Climate Change

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No plan for climate change? Risky investment, agencies say.

Even before nearly 200 countries reached the historic Paris climate agreement in 2015, credit rating agencies had been evaluating companies' climate risk.
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What is the power grid and how does it work?

Did you know you are looking at part of the power grid every time you see power transmission lines? How does renewable energy become part of the grid?
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Salting away renewable energy for future use

Molten salt could be the key to unlocking a future full of renewable energy. During peak times the salt stores solar power that can be saved and used later.
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Hundreds of U.S. businesses voice support for climate agreement

Over 300 U.S. businesses, many from the Fortune 500, signed a statement renewing private-sector support for the Paris agreement on climate change.
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Secretary Kerry: ‘We don’t get a second chance’ on climate

"What we do right now, today, matters," Kerry told delegates at a climate change summit developing rules to implement the Paris climate agreement.
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Can this tiny fern save the world — again?

Scientists are trying to learn more about Azolla, a plant that might help reduce man-made climate change — but there are some challenges.
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Did your country help make air conditioners better for the environment?

Nearly 200 countries took a key step in the fight against global warming by phasing out a chemical used in air conditioners and refrigerators.
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Tech giants Apple and Google get into the solar business

This year, Apple applied to sell excess electricity from new renewable energy installations. Google, Amazon and Walmart started similar programs.
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‘Grid parity’ is key to stopping climate change. Here’s why.

What does grid parity have to do with climate change? Everything. As the cost of renewable energy drops, so does the dependence on traditional energy.