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The Greenwashing Files: Fossil Fuel Giants Accused of ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

The Greenwashing Files: Fossil Fuel Giants Accused of ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

By Rich Collett-White and Rachel Sherrington Fossil fuel companies could face legal challenges over their misleading advertising, after a DeSmog investigation uncovered the extent of their “greenwashing.” Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have put companies on notice with the publication of the Greenwashing Files. The analyses, which use DeSmog’s research, show how adverts of major fossil fuel […]

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    Toxic Waste Ponds Dangerously Vulnerable to Climate Change

    Toxic Waste Ponds Dangerously Vulnerable to Climate Change

    The threat of a catastrophic failure unleashing a 20-foot wall of industrial wastewater over nearby homes and businesses in Piney Point, Florida, illustrates the danger of widespread reliance on industrial waste ponds across the U.S., The New York Times reports. Many of these ponds, filled with toxic and sometimes radioactive, byproducts of climate-change causing activity […]

    Reclaiming Abandoned Mines: Turning Coal Country’s Toxic Legacy Into Assets

    Reclaiming Abandoned Mines: Turning Coal Country’s Toxic Legacy Into Assets

    By Tara Lohan Mined lands reclaimed for biking trails, office parks — even a winery. Efforts like these are already underway in Appalachia to reclaim the region’s toxic history, restore blighted lands, and create economic opportunities in areas where decades-old mines haven’t been properly cleaned up. The projects are sorely needed. And so are many […]

    Pennsylvania Poet Grapples With Coal’s Legacy and Repercussions

    Pennsylvania Poet Grapples With Coal’s Legacy and Repercussions

    Art Zilleruelo’s poetry is often inspired by nature. Growing up, he wandered the hills of rural Pennsylvania. “It’s still possible to do things like get lost in the woods here if you want to,” he says. “It’s still possible to find places where the night sky is completely unpolluted by artificial light.” But the region […]

    China’s Five-Year Plan ‘Underwhelming’ on Climate

    China’s Five-Year Plan ‘Underwhelming’ on Climate

    On Friday, China set out an economic blueprint for the next five years, which was expected to substantiate the goal set out last fall by President Xi Jinping for the country to reach net-zero emissions before 2060 and hit peak emissions by 2030. While the plan calls for a “major push” on clean energy development, […]

    Bitcoin’s ‘Staggering’ Energy Consumption Raises Climate Concerns

    Bitcoin’s ‘Staggering’ Energy Consumption Raises Climate Concerns

    As bitcoin’s fortunes and prominence rise, so do concerns about its environmental impact. The process of mining the cryptocurrency is enormously energy intensive, so much so that it consumes more electricity in a year than Argentina or the Ukraine, according to the latest data from the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index. Its energy hunger even […]

    What’s Really Driving Coal Power’s Demise?

    What’s Really Driving Coal Power’s Demise?

    By David Drake and Jeffrey York The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The Big Idea People often point to plunging natural gas prices as the reason U.S. coal-fired power plants have been shutting down at a faster pace in recent years. However, new research shows two other forces had a […]

    Extreme Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc on Grid, Energy Markets

    Extreme Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc on Grid, Energy Markets

    Nearly 5 million electricity customers across the United States lost power over the weekend as extreme weather, including frigid temperatures and ice storms, drove up demand and shut down electricity generation. The widespread outages underscore the vulnerability of the power grid to extreme weather events made more frequent, powerful, and unpredictable by climate change. “I […]