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New research suggests a reminder may inspire more environmentally friendly behavior.

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Greening Government Procurement: Turning Uncle Sam Into an Eco-Friendly Consumer

Seeking the environmental “hot spots” in $600 billion of government purchases.

 

US, EU in Dogfight Over Airline Emissions

Europe forges ahead on tackling greenhouse gas emissions, but the U.S. wants to ground certain rules that affect its airlines.

 

Bipartisan Group Wants U.S. to Get Serious About Geoengineering

Efforts at geoengineering to cool a warming planet are picking up steam.

 

Russian Gas and the Cost of Germany’s Energy Revolution

Doing deals with the Russians to put a pipe under the North Sea gives Germany some flexibility in its post-nuclear future, but at what price?

 

Developing Smart Cars, Roads for a Greener Drive

Even without fancy new cars or fuels, technology now motoring off the drawing board will help you take that lead foot off the accelerator and start driving green.

 

Australians Have Learned to Drive Less

In car-crazy Australia, soft measures are turning the tide in the hard battle to reduce the number of basically empty cars on the road.

 

Americans Can Be Persuaded to Drive Less

Although lots of places in the United States sample bits and pieces of transportation management, Bellingham, Wash., shows what can happen by taking on the full program.

 

The Social Cost of Carbon

A requirement for cost/benefit analyses of federal rules has created — without any real public input — a very important number in deciding what to do about greenhouse gases.

 

Ten Ways the Feds Are Leading the Green Charge

How exactly is the U.S. federal government leading by example on reducing greenhouse gas emissions? A collection of reports lists a zillion specific items, from double-sided printing to thousands of solar panels.

 

Clearing the Air on States’ Rights

There’s been some heavy breathing from several states on the U.S. administration’s plans to regulate greenhouse gases, and their bluster may butt up against White House bluffing.

 

Ice Capades At the Ends of the Earth

A mile-and-a-half-long ice cube tells a story about Earth’s climate.

 

The Pearls of La Paz

At the tail end of Baja California, our Kiri blogger learns the perils of attacking global environmental issues as if they exist alone.

 

The Great Floods of Mulegé

A picturesque Baja town has been hammered repeatedly by the escalating tempo of flooding from tropical storms.

 

On Second Thought

The “meager targets” of the House energy bill suggest some hot air on greenhouse gases, as we learned in mischaracterizing the House energy bill of 2009.

 

Energy Outlook Offers Grim Fossil Fuel Forecast

The status quo guarantees future dominance of fossil fuels, according to an authoritative government projection.

 

There’s No Negotiating With Nature

Two new studies show that the effects of changing climate are with us regardless of where governments or public opinion stand.

 

A Second Life For Orbiting Carbon Observatory?

As the need to measure carbon absorption takes on global political and environmental import, researchers are rushing to resurrect a project that literally crashed and sank.

 

Vulcan Logic and the Missing Sink

Researchers studying a mashup of existing data are tracking exactly where carbon is entering — and exiting — the atmosphere.

 

Concrete Solutions for Climate Change

New concrete manufacturing processes are not only green, they take carbon out of circulation.

 

Berkeley’s Ray of Hope Gets Brighter

Vice President Joe Biden expands idea to use special district bonds to pay for your solar power dreams.

 

Planetary Boundaries? Go Ask the Romans

Scientists propose guardrails for how far mankind can push the planet tomorrow, while others examine how far collapsed civilizations pushed it yesterday.

 

Ponderous Polluters Let a Little Light Shine in

A cargo ship that generates some of its power from the sun may shine a light on ways to reduce transportation’s dirty little secret — the world’s oil-powered fleets are hideous global warmers.

 

Carbon-Fighting Cost Falls Unevenly

The states producing the most carbon per capita are financially the states least-capable of paying for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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