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What You Need to Know About Zika And Climate Change

What You Need to Know About Zika And Climate Change

The rapid rise of the Zika virus is turning into a full-on public health crisis. The virus, transferred via specific types of mosquitoes, “is now spreading explosively” across Latin America, according to Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). There could be up to 4 million cases right now, just eight months after the first … Read More

Coal Slides to New Low As Source of Electricity

Coal Slides to New Low As Source of Electricity

The amount of electricity generated using coal in the U.S. slid to its lowest level since at least 1970 in November, according to data released this week by the Energy Information Administration. Coal-fired power plants generated 29 percent of the U.S. electric power supply in November, dropping from nearly 35 percent in July and 39 percent for … Read More

Coal Moratorium Turns Spotlight to Oil, Gas Leases

Coal Moratorium Turns Spotlight to Oil, Gas Leases

Emboldened by the Obama administration’s pause on federal coal leasing, activists and scientists are now urging the government to bring federal oil and gas leasing in line with U.S. climate policy before the president leaves office next January. The federal coal leasing moratorium announced in January marks a major turning point in the federal … Read More

Study: Grid For Renewables Key to Cutting Emissions

Study: Grid For Renewables Key to Cutting Emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions from generating electricity could be cut by 78 percent within the next 15 years if the country makes the same Herculean effort to expand solar and wind technology that it did to build the Interstate Highway System. That’s the conclusion of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study published Monday in … Read More

China’s Coal Use Declines As Electricity Demand Falls Flat

China’s Coal Use Declines As Electricity Demand Falls Flat

The amount of coal that China is using is tumbling as its electricity consumption falls and that decline may help the country’s greenhouse gas emissions peak a decade earlier than expected, according to a new analysis. China is the globe’s largest consumer of coal, burning more than three times that of the U.S., and it’s the world’s leading carbon… Read More

Citing Climate Change, Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing

Citing Climate Change, Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing

The Obama administration on Friday brought a temporary halt to new coal mining leases on federal lands while it conducts a three-year review meant to bring coal leasing in line with U.S. climate policy. The moratorium comes just days after Obama said in his State of the Union Address that he would push to change the way the government manages its … Read More

Solar Job Boom Continues As Prices Spur Demand

Solar Job Boom Continues As Prices Spur Demand

The U.S. solar power industry continued its hiring spree in 2015, growing nearly 12 times faster than overall U.S. employment. The solar industry has seen 123 percent growth in employment since 2010, adding 115,000 jobs in that time. Last year, industry employment totaled 208,859, with 35,000 new jobs added in 2015, up from about 31,000 in 2014 … Read More

U.S. Coal Production Dropped to 30-Year Low in 2015

U.S. Coal Production Dropped to 30-Year Low in 2015

Coal production in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years thanks in part to low natural gas prices and climate policies encouraging utilities to switch to natural gas to generate electricity. It was 1986 when coal production in the U.S. was as low as it is today, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data released … Read More

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Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise: Advancing Waters As the climate warms, rising sea levels will mean more damage from hurricane storm surge.

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