Litigation To Track
The implications of six big high performance building cases could become clear in 2011. Stay eagle-eyed
The implications of six big high performance building cases could become clear in 2011. Stay eagle-eyed
The increasing success of Germany's Green Party could make it a contender in the nation's coalition power structure. Eco-power
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection sees its energy use increasing by 53% over the next five years. This will be a challenge for the goal of cutting the City's carbon footprint 30% by 2017. Stay tuned
Starting soon, the non-profit NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation will start making loans for energy efficiency renovation work. $40 million in play
Rio de Janeiro gets IBM's smarter cities technology for its new operations center. Brazil & Big Blue
The National Research Council reports on what behavioral and social science can add to mobilizing for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Intro here
The federal tax code provides specific incentives for building owners to install alternate energy capacity. Highlights
Plans to chemically convert cheap natural gas into more costly fossil fuels raises questions. Explore here
Still wondering how scientists and insurers distinguish weather from climate change? Risky business
The controversy about arsenic as a biological building block offers insights into the sociology of science. Learn more
New Jersey will be home to one of the nation's largest rooftop PV installations. Go Garden State!
Scientists say Greenland's ice sheets are melting but total collapse is not imminent Thaw here
Find out which US cities make ICLEI's list to design and test sustainable community performance software. The envelope please
Letters-to-the-editor on the implications of the Keeling Curve article in the New York Times. Vox pop
Here are ten Congressional freshman to watch on energy issues in 2011. Stay tuned
Studies of why people quit smoking or start using seat belts point the way to altering climate-changing behavior. Learn more
Disappointed with court decisions, Fred Upton, incoming chair of Congress' committee with EPA oversight, wants pass legislation to 'delay' EPA's climate change rules. Just say no
Energy efficient boilers, required in the UK since 2005, are freezing up in the record-shattering cold. What to do?
Nuclear power utilities keep options open on future construction in the US. Here's how
Princeton Professor Michael Oppenheimer addresses the AGU about scientists' engagement in the public policy arena on climate change. Video here
Is there a best time for launching climate change mitigation actions? Look into it
Read some tea-leaves for next steps in the nation's best-known green building litigation. Hot enough?
A roundup of observations on links between cold, snowy weather and climate change. Whew!
The 5.7% drop in Japan's annual carbon emissions is linked to depressed (Western?) economies. Stay tuned
A photo essay from British Columbia on what sea level rise could look like. Imagine that
Got plans to visit Jersey City, NJ? Take the green map.
Although New York failed to pass an on-bill home energy improvement finance law in 2010, Colorado is one of twelve states that gets it. Fan mail
Here are the federal energy and climate hot button items to keep tabs next year. Coming soon
Add this list of the most newsworthy climate and energy stories to your Year end reading
Green venture capitalist Vinod Khosla sees a revolution in mainstream technologies as key to future energy progress. Summary free, full content not
The global economic slump cut carbon emissions, but not as much as projected. What will a recovery bring? Keep looking
Here are ten green tech trends to watch in 2011. List here
The Long Island utility, LIPA, offers a $500 rebate for the purchase of plug-in electric and hybrid cars, enough to pay for a year of recharging. Happy holidays!
EPA will issue a schedule for industry-wide performance standards to cut GHG emissions from power plants and oil refineries. Look ahead
Yet another parsing of the New Yorker piece that uses Jevons Paradox to dash the hopes of energy efficiency advocation. Share my obsession
2011 could be the year for investors to move into clean tech ventures. Stay tuned
An EU official says cutting carbon emissions 20% by 2020 is unlikely, but has recommendations for making progress. Look into this
Consider the difference between balance and false balance when reporting on climate science projections about how hot things could get. Grapple with it
The greatest risk posed by climate change is desertification and the destruction of agricultural capacity. Very dry
Evidence for the impact of energy efficiency laws is found in a study of Gainesville, Florida. Get some data
Demand for 2013 EU CO2 emissions permits plunges just when they will no longer be free. Stay tuned
The US Army adopts the latest in building energy efficiency standards, ASHRAE 189.1. Stars & stripes
Romm hands out his 2010 Citizen Kane awards for the worst media climate coverage. Thank you!
The Regional Plan Association taps into electricity and efficiency networks in NY, NJ and CT to energize ideas about shared energy planning. Stay tuned
Scientists get a crash course in how to communicate their climate knowledge to the public and partisan spinners. Here's how
Cheap Chinese PV imports are cited in suspending France's solar power program. Non!
New renewable power projects in Australia drop by 80%, financial crunch gets the blame. Incentives ahead?
Will Texas fulfill its potential to become a solar power powerhouse? Plug in
While Senator Rockefeller blamed loss of Republican support for withdrawing his effort to thwart EPA's powers to regulate GHG emissions, he was outfoxed by Harry Reid. Look inside
What can today's urbanists can learn from Italy's old Cinque Terre? Visit here
Rio di Janeiro and other big cities in Brazil will get their electricity from distribution grids owned by China. Watt a world!
