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Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

Amid rising concern about the role of fossil fuels in climate change, there was an unprecedented boom in renewables across the globe in 2014, suggesting that countries are well on their way to shifting toward more low-carbon energy as the cost to build solar and wind farms falls quickly. … Read More

Canada Pushes Ahead with Alternatives to Keystone XL

Canada Pushes Ahead with Alternatives to Keystone XL

A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries.… Read More

Scientists Have Mixed Opinions on Flat CO2 Emissions

Scientists Have Mixed Opinions on Flat CO2 Emissions

Scientists have mixed opinions about whether stagnant global energy-related CO2 emissions are a trend following the International Energy Agency's announcement that flat emissions show that a growing economy and increasing CO2 emissions are no longer coupled.… Read More

Index Shows Oil’s Climate Impacts Vary Widely

Index Shows Oil’s Climate Impacts Vary Widely

Crude oils produced in different parts of the world involve different levels of greenhouse gas emissions. There is an 80 percent difference in emissions between the cleanest oil and the dirtiest oil, according to the Carnegie Endowment's Oil-Climate Index.… Read More

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. Opened in 2008 as a replacement for an aging coal plant, the 534-megawatt natural gas facility looms over three solar photovoltaic panels that provide a sculptural eleme… Read More

Energy Bombshell: CO2 Emissions Stabilized in 2014

Energy Bombshell: CO2 Emissions Stabilized in 2014

The International Energy Agency says global energy-related CO2 emissions were flat in 2014. It is the first time in 40 years that has occurred during a time of economic growth, showing that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a way to combat climate change may be more effective than previously thought.… Read More

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense

Public lands protect forests that help store atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions while providing space for renewable energy development and protecting wildlife habitat and biodiversity, helping plants and animals adapt to climate change.… Read More

Cleaner Power Needed to Make Electric Cars Greener

Cleaner Power Needed to Make Electric Cars Greener

A University of Toronto paper establishes an emissions threshold to help governments and consumers better understand whether it helps the climate to push for electric cars and the electrification of other modes of transportation based on the carbon intensity of the electricity those vehicles use. … Read More

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