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Anything’s Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

Anything’s Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

Here's some good news on the climate change front: Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012 and dropped 3.4 percent in 2012 alone, according to the U.S.

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End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

Unless the world acts with a sense of urgency to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming is on pace to reach the catastrophic level of 4.8ºC above pre-industrial temperatures by the

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White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

While the Obama Administration has thus far focused on reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change, pressure has been mounting to do something about methane pollution. Although methane accounts for

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Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

If you want to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, you might want to start with your dinner plate. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that cattle

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Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Image © Shutterstock A long-awaited report from the US State Department claims that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to add to global greenhouse gasses in any significant way -- not

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Global Temps to Rise Another 7.2 Degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, Study Says

Global Temps to Rise Another 7.2 Degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, Study Says

A new scientific study published in the journal Nature warns that by the year 2100 global temperatures could rise to the catastrophic level of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celcius) unless dramatic

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Jay Z and Beyoncé Go Vegan with the 22 Day Challenge

Jay Z and Beyoncé Go Vegan with the 22 Day Challenge

When Al Gore went vegan, no one was particularly surprised that the long-time environmentalist aligned his diet with his convictions. But Jay Z and Beyoncé's decision to switch to plant-based meals has

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Study Estimates US Emits 50 Percent More Methane than EPA Claims

Study Estimates US Emits 50 Percent More Methane than EPA Claims

Cow photo via Shutterstock As a top industrialized nation, the United States is responsible for spewing a great deal of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. But a study published last week in the

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Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Personal experience of climate change trumps climate denial in red state America. That's the extraordinary conclusion of a new study that finds Republican lawmakers are vastly out of step with their

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CU-Boulder Study Finds ‘Unprecedented’ Warming in Eastern Canadian Arctic

CU-Boulder Study Finds ‘Unprecedented’ Warming in Eastern Canadian Arctic

A new University of Colorado Boulder study reveals a level of warming in the Eastern Canadian Arctic that likely hasn't been seen since the end of the last interglacial period 120,000 years ago.

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California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

Image via Shutterstock There's no denying that fracking is bad, really bad. But what about natural gas from other sources? California's Clean Energy Fuels has just announced that they have begun the

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Infographic: The World’s Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Infographic: The World’s Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On the eve of the International Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report, it's a good time to remind ourselves that curbing greenhouse gas emissions is the best way to address climate change. In

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Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

A new study from Bioresource Technology finds that algae-based biofuel can reduce CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent when compared to petroleum-based fuels. The study also found that algae biofuel is

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Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Levels of nitrous oxide are difficult to measure in agricultural sites across Australia due to their scattered nature. So scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have created "Semaphore,"

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Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow

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Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Image via Shutterstock. A study published this month in the journal Climatic Change asserts that 100,000 adults could lose their lives annually as a result of air pollution made worse by global

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Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the 1.3 billion tons of food discarded around the world account for more greenhouse gas emissions than those emitted by any

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There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

Image via Shutterstock Researchers warn that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are gradually increasing acidification levels in our oceans as well. While this lower pH will

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UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's next big climate report finds near unanimous certainty that greenhouse gas emissions from humans are primarily responsible for global

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Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Image via Shutterstock Plants convert sunlight into energy every day - and researchers have long studied ways to replicate the process to develop renewable sources of fuel. Nate Lewis is a Chemistry

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The Obama Administration Proposes $8 Billion in Loans for ‘Clean’ Fossil Fuel Technologies

The Obama Administration Proposes $8 Billion in Loans for ‘Clean’ Fossil Fuel Technologies

Coal photo from Shutterstock By now, Inhabitat readers know that 'clean coal' is a contradiction of terms. However, as part of President Obama's new energy initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy has

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San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

Photo via Shutterstock Last summer, the San Francisco Planning Department announced plans to create four different types of "eco-districts" within the city that would lower greenhouse gas emissions and

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Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Image via Shutterstock In a speech today President Obama unveiled the United States' new Climate Change Action Plan, which calls for a three-pronged approach to cut pollution, build resilience, and

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Man-Made Aerosols Affect Hurricane Activity in Surprising Ways

Man-Made Aerosols Affect Hurricane Activity in Surprising Ways

Image via Shutterstock Researchers from the UK Met Office have discovered that the presence of man-made aerosols affects hurricane activity, but not in the way that one might automatically assume. It

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National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

It has long been theorized that the best way to harness the sun's energy is to launch solar power systems into orbit. This week, the National Space Society (NSS) announced a new international initiative

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New Study Shows Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056

New Study Shows Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056

JonMilnes / Shutterstock Coral bleaching occurs when sea temperatures rise and kill algae that are the source of color and food for most corals around the globe - and a new study shows that there could

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A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

Yury Taranik / Shutterstock Researchers led by experts from Oxford University warn that a 1.5C temperature rise would melt Siberia's permafrost, which would in turn release hundreds of gigatonnes of

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Australia’s Landscape Soaked Up One Third of Carbon Emitted by Fossil Fuels Over Past Two Decades

Australia’s Landscape Soaked Up One Third of Carbon Emitted by Fossil Fuels Over Past Two Decades

Vinz89 / Shutterstock A new CSIRO study released last week reveals that the Australian landscape soaked up one third of the country's fossil-fueled carbon emissions over the last two decades. It also

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New Study Reveals That Earthworms Accelerate Global Warming

New Study Reveals That Earthworms Accelerate Global Warming

Photo via Shutterstock In 2011, we published a story that non-native earthworms were a threat to the US as they were releasing more carbon into the atmosphere. Now a new Dutch/US study has revealed

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Working Less and Playing More Could Slow Down Climate Change, New Study Shows

Working Less and Playing More Could Slow Down Climate Change, New Study Shows

Image of man in a suit on the beach, Shutterstock Bring on the four day work week. New research shows that working fewer hours and enjoying more downtime could forestall climate change. The Center for

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