April 2014: The Cruelest Month
With average atmospheric levels above 400 ppm April 2014 sets a new record
With average atmospheric levels above 400 ppm April 2014 sets a new record
Demand for polysilicon, used to make solar panels, rises 15% on Chinese & Japanese demand
Using a medical analogy to describe and treat climate change could lead to more public buy-in
A mindful reader is on the alert for fake climate claim quotes & their echo chamber
An interview with Dan Zarrilli, NYC's top guy for post-Sandy recovery and resilience [Part 2]
Despite government slashing renewable energy support, Spain's Iberdrola utility sees rising revenues from its international renewables business
Got a great idea for how to grow green building demand? Here's a contest for you.
Assuming politicians can agree to tax carbon can economists agree on its value?
The NYC Council passes 4 bills to make Gotham healthier & more energy efficient
The Goldman environmental prize is awarded to Desmond D'Sa for shutting down a hazardous waste landfill in Durban, South Africa
9 tips for making old homes energy efficient
Climate finance 'cli-fi' is the leading edge for renewable or low-carbon energy project funding
An EPA rule limiting interstate pollution from coal-fired power plants is upheld by the Supreme Court, 6-2
Major utility regulatory reform with distributed resource planning is coming to NY
What's driving Google's (and not just Google) green energy drive?
Despite well-funded fossil fuel attacks on renewable energy, the greens might prevail state-by-state
40 rich nations saw their carbon emissions dip 1.3% in 2012
The carbon impact of retiring coal-fired power plants will be outweighed by shutting down nuclear power plants
An engaged African-American community is necessary for climate action says the EPA
GE invests $24 million as part of a 151 MW solar power project in India
This Texas toolbox could scale up PACE for commercial buildings in a hurry
A project to harness wave power to create electricity runs aground In Oregon
See the above-ground remnants of NYC's first drinking-water system
Why the Koch Brothers put all that energy into fighting solar power
With less than 3 years left in office, will Obama move the climate action dial?
Calling it a vital part of the nation's energy portfolio former-NYC Mayor Giuliani favors the continued operation of the Indian Point nuclear power plant
When utility repairs are made under the streets of Dayton, OH, a wireless tag identifying who fixed the street is required
Instead of burning hydrocarbons use them as feedstock for new materials & products
Over the last 4 years US solar power grew 400% and now stands at 12,057 MW, 1.13% of total electric generation
Enforcement of existing air pollution laws a top concern at City Council hearings on newly proposed laws
Now's the time for China to take global climate action leadership says EU chief
The filter system for a jumbo swimming pool floating in the Hudson or East River gets tested
What's with the male bias in media coverage on climate change?
Google data centers in Iowa to be powered with 407 MW of wind, enough for future needs too.
Mayor de Blasio releases an updated PlaNYC report, with an emphasis on resiliency ideas
The Daily Show does climate change & then some
The Crown Estate, British lands taken by William the Conquerer, invests in off-shore wind projects now
The idea that global temperature rise can be kept below 2°C looks increasingly delusional
With more than 100,00 solar roofs California utility calls for a 'sustainable' energy policy
What's happening as Apple gets into clean energy & a smaller carbon footprint?
April 2014 could be the first month in human history where atmosphere CO2 levels are above 400 ppm every day
Psst want to buy a microgrid? Here are some basics
Japan's plan for a natural gas exchange stumped by lack of a national pipeline network
Advocate for climate action idea that are politically feasible and bid farewell to brilliant ones that aren't
Looking to the future Con Ed sees solar power in its future
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn finds it really does take a village to rebuild
The nation's first affordable apartments built to 'passive house' standards open in Bushwick
Imagine traveling the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront by streetcar
Environmental and civil rights activist Michelle DePass evaluates the Bloomberg years, the first 100 days of the de Blasio administration and what it could be doing
Get over the idea that rooftop solar power and utilities must be at war
"I was wrong" to dismiss the power of renewables in combating climate change, writes Paul Krugman
While the latest IPCC report finds global GHG emissions continuing to rise the meaning of trends within countries needs to be understood in the context of development & trade
Daniel Zarrilli to lead Mayor de Blasio's post-Sandy rebuilding and resiliency efforts
The success of renewable energy spells big trouble for Germany's traditional power utilities
$138 million in bonds for low carbon buses & buildings will be offered by Johannesburg, S.A. next month
Does Mayor De Blasio's proposed budget for NYC parks advance his equity agenda?
