Senate Republicans introduce a bill to compel federal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and say they seek Democratic support.
Senate Republicans introduce a bill to compel federal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and say they seek Democratic support.
Brazil sides with China against a new UN climate treaty being considered at the Durban, South Africa meeting.
Business plans to install PV on homes at US military bases will go ahead despite a turn-down for a federal loan guarantee.
While the gap between talk about climate action and global realities is profound, more facts are now available, so don't despair.
Federal authorities override Massachusetts efforts to block the renewal of an operating license for the Pilgrim nuclear power plant.
EPA responds to utility critics of proposed air toxics rules in very fine print.
NYC issues it's first in-depth report on benchmarking the energy performance of municipal buildings and explains how they stack up compared to similar facilities around the nation.
What would it take for California to to get halfway to its goal of cutting GHGs 80% by 2050, more research and development of new technologies or more deployment of what is now available?
The current international climate treaty talks being held in Durban, South Africa do not come with high hopes.
GHGs from Norway's oil and gas industry make the country a per-capita global emissions leader despite its green domestic policies.
Aided by government incentives, a new fuel cell promises to make users energy independent and able to unplug from the grid.
What role should government play in the energy economy as a whole and why is government investment key?
On eastern Long Island, Brookhaven Labs hosts a 32 MW solar array and will analyze weather conditions and power output to create a more seamless system.
To track climate science at work, spend some time with this detailed response to the headline-making paper estimating the sensitivity of the climate to carbon emissions.
The New York Stock Exchange and Bloomberg New Energy Finance to establish three regional stock indexes to track investment in the renewable energy.
Duke Energy makes the business case for renewables by purchasing a 300 megawatt of wind power and a 1 MW solar project.
Instead of pouring tax dollars into costly, current-generation renewable energy projects, redirect them toward R&D for a new generation of efficient, clean and cheap power supplies.
While not required to cut carbon emissions, Turkey will pass a law requiring them to be measured, reported and verified
The high cost of fresh water in Israel both cuts consumption and raises hackles, with desalinization - however energy-efficient, - as a major expense.
Reviewing a decade of White House rule-making, including environmental standards, shows the impact of industry lobbying, although it varies with administration.
Despite broad international agreement, China and India kill off a Montreal Protocol amendment to curtail emissions of hydroflurocarbons - super-powerful greenhouse gases - starting in 2014. [Climate Wire $ubs]
An insider's overview of US clean tech venture capital action from 1995- 2011 shows a peak of seed money investment in 2008 and then a sharp contraction - no surprise there - but the future could be brighter.
A factory under construction in Ohio to make steel tubes for use in domestic oil and gas drilling will employ 350 workers.
Now's the time to reverse the tide of office development from suburban sprawl to downtown density.
Over the next five years China plans to mobilize $1.7 trillion on growing clean energy technology and products as well as energy efficiency, calling them 'strategic sectors'.
Bobby Kennedy, Jr. calls attacks on government-supported renewable energy projects bad for America.
A new study argues rising CO2 levels may not make the planet that much warmer, but there are caveats.
Denmark aims to get 50% of its electricity from wind power by 2020.
The antiquated German electric power grid operates at the edge of capacity as alternatives are needed to replace nuclear supplies and new transmission projects are slow to start up.
While the financial failure of a New York company using flywheels to store electric power for the grid made headlines, transmission line construction costs make other storage technologies competitive.
Will buying nothing on Black Friday make the world a little greener?
One bridge to a low carbon economy could appear with access to shale gas, especially in the US and to a lesser extent in Europe & Asia.
Consider how statistical 'fat tails' of low-probability, high-risk events plague climate action decision-making.
Apply the evergreen observation,"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." to the politics of building the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
With the departure of its 'green energy czar', Google abandons research on technologies to make renewable power sources cheaper than coal.
UNEP reports that the world might miss its GHG emissions-cutting targets for 2020 by billions of extra tons.
Columbia University proposes using harbor dredge material to construct a land bridge from Lower Manhattan to Governors Island to boost both development and tax revenue.
Even without national policy or international agreement on climate action, there is leadership that counts at the 'subnational' scale.
EPA Administrator Jackson speaks about the agency's current hydrofracking research and what might lie ahead.
New York City grass roots environmentalists meet with officials over management plans for Jamaica Bay.
The XL Pipeline, with plans to ship oil-sands across US, takes a long-term 'Exxon-like' view of its business prospects.
Harvard researchers find doubling current federal spending on energy R & D would be a key driver to attracting billions in private low-carbon energy innovation investment, but other supporting policies are equally essential.
With the Super Committee failure to come up with budget proposals, consider the energy, infrastructure and environmental implications of looming automatic federal budget cuts.
As world weather patterns get more turbulent, countries work with the World Bank and others to hedge against the destructive impacts.
Why would an international investors association drop the word "carbon" from their business name?
The public face of car companies is electric and fuel efficient, but what are consumers buying?
While Europe and the US are less attractive for renewable energy projects, China stays in first place and Brazil moves up the list.
While it's no surprise that Fox news air a lot of climate denial stories, it is surprising to see how little coverage climate news gets on MSNBC or CNN.
