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West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

A new U.S. Energy Information Administration report out Wednesday shows that California, Washington and Hawaii lead the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles. Joining them at the top of the list is a more unexpected mix: Oregon, Georgia and Maryland.… Read More

CO2 Takes Just 10 Years to Reach Planet’s Peak Heat

CO2 Takes Just 10 Years to Reach Planet’s Peak Heat

In a study that could have big ramifications on estimating the impacts, costs and benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, new research shows that CO2 brings peak heat within a decade of being emitted, with the effects then lingering 100 years or more into the future. The research, published Wednesday in Geophysical Research Letters, provide… Read More

Robotic Floats Will Reveal Southern Ocean’s Mysteries

Robotic Floats Will Reveal Southern Ocean’s Mysteries

This December, Hannah Zanowski, a graduate student at Princeton University, will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, bundle up in something warm, and board a German research icebreaker called the Polarstern. Over the next eight weeks, the ship will make its way from the southern tip of Africa to the bottom of South America via the Weddell Sea off … Read More

What You Need to Know About U.S.-China Climate Pact

What You Need to Know About U.S.-China Climate Pact

It’s been a busy few months for international movement on climate change. Following a September climate march and meetings at the United Nations and an announcement by the European Union to cut greenhouse gas emissions, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping topped it all by announcing a new joint climate commitment late on Tuesday. “As … Read More

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

They’re not as catchy as Vanilla Ice’s self-aggrandizing single, nor as funky as the pioneering blues of Muddy Waters. But tuning in to the harmonies produced as water courses through icy cracks in a glacier could eventually come as life-saving music to the ears of their neighbors.… Read More

A Web Vacuum Could Suck CO2 from Your Inbox

A Web Vacuum Could Suck CO2 from Your Inbox

Ah, if only it were possible for each one of us to suction away the carbon emissions we contribute to the overburdened atmosphere, much as we vacuum dirt from the carpet. Appliance maker Electrolux is promising to help us do exactly that, at least for one oft-neglected portion of our personal greenhouse gas output. The Swedish company, known best … Read More

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains

Of all the things people build, cities are the most important. Cities are the largest things we build, and most people now live in them. But that’s not why cities are our most important invention. Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species. They offer the best chance to d… Read More

Ozone Hole Recovery Continues, Albeit a Little Slower

Ozone Hole Recovery Continues, Albeit a Little Slower

The ozone hole is a gash in the stratosphere, like a festering wound high above the earth’s surface. Scientists first diagnosed the problem in the mid-1980s and recommended a course of action to treat the problem. And today, NASA announced that recovery has continued, though slightly slower this year compared to years past.… Read More