Final rites for the San Onofre nuclear power plant
From building energy use data bright ideas about citywide efficiency can arise
Lessons to be learned from Canada's failed effort to enact a carbon tax
First photos from the new EU Sentinel satellite with a mission to monitor the state of the Earth
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer will audit Build It Back, the home rebuilding Sandy recovery program
Here's a thought, climate action will come from the top down, not the grass roots up
When it comes to energy transitions making the right supply-demand sequence can be tough
Statistical analysis of temperature data since 1500 rules out natural fluctuations as the cause of a hotter world
Washington DC to reintroduce trolleys, gone since 1949
When P.S. 62 opens on Staten Island it will produce at least as much energy as it consumes and possibly sell energy back to the grid
Chinese air pollution could be making US weather weirder
With solar power demand in the lead, global clean energy & efficiency investments up 9% in 2014
Improving electric grid security is a challenge for domestic security authorities
One bikeshare tourist checks out the NY, Montreal & Boston scenes
Hudson Yards, a mixed used development rising in Manhattan, will become a first-ever environmental data source for the NYU Center for Urban Science & Progress
McKinsey & Co. predicts clean tech will be part of the rising tide of the new industrial revolution
The first test lab dedicated to improving building energy performance opens in Berkeley
Traditional German power utilities burn more coal than any time since 2007, while stock value sinks
Plans to export 5,000 MW of Irish wind power to the UK fizzles
Apple buys a mini-dam project to power some of its Oregon operations
China set to pass laws that could rebalance relationships between conventional development & environmental protection
A Cleveland Plain Deal editorial takes the UN climate panel call-to-action to heart
What can New York & Con Ed do to prevent gas leaks?
What area of decarbonized energy policy does the US outstrip Germany?
Philadelphia subways will earn more revenue for the city by storing more of the power they create and selling it to the electric utility
How vulnerable is the US power grid to attackers & hackers and what's the solution?
Consider the dimensions of a potential amalgamation of Beijing and nearby regional centers
Have urban light rail systems met their planning goals?
Why the boom in Texas wind power keeps booming
Coal will play a big part in Japan's energy future, renewable energy not so much
Academic journals have hard lessons to learn when attacked by climate deniers
Six tech start ups will partner with San Francisco city agencies to advance infrastructure, planning and eco innovations
Construction will start in 2015 on a mixed-use, affordable rental, green & healthy development in the South Bronx
Toronto, Vancouver & Calgary are ranked the most resilient cites in the world
Is rapid Arctic warming driving weird weather in lower latitudes?
The impact of climate chaos is inflating prices all along the global food supply chain
Donald Trump's Bronx golf course development will cost NYC $236 million, 10 times more than the original estimate
Focusing on real estate portfolios is a critical path for making energy-efficient buildings the new normal
An environmental press conference on the steps of City Hallpressed the Mayor to advance its NYC sustainability agenda
The ten US cities with the largest number of Energy Star-certified buildings & a building tally for the top 25
How the logic of financial investment is transformed in a carbon & resource constrained world
Starting as short term energy savings behaviors after Fukushima, are becoming durable energy efficiency solutions in Japan
Germany is on the lookout for a UK carbon permit trading scam artist
IKEA buys its first US wind farm and gets 98 MW of renewable power, while hedging on energy price fluctuations
LED bulb makers pursue long-term contracts to install & maintain municipal lighting systems
Finding money for Brooklyn waterfront park operations is entangled with real estate deals and zoning rules
Tax carbon, don't tax renewable power, make building codes and power plants more energy efficient, NOW
What the Dutch can teach us about designing storm and flood-resilient cities
The marketing benefits of a green roof atop the Barclays Center are springing into view
Global renewable energy investments will soar & here's why
Scottish independence from the UK could undermine low-carbon efforts due to higher costs for the smaller nation
Will governments heed the call of companies like Shell & Unilever for a global cap on carbon emissions?
