Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Reliance on coal ain’t cheap, study says

A new study from Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund has found that China’s dependence on coal to fuel its economy cost the country some $248 billion last year in hidden expenses, including health care …

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Thefts of nuclear material worldwide ‘disturbingly high’

The number of reports of stolen nuclear material worldwide last year was “disturbingly high,” according to Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency. All together, nearly 250 such thefts were reported last …

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Climate treaties likely to be too little, too late to save world’s reefs, study says

The successor to the international Kyoto climate-change treaty will likely do too little, and emissions reductions will be too late to save the world’s coral reefs from the ravages of global warming, according to a …

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McCain administration might bring moderates with green cred to Washington

    Who might stock McCain’s eco-cabinet?   Contrary to published reports, the presidential election won’t happen until Nov. 4. Those hundreds of thousands of robo-calls, the blizzard of TV ads, or other unforeseen events …

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Louisiana Senator getting no love from enviros in her reelection bid

Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who’s seeking reelection for a third term, is the only Democrat to make the League of Conservation Voters’ “Dirty Dozen” list this year. LCV has given her a lifetime score …

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A useful rule of thumb: Lower emissions are better for the environment

In the unlikely circumstance that reporters ever grow weary of chasing twitches in the oil markets or interpreting the wanderings of the Dow, they have a new toy to play with: the price of carbon. …

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Climate change making for salty seas, says study

Climate change is making the Atlantic Ocean more salty, according to research being published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Increased evaporation and reduced rainfall are to blame. Keep an eye out for even saltier …

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Sometimes the issue with a particular technology is the technology itself

In arguing for efficiency mandates, Joe Romm notes the failings of carbon pricing as a solution to climate change: That means a price of $400 a metric ton of carbon (whether achieved through a tax …

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World could be fossil-fuel free by 2090, study says

The world could wean itself off fossil fuels entirely by 2090 with trillions of dollars worth of investments in renewable energy and a concerted worldwide push, according to a study by Greenpeace and the European …