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Is Solar Energy the Answer to Brazil's Energy Crisis?

April 2, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Brazil Energy Crisis and Solar

The newest energy project from world-leading solar power module maker Yingli Green Energy is a 1-megawatt installation located at Brazil's Arena Pernambuco soccer stadium, which is the site of five upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup matches.[read more]

Our Holiday Wish List

December 24, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

Energy Wish List

Heading into the New Year, it’s clear the decisions confronting lawmakers and EPA regulators on the RFS will have a great impact on our world’s journey towards decreasing greenhouse gases and improving energy security. Here’s our wish list for the presents we’d like to see in 2014.[read more]

Brazil: Applications for 392 MW of Solar Energy Projects Filed in One Week

June 1, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Brazil's solar energy growth

Brazil, which has been a wind energy leader for a long time, has started to get going in the solar energy arena. In one recent week, it saw a tremendous surge of applications for solar power projects that totaled 392.4 MW.[read more]

Forests Fuel Brazilian Hydropower

May 31, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Belo Monte dam

In Brazil, hydropower is king. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a whopping 79 percent of Brazil’s electricity came from hydropower in 2010.[read more]

Amazon's Belo Monte Mega Dam: Saga and Controversy Continues

May 18, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini
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Belo Monte controversies continue

The latest installment of the saga has been the expulsion of journalists from the site where they would cover the latest protest by indigenous activists who have brought the building of the dam to a halt.[read more]

Solar Energy Investment Attractiveness Of Sunbelt Countries

May 14, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

solar energy investment

The solar energy investment attractiveness of a country is based on many factors. Some important ones are the overall investment attractiveness of a country, solar policies in the country, and natural solar power potential.[read more]

Brazil: Will President Dilma Veto the Future of Forests?

May 26, 2012 by Solana Larsen

Photo by Fora do Eixo on Flickr

Online social media has been abuzz since the approval of the new Forestry Code in Brazil by the National Congress, on April 25, 2012, with 274 votes in support and 184 against [pt]. President Dilma Rousseff, who can use her presidential legal right in congress to veto the future of forests up until May 25, has been in the spotlight...[read more]

New Oil Spill in Brazil

March 16, 2012 by Antonio Pasolini

Image Credit: NASA

A fresh oil spill off the Brazilian coasts highlights once again the environmental dangers of offshore drilling.[read more]

What’s So Bad About Exporting Gasoline?

January 9, 2012 by Robert Rapier
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One of my Top 10 Energy Stories of 2011 was the fact that the U.S. had become a net exporter of finished petroleum products such as diesel and gasoline. In fact, because gasoline and diesel prices were so high, fuel exports were valued at $88 billion, which made them the top value export in 2011 for the first time ever:[read more]

Climate, Insurance & the Next Financial Meltdown

January 5, 2012 by Marc Gunther
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Well-to-do Brazilians are buying up luxury condos on the beach in Miami, The Times reported last week. “They are taking Miami by storm,” one real estate executive declared. It’s an unfortunate metaphor.[read more]

The Brazil Spill

December 16, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles
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Late yesterday I saw a headline reporting that Chevron was being assessed more than $10 billion for a spill from its drilling activities offshore Brazil last month. The story was later revised to clarify that the amount in question was associated with a civil lawsuit being filed by a Brazilian prosecutor, rather than an actual fine by...[read more]

Durban: Putting the Dust into the Dustbin of History?

December 8, 2011 by A Siegel
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This guest post, from Heather Libby in Durban, South Africa, provides a window in thinking as to the gap between the negotiating halls and people suffering from climate chaos a few miles away, the gap between putting happy faces on a problem and choosing to address climate change in a way to reduce its catastrophic impacts....[read more]

This Week in Energy: Gasification, China, Brazil, KiOR

October 14, 2011 by Robert Rapier

This Week in Energy is a weekly round-up of news making headlines in the world of energy. The purpose is to stimulate discussion on energy issues. Community members should feel free to turn these into open thread energy discussions. Suggestions and news tips are welcome.[read more]

Biofuels' Potential to Transform the Global Economy

August 1, 2011 by John Daly
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Slowly but surely, an extraordinarily important new industry is slowly taking shape, with the potential to transform the global economy.After years of existing largely as an environmentalist's fantasy, commercial production of biofuels for the world civil aviation industry is slowly becoming a fact, with production starting up across...[read more]

Key Actions Leaders Must Take Before the 2012 Earth Summit

June 6, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

Carbon pollution from fossil fuel use reached the highest level yet in 2010, according to the International Energy Agency.  So should we throw up our hands?  No, this is a wake-up call that countries need to significantly speed up the pace of their action to reduce emissions.  And when they come to the Earth Summit in Rio...[read more]