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Climate Change This Week: Solar Shines in 2012, Wrong Clean Energy, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Solar Grew 5x Faster Than Rest of US Economy in 2012, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress, adding 14,000 new jobs in California, Arizona, New Jersey ...

An Earth Day Message: Take Heart From the Abolition Movement

Bill Bigelow | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Bill Bigelow

Every Earth Day, some of us are tempted to say things like "We live on the same planet; we're all in this together." But no, we're not.

Climate Change This Week: The $6 Trillion Mistake, Cut The Soot, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Fossil Fuels Investments A $6 Trillion Mistake, if the world addresses climate change, says a London School of Economics study, reports Sally Bakewell...

Reducing Greenhouse Gasses: NYC Is Not Waiting for the U.S. Congress

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

New York City is not going to wait around for the U.S. Congress to do something rational. Congress is too busy having tea parties, defeating modest gun regulation, and sequestering critical research funds to be considered a serious participant in climate policy.

The Ill Logic of Keystone XL

Kelly Rigg | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Carbon logic dictates that if President Obama is at all serious about addressing climate change, he must help put an end to Canada's tar sands folly, ...

Making Solar Sustainable: Inside a Solar Giant

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Renewable Energy Kids - Solar, Wind, Geo and Wave (wave to the folks, honey!) - are all growing up at different rates, having been nurtured in ve...

The push for clean energy has stalled

Maria van der Hoeven | Posted 06.16.2013 | Green
Maria van der Hoeven

The drive to clean up the world's energy system has stalled: While energy is becoming less carbon-intensive in some sectors and regions, the story of ...

Climate Energy This Week: Healthy Clean Energy, Mideast Climate Change, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.14.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Invest In Clean Energy To Reap Enormous Health Benefits says the UN, reports Alister Doyle at Reuters News, and help slow climate change. Fossil fuel ...

Climate Change This Week: MegaMelt, Clean Energy Rockin', and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

It's Melting, Melting: 1600 Years Worth of Andean Ice Melted in 25, says a new study, reports Justin Gillis at the New York Times. Researchers studyin...

Climate Change This Week: China's Choice, Climate Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

China's Choice: Cut Coal Or Dry Up says a new report highlighting how coal mining and combustion technologies there are drinking up scarcer water supp...

Doubling Down on Our Faustian Bargain

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 05.31.2013 | Green
Dr. James Hansen

Humanity's Faustian climate bargain is well known. Humans have been pumping both greenhouse gases (mainly CO2) and aerosols (fine particles) into the atmosphere for more than a century. Is the new data we present here good news or bad news, and how does it alter the "Faustian bargain"?

Is Global Warming Hot Air?

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Sunil Sharan

The endless tug of war confuses the common man, who has worries more immediate than climate change. He would like to know, once and for all, if global warming is deadly. To wit, are we are done for, or are some people just blowing hot air?

Senate Spurns Bid to Block Carbon Standards

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The U.S. Senate cast key votes on the fiscal 2014 budget resolution Friday that sent a clear message on climate change: we won't stand in the way of executive action to cut the carbon pollution from our nation's power plants.

Climate Change This Week: Big Bad Drought, Flowing Batteries, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.24.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

You Know That Big Bad US Drought of 2012? It Will Likely Worsen in 2013, says NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as it continu...

Is Earth Hour Stupid?

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

Is Earth Hour, the annual ritual in which people the world over turn out their lights as a show of solidarity in the fight against climate change and other environmental issues, a waste of time and energy? Bjorn Lomborg certainly thinks so -- but what is accomplished by niggling over the metrics of a global awareness campaign?

How Global Warming Went Cold in America

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Sunil Sharan

Even before liftoff, the fight against global warming has become grounded in America. Whenever a potential breakthrough appears on the horizon, either the left or the right throws a challenge to stall the solution.

The Fallacy of the China Defense

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

The defenders of the status quo argue that U.S. companies will be at a disadvantage if we tax carbon or invest in clean energy because "China's not doing anything." But there are three little problems with this logic.

Climate Change This Week: Earth Shoots UP on GHG, Biggest Security Threat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Global Warming Gases Spike in 2012, packing in the second highest yearly amount recorded yet, reports Alex Kirby at Climate News Network, while fellow...

Shaping the Next Generation of Carbon Markets

Rachel Kyte | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Rachel Kyte

When countries are aligned, motivated, and leading by doing, you get something we don't always see when discussing combating climate change -- a commitment to speed, moving to scale, and frank and candid conversation about what works, what doesn't, and why.

Shell's Shell Game

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Does a critical mass of outraged citizens qualify as a "major geopolitical shift"? Think of the Vietnam War. Or apartheid, a truly global protest. We may not be there yet, but as climate change impacts get worse, so will the outrage.

What's That Smell?

Michael Brune | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Too many people -- especially politicians -- aren't paying attention to the dangers of the current "boom" in natural gas development. Here are three big reasons why we should stop new gas drilling and replace fossil fuels at every opportunity with clean, renewable energy.

Climate Change This Week: Frying Earth, Sustainable Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.10.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Just How Fast is Earth Warming? About 50x Faster Than Before, a new study that reconstructs the fine grained climate history since the Ice Age 11,000+...

No Option: An Adult Response to Climate Change

David_Goldstein | Posted 05.07.2013 | Green

Physics also does not care about you or me or our grandchildren. If we continue to pump carbon into our overheating atmosphere, we will lose the climate conditions that have birthed and nurtured humanity for hundreds of thousands of years.

Climate Change This Week: Pipeline Lunacy, Solar Supremacy, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.04.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Yo, O, Say It Ain't So: State Department Analysis Says XL pipeline harmless since the Canadian tar sands oil would be mined and drilled anyway, report...

The Inside Story of Diageo's Stunning Carbon Achievement

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

Shifting subtly away from an attitude of "maximize profits this quarter at all costs" does not mean you leap right from capitalism to communism; it just means you take into account a broader definition of value to the organization and community.