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Why States Are Pushing Ahead With Clean Energy Despite Trump's Embrace Of Coal

Why States Are Pushing Ahead With Clean Energy Despite Trump's Embrace Of CoalOn Tuesday, March 28, President Trump traveled to the Environmental Protection Agency to sign an executive order rolling back a number of climate-related regulations that have taken effect over the past eight years.

How Electric Cars Can Help Save The Grid

How Electric Cars Can Help Save The Grid

A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast.

How Conservatives Will Grow To Love Carbon Pricing

How Conservatives Will Grow To Love Carbon PricingIn some political circles, hostility to climate policy has become a way of showing off one’s conservative credentials. But a suggestion for pricing carbon, grounded in classic conservative principles, has now emerged in the United States.

How Smart Solar Can Protect Our Vulnerable Power Grids

How Smart Solar Can Protect Our Vulnerable Power GridsSome commentators seem to be worried that our electricity networks are facing an impending voltage crisis, citing fears that renewables (rooftop solar panels in particular) will threaten the quality of our power supply.

Why 'Clean Coal' Plants Would Cost Billions In Taxpayer Subsidies

Why 'Clean Coal' Plants Would Cost Billions In Taxpayer SubsidiesFollowing a campaign by the coal industry, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has argued for new coal-fired power stations in Australia. But these plants would be more expensive than renewables and carry a huge liability through the carbon emissions they produce.

Why Wind Turbines Could Make Growing Conditions Better For Crops

Why Wind Turbines Could Make Growing Conditions Better For CropsGene Takle, professor of agronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences at Iowa State University, says tall wind turbines disbursed throughout a field create air turbulence that may help plants by affecting variables such as temperature and carbon dioxide concentrations.

How Nations Are Playing The Long Game In Fighting Global Warming

How Nations Are Playing The Long Game In Fighting Global WarmingWhile much of the media focus at this month’s climate meeting in Marrakech (COP22) was on US President-elect Donald Trump, there were signs that several countries have begun the long-term planning needed to avoid dangerous climate change.

Will China Lead On Climate Change As The US Appears Out Of The Running?

Will China Lead On Climate Change As The US Appears Out Of The Runing?The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is bad news for the global environment. He has made it clear that he will not implement the steps required to meet the pledges to reduce emissions as part of the agreement reached in Paris at the end of 2015.

Why Emissions Near Equator Are Extra Dangerous

Why Emissions Near Equator Are Extra DangerousSince the 1980s, air pollution has increased worldwide, but it has increased at a much faster pace in regions close to the equator.

Magma Power: How Superheated Molten Rock Could Provide Renewable Energy

Magma Power: How Superheated Molten Rock Could Provide Renewable EnergyIceland is about to tap into water as hot as lava. Several kilometres below ground, a drilling rig named Thor will soon penetrate the area around a magma chamber, where molten rock from the inner Earth heats up water that has seeped through the seafloor.

India’s Solar Power Is Set To Outshine Coal

India’s Solar Power Is Set To Outshine CoalSolar power in India will be cheaper than imported coal by 2020, but replacing the subcontinent’s fossil fuels with renewable energy is an enormous task.

Trees Are Much Better At Cooling The Climate Than We Thought

Trees Are Much Better At Cooling The Climate Than We ThoughtThe pre-industrial atmosphere contained more particles, and so brighter clouds, than we previously thought. This is the latest finding of the CLOUD experiment, a collaboration between around 80 scientists at the CERN particle physics lab near Geneva.

Why Biofuels Turn Out To Be A Climate Blunder

Why Biofuels Turn Out To Be A Climate BlunderEver since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel.