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Strong El Niño Helped Lower U.S. Heating Costs

Strong El Niño Helped Lower U.S. Heating Costs

Was your heating bill a bit friendlier to your wallet this winter? If so, there’s a good chance you can thank El Niño. The exceptionally strong El Niño in the Pacific has been driving chaotic weather across the globe for months, but it also contributed to a mild winter in the U.S., which was about 15 percent warmer than the winter of 2014-2015.… Read More

2016 Election Critical to Success of Paris Climate Pact

2016 Election Critical to Success of Paris Climate Pact

The 2016 presidential election is likely to be enormously consequential to the success of the Paris climate agreement, due to be signed Friday at the United Nations, and the ability of the United States to lead the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming to “well below” 2°C (3.6°F).… Read More

Rooftops in Cloudy Places Could Be Solar Gold Mines

Rooftops in Cloudy Places Could Be Solar Gold Mines

Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, Buffalo is considered one of the cloudiest, dreariest cities in the U.S. — not exactly the first place many people consider prime real estate for solar power development. But Buffalonians have good reason to be excited about rooftop solar, and not just because a solar panel factory is creating jobs… Read More

Coal Decline Pushes Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy

Coal Decline Pushes Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal producer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday, the latest casualty in an industry that has been shaken by the recent shale gas boom, climate change policy and economics that greatly disfavor coal production. In a statement, Peabody Energy said that it will operate as usual as it reorganizes and sells… Read More

The Suit Against the Clean Power Plan, Explained

The Suit Against the Clean Power Plan, Explained

The Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s most sweeping climate change policy, is being challenged in federal appeals court and its future is expected to hinge on the outcome of at least one court decision — and possibly two — over the next year. The merits of the lawsuit are set to be argued June 2 before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … Read More

White House: Climate Change Poses Urgent Health Risk

White House: Climate Change Poses Urgent Health Risk

Climate change is a major threat to human health, with extreme heat likely to kill 27,000 Americans annually by 2100, according to a report released Monday by the White House. The report, by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, outlines numerous ways global warming could devastate public health in the U.S. this century. Global warming will… Read More

Nation’s Next Offshore Wind Farm Eyed For Virginia Coast

Nation’s Next Offshore Wind Farm Eyed For Virginia Coast

America’s next experiment in offshore wind energy has been given the green light in Virginia, and in just a few years, wind turbines could be twirling in two places in the open waters of the U.S. East Coast. The federal government last week approved a research project off the coast of Virginia that is expected to help demonstrate the viability of … Read More

If a Power Plant Is Built in U.S., It’s Likely to be Renewable

If a Power Plant Is Built in U.S., It’s Likely to be Renewable

If a new electric power plant is built in the U.S. these days, chances are it’s renewable — either wind or solar. That’s the gist of a report the U.S. Department of Energy released this week showing that, together, wind and solar accounted for nearly two-thirds of all new electric power plants built in 2015. … Read More

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Spring Ahead: Warmer Temperatures Arriving Earlier On the current greenhouse emissions path, spring may start an average of three weeks earlier by 2100.

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