Experts think US gasoline demand may have peaked in 2006. Down boys!
For readers looking forward to warmer weather and for friends in Australia, a history of air conditioning. Cold comfort
Don't miss this social history of how scientists and journalists communicate and what this means for us now. In these times
Hint: it's not just renewable energy. Get ready
The Rockefeller Foundation reports on the five critical smart techs for 21st century cities and examines potential conflicts over privacy and centralization. Look ahead
An 845 MW Oregon wind power project gets a $1.3 billion federal loan guarantee. Details here
How will German electric consumers respond to rising renewable energy costs? Watt a jolt
China and Singapore study past failures to succeed at a joint eco-cities project. Visit
Does NYU"s controversial expansion in Greenwich Village win points for going green? Look into it
Shipping crates, salvaged timber and other repurposed materials find a place in NYC homes. Here's how
NRDC shows how improved energy efficiency can be a great success, not the paradox described in the New Yorker article "An Energy Dillemma". Plug in
The new federal tax law includes a one year extension of the grant program for alternative energy projects and other fuel provisions. Whew!
Climatopolis, a book about how cities will thrive in a globally heated world, fails because the author 'hasn't done his homework' writes Joe Romm. Review it
GM is using some of its Chevrolet Volt technology to build a Cadillac plug-in SUV. Down market up
Harvard researchers summarize findings on energy research, development and deployment in economically emerging BRIMCS nations. Fine print
UK environmentalists attack the government's energy proposal for its support of nuclear power. Plug in
New York State now requires electronic consumer goods makers to take back dead batteries and keep them out of the trash. Recycle that!
An international survey of commercial building tenants finds favor for renting green space, although US support ranks lowest. Learn more
The US doubles its estimates of the country's recoverable natural gas reserves. Drill down
Given the size and growth of China and it's basic reliance on coal, what are its energy options? Look into it
China gets vast overpayments from the EU carbon trading market to end production of one GHG, while another ozone hole making gas is smuggled into the US black market. Couldn't make this up
It's the dismal economy, stupid. Fightin' words
NASA reports on the the science of melting Antarctic ice sheets and predictions of sea level rise. Learn more
At a conference about how to drive US energy innovations, there was little agreement about what to do. Think about that
North Carolina's new green building code offers a menu of cost offsets, some related to fire safety, for any added costs of improved energy efficiency. Warmer?
The future for growing global export of US energy efficiency and clean tech services is much brighter than export of green manufactured goods. Stay tuned
A leaked memo confirms that last year Fox News set an official policy to promote Climategate and other climate skeptic stories. Gasp!
In 2010, stock markets in Brazil, Korea and South Africa showed gains for green equities while they lost value in Europe. Invest some time
Andy Revkin keeps tabs on today's Energy Innovation conference in Washington. Get the latest
The idea that China will face a critical coal scarcity is based on a confluence of factors. Stay tuned
Outcomes of the Cancun climate talks will be felt in setting Australia's carbon-cutting goals. Learn more
The decision by new tea party-friendly governors in OH and WI to kill federally funded high speed rail projects can have painful local consequences. Ouch!
Will Congressional Republicans and Democrats find common ground on 'clean' energy legislation and how is that different from "renewable' energy? Dig in
Here's a new way for the media and climate scientists to find each other. Love it
Environmental policy can no longer rely on the 'rational economic actor' model as the basis for effective climate action. What's the alternative?
London's venerable fleet of black taxi cabs could be all electric within a decade. Hail, hail
The Cancun climate conference shows India to be a rising economic power that is becoming a rising climate policy maker. Learn more
It can't be said too often, a carbon tax would solve many problems. Anybody listening?
While corporate property owners are more upbeat about energy efficiency than developers, they share an enthusiasm for green tax breaks. Survey the field
If you live in an Australian apartment, improved energy efficiency would be a winner. Here's how
Researchers finds UK businesses routinely underestimate the value of energy efficiency and this is a costly error. Count on it
Alaska creates REAP, a program to fund energy efficiency improvements in some public buildings. Learn more
Like the man-horse centaur of Greek myth, a visionary Berlin home design unites the energy flows of home and car. Wow!
Cancun's climate meeting delivers some results. Look up
New York announces funding from RGGI auctions and the Department of Energy will support energy audits and low cost loans for homeowners. Got that?
Iran blames US sanctions for soaring air pollution in Tehran coming from locally refined gasoline. Oh
While not a household name, Passive House projects are making a name for themselves with facts on the ground. Learn more
New Jersey hires a law firm to fight federal demands for repayment of $271 million resulting from the state pulling the plug on the cross-Hudson train tunnel project. Fee hee
New York is just one of the states to get new rail funding from the billions rejected by Wisconsin and Ohio. Get on board
The prospects for generating electricity from the ocean tides gets brighter in the US. Details here
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission finds the environmental impact of keeping the Indian Point nuclear generators open after 2015 to be acceptable. Stay tuned
While understanding the positive and negative impact of clouds on climate change increases, it is still a work in progress. Science in action
There's hot debate over the potential of biochar, the product of burning organic waste without oxygen, to combat climate change. Got a match?
