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Data Center Emissions, Coal Power Use Much Higher than Thought

The largest U.S. data center owner-operators are underestimating how much coal-fired electricity they’re using, and thus the carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions they produce, according to a new study from Lux Research.

A big year for renewables. Two-thirds of new generating capacity from renewable energy

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Generating Capacity in 2015 from Renewable Sources

It was quite a year for renewable energy. 2015 set the record for new electrical generation placed in service from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. Of the 16,485 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity in 2015, 63.85 percent, nearly two-thirds, came from…

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Abandoned well of a different age: do falling oil prices signal the end of oil?

Falling Profits Augur the End of Oil

The profits of the big oil companies keep falling along with the price of a barrel of crude. In 2015, the profits of oil behemoths like Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and BP tumbled. Together, these big four saw profits decline by an average of 65 percent last year. These falling margins have a cascade of impacts that are hastening the…

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Overhead photos of the well leaking methane at Porter Ranch, California

The Invisible Climate Nightmare Unfolding in California

One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history is happening right now in southern California. The methane leak at the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Storage Facility, located in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of northwest Los Angeles, is already the largest such leak in U.S. history and it is far from over. The leak started in October and SoCalGas has indicated…

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Climate finance will lead to development of microgrids and distributed energy

COP21 Aftermath – How Climate Finance Can Support Development And Climate Objectives Through Renewable Microgrids

By Arnaud Henin The Paris climate negotiations have exceeded most expectations, concluding in an ambitious global agreement on limiting carbon emissions to restrain the impacts climate change. The agreement has several important aspects including a commitment from developed countries to a significant sum of $100 billion per year to support the transition of developing countries to a low-carbon development trajectory,…

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Chinese-Swedish Auto Manufacturer Seals $12 Billion EV Deal

China’s National Modern Energy Holdings signed a contract worth $12 billion with Panda New Energy to deliver 150,000 EVs based on the Saab 9-3, as well aa associated products and services.

COP21 press conference announcing $3.4 million in fossil fuel divestment

Record $3.4 Trillion Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment

At a press conference on Wednesday at COP21 in Paris, representatives from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the California Senate, the World Resources Institute and the London School of Economics joined 350.org to announce that $3.4 trillion in assets are now committed to some form of divestment from fossil fuels. May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, noted that some of that divestment is partial, divesting only from…

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