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The Future of What’s Next

Silicon Valley’s electric grid was built around household energy needs from more than 50 years ago, making it incapable of supporting the region’s switch to electric dependency as a way to offset greenhouse gas emissions.
Critics claim that wind and solar are unreliable sources of renewable energy, but state officials seem uninterested in pursuing nuclear power, unlike other states and the Biden administration.
Conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 depends on private landowners.
The largest category of power plants applying to connect to the U.S. grid are now solar, and over a third of those are hybrids that include battery storage.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced that Danish company Ørsted will lease the Lower Alloways Creek Township port for two years beginning in 2024 to build wind farm parts, which will create at least 200 jobs for the region.
A Pew analysis finds that a third of states lost residents in 2021. Analysts are debating whether these shifts and slowing population growth rates throughout the country really are signs of “demographic doom.”
Legislative efforts to shut down offshore oil rigs along California’s coast were reignited after a major oil spill last October. But the costs of shutting down oil production may end up determining the legislation’s fate.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the “Clean Green Schools” initiative, which will improve air quality, advance clean energy and reduce carbon emissions in public schools across the state.
Despite the national push towards electric vehicles, the Massachusetts regional transit authority has no immediate plans to transition its 69 buses to electric alternatives. One EV bus is almost double the price of a diesel bus.
Nuclear industry giant Westinghouse believes that their micro-reactors could dramatically change Alaska’s relationship with energy, but not everyone is so certain of the systems’ economic and environmental benefits.
The utility’s commitment to entirely renewable fuel sources marks a significant step forward in complying with New York’s climate change law. Currently, most upstate homes are heated in the winter exclusively by fossil fuels.
Kate Wright, the new executive director of the nonprofit Climate Mayors, talks about the ways that mayors from both parties are on climate’s front lines, working for change.
The agency has suggested reclassifying the metropolitan area’s ozone pollution designation as moderate nonattainment, a reduction from marginal. If adopted, the city will have to adhere to new standards.
Researchers estimated the state has the potential to substantially boost local water supplies by recycling wastewater and capturing stormwater. California recycles about 23 percent of its municipal wastewater.
Pilot projects in five communities will test how best to address the health risks that are connected to homelessness. Results could help guide professionals in reducing what has been a chronic problem.
From canals covered with solar panels to carbon capturing systems, there are five cost-effective, cutting-edge ideas that could reduce the effects of global warming.
A lot of people either don’t understand the chatroom-like platforms or don’t want to use them. Legal aid advocates also worry that the systems deepen imbalances of power between some parties.
Electric buses, though costly, are beginning to make up more and more of the U.S. transit fleet. Here's a tool where you can look up how many electric buses a transit agency has, as well as how much it's driving them.
Too many programs place the burden of complexity on citizens, leaving those who need services the most struggling to access them. To include marginalized users, services should be designed for them.
California has the nation’s strictest gun control laws, yet the state’s capital city experienced its deadliest shooting ever this weekend, leaving six dead and 12 wounded. Gun control activists wonder what more can be done.
While the language is not a mandate, officials hope that it will set a standard and reaffirm how imminent the climate crisis is. Currently just 1.3 percent of cars on state roads are electric powered.
West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection will have regulatory oversight of geothermal energy and will create a permitting system within the department and allow the DEP to issue civil penalties up to $500.
A report from the American Lung Association found that New Hampshire could save $3.9 billion in public health benefits and prevent 356 premature deaths by switching to EVs and clean energy by 2050.
The Environmental Defense Fund found that under existing state policies, the state will reach neither its goal of reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025 nor 50 percent reduction by 2030.
Members of the Northern Chumash Tribe and conservationists want to preserve 140 miles of California’s central coastline, extending offshore more than 70 miles in some areas, to protect tribal history and biodiversity.
Gov. Jim Justice and a majority of the state’s congressional leaders have submitted a proposal to participate in the federal competition for the development of a hydrogen hub. The gas is considered a key in combating climate change.
As gas prices increase, supply chains are delayed and the auto industry moves toward all-electric options, it’s not always clear when or if the long-term savings will outweigh the upfront costs of an EV or hybrid vehicle.
There are 150 zero-energy, nonresidential buildings in the U.S., an increase of more than 350 percent since 2011. Officials expect that these high-efficiency, low carbon-emission buildings will be the norm by 2050.
As interest in cryptocurrency mining continues to grow, Texas power utilities are left to figure out how to manage the surge in electricity demand largely on their own, making many things, like monthly costs, uncertain.
The state has updated a law that will likely add more decentralized autonomous organizations to the state, which officials hope will further Wyoming’s status as a national trendsetter for virtual currency.
Climate change is causing once-predictable winter weather patterns to now become uncertain, which could lead to greater water pollution and deterioration of road infrastructure across the state.