energy and environment

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]

California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

July 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Although California and Mexico each have their own challenges, it’s clear that environmental problems like carbon pollution, fossil fuel development, aging infrastructure, pressures on our oceans from overfishing, and threats to valuable natural resource areas pay no heed to governmental borders.[read more]

Methane Emissions Far Worse Than US Estimates, But Study Concludes Natural Gas Still Better Than Coal

February 18, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

Methane Leaks and the Environment

Emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas, methane, the main component of natural gas, are likely 50 percent higher than U.S. government has estimated in its official greenhouse gas inventory, says a new study that is the most comprehensive effort yet to assess the problem.[read more]

Oil Sands and the Environment: Part II

November 25, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Oil Sands and the Environment

There are two primary ways of extracting bitumen from the oil sands. In situ production involves injecting steam into the ground to heat up the bitumen which is then pumped out of the ground. Surface mining is done when the resource is fairly close to the surface.[read more]

Nature CLOUD Study Author: ‘The Climate May Be More Sensitive Than Previously Thought’

October 18, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Sensitive Environment

Switzerland's CERN, the world's leading particle physics laboratory, has released new research that would actually suggest that the climate change and the environment’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide may in fact be higher than expected.[read more]

US Energy Transitions: 1776 to 2076

July 5, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

History of Energy

In 1776, Britain's thirteen American colonies ran on a 100-percent renewable portfolio standard and a distributed (wood- and horse-based) energy economy. Today, natural gas is ascendant while coal is in decline.[read more]

2 Budgets: One Presents Clean Energy Vision, Other Guts Environmental Protection

March 16, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

If you are one of the hundreds of millions of Americans who rely on environmental and public health protections, then the new House and Senate budget proposals should interest you.[read more]

Steve Zwick: Paying for nature’s services

June 21, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Today’s guest post is from Steve Zwick, who edits Ecosystem Marketplace, an online news service that reports on market-based solutions to environmental problems.  Based on the premise that the cost of production should include the cost of environmental degradation, EM is published by non-governmental organization Forest Trends and...[read more]

World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers: Embracing Disruption

January 13, 2010 by Scott Edward Anderson

The World Economic Forum made its selection of Technology Pioneers for 2010 last month.  The Energy and Environment group is an impressive list:   BioFuelBox BioFuelBox builds, owns and operates modular bio-refineries that recycle brown grease and trap...[read more]

Sustainability & the role of IT - Rich Lechner's Energy & Efficiency Keynote at Pulse 2009

February 24, 2009 by Tom Raftery

Sustainability & the role of IT - Rich Lechner's Energy & Efficiency Keynote at Pulse 2009View more presentations from Tom Raftery. (tags: smart planet efficiency) Rich Lechner is IBM's VP for Energy and Environment. He gave this presentation at the Pulse 2009 conference last week. I thought it was so good I asked him for a copy...[read more]