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14 States Have Climate Change Plans

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Only nine others have plans in the works, according to a new study

James West for CityLab: Most states are still failing to prepare for the impact of climate change, and there has been mixed progress among states with concrete plans, according to a first-of-its-kind compilation of data released Thursday by the Georgetown Climate Center. Researchers at the center, a D.C. policy research group based at Georgetown University's law school, surveyed states' climate......read more

Record Renewable Energy Demand in 2013

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Then again the same can be said for oil and coal, according to benchmark report

Global demand for renewable power continues to grow, with clean energy accounting for a record 2.7 percent share of overall energy consumption in 2013. You might want to hold the applause, however, since both coal and oil also saw demand grow in 2013, according to BP's annual statistical review, an industry benchmark. Demand from renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, rose to a......read more

Iconic Record Covers in Google Street View

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City streets seen through the lens of famous album covers

Following on an earlier series in the same vein, The Guardian's "Google Street View Specialist" has unveiled a new GSV series, this time showing iconic album covers in the exact locations where they were photographed. From the obvious (The Beatles' Abbey Road), to the less so (Times Square as seen on PJ Harvey's Stories from the Sea), the images revisit the scenes of classic LPs,......read more

Lessons From the Little Ice Age

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What we can learn from the coldest century on record

Geoffrey Parker for The New York Times: Climatologists call it the Little Ice Age; historians, the General Crisis. During the 17th century, longer winters and cooler summers disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests across Europe. It was the coldest century in a period of glacial expansion that lasted from the early 14th century until the mid-19th century. The summer of 1641 was the......read more

How Climate Change Will Transform Winemaking

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Global grape-growing regions will shift dramatically over the coming decades, according to study

If you like wines from Washington state, get ready for some good news. According to a study led by Conservation International biologist Lee Hannah, rising temperatures associated with climate change will dramatically expand the vineyard-friendly space in the Pacific Northwest over the coming decades. (Unfortunately, that expansion will come at the expense of wildlife habitat.) Californian......read more

The Conservation Economy

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Conserving the nation's fish, wildlife and natural resources is a $40-billion industry, according to a new study

It's said that you can't put a price on protecting the environment, and on the face of it, we agree. But when we're always hearing about the economic benefits of industrial activity, it would be nice to know what conservation is actually worth, in dollar terms. Now, thanks to a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation study, we do. The analysis considered the jobs, tax revenue and other economic......read more

In Australia, Wind Power is Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

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Wind energy prices undercutting coal and natural gas, according to Bloomberg report

The argument that fossil fuels are cheaper than renewable sources of energy has long been used to hold back the shift to clean power. But that's increasingly not the case. A new report about the Australian energy industry provides solid evidence that renewable energy can increasingly compete on cost with fossil fuels. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance report reveals that unsubsidized wind farms......read more

Electric Car Sales Hit Another Record

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November was the hottest month yet for EV sales in the US

In November, for the fourth consecutive month, electric car sales reached a record as new models like the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in electric hybrid (pictured above) helped amplify buyer interest. At Forbes, Todd Woody has the scoop: According to analyst Aaron Chew of the Maxim Group, dealers sold 7,600 electric cars in November, bringing total sales for 2012 to 47,500 to date. Chew expects......read more

Clean Energy Investment Surges

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Global investment in renewable energy powered to record $257 billion in 2011, according to UN report

Despite significant economic hurdles, 2011 was a big year for renewable energy. According to a UN report released this week, global investment in clean power surged to a record $257 billion in 2011, with solar attracting more than half ($147 billion) of the total spending. The report, "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012," is published by UNEP based on data from Bloomberg New......read more

How Green are Electric Cars?

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According to a new study, that depends on where you live

In news that will surprise no one who's considered the issue for more than three seconds, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that electric cars are only as green as the power plants that fuel them. In regions where the electric grid is supplied by cleaner energy sources, such as natural gas, or renewable sources, like wind or solar, driving an electric vehicle produces......read more

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