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Active oil wells can often be found next door to homes, office buildings and even schools. David McNew/Getty Images

LA’s long, troubled history with urban oil drilling is nearing an end after years of health concerns

The Los Angeles area has over 20,000 active, idle or abandoned oil wells. The city and county have voted to ban new ones after studies showed health problems in residents living nearby.
Electrifying trucks and cars and shifting to renewable energy are crucial for California’s zero-emissions future. Sergio Pitamitz / VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

How California’s ambitious new climate plan could help speed energy transformation around the world

California is one of the world’s largest economies, and it’s aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045. A transportation expert involved in the plan explains why it just might succeed.
Students rally for fossil fuel-free energy at the University of California, San Diego. Erik Jepsen/UCSD

3 reasons local climate activism is more powerful than people realize

When people work together, they can move governments to action. Just ask the suffragettes. Still, few people do it. A psychologist explains why, and how to turn that around.
The European Commission estimates that between 2021 and 2030, the energy sector at European level will need at least 175 billion euros per year. Pexels

Investments in green energy infrastructure: an (over)performance that will last?

A new study indicates that the supply of “green” assets has caught up with demand, leading to a relative decline in performance. The green premium is a reality, but may be temporary.
Using electricity to manually delete emails can actually have a greater carbon impact than simply storing them. (Unsplash)

Can sending fewer emails or emptying your inbox really help fight climate change?

Digital activities, like sending emails, contribute marginally to the annual carbon footprint of information and communication technology users.
The sun setting in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, host of COP27. The results of the international meeting were disappointing overall. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

COP27 ‘loss and damage’ fund: A historic decision amid discouraging results

The historic agreement on a loss and damage fund was overshadowed by lack of progress on phasing out fossil fuels.

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