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NASA Satellite Sends Back Most Detailed View of CO2

NASA Satellite Sends Back Most Detailed View of CO2

It’s been a busy five months for NASA’s newest carbon dioxide-monitoring satellite, snapping up to 1 million measurements a day of how carbon dioxide moves across the planet. Now NASA scientists have shared the first global maps created using that data, showing one of the most detailed views of CO2 ever created. The satellite — known as OCO-2 — has… Read More

Europe’s Record Heat Directly Tied to Climate Change

Europe’s Record Heat Directly Tied to Climate Change

As 2014 comes to a close, Europe is virtually certain to lock in its hottest year in more than 500 years, and according to research by three independent teams of climate scientists, the record can be closely attributed to climate change. The three groups, from the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, each using a different method, found that Europe… Read More

Electric Cars a Mixed Bag For Health, Climate

Electric Cars a Mixed Bag For Health, Climate

The environmental and human health costs of operating an electric vehicle may be as much as 80 percent greater than driving a gasoline-powered vehicle if it runs on corn ethanol or electricity generated at a coal-fired power plant, according to a new study.… Read More

November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

With November’s temperature numbers in the books, 2014 is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded, newly released data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show. During the month, the patterns that have been in place for much of the year held fast: While the eastern U.S. was plunged into a deep freeze, the world… Read More

Trillions and Quadrillions: Numbers Tell U.S. Energy Story

Trillions and Quadrillions: Numbers Tell U.S. Energy Story

As the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported this week that the crude oil production in the U.S. is expected to continue booming even as oil prices decline, the federal government put out an interactive map showing just how production of energy of all kinds has increased over the last 20 years or so, and all U.S. energy hotspots.… Read More

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

A new U.S. Energy Information Administration report out Wednesday shows that California, Washington and Hawaii lead the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles. Joining them at the top of the list is a more unexpected mix: Oregon, Georgia and Maryland.… Read More

Low Oil Prices May Bode Ill For Climate

Low Oil Prices May Bode Ill For Climate

Oil prices are continuing their sub-$70-per-barrel dive, and the volatile oil prices expected to follow are likely to provide a bumpy road for efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption and encourage people to embrace fuel efficiency.… Read More

Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

A pair of researchers compared California's three-year drought with those that have struck during the past 1,200 years. They found dozens of instances of similar or worse rain shortfalls, often lasting longer than the current one. But none of those droughts left the state as dry as it has been this year.… Read More