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Look What’s Cooking in the World of Renewable Energy

Look What’s Cooking in the World of Renewable Energy

Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like “Fearless” and “Intrepid” are helping to perfect a new technique of making silicon wafers, t… 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

Four Hopeful Clean Energy Trends for Earth Day

Four Hopeful Clean Energy Trends for Earth Day

Earth Day can serve as a reminder not only of the wonders of the natural world, but also of the perils it faces in a changing climate, especially as bad news about global warming seems to come on a daily basis. There are encouraging trends, though, that show progress against the primary cause of climate change — greenhouse gas emissions from human… 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

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

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

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked 2 Percent in 2013

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked 2 Percent in 2013

After two years of decline, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere because of human activity increased 2 percent in 2013 over the previous year, mostly because the country burned more coal than it did in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.… 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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Like Ice Melting in a Glass An interactive analogy showing just how fast Arctic sea ice has been thinning

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