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Wind, Solar Boosting Investment in Power Lines

Wind, Solar Boosting Investment in Power Lines

The U.S. saw a fivefold increase in investments in electric power transmission lines between 1997 and 2012 following a three-decade decline, the report says. Investments totaled $2.7 billion in 1997, increasing to $14.1 billion by 2012. … Read More

Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier, Live Longer

Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier, Live Longer

What if I offered you an investment that would make us all healthier, save thousands of lives, and pay for itself? It would be hard to turn down a deal like that. According to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, there is such an investment, and it’s called cap and trade—the market-based plan to reduce carbon pollution that i… Read More

Coal Plants Lock in 300 Billion Tons of CO2 Emissions

Coal Plants Lock in 300 Billion Tons of CO2 Emissions

If they live out their full life spans, all the world’s power plants existing today will spew out 300 billion tons of CO2 before they are retired, according to a new study.… Read More

Can Birds Be Protected From Huge Solar Plants?

Can Birds Be Protected From Huge Solar Plants?

You might never have seen an Yuma clapper rail. Fewer than 1,000 are thought to still be sloshing about in cattail-thick marshes from Mexico up to Utah and across to California. But if you were lucky enough to spot one, you might chuckle at its oversized toes. When officials with the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory saw one of these… Read More

Coal Terminal Decision Highlights Exports’ GHGs

Coal Terminal Decision Highlights Exports’ GHGs

What an Oregon coal terminal setback means for U.S. coal exports and global greenhouse gas emissions isn’t clear partly because there is disagreement about whether blocking new coal export terminals will result in a decrease in global greenhouse gas emissions.… Read More

Wind Turbine Syndrome? Courts Aren’t Buying It

Wind Turbine Syndrome? Courts Aren’t Buying It

To wind farm opponents, wind turbine syndrome is a manifold malady triggered by acoustic pulses and other unfortunate side effects of large wind turbines. To wind farm developers, syndrome claims can mean stomach-churning marches into courtrooms and municipal hearings, where legal teams defend projects against allegations they’re responsible for ev… Read More

How Climate Friendly is Bike Sharing? It’s Complicated

How Climate Friendly is Bike Sharing? It’s Complicated

There's a lot scientists don't know about how bike sharing programs encourage less driving, and less CO2 from being emitted from car tailpipes. But there's a big benefit to bike sharing: It's a "gateway drug" to all kinds of cycling, and that's a big climate benefit.… Read More

New CO2 Satellite Sends First Data Back to Earth

New CO2 Satellite Sends First Data Back to Earth

NASA’s new carbon dioxide-monitoring satellite just opened its eyes for the first time. Based on the initial data its sending back to Earth, it appears to have 20/20 vision and scientists will soon have plenty more data to analyze. The satellite, dubbed the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2, was launched last month as part of an effort to be… Read More