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UK and Germany Break Records for Solar Power

UK and Germany Break Records for Solar Power

Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures. Germany generated over half its electricity demand from solar for the first time ever on June 9, and the UK, basking in the sunniest weather of summer during the longest days of the year, nearly doubled its 2013 peak s… Read More

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report also… Read More

New Report Puts Price Tag on Climate Change in U.S.

New Report Puts Price Tag on Climate Change in U.S.

NEW YORK — Climate change poses “multiple and significant risks” to the U.S. economy, particularly along coastlines and to the energy and agriculture sectors, a new report released Tuesday concludes. The report, the first to quantify the damage the American economy could sustain from unabated climate change, was compiled by the non-partisan Risky… Read More

EPA Starts Taking Comments on Clean Power Plan

EPA Starts Taking Comments on Clean Power Plan

A four-month public comment period on the federal government’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric power plants began this week, allowing anyone to submit feedback through Oct. 16.… Read More

Climate Change Poses Growing Threat of Arctic Conflict

Climate Change Poses Growing Threat of Arctic Conflict

Climate change poses a growing security threat and could cause conflict in the Arctic, a group of retired American generals and admirals said on Tuesday. In a new report, the former military officers said the Pentagon had been caught out by the rapid changes under way in the Arctic because of the melting of the sea ice. “Things are accelerating … Read More

Climate Central at White House for NCA Launch

Climate Central at White House for NCA Launch

Tuesday marks the release of the latest National Climate Assessment, one of the most comprehensive analyses of climate change in the U.S. To commemorate the launch, the White House is hosting a series of events Tuesday, one of which that will include Climate Central meteorologist Bernadette Woods Placky and a handful of on-air meteorologists that w… Read More

New Design Delivers Round-the-Clock Solar Power

New Design Delivers Round-the-Clock Solar Power

Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s heat can be stored to produce full power continuously even on cloudy days – and… Read More

Okla. Utilities Hit Homes Using Solar With Extra Fee

Okla. Utilities Hit Homes Using Solar With Extra Fee

Anyone living in Oklahoma planning to power their home using a rooftop solar panel will soon be charged a fee for the right to do that while being connected to the local power grid. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the “solar surcharge” bill into law on Monday, permitting utilities to charge an extra fee to any customer using distributed power… Read More