Vermont's solar net metering program succeeds without strife - what's the secret?
Climate scientists work feverishly to predict the relationship between temperature changes and GHG levels in the atmosphere
Let your fingers do the walking through this NREL data base comparing the energy efficiency of products
Massachusetts is the first state in the US to issue $100 million in bonds to fund a range of environmental projects
Rooftop solar power projects could attract $5 billion in crowdsourcing
75% of projects proposed to the World Bank still don't get a climate impact assessment
Interview with a corporate investor who weighs the risks of climate change for the bottom line
32 US-made, diesel-electric hybrid passenger trains will start service in 2016
What do the 10 winners of the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers award do?
It turns out that more evidence alone doesn't change people's minds on politically-charged subjects like climate change
An Oneonta, NY energy storage tech firm raises $21 million to open a plant in China
Boston is the 67th city to step up as a global urban climate action leader
Japanese energy policy deems nuclear a base-load power source but does not set mandatory renewables goals
Plans are dropped for a 20 MW solar power project in India due to rising costs & supply problems
Can the methane leaks & fugitive emissions from hydrofracking that threaten to accelerate climate change be tamed?
A review -- and a chance to see -- Episode 1 of the 9-part TV climate change documentary
While cities are finding new enthusiasm for mass transit state governments aren't
Scaling up solar power use requires scaling up conventional approaches to home financing
Billions in new renewable power investments are needed to avoid a runaway hotter world finds draft UN climate report
3 years into a 4-year commitment to stop burning dirty heating oil, NYC is only part-way there
Planned wind power projects in Cornwall could shake up next year's national elections
US military researchers work on satellite tech that could beam solar power down to Earth
The world has twice as much renewable energy capacity as it had in 2000
What does the NY Stock Exchange launch of energy software company Opower say about the future of this high tech sector?
While current economic models for calculating the costs of climate change are not perfect estimates for the social cost of carbon are useful for policy-making
The key to scaling up the number of energy-retrofitted NYC homes is standardization & simplification according to a Pratt Center interim report
What are the top-ten plans under review for storm-proofing NYC?
California to require all buildings to install "grid smart" thermostats
The new National Solar Schools Consortium aims at powering schools across the US with sunshine
The newest index comparing sprawl patterns around US cities
Economist Nicholas Stern calls on Australia to do its fair share & set a better climate action example
Birmingham, UK joins biophilic city club, along with Oslo & San Francisco, so what does that mean?
China, the US & Japan saw rising clean energy investments, in a global context of lower spending
What can Mad Men teach us about getting people to buy into climate-friendly choices?
Amazon's cloud computing gets cited for its big carbon footprint by Greenpeace, but it's not the only dirty cloud maker
The phase out of dirty heating oil combined with low prices means more natural gas than ever heats and powers New York
When it comes to climate change impacts, is there any way to be really prepared?
Long getting the thumbs-down from Greenpeace, Apple, Facebook & Amazon are now getting some love
National Public Radio's new headquarters in Washington, D.C. is LEED Gold certified
German Prime Minister Merkel may ease up on proposed cuts to the wind power industry
We have met the enemy, it's us & it's time to do something about that
Connecticut and Massachusetts roll out different models of resilient distributed power systems
Boston doctors can prescribe $5 memberships for low income patients to Hubway, the city's bike share program,
A survey of 270 EU big businesses finds climate change spells more risks than opportunities
Think of the new IPCC report as an adaptation guide for a life in a climate-changed world
Bags of mountain air are being provided to smog-suffering Zhengzhou, China city dwellers
Face fundamental changes in our power supply system with five ideas for reinventing it better
No April Fool this Hong Kong investor snaps up distressed solar panel manufacturers
Exxon predicts the world won't meet its GHG reduction targets and its own fossil fuel assets won't be stranded by policy requirements
The latest IPCC report makes the case, climate signals are getting louder & action must be taken urges a New York Times editorial
An interview with Catherine Young, a climate change designer-explorer
Seeking to build an annex for its west side bus terminal the Port Authority hopes to provide off-street parking depot
Manhattan's Hudson Yards could flood the area with 24 million more people annually, but there's not enough mass transit to serve them