It was supposed to be a dirty autumn and winter, with European nations scrambling to replace Russian gas with high-polluting coal. But according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, the cold seasons so far have been the cleanest in more than 30 years. “There were widespread expectations that the fossil fuel [...]

3 Things You Can Do To Help Preserve Biodiversity

On Dec. 19, the governments of 196 countries agreed to set aside 30 percent of the earth for wildlife, to slash subsidies to harmful industries, and to cut food waste in half, all in an effort to halt and reverse the collapse of the earth’s biodiversity. But science has shown that government efforts need individuals [...]

A Biden Administration effort to curb methane emissions on federal lands relies on a single phrase in the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 that may give the administration little leverage with the courts. The Administration is taking comments now on a proposed rule that would limit how much methane drilling companies can leak, vent, or [...]

The ‘Sleeping Giant Of Energy Storage’ Is Waking Up

A venerable energy-storage technology is getting a new lease on life thanks to a clever redesign and an agreement between the power industry and environmentalists. “Pumped storage is getting a second look. The sleeping giant is waking up for several reasons,” said Dan Reicher, a senior research scholar at Stanford University and a former U.S. [...]

Scientists have three main theories for the persistent decline in the numbers of monarch butterflies: • loss of their food supply to the herbicide glyphosate, • hazards along their four-generation-long migration from the Midwest and Canada to the mountains of Mexico, or • effects of climate change. “We accept that there’s probably some combination of [...]

A company soon to settle in West Virginia has developed a battery that offers four days of full discharge using some of the cheapest, most available elements on earth. “They are now building and will soon deliver a next generation battery. It’s based on iron, water and oxygen. You couldn’t imagine a simpler supply chain,” [...]

The U.S. has half the technology it needs to decarbonize its power and transportation sectors by 2050, according to a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. “We have about half the commercial technology that we need to decarbonize,” said George Crabtree, the leader of the national labs’ efforts to develop next-generation batteries for transportation and [...]

Carbon Capture Surges In 2022, But Not Nearly Enough

The number of carbon capture and storage facilities planned across the globe grew by 44 percent in 2022—an impressive sounding surge for an industry but only a tiny fraction of the CCS development needed for the world to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by mid century. “Although the increasing deployment of CCS we see is encouraging, [...]

Germany was once a leader among nations in the development of wind energy, but after 2015 it curtailed wind investment as it relied increasingly on natural gas imported from Russia. “Had the country followed the same trajectory of growth in annual installations as the rest of Europe, installed wind-power capacity would have been 32 gigawatts [...]

Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled a personal interest in environmental protection and an intention to boost the level of China’s clean energy ambition in a speech before a Communist Party congress on Sunday, according to an analyst from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. Many observers have derived from Xi’s speech that [...]