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A Republican Case for Climate Action

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Three former EPA administrators, all of whom served for GOP presidents, argue for action on emissions

In a political culture as polarized as America's, it's easy to assume that Republicans and Democrats are divided on every issue, including those pertaining to the environment. Of course the truth is murkier than that. There are Republicans who support climate action, and Democrats who don't. A NYT op-ed from three former EPA administrators, all of whom served under GOP presidents, comes from the......read more

The Science of Republicanism

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Economist Jim Barrett on the GOP's selective approach to climate science

Economist Jim Barrett for The Huffington Post: In case there was any remaining doubt that mainstream Republicans have abandoned mainstream science, look no further than the House Republicans' recent crusades against their own scientific ideas. According to The Hill: "Lawmakers voted 234-178 ... to prevent EPA from factoring the "social cost of carbon" into rules unless a federal law is enacted......read more

The Costs of Climate Foot Dragging

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A leaked UN report pushes for a climate action as world leaders meet in Davos

The longer we drag our feet to act on carbon emissions, the more difficult it will become to solve the problem of rising temperatures, says a draft report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report, which leaked last week, says that a further 15-year delay in reducing emissions will make finding a solution virtually impossible with current technology. From The New York......read more

US Supreme Court Considers EPA Emissions Limits

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A divided court gives qualified support for the EPA to set emissions standards

The Supreme Court, in a hearing Monday, appeared to support the Environmental Protection Agency's broad authority to set greenhouse gas emissions limits for cars, trucks and power plants. The case, brought by power companies and 13 states including Texas and Michigan, argued that the EPA was overstepping its powers by using air quality rules to tackle climate change. The justices......read more

California's Climate Revolution

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Could it change the national conversation?

Preeta Vissa for the Huffington Post: Largely under the radar of national and even local media, California has begun a quiet revolution in climate policy that could change the whole national conversation about curbing global warming. Advocates of strong climate change policies have had an immense political challenge that goes far beyond debunking the antiscientific rants of global warming......read more

Let's Take A Page From The Netherlands

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The Citizens Sued The Govt To Cut Emissions And They Won

Dutch climate activists just won a landmark case that will require their country to cut emissions faster—and similar lawsuits are now before other nations. By Ben Schiller If governments won't respond to the threat of climate change on their own, perhaps the legal system will force them into it. That's the possibility raised by a first-of-its-kind verdict in a court case in the......read more

Texas Plant Captures, Then Reuses Carbon

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The Skyonic plant near San Antonio is expected to capture 83,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year from a cement factory.

Amid the calls to capture carbon to save the climate, a Texas company is preparing to do that job for profit. At Capitol Aggregates, a cement plant near San Antonio, the Skyonic Corporation of Austin, plans to open a $125 million factory next week that will make industrial chemicals. Instead of mining natural deposits of carbon found underground, the plant will capture the carbon emitted from......read more

EPA Issues Limits on Power Plant Emissions

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New standards call for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030

Kate Sheppard for the Huffington Post: The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards on Monday, calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. The regulations are the first of their kind for the fleet of existing power plants, which currently produce 39 percent of U.S. emissions. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy described the rules in further detail at a......read more

Renewable Fuel From Geothermal

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Icelandic company creates methanol by capturing carbon dioxide from a geothermal power plant

In Iceland, volcanic activity powers the island nation's geothermal energy industry. Now it's also helping to create renewable fuel. Rekyavik-based Carbon Recycling International (CRI) produces liquid methanol by capturing and recycling carbon dioxide from a geothermal power plant on the the southwest part of the country. The first commercial shipment of the fuel, sold under the Vulcanol brand......read more

Predicting Sea Level Rise in a Warming World

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How high the oceans rise depends on the amount of carbon we emit

Predicting the effects of climate change is tricky business, and nowhere is that more evident that in the oceans. In 2011, sea levels actually declined sharply, before going up again in 2012. Despite the year-to-year wonkiness, there is scientific consensus that we are in the early stages of what is likely to be a substantial rise in sea level. But how fast it will happen--and how high they will......read more

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