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Governor Christie signs a law encouraging construction of new fossil fuel power plants in New Jersey. What's the deal?
Governor Christie signs a law encouraging construction of new fossil fuel power plants in New Jersey. What's the deal?
After reviewing safety criticisms of the new Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor, a panel of safety advisors recommends design approval to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Learn more
ASHRAE awards four buildings for incorporating innovative energy technology and design. News on the new
Fluorescent lights at 7-Eleven kombinis (convenience stores) in Kyoto are being replaced with energy-sipping LEDs. Stop by
Find what what New Yorkers are saying about the state's draft Climate Action Plan. Get involved
The EU urges member states to align renewable energy subsidies to help attract $95 billion a year in new investments. Get co-ordinated
Find a over teaching the science of evolution and conflict over climate curriculum won't be far behind. Look into it
Hopes for investment and job growth in Scotland's renewable energy sector are being fulfilled. Learn more
The energy industry mobilizes to protect its federal tax and other financial benefits in a time of government budget dramas. Stay tuned
A UK poll finds 83% of respondents view climate change as a current or imminent threat. Vox pop
Opposition to home installation of smart electric meters is uniting the left and right in California. Plug in
While President Obama shares some blame for the failure to pass climate legislation, the absence of any reference in his State-of-the-Union is entirely his responsibility. POV
New York City issues draft rules to phase out use of the dirtiest heating oil and slash sulfur levels for the rest. 30 days for public comment
With prospects dim for federal climate action, leaders at the world economic summit call on US business to take the lead. Anyone listening?
Koch Industries files a lawsuit against the 'John Does' who spoofed its well-known stance on climate action. LOL
"If you think there's an existential danger facing the country, you say so. That's part of what it means to be a leader." Grist
Wind turbine providers in India, could more than make up for delays in UN carbon credit payments through a new domestic renewables market. Turn around
The temperature of North Atlantic currents flowing into the Arctic Ocean are the warmest in millennia. Stay tuned
Using a new way to capture power plant CO2 emissions, an Australian firm claims it can store the gas in 'green cement'. Who knew!
Hot: Living through the next fifty years on Earth — Stop and listen.
People who believe that climate change is a risky business share other identifiable world views. Think in clusters
An international survey of commercial tenants finds a preference for energy efficient buildings that varies by country. Learn more
Mayor Bloomberg says any action on congestion pricing is entirely up to Albany. No breath-holding!
Republicans vow to block funds proposed by the President for building high speed rail. Exit here
Since the President did not mention energy efficient buildings in his State-of-the-Union address, here are three ideas from NRDC. 1, 2, 3
After computer hackers stole $40.3 million of emissions permits from the European carbon trading market, spot trading remains suspended. Cyber insecurity
A British government council proposes to warm the local swimming pool with heat from a nearby crematorium. DOA?
UK supermarket giant Tesco is a leader on greening its supply chain and its operations. Here's how
Energy Star, the EPA energy efficiency rating rating system for buildings, is a boon for engineers. Learn more
France seeks developers for 3,000 MW of wind turbines off its Atlantic coast. Catch it
San Francisco city government will consider creation of a benchmarking law for its commercial buildings. Start now!
Nuclear power plant owners in the UK could face sharply increased costs to clean up accidents. Risky business
According to the EPA, natural gas may be just 25% more climate-friendly than coal when the release of methane and other GHGs during drilling and transport are taken into account. Look at lifecycles
Rolling stone rolls out its list of the twelve biggest opponents of climate action. Get it here
Now there's more than one way to design an electric vehicle recharging station. Get connected
The University of Maine raises $2.3 million to improve energy efficiency in campus buildings. Here's how
Damage to food production in poor nations could be among the worst impacts of climate change. Learn more
European governments seem reluctant to tackle the the nitty-gritty of energy efficiency. More than last week's news
Mazda will start making an electric car for leasing in Japan. Plug in
Goldman Sachs reports things should start improving for solar panel makers and recommends some investments. Feel renewed?
