sustainability

After Paris, It's Time for Canada to Finally Join IRENA

January 14, 2016 by Tyler Hamilton

IRENA is the International Renewable Energy Agency, a UN-affiliated organization established in 2009 to promote awareness and growth of renewable energy technologies on the global stage. It’s a kind of counter-balance to existing agencies that have long represented the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. The idea for IRENA goes as far back as 1981, but it took a quarter century to get the political traction it needed.[read more]

Obama Wins Praise as a Champion of Clean Energy Despite Political Gridlock

January 13, 2016 by Martin LaMonica

President Obama’s legacy on clean energy and climate will be widely considered one of his greatest achievements, and one of his most polarizing endeavors.[read more]

What Energy Efficiency Can Learn From Solar, Uber and Spotify

January 11, 2016 by Jeff St. John
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The business model shift driving growth in digital music, solar panels, and other consumer technologies is poised to have the same impact on commercial energy efficiency in the United States.[read more]

In State of State Address, Gov. Cuomo Can Build on Strong Clean Energy & Climate Policies

January 11, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

2015 was a banner year for clean energy in New York and we look forward to even more action on climate and clean energy in 2016, starting with Governor Cuomo's annual State of the State address this week.[read more]

Climate Policy Ended on a Positive Note in 2015. Should We Be Optimistic About the Future?

January 9, 2016 by Martin LaMonica

The final month of 2015 was one of the best in history for climate action.The final month of 2015 was one of the best in history for climate action. The world's carbon emissions dipped for the first time during a period of economic growth. The Paris climate talks ended with a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. And America extended key tax credits for renewables that will ensure strong growth in the years ahead. Some are cheering. But others are not so sure we should be optimistic.[read more]

Stripper Wells and Economical Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)

January 8, 2016 by Nathan Randazzo

Building on Drillinginfo posts about Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) earlier this year in these times of low commodity prices, I wanted to touch on the subject of EOR affordability and access for the operators who manage the hundreds of thousands of underappreciated stripper wells across the US.[read more]

Spruce Finance Lines Up $175M for Solar Financing

January 8, 2016 by Stephen Lacey

Newly minted Spruce Finance, the result of a merger between Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial, has received $175 million from U.S. Bank for solar financing.[read more]

Big Win for New Yorkers: State Legislature Doubles Size of Environmental Protection Fund

January 7, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

These days, if you're looking for a champion of environmental protection, just direct your eyes over to the New York State governor's office, in Albany. There, since he banned fracking a little more than a year ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been putting in place policies and programs that make New York a national leader on issues such as climate, clean water, solid waste and land conservation.[read more]

GM Unveils the Chevy Bolt, a 200-Mile-Range EV With a $30,000 Price Tag

January 7, 2016 by Martin LaMonica
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The age of affordable, long-range electric vehicles has begun. Today at CES, General Motors CEO Mary Barra unveiled the production version of the Chevrolet Bolt, a 200-mile-range all-electric car with a $30,000 price tag after federal incentives.[read more]

Sustainability Has Entered the Political Mainstream

October 13, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, former Vice President Al Gore, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger shared a stage on campus as Governor Cuomo committed New York State to a set of ambitious carbon reduction goals.[read more]

The Centrality of Sustainability

June 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The Importance of Sustainability/shutterstock

We have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe topic barely clinging to a spot on the political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical. Presidents and prime ministers must now negotiate over climate change and habitat preservation just as they have long held talks on trade, jobs and national security.[read more]

Road to Daegu Series: A Sustainable Future for China

August 22, 2013 by Sheila Oliva
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China accounts for over 70% of fossil fuels, making the country the largest consumer and producer of coal in the world. But things are changing: Recently, China published an energy policy that seeks to offset climate change by promoting low-carbon green economy.[read more]

Sustainable Production: New Wine in Old Bottles

July 8, 2013 by Charles Arthur

Sustainable Wine Production

The need for long storage life, UV-resistance and gas tightness make glass bottles the wine market’s best container. Yet producing, recycling and disposing of wine bottles is problematic from an ecological point of view.[read more]

Fission Fast! New Slogan for Nuclear Energy Revolution

February 27, 2013 by Rod Adams

Just as our industrial development was finding more and more ways to use energy to improve human health and prosperity, we found an fuel that contained two million times as much energy per unit mass as the hydrocarbons that had been powering that development.[read more]

Feebates - The Most Effective Way to Accomplish Desired Shifts

July 14, 2011 by Sam Carana

Feebates can be implemented locally in budget-neutral ways, and can be tailored to avoid leakage by combining a number of incentives and disincentives into a comprehensive framework of policies, to most effectively accomplish desired shifts.[read more]