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The way we generate and consume electricity has enormous implications for our environment. Emissions from fossil-fueled power plants are contributing to severe climate impacts such as unbreathable air, rising sea levels, devastating storms, record-setting temperatures, forest fires and prolonged droughts. The price of pollution, habitat loss and climate change is one we all pay.

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Why air conditioning is a vicious cycle

August 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Why air conditioning is a vicious cycle

Air conditioners consume huge amounts of energy and that’s adding to climate change. And as the climate grows hotter, there’s more need to stay cool.

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Scientists concerned about accelerated melting of Greenland’s ice sheet

July 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Scientists concerned about accelerated melting of Greenland’s ice sheet

Warmer conditions are encouraging algae to grow and darken the ice sheet's surface, causing the it to melt more quickly.

Carbon dioxide is approaching a level not seen in 50 million years

April 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Carbon dioxide is approaching a level not seen in 50 million years

Continuing to burn fossil fuels at the current rate could bring atmospheric carbon dioxide to its highest concentration in 50 million years, a new study warns.

Arctic circle could become completely free of sea ice even if global warming limited to two degrees Celsius

March 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Arctic circle could become completely free of sea ice even if global warming limited to two degrees Celsius

Loss of sea ice could have 'catastrophic' effects on the weather in much of the northern hemisphere and speed up global warming.

Earth sets a temperature record for the third straight year

January 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Earth sets a temperature record for the third straight year

Surface temperatures are heading toward levels that many scientists believe will pose a threat to both the natural world and to human civilization. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.

Greenpeace pushes Netflix to embrace renewable energy

January 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Greenpeace pushes Netflix to embrace renewable energy

BREAKING BAD: Netflix accounts for more than one-third of Internet traffic in North America alone. Would you feel better about binge watching if all that bandwidth was fueled by clean energy?

Without action on climate change, say goodbye to polar bears

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Federal officials warn that unless we reduce carbon emissions, the beloved species could be doomed. “The future for polar bears is pretty bleak.”

Five positive environmental stories from 2016

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

There was no shortage of grim news for the environment in 2016. But the year saw some clear signs of environmental progress, too. These five environmental stories were true bright spots.

Scientists have long feared this ‘feedback’ to the climate system. Now they say it’s happening

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

NEGATIVE FEEDBACK: A new study published yesterday describes a climate system “feedback” loop that could make planetary warming considerably worse in the coming decades.

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Key glacier in Antarctica is cracking from the inside out

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

SHIFT HAPPENS: New discovery points to troubling signs for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the collapse of which could prove catastrophic. It's no longer a question of if it will melt, but when.

Flights are getting bumpier. Here’s why scientists are blaming climate change

November 26th, 2016|0 Comments

UNFRIENDLY SKIES: It's not your imagination, the inflight "fasten your seatbelt" signs are staying illuminated longer. Scientists think that climate change is affecting the earth’s atmosphere and making flights bumpier.

Agriculture is a victim of (and the solution to) climate change

November 19th, 2016|0 Comments

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Agriculture holds the double distinction of being highly vulnerable to climate change but also offering a solution to the problem.

Heroic plants are working overtime to gobble up our carbon emissions

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

LEAFY CLEAN: A new Berkeley Lab study shows that plants around the globe are keeping atmospheric carbon levels steady, despite the increase in emissions in recent decades. While this is a good thing and you should go thank a tree right now, it won't last forever.

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