PlaNYC For The Long-Haul
How can long-term urban environmental blueprints like PlaNYC survive the short-run election cycle?
How can long-term urban environmental blueprints like PlaNYC survive the short-run election cycle?
For the first time in two decades, the UK approves construction of the a new nuclear power plant.
The future of the Japanese fleet of 54 nuclear reactors is still in play
The cost of severe weather events in the US is set to break records in 2011 and offer a taste of what's in store.
The Obama administration seeks localities willing to become permanent hosts for nuclear waste.
What is it about Conservative White Males (C+WM) that form the core of US climate deniers and is there any solution to the climate equation?
Check out this New York City web page loaded with information and links to new programs in its Greener, Greater Building Plan.
With $5.6 million, NYSERDA funds free energy audits for small businesses and non-profits and creates a $13 million low-interest energy efficiency loan program for saving money every month.
The UK government creates a minister for cities to focus national policies and make urban areas its engines of economic revival.
A 2007 tundra fire in Alaska, a previously rare event, had climate feedback implications and doubled the size of Arctic burnt areas.
Toyota is set to support President Obama's new auto fuel economy standards of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
An annual poll of Californians' opinions on environment and climate topics reveals changes that come and go and some that stick.
Germany develops a three-part energy strategy for a post-nuclear power system.
The House appropriations bill for international climate and energy efforts is a string of zeros.
While order for fuel are down and its CEO is out, other parts of France's nuclear power giant, Areva, hold up.
From NYC to San Francisco, and some places in between, permaculture is the thing to do.
CAMBA a 209 unit Brooklyn housing development that aims at LEED Gold status and includes apartments for low income and special needs residents gets the green light.
Losing its German utility partner, the word's biggest wave power project on Scotland's Lewis Island could fail.
Rohit Aggarwalla, special advisor to the C-40 initiative, explains what cities working together can do to face their climate challenges.
Research Council awarded a £5.9m grant to the "digital city exchange" programme of Imperial College for establishing a smart cities tech center.
The proposed federal budget zeros out funding for the Defense Department to obtain LEED certification for its buildings.
US cities face rising water-related risks from global warming.
Wade into New York City's resilience planning for mid-century storms and floods linked to to a hotter planet.
A record-breaking 11.5 inch rainstorm floods Seoul, South Korea.
New York's Fortune Society uses a federal grant to train ex-offenders in green job skills, expecting to place 42 members of the graduating class.
Michael Levi asks what to make of the Breakthrough Institute climate agenda, which eschews the goal of avoiding big-time climate changes.
A UN watchdog agency predicts global use of nuclear power will increase.
New oil and gas hydrofrackers in Texas and North Dakota flare off gas rather than keeping out of the atmosphere.
Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant spend $50 million on new fuel, hoping the facility will not be shut down by the state.
Al Gore makes the case for a shared identity of debt ceiling deniers and climate deniers.
Here's a color-coded chart graphing the sources of the globe's GHG burden.
Global warming will increase flood-vulnerable areas of the US 40-45% by the end of the century.
If a House appropriations vote scheduled for his week become law, environmental quality at favorite US vacation destinations will suffer.
The idea of rating and comparing buildings' energy performance is catching on around the US.
A survey finds local governments are just beginning to tackle sustainability issues.
The global market to purchase carbon offsets while protecting forests attracts few buyers.
China beats the PV competition with a business model that generates funds for developing new technologies.
After the fatal crash of a Chinese bullet train, take a look into what's driving the plan>.
What's ailing the EU's carbon emissions trading system?
Economic growth in Indonesia propels hydro & geothermal power expansion, but coal use will rise to 60% of the energy mix.
Can London taxi drivers cut fuel use by changing their driving habits?
Local authorities must vote on a moratorium slated to end on July 31 on reusing salty, chemical-laced fracking fluid from wells in Fort Worth, Texas.
Consider the different ways Washington and New York approach the climate change challenge.
Federal regulators roll out rules to make the nation's electric power grid more cohesive and friendly to renewable energy.
Calling EU standards for free carbon emissions permits unrealistic, steelmakers sue the European carbon market governing body.
James Hansen & Makiko Sato explain why understanding the dynamics of Earth's paleoclimate is key to understanding what's happening now.
Bloomberg Philanthropies gives the Sierra Club $50 million for its campaign against coal-fired power plants and for more clean energy.
Will the fight over hydrofracking for natural gas extraction split New York's environmental movement?
Watch climate scientist Steven Schneider take on Australian climate skeptics -- it's worth 45 minutes of your day.
The UN won't decide whether climate change impacts will cause peacekeeping threats.
Imagine New York City and Amsterdam, both shoreline cities, in 2040 at this summer exhibition.
