climate change

Biden administration puts a price on carbon

Enlarge Picture Alliance / Getty Images 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 …

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Amazon begins using three-wheeled EVs for deliveries in seven Indian cities

Amazon has started using electric three-wheelers for deliveries in India, a growing market for the online retailer, as part of its push to add more eco-friendly vehicles to its fleet. The company has deployed almost 100 auto rickshaws, made by Indian electric car manufacturer Mahindra Electric, across seven cities including New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, …

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Amazon begins delivering packages with prototype electric trucks

Enlarge / A prototype Amazon delivery truck in the Los Angeles area. Amazon 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 …

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

Enlarge Picture Alliance / Getty Images 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’s motivated a …

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Boeing wants all its aircraft to fly on sustainable fuels by 2030

gk-6mt via Getty Images Boeing has vowed to make flights using its planes more eco-friendly within the next decade: The aviation titan has announced its commitment to make sure its planes can fly on 100 percent sustainable fuels by 2030. It explained that making the shift to sustainable fuels is the “safest and most measurable …

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Elon Musk announces $100 million prize for new carbon capture tech

Things we already know: The world is growing uncomfortably warm due to humanity’s insistence on burning fossil fuels. Elon Musk is currently the wealthiest human on the planet. Yet for being among the wealthiest people on the planet, Musk’s philanthropic track record over the years has been paltry compared to the likes of Jeff Bezos. …

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The UN created a game about protecting the ozone layer

UN Environment Programme How do you teach a younger crowd to appreciate and protect the ozone layer? By weaving the science into the games they play, apparently. As Eurogamer reports, the UN’s Environment Programme is releasing a Reset Earth game for Android and iOS that tasks you with nothing less than saving the ozone layer. …

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The US will rejoin the Paris climate change agreement

Tom Brenner / reuters With the third executive order of his new administration, President Joe Biden said the US will rejoin the Paris Agreement. Initially finalized in 2015, the climate change accord saw 143 countries, including the US, agree to limit global temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The US, under then President …

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

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. John Greim / Getty Images 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 …

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NASA says 2020 tied 2016 for the warmest year on record

Pawel Kopczynski / reuters Depending on what group of scientists you ask, 2020 was either tied or second only to 2016 as the warmest year on record. Measuring against a baseline of mean temperatures between 1951 to 1980, NASA concluded that the average global temperature of the planet was slightly warmer last year than in …

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