The Big Brown coal plant in Fairfield is among the Texas power stations that have been shut down.
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A study of the social cost of carbon emitted by the shrinking fleet of Texan coal plants suggests that closing more of them down would be good for the climate and public health.
A horse-drawn fire vehicle turns the corner at the intersection of West 43rd Street and Broadway in New York City about a century ago.
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When nations resist compelling reasons to shift from one form of energy to another they can fall behind for an entire generation or more.
Computer servers mining bitcoin in Italy.
Bitcoin is often criticized for using up tons of energy. But its carbon footprint may not be that bad.
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Carbon offsets are a perfectly legitimate way to fight climate change (if they work).
The sustainable choice for sustaining your brain?
How you prepare your coffee at home (and wash up the mugs) can have a big impact on its carbon footprint. So fill that kettle carefully, and only brew what you know you'll drink.
Smart phones are rarely recycled and that’s just one reason tech devices are increasing our carbon footprints. Here Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, is seen in 2016 talking about new iPhones.
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New research shows the impact of technology, especially smartphones, on carbon emissions. Encouraging consumers to get new phones every couple of years leads to extraordinary and unnecessary waste.
Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too.
Cities all over the world are facing growing challenges to provide clean, reliable water. And many of the fixes, such as desalination plants, have a huge carbon footprint.
The traditional media industry comes with a large environmental cost, but emissions from digital productions are often ignored.
Barcelona is under huge strain from tourism growth, but at least it is trying to do something about it. You could help as well...
Ecologically sound housing needs to be built on a much larger scale.
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As a remedy to rampant consumerism and the throwaway culture of fast-fashion, a few clothing brands actively encourage their customers to buy less.
When it comes to TV use energy, calling one household ‘average’ can be misleading.
Evert F. Baumgardner - National Archives and Records Administration.
People who watch a lot of TV consume a disproportionate amount of electricity so we should tailor energy efficiency incentive programs to these and other big energy users.
Much of the U.S. was built around the automobile, with greater distances to be covered than in places like Europe, making Americans’ daily lifestyles higher in energy than elsewhere.
Cognitive dissonance: scholars need to confront the undeniable conflict of pushing for action on climate change, while maintaining a high-energy lifestyle.
Low food miles: a farmers market in Pennsylvania.
Food is a big part of everyone's carbon footprint – about the same as electricity use. How can our diet make farming more planet-friendly?
René Magritte’s The False Mirror (1928).
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A philosopher's thoughts on how an individual can overcome the feeling of helplessness in the face of global climate change.
The SNP wants Westminster to learn from them.
The SNP wants the UK to match Scotland's commitments to carbon reduction.
Improving life conditions for humans has been linked to increased carbon emissions. Professor Andrew Jorgenson’s research…
Residents of the London borough of Newham have the smallest carbon footprint in the UK, while the City of London has the…
Fresh, raw soy milk and fresh, raw animal milk are very different foods.
There are good reasons why people may want to swap soy with dairy milk. The carbon, water and phosphate footprint of soy milk is a fraction of the latter. But the main reason for the increasing popularity…
Carbon reporting regulations are controlled by a select few.
Five years ago, we really didn’t have a clue what an organisation’s carbon impact might look like, and few firms had any sort of carbon-oriented business plan. Now, the trend is to fill this gap by producing…