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100 Days of Climate: Week 6

100 Days of Climate: Week 6

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

Senate Mulls ‘Kill Switch’ for Obama Methane Rule

Senate Mulls ‘Kill Switch’ for Obama Methane Rule

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on whether to use the Congressional Review Act to kill an Obama administration climate regulation that cuts methane emissions from oil and gas wells on federal land. The rule was designed to reduce oil and gas wells’ contribution to climate change and to stop energy companies from wasting natural gas. The… Read More

This is What 4 Million Solar Panels Look Like From Space

This is What 4 Million Solar Panels Look Like From Space

On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park. It’s the largest solar farm in the world, spreading over 10 square miles of the high desert landscape. The complex sprung into existence in 2013 and has been rapidly expanding ever since. Satellite imagery curated by … Read More

Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for Electricity in U.S.

Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for Electricity in U.S.

Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, February 12, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Wind power in the SPP… Read More

America’s Climate Pollution is Falling, EPA Report Says

America’s Climate Pollution is Falling, EPA Report Says

After two years of increases, greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2015, reducing America’s overall climate pollution to below 1994 levels, according to a draft Environmental Protection Agency report published Tuesday. The decline in 2015 was mainly because that year’s mild winter reduced demand for heat across the country, and electric power … Read More

EU Must Shut All Coal Plants to Meet Paris Pledges

EU Must Shut All Coal Plants to Meet Paris Pledges

The European Union will “vastly overshoot” its Paris climate pledges unless its coal emissions are completely phased out within 15 years, a stress test of the industry has found. Coal’s use is falling by about 1 percent a year in Europe but still generates a quarter of the continent’s power — and a fifth of its greenhouse gas emissions. If Europe… Read More

90 Percent of New Power in Europe From Renewables

90 Percent of New Power in Europe From Renewables

Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels. But industry leaders said they were worried about the lack of political support beyond 2020, when binding EU renewable energy targets end… Read More

Scotland Eyes 50 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030

Scotland Eyes 50 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030

The Scottish government has taken the first steps to heavily cutting the country’s reliance on North Sea oil and gas after calling for 50 percent of Scotland’s entire energy needs to come from renewables. In a subtle but significant shift of emphasis for the Scottish National party after decades championing North Sea production, ministers unveiled… Read More

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California Drought Intensifies The relentless heat that has plagued the western half of the country this summer has ratcheted up California’s terrible drought.

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