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White House Brings Together Big Data & Climate Change

White House Brings Together Big Data & Climate Change

Addressing climate change just got an assist from big data. The White House released the first installment of data and tools for web developers, planners and the public to see the challenges climate change poses and to help identify solutions. The new site, climate.data.gov, is part of a broader Climate Data Initiative to make climate data easily … Read More

Wood Burning for Home Heating Trendy in Northeast

Wood Burning for Home Heating Trendy in Northeast

As prices of propane and heating oil have risen in recent years, residents in all Northeastern states are increasingly turning to wood as their primary source of home heating fuel, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released this week.… Read More

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report in March showing that U.S. power lines, electric power plants, renewable energy generators and other energy infrastructure are threatened in a changing climate, especially to rising seas, extreme weather and drought. … Read More

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

In Texas, which straddles the wet-dry divide between East and West, drought likely exacerbated by climate change means that confronting the threat of wildfires has become a way of life. And nowhere is that better illustrated than here in Austin, a booming metropolitan area of 1.8 million people.… Read More

NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change

NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change

As part of a rate plan settlement with New York's largest utility, the state Public Services Commission said it expects all of New York State's utilities to address climate change preparations in the future expansion and construction plans. … Read More

Study: Farm Efficiency More Critical Than Quitting Meat

Study: Farm Efficiency More Critical Than Quitting Meat

It turns out that convincing people to go vegetarian is not the only way to combat the greenhouse gas and climate change footprint of raising livestock. A new study suggests that cattle farmers can do more to reduce emissions, making meat consumption less damaging to the environment, particularly in developing countries. … Read More

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

The polar vortex that brought frigid weather and snow to much of the U.S. in early January, returned later in the month, and is on the way back for a third time, had plausible links to global warming—according to some scientists, anyway. The idea is that rapid climate change in the Arctic has disrupted the jet stream, leading to spates of extreme… Read More

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind power may have prevented rolling blackouts in Texas as power demand spiked during winter cold spells in January and February. In a changing climate, wind power is seen as part of the solution to weaning the country away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Wind power may even begin to compete on its own directly with natural gas as a maj… Read More