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U.S. Emissions, Economic Growth Headed Toward Divorce

U.S. Emissions, Economic Growth Headed Toward Divorce

Call them a couple: The U.S. economy and energy consumption, along with the greenhouse gas emissions they create, have always grown and plunged together. But as the U.S. embraces energy efficiency and renewables, those things aren’t dancing to quite the same beat anymore. In fact, they’re “decoupling,” and could be heading toward a divorce.… Read More

Pacific Northwest’s ‘Wet Drought’ Possible Sign of Future

Pacific Northwest’s ‘Wet Drought’ Possible Sign of Future

The desiccated soils and barren slopes of California have grabbed news headlines in recent weeks, as the state entered its fourth year of a deep drought that has forced unprecedented statewide water restrictions. But while most eyes have been trained on the plight of the Golden State, its neighbors to the north are also facing a dearth of water… Read More

Blooming Algae Could Accelerate Arctic Warming

Blooming Algae Could Accelerate Arctic Warming

Scientists already know that receding sea ice allows solar energy to warm exposed water rather than reflect back into space, but blooms of algae could make matters even worse. By the end of the century, researchers say, the blooms could lead Arctic warming to increase by as much as 20 percent.… Read More

The State of the Earth in 4 Climate Trends

The State of the Earth in 4 Climate Trends

What better day to step back and take stock of the planet than Earth Day? Started in 1970 to raise awareness in the U.S. about the environmental state of the planet, Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 190 countries and has led to the creation of legislation in the U.S. aimed at protecting the environment. But one global trend has continued… Read More

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

The White House says all the pipelines, power lines, railways and the other infrastructure that bring Americans the energy they use each day will have to be modernized in the face of climate change and a renaissance in renewable energy.… Read More

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

It may be possible for China to shake most of its reliance on fossil fuels, in part by producing more than 85 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2050, according to a new study. … Read More

Defecting from the Power Grid? Unlikely, Analysts Say

Defecting from the Power Grid? Unlikely, Analysts Say

Former Vice President Al Gore says homeowners are soon going to find rooftop solar so cheap that they’ll be able to treat their electric utility — and all the greenhouse gas emissions it generates — like Ma Bell and go totally off-grid. Analysts say that's unlikely to happen, however.… Read More

Three Ways The West Can Adapt To Drought

Three Ways The West Can Adapt To Drought

The current Washington drought could help the West learn to adapt to one of the most profound effects that climate change is projected to bring to the region. Scientists warn that climate change could deliver “megadroughts” to the West, the likes of which haven’t been experienced in more than a millenium. “I’m seeing this year as a dress rehearsal … Read More

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Carbon Capture and Sequestration off the NJ Coast A demonstration of the process of carbon capture and sequestration for the proposed PurGen plant in Linden, NJ

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