Writing On The Walls
Greening Modernism, a book by Carl Stein, seeks to reunite the impulse behind 20th century modernism with 21st century ecological goals in architecture. Reviewed here
Greening Modernism, a book by Carl Stein, seeks to reunite the impulse behind 20th century modernism with 21st century ecological goals in architecture. Reviewed here
India puts solid proposals on the Cancun climate bargaining table. Learn more
The potent greenhouse gas, HFCs, will be phased out by 400 refrigerator makers by 2015. Cool!
Follow the fate of media reports on an academic study of what climate message is most effective. Start here
Owners of coal-fired power plants faced with requirements to cut pollution switch to low cost natural gas. Adds up
A bill imposing a moratorium on hydrofracking to drill for natural gas in New York State passes both houses of the legislature, but it is unknown whether the Governor will sign it. Stay tuned
The UK aims to have 20% of all cars be electric by 2020 and offers subsidies of $7,800 to buyers. Gear up
China's booming clean energy tech sector is second to none and may swamp any competition. Plug in
An investigative report finds widespread exemptions from federal environmental requirements for stimulus funds recipients. Look into it
As part of its emerging energy policy, the UK will set floor prices for CO2 emissions. Learn more
Department of Energy Commissioner Steven Chu calls China's leadership on the clean tech front as America's 'Sputnik' wake up moment while the likely new chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee keeps up attacks on climate legislation. Catch up
States redirect revenues from carbon dioxide permit auctions away from energy efficiency and clean energy projects to plug budget gaps. Sustainable policy?
Some economists believe behavior can be changed through small inducements and Stockholm Sweden wants to see if that can work to cut car use. Get moving
Israel, a mid-east nation with no oil, is an epicenter of clean tech opportunity. Power up
Unlike tottering financial systems, the perils facing the climate can be saved only by systemic change that the Cancun meeting won't deliver. Sorry
China's demand for uranium to fuel new power plants is raising prices on global commodity markets. Plug in
Nassau and Suffolk County officials eye funds rejected by New Jersey for a cross-harbor rail tunnel to pay for highway and sewer projects. Stay tuned
New data from he United Kingdom finds the Earth is heating up slower than in recent decades, but it may be hotter than previously believed. More data soon
Los Angeles has the plans and the money to expand its subway lines. Head underground
What is the overall direction of US media coverage on climate issues ithis year? Just the facts
The Obama Administration will identify areas along the Atlantic coast where off-shore wind projects would be most feasible. WEA!
By 2050, 60% of all Africans will be city dwellers. Consider the implications
Toyota and Panasonic are getting into the green home business. Make the connection
As a condition of winning contracts for building new nuclear power plants in China, Westinghouse will hand over its design data. Plug in
The cost of solar power could drop 10% a year and be on a par with fossil fuels in a decade. Stay tuned
While federal agencies don't agree on the mileage figures for the new Leaf EV, they leave gas in the dust. Start counting
Deutsche Bank analyzes the potential to scale up renewable power and associated infrastructure in the UK. Think big
One day, will we live in homes built by using biomimicry? Think Brooklyn
Rating the energy performance of One Bryant Park, a LEED Platinum office tower, is a tall order. What was learned?
Researchers drill into the Dead Sea floor seeking a deeper understanding of natural disasters and how to cope with climate change impacts. Historical
By 2020, likely levels of carbon dioxide emissions will not prevent the world from warming more than 2 degrees C. Get ready
An elderly cancer doctor is named to restart Italy's nuclear power program after a twenty-three year moratorium. Mama mia!
In the market for a high performance, green home? here are ten questions for the architect. Just ask
Stay tuned for the Cancun climate talks and watch for China's definition of "developing nations". Learn more
A: A successful smart meter program, like a good relationship, is built on trust and transparency. Gotta love it
Governor Schwarzenegger urges states to stay in the vanguard on climate protection because national change will come from below. What a cyborg!
Conservative Congress members launch a fight against the ban on incandescent bulbs slated for 2012. Watt?
A policy paper by the German Marshall Fund calls for targeting global green economic growth as the solution to the current worldwide political climate impasse. Fine print
Can crowd-sourcing come up with solutions to the home renters' dilemma over whether to weatherize? Welcome in
2010 is on track for reaching new highs in global carbon dioxide emissions. Lower 2008-2009 levels due to the recession, not climate action. Sorry about that
Here's a thought experiment. Read this New York Times editorial about campaign money, the insurance industry and election results and consider whether health care was the only area of donor interest. Normal?
Owners of electric vehicles in Houston soon will be able to recharge at home or at any of 50 stations around town if they have three-year contracts with network developer NRG. Stay tuned
With nearly 500 miles of new bike lanes and more coming, New York City drivers, cyclists and pedestrians need new ways to share the streets safely. Be civil
A CUNY professor campaigns to built wind turbines on a Red Hook pier. Citizen action
Ten New York Congress members make an official request for $3 billion of the transit funds rejected by New Jersey but how would it be spent? Look into it
Now's your chance to comment on a draft report that offers responses to the complex challenge of sea level rise along New York's shoreline. Dec. 10 deadline
The EPA urges coastal states to declare ocean waters impaired under the Clean Water Act due to rising levels of dissolved CO2 linked to climate change. Dip in
Is the current popularity of climate deniers the result of an American don't-worry-be-happy mind set? Read post & comments
New York State regulators grant National Grid a rate increase to achieve a 9.3% return on investment. Risky business?
