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Ecopolis Iowa City: Community Forum Launches Regenerative City Initiative

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A broad range of community members in Iowa City, Iowa kicked off the "Ecopolis Forum" today, a groundbreaking series of monthly winter conversations on creating the first regenerative city of the arts, food, renewable energy, and commerce in the heartland.

When It Comes to Clean Energy, What's Wrong With Florida?

Bob Keefe | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

Instead of lagging behind relatively little states like Massachusetts, Florida ought to be neck-in-neck with big Sunbelt states like California, Arizona and Nevada when it comes to deploying solar energy.

A New School Philosophy

Thomas P. Kimbis | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Thomas P. Kimbis

Abraham Lincoln once said, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." In that case, the next generation of policymakers in Washington will be well schooled in solar energy.

Indian Supreme Court Rebuffs Coal Lobby Arguments

Bob Burton | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Bob Burton

While the Supreme Court heard and rejected the industry's arguments on two occasions, many of the same claims are being advanced once more in an effort to shape the Indian government's response to the court's decision.

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.

Oil Crashing in the Same Car?

J. L. Morin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
J. L. Morin

Most media attribute oil price slumps to oversupply from US fracking, omitting the fact that governments are discussing whether oil companies will be allowed to extract all the fossil fuel they've already priced into their stocks.

UN Climate Summit Approaches, as Evidence Against UNnatural Gas Rises

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

The U.S is hedging its bets with the lesser of fossil fuel evils -- natural gas -- as a way to avoid the calamity of climate change. But is this gas really the answer to run away carbon emissions, polar ice caps disappearing and extreme weather woes?

Labor of Love: How My Small WV Town Launched a Game-Changing New Model to Go Solar

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, my small town in West Virginia cut the ribbon on a solar project that isn't just the largest crowd-funded solar project in the state, but a...

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Financing Can Finally Eliminate the Kerosene Lamp

Victoria Arch | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology
Victoria Arch

Today in Africa over 600 million people live without access to electricity; that's between 60 - 65% of the continent's population. To meet basic energ...

'Alarming' Rate Of Bird Deaths At New Solar Plants

AP | ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's co...

Where Divesting From Fossil Fuels Was Born

Wade Norris | Posted 10.12.2014 | Denver
Wade Norris

Thanks to John Powers for being the visionary for the Alliance Center and to all the people who are part of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado for helping navigate the way in which we plan our Renewable energy future.

Now Is America's Moment to Assert Itself as a Solar Superpower

Brad Mattson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Brad Mattson

With the current domestic natural gas boom serving as a bridge to this solar future, the United States has a chance to claim its role as a "solar superpower." But we must first recognize the need for a course correction in our industrial policy.

What Can a Single Flashlight Do

Anna Sidana | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Anna Sidana

The child itself is full of wonder and amazement at what the world has to offer. Hopeful even in the remotest areas of the world with the minimum of worldly possessions. There is a spark in the child's eyes and a will to survive.

Solving Solar's Shade Problem

Mother Nature Network | Sami Grover | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. It's fairly obvious to most of us that solar panels aren't a great investment on a shady r...

Are You Ready for a Coal Town Turnaround?

Rocky Kistner | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Rocky Kistner

In West Virginia's largest newspaper this week, journalist Ken Ward Jr., a veteran chronicler of the coalfields, spotlights poll numbers that might surprise the politicians in his state -- most of whom are already bemoaning President Obama's new carbon pollution standards as a "war on coal."

Why and How Fossil Fuel and Utility Interests Are Attacking Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Why would Koch Industries and other fossil fuel interests want to make clean energy seem expensive? Because they have a financial interest in squashing that market.

Obama's Southern Power Play

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.27.2014 | 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.

Solar Freakin' Roadways Electrify Clean Energy Generation (Video)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.29.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the once far-fetched idea of "solar roadways" gains a huge convoy of supporters -- from the US Department of Transportation to Google to the Times of India to even Fox News -- a new video aimed at the millennial generation is set to go viral again, according to clean energy advocates.

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.

How Large-Scale Solar Power Can Reduce Pressure On Farm Land

Mother Nature Network | Sami Grover | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. Solar power has been growing like crazy in recent years, particularly in terms of utility-...

How Japan Replaced Half Its Nuclear Capacity With Efficiency

Justin Guay | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago in March 2011, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. But miraculously, or seemingly so, in just a few short weeks Japan managed to avert the rolling power cuts that many believed inevitable.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar

Justin Guay | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access ...

Utility Interests Push Protectionism in the State of Washington

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently released a model resolution calling for the weakening of solar net metering policies that threaten the traditional utility industry business model.

Utility-Backed Anti-Solar Bill On The Move in Kansas Statehouse

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

As it was introduced, HB 2458 would have ended net metering, and the amended bill would also gut the program in favor of a pro-utility industry policy.