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Canada's methane emissions are likely undercounted, and that makes them harder to cut

The government estimates methane emissions in the oil and gas sector by mostly relying on mathematical modelling based on a small number of field...
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Global warming's extreme rains threaten Hawaii's coral reefs

Extreme rain events predicted to become more common with human-caused global warming not only wreak havoc on land — the runoff from these i...
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Washington State plans to phase out new gas cars by 2030

It’s the most aggressive target of any state so far.
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The coming battle over building better highways

The Biden infrastructure plan pledges a rethink of federal transportation priorities. But the government agencies that build and m...
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As Biden shifts infrastructure focus to climate and racial justice, cities and states alter pitches for federal money

The Department of Transportation has tied $2 billion in coveted grant funds to the administration’s social-justice goals.
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Japan bets on hydrogen to lift its ambitious carbon-neutral plans

But renewable energy experts have mixed feelings on the “hydrogen society” push to be showcased at the Tokyo Olympics.
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South Korea faces a public reckoning for financing coal plants in Indonesia

The coastal town of Suralaya in Indonesia's West Java province has eight coal-fired power generating units in its vicinity, which residents ...
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As extreme wildfires transform Alaska's boreal forest, more aspen and birch are coming in – that can slow fires and their climate impact

A new study finds deciduous trees are increasingly dominant after severe fires in the region, and that has some unexpected impacts.
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Utilities mobilize as clean energy standards get traction

Clean electricity standard proposals are getting attention from high-profile players in energy and advocacy, as lobbying ramps up ahead of a cong...
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It was an old apple orchard. Now it could be the future of clean hydrogen energy in Washington state

Billions of dollars are being invested globally in clean hydrogen development. But massive amounts of electricity would be required to make the c...
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Seeking cooperation on climate, U.S. faces friction with China

John Kerry, President Biden’s climate envoy, is pressing China to do more to address global warming. But he faces an emboldened Beijing lea...
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Just 3% of world’s ecosystems remain intact, study suggests

Just 3% of the world's land remains ecologically intact with healthy populations of all its original animals and undisturbed habitat, a stud...
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