climate change

How to change US housing to hit Paris Agreement goals

Enlarge US DOE 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 …

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Climate laws correlate with lower emissions per GDP

Enlarge Deepwater Wind Up until recently, the cost of renewable power generation has been higher than that of traditional fossil fuel plants. As a result, much of the initial growth of renewable energy has been driven by policy: laws that limit emissions, set renewable energy standards, or subsidize the use of low-emissions power sources. And …

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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. Olivier Douliery | AFP | Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden today unveiled a $2 trillion policy …

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House Democrats’ climate plan calls for 100 percent EV sales by 2035

Stefani Reynolds via Getty Images House Democrats want to eliminate the US economy’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Two ways they hope to achieve this are: reaching 100 percent electric vehicle sales by 2035 and 100 percent clean electricity by 2040. Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Kathy Castor released a 538-page plan outlining …

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Amazon invests $2 billion in its clean energy fund

Chesnot via Getty Images Amazon is committing $2 billion to companies developing clean energy technology with its Climate Pledge Fund, the company announced Tuesday. The fund is one facet of Amazon’s Climate Pledge, which aims to eliminate the company’s net carbon emissions by 2040. While it’s perhaps another step in the right direction, the fund …

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Union rep apparently threatens coronavirus infections to stop clean energy rule

Enlarge / Power lines run through a national park in San Luis Obsispo, California. George Rose/Getty Images 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 …

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