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Peabody Energy Discloses Extensive Payments to Climate Denial Groups

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Aside from the sheer amount of money Peabody devoted to climate denial, what shocks me most about the bankruptcy filings is how much we didn’t know without them. A startling lack of transparency surrounds corporate political activities, and these documents prove it. Read more >

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North American Leaders Commit to Increase Clean Energy and Cut Methane Emissions

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Ahead of the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa tomorrow, the White House has announced that President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will jointly commit to generating 50 percent of the continent’s power from clean energy sources by 2025. Mexico will also join Canada and the US in their previously announced goal of reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. Read more >

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Shining a Light on Oil’s Hidden Pollution

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

A pair of recent reports highlight the oil industry’s global warming pollution and suggest mechanisms to reduce it. The reports build on themes of our recent work on cleaning up transportation fuels in general (Fueling a Clean Transportation Future), with a specific focus on methane pollution from oil production (The Truth About Tight Oil). It’s great to see specific and concrete solutions to these important problems being proposed. Read more >

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Book Review: The Global Climate and a Defense of Beef

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

Defending Beef, by Nicolette Hahn Niman, paints a picture of a better beef system, less damaging to the climate and the environment generally than the current system is. This is a vision I applaud, and one that my colleagues in the UCS Food and Environment program are researching. However, the book also raises scientific issues that I feel are worth exploring, since the dominant beef production system we have in place today, both globally and domestically, has some real problems. Read more >

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The recently constructed Carlsbad Desalination Plant in California provides "drought-proof" water to San Diego but comes with a large energy footprint. Photo: bolvd/CC BY (Wikimedia)

Climate Problem or Solution? California’s Water Sector Is at a Crossroads as Drought Drags On

, climate scientist

Necessity is the mother of invention and California’s ongoing drought is teaching us that water suppliers can be very creative when they need to be. Read more >

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