Court Slows Smog Rule
A federal court delays roll-ouf of an EPA rule to cut smog-making emissions from power plants
A federal court delays roll-ouf of an EPA rule to cut smog-making emissions from power plants
Vaclav Havel (d. 2011) closes out the year
Does this video recap of record-breaking weird weather in 2011 makes you look forward to 2012?
The glut of CER credits in the EU carbon market combined with Durban climate talk inaction depresses prices and puts the system at risk
One way to peer into the future of hydrofracking is to look at the corporate bond market
Get some year-end hints about Governor Cuomo's 2012 sustainability, energy and transportation agenda
Working from the premise that business solutions are critical to solving environmental problems, Bard College launches a sustainability-rooted MBA program
Whatever the specifics of a changing climate, factoring in its public health impacts steeply raises the cost of inaction
DOE $41.6 million stimulus fund investment in clean energy fuels cells starts to pay off
A look at corporate contributions in 2008 might offer insight into Newt Gingrich's pivot on climate and energy issues
Brazil orders 254 MW in new wind turbine capacity for delivery by 2014
Buying a car? Consider the injury rate of passengers in accidents involving hybrids compared to gas-powered vehicles
A top Massachusetts court upholds a long-term power purchase agreement for Cape Wind but a pending Delaware wind project loses its purchase commitments
Get acquainted with efforts around the world to cope with challenging climate changes
Methane is known to be a potent GHG, but why its atmospheric concentrations change is not well-known
To understand the uproar at the over the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, don't think Democrat v Republican
Western Canada speeds down the road to becoming a capital of hydrofracking for fossil fuel extraction
Although Japan's CO2 output soared this year, there are hints of solar-powered alternatives on the way
Vestas, the giant wind turbine maker, has had a bad year, facing low cost foreign competition and depressed European demand
Consider the Vermont plan for getting 90% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050
India announces it will not sign any binding agreement to cut its GHG emissions
A snapshot of the conflicting impacts of hydrofracking in one New York community
Predictions are the cost of developing a low-carbon energy future is close to the cost of a fossil fuel-filled future.
Who made it on this top ten New York City green real estate stories for 2011?
Scientists find that warming temperatures may slow the spread of malaria by making the killer parasite milder.
With so much still to learn about climate and earth sciences and the need to do data-gathering research, now more than ever, research funding is key to scholars, decision-makers and citizens alike.
Former Senator and Clinton-era official Tim Wirth calls on President Obama to to show some leadership on climate action if he gets re-elected.
Can businesses who get green become the key to unlocking the resistance of other businesses to act on climate change?
China plans to build Asia's largest coal-burning power plant in the port city of Beihai.
Despite its renewables commitment, the bulk of the European Investment Bank energy investments still go to fossil fuel projects.
Buried in the human interest story about the man who dives to the bottom of the Hudson River to lay new cable, is the infrastructure story of what that cable does and who owns it
China continues development of new ultra-high speed experimental trains while it cuts back on building new capacity
Although life on Earth has always bounced back after radical changes in its climate, this time it could be different
An urban ecologist's final observation for the year about a Manhattan forest
A four-star review of the NYC Greener Greater Buildings Plan and the latest on Local Law 84, its benchmarking law
Hawaii and California reconsider utility rules that limit the growth of roof-top solar installations and other forms of distributed generation
Hostile to The EU imposing an aviation carbon emissions fee, China threatens trade retaliation
Unlike the famous holiday tune, Canadians are likely to have more green Christmases
Tis the season to learn the best way to seal up your window-mounted air conditioners and save on home energy costs
Us Marines can now rely on solar power when deployed in remote field locations
An industry optimist sees significant smart grid global growth along with renewables capability and security concerns in 2012
UK authorities approve a low-voltage electric transmission network designed for renewable energy sources
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signs off on the design of the Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plant, but a critic calls the decision premature.
Quebec and California team up on a carbon cap & trade program through the Western Climate Initiative
Even without government enforcement, consumers will have a wide spectrum of energy efficient light bulbs to choose from in 2012
Another in a series that explores how science gets done, focusing this time on how paradigms get shifted.
