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Post Carbon: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

U.S. urged to swiftly secure supplies of 'energy-critical elements'

They are rarer than gold, but they are critical for new-energy technologies such as electric cars, wind turbines and solar cells. Researchers call them "energy-critical elements," and a new report urges the United States government to take swift steps to safeguard the supply of some 25 different elements from odd slices of the periodic table - and often odder corners of the Earth.

By Brian Vastag  | February 18, 2011; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Greenhouse gases led to increase in deluges, researchers say

Human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases helped trigger the increase in extreme rain events seen in North America over the second half of the 20th century, researchers say.

By Brian Vastag  | February 16, 2011; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
Tags:  climate change, flooding, greenhouse gases  
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Vanishing cap and trade in Obama's 2012 budget

In President Obama's new budget plan, the idea of comprehensive climate legislation appears to have disappeared into thin air The phrase cap and trade -- the touchstone of the climate legislation battles over the past two years -- does not...

By Steven Mufson  | February 14, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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