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Swiss Voters Embrace Shift to Renewable Energy

Swiss Voters Embrace Shift to Renewable Energy

Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum on Sunday. Provisional final figures showed support at 58.2 percent under the Swiss system of direct democracy, which gives voters final say on major… Read More

Focus on Carbon Removal a ‘High-Stakes Gamble’

Focus on Carbon Removal a ‘High-Stakes Gamble’

The manmade emissions fueling global warming are accumulating so quickly in the atmosphere that climate change could spiral out of control before humanity can take measures drastic enough to cool the earth’s fever, many climate scientists say. The most important way the earth’s rising temperature can be tempered is to reduce the use of fossil… Read More

Indian Solar Prices Hit New Low, Undercutting Fossil Fuels

Indian Solar Prices Hit New Low, Undercutting Fossil Fuels

Wholesale solar power prices have reached another record low in India, faster than analysts predicted and further undercutting the price of fossil fuel-generated power in the country. The tumbling price of solar energy also increases the likelihood that India will meet — and by its own predictions, exceed — the renewable energy targets it set at … Read More

Climate, Energy Programs Get Budget Reprieve

Climate, Energy Programs Get Budget Reprieve

Lawmakers are set to vote this week on a bipartisan appropriations bill that would keep the government running through the remainder of the 2017. The spending package fully funds the government and keeps many climate, renewable energy and environmental programs funded at close to 2016 levels. The deal almost fully funds most agencies compared to… Read More

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Shutters Diesel Power Plant

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Shutters Diesel Power Plant

America’s first offshore wind farm just helped to shut down a small diesel-fired electric power plant on Block Island, R.I. Block Island officials on Monday switched on a connection between the island and a cable linking the wind farm to Rhode Island’s mainland power grid. … Read More

Trump Orders Review of Obama Offshore Drilling Plan

Trump Orders Review of Obama Offshore Drilling Plan

President Trump on Friday called for the review of a five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing that the Obama administration put in place to keep large swaths of the Atlantic and Arctic off-limits to fossil fuel development. Trump signed an executive order calling for the review during a ceremony at the White House. It comes just before the… Read More

100 Days of Climate

100 Days of Climate

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

Environmental Rules Played Minor Role in Coal’s Decline

Environmental Rules Played Minor Role in Coal’s Decline

Environmental and climate regulations that cut pollution from coal-fired power plants have played only a minor role in the decline of the coal industry, which has been hurt mainly by expanding use of natural gas and less demand for electricity, according to a Columbia University report published this week. U.S. coal use fell by about 30 percent … Read More

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10 Hottest Years on Record The 10 hottest years ever recorded have all occurred since 1998.

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