Remembering Mario Molina, Nobel Prize-winning chemist who pushed Mexico on clean energy -- and, recently, face masks
Molina, who died on Oct. 8, 'thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.' His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.
Oct. 10, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: nobel-prize climate-change fossil-fuels atmospheric-science face-masks wind-energy green-jobs mexico ozone-layer clean-energy nobel-prize-in-chemistry montreal-protocol clean-air
The pandemic recession has reduced US energy demand, roiling budgets in states that are major fossil fuel producers. But politics and culture can impede efforts to look beyond oil, gas and coal.
Sept. 23, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: covid-19 fossil-fuels alaska oil coal natural-gas energy-prices fossil-fuel-industry wyoming texas north-dakota coronavirus-recession just-transitions state-budgets
A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura's damage in this area of oil fields and industry
A storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers have warned about for decades.
Aug. 28, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: hurricanes chemicals fossil-fuels oil-industry extreme-weather natural-disasters gulf-of-mexico
Energy efficiency and electrification should lead the effort to decarbonise society, not hydrogen.
July 22, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: heating fossil-fuels decarbonisation hydrogen natural-gas net-zero carbon-neutrality
Chronic pollution has robbed many young Nigerians of a stable future in the place where they grew up.
July 13, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: fossil-fuels oil nigeria niger-delta niger-delta-militants economic-exclusion
From Nairobi to Los Angeles, pandemic lockdowns have cleared pollution from the skies. But those blue vistas may be temporary, and shutdowns aren't slowing climate change.
May 8, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: climate-change covid-19 carbon-dioxide fossil-fuels air-pollution coronavirus-2020 particulates nitrogen-dioxide smog haze
How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.
May 5, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: climate-change energy public-opinion fossil-fuels regulation oil coal renewable-energy us-energy-policy natural-gas energy-prices energy-subsidies
The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.
March 31, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 china solar-power fossil-fuels supply-chains coronavirus-2020 recession coal renewable-energy wind-energy oil-prices energy-transition electricity-generation
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