Cap and confiscate: Now anyone can buy and lock up pollution permits

May 25, 2021
A "vault" for carbon-emissions permits could also create incentives to drive innovation in the battle against climate change.
Emissions from a coal-fired power plant enter the atmosphere. Some states limit carbon emissions and create market-based incentives for companies to meet those goals.
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What needs to happen to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050?

May 18, 2021
A whole lot, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. And fast.
To reach net zero carbon emissions, 60% of all cars sold will need to be electric, like this rechargeable car.
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How might putting a price on carbon work to curb emissions?

Mar 3, 2021
One way to pay directly for the cost of climate damage from fossil fuels is to impose a tax on carbon.
More expensive fuel discourages consumers from burning as much and encourages fuel efficiency.
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Musk’s $100 million prize a complement to needed government climate action

Feb 12, 2021
The tech titan is running an innovation contest for carbon-removal technology. But it can only be a small part of the solution.
Elon Musk, the chief of Tesla and SpaceX, is sponsoring a contest with a big financial payoff, aimed at developing carbon-removal technology.
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Growing urban greenhouse sector looks to deliver local produce

Dec 14, 2020
Lufa Farms, a Canadian company, sees rooftop gardening as a way to cut energy costs.
Tomato plants grow in a rooftop greenhouse in New York.
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China makes audacious promise of aiming for carbon neutrality by 2060

Sep 25, 2020
How will the world's most populous country and its worst polluter get there?
Employees work on a floating solar power plant in Huainan, a former coal-mining region, in China's eastern Anhui province in 2017.
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Study looks at the time and money people are saving by not commuting

Sep 2, 2020
Now, will companies have an incentive to encourage telecommuting once the pandemic ends?
Los Angeles' famously crowded freeways were empty in April, during the height of the pandemic, as many office workers stayed home.
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Craft brewers cut down carbon dioxide pollution during COVID-19

Jul 7, 2020
Capturing carbon is expensive, so most brewers usually just release the gas into the atmosphere. That's changing during the pandemic.
One thing that’s driving breweries to capture their own carbon dioxide is that right now some suppliers don’t want to bother with low-volume customers.
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A tax on red meat is imminent, researchers say

For years, analysts have been working to find financial tools for curbing certain behaviors.
"Everybody has to pay for climate damages, and many people in the states have to pay privately for health care. So it would make much more sense if they saw those costs in the prices of foods that are really related to those impacts," Marco Springmann says.
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Moving away from carbon, with help from Canada

Mar 3, 2020
Wind and solar resources in New England and New York fluctuate. One way to manage this uncertainty is trading with Quebec.
Several states in the northeast of America have committed to decarbonizing their electricity grids in the next 20 to 30 years.
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