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Mason Inman is a science writer who specializes in covering climate change and energy, and is the communications director for the non-profit Near Zero. His work has appeared in National Geographic News, Nature, Science, Scientific American, New Scientist, and other publications, and he has reported from England, Switzerland, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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Near Zero Solutions: A New Climate and Energy News Round-Up

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:50 PM

This is the first installment of Near Zero Solutions, a round-up of climate and energy news, focusing on efforts to move the world toward zero greenhouse gas emissions. The first post reviews the top news from the past month, and future posts every week or two will give timely summaries...

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View From Inside Chesapeake's Board of Directors

(5) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 3:17 PM

Chesapeake Energy -- a major driver behind the so-called "shale gale" of shale gas production -- has been all over the news lately, with intense scrutiny of CEO Aubrey McClendon's attempt to take out more than $1 billion in loans for a complex deal to give himself a share of...

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The Climate Post: Rising Oil, Gasoline Prices Push Politicians and Reporters to Utter "Nonsense"

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 6:22 PM

In a major speech on energy at the University of Miami, President Obama said rising gasoline prices are a "painful reminder" of the need for alternatives. He was on the offensive, trying to counter criticisms of the GOP presidential candidates -- including Newt Gingrich, who promised...

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The Climate Post: Climate Researcher Lied to Get Documents, Triggering Ethics Debate

(9) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 5:20 PM

A top climate researcher -- Peter Gleick, head of the Pacific Institute -- admitted he lied to obtain documents from the Heartland Institute, which he then leaked to media, revealing the organization's plans to challenge the scientific consensus on climate change.

Gleick resigned from...

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The Climate Post: Maldives President and Climate Advocate Forced at Gunpoint to Step Down

(12) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 4:32 PM

Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed, called the "world's most environmentally outspoken president" because of his calls for drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions, was forced to resign -- at gunpoint, he claimed. He had used stunts such as an underwater cabinet meeting to highlight his island...

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The Climate Post: U.S. May Be "Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas," But Shale Gas Rush Is Slowing

(6) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 12:01 PM

Following on the State of the Union address that supported hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" in shale gas deposits, President Obama called the U.S. "the Saudi Arabia of natural gas" and unveiled a new proposal to provide tax breaks to boost the use of natural...

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The Climate Post: Obama Calls for "All of the Above" Energy Strategy for America

(8) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 10:24 AM

In President Obama's third State of the Union address, he devoted more time than before to covering energy issues, calling for an all-out, "all-of-the-above" approach to boosting production of every kind of domestic energy, fossil as well as renewable.

Obama also asked the country...

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The Climate Post: U.S. Rejects Tar Sands Pipeline From Canada -- For Now

(6) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Under pressure from Congress to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, planned to connect Canada's tar sands region with the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Obama administration has decided to reject the pipeline proposal.

"This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the...

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The Climate Post: Oil, Gasoline Prices Hit All-Time Highs in 2011 -- and May Continue Rising

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 9:42 AM

Average prices of oil and gasoline at the pump reached an all-time high in 2011, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, averaged $111 a barrel--the first time it broke $100 for a whole year.

In some ways,...

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The Climate Post: Fight Over Tar Sands Pipeline May Lead to Cancellation, "Huge" Consequences

(6) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 4:47 PM

In November, the Obama administration decided to delay a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to bring tar sands from Canada to the United States. But in December, Republicans attached a provision to a tax bill, which President Obama signed, that urges the administration to...

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The Climate Post: As Eurozone Crisis Deepens, Fight to Save Emissions Trading Scheme Begins

(8) Comments | Posted December 26, 2011 | 9:05 AM

Prices in Europe's carbon emissions trading scheme have collapsed this year, in part because there were too many allowances in the system starting off, threatening the future of the whole market.

"Without intervention... Europe's climate policy is over," one analyst said. Some of Europe's biggest energy and manufacturing...

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The Climate Post: Surprise Deal Emerges at United Nations Climate Talks

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 9:27 AM

In a surprise turnaround, the United Nations climate talks managed to produce a new deal to eventually curb global emissions moving forward. In a press release announcing the agreement, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) called it a "breakthrough."

The new agreement marks...

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The Climate Post: Now All GOP Presidential Candidates Express Climate Skepticism

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 11:02 AM

GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman expressed skepticism about the science on climate change, so now all GOP candidates are on the record as doubting either that the planet is clearly warming, or that people are responsible for most of the warming.

Of all the GOP candidates, Huntsman had...

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The Climate Post: Pleas, Hard Lines, and Accusations of Bad Faith Negotiations at Climate Talks

(5) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 5:10 PM

In Durban, South Africa, the latest round of United Nations climate negotiations opened with a plea from South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, for countries to look beyond national interests. So far, however, the talks have been marked by many of the same divisions that plagued earlier meets.

A...

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The Climate Post: After Tar Sands Pipeline Decision Delayed, Other Routes Sought

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 3:55 PM

The Obama administration delayed deciding whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which has been proposed to carry tar sands from Canada to Texas's Gulf Coast. The administration said it should consider alternate routes and wait until early 2013 to decide.

Industry officials in Canada thought the...

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The Climate Post: Only Five Years Left to Make Transition to Low-Carbon Infrastructure

(15) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 11:13 AM

The infrastructure built over the next five years could "lock in" enough emissions to push the world past its target for limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) latest annual update of energy trends, World Energy Outlook.

The Agency is...

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The Climate Post: As Population Tops 7 Billion, Time to Revisit Climate Approaches

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 12:00 PM

The world population reached seven billion people around October 31, according to United Nations estimates. The actual date is a bit fuzzy, but the milestone has nonetheless had great symbolic power, triggering a stream of articles on population issues.

Nicholas Kristof, in the New York Times, argued family...

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The Climate Post: California Adopts Cap-and-Trade System, Serves as Greenhouse Guinea Pig

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 7:01 PM

After a unanimous vote by the California Air Resources Board, the state adopted the most comprehensive cap-and-trade system in the country, a key part of a 2006 global warming law that had yet to be implemented. The system will cover 85 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the...

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The Climate Post: Big Businesses' Call for Climate Action: Strong Treaty, More Aid

(11) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 5:40 PM

A group of 285 large investors, representing more than $20 trillion in assets, urged world governments to forge a binding treaty at upcoming climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, and said global spending has not been nearly enough to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

The...

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The Climate Post: 'Crony Capitalism' Alleged Behind Tar Sands Pipeline Review

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 4:08 PM

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which could carry a diluted form of tar sands from Canada to Texas, has attracted the ire of many environmentalists, including Bill McKibben, who spearheaded protests in front of the White House last month.

This week, McKibben argued the Obama administration...

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