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Court Ruling May Reverberate on ‘Social Cost’ of Carbon

Court Ruling May Reverberate on ‘Social Cost’ of Carbon

Greenhouse gas emissions from burning and extracting coal, oil and natural gas drive climate change, and as communities feel the effects of a warming world — rising seas, burning forests and withering crops — communities’ pocketbooks take a hit, too.… Read More

U.S. Gets Lackluster Energy Efficiency Ranking

U.S. Gets Lackluster Energy Efficiency Ranking

Germany is the global leader in energy efficiency, and the U.S., with its ingrained car culture, is among the least energy efficient of the world’s largest economies. … Read More

Renewables Revolution Could be in Management, Not Tech

Renewables Revolution Could be in Management, Not Tech

Cutting-edge renewable energy technology as a way to tackle climate change may be a sexy topic, but the next 15 years are likely to bring few revolutionary changes in how we generate our electricity. Instead, the revolution is most likely to be in how U.S. power grids are managed and how utilities do business, scientists say.… Read More

Groundwater Is Drought Lifeline for California Farmers

Groundwater Is Drought Lifeline for California Farmers

By the end of this year, the California drought will have cost the state about 3.25 million Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of surface water. That’s 2.15 trillion gallons, or 6.6 million acre-feet of water, lost to drought — enough water to supply 18.4 million average homes with water for an entire year, costing California $2.2 billion in econo… Read More

Interactive: 1,001 Blistering Future Summers

Interactive: 1,001 Blistering Future Summers

During these dog days of summer, air conditioning and splash parks can help beat the heat, but climate change is making it harder to avoid simmering temperatures. Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. And climate models tell us that summers are going to keep warming as greenhouse gas emissions continue. What … Read More

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. They perform diverse functions, but they have one thing in common: climate change could cost them big in the coming decades unless adaptation measures are taken soon. The military has already taken some action. Planning for climate change impa… Read More

U.S. Public Lands Fading As Fossil Fuels Source

U.S. Public Lands Fading As Fossil Fuels Source

Coal, oil and gas are on the decline on more than 600 million acres of public land in the U.S., long a battleground over energy development because of concern about their possible environmental and climate impacts. … Read More

Caribbean Coral Reefs ‘Will be Lost Within 20 Years’

Caribbean Coral Reefs ‘Will be Lost Within 20 Years’

Most Caribbean coral reefs will disappear within the next 20 years unless action is taken to protect them, primarily due to the decline of grazers such as sea urchins and parrotfish, a new report has warned. A comprehensive analysis by 90 experts of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at nearly 100 Caribbean locations since 1970 shows that the … Read More