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US power sources overlaid on satellite imagery of the US at night. Map by Rosamund Pearce for Carbon Brief.

Mapped: How the US generates electricity

The US electricity system is often described as the world's largest machine. It is also incredibly diverse, reflecting the policy preferences, needs... Read More

Infographics | Oct 10. 2017.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) during the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21)

Guest post: Interpreting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C temperature limit

Dr Joeri Rogelj is a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, and a coordinating lead author... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 10. 2017.
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Grass-fed beef will not help tackle climate change, report finds

Billed as a more environmentally friendly way to rear cattle, grass-fed beef has been the red meat of choice for many a climate-conscious carnivore. ... Read More

Food and farming | Oct 3. 2017.
Close up of jersey cows in field

Analysis: What does revised methane data mean for the Paris Agreement?

A study released today finds that global methane emissions from agriculture are much larger than previous estimates have suggested. ... Read More

GHGs and aerosols | Sep 29. 2017.
Primary rainforest Langkawi Malaysia

Tropical forests are ‘no longer carbon sinks’ because of human activity

Tropical forests now emit more carbon than they are able to absorb from the atmosphere as a result of the dual effects of deforestation and land... Read More

Plants and forests | Sep 28. 2017.
Farming in Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria

World’s soils have lost 133bn tonnes of carbon since the dawn of agriculture

The world’s soils have lost a total of 133bn tonnes of carbon since humans first started farming the land around 12,000 years ago, new research... Read More

Food and farming | Aug 25. 2017.

Guest post: Improving Africa’s soils to cut emissions and boost food security

Dr Keith Shepherd is a principal soil scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Dr Rolf Sommer is a principal soil and climate change... Read More

Guest posts | Aug 2. 2017.
Afternoon aerial view of cargo shipping containers stacked on docks, in Los Angeles, US, 18/08/2016

Mapped: The world’s largest CO2 importers and exporters

Around 22% of global CO2 emissions stem from the production of goods that are, ultimately, consumed in a different country. However, traditional... Read More

Global emissions | Jul 5. 2017.
Climeworks direct air capture plant founders Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher onsite

The Swiss company hoping to capture 1% of global CO2 emissions by 2025

On the roof of a waste incinerator outside Zurich, the Swiss firm Climeworks has built the world's first commercial plant to suck CO2 directly from... Read More

Technology | Jun 22. 2017.
Enercon wind turbine E-126 with 6 MW in harbour and view on Hamburg City

In-depth: New BP data shows emissions flat in 2016 with record rise in renewables

The world added a record amount of energy from renewable sources in 2016 and global coal use fell again, according to the 2017 BP Statistical Review... Read More

Global emissions | Jun 14. 2017.
LA traffic, California, USA

Analysis: Meeting Paris pledges would prevent at least 1C of global warming

President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change has raised questions about the effectiveness of the accord, and how... Read More

Paris Summit 2015 | Jun 6. 2017.
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