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EIA’s Most Important Insights About Our Energy Future

EIA’s Most Important Insights About Our Energy Future

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its biannual International Energy Outlook on Thursday, finding that through 2040, at least, fossil fuels will remain king, despite rapid growth in renewable energy sources. The report projects that world economic output will increase by 3.6 percent per year, and world energy use will grow by 56 p… Read More

Fossil Fuels to Dominate World Energy Use Through 2040

Fossil Fuels to Dominate World Energy Use Through 2040

According to the report, renewable energy sources as well as nuclear power will be the fastest-growing energy sources during the next few decades, each growing at 2.5 percent per year, while natural gas will be the fastest-growing fossil fuel. However, in 2040, coal will remain the second-largest fuel source behind petroleum and other liquid fuels.… Read More

Arctic Warming Could Cost Upwards of $60 Trillion

Arctic Warming Could Cost Upwards of $60 Trillion

The worldwide impacts of a rapidly warming Arctic could cost the global economy an estimated $60 trillion, nearly equal to the entire global economy in 2012, according to a new study. That report, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is the first to analyze the potential economic costs of rapid Arctic warming.… Read More

Temperature Plateau Likely Due to Deep Ocean Warming

Temperature Plateau Likely Due to Deep Ocean Warming

A recent slowdown in the upward march of global temperatures is likely to be the result of the slow warming of the deep oceans, British scientists said on Monday. Oceans are some of the Earth's biggest absorbers of heat, which can be seen in effects such as sea level rise, caused by the expansion of large bodies of water as they warm. The … Read More

Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Wildfire activity in the boreal forest biome, which is also known as taiga, plays a crucial role in the globe’s carbon budget, since these forests represent almost 10 percent of the planet’s land surface and contain more than 30 percent of the planet’s terrestrial carbon stocks. Globally, the boreal forest covers 6.41 million square miles, forming … Read More

In Rapidly Changing Arctic, U.S. Playing Game of Catch-Up

In Rapidly Changing Arctic, U.S. Playing Game of Catch-Up

At a meeting on the impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic on maritime operations, held in Washington this week, top U.S. Arctic officials at the Coast Guard, Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other agencies acknowledged that the U.S. still lags behind several other nations in its capabilities for operating in the … Read More

Climate Change Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us

Climate Change Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us

Global warming may be about to change the ground under our feet – and perhaps not in a good way. It could be about to affect one of the most important communities on the planet: the tiny microbes that make life possible for the rest of creation, according to new research by scientists in the U.S. and Spain. Cyanobacteria are almost everywhere, hav… Read More

Record Heat, How to Store CO2 and the Industry of Climate

Record Heat, How to Store CO2 and the Industry of Climate

A "drunken" weather pattern helps spawn heat waves, plus what's in the future of the climate industry.… Read More