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The Silver Lining of Fracking -- How it Pullled the Rug Out From Under Big Oil

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

The disruptive innovation of fracking followed by the collapse in crude oil prices gives the world a surprise opportunity for investment in clean energy.

To Cut Emissions Faster, U.S. Should Ditch Tax Credit-Based Subsidies for Renewable Energy

The Conversation US | Posted 01.15.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Congress last month extended valuable tax credits to producers of electricity from wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels, a move that came as a relief to an industry that has experienced rapid growth in recent years.

Climate Change This Week: Climate Chaos, an Energy Revolution, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.11.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

One more reason to save forests: The David Bowie Hunter, a spider newly discovered in the Malaysian highlands in 2015. Forests house fascinating forms of life.

President Obama's State of the Union: Defining Issue, Defining Leadership

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

It's clear now, and will come into stronger focus as the country moves forward, that in spite of continuous opposition, President Obama has been hugely successful in working to cut carbon pollution and take real steps to fight climate change, all while growing the economy and creating tens of thousands of new jobs. And it's time for the Republicans to hop onboard.

10 Key Energy Trends To Watch for in 2016

Oilprice.com | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

Energy investors got clobbered in 2015, and are hoping for things to turn positive as we head into the New Year. What can we expect in 2016? Here is a rundown of some key trends to watch for.

Climate Change This Week: Record Hot Christmas, Cozy Cohousing, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.06.2016 | Green
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US Cohousing: A Growing Model For Sustainable Communities are villages that engage in more resource-sharing, efficient use of space, and affordability, and ultimately smart clean renewable energy use.

Climate Change This Week: Groundwater Feeds Sea Rise, Community Solar Rises, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.28.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Every day is Earth Day, folks. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future.

The Biggest Moments in Youth Activism at the UN Climate Negotiations

Aly Johnson-Kurts | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Aly Johnson-Kurts

The biggest moments in youth activism at the United Nations climate negotiations (COP21) were focused on limiting global temperature rise, supporting the efforts of the most vulnerable populations, and bringing domestic issues to the international arena.

Naomi Oreskes and Hypocrisy. Using the Same Tactics to Attack Nuclear Power That She Criticizes in Merchants of Doubt

David Ropeik | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

Naomi Oreskes is cherry-picking and distorting scientific evidence to cloud the public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political agenda.

American wind power sees long-term stability while hitting 70 GW milestone

Tom Kiernan | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business
Tom Kiernan

American wind power now has its longest policy certainty in decades just as it reaches new heights, surpassing 70 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity in the U.S. This can provide enough energy in one year to light up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for over 440,000 years.

We Spend $775 Billion on Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.21.2015 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

Stopping the investment of public tax dollars on fossil fuel subsidies is one of the first steps the U.S. needs to make in its green transition. When ExxonMobil is reporting $8.8 billion in quarterly profits, they can afford to take the hit.

After COP21, Cities (Not States) Will Lead the Way on Climate Action

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

I've just spent the last week in Paris covering the Paris Climate Talks, or COP21. The covering was productive; the COP itself, well, I suppose that d...

The Paris Agreement: The End of Fossil Fuels Is Near. But Where Is Justice?

Daniel Mittler | Posted 12.15.2015 | Green
Daniel Mittler

All in all, governments took us a step forward in Paris, especially on making it clear that fossil fuels will be history soon. But even if the Paris Agreement had met all our criteria, it would have only been one stop on the long road to climate justice.

Republicans Need to Stop Being Afraid of Climate Change

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) trotted out his "there's-been-no-warming-for-18-years" schtick during a Senate hearing and Retired Rear Admiral David Titley (a meteorologist and oceanographer) very patiently explained to him why he's mistaken.

Giving With One Hand and Taking With the Other: How Fossil Fuel Subsidies Undermine "Climate Finance" Fund Donations Pledged in Run-up to Paris UN Negotiation

Todd Eisenstadt | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Todd Eisenstadt

Let us congratulate nations like Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Morocco, which have ended fossil fuel subsidies, and hope the Paris agreement encourages other nations to phase in such policies, and to construct transparent and binding mechanisms of enforcing these and all Individual Nationally-Determined Commitments (INDCs).

Prior, Top Down Climate Negotiations Took a Lot of Heat: Will Process Gather Momentum via Paris 2015 "Bottom Up" Approach?

Todd Eisenstadt | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Todd Eisenstadt

PARIS - As the "high level" final negotiations escalate this week at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, pled...

The Candidates' Climate IQ

Terry Tamminen | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Regardless of one's political or economic views, or scientific understanding of the topic, a lot is at stake for the world's environment and its economy, so our next choice of President matters.

Here's What COP21 Can Do for the Climate in 3 Steps

Daniel Mittler | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Daniel Mittler

Governments must hear this call and make the climate negotiations demonstrate that human cooperation can solve our common problems. In order to do that, the Paris climate conference must be a starting point for faster and more decisive climate action. Here are three key criteria that governments must meet.

Bringing People to the Power

Aaron Bartley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Aaron Bartley

If today's energy markets are hazy, the long-term picture is less so. With the exigencies of climate change bearing down and the efficiencies of solar and other renewables rising, the world, to the dismay of Big Oil and Gas, is inching toward a renewable revolution.

Mark Z. Jacobson, Chris Nelder, Carl Pope and Damon Matthews Talk Germany's Energiewende

Loukia Papadopoulos | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Loukia Papadopoulos

Two years ago, director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University and staunch supporter of renewables Mark Z. Jacobson shared his op...

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.