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Challenging (Crude) Convention

Daniel Davis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Daniel Davis

Instead of being on the dawn of a new age of plenty, a careful analysis of all available data indicates the probability of near to mid-term trouble even maintaining current levels of production, let alone eliminating the chasm between US production and consumption.

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

10 Reasons I'm Grateful for a Small(er) House

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

When Thom and I decided to right-size our living arrangement to nearly half the space that we had before, I honestly wasn't sure it would work. I agreed to try it as an"experiment" and wrote about the process in more detail.

Being Good Environmental Stewards, No Matter Where We Live

The Corps Network | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
The Corps Network

Davon Baynes, a Corpsmember with Civic Works Real Food Farm in Baltimore, MD - recently travelled to the Boulder White Cloud Mountains in Idaho. W...

An Open Letter to Bruce Rauner: New Clean Energy Policies = New Clean Energy Jobs for Illinois

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Addressing the Clean Power Plan is likely among one of the first big issues your administration will face, here are three things you can push for now to spur the state's energy economy and all the positive activity that brings.

10 Energy Saving Tips To Save Money On Your Electric Bill

Stephanie Snay | Posted 11.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Stephanie Snay

Do you suffer from sticker shock when you see your monthly electric bill? No matter what your financial situation looks like, paying bills is about as much fun as a root canal.

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

'Lighting Season' Has Begun: What Better Time to Buy an LED Bulb and Save Over $125?

Noah Horowitz | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

As the annual ritual of setting our clocks back approaches this weekend, we officially "fall back" into "lighting season" where the days get shorter and our lights stay on more hours per day. But because roughly two out of every three bulbs in America's light sockets are still the inefficient ones, we're spending billions more than we need to light our homes.

Doug Ose Was Dirty Then, Dirty Now; Bera Is Running Clean (CA-07)

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The incumbent is a freshman who is looking ahead to innovative, clean energy sources of the future. The challenger is a former congressman from a previous generation whose views on climate change and fossil energy are almost as old as the fuels themselves.

California Energy Strategists Push For 100% Clean Energy, Without Fossil Fuels Or Nuclear Power

John J. Berger | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
John J. Berger

If this game-changing goal is widely adopted by the environmental community and by a vanguard of public officials, it would put California climate policymakers and others under pressure to advance the state's already ambitious clean energy goals.

Is Climate Risk a New and Troubling Source of Systemic Risk?

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 10.24.2014 | Money
David W. Richardson, CFA

There are signs that environmental risks, particularly extreme weather and government regulations to reduce pollution, are becoming both more material but also systemic, with the potential to affect large swathes of investment portfolios.

Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even With Rebound?

Gernot Wagner | Posted 10.23.2014 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Energy inefficiency can't be good. That doesn't yet mean that efficiency alone is sufficient. Every economist worth his or her degree would conclude that we need a price on carbon or a similar instrument. Bonus fact: There's no direct rebound effect with pricing mechanisms.

This Is How America Will Reduce Pollution and Stamp Out Our Carbon Footprint

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The US can become carbon neutral in our lifetimes. In the process, we will put millions of Americans to work, make our companies more competitive, and shield our communities from extreme weather. And we will honor our obligation to leave the world a better place for future generations.

Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The EV Revolution Is Here! Takeaways: If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels, the output would be three times the US ...

8 Homes That Prove You Can Downsize Your Space Without Downsizing Your Style

Hometalk | Posted 10.15.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

While a big reno might not be in most people's budgets, small home dwellers can easily turn their tiny havens into the house of their dreams. Want proof? Check these darling dream houses out!

Honoring Our Gorgeous and Efficient Skyline: Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Awards

Henry Henderson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Tonight the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative is having its first awards ceremony, honoring one building and three building enginee...

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

New Vehicle Fuel Economy At Record High, Says EPA

AP | By TOM KRISHER | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green

DETROIT (AP) — Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but gains in fuel economy are slow...

Sustainable in Seattle: A Deal to Meter and Finance Energy Efficiency

David Bank | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
David Bank

We can get energy from improving technologies as we perform the same useful work more efficiently. Last week, the public utility in Seattle got the green light to buy and sell the energy from energy efficiency just like energy from any other source.

Buildings Hold the Key to New York's Climate Goals

Cliff Majersik | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Cliff Majersik

Mayor Bill de Blasio's commitment to reduce the City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 -- the level the United Nations projects is needed to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change -- further carves out New York City as a leader in climate action.

Rays of Hope in California

Lisa Bennett | Posted 10.02.2014 | 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.

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

The People's Climate March Is Over -- Now What?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The average American is responsible for about 21 tons of carbon emissions annually, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. If every American cut those emissions by 20 percent over the next year, it would be the equivalent of shutting down a third of the nation's 600 coal-fired power plants.

LEDs Are An Important Climate Change Solution

Diane MacEachern | Posted 09.24.2014 | Technology
Diane MacEachern

With 70 percent of U.S. light sockets still containing inefficient bulbs, the potential is huge for American consumers to find lighting options that save them energy, money and help protect the environment from climate change.