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Wiggling Wind Power

XPRIZE | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

You've heard all the gripes about wind turbines: they're ugly, they're expensive to build and maintain, they make weird noises, and they kill birds. Might there be another way to capture the power of the wind without relying on traditional windmill designs that have their roots in the ninth century?

From Sea to Shining Sea, Sustainably

XPRIZE | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

A new study by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, and colleagues including U.C. Berkeley researcher Mark Delucchi, is the first to outline precisely how each of the 50 states can replace fossil fuel energy with clean and renewable energy within 35 years

Sustainable Real Estate: Environment and Cost Friendly

Toni Haber | Posted 05.29.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Increasingly real estate developers and residents are favoring sustainable real estate for not only their eco-friendliness, but also for their ability to cut down monthly electric bills.

Report: Wind Power Could Be Coming To All 50 States

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green

The United States might just be on the verge of a wind power revolution. Or, at least, the newest generation of wind turbines, featuring taller tow...

Building the Green Internet: A Joint Venture for Tech Companies and Activists

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Annie Leonard

The Internet needs a lot of electricity, and its footprint is only growing as more people around the world get connected. If the Internet is powered by renewable energy, then it can help usher in the clean-energy revolution we so desperately need to avoid catastrophic climate change. This is a major opportunity, and responsibility, for Internet companies to join activists in a crucial fight.

Eye of the Beholder

William S. Becker | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

Conservative members of the Nebraska State Senate staged a filibuster this week to block a bill that would have offered $75 million in tax credits for wind farm development over the next decade. One of the filibustering senators argued that wind turbines are an eyesore that should not be subsidized by government.

Tesla's Powerwall Is the Latest Step Toward Our Clean-Energy Future

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Vivek Wadhwa

What has been holding solar back so far has ostensibly been the cost of storage. Technologies such as batteries were prohibitively expensive, large and cumbersome. Residential solar installations needed to feed into the electric grid during the day and buy back energy during the night. This is a problem that Tesla has just fixed.

David Freeman

Chemists' Feat Hailed As Major Breakthrough

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Science

In what's being called a win-win for the environment and the production of renewable energy, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and ...

Bonding the Future: Green Bonds for a Greener Planet

Scott M. Stringer | Posted 06.20.2015 | New York
Scott M. Stringer

In New York City, our coastline, growing population and aging infrastructure put us on the front lines of the climate battle, which poses challenges to our future prosperity and quality of life.

The Renewable Revolution

Michael T. Klare | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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.