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The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

Carbon emissions are often considered in the future tense: the G7 aims to reduce future emissions and countries attending the Paris climate summit in December will pledge to make future carbon cuts. Amid all the future talk, the World Resources Institute has released new information about the present – an infographic and huge database of the world … Read More

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought … Read More

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The world got a major dose of climate clarity on Tuesday. The U.S., Brazil and China — three of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters — all released major commitments to reduce or at least slow their greenhouse gas emissions, protect forest and ramp up their use of renewable energy. The flurry of activity comes with five months to go until major… Read More

Supreme Court Blocks EPA Rule on Mercury Emissions

Supreme Court Blocks EPA Rule on Mercury Emissions

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority with a 2012 regulation limiting mercury emissions and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants because it refused to consider the costs involved in complying with the mandate. In a 5-4 opinion, the court said that the EPA must consider the … Read More

Three Ways The World’s Power Mix Is About To Change

Three Ways The World’s Power Mix Is About To Change

Big changes are afoot for the energy sector in the next 25 years. Coal and gas are headed out and solar and wind are rushing to take their place on a multi-trillion dollar investment bonanza, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that scopes out the power generating landscape through 2040. The main reason for the big … Read More

African Utility Companies Struggle to Stay On the Grid

African Utility Companies Struggle to Stay On the Grid

In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power for hours at a time, a “last resort” Eskom is forced to resort to on a regular basis. … Read More

New Rules Would Cut Emissions From Buses, Big Rigs

New Rules Would Cut Emissions From Buses, Big Rigs

Big rigs and other medium- and heavy-duty trucks plying U.S. highways may become much more fuel efficient if new rules proposed on Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are finalized. The rules, submitted as part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, seek to increase the fuel efficiency of medium and heavy-duty trucks … Read More

States See Renewable Future in Offshore Wind Farms

States See Renewable Future in Offshore Wind Farms

Developers and government officials who gathered at the North American Offshore Wind Summit this week said they are optimistic that water-bound wind turbines will eventually catch on in the U.S. as they have in Europe. The Obama administration sees wind turbines in the Atlantic as a way to help wean the country’s electric power supply away from … Read More

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Arctic Sea Ice: Heat Shield Arctic sea ice acts like a heat shield, reflecting most of the sun's energy.

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