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At $24 Trillion, Oceans are World’s 7th-Largest Economy

At $24 Trillion, Oceans are World’s 7th-Largest Economy

The monetary value of the world’s oceans has been estimated at $24 trillion in a new report that warns that overfishing, pollution and climate change are putting an unprecedented strain upon marine ecosystems. The report, commissioned by WWF, states the asset value of oceans is $24 trillion and values the annual “goods and services” it provides, … Read More

Carbon Pricing Helping Farmers Ease Methane Pollution

Carbon Pricing Helping Farmers Ease Methane Pollution

Biogas digesters are helping to protect the climate from methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. As the world’s appetite for meat and dairy has grown, agriculture has become a bigger cause of global warming than deforestation, and that’s mostly because of the methane released by livestock farming.… Read More

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

The White House says all the pipelines, power lines, railways and the other infrastructure that bring Americans the energy they use each day will have to be modernized in the face of climate change and a renaissance in renewable energy.… Read More

Expectations High For Climate-Changing Coolant Talks

Expectations High For Climate-Changing Coolant Talks

India is proposing that rich countries should phase down the manufacture and use of HFCs between 2016 and 2035, and that developing countries should be given 15 extra years to do so. Like other countries that have submitted proposals, India says developing nations could be compensated by richer countries for costs associated with HFC phase down. … Read More

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

It may be possible for China to shake most of its reliance on fossil fuels, in part by producing more than 85 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2050, according to a new study. … Read More

Major Changes Loom in Arctic as U.S. Leads Council

Major Changes Loom in Arctic as U.S. Leads Council

Just 30 years ago, the Arctic was viewed as a frozen expanse of limited opportunity. But climate change is rapidly reshaping the region — it’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet — creating new opportunities and risks that are coming into global focus. “Without climate change, we wouldn’t really be talking about the Arctic in the first… Read More

Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?

Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?

It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, climate change and more. That’s why researchers and companies from the U.S. to … Read More

Defecting from the Power Grid? Unlikely, Analysts Say

Defecting from the Power Grid? Unlikely, Analysts Say

Former Vice President Al Gore says homeowners are soon going to find rooftop solar so cheap that they’ll be able to treat their electric utility — and all the greenhouse gas emissions it generates — like Ma Bell and go totally off-grid. Analysts say that's unlikely to happen, however.… Read More

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Arctic Sea Ice: Heat Shield Arctic sea ice acts like a heat shield, reflecting most of the sun’s energy.

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