Tag Archives: climate change

Video: How cheap renewables and rising activism are shifting climate politics

The measures will mark the first major climate laws in the nation if they pass in something close to their current form. Most notably, they include the Clean Electricity Performance Program, which uses payments and penalties to encourage utilities to boost their share of electricity from carbon-free sources (read our earlier explainer here). Other speakers […]

Pulling methane out of the atmosphere could slow global warming—if we can figure out how to do it

“There’s probably nothing we could do that has a bigger effect on shaving peak temperatures over the next few decades than removing methane,” says Rob Jackson, a researcher at Stanford and a coauthor of both studies. Methane is relatively scarce: carbon dioxide is about 200 times more concentrated in the atmosphere. Nevertheless, it has contributed […]

Solar panels are a pain to recycle. These companies are trying to fix that.

Expanding solar-power production is key to reducing emissions worldwide. Globally, solar panels produced 720 terawatt-hours of energy in 2019, accounting for around 3% of the world’s electricity generation. And it took about 46 million metric tons of solar panels to do it. About 8 million metric tons of decommissioned solar panels could accumulate globally by […]

New global map shows populations are growing faster in flood-prone areas

And while the global population grew by 18.6% from 2000 to 2015, the population in these areas outpaced that growth, increasing by 34.1% over the same period. That means between 58 million and 86 million more people were exposed to flooding in those places over the course of 15 years. “It’s not particularly surprising that […]