UK: Renewable Gains
Renewable energy supplies increase sharply this year in the UK.
Renewable energy supplies increase sharply this year in the UK.
Governor Perry has made a career of EPA-bashing and takes credit where it isn't due.
By wide margins, polls and focus groups find the US public supports a federal role in growing green jobs and a clean energy economy.
Overcoming challenges from environmental justice groups, a California court green lights the state's carbon cap and trade program
Whether falling on his sword or signaling 'the buck stops here', DOE Secretary Chu takes responsibility for the federal loan guarantee to the now-failed PV-maker Solyndra
A new book explores how New York City's near-time urban environment meshes with geological processes billions of years old and makes the case for environmental responsibility.
The US climate envoy chills expectations for December's international climate treaty talks to be held in Durban, South Africa.
A Norwegian solar equipment maker cuts capacity and lays off 700 workers in the face of worldwide oversupply and sinking prices.
England's venerable resort town of Bath worries that nearby hydrofracking for natural gas could contaminate its thermal baths.
A supporter of Australia's proposed carbon tax class calls the tenor of critics' attacks a threat to democracy.
The US DOE awards Texas $450 million to build a power plant that burns low-carbon coal and uses high-tech acid-gas capture devices.
Donald Trump lashes out against an off-shore wind farm plan near a golf course he is building in Scotland.
Professor Socolow's essay refining his 2004 wedge strategy for grappling with climate change elicits hisses and kisses.
How could creation of an interstate infrastructure corporation help realize the goal of developing high speed rail in the northeast?
If rates are not raised or remaining nuclear generators reopened the electric utility owning the Fukushima power plant faces grim financial prospects.
The Senate budget extension bills do not include House language that strips $100 million from a DOE renewable energy loan program to fund FEMA and the House is now expected to support the Senate version.
The fossil fuel industry uses the same PR strategy the tobacco companies deployed against the science of smoking's health impacts.
The scientist who launched the strategic idea of a wedged climate stabilization triangle in 2004, says we know what to do about global warming but delves into why so little has been done.
Scotland announces a $54 million fund to help produce next generation, off-shore wind turbines and expects to leverage another $80 million in private investments.
A new poll finds New Yorkers like Governor Cuomo a lot, but are dubious about hydrofracking for natural gas.
Because Congress fails to approve a loan guarantee, the company set to install PV panels at military housing in 33 states, will work in just 11.
Get an attorney's view of the fast-evolving field of high performance building law.
Indian planners see the nation's potential for green jobs as creating opportunities for blue and white collar workers alike.
Higher tolls on Hudson River crossings have more commuters taking mass transit to work in NYC. LOL at the Post "shun" headline.
Did the New York Times goof in picking a technocrat rather than an industry expert to review Daniel Yergin's energy industry book The Quest?
Blame the Texas monster-drought and wildfires on climate change, La Nina or bad luck, there is no doubt it's changing life in the Lone Star State.
California estimates that a full-scale high speed rail system would need 3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year, about one percent more than the state uses today.
New York gets $149 million in federal funds to reduce delays and add service between upstate cities.
Canada expects to install 1,338 megawatts of wind power this year, nearly doubling last year's figure.
If you see a yellow arrow hanging on a NYC street or lot, what does it mean?
Climate change impacts are not remote in time and space since they can make you sick now.
With the opening of Via Verde apartments in the South Bronx, New York shows that green building can be healthy, affordable and handsome.
The time is now for green commercial leases to relocate from the financial frontier to the industry standard .
Pegasus, New Mexico, the latest software experiment to make cities smarter, might be outfoxed by human serendipity.
Did an Australian shale gas prospector exaggerate the size of its discovery to attract UK political support?
Shwetak Patel, one of this year's Macarthur Genius award-winners, has invented a sensor able to track the energy and water used by every appliance and faucet in your house.
Around the world, support is fading for CSS, a method to capture and store CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use, while energy demand continues to skyrocket.
According to big-ideas author Jeremy Rifkin, our future depends on shifting to a renewable energy economy.
Half of US Latinos live in neighborhoods with health-threatening air pollution levels.
The former beer-brewing center of Milwaukee is re-emerging as a green metro district.
