Green Financing Handbook
NYC compiles a resource list of programs which offer financial support to businesses that want to go green and grow. Fine print
NYC compiles a resource list of programs which offer financial support to businesses that want to go green and grow. Fine print
Climate scientists discover that methane, especially when it interacts with aerosols, is a more potent GHG than previously understood. Learn more
What do recent cooler temperatures mean for climate science? WSJ
A geophysicist writes an open letter to Freakonomist Steve Levitt and relies on facts to make his case. The envelope please
The northeast could get 17,000 MW of new renewable power in 2-5 years. That's a plenty
A classic debate over cultivating social change: alter the institutions, innovate the technology, send different price signals or transform human behavior gets aired in a World Bank Study about taking action on climate change. Don't skip readers' comments. Dive in
When President Obama visits China next month, don't expect any two-party climate accords. Drop in
Federal smart power grid grants are just a first step along a road filled with challenges. Plug in
Australia's first solar powered auto race is underway. 38 teams are competing on an 1,880 mile course running from Darwin to Adelaide. Vroom!
The NYC Apollo Alliance releases a strategy for growing a green economy that creates prosperity for all. Follow the map
Public opinion polls in the US, UK and Australia detect a shrinking concern with climate change. What's going on?
How well are NY metro area cities and counties preparing for climate change impacts. Find out
As a New York labor leader says about labor's interest in climate friendly buildings, "I see a hundred years of work". Check out this new blue collar/green collar website. Join in
A major German maker of PV equipment to open a plant in Denver, Colorado and sees a growing US market. Sunny
Prius-maker Toyota is staying in the Chamber of Commerce and supports its opposition to climate legislation. Not Yes Men news
The Boxer-Kerry climate bill offers "small" oil refiners free emissions allowances, but big oil companies will have to pay. Stay tuned
By most measures, NYC is far-and-away the greenest, the most energy efficient city in the US, just not on purpose (says Sallan). Think
The National Journal asks for readers views on the Kerry-Boxer climate bill and how it might be changed. Read & react
Grist finds that the Kerry-Boxer climate bill would increase energy efficiency costs for industries subject to emissions cap rather than weaken overall efficiency standards. Got that?
This is one family's experience with getting solar PV installed on their roof. Who learned what?
In Guangzhou City, China the curved shape of a new high performance skyscraper will increase the electric power of its built-in wind turbines. What else!
A huge fraud by brokers who charged a VAT on carbon sales but failed to turn the tax over to governments dented but didn't destroy the EU's emissions trading markets. White collar green
High profile climate change-related law suits have captured the attention of the US oil industry. Peer in
The French nuclear utility EDF wants to double the number of atomic power plants in Britain. On your mark
The draft Environmental Impact Statement for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, which includes NYC's drinking watershed, discloses 260 chemicals used in the process. Dive in
English offshore wind farms could be getting Google and Microsoft as investors. Briny brains
Funds for clean energy projects in developing countries that relies on a mix of Kyoto's Clean Development Mechanism and private investments are drying up. Why?
Here's a bright idea! Increase the albedo effect of maritime clouds by spraying them with sea mist. Reflect solar heat away from the Earth's surface. Be dazzled
A federal court dismisses the climate change suit brought by a Native American tribal village against Exxon Mobil. Click for decision
To sum up eights years of Mayor Bloomberg's environmental record, the New York Times asked long-time activists what they think. Find your way
A new study weighs in on the hot debate over the economic impact of cutting CO2 concentrations back to 350 ppm. Jump in
An industry trade group calls for 40% cuts in global GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. Risk less
Total, a major North Sea oil and gas producer, says energy security will be harmed if the British government imposes a carbon tax. Drill down
Good news! State funding for energy efficiency programs is up and energy use is down, but is there a connection? Look into it
While rejecting caps on carbon emissions, India and China sign an agreement on grappling with climate change. Now what?
Chinese President Hu's message to President Obama is that climate cooperation could foster other bilateral ties, or it could be the other way around? Look into it
In contrast to the landmark public nuisance decision by the federal Second Circuit that found power plant GHG emissions were a public nuisance, a federal court in California ruled against a coastal town in Alaska that sued Exxon Mobil for creating a climate public nuisance. Decisions, decisions
California still ranks #1 as the country's most energy efficient state and New York's #5. And the other 48?
Although trading volumes and values in US carbon markets fluctuate, there's more competition with a new carbon venture on the way. Buy! Sell!
