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New Research Projects Could Revitalize Nuclear Power

New Research Projects Could Revitalize Nuclear Power

Nuclear power, a low-carbon but expensive source of electricity, isn’t likely to grow much in the United States, even as President Obama pushes to slash greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants. But the U.S. Department of Energy is betting that $60 million in new research and development could eventually breathe some new life into … Read More

G7 Carbon Goal May Come Too Late, Scientists Say

G7 Carbon Goal May Come Too Late, Scientists Say

There is a sense among some climate scientists that the G7's decarbonization goal may be too little too late, even though it serves as a necessary first step toward a commitment among nations to slash global carbon emissions. The leaders of the G7 nations on Monday called for all countries to cease emitting climate-changing greenhouse gases over … Read More

Climate Plan Will Transform How You Get Your Electricity

Climate Plan Will Transform How You Get Your Electricity

The Clean Power Plan could help low-carbon energy such as wind and solar spread quickly across the country and significantly change where Americans get their electricity and the effect it has on the climate. In a nutshell, the Clean Power Plan aims to cut the United States’ biggest source of climate change-driving greenhouse gas emissions … Read More

Report: U.S. Can Make Good on Climate Pledge — Barely

Report: U.S. Can Make Good on Climate Pledge — Barely

The World Resources Institute, or WRI, a global environmental sustainability think tank, released a report Wednesday showing how the U.S. can make good on its pledge and possibly exceed it. Doing so, however, may involve strengthening controversial emissions cuts in the works, cuts that largely are expected to be challenged in court.… Read More

Canada Sets Goal to Cut Emissions by 2030

Canada Sets Goal to Cut Emissions by 2030

Canada is planning to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels over the next 15 years, following the European Union and the U.S. in setting an emissions reduction target ahead of the Paris international climate negotiations in December. … Read More

Hawaii Sets Goal of 100% Renewables by 2045

Hawaii Sets Goal of 100% Renewables by 2045

Hawaii is on the verge of being the first state in the U.S. to set a goal of generating all of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Under a bill the Hawaii Legislature passed this week, 100 percent of the state’s electricity would be generated with renewables by 2045. If Gov. David Ige approves the measure, it will put the state’s… Read More

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

It may be possible for China to shake most of its reliance on fossil fuels, in part by producing more than 85 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2050, according to a new study. … Read More

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked 2 Percent in 2013

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked 2 Percent in 2013

After two years of decline, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere because of human activity increased 2 percent in 2013 over the previous year, mostly because the country burned more coal than it did in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.… Read More

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Valentine’s Day Snow Cover Snow cover for the continental U.S. on Valentine’s Day, 2014 was light-years beyond what we saw a year ago.

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