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States Betting on Giant Batteries to Cut Carbon

States Betting on Giant Batteries to Cut Carbon

Some states and electric power companies are rolling out a new weapon against fossil fuels — giant batteries. A growing number of states are requiring large batteries to be used to store electricity to help expand wind and solar power. The trend is catching on quickly as at least three states have created energy storage targets or incentives so… Read More

Nuclear Decommissioning Threatens Climate Targets

Nuclear Decommissioning Threatens Climate Targets

Decommissioning nuclear plants in Europe and North America from 2020 threatens global plans to cut carbon emissions unless governments build new nuclear plants or expand the use of renewables, a top International Energy Agency official said. Nuclear is now the largest low-carbon power source in Europe and the United States, about three times bigger… Read More

Climate Change Altering Droughts, Impacts Across U.S.

Climate Change Altering Droughts, Impacts Across U.S.

As a major drought devastated the West and Midwest beginning in 2012, farmers racked up billions of dollars in crop losses and water managers grappled with possible water shortages for millions of people as reservoirs dried up in the heat. That drought is now gone. But scientists have found that the dry spell showed unusual wild extremes of … Read More

It’s So Hot in Phoenix, Planes Can’t Take Off

It’s So Hot in Phoenix, Planes Can’t Take Off

An intense heat wave is crippling the West this week, sending the mercury above 120°F in places like Phoenix. In a sign of just how hot things are getting, some airlines have had to cancel flights because of the heat. American Airlines said it cancelled 50 flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor aboard Bombardier CRJ aircraft on Tuesday because the … Read More

Desert Basins Could Hold ‘Missing’ Carbon Sinks

Desert Basins Could Hold ‘Missing’ Carbon Sinks

Deserts across the globe may contain some of the world’s “missing” carbon sinks — land masses scientists had not previously identified that absorb carbon from the atmosphere, according to researchers at China’s Lanzhou University. A study published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience found that closed, or endorheic, basins in deserts — areas… Read More

The U.S. Hit a Wind and Solar Power Milestone in March

The U.S. Hit a Wind and Solar Power Milestone in March

Ten percent of all of the electricity generated in the U.S. in March came from wind and solar power, marking the first such milestone in U.S. history, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report. The EIA estimates that wind and solar farms likely generated 10 percent of America’s electricity in April as well, which would be … Read More

A GOP Congressman Is Forging Ahead on Climate Action

A GOP Congressman Is Forging Ahead on Climate Action

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) occupies a strange place in politics these days. In an era of increasing polarization he’s a moderate Republican who represents a swing district. That alone makes him an outlier. But he’s also staking his political reputation on solving an issue nearly verboten in the Republican-controlled Congress: climate change … Read More

There’s a New Way the U.S. Is Committing to Paris

There’s a New Way the U.S. Is Committing to Paris

It’s been a week since President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. In that time, a remarkable transformation has taken place. As the federal government abdicates its responsibility to address climate change, a groundswell of support has sprung up at the state, city and corporate levels. Those sub-national actors … Read More

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