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Power and Water Utilities: An Unlikely Alliance

Peter Hanlon | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

If these barriers are overcome and municipal wastewater and electric utilities collaborate and coordinate their efforts, what's the potential?

Lucia Graves

Ernest Moniz's Clean Coal Record Draws Environmentalists' Ire | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.14.2013 | Green

When President Barack Obama tapped MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to be the next Secretary of Energy earlier this month, environmentalists were quick to r...

Can Artificial Trees Help Take Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Climatologists tell us that the climate change train has long since left the station, but perhaps it is not yet too late to prevent it from accelerating beyond our capacity to cope.

A Climate Rally at the Right Time

Frances Beinecke | Posted 04.17.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

President Obama underscored his commitment to fighting climate change in both his Inaugural Address and his State of the Union Address. Now he has two critical opportunities to turn those words into deeds.

A Roadmap for the U.S. Administration to Respond to the Climate Crisis

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 04.14.2013 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

It's up to national leaders across federal agencies to put us on a better and safer course. This will not be easy. But, it is abundantly clear that the longer we wait, the harder - and more expensive - it will be.

The Nation's Dirtiest Power Plants: Do You Live Near One?

Laura DiMugno | Posted 01.10.2013 | Green
Laura DiMugno

The good news is that the EPA is working to limit these harmful power-plant emissions and will impose stricter standards on toxic air pollutants. However, there is still work to be done.

Top Three Things We Urge Obama to Do to Curb Climate Change -- And Without Waiting for Congress

Frances Beinecke | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

When I first started working on climate change a decade ago, we spoke in terms of distant forecasts and long-range impacts. Now we simply look out the window to see what climate change can do to our communities.

Climate Change: President Obama's FDR Moment

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.20.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As we enter 2013, President Barack Obama faces a major challenge on how to address climate disruption. The nation -- and the world -- are looking to him for bold action and to see whether America will finally take the steps needed to address one of the biggest crises our planet has ever faced.

Clean Coal Turnabout?

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.28.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Okay, it's past Thanksgiving and the election is long over, but a series of ads I saw on television on election night keep playing in my mind. They were about the virtues of coal. Why would such ads stay with me? Let me explain.

Open Letter to the EPA: Top Three Must-Dos in Obama's Second Term

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

We all know about the fiscal cliff. Imagine there was an environmental cliff. If there was, here are three items that I think the EPA (and Congress) would need to move on.

The Clean Water Act at 40: What's Your Wish?

Marc Yaggi | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Marc Yaggi

The Clean Water Act turns 40 today. As many know, a 40th birthday can be a momentous occasion for some, an "it's all downhill" moment for others, and just another year for the indifferent.

Not a Hoax: Climate Change Shows Up in a Presidential Acceptance Speech

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.07.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

In his acceptance speech last night Obama seemed a bit short on specifics for what his second term would mean in the area of policy. His campaign's response to Science Debate's question on climate represents a similar approach.

Will the U.S. Face Blackouts as Electricity Generation Suffers in Drought?

John C.K. Daly | Posted 11.07.2012 | Green
John C.K. Daly

As consumers fret about the inevitable rise in food prices, the drought is unveiling another, darker threat to the American lifestyle, as it is now threatening electricity supplies. It's time for serious national discussion about renewable energy.

As the Climate Warms, U.S. Hits 120 Coal Plants Heading to Retirement

Bruce Nilles | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Bruce Nilles

Against this backdrop, Americans from all backgrounds are banding together to act. City by city and state by state, we are making progress. Americans are working together to phase out the dirtiest fuel -- coal -- and we continue to rack up victory after victory.

What Brings Americans Together? The Energy-Water Nexus (Really!)

Peter Hanlon | Posted 10.24.2012 | Green
Peter Hanlon

If suggesting that we upgrade the nation's energy system to reduce carbon emissions leads to partisan sniping, but investing in renewable energy to protect our water brings public agreement, it's a no-brainer about where the focus of the energy discussion must shift.

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.

Connecting the Dots on Climate Change

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

If we couldn't figure it out ourselves from the freak derecho storm that crippled the Washington area; from the devastating wildfires in Colorado; from the hottest January-June in U.S. history or one of the worst U.S. droughts ever, science once again has shown us the connections.

Latinos Nationwide Call for New Power Plant Rules to Curb Climate Change

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 08.27.2012 | Latino Voices
Adrianna Quintero

For many Latinos in these seriously impacted parts of the country and for many who work outside in the heat or live in areas that don't meet clean air rules and are struggling under healthcare costs, the risks of climate change are real.

Why This Election Matters: Romney and GOP Lawmakers Choose Polluters, Not Kids

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

That's right. Romney and Inhofe would rather let big polluters off the hook than protect our kids from a toxin that causes developmental delays and other serious conditions. So do the 46 Senators who voted on Wednesday to block the mercury and air toxin standards.

Adding Faces and Voices to the Fight to Cut Carbon Pollution

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 08.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Adrianna Quintero

Let's make sure polluters don't buy their way out of cleaning up their act. Add your voice today.

Pollution Ravages Low-Income Communities; Residents Speak Out

David Vognar | Posted 07.25.2012 | Green
David Vognar

With moments of compelling commentary, the EPA forum provided a pressing reminder that there are real victims of our choice to pollute or put up with pollution, and in many instances those victims are from low-income areas.

Is There a Clean Energy Standard in Our Future?

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.

Carbon Capture and Storage: A Fresh Look at Storage and Other Issues

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

New research concludes we've got space to store carbon, but other issues remain.

'Green News Report' - April 3, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Biden slams...

The Climate Post: EPA Makes Historic Announcement, First Greenhouse Gas Rule for New Power Plants

Jan Mazurek | Posted 05.29.2012 | Green
Jan Mazurek

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released long-awaited greenhouse gas rules for new power plants this week. Using the Clean Air Act, the...