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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

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 13, 2014

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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....

September 29, 2014

Let's Export Oil - Robert Samuelson, Washington Post

One of the economy's good-news stories is the oil boom, a derivative of the natural gas boom. When the drilling techniques used to tap vast new reservoirs of natural gas were appli...

September 25, 2014

Capitalism Is Saving the Climate - Daniel Gross, The Daily Beast

Protesters might have flooded Wall Street to demand a greener world, but Wall Street is financing the construction of a post-carbon economy in a way that government can’t....

September 25, 2014

Explaining Northeast Pacific Warming - Johnstonea & Mantua, PNAS

Northeast Pacific coastal warming since 1900 is often ascribed to anthropogenic greenhouse forcing, whereas multidecadal temperature changes are widely interpreted in the framework...

September 25, 2014

Carbon Tax: Back and Worse Than Ever - Ethan Greene, TPA

Last month in Aspen, Colo., several bigwigs of the environmental movement met at the American Renewable Energy Day conference. Participants included Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, Theod...

September 24, 2014

Rural Electrification 2.0 - Bracken Hendricks & Ben Bovarnick, CAP

Solar energy is booming across the United States. Today, solar energy could cost-effectively generate 10 percent of the total power needed in 25 states. By 2016, 43 states will be ...

September 23, 2014

A Four-Step Energy Strategy for Our Time - Mark P. Mills, RCP

It's a sign of the times: The Islamic State is getting millions in oil revenues. According to one news organization, the terror group is even recruiting petroleum engineers. A...

September 23, 2014

Measuring Success at the Climate Summit - Ben Geman, National Journal

A parade of more than 120 heads of state—including President Obama—will pledge their commitment to tackling rising greenhouse emissions at Tuesday's United Nations clim...

September 22, 2014

Climate Science Is Not Settled - Steven E. Koonin, Wall Street Journal

The idea that "Climate science is settled" runs through today's popular and policy discussions. Unfortunately, that claim is misguided. It has not only distorted our public and pol...

September 22, 2014

Running Out of Time on Climate Change - Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch

Just when no one needed more lousy news, the U.N.’s weather outfit, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), issued its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. It offered a ...

September 20, 2014

Is the Shale Revolution a Ponzi Scheme? - Ronald Bailey, Reason

A lot of folks are fervently forecasting that shale gas and oil production is a bubble about to pop, possibly producing aneconomic collapse similar to the one in 2008. Earlier...

September 20, 2014

Green Growth - Robert Pollin et al., Center for American Progress

The question for policymakers, and all other citizens, is no longer whether humans are changing our climate. The question now is, how we can stabilize an already-changing climate i...

September 20, 2014

Good News: There's Bad News for Coal - David Roberts, Grist

Too often I’m writing depressing things, so now I’m going to turn my attention to some good news. It turns that while I was off hiatus-ing, ol&...

September 20, 2014

Does Climate Change Prevent Disasters? - Paul Knappenberger, Cato

Every time there is some sort of weather disaster somewhere, someone blames it on human-caused global warming. Maybe not directly, but the implication is clear. “While w...

September 18, 2014

Why It's Hard to Tax Carbon - Jesse Jenkins, Breakthrough Institute

Ask an economist how to combat climate change, and you’re likely to get a pretty simple answer: put a price on carbon....

September 18, 2014

Leaky Gas Wells, Not Fracking, Are Polluting Water - Brad Plumer, Vox

One of the big, contentious questions about the ongoing fracking boom in the United States is whether all this new drilling can contaminate nearby drinking water wit...

September 16, 2014

Rethinking Free Parking Policies - Janie Nham, NRDC

Economic theory teaches us that when buyers or sellers lack full information and understanding about their choices in a transaction, they make suboptimal decisions. Perhaps one of...

September 13, 2014

Have We 'Stigmatized' Coal Ash Recycling? - Slesinger & Evans, NRDC

 It’s been several years now since the Environmental Protection Agency proposed managing coal combustion residuals (CCR, aka coal ash) under the Resource Conservation an...

September 12, 2014

We Must Lower Carbon Emissions - PricewaterhouseCoopers

PwC’s climate change analysts estimate global economies need to cut their energy related carbon emissions for every $ of GDP by 6.2% every year from now to 2100. That’s...