The Scientific American magazine is outraged by misuse of its climate science poll and other research in climate skeptics' Congressional testimony and op-eds. Grim stuff
Spain slashes it's support for solar power, cutting funds for new plants by 45% and home feed-in tariffs by 5%. Plug in
US companies hoping for a boost from federal climate legislation now look to business in China and Europe. Small world?
The UAE, Australia and the US are the world's biggest GHG emitters according to a new UK study. China's 26th. Here's why
London's iconic Savoy Hotel re-opens after a deep green makeover that does not rely on carbon emissions offsets. Visit
Although New York State will get a new Governor on January 1, 2011 the proposals contained in the 2010 Climate Action Plan should not be forgotten. Chapter 6
Reusing Detroit's 5,000 acres of vacant land for intensive cultivation of fruits and vegetables could reinvent what it means to be urban. Dig in
New calculations of the actual emissions cuts from the cash-for-clunkers auto rebate program fall far below expectations. Add up?
Want to join a global climate research network? All you need is a computer and web access. Enter here
Based on new data, it's clear that LEED is grappling with a tough market and a steep learning curve. Fine print
Get the latest on innovative products for greener building construction. Materialize
Researchers predict by the 2030's India's temperatures will be 3.6° F higher and droughts and storms will be fiercer. Future is tense
The only national CO2 trading market will shut down in December. Autopsy here
Plans to replace Poland's aging fleet of coal burning power plants are on hold due to loss of project financing. Blackouts loom
WIth the failure of Democratic Congress to pass federal climate legislation, the Environmental Defense Fund is rethinking its national action strategy. Outcomes matter
Thinking about weatherizing your home, but don't know what's entailed? Start here
GM reports surging demand for its Volt auto and orders more electric batteries from South Korea. Profit from green
GE awards $55 million to smart grid and energy efficient producers to update product lines it likes. Imagine that!
Saying the federal budget deficit is out of control, Grover Norquist and Fred Upton urge the incoming Congress to freeze funds for Energy Star and home weatherization. Watch out!
Social scientists report on a possibly unbridgeable divide between climate scientists and climate skeptics. Mind the gap
RGGI cannot CO2 in the northeast unless its emissions permits are reduced by 25%. Get serious
A book with 708 proposals from 116 countries about creating self-sufficient cities gets the mind working. Re-imagine that
Live in a coastal city? This is what rising sea levels could have in store for you. Get adapted
Despite the dismal state of the US building industry, the percentage and dollar value of green construction grows. Get the numbers
Insight about the impact of modern climate change on rising sea levels is gained from a study of ancient Roman fish tanks. Get hooked
According to UK utilities, resolving the furor over proposed subsidies for new nuclear power plants will require setting a floor price on carbon. Start here
In a sign of it's interest in a price method for cutting GHG emissions, Australia will study carbon pricing mechanisms around the world. Stay tuned
Now adding to the green of its Greenmarket, come the green roofs atop apartment buildings at Union Square. Look up
Revkin asks, Lomborg responds. You think
Florida shutters a program to repay home owners up to $4 per watt of installed solar power. Thaw in sight?
Owners of commercial buildings in Australia wanting to sell or lease space must provide energy performance ratings. Information please
Consumers suspicious about rising utility bills blame their smart elecricity meters. Plug in
Changing global weather patterns create water shortages, floods and rising prices that pose big problems for business. Tap in
IBM scientists see a new generation of water-cooled, super energy efficient supercomputer processors no bigger than sugar cubes. Sweet
Former New York State Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Pete Grannis is interviewed about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale. Past=prologue?
The MoMA exhibit Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement offers real world, workable, and community-rooted examples of sustainable building design. Review it
When it comes to what it will take to make environmental and economic progress, brown, black and white are all in it together. Join in
Why the US needs a 21st century super transmission grid for reliable and clean electric power and how to get it done. Get connected[Subscribers only]
Wonder why Congressman John Shimkus has no worries about climate change? The good book says
The lack of a national energy policy dims job prospects for retrained workers in a tough economy. Learn more
Soaring emissions from China and other economically booming nations once called "emerging" complicate prospects for a new global climate action agreement. Stay tuned
Rolling out its Green Deal, the Conservative Cameron government sets its sights on raising home energy efficiency performance by attracting private investments. What's the deal?
Reflect on dimmer prospects for Silicon Valley's solar tech industry in light of Chinese competition and domestic dynamics. New isn't easy
Chevron, the latest fossil fuel giant to buy into the Marcellus Shale for access to natural gas, pays $4.3 billion. Drill baby!
