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Climate Change Moves the Doomsday Clock

Climate Change Moves the Doomsday Clock

The end of civilization as we know it just got a little closer. According to an update to the Doomsday Clock, the world is now three minutes from midnight and one of the big reasons is the failure to reduce greenhouse emissions even in the face of climate change. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists maintains the clock and resets the hands every … Read More

Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Of the 2.8 billion people forced to use wood for fuel, often filling their humble homes with life-shortening soot, the vast majority are chopping down and gathering their fuel in ways that allow forests and woodlands to regrow. That isn’t just good for the environment around them — carbon-hungry growth of trees that replace those that were felled … Read More

EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Cuts

EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Cuts

The White House said Wednesday it wants to slash methane emissions from the crude oil and natural gas industry in the U.S. by up to 45 percent below 2012 levels as part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan. … Read More

EPA Chief: Weather, Climate Scientists’ Work Is ‘Essential’

EPA Chief: Weather, Climate Scientists’ Work Is ‘Essential’

As the sun slowly crept above the desert horizon Wednesday morning, the unmistakable Boston accent of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy jolted to life a room of scientists gathered here for the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. “Are you awake?” she asked, prompting a round a laughter that set the tone for her spirited talk and… Read More

EPA to Create CO2-Slashing Plan for States That Won’t

EPA to Create CO2-Slashing Plan for States That Won’t

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will prescribe power plant CO2 emissions cuts for states that refuse to slash carbon pollution themselves the EPA announced Wednesday. … Read More

U.S. at Brink of Turning Point in Energy

U.S. at Brink of Turning Point in Energy

2014 set the scene for a major turning point in energy in 2015. We’ll see how those free-falling oil prices affect how people drive and if that, in turn, will stunt use of public transportation and development of vehicles running on alternative fuels.… Read More

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

A few years ago, the Mexican government pinpointed a promising method for reducing carbon dioxide emissions: Encourage Mexicans to trade in their old refrigerators, air conditioners, light bulbs and the like for more up-to-date models. … Read More

NY Fracking Ban Divides Experts on Climate Impacts

NY Fracking Ban Divides Experts on Climate Impacts

New York, Quebec and New Brunswick have banned or restricted fracking mainly for public health reasons. But experts agree one of the broader ramifications of this week’s actions may be on the climate.… Read More