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As Earth Gets Hotter, Scientists Break New Ground Linking Climate Change to Extreme Weather

So here we are again with yet another annual global temperature record. That’s right, 2016 will go down as the warmest year globally since record-keeping began, with preliminary reports indicating that 2016 was 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. If it feels like you’ve heard this song before it’s because you have. The last three years […]

New study: America’s biggest carbon market delivers for economy and climate

By Derek Walker Source: Flickr/Chris Goldberg Would you believe there’s a state that cut pollution and cleaned up its air, while creating jobs and sustaining economic growth? And where economic incentives, rather than costly regulations, are stimulating innovation and investment? California passed the earliest, most comprehensive law to set a cap on carbon pollution, along with numerous other complementary policies to help the state transition to a low-carbon, clean-energy economy. The results are now coming in and the present – and future – looks bright. Two years after it was fully implemented, California’s cap-and-trade program is thriving, a new report [PDF] from Environmental Defense Fund shows. The program is now ramping up as the state economy is growing, paving the… Read More

Five Things to Know About California’s Historic Step to Limit Carbon Pollution from Transportation Fuels

Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco On January 1, fuel providers will join other major pollution sources under California’s cap-and-trade program to limit carbon pollution. The program is a key component of California’s landmark clean energy law, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which requires the state to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Not surprisingly, the oil industry is fighting against its obligation to reduce its carbon pollution (through a dizzying array of “astroturf” allies), just as it has fought against other pollution standards like phasing out leaded gasoline. As Big Oil’s rhetoric about a “hidden gas tax” rains down upon the New Year like leftover confetti, here are five things… Read More

Why these leading companies welcome EPA’s carbon pollution rules

By Tom Murray So far, more than 120 corporations have come out in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants, including some of our most well-known brands.Who’s for carbon emission rules? For starters, some of America’s largest companies and most innovative industry leaders, who are moving aggressively to wean themselves off fossil fuel-fired power through energy efficiency and conservation. It’s not hard to understand why. Regulatory certainty and a growing market for increasingly competitive renewable energy will help these companies manage risk, meet changing customer expectations and achieve corporate sustainability goals. Added bonus: They earn recognition for being on the cutting edge of the clean energy economy. “Just what we need” The California… Read More

New Study: America’s Data Centers Consuming — and Wasting — Growing Amounts of Energy

Pierre Delforge, Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, San Francisco All of our online activity — including email, internet use, social media, and conducting business — is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much of it is still wasted. Although well-known internet brands like Apple, Facebook, Google and others rightly pride themselves on the ultra-high efficiency of their immense data centers delivering search, social networking and other digital services to consumers and businesses alike, according to a new report from NRDC and Anthesis, these cloud server farms are responsible for… Read More

Saving Billions While Cutting Climate Pollution

By Jason Mathers More fuel efficient, lower emission heavy trucks are good for business, good for consumers, and good for combating climate change. By deploying existing and emerging technologies to improve truck efficiency, the U.S. can save billions in fuel expenses while cutting harmful climate pollutions by millions of tons. EDF is calling on the Obama Administration to set new fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy trucks that cut fuel consumption by 40 percent compared to 2010 levels. These standards would apply for freight trucks and heavy-duty work trucks, such as box delivery trucks, bucket trucks, beverage delivery trucks and refuse trucks. Analysis by leading environmental and energy efficiency advocates, including EDF, demonstrates that bold heavy truck… Read More

Why you only get 25% of the electricity you pay for

By EDF Blogs By Ronny Sandoval What would you say if I told you that about three-quarters of what you spend on electricity every month is wasted? Considering that Americans spend about $350 billion on electricity annually, I hope you’ll find this as shocking as I do. From generation to delivery to consumption, inefficiencies at every step of electricity’s journey add up to a lot of waste. Fortunately, these same conditions present us with opportunities to substantially reduce inefficiencies and their associated economic, social, and environmental impacts. Generation: Energy is wasted at the source Today, the majority of the electricity produced in the United States originates from fossil fuels, including coal and natural gas. According to the United States Environmental Protection… Read More