Vice President Biden issues a study on how home energy efficiency retrofits can combat climate change and grow good jobs. Municipal energy financing is a key recommendation. Fine print
Harvard scholars call for a portfolio of domestic climate targets if Copenhagen fails to produce a global agreement. Start here
If the Copenhagen meeting fails on a new climate treaty, investors in cutting GHG emissions will flee. Invest your time
New York's Public Service Commission okays a plan for Con Ed to reduce peak electricity use, cut emissions and save ratepayers money in one Brooklyn neighborhood. Plug in
GE denounces economic protectionist policy for green industry as a risk to climate protection. Enter here
LEED gives points for using FSC-certified wood, but now,other sustainable forest product groups want in. Touch wood
The Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee calls for passing legislation to regulate financial derivatives before acting on a climate change bill. Stay alert
An audit of the Energy Star appliance program finds unqualified products carry Energy Star efficiency labels. Dig down
Peek over the horizon at five emerging clean energy technologies. Start here
The EPA discloses documents from December 2007 revealing the agency knew GHG emissions pose a global threat and shoud be legally controlled. Catch up
A temporary, sustainable streetscape in St. Louis is such a hit that it could become permanent. Walk on by
Lovins slams Brand's position on nuclear power. Wham!
German industrial giant Siemens buys an Israeli solar thermal technology firm to add to its renewable power assets. Sold!
Governor Paterson wants to sweep $90 million in RGGI CO2 auction funds from energy efficiency programs into the State's general fund. How fungible!
A new study finds jobs in renewable energy and efficient buildings are good paying and lists the top 15 US metro areas for clean tech job growth. Work on it
With plans to build 12 new nuclear reactors by 2019, a joint venture project will more than double the country's fuel processing capacity. Plug in
Want to save the planet? Live in a city. Some urban attitude
A house that can float will go sale in New Orleans. Get on board
The idea of imposing taxes on imports from nations not party to a global climate treaty is opposed by the EU's environment minister. Enter here
Protecting a patch of Bolivian forest has not met CO2 cutting goals charges a Greenpeace report and concludes the plan is fundamentally flawed. Blow the whistle
Getting the federal Energy Department's budget through Congress is a case study in the ways of Washington. Take note
A smart Hawaiian resort will get smarter with its smart power grid. Another stimulus-backed project
Well, green walls at least. Get vertical
The last time atmospheric levels of CO2 were as high as today's readings, the Earth was a very different place. Start sweating
Experts and manufacturers call for efficiency standards for big heating and cooling equipment to be set by region rather than nationwide. Look into it
Three southwest electric transmission grids will be united to increase the efficiency of renewable power, but doubts remain about whether the linked grids will be profitable. Plug in
With just a few negotiating days until the Copenhagen climate meetings, progress on core issues seems scant. Get the latest
Qatar Airways launches its first commercial flight powered by a gas-to-liquid (GTL) mix. It uses less oil but doesn't emit less carbon than conventional jet fuel. Progess?
California imposes fees on carbon emissions in addition to its cap & trade program. They start at 15 cents a metric ton and goes down to 9 cents in 2014. Learn more
Columbia University launches a database on energy and green building legislation in New York's cities. Start searching
George Soros will invest $1 billion in clean energy tech ventures and give $100 million for climate advisory and watchdog work. No small thing
Governor Schwarzenegger vetoes two renewable energy bills, saying her prefers his own plan for California. WSJ
A new apartment development in Stanford CT, is energy efficient, near to mass transit or walk-to-work, and has 50 affordable units. Take a look
What, another essay on cap and trade v. carbon taxes? Yes
Attention apartment dwellers! Freddie Mac, public sector pension funds and private investors have created a $1 billion fund for making NY's older buildings energy efficient. Read on
Love it or loathe it, Waxman-Markey language about what to do with the value of free emissions allowances, made Congress' yes vote possible. Parse it
The EU wants 15 million buildings to be retrofitted for energy efficiency. Pretty in green
Negotiations over a new global climate treaty will exclude consideration of nuclear and large hydro-power as means to cut CO2 emissions. Stay tuned
Headlines focus on the departure of brand-name companies from the Chamber of Commerce over its stance on climate legislation, but what goes on inside the organization? Knock, knock
Alternate fuels? don't bother! Nuclear power? fuggedaboutit! Want to save the planet? opt for efficiency. Check it out
Google launches a program to get real-time home energy use data on computer or cell phone. Do-it-yourself
Kansas City, MO is taking a place-based approach by using federal stimulus funds to revive and green a hard times neighborhood. Green impact zone
Research points to the possibility that Arctic seawater will become so acidic in ten years, due to absorbing CO2 from the air, it will dissolve mussel shells. Gulp!
