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    California Startup Opus 12 Recycles Carbon Dioxide

    California Startup Opus 12 Recycles Carbon Dioxide

    Factories and power plants often release a lot of carbon pollution. And without a government tax on that pollution, there’s not always a clear financial incentive for companies to reduce their emissions. Etosha Cave is cofounder of Opus 12. The California start-up has developed a technology she says could motivate companies to invest in capturing […]

    EPA’s New ACE Rule for Power Plants Barely Decreases Emissions

    EPA’s New ACE Rule for Power Plants Barely Decreases Emissions

    Last year, the EPA repealed the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy aimed at reducing carbon pollution from power plants. The agency replaced it with the Affordable Clean Energy – or ACE – rule. The new rule does not place limits on power plant pollution. Instead, it directs states to prioritize energy efficiency improvements at […]

    Sea Levels Could Rise More Than 4 Feet by 2100, Scientists Warn

    Sea Levels Could Rise More Than 4 Feet by 2100, Scientists Warn

    By Alistair Walsh Global sea levels will probably rise by even more than currently predicted, scientists warned on Friday. Even if nations are able to achieve their Paris-Agreement commitment to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the oceans will still rise by about 0.5 meters (1.6 feet) by the end of the […]

    Researchers Aim to Reduce the Energy Footprint of Indoor Farms

    Researchers Aim to Reduce the Energy Footprint of Indoor Farms

    Indoor farms can grow vegetables close to cities, where there are lots of people to feed. Farming indoors can also extend the growing season in cold climates and protect crops from damage during extreme weather. But growing food indoors is energy intensive, so it can produce a lot of carbon pollution. “Lighting is a big […]

    Both Conservatives and Liberals Want a Green Energy Future, but for Different Reasons

    Both Conservatives and Liberals Want a Green Energy Future, but for Different Reasons

    By Deidra Miniard, Joe Kantenbacher and Shahzeen Attari Political divisions are a growing fixture in the United States today, whether the topic is marriage across party lines, responding to climate change or concern about coronavirus exposure. Especially in a presidential election year, the vast divide between conservatives and liberals often feels nearly impossible to bridge. […]

    Is There Enough Wood in the World to Meet the Sustainability Demand?

    Is There Enough Wood in the World to Meet the Sustainability Demand?

    By Richard Orange The harvesting machine takes just one second to fell the towering spruce, and another to strip the branches and scan its trunk for defects. “This one is very straight,” operator Antonio Petersson Kvennefelt says of the trunk gripped by the arm of his machine, as a screen in front of him flashes […]

    Facing a Health Crisis, Cities Implore Courts to Limit Pollution

    Facing a Health Crisis, Cities Implore Courts to Limit Pollution

    By Jeremy Deaton The coronavirus is a case study in the limits of federalism. Where the federal government has declined to gather and distribute masks, gloves and ventilators, states and cities have been forced to compete for medical supplies, paying exorbitant prices to secure needed equipment. Where the federal government has been slow to ramp […]

    Coronavirus Is Pushing More Work Online. Is That Good for the Planet?

    Coronavirus Is Pushing More Work Online. Is That Good for the Planet?

    By Irina Ivanova The millions of Americans who are skipping their morning commute and working from home because of the coronavirus have drastically reduced smog over America’s largest cities and otherwise benefited the environment. Yet the growing ranks of workers now plying their trade online using tools like Zoom and Slack are taking their own […]