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Clean Cookstoves Drive Gender Equality

Radha Muthiah | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Radha Muthiah

Imagine spending hours every day cooking your family's food over an open fire, your eyes burning and lungs struggling from the constant smoke. Then imagine spending additional hours, often in the dark of dawn or dusk, searching for the fuel needed to start cooking again.

From Green Glop to Black Gold

XPRIZE | Posted 02.26.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

Algae is everywhere, it grows easily, and it's full of lipids that, when successfully extracted, have the perfect chemical makeup to be transformed into hydrocarbon fuel. The trick, as always, is to do the processing in a cost-effective and cost-efficient way, a goal that has been elusive so far. Enter Nevada-based Algae Systems.

Looking Beyond the Crisis

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

In Europe, as in the BRICS and other countries that experienced rapid growth during the expansive phase of the cycle, we are now in the phase when the down side of the curve teems with uncertainties that discourage decisions to invest.

Listening to People of the Amazon During COP 20: A Story of Land Rights

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Winnie Byanyima

I am here in Peru to push world leaders to act on climate change at the UNFCCC climate change negotiations but away from the diplomats and the conference centre, I went to listen to the people being directly affected by another area Oxfam works on, land rights.

PUMP - How, When and Why to End Our Oil Reliance

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 12.28.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

This film is a wake up call offering alternatives that you can implement today and help break the oil monopoly.

Biofuels Plant Converts Plant Waste To Ethanol

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ern...

Deaths in Peru Show the Need to Protect Land Rights of Local Communities

Marie Clarke Brill | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Marie Clarke Brill

Unfortunately, this problem is by no means limited to Peru. Poor communities in many countries around the world are being kicked off their land, often to be replaced by large agri-business projects that cause environmental damage and bring little or no benefits to the local area.

Cellulosic Ethanol: Firsts, Failures, Myths and Risks

Rachel Smolker | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Wires have been buzzing with news about the "first" commercial production of cellulosic biofuels, a project of POET and the Dutch State Mines (DSM) in Emmetsburg, Iowa that is to produce ethanol from corn stover.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

Scientists Generate Renewable Propane From Common Gut Bacterium

Reuters | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green

LONDON (Reuters) - British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intest...

Protect California's Energy Security

Michael Wu | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Michael Wu

Before the end of the legislative session this Friday, California legislators are pondering action worse than just kicking the can down the road -- they're actively considering taking a dive on our energy security.

Proposed City of Chicago Ethanol Ordinance Would be a Step in the Right Direction

Michael Wang, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Chicago
Michael Wang, Ph.D.

A proposed City of Chicago ordinance that would require most gas stations to offer E15 fuel - 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline - is one example of a smaller step we can take now to increase our use of renewable energy sources.

Is Toxic Algae Good for You?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

The effort to produce algae biofuels has been underway for many, many years, though you wouldn't know it given that there are still virtually none being produced at commercial scale. The hype about making "cheap, abundant fuels with nothing but sunlight and water" remains in spite of the reality on the ground.

The Climate Post: China and U.S. Sign Pacts on Climate Change

Tim Profeta | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The world's two largest carbon emitters have signed pacts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The deals--actually eight projects demonstrating smart grid...

Say What? White House Plots With Secretive Investment Firm With Ties to Bushes And Bin Ladens?

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

President Obama likes to say that his is "the most transparent administration" ever. But members of the environmental community and biofuel industry -- some of his most ardent supporters in the past -- might beg to differ.

The Sustainable Wonder Crop That's Sweeping The Nation

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green

There's a new hemp trend sweeping the nation and it has nothing to do with those beaded friendship bracelets from the '90s. Twenty-three states hav...

The Climate Post: Study Deals Blow for Biofuels as EPA Lowers 2013 Mandate

Tim Profeta | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday retroactively lowered the quantity of cellulosic biofuel required for blending in traditiona...

6 More Ways Chicagoland is Greener and Cleaner Than You Think (Part II)

Amanda Hanley | Posted 06.22.2014 | Chicago
Amanda Hanley

Thanks to an exploding food movement over the past 10 years, more food than ever is now being grown in backyards, rooftops, vacant lots and abandoned factories throughout Chicagoland.

The Climate Post: Climate Change, EPA Rules Focus of McCabe Confirmation Hearing

Tim Profeta | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

Climate change, extreme weather and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power ...

Mobilizing Others to Be the Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day of the week, The Pollination Project provides $1,000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world -- or just their own community -- a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.

More For Big Oil? Really? Are You Kidding Me?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Cliff Schecter

A recent and flawed proposal from the Obama administration is about to hand a huge payday to the oil industry. And I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they don't need it.

The Climate Post: EIA Releases Early Predictions from Annual Energy Outlook

Tim Profeta | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Monday released a 20-page preview of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014, which includes projections of U.S....

Give Thanks (and Leftovers) to the Job Creators

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.29.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

America's job creators have an idea that will avoid making the nation's "takers" even more lazy and shiftless and, at the same time, help build our domestic energy industry.

The Climate Post: EPA Proposes Lower Biofuel Mandate

Tim Profeta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced cuts to a federal mandate dictating how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline....

Teen Science Whiz Grows Algae Under Her Bed, Wins $100,000

Intel Foundation | Posted 12.11.2013 | Science
Intel Foundation

Sara's work has garnered remarkable results, a eureka of sorts, which, according to Professor Anastasios Melis of UC Berkeley, is quite unique. She has been very clever, becoming an important figure in the algae as biofuel community. She managed to manipulate the cells in the algae in such a way that they yielded an amazing amount of oil. When Sara saw the results, she was sure something was wrong but there wasn't.