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Biden administration puts a price on carbon

Biden administration puts a price on carbon

On Friday, the Biden administration announced it had fulfilled the requirements of one of the executive orders issued on the very first day of his presidency: determining what's called the "social cost of carbon." This figure tries to capture the cumulative economic value achieved by investing in limiting carbon emissions now. As such, carbon's social…
Amazon begins delivering packages with prototype electric trucks

Amazon begins delivering packages with prototype electric trucks

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Enlarge / A prototype Amazon delivery truck in the Los Angeles area. A year and a half after Amazon announced that it would buy 100,000 electric trucks to reduce its carbon footprint, Amazon says it has begun using prototype vehicles for real-world deliveries in Los Angeles. Amazon expects to spend a few more months testing the…
New study: A zero-emissions US is now pretty cheap

New study: A zero-emissions US is now pretty cheap

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In many areas of the United States, installing a wind or solar farm is now cheaper than simply buying fuel for an existing fossil fuel-based generator. And that's dramatically changing the electricity market in the US and requiring a lot of people to update prior predictions. That has motivated a group of researchers to take…
Biden’s approach to climate: Calling it a crisis and treating it that way

Biden’s approach to climate: Calling it a crisis and treating it...

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Enlarge / National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry answer questions during a press briefing at the White House. Yesterday, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order entitled Putting the Climate Crisis at the Center of United States Foreign Policy and National Security. The document is sweeping, laying…
Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement gets thrown out by a court

Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement gets thrown out by a court

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Enlarge / DUNKIRK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 10/09/2016: A NRG-owned coal-fired energy facility that plans to convert to a natural gas facility. Today, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the Trump administration's attempt to take a minimalist approach to the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions. The ruling was a…
2020 ties 2016 as the warmest year on record

2020 ties 2016 as the warmest year on record

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Enlarge / Intense wildfires were one of the climate impacts linked to the recent string of very hot years. Today, NASA and NOAA are announcing that 2020 was one for the record books, tying with 2016 for the warmest year since we've been tracking temperatures. NASA rates 2020 as the warmest ever, although by a…
Wildfire smoke is loaded with microbes. Is that dangerous?

Wildfire smoke is loaded with microbes. Is that dangerous?

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If you're unfortunate enough to breathe wildfire smoke, you’re getting a lungful of charred plant material, noxious gases, and—if the fire tore through human structures—incinerated synthetic materials. All across the board, it’s bad stuff, proven to be a severe detriment to human health, particularly for those with respiratory conditions like asthma. And not to pile…
New analysis: Extreme flows in US streams are rising

New analysis: Extreme flows in US streams are rising

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Enlarge / Flooding in Midland, Michigan in May 2020 after heavy rains caused the failure of two dams. Climate change involves direct consequences on the cycling of water through our environment. The warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, making intense rainstorms dump even more water than they used to. On the flip side, warmer air can…
Want to offset your carbon footprint? Here’s what you need to know

Want to offset your carbon footprint? Here’s what you need to...

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Aurich Lawson / Getty Images In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church offered indulgences, letting people exchange donations for slips of paper that promised reduced time in purgatory after their death. Less controversially, today someone who over-indulges in the office tea supply might feel obliged to pay for a replacement box. Do carbon offsets more…
California bans new internal combustion engines, starting in 2035

California bans new internal combustion engines, starting in 2035

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On Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state from 2035 be zero-emissions vehicles. Additionally, all drayage trucks—the ones that move containers around at places like the Port of Los Angeles—must also go emissions free by this date, as well as off-road…

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