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December 3, 2014

How Cities Can Track Their Emissions - Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Next City

This Friday, at the UN conference in Lima, delegates will discuss yet again how their countries might finally reach an agreement to address climate change. But one presentation, by...

December 2, 2014

Harnessing the Tides: Promising But Pricy - Jared Meyer, RealClearPolitics

The falling cost of wind and solar power production is among the factors that have led to a revival of interest in wave and tidal power. Less unsightly than wind or solar facilitie...

December 2, 2014

Extinct Species Should Stay Extinct - Ben A. Minteer, Slate

For a species that’s been dead for a century, the passenger pigeon is having a pretty good year. A flurry of newbooks, features, and a majordocumentary has been rou...

December 2, 2014

Mitigating Natural Gas Use in the Electricity Sector - Alison Cassady, CAP

Climate change poses a real and present danger to people in countries all over the world. Scientists agree that we need to move swiftly and aggressively to decarbonize the global e...

December 1, 2014

We're on the Brink of Mass Extinction - Sean B. Carroll, The Daily Beast

 About 9:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday in 1965, a tornado struck Toledo, Ohio. I was just four years old and asleep when my Dad felt the pressure drop and called the family to the ba...

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November 29, 2014

EPA's Smog Proposal: Five Questions - Amy Harder, Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting in motion the latest in a series of far-reac...

November 25, 2014

A Scorecard Approach to Cutting Carbon - Bosetti & Frankel, VoxEU

Many countries have announced emissions targets for 2020. To evaluate which countries are doing their fair share, this column proposes a ‘scorecard’ approach based on t...

November 25, 2014

EPA Regulations Meet Federalism - Michael S. Greve, Library of Law & Liberty

Under the Constitution, states have no right to “interpose”—that is, to block the enforcement of supreme, validly enacted federal law. However, with the arguable ...

November 11, 2014

BP Settlement: Redistributive Justice? - John Baker, Federalist Society

This White Paper discusses the litigation and class-action settlement resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The paper argues that the strange developments...

November 11, 2014

Can Humans and Nature Coexist? - Gayathri Vaidyanathan, SciAm

November 3, 2014

Carbon Tax: Better Than Regulation - Eli Lehrer, Weekly Standard

Despite growing support from some conservative policy wonks, the idea of taxing carbon dioxide emissions, even as an alternative to the sort of heavy-handed greenhouse regulations ...

November 3, 2014

New IPCC Report: Ten Things to Know - John Light, Grist

The latest IPCC report is out, and the news is not happy.The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri,called today’s report the &ld...

November 1, 2014

Free Markets: Good for Energy, Environment - Nicolas Loris, Heritage

America is in the midst of an energy boom and the United States is reaping tremendous economic benefits because of it. Businesses are hiring, incomes are growing, and the economy i...

October 31, 2014

Air Pollution Near Fracking Sites - Macey et al., Environmental Health

Horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and other drilling and well stimulation technologies are now used widely in the United States and increasingly in other countries. They e...

October 31, 2014

California's Carbon Market Is Leaking - David Roberts, Grist

California’s landmark climate policy program — AB32, passed in 2006 and defended from ballot attack in 2010 — includes, among other measures, a sta...

October 30, 2014

Methanol, the Fuel in Waiting - William Tucker, RealClearPolitics

Methanol is a bit of a mystery. It is the simplest form of hydrocarbon, one oxygen atom attached to a simple methane molecule. Therefore it burns. It is manufactured in small quant...

October 29, 2014

Not Beyond Coal - Robert Bryce, Manhattan Institute

Since 1973, coal consumption has grown faster than any other form of energy. Growth in coal consumption has been critical in providing electricity access in developing countries....

October 29, 2014

Offshore Wind Power: Promising but Complicated - John Cleveland, RCP

About 1,000 feet off the coast of Castine, Maine, floats an angular yellow structure, stark against the blue of the harbor. No, it’s not a buoy, although one might mistake it...

October 28, 2014

Clean Energy: Beyond the Grid - Justin Guay, Sierra Club

Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world....

October 28, 2014

How Garbage Can Power Cities - Sarah Laskow, Next City

As of July this year, there are 636 U.S. municipal projects that convert landfill gas — the carbon dioxide and methane and other volatile compounds emitted from our...

October 28, 2014

Reduce the Population, Save the Planet? - Bradshaw & Brook, PNAS

The planet’s large, growing, and overconsuming human population, especially the increasing affluent component, is rapidly eroding many of the Earth’s natural ecosystems...

October 28, 2014

A U.S.-China Climate Pact Isn't Impossible - Rebecca Leber, New Republic

The fight to stop climate change can seem pretty hopeless. The Republican Congress doesn’t even believe global warming is real, which means progress is limited to what Presid...

October 27, 2014

Yes, BP Did Damage the Gulf - Kara Lankford, Ocean Conservancy

In an opinion article published Tuesday, the oil giant BP would have us believe that the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster wasn’t all that bad for the Gulf of Mexico. ...

October 27, 2014

Taking the Carbon Out of Coal - Robert VerBruggen, RealClearPolitics

When coal burns, it emits a "flue gas" teeming with hard-to-separate pollutants -- but it doesn't have to. Instead, it can create a simple flow of carbon dioxide that's e...

