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Vermont: The Little State That Could?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

I am fortunate to live in the tiny state of Vermont, a state that has boldly led the way on so many issues it's hard to list them all. We were the fir...

Trees Are Our Climate Saviors - So Stop Logging on Public Land

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

A 2012 study by 50 scientists and policy experts from around the world estimates that climate disruption kills nearly 1,000 children every day. Trees are our climate saviors, and it takes decades or centuries -- time we don't have -- to recover from the mistake of cutting them down.

Where's the Lorax When We Need Him?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Decisions, decisions! So many options. What shall we do with all the trees?

Innovation Earth: Reinventing The Wheel... Er, Tire

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

If there's one prediction I can make about our future world, it is this: There will be a lot of tires. The latest forecast puts 1.7 billion cars on ...

Scientists Urge EU To Rethink Burning Southern US Forests To Fight Climate Change

Robert J. Cabin | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
Robert J. Cabin

A group of over 60 US scientists recently sent a letter to EU decision makers urging them to take swift action to "develop and adopt sustainability criteria and carbon accounting requirements to ensure adequate protections for forests and the climate."

Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!

Rachel Smolker | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Cutting, burning, and clearing our forests and fields to supply massive quantities of plant materials to electric utilities and refineries appears ever more ludicrous and misguided. Think ancient Mayan civilization collapse.

Federal Court Affirms Science As Guide for How EPA Must Regulate Biomass Energy

Sasha Lyutse | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Sasha Lyutse

The decision once again made clear that not all bioenergy has the same carbon footprint -- and some increases climate-disrupting carbon pollution.

Forest Biomass Loses In Court Ruling

Posted 07.15.2013 | Green

From EarthTechling's Pete Danko: Conservation groups won a victory last week in the fight over the regulation of biomass energy production and the ...

Laugh or Cry? Obama's New Commitment on Climate Change

Rachel Smolker | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

What will our emboldened president offer up this time? Will it be more false solutions intended to create an impression of doing something while really just ensuring more profitable business opportunities for the 1 percent?

Takers and Makers in the Rain Forest

Carl Pope | Posted 02.25.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Can a tree tell the story of some forms of capitalism better than an economics lecture? Perhaps.

The Bio-massacre Marches On

Jeff Gibbs | Posted 01.13.2013 | Green
Jeff Gibbs

I am tired of being told in private that green groups are against biomass, only to find biomass plant after biomass plant subsidized in the name of green energy, and now disguised as "combined heat and power" or merely tossed into existing coal plants.

"25 x 25" is a Big Fat Bio-Massacre

Jeff Gibbs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jeff Gibbs

Far more than anyone suspects, Michigan Prop 3 is going to ramp up the dirtiest form of energy of all: biomass burning.

Fighting Climate Change and Air Pollution With One Swat

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

You may hear it called black carbon or even elemental carbon. Scientists getting technical will call it the "light-absorbing part of particles suspended in the atmosphere." Let's just keep it simple and call it soot.

Committing to the Future: For Cheetahs and Everyone Else, Too

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

The purpose of the Clinton Global Initiative is to help commitment makers like myself connect with potential partners and resources to make these big ideas into reality. Our goal is to create large landscapes that are healthy places for people, livestock and predators and prey.

Biomass Energy: Burning Bushes to Save Cheetahs

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

Expansion of the biomass fuel industry in Namibia addresses two problems that are rampant in Africa: poverty and the availability of electric power.

The Power of Ordinary Citizens: Using Science to Stop Logging

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

The desire to create jobs in rural areas also motivates logging. Forests on public lands are particularly tempting to loggers because they have been less cut over than forests on private lands.

'When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine'

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Renewable "green" energy will be the biggest industry in the history of humankind. Jay Warmke's When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine is a great way to learn all about it.

Is New Nuclear Energy Just Mission Impossible?

Terry Tamminen | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Many proponents of nuclear power are the same "let the market work" advocates in economics and politics today. If the market were allowed to function in this case, would any new nuclear power plants be built in America -- or existing ones re-licensed -- if Price-Anderson were repealed?

OOF! Scientists Calculate Weight Of Planet's Entire Population

Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 06/17/2012 08:57 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily Humanity could stand to lose a few p...

Is There a Clean Energy Standard in Our Future?

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.

South Carolina Launches New, 'Green' Power Plant

AP | JEFFREY COLLINS | Posted 05.13.2012 | Green

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. (AP) — Wood chips and old shredded tires could save the federal government around $1 billion over the next two decades, ac...

More Land For Biomass May Mean Less For World's Poor

Posted 12.05.2011 | Green

From EarthTechling's Lauren Craig: The food-versus-fuel debate has typically been used in reference to farmers in industrialized countries growing ...

Leading SC Conservation Group Joins Lawsuit Challenging EPA Exemption for Biomass Burners

Ryan Black | Posted 11.22.2011 | Green
Ryan Black

Recent scientific information indicates that burning biomass -- trees, for example -- can actually increase global warming pollution, even compared to fossil fuels.

Tanana -- Tiny City in Yukon Takes a Giant Renewable Step

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

In DC, our leaders are arguing over how much of our Alaskan wilderness we should open up for oil and gas extraction. In the meantime, some enterprising folks, with a lot less clout but a lot at stake, have decided to go their own renewable way.

EPA's Decision Not to Regulate Biomass Carbon Emissions Is Another 'Clean Energy' Smokescreen

Robert J. Cabin | Posted 09.19.2011 | Green
Robert J. Cabin

Calling it "renewable, homegrown power," the EPA just gave the green light to yet another destructive, unaccountable industry that unnecessarily threatens our climate, forests and health.