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Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Hit 27-Year Low

Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Hit 27-Year Low

As states begin the long task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants to comply with new federal climate policy, a 27-year low in carbon dioxide emissions earlier this year shows the U.S. may be heading toward meeting its emissions goals. U.S. power plants emitted less carbon dioxide — 128 million metric tons — in April … Read More

Renewables Outpace Nuclear in Major World Economies

Renewables Outpace Nuclear in Major World Economies

Solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population, an atomic industry report shows.… Read More

States Cut Power Plant Emissions Ahead of New EPA Rule

States Cut Power Plant Emissions Ahead of New EPA Rule

Forty-two states are reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants on their own as they move toward using less coal and more natural gas to produce electricity. Between 2008 and 2013, those states reduced greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants by an average of 19 percent, according to a report published Tuesday.… Read More

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

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