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Reality Check: The Myth of Stable and Affordable Natural Gas Prices

This winter, natural gas prices are spiking across the United States and are expected to cause high heating bills throughout the heating season. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that residential gas prices will be 27 percent higher than last winter on average, while electricity prices will…

Using Biomaterials to Shrink the Building Industry’s Carbon Footprint

As the building industry seeks to lower its carbon emissions, scientists and entrepreneurs are exploring novel solutions to reduce the so-called embodied carbon of building materials. Embodied carbon refers to the cumulative emissions across a product’s life cycle, from extraction to manufacturing and beyond. The solutions range from…

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Investing in Healthier Low-Income Housing

Low-income communities continue to grapple with poor housing quality, high energy costs, and disproportionate health burdens stemming from fossil fuel pollution in their homes and communities.

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Reducing Emissions by Changing How We Work

Before we had to deal with a global pandemic, most of us drove to work. This commuting accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This was underscored by the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns in early 2020: by April 2020, daily emissions had dropped 17…