The US Department of Transportation tells New Jersey to refund $271 million spent on the rail tunnel project canceled by Governor Christie. You had your way, now you must pay
Not again! you might say. Now, revisit this debate over shaping the city with an eye toward forging a low-carbon energy future. BYO challenges
Outgoing New York governor, David Paterson, issues a report laying out how the state can slash its GHGs 80% by 2050. Governor Cuomo?
Slowdowns in the solar power industry are linked to reduced government subsidies. Learn more
Researchers study how to use the heat stored in paved streets to melt ice, warm buildings and power street lights. Bright ideas
Will the Democratic-lead lame duck Congress pass a Renewable Energy Standard? Enviro updates from DC
China is now the world's biggest fossil fuel consumer and the driver of renewable energy demand. Stay tuned
Experts calculate how much energy China will consume in 2035, but can global energy markets and environment impacts be managed? Start here
Which cities make the cut as environmental leaders? The envelope please
Research suggests that claims about sustainable wood products may not be sustainable. Drill in
Last year, worldwide government support for the renewable energy industry was $57 billion, while subsidies for the fossil fuel industry reached $312 billion. Plug in
The 1987 Montreal Protocol, created to phase out chemicals that destroy the Earth's ozone layer, could be a tool for elimating a potent greenhouse gas. What a concept!
The "starlight" in the constellations adorning the ceiling of Grand Central station to come from ultra-efficient LED bulbs that need replacement just once every 5.5 years. Bright!
Fearing the consensus message on climate change is not being heard, US scientists plan new ways to educate the public and decision makers. Strategy & tactics
There's still time for New Yorkers to get a rebate for the purchase of an Energy Star home appliance. Here's the deal
Earth's two previous great global warmings had geological causes. The great warming starting in 1970 has none. Pay attention
Think the death of prospects for a federal renewable energy standard isn't having a impact yet? Think again
The US Green Building Council opens the public comment period on its draft of LEED standards for 2012. Peek in
Europe's largest engineering firm sees rosy times ahead in a booming market for its green technology products. Get happy
Using the precautionary principle as a guide for taking climate action now is consistent with conservation political principles. Here's why
Following election outcomes, will the Texas no-way response to EPA rules be a winner? Get strategic
Will China's ability to build its own nuclear reactors rather than import advanced components from Japan end reliance on foreign technology? Look into it
An unloved Chicago subway station near a new Apple store gets a Mac-makeover. Log on
New York City's annual inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions and trends since 2005 is big! Step this way
The UN proposes fees for foreign exchange transactions and auctions for emissions permits to raise $65 billion for aiding nations to combat climate change. Look
Regulators tackle the problem of "gaming" the EU's trading scheme for carbon emissions offsets. Start here
Statistical analysis finds that Democrats who voted against the federal climate bill were not not hurt at the polls. QED
The slow pace of new technology transfers to industry in South Africa keeps it dependent on coal to supply energy. Why?
Americans appear to agree on several security, energy and economic goals that could be a basis for action on a long list of bills. Start here
Typologies for media coverage of climate change include working scientists, heretics and Potemkins. Each tells a different story
The financial allure of clean energy wanes as coal beckons. Track it
Deutsche Bank reports on current trends in US climate change litigation. Fine print
The professional group that writes model energy efficiency codes raises the performance bar for commercial buildings. Details galore!
A Chinese scientist finds cities undercount urban CO2 emissions. Add up?
China could have an up-and-running carbon emissions cap and trade program in the next decade. Learn more
If you had any doubts about the likely-Speaker-of-the-House position on climate change, this will clarify things. See here Boehner
The outcome of New York's elections could reroute the state's transit future. Stay tuned
Private firms profit from planting trees to improve water quality through shading and preventing erosion. Dive in
Taking Chicago as a case study, the broad measure of a global city's sustainability is troubling. Look into it
A sample of voter ballot initiatives on green initiatives reveals targeted project support. Get focused
If faster and cheaper were the keys to earlier industrial revolutions, now it's time to add energy efficiency to the keychain. Open more doors
Scientists mull over prospects of climate oversight hearings run by hostile Congressional committees. Stay tuned
Aging US nuclear reactors are getting 20 year permit extensions. What are the risks?
If the Republican Party prevails in elections for national office, what can the Obama administration and ordinary citizens do to advance the climate and energy agenda? The menu
The runoff from massive increases in extracting underground water adds to rising sea levels worldwide. Dive in
Geothermal heating and cooling works well for upstate New Yorkers who can get a 30% tax credit through 2016. Get pumped
The computer gamer Red Redemption develops a game for saving the planet from the ravages of global weirding. Wham! bam!!
What's the link between Exxon's support of a carbon tax and its plunge into the natural gas business? Find out here
A state agency votes today in New Mexico on a proposal to establish a carbon cap and trade system. Stay tuned
Japan will build two reactors at nuclear power plant in Viet Nam and mine there for rare earths. Plug and play
For Election Day, a lament over the failure to find good green jobs. Read on
After Election Day, this could be the eco-road map for New York. Unfold it here