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What the President's Clean Power Plan Means for Wildlife

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

If we do not work now to curb the impacts of climate change on species, one in six wildlife species could face extinction in the next 75 years. This is an outcome that is simply unacceptable.

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Robert Stavins

With gasoline prices relatively low — and natural gas supplies holding down electricity prices, at least in the United States — there has never been a better time to introduce progressive climate policies in the form of carbon pricing. Unfortunately, none of us should hold our breath waiting for that to happen.

Is Vaclav Smil a Pessimist or Voice of Uncomfortable Truths?

Tracey Durning | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Tracey Durning

Is it pessimistic, really, to present an in-depth roadmap about where we've been before as a kind of context to potentially help us make smarter choices looking ahead, particularly as we stare down the barrel of an issue that has way more question marks than it does answers?

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim to Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

The reforms were wide-ranging and introduced a number of different topics, including improving efficiency in the power sector, assisting efforts to integrate renewable energy into the grid, and removing conflicting incentives in power generation, all changes that NRDC has been advocating for years.

Renewables Driving the Energy Transformation

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

Facing growing global crises, such as the devastating impacts of climate change, the degradation of our natural environment and failing financial systems, it is hard to deny that our old human story has failed us.

4 Ways Smart Utility Companies Can Join the Renewable Revolution (Rather than Opposing it and Ending Up as Road Kill)

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

Today's utility doesn't have to fail, and can even lower the long run costs to its customers. But if the leadership doesn't move quickly and aggressively to meet the challenges of the Renewable Revolution, the next CEO will, and he or she will be there soon.

5 Reasons Utility Companies Hate Renewables

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

Utilities have thrived over the last sixty five years by building bigger and bigger power plants, based on the reasonable principle that there are economies of scale in bigness, and fuel costs were trivial.

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 Billion Every Year by 2020

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

The health, economic and job benefits of capping coal consumption by greatly expanding renewable energy and energy efficiency are clear, and China is currently making strong efforts to speed up its clean energy transition.

6 Facts About the Impending Renewable Energy Revolution

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

There is good news about renewable energy, and it matters to all electricity consumers -- which means all of us. So why am I qualified to share these facts with you?

'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...

With 'Megadroughts' in the Future, We Need More Renewable Energy Today

Craig Lewis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Craig Lewis

Rising carbon emissions may lead to unprecedented "megadroughts" in the United States later this century, according to a recent NASA report. And these droughts could impact our lights as much as our lawns.

Is This a Blip or a Tip in Humanity's Onslaught on the Climate?

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

For the first time in 40 years, global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector did not increase. During 2014, the global economy grew by 3 percent but emissions remained at 2013 levels.

Playing Ostrich to Climate, One Utility Reinvests in Coal -- And One Thing You Can Do About It

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Anne Butterfield

Carbon dioxide emissions cannot be ignored! The truest environmental value would be to ditch these two coal plants altogether.

Halting Fracking in California: The Time Is Now

Michael Green | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Michael Green

Governor Brown is taking important steps to reduce the demand for fossil fuels. But that's only half of the equation. California also must urgently tackle the supply side, by committing now to keeping the critical carbon reserves of the state in the ground.

A Slew Of Green Energy Progress Could Be Made During Obama's Visit To India

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2015 | Green

By Arshad Mohammed GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11 (Reuters) - There could be progress on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power...

Energy Storage: Saving The Environment And Grid This Holiday Season

Mark M. MacCracken | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Mark M. MacCracken

It's the most wonderful time of the year, which means that New York's most iconic Christmas tree is lit, the rink at Rockefeller Center is busy and the Rockettes are performing. However, few realize the amount of energy that is required to keep building occupants and the tourists walking through the New York sites comfortable and happy.

A Carbon Neutral Future Starts With Smart Energy Policy Today

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Too many people -- and way too many members of Congress -- can't seem to come to terms with this simple fact: no energy source or technology can succeed without a helping hand from Uncle Sam.

The "Circular" Economy - What it Is, and Why it Is Important

John Friedman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
John Friedman

Let's assume you're traveling at a set speed on a very, very long road, but one that does have an end. Assuming nothing else changes, you will eventually get to the end of the road. At that point, there is nowhere else to go.

Nuclear Teetering on the Economic Precipice

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Nuclear is one of the most potent tools we have in our battle to clean the air and arrest or ameliorate climate change over time. But many nuclear plants are in danger of being closed.

Just How Green Will Electricity Production Be In 2050?

Climate Central | Bobby Magill | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Climate Central. Clues to the United States’ energy future are everywhere, if you know where to look. By 205...

Fossil Fuel's New Strategy - Will It Work?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Carol Pierson Holding

The Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) just released an analysis of the "Financial Impact of the Coming Low-Carbon Transition," which computed the pote...

Fracking's Unexpected Benefit: U.S. Manufacturing Oversight, Accountability

Sridhar Kota | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Sridhar Kota

If the U.S. is to reap the maximum benefits from the development of this resource, whether in manufacturing or in the quality of life of its citizens, it needs coherent federal strategies and partnerships that will build public appreciation of the impacts in all dimensions, and at global, national and local scales.

Indian Supreme Court Rebuffs Coal Lobby Arguments

Bob Burton | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Bob Burton

While the Supreme Court heard and rejected the industry's arguments on two occasions, many of the same claims are being advanced once more in an effort to shape the Indian government's response to the court's decision.

Wind Turbine Syndrome? Courts Aren't Buying It

Climate Central | John Upton | Posted 08.21.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Climate Central. To wind farm opponents, wind turbine syndrome is a manifold malady triggered by acoustic pulses ...

Global Nuclear Power Supply At Lowest Level Since 1980s

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) - Atomic power's share of global electricity supply is at the lowest level since the 1980s...