What's wrong with the argument that the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline would be a big jobs generator?
Catching up on some of the niftiest urban eco-innovators of the year, this one's from Futurefarmers
List of top environmental events in 2011, not much good cheer here
Would the local sale of Amsterdam-type bikes in New York City encourage more people to pedal?
Follow the year's five top developments in the smart grid sector
Public hearings will begin in January on NYCs greener zoning proposals
To satisfy the state's timber industry, Maine's Governor bans LEED ratings from use in government buildings
Scientific American debunks bad science that links US deaths to the Fukushima nuclear disaster
Dig deeper into the meaning of UK economist Nicholas Stern's insight on the contradiction between climate action and the market vale of fossil resources
Review six energy predictions made this year and consider their merits
Why does the goal of upgrading the energy efficiency of 14 million British homes over the coming decade appear doomed to failure?
Europe's highest court upholds a rule imposing carbon fees on airlines landing in EU member nations
Fossil fuel giant BP quits the solar energy business
Newly released documents reveal that official Canadian claims about the environmentally acceptability of tar-sands oil were less than true
Governor Cuomo's initial budget proposal for 2012 contains no money for oversight of natural gas drilling [Greenwire $ub]
The US threatens to retaliate against the EU for requiring airlines to pay a fee on their carbon emissions.
Google to buy four California solar power plants, bringing its sector investment up to $915 million
With the rollback of a 2009 tax dedicated to the MTA and no replacement sources tapped, Moody's warns about 'credit strain' pressures on transit revenue bonds
MIT students and Bronx residents start planning for eco-puncture, waterfront access and infrastructure adaptation on the borough's waterfront
Now that federal federal stimulus funds have weatherized 600,00 low-income homes, owners can save $400 a year on heating and cooling bills
Scientific American creates an on-line resource to track ongoing inquiries and debates in the hydrofracking sphere
The international fight over new GHG emission fees for the aviation industry in unlikely to be resolved by a court ruing expected this week
Start making lists of the hottest federal energy policy and GHG emissions controls fights coming up in 2012
Consider the tactics of an emerging generation of eco-activists.
Think it was the miracle of market forces that propelled the shale-oil boom? Think again
Check out this list of energy efficiency federal tax credits that disappear on New Year's Eve
Check out this list of the best in environmental journalism for 2011
Even before its official release, the new EPA rule cutting mercury, acid gases and particulates emissions from coal-fired power plants has foes and friends
Zap salted water with electricity and get a low-cost, non-toxic, energy efficient industrial-strength cleanser
An exhibit of practical, socially-conscious urban interventions from Caracas to Durban and more is reviewed here
Grist's Dave Roberts explores the tone, tenor and thresholds needed to get Americans serious about climate action
A short recap of Newt Gingrich's comings and goings on climate change and eco-stewardship
The new Australian carbon scheme gets a skeptical once-over
Chiquita Brands pledges to shun the use of energy derived from Canadian tar sands.
Russia applauds Canada's withdrawal from the Kyoto climate treaty and announces it won't make any new carbon-cutting commitments
US wallets shrink as utility bills soar, but consumers don't cut back on their electricity use
Looking for an eco year end wrap-up? Here's the US weather catastrophe slide show
Abandoned iron ore pits in Minnesota could be used as hydroelectric batteries for storing and dispatching wind power
A UK court rules that solar power companies can challenge government cuts to subsidies, while a decision on construction of a new nuclear power plant is imminent
Congress passes legislation that increases penalties and tightens some operating standards for fossil-fuel pipelines, but critics see serious safety omissions.
California advances toward getting 33% of its electricity from renewables in 2020 by approving the utility purchase of another 444 MW of solar power
Power from quantum dots of semiconductor material could be the lower-cost, high-efficiency future for solar energy.
The NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation makes its first investment in the energy efficiency upgrade of a 1958 office building in lower Manhattan
In 2011, opinion polling finds that climate change drops off the list of top British concerns
Green groups criticize European Commission proposals to make natural gas a 'transition' fuel on the way to a 97% renewable target in 2050 as lacking binding goals
At the Department of Energy Washington headquarters, the building is divided into zones competing for monthly energy efficiency improvement awards [Climate Wire $]
Here's the latest on what gets cut and remains intact of EPA powers and funds in Congress's budget bill
Reagonomics guru,Arthur Laffer calls for a carbon tax to replace the income tax
With climate change adding to the peril of desertification in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, does innovative reforestation stand a chance? [New Yorker $]
The price of EU carbon emissions permits hits a new low
Don't miss these four case-studies of leading corporate low-carbon innovators
Understanding the breadth of Canada's petro-economy is key to the country's exit from the Kyoto treaty
Citing the toxic health impacts of mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants, Mayor Bloomberg urges the President to regulate them now
The latest media sighting of the shuttered solar panel maker Solyndra is that a Delaware grand jury is investigating how the firm handled its federal loan guarantee
The much maligned northeast carbon cap and trade program, RGGI, proves its economic multiplier effect in Massachusetts and New Jersey too.
Written prior to the 2009 Copenhagen climate treaty meeting, this Rx for making a fossil fuel-free world still packs a punch after the 2011 Durban gathering.
Urban ecologists start to rethink the one-size-fits-all model of how cities grow and the eco-impacts they make
LEED certification for existing buildings outstrips LEED for new building by 15 million square feet.
Triple bottom line prospects for 2012? Not so good
Nissan backs out of plans to build an EV battery plant in Portugal, saying it's got enough existing production capacity.
For some, living in a world made hotter by humans will be the incentive for the next wave of technological innovation
In 2011, an Italian bank invested $2 billion in renewable power projects in Italy and Eastern Europe, with growth expected in Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey next year.
GSA is the federal agency with $4.8 billion to develop innovations in testing the energy efficiency of the government-owned buildings and vehicles
Companies that supply workers and equipment to handle tainted water from gas-extracting hydrofrackers are thriving
Areva, the giant French nuclear power utility, loses 1.6 billion euros as post-Fukushima uranium prices plummet
What did the media say about the outcome and meaning of COP17, the Durban climate meeting?
Bulb manufacturers step up to the energy efficient lighting challenge with investments and new jobs
Intellectual property laws can be a land mine for wind turbine makers
While criticizing the President's energy policy, Rick Perry lashes out at the 'country' of Solydra
A good national rail policy includes support for both conventional and high-speed service
The best ideas to come out of the Durban climate meeting focus on cities as the locus of sustainable action
Visitors to a solar-natural gas hybrid electricity generator in Egypt see signs of a solar-powered future based in the Sahara
Ten pillars of federal environmentalism at risk over the next twelve months
As the time for a Durban climate agreement dwindles, what is the current state of play?
While the Earth circles the Sun, a solar-powered catamaran is circling the Earth.
Will the hot international race for efficient low carbon technologies and market share do more to cool the climate than UN negotiations?
The dynamic role of oceans in storing and releasing CO2 comes into climate science focus.
New York City students, working with teachers and building supers, can compete in a program with a cash award for the best way to cut their school's carbon footprint.
The architecture firm HOK get a Platinum LEED rating for the commercial interior renovations of its own NYC office.
Climate economist Nicholas Stern sees a contradiction between public climate policy goals and the market value of fossil fuel companies based on estimates of underground reserves.
In what could be the last such funding for a long time, HUD awards $97 million in sustainable planning grants to a rainbow of regional and local projects
Find out who stars and who lags on the African Green Cities Index.
Youth sue the feds and nine states to compel governments to uphold their responsibility to protect atmospheric resources in trust for future generations.
EPA finds evidence that aquifer groundwater in Wyoming is contaminated with hydrofracking fluids.
The Prospect Park Alliance receives $2,687,000 from Governor Cuomo to replace an ice-skating rink and building with a LEED-certified recreational facility with 'green roofs', while restoring historic landscaping. [Source: Open for Business: Strategic Plan & Regional Project Awards, Dec. 2011]
As China becomes a market for US coal, a fight over new West Coast shipping terminals heats up.
