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Why U.S. Forests Should Be at the Forefront of Global Climate Talks (But Aren't)

Danna Smith | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Danna Smith

The world's attention is focused on Paris for the COP-21 climate treaty negotiations, where international negotiators are attempting to hammer out a t...

Biomass, Biofuel, Biopower, and Bioenergy: Sound So Cool But Wreck the Climate and Rip Us Off

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Climate change is telling us to stop pitching pollution into the atmosphere--in much the same way that the bubonic plague taught our ancestors to stop dumping filth into the streets in the Middle Ages. We listened then, but not now.

Smart Power India: Economic Development Without Dirty Fuels

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have a strong commitment to bringing "24/7" power to all. But while the government works to expand access to the grid, the growth of renewables -- including solar, wind, and biomass -- has opened up new frontiers of decentralized energy models to bring electricity to households and business enterprises now.

Kate Sheppard

Scientists Bash EPA's Take On Burning Wood For Power | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A group of 78 scientists is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency memo they say may dramatically undermine President Barack Oba...

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

An innovative American company called All Power Labs has a creative approach to tackling the challenge of energy poverty, one that has turned existing ideas about development aid and manufacturing jobs on their head.

It's Time to Fix the Climate -- Why Do We Delay?

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

When citizens see that their representatives work for special interests instead of the public good, their confidence in government erodes. They stop telling their representatives what to do, which only makes it easier for their representatives to work for special interests.

Family Forests: A Key Piece of Protecting Critical Forestland

Tom Martin | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
Tom Martin

More than a third of U.S. forests are owned by individuals and families -- a larger share than the federal government or various companies own. As we work to protect both the environment and rural economies, family-owned forests are hugely important yet too often overlooked.

Carbon Intensity: The Foundation of Climate Diplomacy -- New Delhi, India

Carl Pope | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The historic focus of climate diplomacy on caps and cuts may slow down progress on recognition that rapidly lowering the carbon intensity of every nation's economy, while making low carbon economies more dynamic and robust, is the most promising pathway to a critical mass of ambitious climate commitments in Paris.

Public Outcry Grows Over Uncontrolled Growth of the Biomass Energy Industry

Sasha Lyutse | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Sasha Lyutse

To date, Enviva and others in the biomass energy industry have operated largely under the radar and with little to no regulation. The North Carolina port expansion would only fuel the unbridled growth of this industry. But this week's public outcry signals that the tide is turning.

Vermont: The Little State That Could?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

I am fortunate to live in the tiny state of Vermont, a state that has boldly led the way on so many issues it's hard to list them all. We were the fir...

Trees Are Our Climate Saviors - So Stop Logging on Public Land

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

A 2012 study by 50 scientists and policy experts from around the world estimates that climate disruption kills nearly 1,000 children every day. Trees are our climate saviors, and it takes decades or centuries -- time we don't have -- to recover from the mistake of cutting them down.

Where's the Lorax When We Need Him?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Decisions, decisions! So many options. What shall we do with all the trees?

Innovation Earth: Reinventing The Wheel... Er, Tire

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

If there's one prediction I can make about our future world, it is this: There will be a lot of tires. The latest forecast puts 1.7 billion cars on ...

Scientists Urge EU To Rethink Burning Southern US Forests To Fight Climate Change

Robert J. Cabin | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
Robert J. Cabin

A group of over 60 US scientists recently sent a letter to EU decision makers urging them to take swift action to "develop and adopt sustainability criteria and carbon accounting requirements to ensure adequate protections for forests and the climate."

Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!

Rachel Smolker | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Cutting, burning, and clearing our forests and fields to supply massive quantities of plant materials to electric utilities and refineries appears ever more ludicrous and misguided. Think ancient Mayan civilization collapse.

Federal Court Affirms Science As Guide for How EPA Must Regulate Biomass Energy

Sasha Lyutse | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Sasha Lyutse

The decision once again made clear that not all bioenergy has the same carbon footprint -- and some increases climate-disrupting carbon pollution.

Forest Biomass Loses In Court Ruling

Posted 07.15.2013 | Green

From EarthTechling's Pete Danko: Conservation groups won a victory last week in the fight over the regulation of biomass energy production and the ...

Laugh or Cry? Obama's New Commitment on Climate Change

Rachel Smolker | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

What will our emboldened president offer up this time? Will it be more false solutions intended to create an impression of doing something while really just ensuring more profitable business opportunities for the 1 percent?

Takers and Makers in the Rain Forest

Carl Pope | Posted 02.25.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Can a tree tell the story of some forms of capitalism better than an economics lecture? Perhaps.

The Bio-massacre Marches On

Jeff Gibbs | Posted 01.13.2013 | Green
Jeff Gibbs

I am tired of being told in private that green groups are against biomass, only to find biomass plant after biomass plant subsidized in the name of green energy, and now disguised as "combined heat and power" or merely tossed into existing coal plants.

"25 x 25" is a Big Fat Bio-Massacre

Jeff Gibbs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jeff Gibbs

Far more than anyone suspects, Michigan Prop 3 is going to ramp up the dirtiest form of energy of all: biomass burning.

Fighting Climate Change and Air Pollution With One Swat

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

You may hear it called black carbon or even elemental carbon. Scientists getting technical will call it the "light-absorbing part of particles suspended in the atmosphere." Let's just keep it simple and call it soot.

Committing to the Future: For Cheetahs and Everyone Else, Too

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

The purpose of the Clinton Global Initiative is to help commitment makers like myself connect with potential partners and resources to make these big ideas into reality. Our goal is to create large landscapes that are healthy places for people, livestock and predators and prey.

Biomass Energy: Burning Bushes to Save Cheetahs

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

Expansion of the biomass fuel industry in Namibia addresses two problems that are rampant in Africa: poverty and the availability of electric power.

The Power of Ordinary Citizens: Using Science to Stop Logging

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

The desire to create jobs in rural areas also motivates logging. Forests on public lands are particularly tempting to loggers because they have been less cut over than forests on private lands.