The EPA will miss a December deadline to propose regulations of GHG emissions from oil refineries.
Congress kills a proposal to establish a 'one-stop' center for climate information
Making the reality-based case for the federal rule requiring vehicles to get 54.5 MPG.
While the IPCC refines the current state of knowledge about what to expect as the climate changes, the urgency of undertaking adaptive actions is clear right now.
Linking Australia's new Clean Energy Finance Corporation & Renewable Energy Agency with the nation's price on carbon could be the start of something big.
The Washington Post Fact Checker looks into Rick Perry's claims about air pollution cuts achieved by his administration.
Carbon dioxide emissions related to power generation in Japan rose 4.4% last year, but are slightly below their 2007-08 peak.
Changes in the remote Antarctic Pine Island Glacier will matter close to home.
Congress' budget negotiators zero out funds for high-speed rail, but preserve some system upgrade support and most of the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access money.
Foreign investors, claiming retroactive decision-making, seek arbitration with the Spanish government over its cuts to solar power subsidies.
In a hurry? New York City's Select Bus Service will get you there faster.
Check out this YouTube clip of how an apartment building in Queens, NY can save big on its energy budget.
Alarming the solar industry, the German government seeks to cut subsidies and PV installation targets in 2012.
BY 2014, twenty-four countries will have high speed rail, up from fourteen today.
Congress member and Solyndra-slayer Fred Upton sought federal funds in 2009 for several Michigan businesses including a now-failed solar firm.
How can the five-part Greenwashing Index help consumers make eco-smart choices?
Here's the good news, by 2080 New York will be able to grow European-variety wine grapes. Here's the other news.
New York City will propose changes to its powerful zoning rules to accomodate green building features like more insulation or roof top solar panels.
Consider what can and cannot be learned from the latest animated climate data graphs.
Questions are raised about why the final segment of a BBC documentary about the changing Arctic and Antarctic climate will not be aired in the US.
With the US remaining adamantly opposed to international action on climate change, Chinese self-interest might drive the action agenda.
Opposition to coal-seam drilling (think hydrofracking) attracts unusual political allies in Australia, a country known for its long droughts and strong land rights.
If elected, the the French Socialist and Green parties vow to shut down 24 of the nation's 58 nuclear power plants by 2025.
New studies about the impact of aerosol pollution on climate change point in diverse directions and raise questions for future research.
Failed solar panel maker Solyndra was neither the first nor the only energy industry company to receive government subsidies.
The Bronx will soon be home to a company that makes and services battery-powered trucks.
Can't be at the ZtC conference? Read the blog
The President of Duke Energy publicly supports establishing a carbon cap & trade program and EPA rules to cut sulfur, nitrogen and mercury pollution.
The three year old Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Initiative gets high marks for cutting fossil fuel use and adding to the economy of northeast states.
Anyone who thinks the US delay in approving the Keystone pipeline from Canada will stop the flow should think again.
The New York Times attack on current patterns of renewable energy subsidies gets a feisty response.
The Australian Prime Minister proposes to lift a ban on exporting uranium to India, it's third largest trading partner.
Five years late and billions over budget, a French-built nuclear reactor under construction in Finland could reshape the world's energy options.
Making the case for why $172 billion in government spending on energy research and innovation since 1961 has probably paid off. Consider these past federally-supported energy tech achievements and what to turn to next.
As a general contractor, master plumber or master/special electrician, now you can apply to become a Certified Sustainable Contractor in New York City.
Despite the general gloom about the European economy, low prices still spur the purchase of wind turbines.
A new IPCC report spelling out areas of climate science uncertainty could make it tougher for developing nations to get mitigation and adaptation support.
Soon, some New York homeowners will be able to repay NYSERDA loans for energy efficiency improvements on their utility bills.
Nations that rely on the Nile and Limpopo Rivers are at risk from a hotter and drier Africa.
Digging into the demise of Solyndra reveals bright business big-box prospects for what could have been.
Looking for a refresher on how hot is too hot or what do concentrations of atmospheric CO2 explain?
The Cameron government lists 83,500 government-owned brownfields available for housing construction on a 'build-now-pay-later' plan.
A 250 MW solar power project in the Mojave Desert gets the regulator's OK on a power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric.
What's the story behind a wind power deal in Texas that turns out millions of dollars for local school districts?
China threatens to freeze solar panel projects in the US in retaliation for trade complaints made by seven firms.
Was environmentalists' opposition to the XL tar-sands pipeline the key factor in the Obama Adminstration's decision to postpone it?
Prospects darken for developing the nation's first carbon capture & storage facility.
Egypt starts on a journey to build 7,200 MW of wind power over the coming decade.
Some big power suppliers, spent billions to comply with 2012 clean air rules and the political threat of derailing them will harm corporate market positions.
EPA test find 2-Butoxyethanol, a chemical associated with hydrofracking, in a Wyoming aquifer.
A look at solar power projects in California shows it's no time to pull the plug on the renewable source of power.
While there could be some work-around on the EIA call to change our carbon-loving ways by 2017 or else, why gamble?
Don't miss this summary of the good news about the energy efficient building retrofit movement.
