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California’s New Climate Rules Explained

California’s New Climate Rules Explained

A progressive culture and Silicon Valley-style innovation a decade ago thrust California toward the head of the worldwide pack when it comes to shifting away from polluting fossil fuels in favor of cleaner alternatives. This week, the state Assembly and Senate ensured the state’s leadership will be strengthened when lawmakers approved two key… Read More

Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline

Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline

Years of number crunching that had seemed to corroborate the climate benefits of American biofuels were starkly challenged in a science journal on Thursday, with a team of scientists using a new approach to conclude that the climate would be better off without them. Based largely on comparisons of tailpipe pollution and crop growth linked to biofu… Read More

Key Program in Doubt as California Climate Bill Approved

Key Program in Doubt as California Climate Bill Approved

California lawmakers cast key votes Tuesday for ambitious climate pollution reduction goals after 2020 — shortly before learning that an auction held under a program designed to help achieve those goals had flopped, hinting at major challenges ahead. The state Assembly voted 47-29 to approve SB32. The bill would require the state government to … Read More

Biomass Power Slumps as EPA, Industry Spar on Science

Biomass Power Slumps as EPA, Industry Spar on Science

With the biomass power industry in financial tumult, its leaders are pinning hopes for revival on Congress’s potential willingness to interfere with climate science. The legislative language, introduced by some Republicans in the House and Senate and by a Democrat-aligned independent Senator, varies slightly. But it all requires that most wood… Read More

Legal Doubts Over California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Legal Doubts Over California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

The opinion of lawyers working for California’s lawmakers became clear in the spring. Without new laws, the state’s prominent cap-and-trade program would be dead after 2020. Such a legal reality could put an end to the pollution reduction program, and with it billions in anticipated revenues and some the Golden State’s vaunted global leadership on… Read More

Europe Aims to Close Loophole on Wood Energy

Europe Aims to Close Loophole on Wood Energy

European officials are moving to close a loophole that promotes the burning of wood for electricity by an industry that’s felling American trees, and a new report they commissioned has laid bare the urgent need for reform.… Read More

Michigan Scientists See Urgency for Negative Emissions

Michigan Scientists See Urgency for Negative Emissions

Beyond Carbon Neutral at the University of Michigan is one of several university programs across the country investigating potential ways of taking large-scale negative emissions out of the theoretical realm and into the real.… Read More

Cities Rush to Measure Climate Footprint After Paris Deal

Cities Rush to Measure Climate Footprint After Paris Deal

The number of cities reporting on their efforts to tackle global warming has risen 70 percent to 533 around the world since the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement in 2015, the group collecting the data said. The cities — which provide annual information on their planet-warming emissions, the climate hazards they face, renewable energy … Read More

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2013 Record Highs vs. Record Lows For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. is on track to set more record lows than record highs in 2013.

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