Small nuclear reactors would provide carbon-free energy, but would they be safe?

Regulators have approved designs for 12 small reactors to be built in Idaho, but opponents say the project is dangerous and too late to fight climate change.
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Poland's largest utility announces pivot from coal to renewables

Poland's largest utility has said it wants to get rid of its coal assets and invest in renewables, becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

How much is your Panera order costing the climate?

A decade ago, Panera Bread became the first national chain to voluntarily post the calorie information for its menu items both online and in stores, inspiring others to follow. Now, they're putting another count on their menu: the carbon footprint.

IEA report says COVID-19 has shown path away from climate change

While carbon emissions worldwide have fallen during the COVID-19 crisis, energy experts said in a report Tuesday that more global efforts are needed to prevent a return to the higher readings before the pandemic.

Logan City turning human waste into energy in move to go carbon neutral within two years

Queensland's Logan City is the first local government area in Australia to turn human waste into energy after trialling a state-of-the-art gasification plant at the Loganholme Waste Water Treatment plant.

Don't tell me what to do to stop climate change

Stopping climate change requires both individual behavior shifts and collective policy action. How do we get people to do what we need to do on these counts? With very, very carefully crafted messages, a new study suggests.

COOP DK in Denmark is telling customers about the climate impact of their grocery choices

A major supermarket chain in Denmark is offering shoppers something extra at checkout: an estimated amount of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from their groceries.

Leaving forests to regrow naturally 'could be better option than replanting'

The costly and difficult work of replanting forests that have been cut down may not be the only way to restore the Earth's carbon-absorbing capacities, research has found, as allowing trees to grow back naturally without intervention could offer a cheaper alternative.

No sector untouched by plans to cut EU carbon emissions by 55 per cent

Measures currently envisaged by member states would lead to close to a 40 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030, according to the EC. This means that there will be a need for a sweeping overhaul of European member state climate change targets, likely to include national energy plans.

‘China is willing to contribute more’: Beijing signals carbon neutrality intent

China is considering carbon neutrality as part of its long term climate plan, the country's foreign ministry announced following a summit with EU leaders.

Carbon proves successful in reducing St. Louis floodplain contamination

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed an initial ecological study using activated carbon to reduce contaminants in the Pine River floodplain soils downstream from the St. Louis municipal dam.
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Fifth of CO2 emissions come from supply chain for large companies

Large multinational companies and their wide-reaching supply chains are to blame for almost one fifth of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. A study found the true carbon footprint of companies such as Total and BP is concealed due to how emissions are reported.

EU draft plan targets free carbon credit cut for most industries

Most industries covered by the European Union's carbon market would see free credits cut by the highest possible rate over the next five years under draft plans, potentially costing some of the biggest polluters millions of euros.

Joint venture looks to invest billions in 'natural capital' projects to help combat climate change

A push to better recognise the economic value of "natural capital" – water systems, biodiversity, soil and carbon stores – has prompted the creation of what aims to be the world's largest investment firm dedicated to projects that help the planet.

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How forest degradation affects carbon and water cycles

Forest degradation may be as widespread as deforestation in the Amazon, but its impact on energy, carbon, and water fluxes is less well understood.
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Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

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