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California Takes Lead In Developing Energy Storage

California Takes Lead In Developing Energy Storage

California is quickly becoming the U.S. leader in energy storage after the state’s 2013 mandate that its largest utilities have 1,325 megawatts — roughly enough for 1 million homes — of electricity storage operating by 2024 as one step to fight climate change. … Read More

EPA Chief: Weather, Climate Scientists’ Work Is ‘Essential’

EPA Chief: Weather, Climate Scientists’ Work Is ‘Essential’

As the sun slowly crept above the desert horizon Wednesday morning, the unmistakable Boston accent of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy jolted to life a room of scientists gathered here for the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. “Are you awake?” she asked, prompting a round a laughter that set the tone for her spirited talk and… Read More

U.S. at Brink of Turning Point in Energy

U.S. at Brink of Turning Point in Energy

2014 set the scene for a major turning point in energy in 2015. We’ll see how those free-falling oil prices affect how people drive and if that, in turn, will stunt use of public transportation and development of vehicles running on alternative fuels.… Read More

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

A few years ago, the Mexican government pinpointed a promising method for reducing carbon dioxide emissions: Encourage Mexicans to trade in their old refrigerators, air conditioners, light bulbs and the like for more up-to-date models. … Read More

Cheap Gas May Not Mean More Driving This Winter

Cheap Gas May Not Mean More Driving This Winter

Whether low prices at the pump, thanks in part to tumbling crude oil prices, lure you onto the freeway this winter, they may not translate to more people driving or more gasoline consumption nationwide, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.… Read More

Electric Cars a Mixed Bag For Health, Climate

Electric Cars a Mixed Bag For Health, Climate

The environmental and human health costs of operating an electric vehicle may be as much as 80 percent greater than driving a gasoline-powered vehicle if it runs on corn ethanol or electricity generated at a coal-fired power plant, according to a new study.… Read More

6 Degrees: Lima, Deadly Heat, Flood Maps & More

6 Degrees: Lima, Deadly Heat, Flood Maps & More

Updates from Lima, news on drought, new research on sea level and more. … Read More

Trillions and Quadrillions: Numbers Tell U.S. Energy Story

Trillions and Quadrillions: Numbers Tell U.S. Energy Story

As the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported this week that the crude oil production in the U.S. is expected to continue booming even as oil prices decline, the federal government put out an interactive map showing just how production of energy of all kinds has increased over the last 20 years or so, and all U.S. energy hotspots.… Read More