China abolishes the municipal status of Chaohu, a city of four million people.
Hitting energy efficiency building targets could get a boost from software that factors in the weather.
With electric use on track to grow sharply and its historic reliance on fossil fuels and an aging nuclear power fleet, New York needs to plan a new energy future.
Cost ovrruns for building the Croton drinking water filtration plant will drive up New Yorkers utility bills.
No, this is not a poli-sci posting, it's all about competing models of electric power generation, ownership and control.
Scientists grapple with understanding why Arctic ice is melting so fast, it's not just academic.
Tour the 2011 Solar Decathlon, a student competition for the best solar home design.
The latest spray of Republican attacks on efforts to grow green jobs.
Coal could be the next big thing with the shut down of German nuclear power plants.
The Canadian Prime Minister calls the upcoming US decision on a pipeline to send tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico a 'no brainer'.
The Australian government predicts that a carbon tax will reduce incomes by .1% a year, while overall, incomes will rise 1.1% annually.
According to The Guardian, the World Bank will urge rich nations to redirect the $50 billion that goes to fossil fuel subsidies every year toward helping poor countries deal with climate change.
Observers weigh in on the significance of Solydra's bankruptcy saga for renewable energy development.
NYC's annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory finds real cuts, both annual and over its baseline year, 2007.
By a thin margin, New Yorkers support natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, with opposition greatest upstate.
Check out this review of the latest book by energy industry maven Daniel Yergin on the new world of oil.
Advisors to the President recommend veto of a pending House bill that would block EPA powers to regulate air pollution.
Guess who's a fan of Obama's infrastructure building plan?
Climate change along with political change means The Times of London must redraw its global map atlas every four years, bloopers and all.
A law suit seeks to overturn the Dryden, NY (pop.13,000) ban on hydrofracking to extract natural gas claiming that state law trumps local zoning rules.
China turns heads with its growing presence as a wind turbine supplier in Brazil.
In upcoming Ontario elections, the candidates debate over green energy policies heats up.
Next month, climate scientists launch ACE, the first working model for figuring out when weird weather is climate change-related.
While spiraling demand for oil will keep it the world's dominant energy source, by 2035 renewables could provide 14% of the energy mix.
During the final year of federal incentives, 2011 is a great time for new solar power, with US installed capacity up 69% over last year.
Private investors plan to pump $650 million into PACE financing to upgrade energy efficiency at commercial buildings in California and Florida.
Could it be that Rick Perry's anti-climate screeds have boosted public opinion on the reality global warming?
Using the latest data, scientists model how oceans respond to a changing climate. [$]
Supporters of a national renewable energy policy have plenty to keep an eye on this week in Washington.
A giant Greenland glacier field stuns scientists by melting in two years time.
Hard to top Jon Stewart's riff on the Solyndra brouhaha and Obama.
A Reuters poll finds an upswing in the number of Americans who believe in human-caused global warming and are concerned about it.
Step by step, Jamaica Bay returns to life.
New Zealand officials are concerned about the cost and integrity of its carbon emissions trading scheme and might delay expansion.
Although the collapse of Solydra grabs the headlines, there's more good news about the US solar industry.
A Bloomberg polls finds risks for anti-green candidates in the general presidential election with 45% of respondents unlikely to support a candidate with climate denial views and 66% less likely to choose an EPA-hostile candidate.
EPA will miss its September 30 deadline for issuing draft power plant GHG emissions rules.
South Africa delays review on nuclear power plant construction bids citing safety concerns of this power option.
A California solar-cell maker withdraws its application for a federal loan guarantee and fires 80 workers.
The New York City Bar Association examines how the City's powerful Zoning Resolution can be steered toward planning for sustainability.
The Carbon Disclosure Project finds that climate change and energy efficiency are now a focus of the worlds biggest firms.
Spend some time with this Contrarian column on environmental economics and green jobs.
A Florida electric company puts in $5 million to reopen its solar power rebate program.
Was it politics or competitive pressure from Chinese industrial policy that lead to a fast approval for the Solyndra loan guarantee?
If you put down Tom Friedman's column after the "global weirding" paragraph, read what he as to say about the need for a carbon price signal or companies like Solyndra will be left for dead.
