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China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its carbon emissions.

Utilities' Anti-Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked

Gabe Elsner | Posted 03.19.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Utilities make their money by building big, new infrastructure projects and then sending ratepayers the bill. This is exactly why utilities want to eliminate policies that encourage homeowners and businesses to go solar.

Breakfast at the Yale Club... Wake up Call to Impact Investing

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

There have been other attempts and there will be more. Online platforms are the future of our highly intelligent and networked world.

Green Industrial Revolution

Woodrow Clark | Posted 03.03.2015 | Business
Woodrow Clark

For three decades, I have been describing what is a major, perhaps a megatrend change in energy systems and their economics that impacts communities around the world.

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 03.19.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Contrary to grumbling in the U.S. Congress about the strength, or even existence, of China's climate commitments, it's clear that China's efforts to cut its coal consumption and carbon emissions are not only real but already producing results.

Moonshots - A Call to Action to Meet the World's Greatest Challenges

Jack Hidary | Posted 02.18.2015 | Technology
Jack Hidary

As a species, we face a range of challenges that pose threats to our survival. When we analyze the fall of major civilizations of the past it was not war but more often environmental and resource implosion which did them in.

Time for Beyond the Grid Clean Energy to Demand The Investment It Deserves

Daniel Tomlinson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Daniel Tomlinson

Development banks need to step up and take distributed power investing seriously. I'd argue it's the only way they can actually hope to achieve their 2030 goals of resolving energy poverty.

The 7 Terms All Solar-Curious Homeowners Need To Know

Jake Rozmaryn | Posted 02.09.2015 | HuffPost Home
Jake Rozmaryn

You are a homeowner and you're interested in solar power because it can help save money on utility bills and power your home with renewable energy. But you don't understand how the varying solar financing terms work. Financing terms can be confusing, but they don't have to be.

To Solar Carport or Not to Solar Carport, That Is the (or at Least a) Question

A. Siegel | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

Most people think, and most analysis occurs, in a stove-piped fashion -- thinking of issues in channels of problem and solution without consideration of second- and third-order effects. Such narrow and constrained thinking often fosters (not just far from optimal but) simply bad decisions. Thinking about solar carports provides a window on this issue.

Impact Investor Global Partnerships Invests in Solar to Connect the Poor With Light

Lorainne Lopez | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Lorainne Lopez

To this day, an estimated 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. That is over a billion people who struggle to refrigerate their food and medicine, study at night to further their education, or charge their mobile phones.

Ecopolis Iowa City: As State Leads in Wind, Can Iowa City Become 'City of Solar'

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Less than 15 miles from Iowa City, in fact, the extraordinary work of general manager Warren McKenna and the Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) has won international acclaim for its role as a national model for solar financing and development.

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Electricity: The Stuff of Dreams

Robert A. Freling | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Robert A. Freling

Several promising vaccines for Ebola could become available in the coming months. But how will these vaccines be stored at their required temperatures in parts of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone where electricity supply is limited or non-existent?

Military, Private Sector Are Close Partners in Securing America's Clean Energy Future

Nicole Lederer | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Nicole Lederer

The military has ambitious energy goals - like the Navy sourcing 50 percent of its on-shore energy from alternative sources by 2020, or the Army and Air Force each aiming to have 1 GW of renewable energy installed on their bases by 2025. To realize those goals, it's going to take significant resources and planning from the public and private sectors.

2014: A Year in Review on Climate and Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Many people see trade rules as distant, something to leave to the economists, unrelated to the greatest environmental challenge of our time: climate disruption. Take a look at some of the major happenings on trade in 2014 and you'll see, however, that trade rules and climate disruption are integrally linked.

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.

Ecopolis Iowa City: Community Forum Launches Regenerative City Initiative

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A broad range of community members in Iowa City, Iowa kicked off the "Ecopolis Forum" today, a groundbreaking series of monthly winter conversations on creating the first regenerative city of the arts, food, renewable energy, and commerce in the heartland.

When It Comes to Clean Energy, What's Wrong With Florida?

Bob Keefe | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

Instead of lagging behind relatively little states like Massachusetts, Florida ought to be neck-in-neck with big Sunbelt states like California, Arizona and Nevada when it comes to deploying solar energy.

A New School Philosophy

Thomas P. Kimbis | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Thomas P. Kimbis

Abraham Lincoln once said, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." In that case, the next generation of policymakers in Washington will be well schooled in solar energy.

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.

Rays of Hope in California

Lisa Bennett | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Lisa Bennett

Living in California is one of these hopeful things for me because even as we experience a serious drought (widely thought to be, at least in part, a result of global warming) we also are the nation's leader in the most essential climate solution: the transition to renewable energy.

Oil Crashing in the Same Car?

J. L. Morin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
J. L. Morin

Most media attribute oil price slumps to oversupply from US fracking, omitting the fact that governments are discussing whether oil companies will be allowed to extract all the fossil fuel they've already priced into their stocks.

UN Climate Summit Approaches, as Evidence Against UNnatural Gas Rises

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

The U.S is hedging its bets with the lesser of fossil fuel evils -- natural gas -- as a way to avoid the calamity of climate change. But is this gas really the answer to run away carbon emissions, polar ice caps disappearing and extreme weather woes?

Labor of Love: How My Small WV Town Launched a Game-Changing New Model to Go Solar

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, my small town in West Virginia cut the ribbon on a solar project that isn't just the largest crowd-funded solar project in the state, but a...

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Financing Can Finally Eliminate the Kerosene Lamp

Victoria Arch | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology
Victoria Arch

Today in Africa over 600 million people live without access to electricity; that's between 60 - 65% of the continent's population. To meet basic energ...