Prospects are rising for law suits resulting from damage caused by climate chaos, but chances for success are murky. Stay tuned
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli leads a shareholder group in filing resolutions calling on energy companies to disclose plans for managing the risks of hydrofracking to drill for natural gas. Explore that
New York University is taking big steps to go green. Study up
Go a green construction project to finance? Here's one ten step plan. Sharpen your pencils!
The theft of $40.2 million in permits from the EU carbon emissions market sows doubts about its long-term viability. Stay tuned
Exxon Mobil predicts climate altering carbon emissions will increase 25% over the next two decades and urges aggressive action on energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies now. Yes, that Exxon
The US awards $967 million in loan guarantees to the developer of a giant PV power project in Arizona. That's a promise!
Plans advance for putting a park atop the urban trench in South Williamsburg known as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Dig in
Now that New York has signed off on plans for a new power plant in Queens, the owner has to find customers for its electricity. Plug in
New York City launches a university-based center to develop and commercialize green building technologies locally. Get smart
The EU is on a trajectory to miss its 2020 energy efficiency targets by wide margins. What now?
While headline-making renewable power innovations are inspiring, climate trends won't change without a great global energy transformation. Get started
New York's CO2 RGGI emissions permit auctions have earned $266.3 million. Program spending totaled $115.8 million and $90 million was redirected to state deficit reduction. Data galore
Computer fraudsters steal $9.4 million in carbon emissions credits from the European trading market in the Czech Republic. Enter here
Chinese environmentalists rank Apple's local factories worst in responding to their environmental and worker health concerns. Smack a Mac
In his annual State of the City Address, Mayor Bloomberg said, "We'll look to partner with a top university to build a new applied science and engineering facility. We'll fuel the growth of clean energy firms by encouraging new wind and solar power projects. And joining with Columbia, NYU-Poly, and CUNY, we'll create a center connecting green building pioneers to real estate developers and building owners."
Join the debate over whether the US can be a contender in the global green tech industry. Start here
Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, blames the DOE for a generation's worth of failures to cut energy use. Instead, he should look in the Republican Party mirror. See here
In light of low interest in its home energy efficiency programs, Milwaukee seeks a killer app. Interested?
Polititco reports electric utilities and the Obama administration are thinking again about how to cut air pollution. Look into it
During the visit of China's President Hu to Washington, efforts are underway to find common ground on clean energy cooperation. Content and context
Chinese solar panels are beating out domestic products in Germany and sophisticated wind energy, telecom tech, power transmission and high-speed trains are on their way to Europe, Fast forward
A federal task force recommends that carbon emissions trading markets, including those for state-level programs, be open to a wide range of participants. Dive in
China ranks at the top of a 30-nation Renewable Energy Attractiveness Index, with South Korea, Romania and Mexico also making the cut. Find out more
Ken Cucccinelli, the Virginia Attorney General who attacks climate science by issuing civil subpoenas against scholars at the University of Virginia, may have his power curtailed by the legislature. Stay tuned
Paul Krugman saluets Joe Romm for skewering the common argument that CO2 should go unregulated because we all exhale it. Read on
Now more than ever, rating a high performance building depends on its location and the transportation burden it imposes on occupants and the environment. Close in
Developers identify what works and what doesn't when it comes to making and marketing energy efficient, affordable homes. KISS
A survey of Ohio businesses, professionals, governments and advocates involved in growing the high performance building market identify barriers to growth. Fine print
The World Wildlife Fund urges a joint British Petroleum Russian Rosneft venture to slow plans for oil drilling in the Arctic. Learn more
Researchers in grain genetics get $25 million to make wheat and barley more heat-resistant and more productive to feed a growing population in a hotter world. Dig in
The EU proposes to spend $1.3 billion on a comprehensive electric power grid able to integrate renewables from many sources while cutting consumer costs. Plug in
In President Obama's announcement of a sweeping regulatory review, he cites support for environmental protection rules that provide benefits which outweigh their costs. At the same time, expect tougher going for climate rules. Meanwhile, questions are raised about the openness of the White House scientific integrity process.
