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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

Tropical Dams an Underestimated Methane Source

Tropical Dams an Underestimated Methane Source

Big dams built in the tropics to produce hydroelectricity have long been highly controversial — data gathered in Laos by a French team studying methane emissions confirms that dams can add to global warming, not reduce it. In many rocky regions low on vegetation and population, such as in Iceland and other northern mountainous regions, the prod… Read More

The Good and Bad Climate News from Permafrost Melt

The Good and Bad Climate News from Permafrost Melt

Earth’s subterranean carbon blisters are starting to pop. Carbon inside now-melting permafrost is oozing out, leaving scientists scrambling to figure out just how much of it is ending up in the atmosphere. Whether recent findings from research that attempted to help answer this question are good or bad climate news might depend on whether you see … 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

Another Year, Another Record High for Greenhouse Gases

Another Year, Another Record High for Greenhouse Gases

The numbers are in and in case there was any doubt, it looks like 2013 was another recordsetting year for greenhouse gases. The atmosphere is home to more warming gases than at any other point since industrialization. And carbon dioxide, the main culprit, is causing oceans to acidify at a rate unseen in at least 300 million years. The news comes c… 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

For Air Pollution, Trash Is a Burning Problem

For Air Pollution, Trash Is a Burning Problem

When atmospheric scientist Christine Wiedinmyer first went to Ghana in 2011 to investigate air pollution produced by burning different materials — from crop stubble to coal used in stoves — she noticed an unexpected potential source: burning piles of trash. Like most residents of developed nations who hadn’t traveled broadly in the developing… Read More

Warming in Europe Raises Risks of Tropical Diseases

Warming in Europe Raises Risks of Tropical Diseases

Add one more horror to the list of awful threats that climate change poses: it could introduce dengue fever in Europe. Dengue fever is already a hazard for 2.5 billion people in humid tropical regions, and 50-100 million people a year are infected by the mosquito-borne disease. It puts 500,000 of them in hospital each year, and kills around 12,000 … Read More