Keeping trees in the ground where they are already growing is an effective low-tech way to slow climate change

Permanently protecting large, mature forests is a faster and cheaper way to stabilize Earth's climate than complex carbon capture and storage schemes, and more effective than planting new trees.

William Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, Tufts University • conversation
Feb. 22, 2021 ~9 min

Fossil fuel subsidies amount to hundreds of billions of dollars a year – here's how to get rid of them

The costs that fossil fuels impose on public health through air pollution alone are enormous.

Radek Stefanski, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of St Andrews • conversation
Feb. 11, 2021 ~7 min

Cumbria coal mine could usher in a net-zero-compliant fossil fuel industry – or prove it was always a fantasy

Woodhouse Colliery would be the UK's first new deep coal mine in three decades.

Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity, University of Oxford • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~7 min

Air pollution: over three billion people breathe harmful air inside their own homes

Replacing wood stoves is essential but won't solve the indoor air pollution epidemic on its own.

Matthew Shupler, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Public Health, University of Liverpool • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

Biden's ambitious energy plan faces headwinds, but can move the US forward

Joe Biden has sweeping plans for a clean energy revolution. Congress will be a big speed bump, but it can't block everything.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~9 min

'Decarbonisation' may be the wrong goal for energy – here's why

Low-carbon energy sources aren't all equally well-suited to getting us to net-zero emissions.

Andrew Crossland, Associate Fellow, Durham Energy Institute, Durham University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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.

Elena Delavega, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Memphis • conversation
Oct. 10, 2020 ~6 min

It's time for states that grew rich from oil, gas and coal to figure out what's next

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.

Morgan Bazilian, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~10 min

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.

John Pardue, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Hydrogen isn't the key to Britain's green recovery – here's why

Energy efficiency and electrification should lead the effort to decarbonise society, not hydrogen.

Tom Baxter, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min