Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases commonly used as refrigerants, are a small but rapidly growing component of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, climate-friendly substitutes exist, and some of these alternatives can even create net savings for consumers.
The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has a renewable energy potential close to 680 gigawatts (GW), 85 times its current installed capacity. Harnessing these resources could yield important economic development benefits for the state; but government, industry and the utility will first need to work together to address some key challenges.
The Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) spans Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, and supports 60 million people. New research shows that climate change could damage $18 billion worth of infrastructure and decrease economic productivity in the region by $16 billion annually by 2050.