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March 01 2013


Q and A: The Angry Economist

Because of its natural gas boom, the United States is ahead of Europe in fixing climate change, the Oxford economist Dieter Helm argues.

On Our Radar: Asian Dust and California Snow

Even when two storm systems in the Sierra Nevada carry the same amount of water vapor, scientists found, the presence of dust from Asia in one will cause far more precipitation.
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February 28 2013


European Climate Official Urges Keystone XL Veto

Killing a 1,700-mile pipeline intensely opposed by the environmentally minded would send "a very, very interesting global signal,” Connie Hedegaard says.

August 29 2012


A Late Bet on Coal May Not Pay Off

A consortium of utilities decided to build a coal-fired power plant, probably one of the last that will be allowed under E.P.A. regulations, figuring it would be cheaper than buying electricity on the open market. The low cost of natural gas has foiled that calculation.

August 20 2012


Sweaty Lessons in the 'True' Cost of Construction

Toiling with volunteers on the foundation of a straw bale house, the author absorbs a whole new environmental calculus.

August 17 2012


A 20-Year Low in U.S. Carbon Emissions

Energy-related emissions were lower in January to March than for any first quarter since 1992, partly because of the shift from coal to natural gas in power generation.

August 10 2012


The Secrets of Hissing Trees

Scientists suggest that trees in upland forests infected with a common fungus are a significant source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

August 09 2012


The Power of Images: California Maps Greenhouse Gases

California's air regulators have announced a tool for showing which plants release the most greenhouse gases, suggesting how data visualization could one day greatly inform public policy.

August 08 2012


Was It Hard, Our Year in the Woods? Yes and No.

Season by season, a family ultimately found the challenges surmountable while living off the grid in the Maine woods.

August 07 2012


How to Parse Climate Change and Extreme Weather?

How much of the weird weather so much of the world is experiencing can be attributed to global warming, and how much to the natural variability of climate? The question has political implications as well as scientific ones.

August 06 2012


On Our Radar: Oklahoma's Wildfires

Some people who were evacuated are allowed to return home, but the blazes continue in pockets in the northeastern part of the state.

August 02 2012


August 01 2012


A Glimpse of the Alternative Fuel Future

While the biofuel, electric battery and liquefied natural gas technologies are advancing, the internal combustion engine will reign supreme for decades, a group reports.

July 30 2012


Q. and A.: Greening the London Olympics

From sustainable timber to recycled steel pipes, planners sought sustainable ways of creating the venues for the games.

From the Ground Up: An Adventure Begins

A couple quits the city to volunteer for green construction work in Utah, with the ultimate goal of building their own home in rural New York State.

July 20 2012


E.P.A. to Consider Relaxing an Air Pollution Rule

The agency's review will affect five planned power plants in Georgia, Kansas, Texas and Utah.

On Our Radar: The Failed Climategate Inquiry

The British police said it was closing the e-mail theft case because there was no realistic chance of prosecuting anyone before a three-year statute of limitations ran out this November.

May 09 2012


Q&A: Toward a Greener Tour and a Green Guitar

The guitarist Adam Gardner talks about his campaign to persuade musicians to discourage illegal logging and to support the Lacey Act.

May 08 2012


Canada Is Slow to Act on Emissions, Audit Warns

The government has not undertaken the kinds of analyses that would be needed to reduce emissions sector by sector, the environment commissioner warns.
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