New York's Senator Schumer takes a swing at New Jersey Governor Christie's spending on roads and bridges, not a cross-harbor rail tunnel. Dig in
China overtakes the World Bank lending levels, including loans-for-oil to Russia, Venezuela and Brazil. Money=power=money
Get updated on the tunnels that carry NYC's drinking water and the new filtration plant in the Bronx. H2O forever
Leading New York environmental advocates have a twelve part to-do list for the Governor and state legislature. A new leaf
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is trying to make sense of 'green jobs' and locate their role in an economic recovery. Work on it
From Brazil to Brisbane, you know something is happening here. Tell Mr. Jones
China adds to its list of regulated air pollutants and targets major industries for emissions cuts. Start here
New power from offshore wind turbines now flowing into the UK electricity grid. Plug in
New York City's competition for a new yellow taxi design sparks some outside-the-box, and outside-the-competition, ideas. See here
Industry experts project growth in US energy efficient commercial and industrial construction. Look ahead
With new numbers in on a hotter planet, supporters' frustration rises over failure to pass federal climate legislation. And?
An MIT research report on plug-in electric vehicles concludes that the kind of fuel a power plant uses has a major impact on how much greener electric vehicles are than gas-fired ones. Get connected
GE invests in the acquisition of energy efficiency capabilities. Imagine that
The new Governor of Pennsylvania names two top officials who will oversee natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Learn more
Scientists say sewage could become a significant source of renewable energy. Flush it
Japan's big-three car makers join to develop hydrogen fuel cells and a network of refueling stations. Faster forward
All parks are green, and soon NYC's will be high performance. Take a stroll
New York City's spate of snow storms is putting a big dent in its recycling program. Here's why
Deploying insulation on military structures in US war zones would save lives and money now lost in transporting fuel. Green is red, white and blue
With the Republican goal of a 20% to the federal budget, what would mean for clean energy programs and why would the GOP want to do it? Plug in
California will enforce its carbon cap and trade program by imposing 'surrender obligations' on emitters that don't meet their targets. Fearsome
Australia's devastating flood could add to spiraling worldwide food and energy prices. Connect the dots
With soaring global food prices, experts worry about weird weather events cutting crop production. Learn more
The World Resources Institute spotlights key environmental stories in 2011 for Washington and Wall Street.
Take a look
Citing lower-cost Chinese competition, a Massachusetts solar panel maker goes dark. RIP
In 2012, after a brief decline, US CO2 emissions are predicted to rise 2.39%, but fall below the 2005 base year level. Stay tuned
The EPA awards $7 million in grants to research health impacts when pollution exposure, poverty and stress are linked. Learn more
The swooshing sound of wind turbines distresses some neighbors. What to do?
The Regional Plan Association identifies keys to building a US high speed rail system. Make tracks
The US Chamber of Commerce vows to block EPA ability to regulate GHGs. More to come
The success of pro-climate control (and BTW pro-nuclear) Duke Energy could mean the future of coal is dimming. It's an argument
Markets respond with rising investments to nations that put low carbon policies in place. Make a connection
While we live in a global economy, the US military decision to buy domestically-made solar panels is not knee-jerk protectionism. WTO rules
A national survey finds Americans both low-ball energy savings and energy-consumption of fifteen typical activities. Fine print
Tour Chinese coal mines past and future. Clear enough?
