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The Renewable Revolution

Michael T. Klare | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels.

Let's Talk About Solar Power and Equity

Jorge Madrid | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
Jorge Madrid

We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power (large-scale and rooftop) can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need to talk about "all the good things, and the bad things, that may be."

Tanzania's President Kikwete Promises One Million Solar Homes

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 02.20.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

India's Prime Minister Modi is dreaming big on solar, aiming to use this clean resource to bring electricity to the 300 million Indians currently living without it. Ambitious as that is, it turns out he's not the only national leader turning to solar to power development.

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

An innovative American company called All Power Labs has a creative approach to tackling the challenge of energy poverty, one that has turned existing ideas about development aid and manufacturing jobs on their head.

Lima Climate Negotiations Ignore the Largest Energy Issue Facing Developing Countries: Access

Gemma Hume | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Gemma Hume

Millions more who become sick with perfectly treatable conditions have no hope of recovery because their hospitals don't have access to electricity. There are no incubators, no life-saving equipment and no refrigeration to store essential vaccines.

Trending in 2015: Cut the Cord

Terry Tamminen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Change doesn't always happen swiftly or smoothly, but in a world where people want more control over their entertainment, communication, and transportation, utilities that rely on operating a grid for profits may want to think differently.

Fusion Energy: Hope or Hype?

David H. Bailey | Posted 12.23.2014 | Science
David H. Bailey

It was with great interest that we read this week of two claimed breakthroughs in the area of fusion energy, by the U.S. aerospace company Lockheed Martin and a separate team of Italian and Swedish scientists. We will continue to monitor both of these developments.

Will Offshore Wind Pick up the Speed?

Swara Salih | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Swara Salih

Conventional wind facilities on land, while essential for the renewable energy sector, are troubled by the intermittency of wind strength. But offshore wind facilities could offer an efficient means of drawing a highly abundant source of energy.

An Overlooked Health Challenge -- And Opportunity

Kathy Calvin | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

The way we now use energy in the world -- burning fossil fuels like coal and oil -- is causing our climate to change in ways that are disproportionately hurting the poorest, many of whom are women and children.

Energy On-Demand: The Challenges for Sustainable Energy

Jason Haraldsen | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Jason Haraldsen

Since our energy demands are ever increasing, it is unlikely that current alternative energy sources are going to take over as a majority, and that is the problem. That is the energy crisis.

Climate Change Advocate Goes Rogue!

James A. Cusumano, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
James A. Cusumano, Ph.D.

Dr. James Hansen, a leading world expert on climate change, has brought me great disappointment. On Nov. 3, 2013, Dr. Hansen decided to support the construction of large numbers of nuclear plants as a way to save the day for climate change.

Print or Digital: It All Has Environmental Impact

Omega Institute | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Omega Institute

Are you reading fewer than 100 books on your e-reader before upgrading? Do you read the news more than 10 minutes each day? If so, the printed pa...

Hawaii's Test Case for Solar Grid Penetration

Scott Cooney | Posted 04.23.2014 | Hawaii
Scott Cooney

Two years ago, the state of Hawaii made history in the U.S. by becoming the first place where solar reached, and then exceeded grid parity with dirtier sources of energy.

Light Our World Through Science and Testing

Jeff Smidt | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
Jeff Smidt

More efficient technologies are now at the point in performance and price that they could replace the incandescent light bulb with minimal disruption.

This State Has A Third Of The Nation's Solar Jobs

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green

California is home to nearly one-third of the nation’s solar industry jobs, with almost five times the number as any other state, according to a rep...

How Do You Recycle a Solar Panel?

Hamza Tahiri | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Hamza Tahiri

When early-generation green technology is replaced, much of it now finds its way into landfill or incinerators.

Why Wind Is Providing Hope, Opportunity and a Healthier Environment

Sam Branson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Sam Branson

Upwards of 1.3 billion people across the globe currently lack access to affordable and reliable electricity. Something we take for granted is missing from their lives, with dramatic consequences for human health, education, and economic well-being.

The Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Ambassadors

Kehkashan Basu | Posted 12.16.2013 | Teen
Kehkashan Basu

The decisions that all of us make today will definitely impact and decide what the world looks like in the future. A sustainable future can be realized only if the three dimensions of sustainable development work and grow in harmony.

Responding to Killer Gas

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

What's a President to do when confronted with killer gas? But let's say that the gas in question threatens the President's own country and that Tomahawk missiles are utterly irrelevant. I refer not to poison gas released in a Damascus suburb, but to greenhouse gases.

Clean Energy, Safer Rivers, More Fish

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.15.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

For an environmental organization, working with major companies is complicated territory. Some critics view these alliances as consorting with the ene...

Three Reasons Why Plug-in Cars Are Here to Stay

Russ Blinch | Posted 09.25.2013 | Green
Russ Blinch

There has been a lot of hype and derision about the dawn of the plug-in car. But it's obvious the electric vehicle, or EV, has taken a big right turn onto the broad freeway of acceptance.

Turning Heat Into Power in America's Heartland

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 09.23.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

As consumers, it's hard to imagine paying for 10 gallons of gas and being able to use only three. But that's exactly what our local businesses are experiencing as they pay their utility bills.

Renewable Energy Vital for Myanmar's Development

Simon Henschel | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Simon Henschel

How will Myanmar be able to increase its electrification rates in a way that can first catch up and then keep pace with the country's rapid development?

Latinos Agree: Time for President Obama to Cut Carbon Pollution From Power Plants

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 07.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Adrianna Quintero

Climate change -- and the hotter temperatures that come with it -- only make smog worse. For children, the elderly, outdoor workers, and those without health insurance in the Hispanic community, these conditions can be deadly.

Stephen Hawking's Lame Argument for Space Exploration

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.18.2013 | Science
Marco Cáceres

The argument goes, "We've done such a crappy job of caring for our planet that we really do need to look for another place to live." I suppose that's what bugs me about Mr. Hawking's call for more public money for space exploration. It's the rationale.