China may put a stop to growing carbon dioxide emissions earlier than expected, but how quickly they start coming down is also important.
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I’m MIT Technology Review’s research editor. I spend my days taking things extremely seriously and attempting with all my nerdy might to piece together bigger pictures from the bits and shreds of truth I manage to filter from the information barrage. I’m particularly obsessed with the energy-related challenges facing humanity and the future of the Internet.
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A new report from the E.U. estimates the true economic cost of different forms of energy production.
China is betting long-term on unconventional gas, but it is running into problems developing its vast shale resources.
New research shows a decline in the electricity used by all the electronic devices in U.S. homes.
At the current rate of construction, there won’t be enough nuclear plants worldwide to meet critical carbon emissions targets.
Subtracting nuclear reactors in the U.S. could make it tougher to meet climate goals.
Recent data clarify the trends causing emissions to shrink to their lowest level since 1995.
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