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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 […]

COP28: The world temperature is expected to reach 1.4 degrees C this year

COP28: The world temperature is expected to reach 1.4 degrees C this year

Photo credit: Fernando Astasio / Adobe Stock. By Anders Lorenzen  As the UN climate summit, COP28, kicked off in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday, the United Nations (UN) body the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) delivered another stark warning.   In its provisional State of the Global Climate report, they confirmed, that not only is 2023 on track to be […]

Earth911 Podcast: Ship It Zero Aims for a Decarbonized Shipping Industry by 2030

Earth911 Podcast: Ship It Zero Aims for a Decarbonized Shipping Industry by 2030

The UN’s International Maritime Association reported in 2020 that the shipping industry — the ships moving freight between the continents — accounts for 2.89% of annual global CO2 emissions. Between 1990 and 2020, shipping volumes “more than doubled,” according to Statista, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, shipping grew faster, at as much as 16.4% a year, according to the U.S. […]

Best of Earth911 Podcast: How To Build a Just & Equitable Carbon Removal Industry

Best of Earth911 Podcast: How To Build a Just & Equitable Carbon Removal Industry

Carbon removal strategies will play an essential role in drawing down CO2 levels. A carbon removal industry is developing that includes natural options like planting trees and restoring prairies and wetlands, pulling CO2 from the atmosphere with Direct Air Capture, and various technical approaches that engineer changes in the environment or rely on injecting CO2 into deep geological structures. But […]

Earth911 Podcast: Watershed’s Steve Davis on Tracking and Reducing Non-CO2 Emissions

Earth911 Podcast: Watershed’s Steve Davis on Tracking and Reducing Non-CO2 Emissions

The sustainability community has a carbon fixation, yet non-CO2 emissions, such as methane and nitrous oxide, account for a quarter of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, water, biodiversity, and many other factors contribute to the environmental damage our economy causes. A more comprehensive view of our impacts is needed to consider solutions to the complex, systemic changes needed […]

Embodied Carbon: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Embodied Carbon: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Most conversations about the carbon footprint of a building focus on the activities that go on inside the completed construction. The HVAC system and lighting, for example, contribute to the building’s operational carbon footprint. But there is an additional type of carbon emissions to consider: embodied carbon, which can account for as much as half its lifetime environmental impact. Like […]

Earth911 Podcast: How To Build a Just & Equitable Carbon Capture Industry

Earth911 Podcast: How To Build a Just & Equitable Carbon Capture Industry

Carbon capture strategies will play an essential role in drawing down CO2 levels. A carbon capture industry is developing that includes natural options like planting trees and restoring prairies and wetlands, pulling CO2 from the atmosphere with Direct Air Capture, and various technical approaches that engineer changes in the environment or rely on injecting CO2 into deep geological structures. But […]

Earth911 Podcast: How To Build a Just & Equitable Carbon Removal Industry

Earth911 Podcast: How To Build a Just & Equitable Carbon Removal Industry

Carbon removal strategies will play an essential role in drawing down CO2 levels. A carbon removal industry is developing that includes natural options like planting trees and restoring prairies and wetlands, pulling CO2 from the atmosphere with Direct Air Capture, and various technical approaches that engineer changes in the environment or rely on injecting CO2 into deep geological structures. But […]

Getting Started With Carbon Offsets

Getting Started With Carbon Offsets

You do your best to live lightly on the planet, but some greenhouse gas emissions are inevitable. When you have already become as energy-efficient as you can, and the energy you use is as sustainable as you can get it, you turn to carbon offsets. The final step in the hierarchy towards achieving net-zero energy, carbon offsets are still among […]

Earth911 Podcast: Scott Lively on the Future of Beef and Meat Labeling

Earth911 Podcast: Scott Lively on the Future of Beef and Meat Labeling

Scott Lively is the co-founder of the largest organic and grass-fed beef producer in the United States, Raise American, and is the author of a new book, For the Love of Beef: The Good, the Bad and the Future of America’s Favorite Meat. America has a massive appetite for beef. It’s a $111 billion-a-year industry that accounts for almost 5.4 […]