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Three EU Countries Hit 2020 Renewable Benchmarks Early

Three EU Countries Hit 2020 Renewable Benchmarks Early

Newly released data shows that three European Union member countries have already met their renewable energy goals for 2020. A number of other members are also well on their way to meeting their benchmarks, though some countries, most notably the U.K., are a long ways away. Eurostat, the main entity that keeps data on the EU, released renewable en… Read More

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report in March showing that U.S. power lines, electric power plants, renewable energy generators and other energy infrastructure are threatened in a changing climate, especially to rising seas, extreme weather and drought. … Read More

6 Degrees: A Little Hot, A Little Cold and a Little TV Time

6 Degrees: A Little Hot, A Little Cold and a Little TV Time

Find out what happened this week in the world of climate news and research.… Read More

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind power may have prevented rolling blackouts in Texas as power demand spiked during winter cold spells in January and February. In a changing climate, wind power is seen as part of the solution to weaning the country away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Wind power may even begin to compete on its own directly with natural gas as a maj… Read More

Natural Gas May Benefit Climate Despite Methane Leaks

Natural Gas May Benefit Climate Despite Methane Leaks

The paper, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inventories underestimate methane emissions from natural gas production, but hydraulic fracturing — a process of fracturing underground rock to release natural gas into wells — is not likely the largest source of methane leaks. The study sa… Read More

UK Won’t Meet Renewable Energy Target Beyond 2020

UK Won’t Meet Renewable Energy Target Beyond 2020

The UK will not have a renewable energy target beyond 2020, the government has said, though the EU-wide target set yesterday, requiring 27 percent of energy to come from renewable sources, will have to be met across the bloc. It will be the first time in nearly two decades that the UK has not had a clear national target on renewable energy, and th… Read More

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

Europe will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, the toughest climate change target of any region in the world, and will produce 27 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the same date. The landmark deal was reached after grinding negotiations dragged on to the deadline of 11:00 am on … Read More

Wind Power Tops Spain’s Electricity Source in 2013

Wind Power Tops Spain’s Electricity Source in 2013

Remarkable new figures from Spain's grid operator have revealed that greenhouse gas emissions from the country's power sector are likely to have fallen 23.1 percent last year, as power generation from wind farms and hydroelectric plants soared. Red Eléctrica de España (REE) released a preliminary report on the country's power system late last month… Read More