Global coal prices are at a two year high and still provide much of the world's energy. Dig down
China has 40,000 MW of installed wind power compared to the US' 36,700 MW and is doing more, faster. Take a spin
The Bible's environmental catastrophe was The Flood and ours could be climate change impacts. Mass migrations and more
Duke Energy, a utility that favors climate legislation, makes a bid for Progress Energy in a trend toward energy industry concentration. Plug in
Congressional Republicans seeks to thwart EPA action by slashing its budget. Stay tuned
It's a truism that taxes affect behavior, but precisely how can they encourage climate-friendly technological innovation? Fine print
National environmental organization launches a website that focuses on New York. Scalable news
Using a US Department of Energy block grant, Houston, TX to offer commercial building owners cash incentives to make existing properties more energy efficient. Here's how
494 local governments around New Jersey look to save taxpayer money with improved energy efficiency. Less is more
The UK incentive program for solar power is paying off with 42 MW of new capacity installed in 2010. Plug in
To work right, the electric power system must maintain certain critical energy flows and a battery storage plant in New York is a new tool. Get technical
A Forbes Magazine story blaming the media for ignoring good climate news and fanning irrational fears is subject to fact-checking. Check it out
More than a critique of the New Yorker story on the Jevons Paradox facing energy efficiency, get some ideas about what it will take to really shrink our carbon footprint. Start solving here
A Minnesota builders association files a lawsuit challenging the Green Star building standards it had helped to develop. Get the lowdown
Nearing completion of its high performance building renovation, new tenants are moving into the Empire State Building and it signs up for Green Mountain electric power. Raise that profile
The value of carbon emissions permits on global markets increased 1% in 2010 although total volume was down. Details here
Mainstream media coverage of climate issues nearly disappeared in 2010. See here
London's The Guardian has a a glowing write up of New York City transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan. Get on board
A new Bible-themed park in Kentucky with its Noah's Ark will be built to be green and use thermal energy. Re-genesis
China becomes a global contender in the manufacture of high speed rail equipment. On track
Research in Los Angeles finds that typical night time lighting increases ozone in the morning. Learn more
Experts believe the EPA will prevail over Texas in the gunfight over authority to regulate GHG emissions, but it's not over yet. Stay tuned
A US maker of thin-film PV modules partners with China to build a 30 MW power plant in Mongolia. Plug in
While New York was the home of comprehensive planning, to meet its PlaNYC 2010 goals it's time to learn from other urban leaders. Take a look
A Honolulu office complex aces its EPA Energy Star test for using 50% less energy than similar buildings. Take a bow
New York State rolls out $112 million for free home energy audits and low cost loans for energy efficiency upgrades. Learn more
As the new commissioner of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation, Joseph Martens faces fracking decisions and staff cuts. Stay tuned
The massive floods in coal-rich northern Australia threaten to raise global coal prices. One world
Scientists urge policy makers to support research for new battery technologies needed to make renewable energy systems feasible. Beyond AAA
Former Congressman Boucher weighs the role of voting for the climate cap and trade bill in his November 2010 defeat. Dig down
China reports it will reprocess spent nuclear fuel, a technology banned for export from the US in the 1970's. React
Since Earth's history shows wide climate swings, why are we so concerned now? Hear Hansen
Environmental economist Nathaniel Keohane will join President Obama's National Economic Council. A new leaf
Can't get enough on the debate over energy efficiency and the rebound effect? Here Schipper and Nadel Get the last word
Applying the adage "to measure is to manage", how sustainability is measured is key. Compare & contrast
The EU is on track to beat the goal of getting 20% of its electric power from renewable sources by 2020. Here's how
Here's the state of the world's temperatures, carbon emissions and intensity. Just the facts
Not long ago, new Chair of the House Energy and Finance Committee, Fred Upton, supported action on climate change. No more
Veterans organizations call for Congressional action on climate change and energy policy as a national security priority. Yes sir
Gary Wills is no friend of climate protection or energy efficiency and his call for scientific progress as the key to US economic revival is ridiculed by Joe Romm. Wham bam!
Ideas for advancing the high performance building agenda. Reveille!
Supporters of a more energy efficient Ohio building Code challenge the cost and savings numbers used by opponents. Start counting
With NYC's energy benchmarking law now in effect, a data base of building energy consumption will start to take shape. Stay tuned
With cities consuming 73% of the world's annual energy budget by 2030, what will urban life be like? Stick around
For a second year in a row no new US coal-fired power plants were built in 2010. What's the alternative
Congressional Republicans will try a rarely used tactic to stop new EPA GHG rules from going into effect. Check it out
EPA rules for vehicle efficiency standards and industrial GHG emissions are now in effect. Just a reminder