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Climate Impact of Soot Is Exaggerated, Study Says

Climate Impact of Soot Is Exaggerated, Study Says

The global warming effect of ‘black carbon,’ or soot, has been greatly exaggerated due to mistaken assumptions about the atmospheric altitude at which its particles are concentrated, according to a new study. Soot plumes belch from chimneys, stoves and forest fires, causing numerous health ailments and, it was thought, a contribution to climate cha… Read More

The Fuel You Use For Heating Depends on Where You Live

The Fuel You Use For Heating Depends on Where You Live

With the U.S. on the cusp of the winter home-heating season, what fuel do you use to heat your home? The answer to that question depends a lot on where you live, and it has implications on your carbon footprint, too.… Read More

Study: Natural Gas Reliance Impediment to Renewables

Study: Natural Gas Reliance Impediment to Renewables

A new study suggests that the country’s push toward natural gas is not only a distraction from “decarbonizing” the U.S. and expanding renewable energy sources, it could also make climate change worse. … Read More

Analysts, States Bullish on Success of Clean Power Plan

Analysts, States Bullish on Success of Clean Power Plan

The Obama administration’s proposed plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants drew criticism from utilities and bullish predictions from states and analysts Tuesday at the 2014 Carbon Forum in New York. At the International Emissions Trading Association Carbon Forum, held at Morgan Stanley headquarters in Manhattan and … Read More

Coal Power Shows Zero Growth in 2014, Report Shows

Coal Power Shows Zero Growth in 2014, Report Shows

As utilities across the U.S. have added new electric power generating capacity, most of that added capacity has come from natural gas and solar. No new coal power-generating capacity has been added yet in 2014, though two small plants are expected to open this year in North Dakota and Mississippi.… Read More

States Suing to Stop CO2 Cuts Prep For Them Anyway

States Suing to Stop CO2 Cuts Prep For Them Anyway

Sue the Obama Administration to derail its plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, but prepare for the cuts anyway. That’s the philosophy some of the 12 states suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the Clean Power Plan are taking even as they lay the groundwork for implementing it.… Read More

China Works Toward Kicking its Coal Habit

China Works Toward Kicking its Coal Habit

There are still doubts. The statistics might be proved wrong. But it looks as if China might be starting to wean itself off its coal consumption habit. China produces and consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Coal, the most polluting of all energy sources, has powered the growth of China’s flyaway economy. But as incomes h… 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