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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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The Smoky Hills Wind Farm in Kansas.  Drenaline/Wikimedia Creative Commons.

Renewables Could Meet Most of U.S. Power Needs, Cut GHG Emissions 78%

Renewable resources could meet most of U.S. electricity needs at costs comparable to today’s even as demand for electrical power increases. National greenhouse gas emissions could be slashed 78% by doing so, according to a new study from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

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Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke the record by the widest margin ever. Average global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.6° F (0.90° C) above the 20th century average, beating…

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Turning the tide on climate change in 2016

Optimistic Climate Predictions for 2016 in the Wake of the COP21 Climate Deal

Last year was a breakthrough year for environmental action and the future looks bright for the coming year. In 2015, we saw a slate of bold carbon reduction efforts from President Obama and other world leaders. However, the crowning achievement of 2015 was the signing of the COP21 climate agreement, which has set the stage for even more ambitious action…

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Guarded optimism remains as the COP21 climate talks in Paris move into high gear

COP21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

“Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.” – Preamble to the Paris Agreement, Dec. 12, 2015  To answer…

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Fossil fuel companies burn from their own deception

Academics on the Take: Mounting Evidence of Fossil Fuel-Funded Climate Denial

Greenpeace revealed today the results of an undercover investigation showing how fossil fuel companies secretly pay academics from leading U.S. universities “to write research that sows doubt about climate science and promotes the companies’ commercial interests,” reported Lawrence Carter and Meave McClenaghan on EnergyDesk Greenpeace today. Reporters from Greenpeace UK posing as representative from coal and oil companies approached professors from Princeton…

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