Tag: Alternative and Renewable Energy

Europe Met a Climate Target. But Is It Burning Less Carbon?

Hindsight is a series from the Headway team looking back at predictions and promises from the past. As the 2009 global climate summit in Copenhagen approached, the European Union raced to announce an ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The bloc’s leaders worked to smooth over the competing interests of more than two dozen […]

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Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals

Croatia is opposing a nuclear reactor project in Slovenia that would deposit some nuclear waste near their border. Germany is objecting to a planned Polish reactor that the German Green party said would most likely contaminate Germany in the event of an accident. The ability of small nuclear reactors to produce energy quickly or cheaply […]

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Can New York Really Get to 100% Clean Energy by 2040?

Two years ago New York committed to the nation’s most ambitious climate goals to shift away from the fossil fuels heating the planet and create a new, electrified economy that stops adding to climate change by 2050. State agencies and private companies went to work building hundreds of wind and solar farms to power businesses, […]

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What to Know About the Frantic Quest for Cobalt

The clean energy revolution is replacing oil and gas with a new global force: the minerals and metals needed in electric car batteries, solar panels and other forms of renewable energy. Places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, which produces two-thirds of the world’s supply of cobalt, for example, are stepping into the kinds of […]

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Race to the Future: What to Know About the Frantic Quest for Cobalt

The clean energy revolution is replacing oil and gas with a new global force: the minerals and metals needed in electric car batteries, solar panels and other forms of renewable energy. Places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, which produces two-thirds of the world’s supply of cobalt, for example, are stepping into the kinds of […]

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House Passes the Largest Expenditure on Climate in U.S. History

Republicans, who unanimously opposed the bill, assailed the climate provisions. “This includes payoffs for electric vehicle owners,” said Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “It includes higher taxes on American energy and higher prices for consumers.” The measures, he said, “would raise costs for working […]

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In the Fight Against Climate Change, Young Voices Speak Out

This article is part of a special report on Climate Solutions, which looks at efforts around the world to make a difference. The climate conference in Scotland, known as COP26, concluded last week with an assortment of promises and agreements from participating nations on confronting climate change. How they will ultimately turn out is anyone’s […]

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Here’s How Mexico Can Clean Up Its Dirty Energy Industry

As delegates from around the world finish up their business in Glasgow at the United Nations climate conference, Mexico has not increased its emissions-mitigation goal, as countries pledged under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Its president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is doubling down on policies that would make his country the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in Glasgow, Says She Will ‘Push’ on Climate Change

GLASGOW — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat, arrived at the United Nations climate summit on Tuesday, saying she was there to push the United States and other developed nations to greater action on global warming. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, was surrounded by security as she walked the cavernous […]

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The Developing World Is Falling Short on Emissions Reductions

Nowhere is cutting carbon emissions more crucial than in the world’s emerging and developing economies, where the thirst for energy, and the output of carbon dioxide, is rising the fastest. New power plants there will lock in the trajectory of global warming for decades to come. But here’s the big problem: Fifty-two percent of new […]

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With COP26, China’s Climate Policy Merits a Closer Look

“Disappointing.” “A shadow on the global climate effort.” Even before the global climate summit in Glasgow got underway last week, environmental advocates were quick to point fingers at China’s seemingly lackluster “new” climate pledge as a harbinger of a doomed outcome for the event. Since China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, some […]

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Energy Department Aims to Slash Cost of Removing Carbon From the Air

GLASGOW — The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday will unveil its biggest effort yet to drastically reduce the cost of technologies that suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, in a recognition that current strategies to lower greenhouse gases may not be enough to avert the worst effects of climate change. Speaking at the […]

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Over 40 Countries Pledge at U.N. Climate Summit to End Use of Coal Power

Underscoring the vagueness of the pledge, Anna Moskwa, Poland’s climate and environmental minister, said on Twitter Thursday that the deal allowed Poland to depart from coal by 2049. Poland currently gets 70 percent of its electricity from coal and has often resisted European proposals to shift more rapidly away from fossil fuels. The Biden administration […]

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COP26 Climate Summit: What Happened During the First Days

GLASGOW — Presidents and prime ministers have left town. Now the hard work starts, with diplomats hunkering down in a cavernous tent complex at the U.N. climate talks here for the next week and a half, trying to hammer out deals to cut planet-warming emissions. More nations than ever are pledging to reduce emissions, move […]

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Even as Biden Pushes Clean Energy, He Seeks More Oil Production

GLASGOW — President Biden told a global climate summit on Monday that “we only have a brief window before us” to reduce the emissions from burning oil, gas and coal that pose an “existential threat” to humanity. But only days earlier, he was urging the world’s largest oil producers to pump more of the fossil […]

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Europe Fears That Rising Cost of Climate Action Is Stirring Anger

