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Clean Energy Investment: Lower, but Looking Up

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Despite the decline in total investment, prices for renewable technologies continue to drop, making them increasingly competitive with conventional power sources.

A Better Way to Protect Our Ocean Ecosystems

Lee Crockett | Posted 04.03.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

t's time that decision-makers and federal fisheries managers pursue broader policy solutions that will not only help restore individual species but also promote healthy and robust marine ecosystems -- an approach known within scientific circles as ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Senate Efficiency Bill: A Good First Step

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Phyllis Cuttino

Last week, U.S. senators introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors. The bill would spur the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of the U.S. economy.

Industrial Farms Need a Prescription to Fight Superbugs

Laura Rogers | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green
Laura Rogers

It's hardly any wonder that nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics are sold for U.S. livestock every year, while only 7.7 million pounds are used to treat sick people. And if superbugs can spread from India to America, they can also make the much shorter trip from industrial farms into our kitchens and hospitals.

Congress Should Renew Clean Energy Tax Incentives in 2014

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Phyllis Cuttino

In short, our country is cleaner, more prosperous, and more secure as a result of increased use of clean energy resources. But the recent progress is clouded by uncertainty surrounding long-term policy.

The Bottom Line: Protecting Real Estate for Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

For businesses dependent on high foot traffic, location is everything. It's much the same out on the water, where finding the right spot can make all the difference for commercial and recreational fishermen alike.

Cities Turn to Streetcars

Stateline | Daniel C. Vock | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

The Bottom Line: Five Myths About Fishing

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

Few myths about the management of our nation's ocean resources are as pernicious as the allegation that the environmental community wants to "end fishing as we know it." This claim is simply untrue.

Promise Breakers: How Pew Trusts Is Helping to Gut Public Employee Pensions

Frying Pan News | Gary Cohn | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

The following story was reported by Frying Pan News as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration ...

The Bottom Line: Rebuilding Plans Work for U.S. Fisheries

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.13.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

The combination of these shortsighted approaches is likely to result in depleted fish populations and degraded marine ecosystems that will eventually be unable to support the fish that coastal communities depend on.

Still Waiting After All These Years

Laura Rogers | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

In 1977, Jimmy Carter was president. Elvis Presley was still in the building. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was rolling up its sleeves to start addressing the problem of antibiotic overuse on industrial farms. We cannot wait any longer.

The Bottom Line: Some Promising News for Bluefin Tuna

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

For western Atlantic bluefin, which use the Gulf of Mexico's waters as their only known spawning grounds, surface longlines are a serious problem.

The Bottom Line: Time to Protect Pacific Forage Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 10.23.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

Just as fishermen wouldn't leave the dock unprepared, the Pacific council can ensure that plenty of forage fish are left in the water to sustain thriving marine ecosystems.

A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

After several decades in laboratories and niche applications, clean energy technologies are primed for accelerated and widespread expansion in the global power sector.

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.

Why Tesla's Success Matters

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 08.17.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Tesla's repayment of a Department of Energy loan nine years ahead of schedule is welcome news and another indication that use of electric vehicles is growing -- both here and around the globe.

The Bottom Line: For New England's Fishing Fleet It's Déjà vu All Over Again

Lee Crockett | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

The tools to rein in overfishing and rebuild healthy populations have been there all along -- in the form of science-based catch limits required by the nation's top fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Federal R&D Can Spur Energy Innovation

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

How can Washington ensure that U.S. businesses are poised to be global clean energy leaders? The critical step is to make long-term investment in energy innovation.

The Bottom Line: Embracing Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.08.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

Although we've made remarkable progress toward ending overfishing and restoring depleted populations, we have been missing the bigger picture by focusing on individual species -- the marine version of missing the forest for the trees.

How Congress Can Expand Clean Energy Investment

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 07.03.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

By expanding the master limited partnership list to include solar, wind, geothermal, efficiency, and other clean energy and transmission technologies, renewable energy projects could access low-cost financing, thereby increasing investment and deployment.

The Bottom Line: Coming Together for Bluefin Tuna

Lee Crockett | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

It's not every day that fishermen and environmentalists agree. But in a significant move, the American Bluefin Tuna Association and the International ...

The Bottom Line: Food Fit for a King

Lee Crockett | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

If we want to maintain a vibrant and productive ecosystem, it makes sense to leave enough food in the water for other animals in the food web to consume.

Since When Did Megabanks Become Your Evil Step-Mother?

Adam Levin | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

Banks say transaction reordering is not simply a new way to squeeze profits from unsuspecting customers. They claim that by processing the largest transactions first, they're actually doing us a solid.

The Bottom Line: Changing Course for America's Oldest Fishery

Lee Crockett | Posted 05.04.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

Why are cod and many other species of groundfish, or bottom dwellers, struggling to recover? Decades of heavy fishing depleted their numbers and damaged the ocean ecosystem. These fish now face additional challenges from climate change as New England waters hit record high temperatures in 2012.

Energy Efficiency Means Security, Jobs and Competitiveness

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

A broad coalition of manufacturers, end users, and developers strongly support initiatives that help industry harness energy-efficiency opportunities. These are pragmatic solutions that help make U.S. industries more competitive globally and help reduce the toll of future natural disasters.