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Our Digital Devices Are Putting a Strain on the Climate

Growing reliance on smart technologies is leading to a rapid rise in electricity demand that will push up carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE


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Energy-Efficient Buildings Can Cut Gas Imports

Unleashing a fourth industrial revolution on Europe is the bold aim of a report on how to make the Continent’s buildings carbon-neutral energy producers.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Win for the Anti-Fracking Movement as Another Major Pipeline Proposal Bites the Dust

After an energized grass-roots campaign, the state of New York rejects a permit for the controversial Constitution Pipeline.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Push for Small Nuclear Reactors

Global nuclear companies are meeting this week to discuss licensing the controversial small modular reactors that are costing billions of dollars to develop and would be built near towns.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



Exxon’s Never-Ending Big Dig

As bad as Exxon has been in the past, what it’s doing now—entirely legally—is helping push the planet over the edge and into the biggest crisis in the entire span of the human story.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Nothing Less Than the Fate of the Planet May Hinge on the Next Supreme Court Justice

Given the high environmental stakes, it’s not surprising that green groups are applying heavy scrutiny to potential replacements for Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died last week.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Scientists Open Routes to Energy Recycling

From turning carbon dioxide into a fuel to enabling cars to run on water, scientific researchers worldwide are unlocking the potential of new energy sources.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



Emissions Cuts Boost Health and Wealth

It’s not just the planet that benefits from reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that intensify global warming.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



More Droughts May Mean Less Electrical Power

Rising temperatures and reduced rainfall will make the flow of rivers less dependable, affecting supplies to the electricity generators that rely on them.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Fat Radioactive Lie

Billionaires are hyping nuclear power as a magic cure for climate change. But there are many reasons why governments should resist their call to pump more tax dollars into nuclear energy.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Clean Energy Gathers Steam

As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world’s biggest economy gets left behind.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Will Impoverish Oceans

Rising temperatures and acidification threaten to create a hostile ocean environment that will cause a serious collapse in the food chain.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



Investors Opt Out of Fossil Fuels as Climate Summit Nears

As momentum builds for a new deal on climate change, investors are becoming increasingly nervous about having their cash in fossil fuels.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Confronted With Keystone XL Quandary, Hillary Clinton Refuses to State Position

The presidential contender insists she’ll keep mum about where she stands on the controversial oil pipeline project until the Obama administration weighs in.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE



Quantum Leap Taken in Measuring Greenhouse Effect

A new technique for analyzing satellite data will allow scientists to predict more accurately how much the Earth will warm as a result of carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE



Deaths Mount in Pakistan as Heatwave Is Linked to Climate Change

More than 1,200 people have died as a result of an intense heatwave in southern Pakistan, and experts are warning of more hot weather to come.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Coal Investment Is the Most Urgent Climate Threat

The head of the global Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says wealthy countries should help poorer nations that cannot afford to replace coal with low-carbon alternatives.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE



Transport-Sharing Boosts Health, Wealth and Climate

Growing public involvement in programs to share cars and bicycles is clearly good for the environment, and it also saves money and improves people’s health.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



Carbon Capture Goes Down the Tubes

One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change—which supporters believe could enable the world to continue burning fossil fuels—looks likely to be a failure.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Is Accelerating Loss of Species

Human-induced climate change adds to threats vertebrates face from hunting and habitat loss, as researchers warn that modern extinction rates are exceptionally high.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Combating Climate Dangers Is Seen as Medical Emergency

International experts say the last 50 years of health advances worldwide will be jeopardized unless urgent steps are taken to confront climate change.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



New Flood Alert as Warming Increases Sea-Level Threat

Scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



Rise in CO2 Could Restrict Growing Days for Crops

While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE



India Blames Heat-Wave Deaths on Climate Change

Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May—and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



Long-Lived Carbon Dioxide Warms World for Many Millennia

Research shows that carbon dioxide emitted by the burning of fossil fuels traps heat in the atmosphere for thousands of years.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE



Delegates Accused of ‘Fiddling’ While the Planet Burns

A tame end to climate talks in Bonn, Germany, leaves critics fearing that hopes are fading for a binding agreement aimed at stopping global warming.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



World Must Wake Up to China’s Energy Revolution

A new report says a successful outcome at this year’s Paris climate talks will be far more likely if the world takes note of how China is reducing emissions.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



European Power Market Is Slipping Away From King Coal

Analysis of falling demand for electricity within the EU sends a stark warning to investors in new coal plants that their assets could be left stranded.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE



Rich Countries’ Climate Plans Leave Yawning Gap

Analysis of emissions cuts planned by EU and G7 countries reveals that they will take the world less than a third of the way to the agreed safety level.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE



World Leaders Urged to Kick Killer Coal Habit

An Oxfam report says all coal-fired power plants in the G7 group of countries should be phased out to save lives, money and the planet.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE



Africa’s Advocates Say Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must Go

With more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still lacking access to electricity, the continent is being urged to take a leading role in crucial climate negotiations.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Apollo Plan Asks for the Moon in Switch to Renewables

An eminent group is urging governments to make the massive research investment that would enable the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2025.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Overheating Earth Staggers Into Last Chance Saloon

Hard bargaining in Bonn this week will probably decide whether the crucial climate talks in Paris in December can save human civilization from ultimate collapse.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



China’s Investment in Renewables Soars by a Third

Despite a slowdown in its economy and the continued reliance on coal, China is pumping billions of dollars into its renewable energy industry.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE



New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



United Nations: Global Finance Must Face Up to Climate Challenge

Trillions of dollars need to be redirected into building low-carbon economies to avoid serious climate change, the U.N. warns.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



Heat and Drought Pose Threat to U.S. Power Supplies

Global warming will leave people in the Western states of the U.S. exposed to increasingly extreme temperatures that could seriously affect electricity generation.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

Economic links with China help Pakistan tap into enormous solar energy potential that can provide clean power to boost production and reduce poverty.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



First Head of State Backs Campaign to Save the Planet

Hungary’s president supports an ambitious plan to collect a billion signatures on a petition aimed at pressuring politicians to agree on radical measures to tackle global warming.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Green City Vancouver Offers Clean Alternative to Tar Sands Boom

Canada has been dubbed an international disgrace for its climate change policies, but now one of its major cities is aiming to be the greenest in the world by 2020.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



Seas Generate a Rising Tide of Ideas on Renewables

The E.U. says it’s time for tides to provide energy for Europe from the Atlantic and end reliance on the burning of polluting fossil fuels.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Flood Risk to Nuclear Sites Raises Meltdown Fears

Sea level rise, storm surges and bursting dams all pose an increasing danger to nuclear power stations as the climate changes.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



England Set for Big Increase in Record Warm Years

Research using records dating back to 1659 shows at least a 13-fold rise in the likelihood of human-influenced climate change pushing up temperatures in central England.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Slowdown Offers Only Fleeting Relief

Scientists confirm that long-term temperature rise is the inevitable consequence of increasing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



Energy Storage Would Play Major Role in a Green Future

As the battle to phase out fossil fuels heats up, finding economically viable ways to store surplus electric power is becoming vital.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE



Global Conference Urges Ban on Uranium Mining and Nuclear Power

It’s time to end the myth that nuclear power is a cost-effective, practical or safe response to climate change, the World Uranium Symposium declared.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



Hope for Carbon Storage Rises Again

American scientists say they are making progress with carbon capture and storage, a process that would help render harmless the chief greenhouse gas.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE



Unfinished Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Doubts

A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE


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