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Why the federal government is buying into the promise of 24/7 clean power

Why the federal government is buying into the promise of 24/7 clean power

PublishedApr 21, 2021TopicShareChip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesOver the past decade, hundreds of cities, companies, and states have started buying renewable energy to power their Wi-Fi routers, run their refrigerators, and otherwise keep the lights on. The , for instance, is powered entirely by wind energy; the small city of is run entirely on biomass, wind, solar, and hydropower; and the tech giant Google has been powering its data centers and office buildings with renewables . Or have they? and companies are aiming to run on 100 percent clean energy, but it’s not exactly what it sounds...

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Why a landmark experiment into dimming the sun got canceled

Why a landmark experiment into dimming the sun got canceled

PublishedApr 08, 2021TopicShareThe experiment sounded innocuous. Early this summer, a group of researchers from Harvard University would fly to Kiruna, a small town of 22,000 in the northern reaches of Sweden. There, with the help of a Swedish space company, they would launch a balloon carrying an instrument-laden gondola into the stratosphere, some 12.5 miles above the Earth’s surface. They would run a few tests, pack up the instruments, and then return home. That, at least, was the plan. But some saw the project — known as the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, or SCoPEx...

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This hidden doctrine could stymie climate action under the new Supreme Court

This hidden doctrine could stymie climate action under the new Supreme Court

When Judge Amy Coney Barrett recently sat down before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she was prepared to say basically nothing. In today’s world of highly partisan appointees to the Supreme Court, nominees have learned to keep their opinions buttoned-up: Barrett’s favorite phrase during the hearings was “no hints, no previews, no forecasts.”When it comes to climate change, however, what Barrett didn’t say may prove just as important as what she did. The judge, who is expected to be confirmed Monday , refused to acknowledge the : In an exchange with Senator Kamala Harris of California,...

October 26, 2020
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Will Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis change his anti-science attitude? - Grist

Will Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis change his anti-science attitude? - Grist

Well, it happened. After months of downplaying COVID-19 (“!”) and , President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have .The implications of this news include more than a mere “I told you so.” Trump has fallen ill with a potentially deadly virus just weeks before Election Day, and in the midst of a global pandemic, record-breaking wildfire and hurricane seasons, and a growing national reckoning with racial violence.The president’s diagnosis has also laid bare a rift in his persistent anti-science strategy of deny, deny, deny: It’s a lot harder to ignore a crisis — be it the severity of...

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October 3, 2020
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This Oregon forest was supposed to store carbon for 100 years. Now it’s on fire. - Grist

This Oregon forest was supposed to store carbon for 100 years. Now it’s on fire. - Grist

As fires this month, displacing families and releasing a thick, choking cloud of smoke that reached , some scientists began to worry about yet another loss. Thousands of acres of forest, maintained to offset greenhouse gas emissions, might be going up in smoke.Claudia Herbert, a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, who is studying risks to forest carbon offsets, noticed that the Lionshead Fire — which tore through in Central Oregon and of the nearby town of Detroit — appeared to have almost completely engulfed the largest forest dedicated to sequestering carbon dioxide in...

September 18, 2020
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Which states are making the most progress on emissions? Not the ones you think.

Which states are making the most progress on emissions? Not the ones you think.

For over a decade, the U.S. federal government has failed to pursue , leaving most of the hard work of cutting carbon emissions to individual states. But even without national leadership, many states are succeeding at slashing emissions — and fast.According to a new , an international research organization, 41 states managed to cut their carbon emissions between 2005 and 2017, even as their economies grew. (State-level emissions data usually takes more than two years to be reported by the , making 2017 data the latest available.)The states leading the charge might not be the ones you...

August 4, 2020
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