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Trump admin. finally kills off Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions

Trump admin. finally kills off Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions

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Enlarge / A natural gas flare from an offshore oil drilling rig in Cook Inlet, Alaska. The Environmental Protection Agency this week finalized a rule that kills off Obama-era limitations on how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, oil and natural gas producers are allowed to emit into the atmosphere—even though industry leaders didn't want…
Climate: The science may be settled, but the press coverage isn’t

Climate: The science may be settled, but the press coverage isn’t

Enlarge / A climate activist wearing a mask of US President Donald Trump hands out leaflets at a protest action during the eleventh day of demonstrations by the climate change action group Extinction Rebellion, at Gatwick Airport, in Crawley, south of London on October 17, 2019. Activists from the environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion have…
How to change US housing to hit Paris Agreement goals

How to change US housing to hit Paris Agreement goals

So far, the focus on cutting the US's carbon emissions has fallen on two obvious targets: electrical production and transportation. But to engage in the sort of deep decarbonization we'll need to address climate change, we can't really ignore any significant source of emissions. And the places we live are significant sources—even before the pandemic…
Jail time for polluters in Biden’s $2T climate plan

Jail time for polluters in Biden’s $2T climate plan

Enlarge / Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at a "Build Back Better" Clean Energy event on July 14, 2020 at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden today unveiled a $2 trillion policy platform that seeks to address both the…
House Democrats unveil broad plan to bring US to net-zero emissions by 2050

House Democrats unveil broad plan to bring US to net-zero emissions...

Enlarge / U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO), joined by members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, delivers remarks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. A House committee tasked with managing the global climate crisis this week unveiled an ambitious, detailed policy-package proposal. It brings…
Using past data to predict whether 2020 will be the warmest on record

Using past data to predict whether 2020 will be the warmest...

Enlarge / One interesting way to look at the world: the darker the red, the closer the correlation between local temperature and global mean. Blue areas tend to prefer contrarian temperatures. Meteorologists run weather-forecast models to provide good predictions of weather conditions over the next few days. Climate scientists, on the other hand, run global…
Union rep apparently threatens coronavirus infections to stop clean energy rule

Union rep apparently threatens coronavirus infections to stop clean energy rule

Enlarge / The city of San Luis Obispo in 2013.George Rose/Getty Images Covid-19 Coverage View more stories There's a battle raging in California over the future of natural gas. Environmentalists want building codes to encourage new buildings to be electrically heated in order to reduce carbon emissions. Natural gas utilities and labor unions representing their…
Here’s the Trump admin’s pathetic new fuel efficiency rule for 2026

Here’s the Trump admin’s pathetic new fuel efficiency rule for 2026

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Aurich Lawson / Getty If proof were needed that the Trump administration never met an environmental regulation it didn't want to eviscerate, on Tuesday morning the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published final fuel efficiency rules for new passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2021 through 2026. As…
Paper that claimed the Sun caused global warming gets retracted

Paper that claimed the Sun caused global warming gets retracted

A paper published last June was catnip for those who are desperate to explain climate change with anything but human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. It was also apparently wrong enough to be retracted this week by the journal that published it, even though its authors objected. The paper’s headline conclusion was that it described a newly…
The man behind the sphere, Freeman Dyson, is dead at 96

The man behind the sphere, Freeman Dyson, is dead at 96

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Dyson's ideas even made it to where no man has gone before. Freeman Dyson, a physicist whose interests often took him to the edge of science fiction, has died at the age of 96. Dyson is probably best known for his idea of eponymous spheres that would allow civilizations to capture all the energy radiating…

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