oil fields where production peaked long ago. By injecting the captured CO2 into existing oil wells that have been producing diminishing amounts of crude oil, hard-to-get crude oil will react wi… Read More

Report Paints Bleak Future for Nuclear Power

Report Paints Bleak Future for Nuclear Power

The globe’s nuclear power industry is ageing, plagued with high costs and construction delays, and generally on the decline. That’s the conclusion of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report released Tuesday, an annual assessment of the trends in nuclear power production and the state of nuclear reactors worldwide.… Read More

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

The cost of the U.S. delaying action on climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions could increase 40 percent each decade if no action is taken, according to a Council of Economic Advisers report released by the White House on Tuesday.… Read More

Warming Threatens Roads, Ports and Planes, Report Says

Warming Threatens Roads, Ports and Planes, Report Says

The transportation sector is a major contributor to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, it’s also one of the most vulnerable sectors to the effects of climate change. That means “sun kinks” could warp train tracks in the heat, and airplanes will be pricer to fly.… Read More