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Historic US-China Climate Deal Is a Sign of Clean Energy’s Growing Political Strength

President Obama was supposed to be focusing on trade during his trip to Asia this week. No one expected him to pull off a landmark climate deal.<p>After …

Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende?

Germany has put itself on the world map in the past decade as an early adopter of energy generation from renewable sources. In 2013, 25% of the …

Germany continues to lead the way on renewable energy

Germany sees a major shift in its energy structure thanks to solar and wind power<p>Of all the countries that have shown interest in renewable energy, …

'We Are Running Out of Time': CO2 Rises by Largest Amount in 30 Years

The concentration of carbon dioxide — the most important long-lived global warming pollutant — in 2013 rose by the largest amount in 30 years, …

How Australia Perfected Solar Power and Then Went Back to Coal

In the 1980s Australia led the world in solar technology. Fast-forward to 2014, and one of the country's largest solar farms has been canned. So what happened?<p><i>All images courtesy of the Clean Energy Council</i><p>There was a time in the 1980s when Australia led the world in solar technology. To begin …

The world's largest solar thermal power plant is incinerating thousands of local birds

A common sight in the sky above the world's largest solar thermal power plant is a "streamer," a small plume of smoke that occurs without warning. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the source of the smoke is a bird that has inadvertently strayed into the white-hot heat above the plant's many …

Yukon Expedition: The Forgotten Carbon Sink

Changing Planet<p><i>Katherine Lininger and Micah Nelson are investigating how much carbon is stored in floodplains in the central Yukon River basin in interior Alaska. They and their colleagues just got back from spending five weeks in the field on two different river trips.</i><p><b>By Katherine Lininger and</b> …

Tiny Ants Might Be Helping Cool Earth's Climate

Ants may be some of Earth's most powerful biological climate brokers, a provocative new study claims.<p>The average ant lives and dies in less than a …

Construction industry preparing for climate change

Architects, builders are urged to be both 'optimists' and "realists' when designing for climate change.<p>There’s little question many architects and …

Construction Industry

Driven by Climate Change, Algae Blooms Behind Ohio Water Scare Are New Normal

Climate change and increased runoff are triggering more potentially toxic blooms.<p>The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that provoked last weekend's tap water ban in Toledo, Ohio—where nearly half a million people were told not to use water for drinking, cooking, or bathing—is a preview of similar …

How Should Cities Measure Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions? | Smart Cities Dive

The World Resources Institute, C40 Cities and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, have published their second version of the <b>Global</b> …

Delaying climate action will carry heavy economic cost, White House warned

The White House has warned that delaying action on climate change would carry a heavy price, racking up an additional 40% in economic losses from climate impacts and other costs over the course of 10 years.<p>White House officials said the stark finding from the president's council of economic …

Indian Companies Launch Interest-Free Loans For Solar Power Products

<b>Published on</b> July 31st, 2014 | <i>by Mridul Chadha</i><p>3<p>July 31st, 2014 by <b>Mridul Chadha</b><p>Indian private sector companies are warming up to the idea of rural …

How Much Money Will California Solar Customers Save With Net Metering?

Last October, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 327, which requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make …

7 plants that could save the world

Plants feed us, clothe us, shelter us, heal us, and unendingly inspire us with their everyday miracles. But, in many ways, despite the technological …

These Maps Show How Big Data Can Fight Climate Change

New maps released Tuesday illustrate the toll climate change and pollution are taking on several communities in Los Angeles, many of the same areas …

This Electric Bicycle Could Be The Future Of Transportation

The bike wasn't just moving, it was <i>pushing</i>, adding extra propulsion to my own pedaling, giving me a boost with every revolution of the pedals. Faster than expected, I reached the end of a quiet block leaning into a corner. I took a straightaway for a few blocks and pushed 20 miles an hour without …

Electric Bikes

The U.S Has More Solar Workers Than Coal Miners

<b>Published on</b> July 22nd, 2014 | <i>by Christopher DeMorro</i><p>46<p>July 22nd, 2014 by <b>Christopher DeMorro</b><p>Though solar power is still far from surpassing coal as …

Will the micro-grid put major power companies out of business?

For the last century, the power created by large power generators (hydro, nuclear, coal and gas) has been brought to consumers via a grid comprised of transmission lines and cables with varying voltages. The system was like a waterfall – with electricity flowing in just one direction, from lines of …

Amory Lovins’ high-tech home skimps on energy but not on comfort

For most of its history, environmentalism has been associated with a back-to-the-land lifestyle: being one with nature, living in the woods, wearing …

Solar Panel-Carrying Donkeys Are Bringing Energy to Remote Turkish Nomads

How are you meant to charge your phone regularly or stay up to date on global events if you live in the middle of nowhere? Well, in parts of Turkey, …

Tropical Fish Cause Trouble as Climate Change Drives Them Toward the Poles

Newly arrived species mow down vegetation and upend local communities.<p>Marine ecologist Adriana Vergés emerged from a scuba dive in Tosa Bay off the coast of southern Japan last week and was amazed at what she'd seen: A once lush kelp forest had been stripped bare and replaced by coral.<p>The bay is …

Is it harmful to burn my rubbish?

Just 15 years ago 90% of all our waste was slung into landfill dumps. This was an ignominious legacy of our mining heritage: dig pit, extract mineral, fill remaining hole with rubbish. Out of sight, out of mind. This meant we were late to embrace the joys of recycling. We recycled 43.2% of our …

공든 정책 무너질라… '최경환 속앓이' 환경부 - 머니투데이 뉴스

최경환 경제부총리 겸 기획재정부 장관은 본인의 부인에도 불구하고 박근혜정부 '최고 실세'로 통한다. 이런 최 부총리의 강력한 '경제 살리기 드라이브'에 남모르게 속앓이를 하고 있는 부처가 있다. 환경부가 바로 그 주인공이다.<p>환경부의 속앓이는 최 부총리의 내정과 함께 시작했다. 친시장·친기업적 성향이 뚜렷한 최 부총리가 '경제사령탑'을 맡으면서 온실가스 배출권거래제, 저탄소차 협력금제도 등 환경부가 공 들인 각종 환경정책이 줄줄이 '좌초' 위기에 처했기 때문이다.<p>최 부총리 취임 후 1주일이 지난 요즘 '혹시나 했던' 환경부의 우려는 …

Rule for Regulating Existing Power Plants under Fire

Changing Planet<p>U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on “EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants.” Debate about the proposed rule to regulate carbon …