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Nuke Plant Facing Shutdown to Protect Fish

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 07.22.2014 | New York
Roger Witherspoon

New York State is prepared to close 40 years of intermittent and costly legal wrangling over the annual destruction of billions of fish by the twin Indian Point nuclear power plants in the productive Hudson River estuary if the plant agrees to shut down during peak spawning and hatching seasons for the river's major fish populations.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Rural Co-Ops See the Light on Renewable Energy -- Even if Industry Lobbyists Don't

Bob Keefe | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Bob Keefe

Rural electric co-ops got their start more than 70 years ago thanks to a smart piece of public policy -- the New Deal.

We Need a Marshall Plan for Clean Energy in the Caribbean

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Unlike an industrial powerhouse like Germany, for example, few Caribbean countries are in a position to fully exploit their renewable energy potential.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Why I am Rooting for Brasil

Mandeep Singh | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Brasil winning the World Cup could be a small moment of reconciliation for the nation's struggle, potentially helping to heal the wounds of what is lost.

The Emerging Clean Energy Edge

Carl Pope | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

For the first time, a large fraction of the world's fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy, with today's renewable technologies and prices. And virtually no further investments in fossil fuels make long-term economic sense.

Why Tiny Barbados Is Beating Us on the Road to Green Energy

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Are we to believe that a country which sent a man to the moon and created the Internet can't figure out how to integrate alternative power sources into the power grid?

The Clean Power Plan Means Changes for Coal, But Not the Ones You Might Expect

Karen Laughlin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Karen Laughlin

Under President Obama's recently announced Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed that states cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. Commenters on both sides of the aisle say this rule means big changes for the coal industry.

The Hot Air From EPA Climate Plan Critics

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Sen. Ed Markey

We've been the number one state in the nation for energy efficiency for three years in a row. And we'll soon be breaking ground on the first offshore wind farm in the county. So what were those catastrophic effects from all of these carbon-cutting clean energy actions?

Obama's New Carbon Emissions Rule: Drumroll, Please...

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Could it be that Obama's announcement is a step, albeit a huge one, that leads to the biggest step of them all -- a new international agreement on climate change? It's kind of a fife and drum question. It could be a pipe dream or it could be drumroll.

Bring Back the Night? Or Bring on the Light?

Meg Lowman | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Meg Lowman

While some countries are struggling to gain access to electricity, others are trying desperately to turn off the lights. Increasingly, we live in a world of "haves" and "have-nots" with regard to natural resources.

The Climate Post: Upcoming EPA Power Plant Rule Stirs Speculation

Tim Profeta | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is just days away from the release of its first-ever proposed rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions ...

Obama's Southern Power Play

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

President Obama gets to appoint the people to fill them. It's a rare opportunity to directly determine through presidential power of appointment how quickly America shifts to clean energy.

Feeling the Burn: How a Switch from Oil to Affordable Solar Can Electrify Africa

Erica Mackey | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Erica Mackey

This week, Off.Grid:Electric, a company which delivers clean energy to people in developing countries, was recognized with the 2014 Citi Ashden Award ...

Meeting NYC's Energy Needs Can't Come At Hudson Valley's Expense

Ned Sullivan | Posted 07.23.2014 | New York
Ned Sullivan

Does meeting New York City's demand for electricity have to come at the expense of the Hudson Valley?

Starved for Power, New Indian Government Translates 'Chicken in Every Pot' Into 'Solar on Every Roof'

A. Siegel | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
A. Siegel

For a relatively small cost, the new Indian government could take a huge leap forward in addressing energy poverty. That leap could provide a path forward to a radical change in India's energy future from carbon-heavy to carbon-light energy production.

The Future of Energy in Turkey

David Kroodsma | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

What does the future look like? Will emissions keep climbing? How can a country like Turkey keep increasing the wealth of its citizens, yet also cut greenhouse gases?

The Climate Post: Cross State Air Pollution Rule Reinstated by Supreme Court

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 ruling, upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rule to regulate pollution from coal-fired power plants that dri...

How to Engage People Through Giving

Karin Volo | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Karin Volo

Ten years ago, entrepreneur Stefan Krook had a dream... to start a company that would give all the profits to charity. At the time, it was a crazy ide...

Eight Energy-Saving Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Noah Horowitz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

Saving energy means power plants don't need to make as much electricity -- and that means less climate-warming pollution from the fossil fuels used to generate it.

Front Groups Spread Disinformation in Attempt to Freeze Ohio Cleantech Laws

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

These pro-clean technology policies are creating jobs and helping ratepayers -- it's a win-win for Ohio, just not for utility and fossil fuel interests that want to sell more dirty electricity.

Portable Power Everywhere

Shelly Palmer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Whether you're without power for an afternoon, a day or a week or you have to travel to a remote location where power is not available, solar-power charging panels could not be simpler to use. You literally just plug them in and the sun does the rest.