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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...

Computers and Appliances: Today's Home-Based Energy Hogs

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The Energy Information Administration is touting the fact that "heating and cooling" now comprise less than half of our residential energy usage. But that's only half the story.

Climate Change Solutions That Advance Illinois' Economy and Environment Together

Howard Learner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Howard Learner

Saving energy saves consumers money. Less pollution means better public health and cleaner lakes and rivers for all. Why would anyone argue that it's somehow smart to waste energy and money?

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+...

Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative: The Skyline That Makes Our City Beautiful Also Makes It Great

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.07.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Here in Chicago, the buildings are part of the solution. The skyline that makes our city beautiful is also making it great: energy efficient, sustainable, resilient and ready to face the challenges of a new generation.

City Environmental Initiatives Win Innovations Prize

Carol Kellermann | Posted 09.30.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Too often, government is satisfied with regulation and enforcement. Yet in New York, the Mayor's Office has created effective collaborative mechanisms to go further, and Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability deserve enormous praise.

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...

Clean Air, Safe Communities, and Good Jobs? It's Ours If We Want It

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.04.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

We don't have to choose between protecting our kids' health and making a living. We need our leaders to set a new course for America's economy. And it has to start with the will to tackle joblessness and climate change.

Climate Change This Week: China Eats Amazon, Methane Bomb Set to Explode, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.26.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Amazon rainforest stores vast amounts of carbon, and many scientists acknowledge it is important in stabilizing the global climate.

Re-Defining 'Energy Independence' in the Keystone Era

Tom Steyer | Posted 04.21.2013 | Green
Tom Steyer

If we're going to get serious about addressing climate change, we need to be independent of dirty energy. And I believe we need American leadership to solve this urgent global problem.

Climate Change This Week: Melting Tundra, Red Hot States, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Stop the XL Pipeline, Mr. President! said over 40,000 people concerned about climate change at the February 17th Washington DC Forward On Climate Rall...

Obama's Climate Summons Is No Surprise

Kevin Knobloch | Posted 04.17.2013 | Green
Kevin Knobloch

Three primary developments over the last few years are likely driving the president's assessment that the economics and politics of climate change have evolved sufficiently to create an opening for national action.

Mainstream Media Fails Again: Girlfriend Killing Buries Climate Change Protest

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Obviously, the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and other US mainstream newspapers, as well as broadcast NPR, believes it's more important f...

The Real Japan-China Conflict

Terry Tamminen | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

The two Asian powerhouses have now begun to argue over a shared threat that actually does have impacts on the health and future of their respective populations -- air pollution

The State of the Union and Climate Change

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

While President Obama's focus on climate change is a welcome, albeit belated, shift, it remains to be seen whether he will match words with action. More and more environmental organizations and activists are prepared to keep the pressure on to ensure he does.

Energy Efficiency Means Security, Jobs and Competitiveness

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

A broad coalition of manufacturers, end users, and developers strongly support initiatives that help industry harness energy-efficiency opportunities. These are pragmatic solutions that help make U.S. industries more competitive globally and help reduce the toll of future natural disasters.

Climate Change This Week: BIG Blizzard, Massive Methane, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.12.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What Do This Week's Big Blizzard and Hurricane Sandy Have in Common? Climate Change! reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. In both cases, incre...

Obama Weighing Various Executive Actions

The Washington Post | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics

President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow ...

Climate Change This Week: Gargantuan Blue Blobs, Solar Spin Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.05.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

And Now, FINALLY, Some Good News: US Cut Carbon in 2012! reports Suzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian, to 1994 levels by increasing energy efficien...

Climate Change This Week: Carbon Bombers, Greenland Meltdown, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future.

Nature: The Rebound Effect Is Overplayed

Gernot Wagner | Posted 03.26.2013 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Yes, the rebound effect is real. But it's also small. And what's there is actually positive! Why shouldn't people who can now afford to, due to more efficient energy technologies, be able to improve theirs lives?

Climate Change This Week: Browning Dragon, Bright Ideas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.22.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Browning Dragon, Heating Planet: China's exploding fossil fuel use threatens far more climate change, reports Lucia Green-Weiskel at the Nation. Coal ...

Climate Change This Week: Solar CrowdFunding, Wild Arctic Times, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.15.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate Change Is Profoundly Impacting Americans already, reads the draft of the new US National Climate Assessment, reports Robert McKie at the UK Gu...

The Incontrovertible Business Case for Clean Energy, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

"If we leave it to the market, as imperfect as it is, in due course we will transition away from dirty dangerous fossil fuels, and achieve an economy based on locally available clean energy. There will come a realization in which business and government join together to defeat this crisis."

The Incontrovertible Business Case for Clean Energy

William S. Becker | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Just as a responsible householder would fix his plumbing, a responsible nation would fix the leaks in its energy economy. Responsible businesses are figuring this out and are saving money with green energy.