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Taking the Gas (and Coal) Out of Heat

Almost one-third of human energy consumption goes to making things hot, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. 

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When we think of global energy consumption, I imagine most of us think of two things. The first is power plants, be they fossil fuel-fired thermal plants, or zero-emissions wind and solar, or nuclear. The second is transportation, ranging from tiny personal scooters to container ships with an engine that could power a small city. These two sectors account for more than half of all energy consumption, with transport alone using up a third.