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2014 officially the hottest year on record

Published: 
Fri, 01/16/2015 (All day)

The numbers are in. The year 2014 – after shattering temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and roasting parts of South America, China and Russia – was the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average, US government scientists said on Friday.

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Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change

Published: 
Thu, 01/15/2015 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

LA VIRGEN, Costa Rica — Over just a few decades in the mid-20th century, this small country chopped down a majority of its ancient forests. But after a huge conservation push and a wave of forest regrowth, trees now blanket more than half of Costa Rica.

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Natural Gas: Abundance of Supply and Debate

Published: 
Thu, 01/08/2015 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

MEAD, Colo. — Natural gas is the Rorschach test of energy policy. Depending on one’s point of view, it can be either an essential tool for meeting the challenge of climate change or another dirty fossil fuel that will speed the planet down the path to calamitous warming.

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Nuclear: Carbon Free, but Not Free of Unease

Published: 
Tue, 01/06/2015 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

Next week, if all goes as planned, the 42-year-old nuclear reactor at the Vermont Yankee generating station will be shut down for the last time. The steam turbine at the plant, which at its peak could make enough electricity for about half a million homes with virtually no greenhouse gas emissions, will grind to a halt.

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Los Angeles, City of Water

Published: 
Fri, 12/12/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Water

LOS ANGELES is the nation’s water archvillain, according to public perception, notorious for its usurpation of water hundreds of miles away to slake the thirst of its ever-expanding population. As a character in “Chinatown,” the noirish 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson that churns through the city’s water history, puts it, “Either you bring the water to L.A., or you bring L.A. to the water.”