Articles on Decarbonization

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A Tsaatan community in northern Mongolia, herding reindeer. (Shutterstock)

COP25 climate summit: Action must include divestment, decolonization and resistance

Who wins, who loses and whose natures are being talked about when nature-based solutions are proposed?
What will it take to get people to connect to the climate change story? mauro mora/Unsplash

Climate change is really about prosperity, peace, public health and posterity – not saving the environment

Decarbonizing the global economy would help the climate change problem – but also many others. Would putting all those additional co-benefits center stage help drum up support for climate action?
An all-renewable grid will mean more electricity and more transmission lines. Russ Allison Loar/flickr

How to have an all-renewable electric grid

We have all the technologies needed to make the electric grid run on renewables and lower pollution. What are they and what are the barriers to adopting them widely?
Many remote Indigenous communities are not connected to the electrical grid and produce their own electricity using diesel generators. Ocean Networks Canada/Flickr

Indigenous-led clean-energy projects could power reconciliation

A new federal program aims to reduce diesel-dependency in remote Indigenous communities. But are these communities able to do this on their own terms?
Assembling capacitors for electric automobiles at SBE, Inc. in Barre, Vermont, July 16, 2010. SBE received a $9 million stimulus grant to build electric drive components. AP Photo/Toby Talbot

What Green New Deal advocates can learn from the 2009 economic stimulus act

An Obama administration veteran offers some insights from his experience about driving massive increases in clean energy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with B.C. Premier John Horgan at a news conference where LNG Canada announced its decision to build an export facility in Kitimat, B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

How to make the liquefied natural gas industry more sustainable

Burning natural gas produces less greenhouse gases than coal or oil. But the methane emissions associated with natural gas production and liquefaction threaten to erode its environmental benefits.
A cleaner future with autonomous vehicles is not a sure thing. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Spread of self-driving cars could cause more pollution – unless the electric grid transforms radically

The spread of ride-hailing services and autonomous vehicles will lead to higher energy demand, a study finds. Electric vehicles and a much cleaner grid are the only way to avoid more emissions.
Transportation is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases by sector. Converting the U.S. fleet to cleaner electric vehicles would likely take decades. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Why meeting the Paris climate goals is an existential threat to fossil fuel industries

What if the world really got serious about meeting global climate goals? Doing the math on current emissions and the pace of energy transitions shows how quickly fossil fuels need to be phased out.
Many bitcoins equals a heavy environmental burden. Flickr

The bitcoin and blockchain: energy hogs

The digital world is taking more and more space in our lives... and dramatically increasing electrical use. It’s a serious problem given the urgent need fight climate change.

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