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Scientists Have Mixed Opinions on Flat CO2 Emissions

Scientists Have Mixed Opinions on Flat CO2 Emissions

Scientists have mixed opinions about whether stagnant global energy-related CO2 emissions are a trend following the International Energy Agency's announcement that flat emissions show that a growing economy and increasing CO2 emissions are no longer coupled.… Read More

Cities Could Be Ideal for Utility-Scale Solar Plants

Cities Could Be Ideal for Utility-Scale Solar Plants

Many solar power plants can be built in California’s cities, which are often overlooked as areas ideal for both utility-scale photovoltaic and concentrating solar power generations, a Stanford University study says. … Read More

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?

On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. Opened in 2008 as a replacement for an aging coal plant, the 534-megawatt natural gas facility looms over three solar photovoltaic panels that provide a sculptural eleme… Read More

Energy Bombshell: CO2 Emissions Stabilized in 2014

Energy Bombshell: CO2 Emissions Stabilized in 2014

The International Energy Agency says global energy-related CO2 emissions were flat in 2014. It is the first time in 40 years that has occurred during a time of economic growth, showing that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a way to combat climate change may be more effective than previously thought.… Read More

Wind Could Power 35 Percent of U.S. Electricity by 2050

Wind Could Power 35 Percent of U.S. Electricity by 2050

Wind energy in the U.S. has grown a lot over the last decade, providing about 4.5 percent of the nation’s electricity today. The U.S. Department of Energy believes it can grow a lot more — so much that wind turbines could supply as much as 35 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050. … Read More

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense

Public lands protect forests that help store atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions while providing space for renewable energy development and protecting wildlife habitat and biodiversity, helping plants and animals adapt to climate change.… Read More

Four Countries Eclipse EU Renewable Goals Early

Four Countries Eclipse EU Renewable Goals Early

The European Union continues to march toward its renewable energy goals for 2020, but some countries aren’t content to wait until then to meet their targets. Newly released data show that four countries — Sweden, Bulgaria, Estonia and Lithuania — have met or surpassed their renewable energy target ahead of schedule, and two others are on the cusp … Read More

Artificial Photosynthesis Closer to Boosting Renewables

Artificial Photosynthesis Closer to Boosting Renewables

Scientists at Caltech think they have discovered a missing link in the development of artificial photosynthesis, according to a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. … Read More

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Southwest Drought Predictions Glen MacDonald, of UCLA, talks about the threat of drought in the Southwest and what it means for water supply.

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