October 25, 2014

Seven Solar Wonders of the World - Carbajal & Meresman, Greenpeace

October 23, 2014

Energy States Have Fared Better - Ben Gitis, American Action Forum

Economic recovery following the Great Recession has been mediocre at best. However, states that lead in energy production have performed much better throughout the recovery than th...

October 22, 2014

Carbon: The Path Forward - Frances Beinecke, NRDC

Millions of people in Southern California were under an excessive heat warning a few weeks ago. The Los Angeles Unified School District cancelled outdoor sporting events and more t...

October 22, 2014

No, BP Didn't Ruin the Gulf - Geoff Morrell, BP

Ongoing litigation and political wrangling over the Deepwater Horizon accident have generated considerable speculation about the size of the potential financial penalties facing BP...

October 21, 2014

Is There Hope for W.Va. Without Coal? - Jeff Young, Grist

The key to understanding West Virginia is to recognize that it is less a fully functioning state government than a resource-extraction colony. Even before King Coal’s rise, t...

October 21, 2014

Managing Water for the Future - Sarah Goodyear, Next City

Water is not an infinite resource. This may seem like an obvious statement, but for many people in the United States, where fresh, clean, water runs out of the tap for the most par...

October 20, 2014

Restarting Nuclear Power - Derrick Freeman, RealClearPolicy

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has endorsed the restart of the nuclear reactors at Kyushu Electric's Sendai power plant in southern Japan. This is a remarkable turnaround -- co...

October 20, 2014

Natural Gas Is Leaking and Warming the Climate - Brooks Miner, 538

The way U.S. cities move around natural gas may be contributing more to climate change than anyone appreciated: The pipes are leaking, and some are leaking a lot....

October 18, 2014

Climate Change: National Security Threat - Peter Lehner, NRDC

The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Fo...

October 17, 2014

Exporting Natural Gas: Benefits Outweigh Risks - Derrick Freeman, PPI

In a remarkably brief period, America has become awash in oil and natural gas. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) we have surpassed Russia as the world’s l...

October 15, 2014

The True Cost of Clean Energy - European Commission

The way energy markets function and the effect of government interventions in the European Union has been the subject of much debate in recent years. To date however, there has not...

October 15, 2014

New York City's Trash Inequality - Eric Goldstein, NRDC

Everyone who cares about the health of our planet and its people owes a big thank-you to the environmental justice movement for its role in organizing last month’s phenomenal...

October 15, 2014

EPA's Pessimistic Goal for Renewables - Union of Concerned Scientists

States can cost-effectively produce nearly twice as much renewable electricity as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculated they could under its Clean Power Plan, accord...

October 6, 2014

Energy and the Limits of Growth - Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg View

For all their calculating nature, economists are surprisingly optimistic about humanity's ability to have as much prosperity as it wants. Express concern about the negative impact ...

October 6, 2014

The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever - Nathaniel Rich, NYT

In Louisiana, the most common way to visualize the state’s existential crisis is through the metaphor of football fields. The formulation, repeated in nearly every local news...

October 4, 2014

Unlimited Free Solar Power? - Ronald Bailey, Reason

"Despite the skepticism of experts and criticism by naysayers, there is little doubt that we are heading into an era of unlimited and almost free clean energy," the Stanford techno...

October 4, 2014

Ditch the 2 Degrees Celsius Warming Goal - Victor & Kennel, Nature

For nearly a decade, international diplomacy has focused on stopping global warming at 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. This goal — bold and easy to grasp — has be...

October 2, 2014

A Skeptic's Guide to Global Warming - Berkeley Earth

Are you a climate change skeptic? You should be. With so many people ignoring the science, it’s important to distinguish facts from alarmist statements....

October 1, 2014

How Green Is Europe? - Vaclav Smil, The American

“Germany produces half of energy with solar.” That was the recent headline on a German website of news in English, and it would have duly impressed anybody wh...

October 1, 2014

Half the World's Wildlife Is Gone - World Wildlife Fund

The state of the world’s biodiversity appears worse than ever. Population sizes of vertebrate species measured by the LPI have halved over the last 40 years....

November 30, 2014

Eco-Friendly Polymers Discovered

November 27, 2014

EPA Proposes Cutting Permissible Levels of Ozone Pollution

June 14, 2013

Reports: Obama Climate Plan Rollout May Come in July

June 12, 2013

White House Pilots Climate Strategy With Congressional Dems

June 12, 2013

US Emissions Fall to '90s Levels

June 10, 2013

Report: Record CO2 Emissions; Too High for Climate Goals

June 6, 2013

EPA to Issue Ethanol Use Targets

June 6, 2013

Obama Officials Raise 'Social Cost' of Carbon in Federal Regulations

June 4, 2013

Billionaire Activist Targets Obama Supporters in Anti-Keystone Effort

June 1, 2013

Rand Paul Preaches Sustainability

June 1, 2013

Green Groups to Obama: Designate Lands to Stop Drilling

May 30, 2013

Obama: No Patience for Climate Change Skeptics

May 29, 2013

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May 29, 2013

Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Taking a Job at Apple