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South Carolinians Help With Post-Sandy Recovery

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Employees from our Electric Cooperatives and SCE&G, along with other volunteers from SC, helped with restoration efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast after Superstorm Sandy and the frigid nor’easter which followed. Read More

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Rising Seas Threaten Coastal Areas

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sea level rise is an indisputable fact – waters are rising across the globe. However, the cause of increasing sea levels and the rate at which levels are rising continue to be debated in the media despite scientific consensus. Regardless, unprecedented weather events like Hurricane Sandy demand action at all levels of government as reality confirms scientific projections. Read More

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Norway to Double Carbon Tax on Oil Industry

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More and more countries view a tax on carbon as the most effective way to encourage the innovation and adoption of carbon-free goods and services. Norway is the latest country to move boldly on this issue, announcing that it will double the carbon tax on its North Sea oil industry. Such taxes reduce greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change, but as in this case, they can also generate funds to help combat the…

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Santee Cooper to Close Two More Coal Facilities

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

South Carolinians can look forward to a healthier future as Santee Cooper announced intentions to close two of its oldest coal-fired power plants. Generating electricity from coal presents a host of environmental challenges including the release of toxins like mercury, gas emissions which undermine the stability of our climate, the production of hazardous coal ash, and mining techniques which level mountains in Appalachia. Read More

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California to Charge for Carbon Emissions

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

California will become the first state in the nation to charge industries across the economy for the greenhouse gases they emit. Opponents and supporters alike say that the state’s emissions reduction program is ambitious and risky, but this isn’t the first time California has been at the forefront of an energy issue in the US. Read More

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Japan Adopts Carbon Tax

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Despite a nationwide shutdown of its nuclear fleet following the Fukushima disaster last year, Japan still found the will to adopt a carbon tax on major emitters. The tax will come in three phases with the first increase adding between 12-31 percent on existing levies. Read More

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Coal-Fired Australia, Buffeted by Climate Change, Enacts Carbon Tax

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Australia, a nation with enormous coal deposits and one of the world’s highest per capita  carbon emissions, is implementing an aggressive tax on carbon in response to dramatic climate changes impacting the country. Soaring temperatures have amplified droughts, floods, and wildfires, while increased carbon uptake by the ocean has degraded the Great Barrier Reef. Read More

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SC Dept. of Natural Resources Climate Connection Workshop Series

Monday, October 8, 2012

On October 24, DNR will discuss climate variability and impacts to SC’s natural resources at a daylong workshop in Columbia. Click here for further details.

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Risk & Choice: Are We Capable of Addressing Certain Threats?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The SC Sea Grant Consortium’s summer newsletter includes an insightful article on the science of risk and choice. While the piece doesn’t address the energy sector, many of the author’s conclusions apply to our decision-making about fossil fuel consumption and climate change. Read More

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Jim Gandy, WLTX Columbia

Monday, September 17, 2012

Columbia’s WLTX is home to meteorologist Jim Gandy, one of the nation’s most effective communicators of climate change. His viewers have responded with fascination and praise. Read More

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