New York City to roll out a 10,000 bikes-to-share program and here's how it will work.
UK hospitals learn how to stop hemorrhaging money by becoming energy efficient.
While the California PV program for existing homes and businesses is on target to meet its goals, the housing crash has put a big dent in the solar rebate program for new construction.
Japan looks to floating wind turbines to provide power for the stricken Fukushima region.
The auto industry holds that the success of electric vehicles will rest on fleet purchases rather than individual consumer choices.
Investors respond to rising German demand for wind power.
The manufacture of small wind turbines is creating domestic jobs.
The vote for the Gillard government carbon tax plan facesstiff political opposition.
Let's hear it for the Long Island off-shore wind power project!
Grist calls Obama's decision to pull the plug on EPA ozone rules "a crass political move".
Forensic meteorology seeks to explain place-specific extreme weather events as new normals begin to appear.
Love your music collection but hate those old CDs and want to go green? here's one option.
Coal and shale gas-reliant Poland will represent the EU at upcoming international climate talks in Durban, South Africa.
After the flame-out of Solyndra, the PV maker with $535 million in federal loan guarantees, what are the prospects for two other high profile, green energy start-ups?
Since CERN research finds a link between cosmic rays and formation of molecules that make up clouds, why don't these rays explain our changing climate?
Bloomberg New weighs in on the side of the Obama Administration decision to delay on new ozone rules until 2013.
While large numbers of people use their feet to get around East African cities, that's not a measure of walkable cities.
Start the week off right,find out what's in store at Congressional environment and energy hearings.
What could possibly be wrong with create public-private capital partnerships to improve America's aging infrastructure?
One death and four injuries are reported at a nuclear waste treatment site near Avignon, France.
Green walls provide the latest dimension in sustainable building in Vancouver, Canada.
The NY Post claims green jobs have been lost in California during the Obama years, but the Brookings Institute finds real eco-job growth for the 2003-2009 period.
Three cheers for the bike lanes rolled out by NYC's Transportation Commissioner and the legacy they could create.
New research finds that replacing coal burning with natural gas does almost nothing to slow down global warming.
The Economist headline say it all about findings of a Yale survey of Americans' climate change opinions.
Stimulus funds for home energy efficiency upgrades run into a buzz saw of some bad contractors, short time lines and political hostility.
A US private equity firm plans to raise a Chinese yuan-denominated clean energy fund to take advantage of rising urban concerns about energy and pollution.
In just one year, Binghamton, New York gets socked with two once-in-a-century floods.
The heat in Houston Texas this summer rates as a once-in-10,000-year event, but what does that mean?
In summer 2011, scientists detect record levels of melting Arctic sea ice and explain why that is important.
Now, New York City can shrink its carbon footprint through a utility program that makes high rise elevators energy efficient.
Grist warns that energy politics is not like graduate school, winning is disconnected from having the best argument.
The highly alkaline cement and gypsum in the dust from the destroyed World Trade Center was responsible for respiratory distress, while the contents and health effects of the disaster's airborne gases may never be known.
Americans are consuming less electricity at home, down .5% a year, even as they plug in more gadgets.
For the first time, Google reveals the size of its annual carbon footprint, 1.5 million tons and a typical Google user share is 1.46 kilograms.
The EU seeks the power to review pending energy and energy infrastructure deals of its member nations with non-EU governments.
The FBI shows up at Solyndra, the bankrupt solar panel maker, with a search warrant.
Testifying before Congress, the Center for American Progress offers concrete ideas for drawing on the nation's resources to launch a green industrial revolution.
Since there are no rules for assessing earthquake damage to US nuclear power plants, the post-quake inspection at the Virginia North Anna plant offers a real world experiment.
Coca Cola vending machines in Japan get eco-friendly by cutting energy use 70% with LED lighting.
The Department of Energy provides $344 million in loan guarantees to put solar panels on homes at 124 military bases.
The Onion makes you laugh until you cry on the subject of doing something about climate change.
An Energy Department audit reveals that nearly $900 million in federal stimulus grants for energy efficiency and renewables remains uncommitted past the program deadline date.
