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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Economic Downturn Helps Climate—a Bit
6 April 2009 11:30 am
In the department of silver linings in very gloomy clouds come news that carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants dropped 3% last year due to the recession.
It's certainly not the first time that economic changes have had big and perhaps unexpected effects on carbon emissions. Projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have proved far too optimistic when it comes to greenhouse gas pollution in the developing world. In that case, models predicted slower than actual economic growth in the developing world.
The new emissions data from the United States, culled from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are, by contrast, lower than expected. But it's not really good news for the climate because greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are up 4.5% since 1998.