PACE, a program to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades in homes and offices that sank under the weight of federal officialdom, may see the light if new legislation passes Congress.
With the release of New York's proposed supplemental environmental review on hydrofracking for natural gas, questions start rolling in.
A major Chinese oil extractor buys Canadian oil sands reserves for $2.1 billion.
Plans for a November energy ballot in Boulder, Colorado break down on a dispute about wind power between the city and its electric utility.
The Financial Times editorializes about the absence of short or long term government decisions on Japan's energy future.
"When you make a decision about the future -- whether it is based on theory or observation -- it is a sort of gamble. You can never know what is going to happen. When we make decisions about how to tackle climate change it is no different," David Stainforth, Confidence in Climate project
The House votes to give DOE's energy research wing, ARPA-E, an $80 million budget boost, but this falls far short of recommended targets.
Quebec kicks off a carbon trading pilot program in 2012 covering 100 facilities, with carbon caps coming in 2013.
Learn what a Brooklyn arborist does and maybe you'll want to do it too.
China's ascendancy in the global PV equipment sector is felt in Europe
Despite the discovery of large uranium deposits, India is unable to be self-sufficient in fuel for its nuclear power plants.
US sales of the Leaf electric car are strong enough for Nisssan to raise the sticker price.
The climate-change denying Heartland Institute launches a closed climate change wiki.
Here's a menu of ideas about how the venerable Henry Street Settlement, located in 1830-era row houses, could go 21st Century green.
A US private equity investor joins with Munich Re in 42 Spanish and Italian PV projects.
Signs of life for a congestion pricing program have been detected in Albany.
This American Life drills deep into the science and politics of hydrofracking for natural gas in Pennsylvania.
Polling finds 53% of Australian voters oppose a tax on carbon emissions.
Enough about Murdochgate! What about a green growth policy in Britain if the Conservative government falls?
Historian Naomi Oreskes is a leading defender of the climate science profession and its work.
The head of the President's Council on Environmental Quality visits IceStone the energy efficient Brooklyn manufacturer of kitchen counters made from recycled glass.
Frigid air conditioning is not the right response to Hong Kong's scorching summers.
The Washington Redskins stadium is getting 2 MW of solar power while promoting renewable power to the fan base.
Mayor Bloomberg takes another step in creating a top-tier science & engineering university campus in NYC
Are institutional investment managers overweighted in fossil fuel stocks that are forming a risky carbon bubble?
Explore this interactive map of tide power potential for the US being developed by Georgia Tech.
The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is poised to build 37 coal-fired power plants and is on course to become a world-class GHG emitter.
Panasonic plans to convert former factories into homes in Japan with energy efficient appliances and PV panels.
Australian-based BHP Billiton snaps up its second US shale gas company for $12.1 billion. Reuters commentary
The federal government rolls out a new Energy Star pilot program that covers an array of the most efficient gear-in-class.
A national environmental group fears that New York's proposed hydrofracking rules will imperil the decades-old underground tunnels which supply New York City's drinking water
Scorching summer temperatures in the midwest are heading east.
While climate change might be our undoing in the long run, Vaclav Smil thinks the Great Unraveling of the world's rich economies will get us first.
France shows a rising interest in wind power with 148 MW of installed capacity.
Clean air activists in London are alarmed over lack of progress and policy rollbacks.
Adding to a controversial aspect of climate policy, a new study pegs the social cost CO2 levels at $900 per ton of CO2 emissions.
MIT uses nanotubes to build a rechargeable battery that stores solar heat to create energy.
While US renewable power numbers are rising, is this trend enough to make a difference?
In cities across Europe, people are riding bikes to get around, but not in American metropolises. What's the problem?
Research models the urban temperature impact of cool urban surfaces and also considers large solar arrays.
The Congressional effort to toss out light bulb efficiency standards blows a fuse while, as a result of the 2007 efficiency law, technical innovations in 21st century lighting booms.
The federal Better Building Challenge kicks off with 14 partners who will mobilize private investment to make commercial and residential buildings more energy efficient while sharing their how-to strategies.
It's summertime and New York City is filled with public art in its parks, streets, roofs and storefronts.
The business relationship between a Chinese wind turbine maker and American Superconductor is in disarray over technology access and slow markets.
OK, this story about how Indian Point, seeking higher profit margins, is selling less power to New York City, ran in December 2010, but it's news to me
The US military deploys electric power microgrids in Afghanistan to cut dependence on the tough task of trucking in fossil fuel.
Jairam Ramesh, India's activist environmental minister is blamed for blocking development and loses his cabinet seat.
California wants to build a zero net energy (ZNE) homes and offices future by 2030.
