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Solar Breakthrough Could Be on the Way for Renters

Obama administration strategy would funnel $520 million into community or shared solar farms, where renters can buy shares or memberships into projects.

Jul 10, 2015

When President Obama announced a new initiative this week to expand access to solar energy for millions of low- and moderate-income Americans, he took the first step in addressing a major hurdle in the continued expansion of renewable energy: the estimated 50 to 80 percent of households and businesses that can't install panels because they rent, or live in multi-unit buildings with little roof access.

Bumblebees Feel the Squeeze of Climate Change

A new study shows bee territories are shrinking with warming temperatures, threatening them and the plants they pollinate.

Jul 9, 2015

Scientists tracked the locations of 67 species of bumblebees in North America and Europe and discovered a disturbing trend: The bees' total geographic range is shrinking—and climate change is the prime suspect.

Email Shows Exxon Was Studying Its Climate Impact in the '80s

A company scientist's letter to his son reveals the oil giant was researching carbon emissions much earlier than Exxon previously disclosed.

Jul 8, 2015

Exxon scientists studied the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on global warming as far back as 1981, an indication that the company was probing the industry's potential contribution to climate change much earlier than previously reported.

More Heat Plus More People Equals Deadlier U.S. Summers

A new study shows more Americans will suffer the consequences of extreme heat.

Jul 8, 2015

The recent heat waves that have scorched Europe, India and Pakistan have served as vivid reminders of the deadliness of heat. Thousands have died so far, and summer has only just begun.

Building Emissions Cuts Crucial to Meeting NYC Climate Goals

A new report says updating building codes and energy use reductions will help New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sustainability plan succeed.

Jul 7, 2015

This story was updated at 10:30 AM EDT on July 8.

With New York City's buildings responsible for three-quarters of its carbon emissions, updating the city's building codes is the simplest and most effective way to slash emissions and reach Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious carbon reduction targets, according to a report released Tuesday.

Optimism and Intrigue: An Insider's View of the 'Carbon War'

A Q&A with Jeremy Leggett about his new book chronicling the 'Carbon War:' 'It feels like a civil war...minus the bullets.'

Jul 6, 2015

As 200 countries prepare for a Paris gathering in December in hopes of finalizing a climate treaty that will phase out the use of fossil fuels, a tale is unfolding of political intrigue, corporate denial and intransigence, and chess-like maneuvering that will likely be told in books and research for years to come.

Jeremy Leggett, a British writer, activist and solar entrepreneur, is already chronicling the complex saga, in a free serial book that's unfolding online in monthly installments.

Oklahoma Case Could Open Doors to More Earthquake-Fracking Lawsuits

State Supreme Court's to decision to allow Sandra Ladra to sue energy companies over quakes could encourage others to step forward with liability cases.

Jul 2, 2015

Nearly four years after Prague, Okla., became the unlikely epicenter of three earthquakes of at least magnitude 5.0 and sent a fireplace and chimney tumbling into Sandra Ladra's living room, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has stepped in and offered her a surprising ray of hope.

The Deadlier Scourge of Wildfires in an Age of Climate Change

A Q&A with author Kyle Dickman, whose book, On the Burning Edge, explains why wildfire seasons are so bad and getting worse.

Jul 2, 2015

The 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire in southwest Arizona captured the nation’s attention in 2013, but aside from being the largest loss of firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the worst in a wildfire since 1933, it served as a vivid reminder of climate change’s deadly force.