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The New UK Government Wants Clean Energy, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and Public Transport Reform

The new Labour government in the UK set out its legislative priorities today after winning a landslide election on July 4. At the official state opening of parliament, King Charles III read a speech outlining the bills that Prime Minister Keir Starmer’s government will attempt to pass over the coming months and years. There were […]

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It Will Soon Be Easier for Americans to Recycle Batteries

Do you have a collection of old cell phones in a desk drawer somewhere because you don’t know what to do with them? A new US initiative aims to make it easier for people to recycle phones, computers, and other battery-powered electronics. This month, the US Department of Energy announced a $14 million program that

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Hurricanes Are Trapping Small Island Nations in Ever-Worsening Spirals of DebtGettyImages-2160642969.jpg

Hurricanes Are Trapping Small Island Nations in Ever-Worsening Spirals of Debt

By the time Beryl arrived, Grenada had already spent 20 years recovering from Hurricane Ivan (2004), a disaster that cost a staggering 200 percent of GDP and precipitated a debt crisis. In neighboring Dominica, Hurricane Maria (2017) caused damage worth 226 percent of GDP: It is now one of the most heavily indebted countries in

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America’s Aging Dams Are a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen

This story originally appeared on Inside Climate News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Minnesota’s century-old Rapidan Dam captured the national spotlight last week when its partial failure destroyed a home and prompted county officials to demolish an adjacent store. Yet it’s just one of hundreds of dams across the Upper Midwest in

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AI’s Energy Demands Are Out of Control. Welcome to the Internet’s Hyper-Consumption Era

Right now, generative artificial intelligence is impossible to ignore online. An AI-generated summary may randomly appear at the top of the results whenever you do a Google search. Or you might be prompted to try Meta’s AI tool while browsing Facebook. And that ever-present sparkle emoji continues to haunt my dreams. This rush to add

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Extreme Wildfires Have Doubled in Frequency and Intensity in the Past 20 YearsScience20-20wildfires_shutterstock_710588224.jpg

Extreme Wildfires Have Doubled in Frequency and Intensity in the Past 20 Years

THIS ARTICLE IS republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. It feels like we are getting used to the Earth being on fire. Recently, more than 70 wildfires burned simultaneously in Greece. In early 2024, Chile suffered its worst wildfire season in history, with more than 130 people killed. Last year, Canada’s record-breaking

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The Supreme Court Doesn’t Want You to Have Clean Water and Safe Air

This story originally appeared on Slate and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. US environmental law is a relatively young discipline. The Environmental Protection Agency is a little more than 50 years old, and the Clean Air and Clean Water acts—legislation we today see as bedrocks of public health and environmental safeguards—were passed in

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Hurricane Beryl Isn’t a Freak Storm—It’s the Exact Nightmare Meteorologists PredictedHurricane-Beryl-AP24183802321624.jpg

Hurricane Beryl Isn’t a Freak Storm—It’s the Exact Nightmare Meteorologists Predicted

Hot water provides the energy hurricanes need to grow and thrive. Gusty winds evaporate a tiny bit of water off the sea’s surface. This warm water vapor rises into the clouds and releases its heat, which powers the thunderstorms that drive a hurricane’s intensity. The Atlantic Ocean has been running a fever for the past

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Climate Change Has Fried Earth So Badly Trees Won’t Save You Today—But I Will

Planting more trees is amazing, but that’s not going to save you today. That’s where I come in. What’s different this year is, we’re one of the first cities to offer overnight cooling centers. Last year most of our cooling centers closed at 5 or 6 pm, but that didn’t mean the heat was turning

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