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Wind Energy in Iowa: Once Upon a Prairie

September 24, 2014 by Susan Beckman

Renewables and Wind in Iowa

Wind energy in Iowa means jobs, but not just in manufacturing. According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, Iowa employs 6,000 to 7,000 in all-wind related employment. This ranks Iowa third in the nation in employment related to the wind energy industry.[read more]

New Groundwater Policy Brings California Into the 21st Century

September 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Water Policy

California's voluntary Groundwater Management Plans have effectively failed to protect the people and ecosystems that depend on this water. Too many people are siphoning off water from extremely limited resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels, sinking of land, and drying of streams.[read more]

To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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Rainforests and Climate Change

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: '... Then we Just go Away as a Business'

August 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Environmental Risk and Business Damage

In a story as much about politics as oyster farming in Washington State, the democratic governor is using struggling oyster farms as an example of the effects of climate change to convince conservative voters that global warming is a real problem impacting local businesses.[read more]

Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

August 7, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Water Crisis

The title of this article is, of course, a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's piece, Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The familiar phrase is also part of the title of Ken MidKiff’s 2007 book, Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do).[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 2: The Dire Consequences of Inaction

June 9, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Action and Inaction

What are the future impacts of a changing climate system? Extreme weather? Higher sea level? More drought and heat waves? Where will these impacts be felt the most? Answering these questions depends on a simple factor: the quantity of carbon emissions emitted in the coming decades.[read more]

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Winds of Change for Cleaner Energy and More Efficiency in Virginia, How Steep is the Uphill Struggle?

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Clean Energy and Efficiency Support in Virginia

“What’s amazing is the stranglehold the coal industry and Dominion Power have over Virginia’s political system,” said political commentator Lowell Feld. “It’s frustrating because there is huge potential for renewable energy in this state. These industries can hang for on a long time. It’s difficult to uproot them.”[read more]

Climate Change Drying Out Southwest Now, With Worse To Come For A Third Of The Planet

April 17, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Southwest Drying Out

Two new studies confirm that warming-driven climate change is already drying the U.S. Southwest and other parts of the globe. More worrisome, nearly a third of the world’s land faces drying from rising greenhouse gases — including two of the world’s greatest agricultural centers.[read more]

Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

April 13, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Dysfunctional Food System

Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the American diet.[read more]

Powering to Climate Mitigation

April 3, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Mitigation

Without swift and decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, the world will almost surely face centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas, species loss and dwindling agricultural yields. The smart approach to these threats is power our way past them.[read more]

Better Chemistry, Better Biofuels? The Glycerol Glut, Solketal, and Other Floating Ideas

April 3, 2014 by N Nadir
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Biofuel Ideas

Along with other forms of so called “renewable energy,” I have come to hold a jaundiced view of biofuels, largely because of their inevitable competition with food supplies, as well as some concern about land use and the pressure placed on natural habitats.[read more]

5 Simple Ways to Save Food

March 7, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Saving Food

About three quarters of this waste occurs before food is ever sold, during production, post-harvest, processing and distribution. The food we waste in our homes totals about 50kg a person each year, and rises to as much as 100kg a year in some wealthy countries.[read more]

California's Nightmare Comes True ... There's No More Water

February 7, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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California has been experiencing one of its worst droughts ever. It’s so severe that state officials issued a press release announcing that residents and farmers will be receiving less water in an attempt to conserve the water the state still has in reserve.[read more]

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Telling Sugarcane Ethanol's Full Sustainability Story

January 23, 2014 by Leticia Phillips
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Sugarcane and Sustainability

Centering the RFS debate on volume targets for all biofuels has let two key benefits of advanced biofuels slip out of focus: the potential for non-corn ethanol to drastically cut lifecycle emissions compared to gasoline, and the ability of biofuel feedstocks to be sustainably grown without harming the environment.[read more]

Water and the Future of Energy

January 20, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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California is in the midst of an epic drought. It is one of 11 western states (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and Kansas are the others) that the U.S. government declared to be “primary natural disaster areas” due to drought.[read more]