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The Biden administration’s bet on sustainable aviation fuel

Feb 22, 2024
Right now, sustainable aviation fuel is “a drop in the bucket” compared to conventional jet fuel, but that might not be the case for long.
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal and Samir Sukhtankar, director of operations for World Energy, a biofuels maker, look over the company’s Paramount production facility.
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Ford is losing money on electric vehicles, but saving money on emissions fines

Feb 7, 2024
For every electric F-150 it sells, it can sell up to 12 gas-powered models and comply with emissions rules. Those rules may be updated.
Ford's electric F-150 Lightning in production. Environmental regulations allow car companies to make few EVs and many gas-powered vehicles, but those rules may be updated.
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The Biden administration is investing in hydrogen hubs, but roadblocks remain

Oct 24, 2023
The promise of hydrogen fuel is that it could cut emissions in industries that have proven difficult to decarbonize. It’s a lot of pressure for an industry that’s barely off the ground.
Inflation is pushing the costs of infrastructure, like production plants, to support the hydrogen fuel economy. Above, a hydrogen production plant in Germany.
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More than 130 major companies press world leaders to phase out fossil fuels by 2035

Oct 24, 2023
Companies including Ikea, Nestle, Unilever and Volvo are saying that they're already grappling with the costs of the climate crisis.
Unilever is among the companies that signed on  to a recent letter ahead of COP28 urging world leaders to cut fossil fuel use.
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Big Tech is buying into the early carbon-removal market

Sep 7, 2023
Microsoft is paying $200 million to a company using crushed rock to absorb carbon, and the Frontier consortium is backing emerging technology.
Investing in emerging environmental technology "signals to consumers or to their customers that this is a company that's a leader, that's ahead of the game," said Daniel Korschun, a marketing professor at Drexel University.
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A push for corporate climate disclosures in California could influence rest of U.S.

Mar 3, 2023
A proposed carbon emissions disclosure law in the world's fifth-largest economy could push such requirements into the mainstream.
If Senate Bill 253 goes into effect, roughly 5,400 companies in California would have to disclose greenhouse gas emissions generated by themselves, their suppliers, suppliers’ suppliers and consumers. Above, downtown Los Angeles.
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Are current climate initiatives unfair to developing nations?

Nov 17, 2022
Rahul Tongia of the Brookings Institution argues that a swift, large-scale energy transition is unrealistic for poor countries, and unnecessary.
Participants arrive Thursday at the COP27 climate conference, where world leaders are discussing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize the impacts of  climate change.
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Crypto industry finds itself in the thick of local fights over greenhouse gas emissions

Jul 1, 2022
New York's denial of a power plant permit highlights what's at stake for the crypto industry and communities fighting to meet climate goals.
Thursday, New York state officials decided not to renew an air permit for a cryptocurrency mining facility citing emission-reduction goals. Above, a workers install a row of bitcoin mining machines in Texas.
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A UN report says making cities more population-dense can help cut carbon emissions

May 2, 2022
Cities were responsible for over half of the world's carbon emissions in recent years. They could turn that around in the decades to come.
An aerial view of a "green" roof in Caracas, Venezuela. Green roofs are roofs that incorporate vegetation.
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How do you calculate a company's carbon footprint? The SEC is figuring that out.

Jan 19, 2022
Emissions by a company's suppliers and customers could count towards the total.
The SEC may soon require companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions. Whether they'll also include emissions from suppliers — usually a larger proportion of emissions — is unclear.
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