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Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off in Eastern U.S.

Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off in Eastern U.S.

North Carolina is leaping ahead of California for the amount of new utility-scale solar farms currently under development, as eastern U.S. utilities find ways to catch their own rays of sunshine, a new SNL Energy report released Wednesday shows … Read More

Europe Reforms Cap-And-Trade, Lays Out Climate Vision

Europe Reforms Cap-And-Trade, Lays Out Climate Vision

On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s environment committee agreed on a plan to shore up the continent’s flagship cap-and-trade program, which has been ailing for years. Coincidentally, one day later, the European Commission outlined its vision for how Europe and the rest of the world should work together under a new U.N. pact to spare the planet t… Read More

Carbon Pricing Pays the Way for Cleaner Energy

Carbon Pricing Pays the Way for Cleaner Energy

Following more than two centuries of fossil-fueled industrialization, during which the atmosphere has been used as a free dump for climate-changing pollution, an incipient era of carbon-pollution pricing is paying dividends to the climate.… Read More

Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved for UK Coast

Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved for UK Coast

Plans for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank. The project, more than twice the size of the UK’s current biggest offshore wind farm, is expected to cost $9.2 billion to $12.3 bil… Read More

Utilities May Get a Break from EPA on Cutting CO2

Utilities May Get a Break from EPA on Cutting CO2

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy hinted this week that the EPA is not only listening, but is also considering allowing utilities to take more time to cut their CO2 more gradually. The change, allowing the cuts over the next 15 years instead of requiring most of them in the next five.… Read More

Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband Sign Joint Climate Pledge

Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband Sign Joint Climate Pledge

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have signed a joint pledge to tackle climate change, which they say will protect the UK’s national security and economic prosperity. The agreement of the three party leaders is highly unusual and comes amid a general election campaign that is becoming increasingly bitter. The prime minister, deputy prime … Read More

Warmer Oceans Helping Coral-Eating Starfish Thrive

Warmer Oceans Helping Coral-Eating Starfish Thrive

Warmer seas are creating an additional threat to the Great Barrier Reef, with new research suggesting rising temperatures are helping a key coral predator thrive. Crown-of-thorns starfish that eat coral are more likely to survive with rising sea surface heat levels, according to a study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). An … Read More

Can Grains of the Past Help Us Weather Future Storms?

Can Grains of the Past Help Us Weather Future Storms?

In May 2009, Cyclone Aila wreaked havoc in eastern India. Clocking in at speeds of over 120 kilometers per hour, Aila hit the Sundarbans, the largest continuous block of mangrove forest in the world, located in the Ganga-Brahmaputra tidal delta on the Bay of Bengal. The storm killed hundreds of people and livestock, damaged close to a million… Read More