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April 15, 2014

Mitigating Climate Change - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGIII AR5) provides a comprehensive assessment of all relevant options for mitigating climate change through...

April 14, 2014

Controversy over Biofuels and Land Cut from IPCC Summary -

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April 8, 2014

Should We Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground? - Benjamin Zycher, American

The heat is on. The environmental Left is on the attack, and the target now is not ExxonMobil, or the Kochs, or the Keystone XL pipeline, or fossil fuels, or the efforts of the wor...

April 4, 2014

Save Clean Energy Jobs - Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club

Today, the US Senate is casting a vote critical to the future of the U.S. wind industry. Wind power has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and the wind industry now employs...

April 2, 2014

How Risky Is That Chemical? - Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American

Bisphenol A, phthalates, polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers—these barely pronounceable chemicals contaminate the bodies of nearly all American pregnant...

April 2, 2014

Apocalyptish: A New Report From the IPCC - J.P., The Economist

“THE four horsemen of the apocalypse": that was the disparaging appraisal by Richard Tol of the University of Sussex of a report published in Yokohama on March 31st by the In...

March 29, 2014

The Growth of Wind Farms - Department of Energy

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March 29, 2014

An Action Plan for Methane Emissions - White House

With an all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our kids’ health and begin to slow the eff...

March 28, 2014

Can Evolution Outrace Climate Change? - Sarah Laskow, FiveThirtyEight

Last spring, in Ruth Shaw’s greenhouse at the University of Minnesota, Shaw and her students were cross-pollinating partridge peas. These knee-high plants with their nectar-f...

March 26, 2014

Congress's Natural Gas Conflict of Interest - Lee Fang, The Nation

Today, the congressional Energy and Commerce committee's  subcommittee on Energy and Power is scheduled to hold a hearing on Representative Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) bi...

March 22, 2014

EPA Could Cut CO2 More Than We Thought - Jeff Spross, ThinkProgress

The Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming carbon rules for existing power plants could cut even more emissions than previously thought, according to a new analysis....

March 22, 2014

The American Physical Society's New Climate Change Panel - Editors, IBD

Climate change "deniers," as global warm-mongers call those who think empirical evidence is more reliable than computer models, may soon count among their number a 50,000-strong bo...

March 18, 2014

The Poverty of Renewables - Bjorn Lomborg, Project Syndicate

According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Climate change harms the poor first and worst.” This is true, because the poor are the most vulnerable and hav...

March 17, 2014

An Energy Rush That Could Change America - Tony Horwitz, Grist

Meandering south from Cold Lake on small roads, I entered a new landscape. The boreal forest of northern Alberta gave way to rolling prairie, grain silos, and rural crossroads. The...

March 14, 2014

Social Cost of Carbon: What's Missing - Peter Howard, Cost of Carbon

Fires, flooding, and infectious diseases are some of the risks of a warming climate, and they would cost trillions of dollars to deal with. When carbon-reducing regulations are con...

March 13, 2014

Race, Pollution, and Birth Outcomes - Gray et al., Environmental Health

Both air pollution exposure and socioeconomic status (SES) are important indicators of children’s health. Using highly resolved modeled predictive surfaces, we examine the jo...

March 12, 2014

The Environmental Damage of NAFTA - Sierra Club

A massive free trade deal went into effect 20 years ago and has had very harmful effects on communities and the environment in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, according to a rep...

March 10, 2014

Energy Subsidies: How to Wreck an Economy - Rich Tucker, RealClearPolicy

The United States, Iran, Venezuela, and Ukraine are very different countries, with very different languages, on very different continents. And yet there’s at least one thing they...

March 8, 2014

How Air Pollution Hurts the Heart - Peter Leary et al., AJRCCM

Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the heart that may contribute to the known connection between air poll...

March 6, 2014

The Cost of Rising Sea Levels - Marzeion & Levermann, Env. Research Letters

The world population is concentrated near the coasts, as are a large number of Cultural World Heritage sites, defined by the UNESCO. Using spatially explicit sea-level estimates fo...

March 6, 2014

The EPA's Power Plant Gamble - Whitfield & Manchin, Huffington Post

Among the many things Government can do in the broad public interest, and surely among the first things it should do, is to secure an affordable and reliable supply of electricity ...

March 5, 2014

A Carbon Tax Would Create Jobs - Nystrom & Zaidi, Citizens Climate Lobby

An aggressively-priced carbon tax in California, with revenue returned to the public, would actually grow the state’s economy and increase jobs, according to a new study...

March 5, 2014

Fuel Economy Standards Are Working - David Wogan, Scientific American

CAFE standards are working, at least according to a research note from the University of Michigan. The graph below shows the average sales-weighted MPGs by month and model yea...

March 4, 2014

The EPA's Costly, Counterproductive Gas Regulations - API

EPA’s new Tier 3 rule requiring the last bits of sulfur to be removed from gasoline will unnecessarily raise costs and actually increase CO2 emissions at U.S. refineries beca...

March 4, 2014

The Environmental Significance of Keystone XL - Carbon Tracker

Carbon Tracker respond to the US Department of State’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) with our new research report KXL: The ‘significanc...

March 3, 2014

Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics - Mariah Blake, Mother Jones

EACH NIGHT AT DINNERTIME, a familiar ritual played out in Michael Green's home: He'd slide a stainless steel sippy cup across the table to his two-year-old daughter, Juliette,...

