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Can The New American Home inspire builders to go green?

Mar 1, 2022
The house with three kitchens, a 12-nozzle shower for two and a tiled washing station for one lucky dog is designed as a "net-zero" energy home.
The New American Home 2022, unveiled at last month's International Builders' Show in Orlando, Florida, boasts several green building certifications.
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Firms race to liquefy more natural gas as global demand soars

Jan 3, 2022
LNG is proving popular as a "bridge fuel" while countries transition from coal and oil to renewables.
LNG could play a crucial role in the transition to net-zero carbon emissions. Above, a ship containing liquefied natural gas at Adriatic LNG Terminal, off the coast of Italy.
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There isn't enough space for all of the trees companies want to plant

Nov 8, 2021
By one estimate, the pledges out there already would require a forest five times the size of India.
New research by Oxfam indicates that there may not be enough room to plant all the trees proposed in corporate climate pledges. Above, native birch trees grow next to a desert of volcanic sand in Iceland.
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How does a cap and trade system for carbon emissions work?

Nov 4, 2021
It's a market-focused alternative to carbon taxes.
There are more than 50 cap and trade programs across the world to address carbon emissions.
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World leaders at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday. Among other issues, they have discussed the need for additional investment in climate resilience for developing countries.
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Cutting emissions means costs and opportunities for China's businesses

Nov 3, 2021
The country is criticized for doing too little, too slowly, but efforts are already having an impact.
The rapid construction in Luoyang city and other urban centers across China is partly the reason the country is the world's biggest carbon emitter.
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If a carbon tax helps lower emissions, why doesn't the U.S. have one?

Oct 29, 2021
The tax has been a contentious topic among Washington lawmakers, but the U.S. is behind industrialized nations in not having one in place.
A carbon tax would provide information on how much consumers and companies are willing to pay to pollute. Above, a coal-fired plant releasing carbon emissions in Maidsville, West Virginia, in 2018.
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Carbon offsets can be tough to get right

Oct 21, 2021
If you can't pollute less, pay someone else to pollute less for you. Carbon offsets sound simple but are complicated in practice.
According to the Ecosystem Marketplace, the global carbon offset market is worth around $750 million. Above, a pilot carbon dioxide capture plant in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Can the shipping industry meet its climate goal for 2050?

Oct 6, 2021
New fuels, new policies would be needed soon to meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by that date.
A Belgian Coast Guard plane flies over a container ship on Sep. 30. A major international shipping industry group announced their aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 this week.
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What's behind China's power cuts?

Oct 5, 2021
China has more than enough coal underground to service the country's needs.
There are more than 50 cap and trade programs across the world to address carbon emissions.
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