Canada has a message for unemployed US construction workers, come north to get a job drilling in the oil-sands fields.
Hear echoes of the US brawl over environmental protection and economic development in the UK's sustainability debate and Einstein's quip, "The thinking it took to get us into this mess is not the same thinking that is going to get us out of it.'
According to City and State First Read "*When the Department of Environmental Conservation releases its complete report on hydrofracking today, Ramsay Adams of Catskill Mountainkeeper has a burning question for state officials: In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene's rampage across New York, where does the report stipulate how to protect gas wells against the increasingly common threat of flooding?" Link to DEC report.
After President Obama abruptly offed the EPA smog rule, what are insiders saying about Lisa Jackson's shelf life at the agency?
Worldwide, private-sector investments in green tech tops $400 billion this year, but more institutional investors are needed to solidify markets.
Expect fire-fights over energy policy and the EPA as a warm-up to upcoming budget wars in Congress.
New Mexico is home to The Center, a city-scale experiment in developing and testing next-generation infrastructure.
A survey of northeast wind turbines in the path of Hurricane Irene finds they survived the ordeal and are in use.
Climate scientist lays out the errors in a controversial skeptics' article that lead to a journal editor's resignation.
Agriculture experts in the mid-west worry about the impact of climate variability on crop production and US ability to feed the world.
To raise environmental awareness, Bolivia celebrated Pedestrian Day by banning two million cars from city streets.
What drove Solydra, the PV panel maker with $535 million in federal loan guarantees, into Chapter 11 bankruptcy?
According to Wikileaks, Pakistan was miffed because it believes India got a more important role at the Copenhagen climate talks.
The prospect of Bangkok's ocean inundation by 2030 lead to proposals and denials.
In the most-e-mailed story of the day, New York Times columnist David Brooks charges that jobs won't come from government efforts to grow a sustainable energy economy. Compare this with The Nation columnist Eric Alterman who sees the death of Keynesian economics in Obama's policies. Another observer digs into the shifting market dynamics for PV makers and finds winners and losers. Nancy Anderson suspects that the lack of federal climate law just might have something to do with the business failures Brooks cites.
This NASA photo shows sediments washed down the Hudson River into New York Harbor coming from Hurricane Irene's upstate flooding.
A next-generation battle shapes up over weighing the costs and benefits of environmental regulations.
The editor of a presigious climate science journal resigns, taking responsibility for publishing a skeptic's paper that did not meet quality standards.
The controversy over hydrofracking for natural gas spreads to the semi-arid South African home of the Khoisan people.
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupery
With $455 million in US Export-Import Bank loan guarantees, two thin-film photovoltaic plants will be built in Ontario.
Researchers combine two inexpensive chemicals to make hydrogen to power fuel cells from nothing but sunlight.
Congressional Republicans demand the paperwork for the $535 million federal loan guarantee to Solyndra, a bankrupt PV maker.
With plans to shut all its nuclear reactors, will Germany bury its highly radioactive waste in northern salt mines or build other permanent repositories?
A 'perfect storm' of events and political trends stops the country from preparing to face the weather's new normals.
PACE bonds, an innovative way to finance energy efficiency upgrades that was left for dead by the Federal Housing Administration, may be saved by a federal court ruling.
A survey of US insurance companies finds the industry is doing little to address and assess climate impact risks for business.
In contrast to another month of dismal new job numbers, green industry clustering shows signs of economic growth.
New York Fashion Week 2011 cuts its reliance on dirty, smelly, noisy diesel-powered generators, from nine to seven.
Climate economist and former IMFer, Lord Nicholas Stern, will advise the UK government on establishing a Green Investment Bank.
Chris Ward, Executive Director of the Port Authority, stirs things up in a speech calling the political assault on US infrastructure funding the "deterioration of the social contract", while he memorializes 9/11.
Ford and Toyota team up to develop a line of hybrid light trucks and SUVs.
Japan will lift restrictions on Tokyo's big energy consumers ahead of schedule due to cooler weather and supply improvements.
Acknowledging the need for climate change adaptation is the first step, but making impact forecasts at the local scale is a big challenge.
A climate scientist takes aim at the climate-deniers in Murdoch's 167 newspaper-strong media empire.