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Latest EIA reports show declining trends in coal use in the US, but increasing trends in almost every other part of the world. The report says that by 2017, coal is likely to surpass oil as the world's top energy source.
Date: 03/04/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
China has leapfrogged the United States in greenhouse gas policy. The country will introduce a stringent greenhouse gas tax that aims to protect the environment and lower CO2 emissions. This is good news for the country and for the planet.
Date: 02/25/2013
Type: Article
Scientists at Johns Hopkins report that the hole in the ozone layer is changing ocean circulation. This can potentially alter the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and impact global climate change.
Date: 01/31/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
President Barack Obama addresses the issue of climate change in his inauguration speech.
Date: 01/23/2013
Type: Video
Technologies: Climate Change
Soot, or black carbon, is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the latest Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
Date: 01/17/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Burning natural gas to generate electricity releases about half as much carbon dioxide as burning coal, but such a benefit can be offset by accidental methane leakage during drilling and transmission. A new measuring system can help minimize accidental methane releases.
Date: 12/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change, Utilities
The latest news from the United Nations’ climate talks in Doha, Qatar, where representatives from nearly 200 countries are working on a second round of pledges to reduce emissions ahead of the Kyoto Protocol’s expiration.
Date: 11/29/2012
Type: Article
A new paper from the World Resources Institute finds that 1199 coal plants are currently proposed in 59 countries. What would our world with 1200 new coal-fired power plants look like?
Date: 11/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
The eyes of the United States are on California as the state prepares to launch its cap and trade program, the first of its kind in the U.S., on January 1.
Date: 10/17/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Air conditioners consume a large amount of energy. Nearly all of the world’s booming cities are in the tropics and will be home to an estimated one billion new consumers by 2025. As temperatures rise, they (and we) will use more air-conditioning worrying researchers.
Date: 09/05/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Climate Change, HVAC

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