Greenhouse Gases

Man driving utility vehicle toward industrial structures and smokestack (© Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

A promising approach boosts oil production — cleanly

It may be counterintuitive, but a new law could make fossil fuel companies leaders in kicking carbon capture into the mainstream — and helping the environment.
Looking up side of skyscraper (Courtesy of SHoP Architects PC)

Future skyscrapers might be made of wood

Recent innovations in timber technology, especially “cross-laminated” timber, could change the way tomorrow’s skyscrapers are built.
Car on assembly line (GM)

Buyers flex purchasing power for the environment. Suppliers save billions.

Companies are working to make their supply chains greener as part of their push for energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly business practices.
Illustration of windmills on green hills (State Dept.)

Look what has happened since the 2015 climate pact was adopted...

A year has passed since nearly 200 countries came together to adopt the historic Paris agreement on climate. Check out what has happened since then.
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Want cheap electricity? Try net metering.

Homeowners and businesses that rely on solar panels and wind turbines have cheaper electric bills, thanks to a system called “net metering.”
Harvard University campus (© AP Images)

Harvard beats its own environmental goal

Harvard has met a 2008 target to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in 2016 and is now looking to set new climate goals.
Air conditioners being sold on street (© AP Images)

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.
Guide with stick and John Kerry walking on path through ice (State Dept.)

Secretary Kerry witnesses changing ice in Antarctica

Despite the Paris agreement to cut emissions causing the planet to warm, "we haven't won the battle yet," Kerry told young climate scientists in Antarctica.

Cities as policy labs: L.A. cleans up its smog

With the largest fleet of natural gas buses in the U.S. — about 2,200 — Los Angeles has become a leader in cutting carbon emissions.