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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

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

‘Nuff Said: CO2 Emissions Plan Moves to Next Step

‘Nuff Said: CO2 Emissions Plan Moves to Next Step

The EPA's Clean Power Plan, which aims to slash CO2 from existing power plants, moves to the next step of approval now that the public comment period has passed. More than 1.6 million people submitted comments. The plan is slated to be finalized in June.… Read More

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