carbon-emissions

Americans throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal, and glass

More than a fifth of the country's garbage is food.

How much your meat addiction is hurting the planet

The average meat-eater in the U.S. is responsible for almost twice as much global warming as the average vegetarian.

The way Congress funds clean energy is a mess. Max Baucus thinks there’s a better idea.

Congress has created 42 different tax incentives for energy. Baucus wants to sweep them all away and replace them with just two.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 19, 2013

John Podesta’s plan to bypass Congress on climate change

Obama's new adviser, John Podesta, will push the White House to act more forcefully on climate change. Here's what he was advocating back in 2010.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 19, 2013

Here’s how the shale gas boom is saving Americans money

One new study suggests lower natural gas prices may be saving households up to $725 per year. Others find lower numbers. Here's why they differ.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 18, 2013

Why the U.N. climate talks keep breaking down, in five simple charts

At the Warsaw climate talks, rich and poor nations are arguing over who's responsible for climate change. Here's how to understand the dispute.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 20, 2013

How the world is failing at its climate goals, in one giant chart

A new U.N. report finds a vast gulf between the world's stated ambitions to limit climate change and actual practice.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 5, 2013

Global carbon emissions grew more slowly in 2012. But will they ever decline?

Global emissions hit a record high in 2012. But the rate of growth appears to be slowing.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 1, 2013

Should we use geoengineering to cool the Earth? An interview with David Keith.

Geoengineering is a risky way to blunt the effects of climate change. But climate scientist David Keith says we still need to consider it seriously.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 30, 2013

Is China the last hope for carbon capture technology?

Since 2008, the world has committed $25 billion to carbon capture — with little to show for it so far.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 22, 2013

U.S. carbon emissions fell sharply in 2012. But don’t expect that to last.

U.S. carbon emissions from energy hit their lowest level since 1994 last year. But they're already starting to rise again.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 22, 2013

Supreme Court allows EPA to keep regulating carbon — but will review a few details

The EPA still has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but the Supreme Court will review a permitting program for large industrial facilities.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 15, 2013

Everything you need to know about the EPA’s carbon limits for new power plants

The new EPA rules will make it very hard to build a new coal plant in the U.S. But cheap natural gas was already making that difficult anyway.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 20, 2013

The oceans are acidifying at the fastest rate in 300 million years. How worried should we be?

It's a question marine experts have been racing to get a handle on in recent years. Here's what they've found.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 31, 2013

How the World Bank could slash its carbon emissions: Start flying in coach

When World Bank employees travel, they usually do so in business class. That means more legroom AND more carbon emissions.