September 10, 2014

The War on Coal Is a Culture War - Ronald Brownstein, CityLab

When Oregon state officials last month denied a key permit to a huge proposed facility for exporting coal to Asia, they deepened a geographic divide that is increasingly shaping th...

September 10, 2014

Warming Pause: What Do We Really Know? - Ronald Bailey, Reason

The science is settled. Maybe. Let's take look at some recent studies that aim to explain why projected increases in global average temperature have "paused" even as global greenho...

September 9, 2014

Why the Wait on Renewable Fuels? - Byron Dorgan, RealClearPolicy

Our government's policy on renewable fuels has been clear for a decade, since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) became law in 2005 with overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress ...

September 9, 2014

Junk Food Is Good for the Environment - Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

It’s hardly surprising that the country that pioneered the McGangBangis facing an obesity epidemic. But the fondness for fat and sugar that’s making...

September 8, 2014

The WSJ's Parade of Climate Lies - Jeffrey Sachs, Huffington Post

That Rupert Murdoch governs over a criminal media empire has been made clear enough in the UK courts in recent years. That the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages, the latest...

September 6, 2014

The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels - Ryan McNeill et al., Reuters

Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing...

September 4, 2014

We're Wiping Out Too Many Species - Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

Sometimes extinction happens naturally. Other times humans are to blame. Given the many millions of plant and animal species that have ever existed, it’s tough to&n...

September 4, 2014

Social Cost of Carbon: GAO Approved - Cost of Carbon Project

The U.S. social cost of carbon (SCC)—the set of calculations estimating that a ton of carbon dioxide emitted today causes about $40 worth of damages to human health, ecosyste...

September 4, 2014

Seattle's Push to Recycle Everything - Christine Woodside, Next City

It’s dawn on waste-collection day in the hilly Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Along the curvy streets of this residential peninsula northwest of downtown, three large bins...

September 3, 2014

Pricing Solar Power - Alan Daley, American Consumer Institute

When we see solar panels on a roof, we are inclined to think well of an owner "doing the right thing." On further reflection, we may think about tax incentives inspiring constructi...

September 3, 2014

California Water Crisis: A Price Problem? - Shelton & McKenzie, Econlib

California is facing a water crisis of historic proportions. Water reservoirs in parts of the state are drying up. Lake Mead is less than two-fifths full, a record low, and is fall...

August 30, 2014

Thank Fracking for Low Gas Prices - Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller

Good news for families trying to get in one last road trip before school starts: Gas prices are falling ahead of Labor Day weekend, thanks to booming U.S. oil production from shale...

August 30, 2014

Fracking Contaminated Water in Pennsylvania - Lindsay Abrams, Salon

Two hundred and forty-three. That’s the number of cases of public drinking well contamination logged by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection since the ...

August 30, 2014

Endangered Species vs. Rich Suburb - Brian Seasholes, Reason Foundation

Newsflash! The Endangered Species Act is very powerful law used by special interests to stop development projects and use of natural resources they don’t like. Actually, that...

August 29, 2014

Obama's Non-Binding Climate Accord - Rupert Darwall, NRO

‘I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot,” Abigail Borah, a youth delegate to the 2011 Durban climate negotiatio...

August 27, 2014

We've Been Counting CO2 Emissions All Wrong - Douglas Main, Newsweek

All the world’s power plants will put out 300 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide during their lifetimes—a massive amount of carbon dioxide that isn’t taken into accoun...

August 26, 2014

Can Tiny Nuclear Plants Avoid Regulations? - Tom Hartsfield, RCScience

1996 was the last year that a commercial nuclear reactor came online in the U.S. The project at the Watts Barr plant in Tennessee began in 1973, which means we haven't built a new ...

August 25, 2014

What the Clean Air Act Accomplishes - Emily Atkin, ThinkProgress

Actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act have caused U.S. toxic air emissions to drop “significantly” — in some cases by more ...

October 13, 2014

Perdue Forced to Remove 'Humanely Raised' Chicken Labels

October 10, 2014

Small Gas Station Spills Add Up

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


May 29, 2013

Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Taking a Job at Apple