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Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

What if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions? Scientists are searching for answers to that question, as they study how much methane is emitted into the atmosphere from man-made reservoirs built for hydropower.… Read More

From Grid Waste to Good Taste

From Grid Waste to Good Taste

The U.S. power grid is a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure. It’s also a wasteful one. Nearly two-thirds of every megawatt U.S. power plants produce never does a bit of useful work. Some of it is lost due to the natural resistance of power lines. Some is lost as heat during generation. And, perhaps surprisingly, some is lost by design when u… Read More

Scientists: EPA Underestimating Renewables Potential

Scientists: EPA Underestimating Renewables Potential

Generating electricity in the U.S. can be a lot greener and more climate-friendly than the Obama administration expects it to be through 2030, researchers at the Union of Concerned Scientists said in an analysis released Tuesday. … Read More

Study: Renewables As Green As You’d Expect

Study: Renewables As Green As You’d Expect

Rolling out wind and solar power projects across the globe through 2050 will probably have a very low climate and environmental impact and even reduce air pollution despite the need for extracting pollution-intensive raw materials.… Read More

Drought Dries Up California Hydropower

Drought Dries Up California Hydropower

There’s so little water available in California's reservoirs that its ability to produce hydropower has been cut in half, while its use of renewables and natural gas power has spiked, a U.S. Energy Information Administration report published Monday shows.… Read More

World’s First Carbon Capture Power Plant Switches On

World’s First Carbon Capture Power Plant Switches On

Canada has switched on the first large-scale coal-fired power plant fitted with a technology that proponents say enables the burning of fossil fuels without tipping the world into a climate catastrophe. The project, the first commercial-scale plant equipped with carbon capture and storage technology, was held up by the coal industry as a real life … Read More

The Fuel You Use For Heating Depends on Where You Live

The Fuel You Use For Heating Depends on Where You Live

With the U.S. on the cusp of the winter home-heating season, what fuel do you use to heat your home? The answer to that question depends a lot on where you live, and it has implications on your carbon footprint, too.… Read More

Study: Natural Gas Reliance Impediment to Renewables

Study: Natural Gas Reliance Impediment to Renewables

A new study suggests that the country’s push toward natural gas is not only a distraction from “decarbonizing” the U.S. and expanding renewable energy sources, it could also make climate change worse. … Read More