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Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Hit 27-Year Low

Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Hit 27-Year Low

As states begin the long task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants to comply with new federal climate policy, a 27-year low in carbon dioxide emissions earlier this year shows the U.S. may be heading toward meeting its emissions goals. U.S. power plants emitted less carbon dioxide — 128 million metric tons — in April … Read More

Katrina: Lasting Climate Lessons for a Sinking City

Katrina: Lasting Climate Lessons for a Sinking City

This week marks a decade since Hurricane Katrina spun violently toward the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, ravaging both states when it barreled ashore on Aug. 29, 2005. Katrina taught New Orleans and the Gulf Coast many lessons about how vulnerable the region is to natural disaster, especially to sea level rise and storm surge made worse by … Read More

White House: Efficiency Key to Tackling Climate Change

White House: Efficiency Key to Tackling Climate Change

As a way to help homeowners act on climate change locally, the White House on Monday announced a series of clean energy policies meant to increase the energy efficiency of homes and make rooftop solar installations accessible without a huge outlay of money. The Obama administration, as part of its Clean Power Plan, has highlighted energy … Read More

EU Calls for Urgency in ‘Seriously Lagging’ Climate Talks

EU Calls for Urgency in ‘Seriously Lagging’ Climate Talks

With 100 days to go until the Paris climate summit, the EU’s climate chief has warned that progress in thrashing out a draft negotiating text is proceeding too slowly and urgently needs to be stepped up. Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s climate commissioner, said that the 85-page draft agreement currently being poured over by diplomats still contains… Read More

Islamic Experts Urge Muslim Action on Climate Change

Islamic Experts Urge Muslim Action on Climate Change

A group of Islamic experts urged the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to do more to fight global warming, in a new example of religious efforts to galvanize action before a U.N. climate summit in Paris in December. In June, the world's most important Christian leader, Pope Francis, urged world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the… Read More

Study: China May Have Overestimated Carbon Emissions

Study: China May Have Overestimated Carbon Emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions in China may have been overestimated since 2000 because of conflicting estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions it produces and the carbon content of the coal it burns, a Harvard-led study published Wednesday shows. Overestimated emissions may be critical for China ahead of the upcoming Paris climate negotiations in … Read More

EPA Moves to Cut Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

EPA Moves to Cut Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed new rules meant to help combat climate change by curbing methane emissions from new hydraulically fractured crude oil wells and natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure. The measure, part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, seeks to cut methane emissions from the oil and … Read More

Price of Wind Energy Hits All-Time Low in U.S.

Price of Wind Energy Hits All-Time Low in U.S.

States hoping to increase their share of renewable energy to achieve the emissions reduction goals set forth in the President’s recently-announced Clean Power Plan may have just received an unexpected boost from wind energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s “2014 Wind Technologies Market Report” released earlier this week, the prices of… Read More

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Hottest Days of Summer The hottest time of year in the continental U.S. statistically comes in mid-July, but the timing of peak heat varies.

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