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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

New Global ‘Roadmap’ Shows Where to Put Future Roads

New Global ‘Roadmap’ Shows Where to Put Future Roads

“The best thing you could do for the Amazon is to blow up all the roads.” These might sound like the words of an eco-terrorist, but it’s actually a direct quote from Eneas Salati, a forest climatologist and one of Brazil’s most respected scientists. Many scientists share Salati’s anxieties because we’re living in the most explosive era of road expa… 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

Battle Wages for California’s Groundwater Rights

Battle Wages for California’s Groundwater Rights

Grapevines march across wires strung along rolling hills, their little trunks improbably supporting heavy black fruit. Cindy Steinbeck’s family has been farming this land since 1920. They grow Zinfandel, Viognier, Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Syrah grapes but are best known in this area of Central California for a blend called The Crash, named afte… Read More

A Tale of Two Cities: Miami, New York and Life on the Edge

A Tale of Two Cities: Miami, New York and Life on the Edge

Walking along the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale and admiring the 60-foot yachts docked alongside impressive homes, it’s hard to imagine that this city could suffer the same financial fate as Detroit. But it is almost as hard to imagine how they will avoid a similar crisis given the sea level rise predicted by scientists. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale … Read More

Expanding Existing Farmland Would Benefit Climate

Expanding Existing Farmland Would Benefit Climate

A new study shows by expanding agriculture on the edges of regions that are already heavily farmed and confining new farming to specific areas across the globe, about 6 billion tons of carbon can be saved worldwide and 350 million tons in the U.S. … Read More

Determining Methane Leaks Is Key to Climate Goals

Determining Methane Leaks Is Key to Climate Goals

If President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is going to work, lots of things will have to fall into place. Perhaps the most important is the reduction in greenhouse gases that is expected from increased use of natural gas to generate electricity. Under the plan, which aims to reduce electricity sector emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the EPA projects … Read More

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

The cost of the U.S. delaying action on climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions could increase 40 percent each decade if no action is taken, according to a Council of Economic Advisers report released by the White House on Tuesday.… Read More