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Book review: A grand survey of climate hope

Book review: A grand survey of climate hope

By Omair Ahmad Journalist Akshat Rathi’s new book, Climate Capitalism, looks at how businesses are embracing climate-positive practices, providing extensive insights and plenty of optimism, but missing out on developing countries and important details. Akshat Rathi’s Climate Capitalism: Winning the Global Race to Zero Emissions, is a book heavy on hope, data and examples. Despite its vast scope – telling […]

Europe Sees Natural Gas Demand Hit 10-Year Low

In the two years since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, European demand for natural gas has dropped by 20 percent. European gas demand is now at its lowest point in a decade, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, as Germany, Italy, and other countries ramp up renewable power and cut energy use to cope with […]

Rain Comes to the Arctic, With a Cascade of Troubling Changes

Rain Comes to the Arctic, With a Cascade of Troubling Changes

In August of 2021, rain fell atop the 10,551-foot summit of the Greenland ice cap, triggering an epic meltdown and a more-than-2,000-foot retreat of the snowline. The unprecedented event reminded Joel Harper, a University of Montana glaciologist who works on the Greenland ice sheet, of a strange anomaly in his data, one that suggested that in 2008 it might have […]

Return of Trees to Eastern U.S. Kept Region Cool as Planet Warmed

Over the 20th century, the U.S. as a whole warmed by 1.2 degrees F (0.7 degrees C), but across much the East, temperatures dropped by 0.5 degrees F (0.3 degrees C). A new study posits that the restoration of lost forest countered warming, keeping the region cool. “This widespread history of reforestation, a huge shift in land cover, hasn’t been […]

Turkey is racing ahead to become Europe’s biggest coal consumer

Turkey is racing ahead to become Europe’s biggest coal consumer

By Anders Lorenzen Even though Germany significantly ramped up its coal consumption in the wake of the decommissioning of its nuclear power plants, Turkey is on track to surpass Europe’s economic powerhouse as the continent’s biggest coal consumer. Analysis from the green think tank, Ember shows high inflation rates are driven by the surge in coal-fired electricity as it is […]

Deep in Death Valley, a Sprawling Lake Takes Form

Repeated bouts of heavy rain have filled Badwater Basin in Death Valley, the driest spot in North America. The lake first formed in August after Hurricane Hilary pounded the California desert, and while water levels dropped through the fall, an early February downpour filled the lake once again. Satellite imagery from NASA captured the basin before the hurricane and after, […]

Google to launch oil and gas methane leak monitoring tool

Google to launch oil and gas methane leak monitoring tool

By Anders Lorenzen One of the world’s largest tech companies, Google (owned by Alphabet), has often come under criticism, partly for its commitment to tackling climate change and its overall sustainability goals, but also for double standards.  Its platform hosts climate-denying content, and the company seems unable to crack down on it. But the latest initiative by Google will be […]

Plastics Reckoning: PVC Is Ubiquitous, But Maybe Not for Long

Plastics Reckoning: PVC Is Ubiquitous, But Maybe Not for Long

The word “vinyl” might sound innocuous, bringing to mind everyday items like LP records, flooring, pipes, or shiny plastic pants. The plastic this name refers to — polyvinyl chloride (PVC) — is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic polymer, with more than 50 million tons cranked out each year for everything from window frames to food wrap, fake leather car […]

Analysis: New coal mines add question mark to India’s climate commitments

Analysis: New coal mines add question mark to India’s climate commitments

A coal power plant at Dadri in Gautam Budh Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh. Despite a significant uptake of renewable energy, India still relies on coal plants for more than half of its installed electricity supply. Photo credit: Mayank Makhija / Alamy. By Rejimon Kuttappan Along with a major expansion of renewable energy, India is also pushing for big increases in […]

In Icy Greenland, Area Covered by Vegetation Has More Than Doubled in Size

In Greenland, where temperatures are rising twice as fast as across the rest of the world, the icy, rocky landscape is turning increasingly green, a new study finds. An analysis of satellite records shows that, over the last three decades, Greenland has lost 11,000 square miles of ice, an area roughly the size of Massachusetts. As melting gains pace, ice […]