Review the record of what the current crop of Republican Presidential hopefuls have said about climate change and see what's changed.
The State Department is likely to call for rerouting the transcontinental tar-sands pipeline coming from Alberta, Canada
California climbs higher with one gigawatt of solar power now installed on its rooftops.
An analysis of 19,000 affordable housing units in NYC with energy efficiency upgrades finds yearly savings of $310.
Overwhelmed with the task of validating stories reporting on climate change? Here's some help.
Energy firms join forces to push for the UK's first carbon capture and storage facility at a Scottish power plant.
The Economist invites you to weigh in on a debate over the value of subsidizing renewable energy development.
Europe's largest solar power array, able to provide 91 MW of electricity, will open near Berlin this year.
President Obama announces the EPA will craft rules to control CO2 emissions from new power plants under existing Clean Air Act powers upheld by the Supreme Court.
Preliminary findings from the University of Texas report that while hydrofracking does not seem to imperil underground water resources, it is more harmful to surface conditions than other gas extraction methods.
A Florida law allows utilities to charge customers now for the cost of constructing nuclear power plants that may never be built.
With cuts to feed-in tariffs, 50% of solar power jobs in the UK are predicted to go dark.
Residents of Easthampton, MA protest the installation of solar panels on a local landfill, calling it visual blight.
Australia passes a carbon tax law, which converts to a cap and trade market for setting prices in 2015.
An ode to bike riding in New York and a comment.
Take a tour of Inner Mongolia, the capital of coal mining and GHG emissions in China.
While Spain is a leader in renewable power and high-speed rail, it still gets 75% of its power from fossil fuels.
With the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant high on Governor Cuomo's to-do list, the fight over how to keep the lights on heats up.
Why polls showing Americans' good feelings about clean energy don't translate into effective political action .
The Green Party has created a pivotal place for itself in German electoral politics.
An abandoned rail terminal near the Williamsburg Bridge could become New York City's first subterranean park.
The Socialist Party candidate for the French presidency is attacked for proposing less reliance on nuclear power.
Calling the environmental v the economy argument bogus, the White House blasts opposition to EPA regulation of cross-state air pollution.
The World Bank Climate Investment Fund commits $1 billion to eight countries for social and economic benefit projects to help arrest and adapt to climate change
The Bonneville Power Administration finds better places to store wind power --with its customers.
Compare and contrast New York City's benchmarking law with Canadian voluntary programs.
Seven reasons why the public shuts out climate information and advocacy.
The failure of Solydra should be seen as a technological and market success of the falling price of solar power.
The Sierra Club offers an urgent reminder about what it means to live on a planet with finite resources.
Holland ups its renewable energy funding to 1.7 billion euros to meet its 14x20 target.
Low-cost solar panels made in China are gaining a market edge over more advanced but more costly US products, but GE is undaunted.
NASA photos freaky Snowtober storm over the northeast.
The world's first hybrid-electric ferries will sail around the Inner Hebrides in 2013.
Think the world will break its addiction to coal anytime soon? Think again.
California's high speed rail proposal has a hefty price tag of $98 billion, but building roads to move all the rail users would cost $171 billion.
Drill into this fine print to calculate the carbon and climate implications of plans to drill and pump 1.7 trillion tons of bitumen from the Alberta, Canada tar sands. Don't skip the readers' comments.
Federal auditors report that the government's portfolio of green, occupied buildings really does outperform conventional real estate.
The New York Times offers readers the opportunity to respond to a dollars and cents attack on renewable energy and government support.
Why is asking if some freakish storm or drought is the result of climate change is the wrong question.
The inspector overseeing how DOE spent $35.2 billion stimulus dollars to testify the agency flubbed its job.
China, the US and 24 other countries call for exemption for their airlines from the proposed EU regulation of the industry's carbon emissions.
Now there's a free app to help consumers find the best energy-saving light bulbs for them.
Predictions of a non-subsidized 40% drop in the cost of solar power could make it competitive with fossil fuels by 2015.
The most expensive part of electric vehicles, the battery, could have a second life adding storage capacity to the power grid.
The Nebraska legislative session starting November 1 about the proposed Canadian oil-export pipeline could determine the project's future.
A new type of property insurance policy covers the performance of energy efficiency upgrades and requires ongoing monitoring of a building's energy performance.
Evidence abounds that much of the world is losing momentum on cutting carbon emissions.
Researchers rethink the popular recommendation about painting roofs white to help cool the planet.
Economic growth is tied to innovation and government provides five essentials for innovation to occur.
Because the federal financial bailout kept auto makers from fighting improved fuel efficiency rules, auto-dealers are jumping in to stop the proposed 54x25 standard.
Who is the American Tradition Institute and why is it suing a climate scientist iunder the Virginia Fraud Against Taypayers Act?
What are the key tools for making energy efficiency retrofits of commercial buildings the new normal?
The UK government plans to cut solar PV feed-in subsidies 50% by the end of the year, raising fears of crushing the move to renewables.
Whether you are a scientist, citizen or app developer, this on-line access portal could be just what is needed to access climate data and assess scientists' working models.
With global population at 7 billion and rising, can we build our way to a sustainable planet?