Norway says it will cut GHG emissions by 40% from 1990 levels and go carbon-neutral by 2030. Aim high
A report for NYC's environmental protection agency on drilling for natural gas in its drinking watershed finds "Numerous activities during all phases of natural gas development have the potential to contaminate groundwater or surface water supplies." Dive in
Scientists are failing to make climate change a public hot-button issue. Romm's alarmed
The largest commercial property owner in NYC installs energy sensors on the electric meters of big tenants to shed light on how to cut their utility bills. Plug in
Researchers see state level, utility ratepayer-funded energy efficiency efforts taking the lead over the next decade, while federal goals lag behind. Look ahead
A Malawian teenager saw wind power as the way to get lights and electric water pumps for his village in 2002. Now his village has five working turbines. Enlightening
The Senate climate bill includes a provision that would pave the way for cities to require hybrid and electric cabs. Step on it!
Deutsche Bank predicts the end of the Age of Oil, but not because supplies disappear. What's in store?
Designing a smart electric power grid that saves energy and saves consumers money is a work in progress. California's on it
USCAP, a coalition of major corporations and environmental groups, urges the Senate to pass a climate protection bill. Dear Harry
Not-Under-My-Backyard emerges in Germany as a means to oppose coal-burn power plants that plan to store CO2 underground. WSJ
Yale Environment 360
Yale Environment 360 tackles the question of what's Europe got that the US doesn't when it comes to living sustainably. Nancy Anderson weighs in with a comment. Join the discussion.
This isn't to excuse the U.S.' inexcusable inaction on a national scale. Passing a federal climate law, warts and all, would be a very good thing as would contributing to the next international climate treaty. Will these things come to pass? Don't know.
Still, it's worth pointing out that the EPA is moving ahead on increasing auto fuel efficiency standards and controlling CO2 emissions as a pollutant. The DOE is spending $$ on clean tech R&D. Some brand name corporations are leaving the Chamber of Commerce because of its hostility to climate action. Cities are passing energy efficient building codes, offering green incentives and installing smart electric power grid controls.
There's a lot to be said for local action as the cradle for the infrastructure of life changes that Ms. Rosenthal identifies as necessary to becoming a greener society.
The Munich stock exchange launches the Greenmarket for trading carbon emissions permits. Learn more
Soon, new home appliances will "talk" with the power grid and cut utility bills. Plug in
The epic approval process for the Cape Wind turbine project hits a new snag, its impact on a trial sacred area. Climate Wire [Subscribers only]
Here's a blogger who's got no faith in the potential of cellulostic ethanol to become a major fuel. Look into it
The Financial Times editorializes on the Kerry-Boxer climate bill. Cross the pond
What do Dublin and Buffalo have in common? Their cool climates make them energy-friendly places for computer server centers. Silver linings
Even before the Olympics 2016 decision, a regional development conference in Rio di Janeiro heard papers on climate change and sustainable development. Get them here
Getting from bright clean energy ideas to viable clean energy businesses means finding the right investors. What's that like?
California issues rules for prospective solar power developers. Read on
Researchers in Taiwan develop a mobile fuel cell recharger for cell phones. Just $30. Call in
By calling the carbon cuts presented in US climate legislation "measly", India gears up for negotiating at the Copenhagen talks. Look into it
If plug-in electric cars become wide-spread, the grid will face the challenge of getting smart enough to reliably serve this new power demand. Look ahead
Scientists find that the southeast's recent drought was not caused by a changing climate. Find out more
The Boxer-Kerry climate bill would offer more assistance to the nuclear power industry than the Waxman-Markey bill. Look into it
France will invest $2.2 billion on a network where electric cars plug-in and recharge. Soon, new parking lots and apartment buildings will have to install recharging sockets. Look ahead
Major electric utilities want the Senate climate legislation to create free emissions permits, just like the Waxman-Markey billed passed by the House. Plug in
2010 could be a banner year for the US engineering profession as the pace of clean energy development picks up steam. Work it
Britain's new science advisor calls the country's shrinking GHG figures an illusion based on the export of manufacturing. Look into it
A detailed study explains what drove down CO2 emissions in Texas . Charts! graphs! answers!
Get the lowdown on the good, the bad and the dubious. Just click
New York State releases a draft review of the environmental impacts of proposed drilling for natural gas. It allows for drilling in New York City' drinking water supply region. Drill down