February 28, 2014

Climate Change: Evidence and Causes - National Academy of Sciences

The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society cordially invite you to join us for the release of “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes,” a new publication ...

February 26, 2014

How Long Do Wind Turbines Last? - Staffell & Green, Renewable Energy

Ageing is a fact of life. Just as with conventional forms of power generation, the energy produced by a wind farm gradually decreases over its lifetime, perhaps due to falling avai...

February 26, 2014

Regulation Through Sham Litigation - Andrew M. Grossman, Heritage

Typically, the federal government defends itself vigorously against lawsuits challenging its actions. But not always: Sometimes regulators are only too happy to face collusive laws...

February 26, 2014

California's Water Wars - Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic

Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River. The eastern approach from I-5 and the Sacramento suburb of ...

February 25, 2014

Kill the Export Ban, Reduce Gas Prices Here - Brown et al., RFF

The "fracking" revolution has led to an excess supply of light crude oil in the United States, particularly in the Midwest....

February 25, 2014

A Tough Day in Court for the EPA - Andrew M. Grossman, Cato Institute

The Obama Administration appeared prepared to abandon a major portion of its initial greenhouse gas regulatory scheme in oral argument before the Supreme Court today. Solicitor Gen...

February 24, 2014

Property Rights Trump Keystone XL - Timothy Carney, DC Examiner

Should a Canadian corporation be allowed to take land rights from a small Nebraska rancher? Should conservatives side with Big Government and Canadians over private landowners?...

February 24, 2014

Yes, the EPA Has Broad Authority - Christine Todd Whitman, Politico

The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to address climate change. That shouldn’t be a controversial statement, but in some quarters, it is. Indeed, it’s ...

February 22, 2014

TPP Must Protect the Environment - Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club

This week, more than 120 Members of Congress sent a clear message to the United States Trade Representative: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact must have a robust, ...

February 20, 2014

How to Lower Trucks' Fuel Use - Derek Leathers, Werner Enterprises

Earlier this week, President Obama directed the transportation and energy-related agencies of the federal government to develop higher minimum fuel standards for medium and heavy-d...

February 19, 2014

The Danger of Hydrogen Cars - Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica

It was just before 3 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon and traffic was moving smoothly on the Pomona Freeway, about 20 miles outside downtown Los Angeles. Suddenly, a truck carrying com...

February 15, 2014

There'll Be More Coal Plant Closures - Energy Information Administration

Coal-fired power plants in the United States have been under significant economic pressure in recent years because of low natural gas prices and slow electricity demand growth. The...

February 15, 2014

The Oceans Demand Our Protection - David Helvarg, Blue Frontier

The latest battle over the future of America’s ocean frontier is being fought out in a seemingly unrelated bill in Congress.  Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) r...

February 14, 2014

West Virginia's Chemical Spill: Myths and Facts - Angela Logomasini, CEI

Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow and chemical policy expert, Angela Logomasini, Ph.D., released a report examining the myths and facts surrounding the Jan. 9, 2014 ch...

February 8, 2014

The Brutal Cost of Cheap Chicken - Nathanael Johnson, Grist

For much of its history, the meat company Tyson defined itself as a family farm. Doing so allowed the company to pay workers less than minimum wage, dodge lawsuits, and get creativ...

February 5, 2014

Keystone XL: Set to Reject - Michael Brune, Sierra Club

All across America, people are gathering to draw attention to the threat that the Keystone XL pipeline poses to clean air, clean water, public health, and the stability of our clim...

February 5, 2014

Maybe the Environment Isn't Doomed - Urry & Porritt, Grist

Though scientists and environmentalists often feel obligated to hawk the apocalyptic view of the world-to-come, there is a neglected version of the future well worth considering: t...

February 4, 2014

Does Fracking Cause Birth Defects? - McKenzie et al., EHP

Birth defects are a leading cause of neonatal mortality. Natural gas development (NGD) emits several potential teratogens and US production is expanding....

February 3, 2014

Running Out of Reasons to Reject Keystone XL - Pickler & Lederman, AP

President Barack Obama is running out of reasons to say no to Keystone XL, the proposed oil pipeline that's long been looming over his environmental legacy.Five years after the pip...

February 1, 2014

Reject Keystone XL, Mr. President - Jamie Henn, 350

Rumors are swirling in Washington and throughout the internet this morning that the State Department is expected to release it’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) o...

February 1, 2014

What Keystone XL Would Do to the Environment - State Department

The Keystone XL Pipeline (the proposed Project) is a proposed 875-mile pipeline project that would extend from Morgan, Montana, to Steele City, Nebraska. The pipeline would allow d...

April 11, 2014

Does Air Pollution Cause Suicide?

June 14, 2013

Reports: Obama Climate Plan Rollout May Come in July

June 12, 2013

White House Pilots Climate Strategy With Congressional Dems

June 12, 2013

US Emissions Fall to '90s Levels

June 10, 2013

Report: Record CO2 Emissions; Too High for Climate Goals

June 6, 2013

EPA to Issue Ethanol Use Targets

June 6, 2013

Obama Officials Raise 'Social Cost' of Carbon in Federal Regulations

June 4, 2013

Billionaire Activist Targets Obama Supporters in Anti-Keystone Effort

June 1, 2013

Rand Paul Preaches Sustainability

June 1, 2013

Green Groups to Obama: Designate Lands to Stop Drilling

May 30, 2013

Obama: No Patience for Climate Change Skeptics

May 29, 2013


May 29, 2013

Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Taking a Job at Apple