The House will vote on Tuesday on cuts to energy efficiency and education funding, while other energy and environmental budget bills are pending.
Looking for a career in the green space? Look here
New York City could seek private investors to modernize its municipal parking meter system.
Only if people have a sense of place in their cities and neighborhoods will a sustainability agenda thrive.
Make the connection between air pollution and its toll on athletes and youth.
Does it matter that at last week's Presidential Twitter-Town Hall, Obama chose words like "clean" energy, but did not say "green" or "sustainable"?
Republican Presidential hopeful John Huntsman names environmental activist, Mark McIntosh, as his energy advisor.
With only a handful of successful Tea Party-inspired energy proposals, will its light bulb bill go dark?
For students in high performance school buildings, a green curriculum is all around them.
The ABC's of window installation and energy efficiency.
Here's the argument for reauthorizing a federal transportation law in 2011.
With steep cuts in electric feed-in support coming in August, 2.4 MW of PV go on-line in Britain.
A report documenting the ecological downside of biofuel production may signal the end for this industry in the EU
After the recent road deaths of three NYC bike riders, iis it time for a publicly-available Police Department study of what happened and how City streets can be made safe?
Governor Cuomo is being urged to get behind a project to bring Canadian hydropower to the NYC area through a cable buried in the Hudson River.
Ottowa, Vancouver and other Canadian cities get federal funds to build light rail systems for decreasing their traffic congestion problems and improving their economic competitiveness.
In the US and around the world, why are cap and trade programs for cutting GHG emissions fading away?
Beyond the hackinging headlines about Murdoch's media empire, is there a generational shift coming on its climate opinions?
Will the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation lay off 86 staffers, including scientists, engineers and attorneys, today?
Australia calculates that 500 companies will have to pay a carbon tax, while households will be compensated.
If The Supreme Court thinks EPA has a climate job to do, apparently Congress does not based on its EPA budget cuts.
The potential for getting electricity from PV panels atop New York City schools and other roofs could be an energy game changer.
The restart of nuclear power plants in Japan is likely to be delayed by local government objections.
British Cabinet member Chris Huhne explains why climate change is a 'systemic risk' to food, water energy security, human health, trade flows and political stability.
What happens when a volunteer environmental army, the EDF Climate Corps, fans out into corporate America?
What's the link between US diesel fuel prices and the cost of water used at China's coal-burning power plants?
Media coverage of climate change in the US and Europe is a study in contrasts
Got a climate question for President Obama today? Ask it
The EPA says it is committed to its agenda for issuing a host of hotly contested air pollution and CO2 rules.
Scholars find Democrats and Independents are more likely to vote for candidates favoring climate and green policies while Republicans voters respond neutrally.
Visit a 1.000 cubic foot home that's carbon neutral, offers all the mod cons and generates income.
Radioactive cesium above regulated thresholds is detected in the soil of a Japanese city 60 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plants.
The British energy minister calls for nation to become a magnet for new nuclear power plants. Learn more
The first appointments to the New York DEC hydrofracking advisory council are made. Naming names
There are many opportunities to green NYC's trove of historic building. Start here
The World Trade Organization rules in favor of a US complaint over China's 'green' export restrictions. Trade up
Can Governor Cuomo succeed in shutting down the Indian Point nuclear power plant if it keeps its federal operating permit? Consider this
Which US cities top the index in the second annual survey of green building opportunities and why? Look into it
The European parliament blocks a move to increase its CO2 cutting target from 20% to 30%. What, we worry?
Release of sulfur into the air from Chinese coal burning tamps down rising global temperatures. Say what?
Explore the input that shapes the output in trendy urban sustainability ratings.
Vaca Muerta, or "dead cow" contains Argentine oil deposits that could be obtained by hydrofracking. Moo-ve over
A political fight brews over growing a green economy as wind and solar projects advance in Ontario, Canada. Learn more
Poland has much to gain and much to lose if it uses hydrofracking to extract its natural gas resources. Drill down
A Brooklyn College Lab is home to tilapia; could this become a new way to fish for supper?
With a water glut in the northwest, hydropower drowns out wind power. Dive in
With power supplies slashed, Major Japanese manufacturers are changing the way they work to cut energy use by 15%. A must
Westinghouse, maker of the AP 1000 nuclear power generator, seeks to reassure the NRC about its safety and pave the way for 14 new US power plants. EE News [Subscription]
Now that NYC has a solar map, it's time to crunch some solar power numbers. Start counting
Britain reports sharp increases in the use of renewable energy sources and coal for creating electric power. Plug in
What's the scorecard on hydrofracking for oil in Texas? Wins & losses
What is the PETM and why do climate scientists care about it now? Find out
Budding public participation in decisions like building new hydropower projects, is nipped in China. Learn more