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Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit...

Posted April 11, 2014    

Monitoring Atmospheric Carbon [VIDEO]

Dr. Paul Fraser of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) explains how he and his team monitor atmospheric CO2 concentrations globally. Beginning in 1974, CSIRO was one of the first non-American...

Posted March 18, 2014    

Artic Sea Ice and Albedo: Ice-Free Season Growing 5 Days per Decade

Arctic ice autumn freeze-up starting later  -According to new research to be published in the forthcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the ice-free season in the Arctic is growing by five days per decade.Analysis of satellite...

Posted March 12, 2014    

Reconciling the Future: Planetary Boundaries, Sustainable Development and Participatory Democracy

An end to poverty -In this second decade of the 21st century, humanity faces perhaps the greatest challenge of our long history. As noted economist and director of the Columbia University Earth Institute Dr. Jeffry Sachs points out, we live in...

Posted March 6, 2014    

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Causing More Warming Than Expected

Scientists have long modeled the expected warming due to the decreased albedo effect as melting Arctic sea ice exposes more open ocean. As early as the 1960′s climate researchers have predicted how this phenomenon will amplify global warming.Arctic...

Posted February 24, 2014    

British Isles Endure Unprecedented Flooding

UK Flooding adds to global extreme weather eventsEven while the US East shivers in record cold, Alaska basks in heat and California experiences extreme drought (despite the recent rain), it is the British Isles that are truly being hammered by...

Posted February 15, 2014    

Record Number of Wind Energy Projects Under Construction

Record growth in wind energy construction after an uncertain 2013For American wind power, 2013 was the best of times, and the worst of times. On one hand, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that 1.084 gigawatts (GW) of wind power...

Posted February 9, 2014    

Seeing Over the Horizon: Sharp Rise in Ocean Temperatures in 2013

What the recently stalled polar vortex over much of the eastern half of the United States makes clear is that we humans are, by nature, not well equipped to think globally. At least not when it comes to their physical surroundings. After all, cold...

Posted February 8, 2014    

Why Build Green? [INFOGRAPHIC]

This infographic from Green Building Canada displays the many advantages of adopting green building practices for new buildings and retrofitting old ones. At first we may only think of “green building” in terms of environmental benefits, but it...

Posted February 4, 2014    

Extreme Weather, the Jet Stream, and Global Warming [VIDEO]

With the eastern half of the United States under a deep freeze and the phrase “polar vortex” making the rounds (and no, despite Rush Limbaugh’s breathless ranting, it isn’t a term just made up by evil climate scientists), we circle back around to...

Posted February 1, 2014    

Renewables Account for 37 Percent of All New Electrical Generating Capacity in 2013

New electrical generating capacity in 2013According to the just-released Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects, 37 percent of all new U.S. electrical generation deployed in 2013...

Posted January 30, 2014    

NOAA: 2013 Fourth Hottest Year on Record

Global temperatures 2013The latest State of the Climate report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that the globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since record-keeping...

Posted January 24, 2014