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What Is the Justice40 Initiative?

ExplainerUnited StatesCourtney Lindwall

This Biden administration directive is the historic effort to ensure that federal climate, clean energy, and infrastructure investments reach the communities who need them most.

What Are Heat Pump Air Conditioners?

ExplainerUnited StatesAlejandra Mejia Cunningham, Alex Hillbrand

They’re way more efficient and cost-effective than standard ACs. Even better, they double as carbon-slashing heating systems.

What’s the Most Energy-Efficient Water Heater?

ExplainerInternational, United StatesPatrick Rogers
The new generation of eco-friendly heat pump water heaters will reduce your home’s emissions while also shrinking your utility bills.

Indoor Workers Need Protection from Extreme Heat Too

ExplainerUnited StatesNicole Greenfield
Warehouses, restaurant kitchens, factories, and schools can get dangerously hot—but without adequate safety standards, employees are having to just sweat it out.

What Do “Better” Batteries Look Like?

ExplainerUnited States, InternationalJeff Turrentine
They’re not only stronger and longer-lasting. To fuel the clean energy economy, they also need to be sustainable.