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As a crop, cannabis has enormous carbon emissions

Enlarge / All those lights take energy. (credit: DEA) Back in the pre-legalization days, cannabis production meant finding a rarely visited patch of land and growing outside, or it meant taking cultivation indoors—typically to a basement where your product wouldn’t be visible from the outside world. But the power use involved in lighting a basement […]

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New study: A zero-emissions US is now pretty cheap

Enlarge (credit: Picture Alliance / Getty Images) In many areas of the United States, installing a wind or solar farm is now cheaper than simply buying fuel for an existing fossil fuel-based generator. And that’s dramatically changing the electricity market in the US and requiring a lot of people to update prior predictions. That’s motivated […]