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Seven Takeaways for the Warsaw Climate Talks from the New IEA Report

There’s a distinct lack of optimism here at the Warsaw climate meeting. A recent report from UNEP shows that we are falling far short of the emissions reductions necessary to limit the global temperature increase to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC working group 1 report points out the grave implications of our rising carbon emissions. But, like the previous reports, IEA’s World Energy Outlook released today shows that, despite the grim emissions trends, we do still have choices: yes, we can cut our emissions sharply and, yes, that means making serious policy decisions now. Read More

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Water-Smart Power Can Help Declining Aquifers

A new study about declining aquifers in the Great Plains focuses on the agricultural sector’s water use, as it should. But water-smart power choices can help, too, by cutting electric-sector pressure on precious groundwater resources. Read More

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Zombies, Glee, and Coal on Earth Day: New Mashup Report on Coal’s Water Dependence

In the fine tradition of mashups that have produced zombie-enhanced classic novels and cutting-edge high school music efforts, a new UCS mini-report is a stimulating amalgamation of two exciting areas of UCS research, pointing to additional bonuses from closing old coal plants. This Earth Day, you can celebrate water savings, too. Read More

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Bring on the Fire Trucks: RGGI States Tighten Cap, Up Their Climate Game

The nine states involved in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced plans yesterday to get stricter about power plant carbon emissions, with a tighter cap on those emissions and other updates that build on the program’s successes. That’s good news indeed, for the region and the country. Read More

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Energy-Water Collisions Hit Washington’s Radar

This summer’s power plant water troubles have folks in Washington looking for answers on energy-water issues. Thank goodness. Read More

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U.S. Renewable Electricity Future Is Within Reach

In June, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a groundbreaking new study showing that the United States could generate 80 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050 with commercially available technologies, while meeting electricity demand in every hour of the year and every region of the country. Read More

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EPA Power Plant Standards Will Help Clean Up and Modernize Our Electric System

Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. Read More

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A Long-Awaited Rule to Limit Mercury and Other Toxic Pollutants from Power Plants

Did you know that one of the largest sources of toxic pollutants in our country had gone unregulated until today? Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of airborne mercury, a potent neurotoxin known to cause harm to fetal brain development. Read More

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