Nike develops and deploys an open source software to measure the carbon footprint of new products. Jump in
With two days left, what's at stake in the outcome of the UN climate meeting in Cancun? Tick, tick, tick
A UN Climate Advisors report on options for global action considers the mechanisms and balance of public and private financing. Look into it
Living City Block launches a project to green a two-block segment of a Washington DC neighborhood. Visit
Scientists see evidence of lower wind speeds in wind-turbine friendly places around the globe and suspect northward shifts in global air circulation linked to climate change are a cause. Study up
Parliament will take up legislation to cut GHG emissions by allowing utilities to offer owners incentives for taking out loans to insulate their homes. Learn more
The ability of prices on the EU carbon market to drive new investment will depend on the outcome of the Cancun climate talks. Make a connection
A Chinese air conditioning and insulation tycoon who exports products around the world urges his country to pass more laws on efficient energy performance. Read on
Will a renewable energy grant program be saved in the final federal tax agreement? Stay tuned
A USGBC white paper points to a research agenda for learning about people's experience of high performance building. The human element
Renovations in San Francisco's Transamerica Pyramid earn a LEED Gold rating. Way to go
Small US shale oil companies are selling out to big energy players. Consolidate
The Center for American Progress finds US leadership on global finance to cut GHG emissions is in the national interest. Think about that
What's wrong with the proposal to take on easier climate changers like methane until we're able to tackle CO2? Fine print
Inside the Beltway, people are parsing Carol Browner's departure from the White House energy and climate office to become a Deputy Chief-of-Staff. Enter here
China and the US edge closer on verifying carbon reduction claims as Canun talks continue Stick around
Industry challenges Pennsylvania's oversight of exploratory natural gas drilling while environmentalists fight exemptions. Dig in
A mix of climate change forces and weather patterns explain England's foul and frigid winter. Learn more
New Mexico imposes caps on CO2 emissions from big sources starting in 2013. State's right!
Do behavioral economics and neuroscience offer tools to close the gap between scientific knowledge of climate change and public perception? Look into it
This week, the EPA will announce how much of GE's PCB-laced Hudson River sediment can be left in place. Who's happy now?
The municipally-owned electric utility of Los Angeles undercuts the Mayor's renewable power goals. How's that?
With backing by the World Bank and Pretoria, South Africa will get 20,000 MW of electricity from renewable sources. Learn more
The US Supreme Court to hear arguments on a 2nd Circuit decision (which included now-Supreme Court Justice Soto-Mayor) that found CO2 emissions are a public nuisance contributing to climate change. Spring 2011
Sooner or later, the US energy industry will see climate change and clean tech as opportunities for growth. Stay tuned
Hopes dim for passing a federal renewable energy standard standard and a tax break for the industry in 2010. Plug in
Chinese utilities seek stock market investors for new wind power projects in Hong Kong. Spend some time
France will build two of twenty new nuclear generators planned for India. Proliferating power
To meet its clean energy goals and make its mark in the green economy, China invests in university and vocational education. Stay tuned
With the death of the Cross Harbor tunnel project, the Port Authority has some $575 million on hand. What to do?
A UK company seeking finance for wave power projects withdraws from capital market. Dip in
The final RGGI auction of 2010 raised $48.6 million although not all CO2 emissions allowances were bought up. Get the details
Joe Romm finds a new Economics textbook to be riddled with factual errors on climate change. True or false?
EPA releases photos of 60's-style pollution, before the birth of the agency in 1970. Happy 40th
Qatar plans for PV solar power to air condition the 2022 World Cup soccer stadiums. Gooooal!
The war in Afghanistan and inaction on the federal climate front tie in a FP poll for Obama's biggest failure in 2010. Just ask
Sydney Australia takes first steps to break free of its reliance on coal-fired power plants. Here's how
Hamburg, Germany wins the 2011 EU Green Capital prize. Visit here
2010 is on track to be the hottest year on record as well as having the highest known level of atmospheric GHGs. WMO
The new Republican majority in Congress assembles procedural tools to raze a raft of Clean Air Act rules. Wham!
Looking to make the case for green roofs? Start here
New York issues a region by region analysis of coming climate change impacts and how to plan for them. Transition-worthy ideas
Applications for federal stimulus grants for rooftop solar installations are pouring in now to beat the December 31 deadline. Act now!
New York's PlaNYC 2030 wins the top USEPA prize for its smart growth accomplishments. Nice work
The incoming Republican majority in the House of Representatives eliminates the Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Bang bang!
NASA reports that the temperature of large lakes around the world has risen over the last 25 years. Dive in
In 2011, expect more op-up cafes, part of the toolkit for making New York's streets more user friendly. Walk in