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This Is How the U.S. Power Grid Works

This Is How the U.S. Power Grid Works

As part of what it called Grid Week in mid-November, the U.S. Department of Energy published a cool new infographic showing how the power grid operates, especially helpful now that new regulations may soon demand that electric power be generated with fewer fossil fuels and be used more efficiently in an effort to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions… Read More

Report Maps Out Decarbonization Plan for U.S.

Report Maps Out Decarbonization Plan for U.S.

There’s no technological or economic barrier standing in the way of the U.S. almost completely eliminating fossil fuels and almost fully decarbonizing by mid-century, according to the report issued by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. … Read More

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire

IEA report says conservation efforts and more use of wind and solar power probably won’t slash emissions enough quickly enough to prevent catastrophic climate consequences. … Read More

UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance

UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance

The most sophisticated, comprehensive and succinct scientific account of the accelerating impacts of human activity on the world around us, from warming and rising oceans to the growing toll of heat stroke, was published Sunday by a United Nations panel. The picture that emerged from the 116-page synthesis of three blockbuster climate change report… Read More

The Fuel You Use For Heating Depends on Where You Live

The Fuel You Use For Heating Depends on Where You Live

With the U.S. on the cusp of the winter home-heating season, what fuel do you use to heat your home? The answer to that question depends a lot on where you live, and it has implications on your carbon footprint, too.… 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

Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier, Live Longer

Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier, Live Longer

What if I offered you an investment that would make us all healthier, save thousands of lives, and pay for itself? It would be hard to turn down a deal like that. According to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, there is such an investment, and it’s called cap and trade—the market-based plan to reduce carbon pollution that i… Read More

See Power Plants Most Vulnerable to Flooding

See Power Plants Most Vulnerable to Flooding

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new mapping tool announced Wednesday shows how a flood could drown the some of the nation’s most critical energy infrastructure — power plants, oil and gas wells, solar power installations, and other infrastructure.… Read More