China and Bill Gates explore new technologies to jointly develop next-generation nuclear power plants
Pivoting away from auto-dependent big-box stores, major national retailers seek more mass-transit links
GM says its near to solving the electric battery problems that lead the Volt car to go up in flames.
A utility owned by Warren Buffet buys a 550 MW California solar power project for $2 billion, no federal loan guarantees needed.
Despite job and population growth that is concentrated in the outer boroughs, New York's public transit options haven't kept up with the trend.
Take a virtual tour of big ideas and trends at the Barcelona Smart City Expo 30
UN Secretary -General Ban Ki-Moon is not optimistic about the outcome of the Durban climate treaty meeting.
It won't affect everyone the same way, but the impacts of climate change will raise the world's health risks levels
Health-hazard levels of ultra fine particles pollute the air - outside and indoors - in Beijing.
The state-based realities of the US electric grid, with its 1930's rules lack the planning and regulatory coordination to satisfy 21st century needs.
Reflect on why the New York City Zoning Code is up for a greener make-over and at the age of 50
If you've been to Cato Manor in Durban South Africa, this story will make you glad and if not, it will still make you glad.
A Prius was the only car to survive a highway pile-up that destroyed Ferraris, Mercedez and a Lamborghini.
Is UK columnist George Monbiot the only media environmentalist who supports nuclear power?
Republicans bring fast-tracking Keystone XL pipeline approval and blocking EPA industrial boiler emissions rules into the Congressional fight over extending the the payroll tax. EEnews $ub
The demand of UK for upfront payments to supply new manufacturing businesses slows economic growth.
India drives down the cost of solar power by compelling companies to auction their developments, bringing project prices into coal territory.
A new net-zero carbon emissions school in Los Angeles starts by being 70% more energy efficient than similar facilities and it's LEED Gld too.
Scientists develop a method to distinguish the "noise" of natural climate variations from the Time of Emergence (ToE) of climate change signals around the planet.
The Obama Administration announces $2 billion to make current federal buildings more energy efficient and another $2 billion for greening universities, hospitals and private properties.
A quick history of advertising for electric and power says a lot about how we live.
Songbirds change their tune in urban settings.
Get over Solydra already, ex-Governor Schwarzenegger's advises GOP Presidential aspirants, and focus on how the US can support new energy sources.
How much renewable power is used in the US, where does it come from and other fundamentals can be found here
While stipulating a new international climate treaty should keep required carbon cuts for industrialized nations, similar targets should be voluntary for the rest says China.
The future of the UK Green Investment Bank is clouded by funding cuts, allegations of pork-barrel politics and more
Proposed legislation would allow travelers to compare standardized carbon emissions data among UK airlines when buying tickets.
Global carbon emissions set new records in 2010, up 5.9% in just one year.
Ultra-low energy using housing design makes an appearance in the New York City apartment market
Weigh some pros and cons of geo-engineering as a solution to climate change.
Industry forecasters predict the US will become the world's leading natural gas exporter by 2010, although 90% of production would be consumed domestically.
Gurgaon, a mushrooming IT center at the edge of New Delhi, is just one of sixteen cities that will matter most in the 21st Century.
The problems with measuring and monitoring carbon offsets in the Alberta, Canada emissions trading scheme are not uncommon.
An accurate calculation of the subsidies given to different energy industry sectors depends on who you ask.
Two home energy reporting software developers are locked in a court battle over copyright claims.
Solar power, in all its forms, could deliver one-third of the world's power needs by 2060, according to the International Energy Agency.
From Cairo to Capetown, African nations are already feeling the impacts of a more chaotic climate.
Due to rising sea levels and sinking land levels, Delaware is shrinking, with its coastal wetlands the first to go.
South Africa, now relying on coal for 90% of its electricity, eyes creation of 9,400 MW of solar power by 2030.
In considering today's investment options, solar power shines.