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Michigan Scientists See Urgency for Negative Emissions

Michigan Scientists See Urgency for Negative Emissions

Beyond Carbon Neutral at the University of Michigan is one of several university programs across the country investigating potential ways of taking large-scale negative emissions out of the theoretical realm and into the real.… Read More

Artificial Leaf Turns CO2 Emissions Into Fuel

Artificial Leaf Turns CO2 Emissions Into Fuel

If humans could invent a leaf-like solar cell that could turn carbon dioxide pollution from the atmosphere into fuel for electric power plants, it could help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut emissions that contribute to global warming. That’s the goal of a new artificial leaf that a team of researchers led by the University of … Read More

Global Economy Becoming Less Energy Intense

Global Economy Becoming Less Energy Intense

The amount of coal, oil, gas and renewable energy used by the global economy is falling quickly, a clear sign that economic growth is having less of an impact on climate change than in the past, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Energy. The measure of the amount of energy that is used per unit of gross domestic product is known as … Read More

Efficiency, Clean Energy Put Dent in CO2 Emissions

Efficiency, Clean Energy Put Dent in CO2 Emissions

Americans are using less electricity as buildings become more energy-efficient and industrial power demand weakens, and a new report says that is leading to three trends: Declining carbon dioxide emissions, low electric power prices and the decline of coal, which has until recently been the primary fuel used to produce electricity. Some of the … Read More

Negative Emissions Key to Meeting 2°C Threshold

Negative Emissions Key to Meeting 2°C Threshold

Humans will have to not only stop emitting greenhouse gases by 2085, but also develop technology that will result in negative emissions — the removal of 15 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year by the end of the century — in order to prevent global warming from exceeding 2°C (3.6°F), according to a new study. … Read More

Court Decision on Climate Plan Jolts Carbon Prices

Court Decision on Climate Plan Jolts Carbon Prices

A temporary halt to the federal government’s plan to cut electric power plant emissions has caused carbon prices in the Northeast’s only cap-and-trade program to plummet, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Carbon prices in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, have fallen 40 percent since the Supreme Court’s decision in … Read More

Mexico, Canada, U.S. to Make Clean Power Pledge

Mexico, Canada, U.S. to Make Clean Power Pledge

The U.S., Mexico and Canada are expected to pledge Wednesday to collectively generate 50 percent of their electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2025, according to White House officials. The agreement is expected to be struck at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa. It means that when all the electricity generated in the three countries … Read More

Extreme Oil Prices May Be Costly to the Climate

Extreme Oil Prices May Be Costly to the Climate

When oil and gas prices go to extremes, such as when they crashed two years ago, scientists begin to look for answers about what those prices mean for climate change — especially when cheap oil encourages people to guzzle more gasoline in less fuel-efficient vehicles. A new study shows that if oil and gas prices remain at either extreme — very … Read More

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With Climate Change, More Rain or Snow? A Climate Central analysis found an increase in the percentage of winter precipitation falling as rain in many western states.

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