The Future of the U.S. Railway System

Rails and subways are a big part of the public transportation infrastructure in areas with a high population density but when it comes to trains, the U.S. is lagging behind the rest of the world. What sort of future are we looking at for the U.S. railway system?

This Component of Trump’s Climate Order Could Do the Most Damage

U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest executive order guts environmental regulations passed under his predecessor, including a rule that requires government agencies to account for the social cost of carbon. It’s the the rollback of this provision that could do the most long-term damage, some experts say.

The Decarbonization of the Global Energy System

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates carbon emissions related to energy can be cut back 70 percent by 2050 with a net-positive economic outlook. A complete phase-out is possible by 2060.

Sustainable Building Techs Jump Into Public Policy

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), a leading alliance of the building sector, is focusing on a new goal: proactive engagement with public policy for energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

Report: Methane Leakage at Natural Gas Plants Much Higher Than Previously Thought

“Methane is a 34 times more potent greenhouse gas than is carbon dioxide,” said Paul Shepson, a professor of analytical and atmospheric chemistry at Purdue University. “It’s a better fuel all around as long as you don’t spill it. But it doesn’t take much methane leakage to ruin your whole day if you care about climate change.”

3p Weekend: We’re Keeping Up With the White House So You Don’t Have To

The hottest news items centered around Trump’s proposed budget and the tax return revelation that wasn’t. But that’s far from all that happened this week. We’d make a “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” joke, but honestly we’re too exhausted. Let’s just get right down to it.