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Have We Passed the Era of Peak Dam?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The breakthrough of wind and solar power helps to keep rivers like the Nu/Salween free-flowing (Peter Ford, Christian Science Monitor) Wind and solar...

Have We Passed the Era of Peak Dam?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The breakthrough of wind and solar power helps to keep rivers like the Nu/Salween free-flowing (Peter Ford, Christian Science Monitor) Wind and solar...

China's Business Leaders Are Stepping Up to Address Global Conservation Challenges

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.03.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

In China, business leaders are stepping up to address the country's--and the world's--big conservation challenges. © Danielle Mussman Mark Tercek is...

Building Resilient Communities in East Africa: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.27.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

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Drought Costs Californians An Extra $2 Billion In Electricity Expenses

Water Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.19.2016 | Science

A new report from the Pacific Institute has tallied how four years of drought has impacted electricity prices and pollution from the electricity secto...

Has the Post-Dam Future Started?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.09.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

On February 5 the power utility of California's capital Sacramento decided to cancel the $1.5 billion Iowa Hill Dam, a pumped storage project in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The decision may not be remarkable by itself, but marks a watershed moment and signals the early beginnings of an exciting development away from large dams.

Scientists Question Dam Building in the Amazon, Congo and Mekong

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.07.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Taken together, the scientific evidence shows that dams are not the clean, green or cheap source of electric power they are often made out to be. When will the governments and financiers that promote these projects take note?

10 Reasons Why Large Hydropower Is a False Solution to Climate Change

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Support from climate initiatives is one of the reasons why more than 3,700 hydropower dams are currently under construction and in the pipeline. Yet large hydropower projects are a false solution to climate change. They should be kept out from national and international climate initiatives for the following reasons.

How Developing Nations Can Leapfrog Developed Countries with the Sharing Economy

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Jeremy Rifkin

The lack of infrastructure in the developing world is both a liability and a potential asset. We are already witnessing a surge of activity in the introduction of solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies that will boost the development trajectories of countries with enormous potential.

Beyond Tomorrow: Why Environmentalists Need to Get Beyond Instant Gratification

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 09.17.2015 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

We who care deeply about nature and the environment need to articulate what a prosperous and a healthy planet will look like in 2050, and work backwards from there.

Saving Lake Baikal

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.10.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Lake Baikal, as a World Heritage site, should be off limits to any economic activities that may negatively affect designated sites, even under the banners of "development" or "carbon emission reductions."

Wind and Solar Power Are Taking the Lead

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.18.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dam builders like to claim that hydropower is the world's largest source of renewable electricity. But new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) show that the picture is quickly changing.

How the Inga Dams Are Holding the Congo's Energy Future Hostage

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.10.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is time for the World Bank and the DRC government to embrace more feasible solutions and stop holding the Congolese population hostage to their multi-billion dollar dreams.

The Power of Rivers -- in Whose Hands?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.27.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Sustainable water and energy development requires public participation in decision making just as much as money and technical expertise. The Nature Conservancy makes a strong case that smart planning needs to address the systems level rather than just individual dams. It now needs to expand its approach and give the rights of affected communities the place they deserve.

Taking a New Look at Hydropower

Rachel Penner | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Rachel Penner

The U.S. has been one of the major culprits in environmental degradation, and adopting these new technologies is a win-win for current and future generations.

James Cave

This State May Be The First To Run On 100% Renewable Energy

HuffingtonPost.com | James Cave | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green

With strong trade winds, volcanic heat and abundant solar and hydropower, the Hawaiian islands have a plethora of natural resources. Yet the state...

Composting With Coppola at Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

Rebecca Louie | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

With such bounty, keeping the soil healthy is key. How does the Blancaneaux team do it? Compost, compost, compost! During a private garden tour, I learned about the resort's super soil practices, large-scale compost strategy, and gardening techniques.

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The acquisition of energy has become a dominant influence in China's foreign policy orientation generally, and has been a driving force in its relationship with Myanmar in recent years.

Should Saving Birds Trump Climate Change?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Mr. Franzen, put your considerable talent to work again and this time, persuade your readers to think of both species conservation and climate change with every action. Changing human behavior has worked in the past and can work now.

'The Next Hoover Dam Is Not Something We're Going To See'

Climate Central | Bobby Magill | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green

This story originally appeared on Climate Central. As investments in wind and solar power climb, backing major hydropower projects may be seen as a...

The Dark Streets of Patan - Nepal Manages the Energy Deficit With Rolling Blackouts

Janne Riikonen | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Janne Riikonen

It's 7 p.m., but it feels like midnight. The city of Patan in Nepal is already sleeping. The large city subsumed in the greater Kathmandu area is k...

For Earth Hour, Use Less of Everything

Natalie Pace | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Natalie Pace

The best way to make Earth Hour last beyond Saturday is to apply one simple rule of thumb: Use Less of Everything. Jettison the waste hidden in your daily routine. This is great for you personally and for our planet.

Chinese Water Management: Supply, Demand, and a Changing Climate

Peter Neill | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

If you accept that water is the most valuable commodity on earth, then there is no financial argument against its production at whatever cost. Hopefully the world, regardless of national aspiration, political ideology, and systems of governance, will come to that conclusion in time to assuage our thirst for survival.

No Need to Sacrifice the Planet's Arteries to Save Her Lungs

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The People's Climate March will hopefully set some official pants on fire and speed up the capitalization of the new fund. At the same time, we need to be vigilant that the powers that be don't abuse the GCF as honey pots from which they can fund business-as-usual or outright destructive projects.

An Ontario-Quebec Power Pact Would Have a Win-win Outcome

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Ontario wouldn't be the only winner from an inter-provincial power deal. Quebec has an abundance of power to offer, but it also urgently needs to find new markets.