PARIS — Raucous demonstrations against high energy bills in Spain. Demands for social protection in Greece as coal mines close. Fresh protests in French rural areas and small towns over spiking petrol prices. As world leaders gather for a United Nations conference in Glasgow to tackle the threat of climate change, attention is pivoting to […]

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Some Politicians We Don’t Love, Some Movies We Do

Bret: In New York City, the former schools chancellor Richard Carranza implemented training on “white supremacy culture,” which supposedly includes things like “perfectionism” and “objectivity.” It’s why people like The Atlantic’s George Packer, not exactly a fire-breathing conservative, have also publicly despaired of public schools. Of course, schools need to teach and explore the shameful […]

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Once a Leading Polluter, the U.K. Is Now Trying to Lead on Climate Change

The country that was synonymous with the belching factories of the Industrial Revolution, that once darkened its skies and fouled its rivers, that gave the world the phrase “coals to Newcastle,” now produces slightly more than half its electricity from non-fossil-fuel sources, predominantly wind. While BP, Shell and other energy giants lobby the government to […]

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At Climate Talks, Biden Will Try to Sell American Leadership to Skeptics

GLASGOW — President Biden will walk into a riverside event space on Monday to try to convince a gathering of world leaders that the United States, which has pumped more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other nation, is finally serious about addressing climate change and that others should follow its lead. But Mr. […]

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U.A.E., an Oil Giant, Aims to Burnish Climate Credentials

He is the chief executive of a major polluter, but Sultan Al Jaber is likely to be well received and maybe even congratulated when he arrives at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which starts this weekend. Mr. Al Jaber, who heads Abu Dhabi’s national oil company, which provides about 3 percent of the world’s […]

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Greece Pushes Green Energy Transformation to Fight Climate Change

NAXOS, Greece — On the windswept western tip of one of Greece’s largest islands, an unassuming stone building above the Aegean Sea has become an unlikely outpost in this country’s fight against climate change. Camouflaged inside is a new power station linked to an 180-mile undersea electricity cable that ties Naxos to a chain of […]

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Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars

Seven months after workers finished installing solar panels atop the Garcia family home near Stanford University, the system is little more than a roof ornament. The problem: The local utility’s equipment is so overloaded that there is no place for the electricity produced by the panels to go. “We wasted 30,000-something dollars on a system […]

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Biden and Democrats Push for Budget Deal This Week as Rifts Remain

WASHINGTON — President Biden and Democratic congressional leaders raced on Monday to strike a compromise on a domestic policy and climate package, pushing for a vote within days even as critical disagreements remained over health benefits, paid leave, environmental provisions and how to pay for the sprawling plan. Negotiators were closing in on an agreement […]

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Biden Crafts a Climate Plan B: Tax Credits, Regulation and State Action

WASHINGTON — After losing the centerpiece of his climate agenda just a week before heading to a major global warming summit, President Biden intends to make the case that the United States has a new plan that will still meet its ambitions to cut greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. The administration’s new strategy […]

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Fossil Fuel Drilling Plans Undermine Climate Pledges, U.N. Report Warns

WASHINGTON — Even as world leaders vow to take stronger action on climate change, many countries are still planning to dramatically increase their production of oil, gas and coal in the decades ahead, potentially undermining those lofty pledges, according to a United Nations-backed report released Tuesday. The report looked at future mining and drilling plans […]

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On a Pacific Island, Russia Tests Its Battle Plan on Climate Change

SAKHALIN ISLAND, Russia — Sixteen wind turbines are slated to go up amid the winding coast and wooded hills of this Russian island in the Pacific, creating a wind park bigger than any that currently exists in the vast reaches of the country’s Far East. The clean energy generated by the new wind park will […]

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Joe Manchin Versus West Virginia on Climate and Child Care

President Biden’s policy agenda is hanging by a thread. And the reason can be summarized in two words: Joe Manchin. (Well, also Kyrsten Sinema, but does anyone know what’s going on with her?) Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia — whose vote is essential given scorched-earth Republican opposition to anything Biden might propose — […]

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Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision

WASHINGTON — Some House and Senate Democrats, smarting from a move by Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, to kill a major element of President Biden’s climate plan, are switching to Plan B: a tax on carbon dioxide pollution. A carbon tax, in which polluting industries would pay a fee for every ton […]

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Can Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest, a Carbon-Emitting Iron Ore Tycoon, Save the Planet?

The group’s design, secret until now, recently received provisional patents. That burst of innovation — and the pace of improvement at Fortescue and elsewhere — is one of many factors bolstering Dr. Forrest’s optimism. He believes Fortescue can take advantage of technologies that have come down in price (around solar and batteries, for example) while […]

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What’s Behind the Energy Crunch in Britain and Europe

But shuttering coal plants while the country’s aging nuclear plants are gradually closing has made Britain dependent on gas for around 40 percent of the country’s electricity, far more than any other fuel. (In France, by contrast, nuclear plants provide about 70 percent of electricity.) It hasn’t helped that the breezes that spin Britain’s wind […]

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