climate

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.

Study: Ordering groceries online is greener than driving to the store

Here's what this interesting new study teaches us about carbon taxes and climate change.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 30, 2013

A brief history of U.S. corn, in one chart

U.S. corn farmers are on pace to have their worst season since 1995. But how does this compare historically? This chart shows King Corn's dramatic rise over the past century--and helps reveal why some experts are worried that U.S. food production is in for a troubled future.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 16, 2012

Farmers turn to engineered corn to adapt to drought. But will it be enough?

The current U.S. drought will cause at least $18 billion in crop damage this year. And climate models suggest that drought will only get more severe in the years ahead. So how will farmers cope? Many scientists are hoping genetically engineered crops could help provide the answer, but not everyone's convinced that it will be enough.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 15, 2012

The rise–and possible fall–of U.S. wind power

A new report argues that wind power has firmly established itself in the United States. Installations are surging. Costs are tumbling. But, the report concludes, the industry is at risk of shrinking dramatically in 2013 as key tax credits disappear. Here's the story (yes, in chart form).

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 14, 2012