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Dire Climate Change Warnings Cut From Trump Power-...

Warnings about potentially severe consequences of climate change were deleted from a Trump administration plan to weaken curbs on power plant emissions during a White House review. Drafts had devoted more than 500 words to highlighting the impacts — more heat waves, intense hurricanes, heavy rainfalls, floods and water pollution — as part of the proposal to replace Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas...

Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a drive...

Low air quality, even at pollution levels well below current Environmental Protection Agency thresholds, is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers Kelly C. Bishop, Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Jonathan D. Ketcham of Arizona State University cross-referenced more than a decade of...

Research Breakthrough Reduces Cost Of Solar Cell P...

Joshua Pearce is a professor of material sciences and electrical engineering at Michigan Technical University. While on sabbatical at Aalto University in Finland recently, he became involved in passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) research being conducted by Chiara Modanese, Hannu Laine, Toni Pasanen, and Hele Savin. Silicon for photovoltaic cells comes in two grades. Pure silicon has the highest conversion rate of sunlight...

New Trump Adviser Called Climate Science a ‘...

President Donald Trump has added yet another climate skeptic to his team. Princeton physicist William Happer confirmed to E&E News by email that he had begun to work Tuesday as the senior director for emerging technologies at the National Security Council (NSC). Happer is famously skeptical of the scientific consensus that human burning of fossil fuels is causing rapid climate change, CNN reported. He has called climate...

New Study Links Fracking To Unsustainable Water Us...

Everybody is talking about a new report that credits the US oil and gas fracking boom with a 770% increase in water consumption over the past few years. The sharp increase is certainly eye-catching but it’s not exactly a surprise. The force of the water-energy nexus is strong within the fossil fuel industry, especially when the idea is to force massive volumes of water into underground rock formations. So, what’s really the...

How a nuclear stalemate left radioactive waste str...

When I got to the San Onofre State Beach about 60 miles north of San Diego, the red sun of fire season was sandwiched on the horizon between a layer of fog and the sea. Surfers floated in a line off the shore. It looked like any other California beach — except for the row of signs that warned “Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Area,” and the twin reactor domes rising above the bluffs. I was there to see the San Onofre Nuclear...

The Forecast for Jobs in Appalachian Ohio Looks Su...

Along the Ohio River east of Cincinnati lies The Point, a huge industrial park with room for new tenants. Hundreds of acres with access to the river and the railroad sit ready for development. And while the space would be appropriate for any number of businesses, the residents of Lawrence County have something particular in mind: a solar manufacturing hub to support what would be the biggest solar farm in this corner of the...

Opinion: The Next Financial Crisis Lurks Undergrou...

Fueled by debt and years of easy credit, America’s energy boom is on shaky footing. About 20 years ago, an entrepreneur named George Mitchell proved that it was possible to get lots of oil and gas out of parts of the earth long thought to be sucked dry, by injecting liquid at high pressure into a horizontal well below the surface. About 10 years ago, fracking — the common term for this process — began in earnest. In that...

Air Pollution Shortens Human Life by One Year, on ...

In a summer marked by air quality alerts as wildfires rage in the western U.S., a study has been published finding that air pollution lowers the average lifespan by one year worldwide. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Aug. 22, was the first to assess the impact of particulate matter pollution smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) on human life expectancy on a per country basis, ScienceNews...

Kroger to end bagging groceries in plastic within ...

CINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags, as more Americans say they’re uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. started its pitch to end plastic Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores by some point next year. The company intends to be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores...

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: Help for ...

President Trump promised to revive the fortunes of coal country. “Trump digs coal,” read the signs at his rally last week in Charleston, W.Va., where he touted plans to keep his pledge. He proposes to relax pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, the regulatory relief improving their prospects in an era of cheap natural gas and more competitive wind and solar. That means seeking to roll back the Clean Power Plan put...

IEEFA update: The investment rationale for fossil ...

An outdated mindset that no longer lives up to its hype For decades, the fossil fuel sector literally fuelled the global economy and powered the world’s investment markets. This is no longer the case. The long-standing and now outdated investment thesis around fossil fuels—that such holdings would make large and reliable annual contributions to institutional funds—has crumbled. The sector now lags the broader market, and the...

An alternative to propping up coal power plants: R...

The Trump administration announced new pollution rules for coal-fired power plants designed to keep existing coal power plants operating more and save American coal mining jobs. Profitability for U.S. coal power plants has plummeted, and one major coal company after another has filed for bankruptcy, including the world’s largest private-sector coal company, Peabody Energy. The main reason coal is in decline is less expensive...

Redirecting Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout to Fu...

Bailout money could be better used to cover gaps in tax revenue, help workers retrain for new jobs, and fuel economic development in affected communities. FirstEnergy offers a case for a proactive transition plan. Coal and nuclear facilities are facing a tough economic reality in the United States. Competitive power markets are oversupplied, while natural gas and renewable energy are undercutting coal and nuclear on cost....

Texas Oil Companies Want Federal Dollars to Protec...

The burning of fossil fuels is the driving force behind climate change, and now the companies responsible want the government to help pay to protect them from the consequences. Texas is seeking at least $12 billion to build a network of seawalls, levees, gates and earthen structures that would protect a stretch of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the area south of Houston that houses 30 percent of U.S. oil refining capacity,...