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U.S. Public Lands Fading As Fossil Fuels Source

U.S. Public Lands Fading As Fossil Fuels Source

Coal, oil and gas are on the decline on more than 600 million acres of public land in the U.S., long a battleground over energy development because of concern about their possible environmental and climate impacts. … Read More

New Report Outlines ‘Pathways’ to Cut CO2 Emissions

New Report Outlines ‘Pathways’ to Cut CO2 Emissions

Carbon emissions have been rising since the start of the Industrial Revolution. But they’ll have to be curbed soon, and sharply, to keep the globe from warming above “safe” levels. A new report lays out avenues to get there and shows that while it’s possible, it’ll take a little human ingenuity and a lot of global cooperation. A draft of the report… Read More

Engineers Warn UK Infrastructure at Risk from Climate

Engineers Warn UK Infrastructure at Risk from Climate

Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defenses are falling well behind where they need to be. This is happening while future risks to these e… Read More

North Dakota, Texas Send U.S. Oil Boom Skyrocketing

North Dakota, Texas Send U.S. Oil Boom Skyrocketing

The U.S. is in the middle of a huge oil and natural gas boom, with crude oil production heading skyward fast thanks to a drilling rush in two states — Texas and North Dakota.… Read More

Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks

Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks

Defects in fracked oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are leading to methane leaks in shale wells throughout the state — greenhouse gas emissions that could exacerbate climate change, according to a Cornell University study published Monday.… Read More

Basis for EPA Clean Power Plan Cuts a ‘Mystery’

Basis for EPA Clean Power Plan Cuts a ‘Mystery’

The nation’s biggest CO2 emitter won’t need to make the biggest cuts in existing power plant CO2 emissions, according to the Clean Power Plan’s goals proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.… Read More

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report also… Read More

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk

Rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will all play havoc with the world's energy systems as climate change takes hold, a new report has found. Energy companies are more often cited as part of the problem of climate change, generating the lion's share of the world's greenhouse gas emissions,… Read More