March 6, 2020

Sweeping Renewable Energy Bill Poised for Final Passage

A sweeping energy bill that supporters said would make Virginia a national leader in addressing climate change passed the state House Thursday amid warnings by critics that it will carry a steep price tag. The legislation would overhaul how Virginia utilities generate electricity, laying out a path toward zero carbon emissions by 2045.

U.S. Coal Use Is Plunging at Fastest Rate Since Eisenhower Era

U.S. coal use plunged more than 13 percent in 2019, the most in 65 years, as power plants shut down across the country. Total consumption slumped to 596 million tons in 2019 from 688 million tons in the prior year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. A similar slip is expected this year.

March 5, 2020

Tropical Forests Are Reaching Their Carbon Dioxide Limit

Researchers are warning in a new study that Amazon and African tropical forests have peaked in their ability to absorb huge amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The study found that the forests absorbed about a third less CO2 over the last decade than they did in the 1990s, a difference of 21 billion metric tons.

A Warming Climate is Implicated in Australian Wildfires

Global warming played a big role in generating long-lasting heat waves that fueled Australia's deadly 2019-2020 wildfire season, a new study released Wednesday concluded. Human-caused warming increased the chances by at least 30 percent for the extreme fire weather that dried out soil, grass, brush and trees, the research found.

March 4, 2020

Europe Unveils Landmark Climate Law; Thunberg Calls It 'Surrender'

In what would be a landmark move, the European Commission on Wednesday unveiled a "climate law" to make the EU's 2050 net-zero emissions target legally binding. But Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and environmental organizations said the law doesn't address the next 10 years and more urgent action is needed to beat the climate crisis.

Another Mass Extinction is Underway, New Study Suggests

New research comparing today's coral reefs to ancient ones supports the idea that a sixth mass extinction is underway. The study, published Tuesday in Scientific Reports, found that the coral species that are bleaching and dying are hauntingly similar to the ones that vanished in the last mass extinction, 66 million years ago.

March 3, 2020

Lawmakers Clamor to Add Provisions to Fast-moving Energy Bill

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are seeking to add their bills to a fast-moving bipartisan energy package, which is expected to hit the Senate floor for a vote on Thursday. The American Energy Innovation Act would spur research and development into renewables as well as technology to ease pollution from fossil fuels.

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