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The day without coal: Britain's first one since 1882

The day without coal: Britain's first one since 1882

The Industrial Revolution that started around 1750 in England was powered largely by coal. With Watt's invention of the steam engine and the emergence of railways in the mid-nineteenth century, the carbon-dense fuel was central to the change from an agricultural economy to an industrial one. Last... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Clean Power Plan carbon cuts may survive, even if Trump EPA kills rule

The Clean Power Plan’s future looks uncertain at best under President Donald Trump. The commander-in-chief appears to be urging American utility companies to pivot back... read more April 13, 2017 by


 
Cooling tower at power plant, by Flickr user Paul J Everett (Used under CC License)

Trump can't affect global climate-change progress, says Mayor Bloomberg

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has gone on record saying publicly what most analysts have discussed privately: the notion that Washington can direct the energy... read more April 11, 2017 by


 
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Trump EPA: climate science still live, gag order remains, grants unfrozen (updated)

Following the removal of all mentions of climate change from the White House website, the new administration has apparently trained its sights on the U.S. Environmental... read more January 27, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

More than two-thirds of Americans accept climate science, regardless of Trump

The new U.S. administration has made it clear that it does not accept the scientific consensus on climate change. From President Donald Trump down through his nominees for... read more January 24, 2017 by


 
Beijing smog

China axes 103 coal-fired power plants, citing smog, overcapacity

During negotiations for the Paris Climate Treaty signed last fall, a major concern among critics was whether the carbon emissions of China's sprawling and inefficient energy... read more January 23, 2017 by


 
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Action on climate change 'harmful, unnecessary': Trump White House

If there were any doubt that U.S. policy on climate change would change drastically under President Donald Trump, it should have been laid to rest shortly after noon... read more January 21, 2017 by


 
NASA's famous 'Blue marble' image of Earth (Wikimedia commons)

2016 was planet's hottest year on record, third new high in a row

Despite scientists having reached a consensus years ago, considerable debate still appears to be raging over the reality of climate change. Climate-science deniers can count... read more January 19, 2017 by


 
2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: lifetime carbon emissions 24 percent lower vs standard minivan

Cars that run entirely or partly on electricity from a battery pack have no tailpipe emissions, but to judge their overall impact, you have to look at lifetime... read more January 10, 2017 by


 
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Bankruptcy shows scope of Peabody Coal's climate denial lobbying

These are tough times for the coal industry. Coal plants are being retired at an increasing rate in North America and Europe, replaced by a combination of natural-gas and... read more June 15, 2016 by


 
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What is a carbon tax and how would it work? A primer

One new policy measure that could get companies to cut their carbon emissions is to put a price on those emissions. Such a "carbon tax" is enthusiastically supported by many... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Electric Car Pledge: is carbon the right reason to get buyers to switch?

Buyers have many different reasons for choosing a plug-in electric car. Creating marketing campaigns that address all of them has bedeviled highly-paid professionals for five... read more March 31, 2016 by


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Motor Trend 'Car of the Year' ceremony in New York City, Nov 2012

Elon Musk On Climate: Tax Carbon Appropriately, Tesla Founder Says (Full Transcript, Video)

The COP21 climate summit in Paris is now in its second week. Presentations, conferences, trade shows, and probably thousands of individual meetings are being held among... read more December 8, 2015 by


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

IMF: Fossil Fuels Subsidies Are $5.3 Trillion A Year If Climate Costs Included

Climate change doesn't just present an environmental threat to human populations, it also has a tangible economic impact. Governments must invest in measures to combat... read more May 21, 2015 by


 
Mexico Flag

Cross-Border Carbon: Mexico Sets Limit On Climate-Change Emissions

Mexico is officially joining the cadre of nations seeking to limit climate change, with a formal promise to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions. The country is one of the first... read more April 13, 2015 by


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

Growing Corporate Power Counters Climate-Change Action, So Reframe Debate, Book Suggests

It's no secret that environmental demands and regulations pose an inconvenience for large corporations--but what if the problem is more fundamental than that? Beyond... read more February 23, 2015 by


 

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